Posts tagged: Tasting Notes

Schrader Winemaker’ exquisite 2012 Cabernet

Thomas Rivers Brown does not need an intro – He is Mr. 100 Point Cabernet!  Stone the Crows is an Australian expression of incredulity or surprise, having very little to do with crows themselves.  While there are certainly an abundance of crows in the vineyard, they spend most of their day perched on the fence posts […]

A $42 Red that Rocks!

In 1960 Henri Vandendriessche came to America from France to study economics at UC Berkeley. He and Claire met in 1967 and fell in love with Napa, as well as with each other. In 1977 they purchased the 64-acre estate just north of Napa with two goals in mind: reviving an 1870’s winery estate to […]

Tuesday December 9th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

An Under $40 Gem!

This small winery in the Santa Rita Hills is the brain child of Jeff and Nikki Nelson.  Their wine maker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis (the “man” behind the Dragonette success).  Their wine-style is based and named in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of the Sannta Rita Hills. Liquid Farm 2013 […]

Pinot of the Year!

Ken Wright grew up in Bourbon country (Kentucky). While waiting tables to put himself through school, Ken was exposed to fine wines from regions around the world. The passion became avocation when Ken left the Bluegrass State to attend enology and viticulture classes at UC-Davis. Eight years were spent winemaking Talbott Vineyards in CA. Friends from […]

A Screaming Eagle White

Did former Screaming Eagle winemaker, Queen of the Valley Heidi Barrett make a white wine under her La Sirena label? Sure, she did, but it’s not just any white wine. This is a bone dry-style Muscat Canelli. Most Muscat is made into sweet, dessert wine.  But not this one. With La Sirena Moscato Azul, you have all the […]

Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Coho’s 2012 under $40 new Cab

The legend of the Old Poodle Dog. Back in the Gold Rush days of San Francisco the most popular French restaurant was named Le Poulet D’Or (which actually mean the Golden Chicken). Many of the miners found the unfamiliar language of the restaurant’s name difficult to pronounce so it was mangled into (Old) Poodle Dog, […]

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Romanee-Conti from California – 8 barrels produced only 6 cases allocated

Katy Wilson named her winery after her great-grandmother – Verona LaRue Newell.  Verona survived and suffered through the great depression.  Verona left a big impression on her and when she started her own business dedicated the winery “LaRue” to her.  Katy grew up on a farm and at a young age knew that she wanted […]

5 Barrel Landmark Wine – Only 8 cases allocated!

Yannick Rousseau was born in the Gascony region in the South-West of France known for its ‘French paradox’ of delicious, rich food, daily wine consumption and impressive longevity of the inhabitants. His life-long journey in wine and food started when he was 5 years old and drank his first glass of homemade wine with Pépé […]

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

100 Case Blind Tasting Winner!

Grenache is not in everyone’s wine vocabulary and it still confuses many Cabernet and Pinot drinkers.  It is not as bold, bacon-fatty spicy as Syrah, yet it is more elegant and complex.  Last week was one of our last tasting meetings of the year and we decided on Grenache.  We lined up some great wines with […]

Monday November 24th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Cabernet of the Month – 8 barrels produced

Passenger is the project from wine broker Kimberly Jones and the "other" Passenger Master Sommelier Chris Blanchard (FYI only 192 of them on planet earth). This is one of my favorite “secret” wines. You’d ask – Why the secrecy?  The vineyard sources are designates for many high-end wines and they like to keep their price […]