Posts tagged: Proprietary Red

Sexy Napa Red low 30’s

Pazzo (which means “crazy” in Italian) is a wine crafted by ace winemaker Kirk Venge.  It is an unpretentious blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petite Sirah.   It is a wine that Parker called “Sexy, seductive, provocative” and “The best value Bistro wine from Napa” as well as “Gorgeously hedonistic, flavorful”.  In other words, a […]

This French Laundry Cab is one for the ages and under $64

Ten years ago Scott Palazzo was asked by Thomas Keller, “Chef Extraordinaire” and owner of French Laundry and Per Se restaurants to craft a wine exclusively for him!  That resulted in amazing exposure for this small winery and the rest-as-they-say-is-history. This 2009 release might be the best wine ever produced by Scott Palazzo! This Right-bank […]

Awesome 95 Point Napa Cab Blend under $45 with FREE SHIPPING!

The Buoncristiani O.P.C. is a Napa Valley proprietary red blend.  The synergy of marrying Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, while also folding in further complexity of texture and flavor with Napa Malbec and Merlot blenders. Grapes are sourced from some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Hossfeld, and Bennett. Just like their winemaking […]

Crowd pleasing under 40.00 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet.  A small production winery in the Napa Valley.  Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here.  I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!”  The owners are […]

The REAL Halloween Wine!

Rancho Carne Humana was a 17,962-acre Mexican land grant in present day Napa County, California given in 1841 by Governor Juan Alvarado to Edward Turner Bale. The name means “human flesh” in Spanish! The original landowner was afraid that the people would squat on his land, so he created tales of the cannibals living there […]

Stunning White blend wins blind Tasting

In a lineup of mixed whites we had some interesting comments and results. Arbe Garbe Prop White Spottswoode SB Kamen SB Sans Liege “Cotes du Coast” (91 WA) Blindfold L’Aventure Cuvee Blanc (92 WA) Woodward Canyon SB (92 WS) Kinero Roussanne (93 WA) EPOCH White (92 WA) Dragonette SB (92 WA) The Results: Arbe Garbe […]

BEST UNDER $40.00 Napa Cab Blend, Tastes like $80!

Owner Mark Carter (Carter Cellars & The Carter House) and his winemaker Mike Smith hit it off some years ago at the Carter House on “Table 5” – This wind up being the table that Mike also landed the gig at Schrader Cellars when he met Fred Schrader there.  So when they created this fun […]

The Value Cabernet blend of the Month!

Field Recordings is winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are […]

Scarecrow winemaker’s under $50 GEM

Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased two vineyards in 1999 and hired Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Corra, 2480 etc) to put them on the map.  She surely did that!  So far they have been a little below the radar, but that is fine with me as I get bigger allocations that way.  I hear that Parker […]

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Hidden Surprise – Red blend gem

When David Ramey is your consulting winemaker, the chances of success are huge!  That said, the 2011 Old Soul Red (a blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec) is probably one of the best value non-mainstream red blends currently on the market.  Sourced from their 100% organic, and bio-dynamic vineyard the OSR pleases both […]