Posts tagged: Proprietary Red

Exotic Howell Mountain Cab Blend

Cami was the fifth child for Tom & Laurie Shelton – a very small 5-acre Howell Mountain project they purchased in 2001.  The property is managed by vineyard “Guru” David Abreu, who said that this soil was real “Cabernet Dirt’. The family sold the grapes for many years, until Tom’s untimely death in 2008. It […]

The Queen of the Valley’s BIG BOLD RED

The name “Barrettage” is a fusion of Heidi Barrett’s last name with the classic Rhone wine region Hermitage. The wine is a blend of 95.5% Syrah, 4.0% Grenache, and 0.5% Petite Sirah.  Only 285 cases were produced of this hard to get gem. La Sirena 2013 Le Barrettage, Napa Valley Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99 […]

LAST CALL 100 POINT BEVAN WINE!

Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo knew they were on to something special way back in the late 90′s when impromptu blind tastings with friends and trips to Napa became a regular part of their life. Over the next several years, they met with and were inspired by some of the greatest winemakers and viticulturists […]

A REAL NAPA DISCIPLE

In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard […]

French Laundry & Frank Melis say: ”An Exceptional “Local“ Spanish Red

Jessica Tarpy Shaheen, joined former Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson at “Favia Erickson Winegrowers” in 2008, where she had the good fortune to work alongside true masters of their craft (the great viticulturist Annie Favia her husband ace winemaker Andy Erickson).  She also worked with several other outstanding growers Mike Wolf, Terry Wilson, Lee Hudson, […]

Stellar – $60 Benoit Touquette Cab

Benoit Touquette might no longer be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa. Garnering great reviews with Realm, Hartwell and his Fait-Main label. He was Andy Erickson’s right hand man, at Screaming Eagle producing many 98-100 point wines! Benoit is also the protégé of the world’s top consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  All three were at the helm of […]

Keplinger at ½ the price

Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for over a decade now (Bryant Family, Carte Blanche, Grace Family, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars etc.) She has worked with the Napa Elite (Heidi Barrett, David Abreu) and gained other valuable experience in France and Australia.  She can stand her own in this demanding wine […]

Friday February 23rd, 2018 in , , , , | No Comments »

Blind Tasting surprise Cab Blend under $60 beats out expensive Reds

In a recent blind tasting a small Paso Robles producer turned heads by beating out some Napa and Sonoma big guns! The line up included: Caymus ‘15 Turnbull ‘15 “Black Label” Cade ‘15 Familiar Air ‘15 Hobel ‘15 Galerie ‘15 Beau Vigne ‘15 “Juliet” Beau Vigne ’15 ‘Cult” Switchback Ridge ‘15 Halter Ranch “Ancestor” The […]

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LAST CALL Under $30 Hidden Surprise Red Blend

The 2014 Old Soul Red (a blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec) by winemaker Alex McGregor, 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 palate and wallet!  I cannot forget to mention the Saracina 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC ESTATE […]

Monday February 19th, 2018 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Hidden Surprise Red Blend well under $30

The 2014 Old Soul Red (a blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec) by winemaker Alex McGregor, 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 palate and wallet!  I cannot forget to mention the Saracina 2016 […]