Posts tagged: 2016

An Under $55.00 Napa Cab Stunner

Almost 20 years ago Scott Palazzo was asked by Thomas Keller, “Chef Extraordinaire” and owner of French Laundry and Per Se restaurants to craft a wine exclusively for him!  That resulted in amazing exposure for this small winery and the rest-as-they-say-is-history. Ever since then Scott’s wine has received great accolades and is selling like hot […]

FOXTROT, not just a dance – Its a wonderful Pinot

The Foxtrot winery was created by Torsten and Kicki Allander who believe that the key to producing world class wine is total control over the grape growing and winemaking process from start to finish. To this day, both remain an integral part of the family business, with Kicki spending her days in the estate vineyard […]

Wednesday July 10th, 2019 in , , , , | No Comments »


This is the 10th release for O’Dwyer and I am proud to be ONLY US establishment to offer this limited produced (Australian) Cabernet – Also the only non-California Cabernet in our inventory. The 2016 O’Dwyer Cabernet might be the very best Cabernet the winery has produced to date!  Very limited and sensational in quality. One would think Napa and […]

This 125 case Hidden Napa Cab Gem will not break the bank!

This ONE acre vineyard located next to Grace Family in St. Helena has been putting out some amazing wine over the past couple of years.  All courtesy of a 100 Point winemaker who turned this little piece of dirt in a pile of gold flakes!  The winery is owned by four friends, neighbors, the Martin […]

Saturday July 6th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

A Kosta Browne Pinot source at ½ the price!

Cuvée Marcy is the latest release from Sandler.  Cuvée Marcy was previously known as KEEFER RANCH.  Kosta Browne purchased the vineyard and have the exclusive name rights to this source.  Sandler is still purchasing the fruit and uses Keefer’s original owner (Marcy) as its moniker instead.  Keefer Ranch Vineyard was planted in 1988 by Marcy Keefer […]


Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]


At a recent blind tasting my longtime tasting group of 17 swishers and tasters lined up some amazing Pinot Noirs: Occidental “SKW” (97 Pt) Littorai “Wendling Block E” (97 Pt) DuMOL “Estate” (96 Pt) Radio-Coteau “Belay” (96 Pt) Paul Lato “Prospect” (96 Pt) Roar “Pisoni” (98 Pt) Pisoni “Estate” (97 Pt) Kosta Browne “Free James” […]

Friday June 28th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

100 Point Winemaker’ Stunning 4 Barrel Pinot Noir from a California Grand Cru Vineyard

Boris Guillome is a 20+ year wine industry veteran, having worked in some of California’s best wine establishments. 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 […]

Blind Tasting Winner – Best Cab Franc in the world!

In a recent blind tasting of Cab Francs from around the world, the small Napa Valley winery Crocker Starr (Pam Starr, former Spottswoode winemaker) won the big prize! Our tasting group of 15 tasted the following French and California wines: Cos d’Estournel (100  Vinous) Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso (98 Vinous) Léoville Las-Cases (98 Vinous) Lynch […]

A 95 Point Under $60 Napa Powerhouse

I can’t believe it but White Rock has been around for over 30 years! I fondly recall their 1987 Claret, which was their second release. That was the first vintage I was introduced to in 1990, the beginning of my “wine career”. The Vandendriessches have an amazing property that is nestled on and between a […]