Posts tagged: 2016

A DOUBLE 96+ POINT “Expressive, Long Haul, Fairy Tale” Cabernet by the former Screaming Eagle Winemaker, Andy Erickson

When Xavier Cervantes was scouting properties in Napa, he looked in all the usual hallowed ground for vineyards: Oakville, Rutherford, Pritchard Hill. The Mexico City entrepreneur got close — in escrow — twice, once with a property on Atlas Peak, once on Howell Mountain. Both fell through at the 11th hour. It took seven years, […]

Under $60 , 100% Estate CAB GEM = MUST HAVE

Halter Ranch is a small, family-owned winery located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida District.  The “pulse’ of Rhone Varietals in California.  All the wines produced by this small winery are 100% Estate-grown.  Aside from growing various “Rhone” varietals, they also have “Bordeaux” varietals on their estate.   The “Ancestor” is named for the […]

“Trifecta” for Gallica Cabernet with 3 x 96 Point ratings

Rosemary Cakebread is among the seasoned winemakers who have been instrumental in bringing Napa Valley Cabernet to prominence. After earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery, where she took her first winery job right after college. […]

95 Point EPIC Napa Merlot, by First Growth Producer

  If the Hyde Vineyard would be located in Bordeaux, it would for sure be classified as First Growth – no doubt!  But even in California this vineyard is very much sought out by wineries, and everyone that gets to buy some of this terrific fruit winds up making amazing wines! Larry Hyde 2016 Merlot […]

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A Napa Cult Cabernet for your collection

Aurora Vineyard is nestled in a small valley midway up Diamond Mountain on a large knoll located at an elevation of 1,200 feet. The knoll projects off the mountainside, giving the vineyard full Southern exposure and open light from the East and West and protection from Napa Valley’s summer fog. Six acres of the vineyard […]

VALUE CABERNET OF THE MONTH

Winery Notes: “Always showing its Cabernet Sauvignon pedigree, the wine delivers a Bordeaux-like statement due to its final blending with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petite Verdot. The wine has an approachable suppleness, full of ripe black cherry fruitness combined with flashes of dark chocolate shavings lightly dusted with mild paprika spice. Immediately engaging, the wine […]

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Stunning 97 Point Cabernet by Winemaker of the Year!

  Francoise Peschon winemaker for Cornell, Vine Hill Ranch (100 points), Drinkward- Peschon, Heimark, Araujo (1993 – 2013) etc. has been crafting wine in the Napa Valley for decades now.  With 34 harvests under her belt, Peschon’s scope of influence is just as great as big-name consultants like Philippe Melka, Celia Welch and Helen Turley, […]

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#8 OF THE YEAR – STUNNING CABERNET in stock now!

By winemaker Jennifer Williams, former winemaker at Spottswoode. She was named 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 […]

96+ Point “White Burgundy” grown in California

If the Hyde Vineyard would be located in Burgundy, it would for sure be classified as Premiere Cru – no doubt!  But even in California this vineyard is very much sought out by wineries, and everyone that gets to buy some of this terrific fruit winds up making amazing wines! Hyde 2016 Chardonnay, Estate – […]

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The Best Quality to Value Ratio California Pinot Noir

Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 3 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name “The […]

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