Archive for September 2010

Charles Smith In The News: What is a winemaker?

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There are a couple stories in the wine news right now that are very interesting; Charles Smith, the winemaker for ‘K Vintners’ and part of the group that made the Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon that we sent out as one of our wine club wines, has filed a lawsuit against some individuals who made anonymous […]

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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If you don’t know, Faust is the second label to Quintessa, but has many of the same features without the same price tag.  The wine is about 1/2 estate fruit from Quintessa, and 1/2 from a vineyard in south Napa in the Coombsville area. NOTES:  The palate is soft and has great density from a […]

J. Vidal Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

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NOTES: This wine has an elegant cherry cola nose and a brick-ish color.  This Rhone classic is soft on the palate and shows darker fruits with good minerality and bright acidity that play out in a balanced and well organized way.  There are nuances of cedar and tobacco leaf in the back of the palate, […]

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

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The 2007 Cotes du Rhone from Vidal-Fleury seriously outperforms its price point.  At about $13-$15 there is hardly a wine that would do a better job. NOTES: Ripe blackberry nose smells like blackberry pie or preserves taste.  The wine is big, full and fat on the palate and is complimented by a nice layer of […]

Solomon Hills Chardonnay 2008

This is the first release from the Miller Family’s estate vineyards.  They have extensive land holdings in the Central Coast including the Bien Nacido Vineyard, French Camp Vineyard, and Solomon Hills Vineyard.  This is a small production wine (several hundred cases) that consists of best lot selection from the Solomon Hills Vineyard and barrel selection […]

How to Navigate a Trade Tasting

There are as many opinions on this subject as there are people at a wine tasting.  There is no ‘right answer’, but there are strategies that can be useful.  As a starting point, it makes sense to know why you are going to the event; am I a supplier trying to meet customers/accounts, a supplier […]

CabCritic issues wine club shipment

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At CabCritic, we try to help you understand, explore and appreciate wine.  It is mission critical that each bottle you take home with you is interesting and tells you a story.  The most recent shipment of wine has some classics, as well as some quagmires.  If you missed out and want to get in, contact […]

Rene Noel Legrand, Saumur Champigny, Les Lizieres 2006

This wine is from the Loire Valley in France.  Wines from Saumur Champigny are Cab Franc based and can have Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d’Aunis. This wine has a very light and interesting nose, in a way that only southern French wines can pull off with charm.  It has deep red fruits and minerality in […]

Barrack’s Piocho 2007 gives us a look at Happy Canyon

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Here is a wine that comes out swinging.  Santa Ynez Valley is home to the one of the smallest and newest AVA in America; Happy Canyon.  At least I’m pretty sure it is still the smallest and newest at this point.  The Piocho label from Barrack is a great way to get a glimpse of […]

Dan Berger’s ‘The Collapse of Cabernet’

If you don’t keep an eye out for Dan Berger’s articles at The Napa Valley Register, you should make sure to try and do so.  He’s always an interesting read and bringing up salient conversations.  The Collapse of Cabernet article is no exception. Mr. Berger’s article says that Cabernet has morphed into a wine that […]

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