Posts tagged: Red Blend

Disciple of Scarecrow winemaker produces an amazing, under $50 Cabernet!

  In 1999 Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages. The debut bottling was the 2000 Syrah, a varietal which to this day garners praise and […]

Another Dave Phinney blockbuster release

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 […]

A GREAT NAPA UNDER $50 CAB BLEND BY “SCARECROW” DISCIPLE

In 1999 Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages. The debut bottling was the 2000 Syrah, a varietal which to this day garners praise and awards […]

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Wine = Rocket Science

John Caldwell grew up in Napa into a family that ran a shoe business. John eventually turned the one business into many more.  Living in Napa, making money he purchased 54 acres of land and had plans to develop some homes.  Unfortunately that backfired and now he was “stuck” with 54 acres of dirt.  He had […]

Under $50 Rock Star Napa Cabernet Blend

Scott Peterson (S.P. – Drummer) is a seasoned winemaker with a portfolio stretching almost 30 years making wine at an array of great wineries like Cardinale, Textbook, Pey-Marin, Mt. Eden, Anderson Conn Valley and others.  Scott is a big fan of Bordeaux-style blended wines, thus his blends have always been Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & […]

94 Point Rhone Blend STUNNER

The 2013 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth is a blend of 79% Syrah, 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre sourced from some of the most amazing Paso Robles vineyards.  The 2013 vintage offers up gorgeous aromas.  On the palate this muscular, yet extremely elegant GSM offers up gobs of sweet fruit on the front end.  Luscious flavors of blackberry, dark […]

Bargain Napa Blend of the week

Chris Corley is a Monticello descendant and of course he was set out to make wine.  He did not always agree with the family practice and decided with the help of his wife “Jules” to create the Jules and Barrelhead winery. The Jules wines are well-made Napa Valley blends under $30.00!  This small production of […]

Monday November 17th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Saxum Winemaker Does it Again

The 2011 Epoch Red Blend sees a change in vineyard makeup, but not in quality!  The “Estate” Red wine is a blend of two vineyards (54 % Paderewski & 46% Catapult).  The wine is a blend of 38% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 10% Tempranillo  & 7% Counoise.   Winemaker of year (2010) Justin Smith (Saxum) […]

Friday February 21st, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Value Napa Cabernet under $40.00

Three friends. A missed turn. An intimate tasting with Robert Parker. Copious amounts of Champagne. A bird statue in a window.  This is the genesis of Banshee.  Since then they’ve come a long way in short time but the goal hasn’t changed: to craft distinctive wine that over-delivers in every possible way.  They want to […]

A true gem for your cellar – 94+ Points!

Patel is a very small producer, making only two wines for a total of 500 cases.  For those who purchased wines like Perry-Moore, etc. from me, they will be familiar with the great winemaking style and techniques from their winemaker Kian Tavakoli.   The current release received a 94+ Point rating from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! […]