Posts tagged: Tasting Notes

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 […]

Down Under stunner 20% OFF

Last week I enjoyed an afternoon visiting with Donal O’Dwyer who flew all the way from Australia with a few sample bottles of wine!  I tasted his new 2009 Cabernet (400 cases produced), which will be in stock shortly, as well as a latest venture, his 2010 Shiraz (only 100 cases produced) – we are […]

Tuesday November 18th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

“The” Pinot of the year – 225 cases produced/ 6 cases allocated

Despite only being six miles from the Pacific, Rice-Spivak is still the most inland of the vineyards Cobb works with. Even so, it’s a very cool site. The 2012 growing season has yielded the finest vintage of Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir ever made. While Rice-Spivak’s Dijon and Swan Pinot Noir plantings, northern exposure, and unique […]

Friday November 14th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

The Heidi Barrett Collection (Incudes $0 Shipping)

Heidi Barrett, the “Queen of the Napa Valley” has been at it for 35+ years and still has a lot to offer, and her latest La Sirena releases are clear proof of that. Last week I got together with the La Sirena team and tasted all the new fall releases and not one of them […]

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

94 Point Mountain Grown Cab-a-licious wine!

Situated mid-slope on Diamond Mountain, this 2.3 acre vineyard is a real gem-in-the-rough.  At ½ the price of its esteemed neighbor “Diamond Creek”, this wine will blow your mind and not your wallet.  In a recent “Mountain Cabernet” tasting, Dyer stood its own against some big-boys (and girls).  Only 241 cases of this 2010 Cabernet […]

Stunning 48 case production (only 48 bottles allocated)

Barrelhead 2010 Cabernet Franc, “Knollwood Vineyard” Napa Valley Retail 50.00 – GGWC 45.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more Use discount code BARREL10CF upon checkout The Story: Chris and Julianna (Jules) grew up in winemaking families in the Napa Valley. Chris made wine with his family for 24 years and decided that it was time […]

Monday June 23rd, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Chardonnay of the month! (6 barrels produced only 10 cases allocated)

In the early 1930’s Garret Bowlus’ grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind “Albatross” sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today his family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge rising over 1250 feet. The vines are rooted in a rocky […]

“The” Friday 13th Wine

Everyone panics on the Friday the 13th – I don’t! For this Friday 13th I figure that we needed to have a “different” type of wine, and the 2012 Abstract is just that. This bottling is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah sourced from some great hillside vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. This […]

Tyler Bentrock 95 Point Pinot (124 cases produced, only 5 allocated)

This is Tyler’s second bottling of this exceptional vineyard site. Set a few miles to the west of La Encantada on steep east-southeastern slopes covered in Monterey shale. This bottling is quite small at only 124 cases, but of exceptional quality from a young vineyard. Tyler 2012 Pinot Noir “Bentrock” Santa Rita Hills Retail 65.00 […]