Archive for March 2011

Article on BDX

The Bordeaux market is complicated.  There are some pretty big companies that own many of the producers, the Chateaus themselves, negociants, importers, distributors, and retailers-it becomes a little complicated, really quickly. This article by Wine Spectator talks about how the United State’s largest purchasing and redistribution agent; Chateau & Estates, has left the market and […]

2006 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

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NOTES: This wine shows off a clean and pure cab nose that has a touch of wood and deep fruits.  The palate is dense, rich and deep with large chain wood tannins that back big blackberry, currant and black plum fruits.  The texture is very nice up front and has hints of sage and mint […]

2006 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon

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I know that we’ve already talked about these guys, and this wine specifically.  It is one of the wine club wines and I think it rep’s one of the best values in Cabernet from California.  Seriously, it is a wine that you can age and it will improve.  This price point is solid (at $45) […]

2008 Municipal Winemakers Cabernet Sauvignon

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If Charlie Sheen were talking about buying and drinking this wine he would say “WINNING!”  At $27 retail, this wine is a micro production (read: super hand made) from the exciting new Happy Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara County. NOTES: This wine has a deep dark nose that shows oak and minerality.  The palate is […]

2007 Josh Cabernet Sauvignon

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Great low alcohol Cabernet! Made by a former sommelier, this wine is delicious.

Questions on the stylistic future of wine…

With Robert Parker stepping down from rating California wines there is quite a bit of speculation going on about what is going to happen in the vacuum that will exist in his absence.  There is Antonio Galloni, who is going to take up Parker’s formidable job of rating every wine in California once a year.  […]

Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 2007

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Blackbird Vineyards is located in the heart of Oakville, in the middle of the valley floor.  They have managed to enter the market as a highly coveted brand, and accomplished this around the time that the economy was tanking.  After tasting the wine, and reading a little bit about their story, I can see why. […]

Domaine la Barroche Chateaunuf du Pape 2007

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This is a very impressive wine, from a benchmark producer and a good vintage.  The wine showed very good structure and composition; it is texturally awesome, having a weighty and viscous palate but at the same time great acidity and big tannins which pushed through and gave the wine a nice lightness.  The palate has […]

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