Posts tagged: 2019

A Seductive Napa Valley Cabernet Blend that is boisterously expressive but not crazy expensive

  In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred-year-old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and […]

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An UNDER $30 Red blend

  The 2018 Old Soul Red (a blend of 43% Zinfandel, 31% Malbec, 26% Petite Sirah) is probably one of the best value non-mainstream red blends currently on the market. Sourced from 100% organic, and biodynamic vineyards, the “OSR” will please both your palate as well as the wallet! This wine has a beautiful, deep ruby […]

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LAST CALL 4 “Shared Notes” by Jeff Pisoni & Bibiana Gonzalez Rave, THE BEST SB “duo” in California

  Shared Notes is a winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave (Cattleya, and former Pahlmeyer & Wayfarer winemaker) and Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia, Luli, etc. winemaker). Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced […]

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LAST CALL FOR THIS OUTSTANDING 2019 HUDSON ESTATE CHARDONNAY

Winemaker Clayton Kirchhoff did it again! Another stunning, very Burgundian-like Hudson Chardonnay was produced! If this vineyard were to be in Burgundy, it would definitely have Premier-Cru status! Lee Hudson is probably one of the best, if not the best wine grower in the valley. Many great wineries (Kongsgaard, Aubert, Kistler, etc.) have been sourcing […]

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This “Familiar Air” MMXIX Cabernet is a real WAW (What A Wine)

Familiar Air is the former Passenger winery. The Passenger label is dead, but long live Familiar Air. After an amicable separation the lady got to keep the vineyard source and the winemaker, but not the name of the label. They decided to bury the hatchet and the “Passenger” name all together. The Winemaker Tony Biagi (Vineyardist, Patria, Hourglass, […]

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98 Point Rated Dumol running low

  Time flies, as this is the 24th release of DUMOL! I remember meeting Kerry Murphy (who sadly passed away last year in July) way back when he started DuMOL and tasting through the first bottles of what has now turned into a real success story. Andy Smith, his longtime winemaker, rolled up his sleeves and […]

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Former Spottswoode winemaker brings Spain to California – 25% OFF

  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 […]

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A FUN WHITE GEM THAT WILL PLEASE PALATE & WALLET!

  The Côtes du Coast offers more exotic pineapple, tangerine, marmalade, and honeyed notes, with a pure, medium to full-bodied, elegant, incredibly pure style on the palate. This is a sensational white that is underpriced in today’s market. The wine is aged in 26% New French oak, 54% neutral French oak, and 20% stainless steel. Sans […]

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An UNDER $70 Napa Cabernet that tastes like a $200 one!

  The 2019 Fait-Main “Teeter Totter” Cabernet Sauvignon with its opaque ruby/purple-color exhibits tons of fruit on the nose: crème de cassis, blackcurrants and blackberries intermixed with notes of baking spices, lavender, graphite and licorice. It is big, bold and full-bodied, round and juicy loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of cigar spice and […]

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“VALUE” 94+ POINT WINES FROM HALCON

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountain top overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard. With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set […]

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