Best of the Best

…Top Vineyard”Chiles Valley, Napa Valley 2014$ 34DDWA Score: 89Value Rating: 3.9Great Value GREEN & RED Sauvignon Blanc”Catacula Vineyard” Chiles ValleyNapa Valley 2016$ 23DDWA Score: 88.5Value Rating: 3.8Great Value GREEN &…

This Month’s List

…COHO Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley 2017 $ 75DDWA Score: 91Value Rating: 2.4Good Value COHO Merlot”Michael Black Vineyard”Coombsville, Napa Valley 2016$ 55DDWA Score: 94Value Rating: 2.6Good Value LOCALISMSauvignon BlancNapa Valley 2019$ 26DDWA Score:…

THIS MONTH’S SORTABLE LIST

January 2021 2021 is here. I understand the Thank-God-2020-Is-Over sentiment, but it still feels the same. A Covid/Trump malarkey switch wasn’t flipped or anything. We’ll get through, but not without…

CLOS du PRIEUR Terrasses du Larzac 15

75% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 5% Cinsault from the heart of the Languedoc, 30 miles from the Mediterranean & 50 miles from The Rhone Valley. Syrah’s lavender, dark raspberry and black…

Chateau Montmirail Vacqueyras Deux Freres 15

Vacqueyras: Southern Rhone Valley appellation. 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Older vines at around 50 years old. Montmirail is a “traditional producer” in the best sense. Their wines are…

CERRO Petit Verdot Napa Valley 2014

Cerro Petit Verdot 2014

Single vineyard, Rutherford, 100% Petit Verdot. For power, concentration and tannins, think Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Get cocoa-covered dark red & black cherries, smushed up blackberries, roast tarragon & thyme and…

Navarro Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2018

Navarro Pinot Noir

Pretty, cool-climate Pinot Noir, light and refreshing with an element of intensity. Wild red cherries, crisp raspberries, black tea, garden thyme. Lightly framed by French oak – I don’t know…

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…& Cabernet Sauvignon February 4, 2021 – The Fallen Syrah by Drew Neiman January 27, 2021 – Cufflinks Napa Valley White Wine January 26, 2021 – The State of The…

Navarro Chardonnay 2018

Navarro Chardonnay

A joy to drink, the Navarro Mendocino Chardonnay (3/4 Anderson Valley, 1/4 Potter Valley – SE of Ukiah) sports ripe melon, pear, apple and ripe citrus smells and flavors. Its…

Olivia Brion Tempranillo “Shake Ridge” 2016

Olivia Brion Tempranillo

…stand tall. Really lovely…full-flavored yet with a graceful restraint. Fantastic food wine. Pair as you would a structured, complex Napa Valley Merlot. More Information With a history focused on Pinot…

Lunar Ridge Syrah, Coombsville 2017

Lunar Ridge Syrah

…of breathing (decanter or big wine glass, lots of swirling). Lunar Ridge Vineyard is composed of two postage stamp-sized plots, one northwest-facing, the other facing south. The cooler Napa Valley

Belharra Syrah Las Madres 2017

Belharra Syrah

…lingers through a long finish.” More Information Belharra, owned by Anne Fogerty (day job: Rivers Marie) and Camille Gaio (day job: Covert Estate), is a micro-winery based in Napa Valley

CERRO Petit Verdot 13

Single vineyard, Valley floor Rutherford 100% Petit Verdot. Typically blended into Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, this “P.V.” is indeed big, but not AS big as one might expect from…

Read Holland Pinot Noir Deep End 2017

Read Holland Pinot Noir

…are all turned up high which is testament to the quality of fruit and the winemaking. Very good now, best 2023-2030. Anderson Valley’s “Deep End” is the western-most and most…

Read Holland Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray 2017

Read Holland Chardonnay

…Riesling (both from Anderson Valley) and this Chardonnay from the mystical “Peter Martin Ray Vineyard” overlooking the Silicon Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ashley’s resume includes winemaking and production…

David Clinton Zinfandel Teldeschi 2017

David Clinton Zinfandel Mounts

Exceptionally spicy from start to finish, the David Clinton Zinfandel “Teldeschi” comes from 130 year old vines on the Dry Creek Valley’s east side. Amaro, black licorice, black pepper and…

Quigley Family Chenin Blanc 2018

Quigley Chenin Blanc

…the best Chenin Blancs of Touraine, Loire Valley. Dynamite acidity throughout, especially in the long, “stony” finish. As an avowed Loire Valley Chenin fanatic, this wine hit me with all…

Read Holland Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray 2018

Read Holland Chardonnay

…Ashley Holland crafts tiny amounts of Pinot Noir, Riesling (both from Anderson Valley) and this Chardonnay from the mystical “Peter Martin Ray Vineyard” overlooking the Silicon Valley in the Santa…

Read Holland Pinot Noir “Deep End” 2018

Read Holland Pinot Noir

…Holland crafts tiny amounts of Pinot Noir, Riesling (both from Anderson Valley) and this Chardonnay from the mystical “Peter Martin Ray Vineyard” overlooking the Silicon Valley in the Santa Cruz…

Dancing Crow Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dancing Crow Cabernet

…Cabernet comes from two AVAs: Red Hills and Big Valley – both over 2000 feet elevation where the growing days are hot and the nights are cool. 15% Cabernet Sauvignon…

The Many Faces of Chardonnay

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…Score 86.5. Value Rating 3.9. GREAT Value. ALEXANA Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014 ($22). This great value Chardonnay supports Oregon’s claim to be the Burgundy of America. Choose this for a…

LOCALISM Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Localism Cabernet Sauvignon

From “Schwartz Vineyard” in Napa’s Coombsville District, Southeast Napa Valley, where the climate for Napa Cab is slightly cooler than up north. Co-owner/winemaker Ryan Knoth controls the farming of the…

VALUE RATINGS / HOW I TASTE & SCORE

…the Value Rating in action: Mr X Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014, DDWA Score: 93 points. $70/bottle. 93/70 = 1.33 1.33 x 2 (Wine Factor for Napa Cabernets) = Value…