Posts tagged: Tasting Notes

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 […]

GREAT CHAMPAGNE OFFER 15% OFF

I know the holidays are not something you are thinking of in June, but we are! Last week I met with the owner and winemaker of this great Champagne producer and am very excited to offer you a chance to offer this great bubbly on Pre-Sale at a nice discount plus FREE SHIPPING! The Brocard […]

“THE” VALUE CABERNET FROM NAPA

Pied-à-Terre is the realization of many years of work Richard Luftig put in working in the wine industry and realizing that you should be able to find a well-priced bottle of Napa Cabernet under $30.00! Pied-à-Terre 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Retail 32.00 – GGWC 28.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12 BOTTLES Use code PAT10CS […]

Wine of the Month

Stolpman Vineyards is one of the larger vineyard holdings in Santa Barbara at 220 acres, but they sell a lot more than they make into their own wines.  That said, the Angeli bottling is the very best of the best of their estate, or the crème de la crème as the French would say.  The […]

Portalupi 2012 Zinfandel Russian River Valley – ZIN OF THE YEAR!

Portalupi is a small family owned winery that was created by a husband and wife team in 2002.  Their goal was to create wines worthy of their Italian ancestry.  Having traversed the gamut of premium wineries I would say they succeeded in their quest and the results are some very high-quality wines, at an economically […]

Killer Syrah wins blinds tasting

In a recent blind tasting of great Syrahs we had a real surprise jump out!  Our group of 15 lined up some great wines, including: Carlisle “James Berry” (94 WA) Bedrock (94 WA) Chalk Hill (94 WA) Two Hands “Lily’s Garden” (92 WS) Piedrasassi (92 WA) Lucia “Susan’s Hill (95 WA) Lucia “Garys’” (94 WA) […]

5 Barrel Pinot Noir find of the year (Only 5 cases allocated)

I was asked where do I find these gems…the answer, I knock on every door where I see vines planted in the front yard and ask to taste it.  That is how I found yet another gem “Attune” winery.   Attune is a new project from Auteur winemaker Ken Juhasz that will not disappoint the seasoned […]

100 Point winemaker’s latest release

Kapcsandy is on a roll the last couple of years, having produced three 100 point rated wines and it does not seem to stop. The winery owner’s tale starts in Hungary where he escapes a bloody revolution in 1956 and winds up on the West Coast via stops in the Bay Area and Seattle. Fast […]