ARNAUD MORTET Gevrey Chambertin 2016

Arnaud Mortet Gevrey Chambertin

A “friendly” young Gevrey Chambertin. From nose to the end of its 25 second finish get dark ripe cherries (griottes!), more ripe berries, plums and pomegranate, ripe tannins, a little cocoa and dry aged beef. Very accessible for such a young one. You could drink this tonight without guilt. More Information Owner/winemaker Arnaud Mortet is […]

BUISSON CHARLES Meursault 2015

Buisson Charles Meursault

Impressive how so much aroma and flavor is packed into the 750 ML bottle. Starts smoky and bright with roasted whole lemons, citrus blossoms, sliced white peaches and fresh from the oven biscuits. Taste lemon sorbet, caramel, buttered wheat toast, roast hazelnuts (naturally!) and apple butter. This is super-intense. If the same wine was a […]

JEROME GRADASSI Chateauneuf du Pape 2016

Jerome Gradassi Chateauneuf du Pape

This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre. It has a deep, ripe core of sun-ripened blue and blackberries with a supporting cast of black currants, cola, leg of lamb (gamy), black pepper and mint. I like the power, and with a one hour decant I’d be happy to drink it tonight. But I […]

SANTA DUC Cotes du Rhone Les Quatre Terres 2015

Santa Duc Quatre Terres

Domaine Santa Duc Quatre Terres is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% combined of Cinsault, Carignane and Clairette. Grapes grow in four distinct plots owned and farmed by Santa Duc. (See below for more on this.) The wine marries ripe wild strawberries and plums with new leather, veal stock and […]

COLLUSION Red Wine 2016

Collusion Red Wine

Collusion Red is a blend of 43% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Malbec and 4% Syrah. The grapes come from sub-appellations Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills. Napa producer Grounded Wine Co makes the wine in Washington. Fruit-forward, medium-full bodied, big smooch of oak (30% new French oak-aged), soft tannins, medium acidity and, finally, cocoa […]

DEOVLET Pinot Noir “Sanford & Benedict” 2015

Deovlet Pinot Noir Sanford Benedict

Man oh man, this Pinot Noir from owner/winemaker Ryan Deovlet has it all. Aromatic: red roses, musk, cologne, dark wild cherries. Loads of fruity taste in the mouth. Dark raspberries, plums and cherries with licorice, cinnamon and cedar lurking behind. Full bodied for cool-climate Pinot Noir. With air it gets deeper and richer. All this is […]

DEOVLET Chardonnay “Sanford & Benedict” 15

Deovlet Chardonnay Sanford Benedict

California Chardonnay doesn’t get much better than the Deovlet Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict to my taste. From 40+ year old, own-rooted vines in the very cool confines of western Santa Barbara County. Intense, richness, buzzing acidity. The rocky soil, citrus and stone fruits and light-handed winemaking all come together to make a “Chablis-like” Chardonnay in […]

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose

Allimant Laugner Brut Rose

A house favorite, and a Napa Valley favorite, the Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose is 100% Pinot Noir, methode traditionelle (in line with the French appellation laws of Cremant. This is a delicious $20 or under sparkling. Medium dosage for Brut, meaning you can pick up a twinge of sweetness. Strawberry, blood orange, rose […]

Y ROUSSEAU Cabernet Sauvignon Le Roi Soleil 15

Y Rousseau Cabernet Sauvignon

A whole lot of love was put into every bottle of the Y Rousseau Cabernet Le Roi Soleil. From the northern Pritchard Hill portion of Stagecoach…pretty awesome grapes. Just over 2 barrels made, so Yannick Rousseau could watch the wine development like a daddy watching his newborn child. This is 100% Cab Sauv, aged in […]

Y ROUSSEAU Tannat “The Musketeer” 2013

Y Rousseau Tannat Musketeer

You won’t happen upon high end Tannat every day. Napa’s Yannick Rousseau specializes in it, Reason One is he’s from the grape’s homeland: Gascony. (More about this in the next paragraph.) This 100% Tannat from the slightly mystical “Alder Springs Vineyard” in northwest Mendocino County is impressive. 85% new French oak aged makes for sweet, […]

Y ROUSSEAU Tannat 2014

Y ROUSSEAU Tannat 2014

For a little taste of France in a California wine, this Y Rousseau Tannat is a good choice. All the Tannat is from “Alder Springs Vineyard” in northern Mendocino County with 5% each Merlot and Cab Sauv from Sonoma and Napa, respectively, rounding out the wine. Aggressive on first sip, this wine is like a […]

HAYFORK Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon

Every Napa Cabernet lover who’s comfortable dropping $75 on a bottle of wine should buy at least a case of the HAYFORK Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. It’s very ripe yet neither jammy or syrupy, luscious, a little spicy, and directly to the point, a big mouthful of pleasure. The oak (70% new French oak) is obvious but […]

COHO Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Coho Cabernet Sauvignon

Straightforward and immediately gratifying, the COHO Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 does not disappoint. Its toasty barrel, sweet black cherry, blackberry pie, cappuccino with cinnamon sprinkles flavors and creamy texture make for a slam-dunk recommendation for all Napa Cab drinkers. A good value for delicious, unctuous Napa Cabernet at $65/bottle. More information Since 2002 Coho Winery has […]

Coho Merlot Michael Black 2013

Coho Merlot Michael Black

A stunningly good wine, the Coho Merlot Michael Black 2013 delivers a Right Bank Bordeaux aroma along with a Napa Valley ripe fruit and textural impact. Sweet and savory are in unison. There’s black licorice, espresso, oiled leather, black truffle and ripe cherry that starts dark red and moves to black as the wine breathes. […]

POST & Vine “Old Vine Field Blend” 2014

Post & Vine Old Vine Field Blend

The Post & Vine Old Vine Field Blend is equal parts Petite Sirah, Carignane and Grenache from 60+ year old vines in Redwood Valley, eastern Mendocino County (warm!). This is a special red wine that combines ripe berry fruits, healthy acidity, dried spice and exotic flower smells and flavors. The brambly berry, spicy, bold flavors […]

Frog’s Leap Rosé 2017

Frogs Leap Rose

Stalwart Napa winery gets Carignane (92%) and Valdiguie (8%) to make their purposeful Rosé. “Provencal style,” in the words of Frog’s Leap founder, owner and co-winemaker John Williams. This has a light orange/brick red color then gentle aromas of lavender, strawberry, thyme, orange tea and crushed white peppercorns. Taste is more of the same, falling […]

Y ROUSSEAU “Son of a Butcher” 2016

Y Rousseau Son of a Butcher

Blend of 45% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Get ripe, dark blackberries and blueberries, cocoa, allspice, roast coffee beans, black licorice and black pepper. Medium acidity, low tannins, ripe but not overly so, rich and super-easy to like. If you’re familiar with Tannat you might expect high tannins. Not the […]

TAPLIN Cabernet Sauvignon “Terra 9” 2013

Taplin Cabernet Terra 9

Oh man, the Taplin Cabernet Sauvignon will knock your socks off with power, persistence and deliciousness. Smell and taste chocolate covered black cherries, black licorice, blackberry liqueur, roast beef fat, cedar cigar box… classic Napa Valley floor Cabernet sensations. All this is nicely framed by sweet, toasty oak – carefully added. Drink now or hold […]