Category: Tasting Notes


By winemaker Jennifer Williams, one of the rising stars of Napa Valley winemaking, the 2016 Black Label is produced with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Lewelling, Criscione, and Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyards. This wine took spot number 8 in our annual list of the best wines Napa has to offer! Only 202 cases were produced. […]

Wednesday December 11th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The eagerly awaited Carlisle 2017 Fall Releases are now in stock! Better get yours before they are all gone! Carlisle 2017 Papera Ranch Zinfandel, Russian River Valley GGWC 51.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more Use code CARLISLE during checkout Mix & match with other CARLISLE OK Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. An incredibly high-toned, expressive […]

Tuesday December 10th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Wine is NOT Rocket Science… or is it?

John Caldwell grew up in Napa into a family that ran a shoe business. John eventually turned one business into many more.  Living in Napa and 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 […]

Saturday December 7th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

96 Point Chardonnay Stunner!

I met Greg Brewer in the late 1990s when he was the assistant winemaker at Santa Barbara winery. He had just made his (own) first two barrels of wine and was very excited about it – I didn’t disagree!  He immediately received great accolades, and 20 years later he’s still at it.  His latest “3D” […]

Friday December 6th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

French Laundry, Benu & Michael Mina’s Favorite & Featured Grand-Cru = FREE SHIPPING

“Site” is a new venture from  Jeremy Weintraub (longtime Seavey winemaker).  He sources from the best “Sites” in California. This latest Viognier is just a good example. The 2016 Site is sourced from the Larner Vineyard.  The Larner Vineyard would be considered a “Grand Cru” if it was located in France. The wine is on the […]

Wednesday December 4th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Blind Tasting (Pinot Noir) winner!

Our last Pinot Noir Blind Tasting of year concluded with a surprise winner. We lined up the following great Pinots from California & Oregon: Brickhouse “Les Dijonnais” (95 Points) Morlet “Coteaux Nobles” (96 Points) Brewer Clifton “Hapgood” (95 Points) Rhys “Alpine” (95 Points) Liquid Farm “Spear” (95 Points) Kistler “Cuvee Natalie Silver Belt” (96 Points) […]

Tuesday December 3rd, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

ARE YOU KIDDING? An UNDER $55 Thomas Rivers Brown 95 Point Napa Cab!

The farmer works to produce the best crop possible, knowing once it leaves their hands, they no longer have control. The winemaker, regardless of skill and ability, can only work with what comes through the winery doors. Matt Hardin, a 6th generation Napa resident and farmer, is a partner in Barbour Vineyards, one of the […]

Sunday December 1st, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A Modern Day California Bubbly that will “tickle” the palate, and not hurt your wallet!

“Carboniste” is a new, very exciting sparkling wine project by husband and wife duo, Jacqueline and Dan Person.   Dan was the longtime assistant winemaker Schramsberg (Napa Valley’s oldest & premium Sparkling wine producer) and quite some years at Larkmead.  His wife worked  as an invested consultant for a large winery.  Together they decided to […]

Wednesday November 27th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Old Timer Napa Cabernet Producer is Still Rocking It!

Frank Altamura’s lifelong pursuit as a winemaker is fueled by his passion for viticulture. Born and raised in Napa Valley, Frank began working with his cousin, a vineyard manager, right out of  high school and knew that this would be his life’s calling. Formal viticultural training began at Sterling Vineyards in 1976 where he began […]

Tuesday November 26th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Stunning, Sexy, Scarlett Cabernet

Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 […]

Monday November 25th, 2019 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »