Posts tagged: 2015

The Last C-Beck Ever!

Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby the Hourglass, 3 […]

Monday July 15th, 2019 in , , , , | No Comments »

An UNDER $45 Napa Cabernet

Boris Guillome is a 20+ year wine industry veteran, having worked in some of California’s best wine establisments.  In 2013, he decided that his next challenge would be to create his own label, so he hired Helen Keplinger as his winemaker and set out to find exceptional sites and the best fruit possible. These wines […]

4 Decade Napa veteran‘s Power House Cabernet

Sandi Belcher is an industry veteran having made the Long wines (now Gandona winery) on Pritchard Hill for2 decades. After Long vineyards was sold, Sandi started making with with partner John Arns and here we are 2 decades later and she is still going strong. The Arns Estate vineyard sits at the bottom of Howell […]

CALI Pinot BEATS top French, Oregon & California PINOTS

In a recent tasting of 12 California and Oregon Pinots, and French Red Burgundies a surprise wine arose among the pack of highly rated and highly regarded wines. The line-up included: Domaine Faiveley “Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru” 96 Vinous Domaine Dujac    “Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts 1er Cru” 96 Vinous Domaine Robert Groffier    “Chambertin […]

Thursday June 20th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

97 Point Napa Cab Gem under $80

Always fun to find a hidden gem – Leto is one of them!  The wine is made by Brad Warner, a longtime Napa veteran (50 years).  The name Leto has Greek origins meaning, “the hidden one,” which speaks to Brad’s decades of experience behind-the-scenes for other producers. The 2015 Leto Cabernet, is sourced from a […]

A 96 Point Rated Napa Oldie, but Goodie Cabernet

Ric Forman does not need an introduction.  Forman goes back to 1978 when Ric purchased the current winery/vineyard on a ridge at the base of Howell Mountain overlooking the town of St. Helena. A remarkable site, it has produced some unusually elegant wines.  The first vintage was 1983… and still counting. Forman 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate […]

95 Point, Grand-Cru Syrah from California’s Best Single Vineyard Site

“Site” is a new venture from  Jeremy Weintraub (longtime Seavey winemaker).  He sources from the best “Sites” in California.  This latest Syrah is just a good example.  The 2015 Site  is sourced from the Bien Nacido Vineyard.  Bien Nacido Vineyard would be considered “Grand Cru” if they were located in France. Accolades: “Top Grand Cru […]

Friday May 31st, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Coho … A Cab worth reeling in

I am thrilled to introduce the new Coho Cabernet Sauvignon from the very (small) 2015 vintage. The wine is sourced from two family-owned vineyards located in the Napa Valley (Sugarloaf East 88% & Perata 12%). Winemaker Phil Titus (longtime “star” at Chappellet) produced an amazing, crowd-pleasing wine! As always the Coho production is limited, only 208 cases produced of this vintage […]

Tuesday May 21st, 2019 in , , , , | No Comments »

CELIA WELCH’S MOST UNDERSTATED & UNDER THE RADAR CABERNET

This fully ripe Cabernet Sauvignon shows intensely aromatic tones of spiced plums, cranberry, cherry tobacco, and a note of warm toasty vanilla. On the palate the texture is immediately broad and plush, with bright, fresh berry notes and dusty mocha/dark cherry flavors both simultaneously enveloping the palate. The finish displays surprisingly resolved tannins given the […]

A 95 Point Modern Marvel

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the […]