Category: Tasting Notes

A must have Syrah with all the nuts & bolts included

  For many, Nuts & Bolts functions as the Herman Story Gateway Drug. Each vintage delivers a Syrah of exceptional structure, body and power. Nuts & Bolts is built of the most opulent, expressive Syrah barrels in the cellar. Herman Story 2019 Syrah, Nuts & Bolts GGWC 55.99 net item FREE SHIPPING on 6 or […]

Saturday May 8th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on A must have Syrah with all the nuts & bolts included

This Russell Bevan wine will Rock your World!

The Bevan 2019 Petaluma Gap is a rich, powerful Pinot that delivers exactly what you’d expect from Bevan, tons of fruit in a balanced, seamless package. Black cherries, blackcurrants, graphite, and roasted herb notes all emerge from this full-bodied, powerful effort that has good acidity and length. Bevan 2019 Pinot Noir “Petaluma Gap” Sonoma Coast […]

Thursday May 6th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on This Russell Bevan wine will Rock your World!

Screaming Eagle at 1/10 the cost

Arietta is the name for wines born of a passion for music. The name Arietta, meaning short aria or art song, expresses our belief that all great wines must sing. Both wine & song should “take flight,” in the course of which the qualities of balance, vibrancy, depth, overtones, and complexity resonate and give us […]

Wednesday May 5th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on Screaming Eagle at 1/10 the cost

“Impressive, breathtaking” and very much BELOW the Radar “cult” 97 Point Cabernet

Almost 20 years ago Henry and Vanessa Cornell purchased a plot of rugged land in the Mayacamas Range just west of the Spring Mountain District where vines had been tended by early settlers.  The vineyard is located at 1900 feet,which are amongst the highest in Sonoma.  The property is two hundred acres, but only twenty […]

Tuesday May 4th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on “Impressive, breathtaking” and very much BELOW the Radar “cult” 97 Point Cabernet

Heidi Barrett’s STUNNING new Chardonnay (very limited – only 160 cases produced)

Heidi Barrett, the original Screaming Eagle winemaker just announced a brand new wine from La Sirena! Although she made Chardonnay a number of times for her clients over the years, she was not compelled to make her own until a special vineyard site became available in 2016. Well-known vineyard manager Ulysses Valdez told her he […]

Monday May 3rd, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on Heidi Barrett’s STUNNING new Chardonnay (very limited – only 160 cases produced)

Powerful, broad, complex 95 Point White = FREE SHIPPING

A childhood dream, let’s hook up when we are all grown up and start a winery together. That is the story of two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) and their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis. They teamed up to pursue their live-long dream to make wine. While working at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead […]

Sunday May 2nd, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on Powerful, broad, complex 95 Point White = FREE SHIPPING

Stunning 96 Point Cali Pinot, you’d believe it is Grand Cru Burgundy!

Husband and wife, Nick Peay & Vanessa Wong, grow and make the wine and brother Andy Peay manages the business. With minor exceptions, all wines are made from grapes grown on their 53-acre hilltop vineyard located above a river in the far northwestern corner of the West Sonoma Coast, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean […]

Saturday May 1st, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on Stunning 96 Point Cali Pinot, you’d believe it is Grand Cru Burgundy!

Really “ONE OF THE BEST” UNDER $100 Napa Cabernets

It started in 1914 when Eliza & Mads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted numerous farm animals.  Not until the 1990s was the orchard […]

Friday April 30th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on Really “ONE OF THE BEST” UNDER $100 Napa Cabernets

CAUTION: Content is now 100% “legal” but habit forming!

The Prohibition Story about Black Chicken: Going back to the early 1900’s … Hey Aldo, when you come by on Friday, bring me a couple pounds of walnuts, some fruit and vegetables, two dozen eggs and a “Black Chicken”. And thus went one of the hundreds of inquiries during prohibition when selling wine was not […]

Thursday April 29th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on CAUTION: Content is now 100% “legal” but habit forming!

GREAT VALUE / HIGH QUALITY 96 POINT SYRAH

In 1998 Joey Tensley launched Tensley Wines with one hundred cases and one single goal – to start a well-priced, Syrah-driven brand that let the unique vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for themselves. The rest as they say… is history! I love the new Syrah Colson Canyon, a classic Tensley Syrah with its plum […]

Wednesday April 28th, 2021 in Tasting Notes | Comments Off on GREAT VALUE / HIGH QUALITY 96 POINT SYRAH