Archive for the ‘Domestic’ Category

Cayalla RTW red table wine 2004

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The Cayalla RTW (red table wine) from the south west part of Washington. This wine has fruit from north east Oregon as well, and over-delivers in several ways.  The blend has Cab Franc, Cab Sav., Merlot and Syrah, and it has 5+ years of bottle age on it.  These two factors combine nicely to reveal […]

Rond Pond Cabernet 2006

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So, when you think of Napa you think of Cabernet, right?  And when you think of Cabernet, you think of Rutherford, right?  Well you should.  Rutherford has the rare combination of perfect conditions which produce, year in, year out, some of the best Cabernet wines in the world.  Sun exposure, temperature, soil, drainage and a […]

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 […]

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.

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. […]

Pacific Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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This is a great work horse wine to have stashed all over the house.  I picked up a case of it prior to the holidays and have gone through most of it with great pleasure.  Bring it to a dinner party or open it at one of your own.  Drink it now, you don’t need […]

Babcock Ritas Earth Pinot Noir 2009

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The search for Pinot Noir can be tricky.  I am personally drawn to a lighter style that allows for the personality of the vineyard, grapes and winemaker to show through.  In my opinion, that is what makes Pinot special.  The Rita’s Earth comes from some of the most hallowed ground in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita […]

Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendocino

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This is an organically and bio dynamically farmed property in Mendocino. If you are familiar with the bio dynamic process, you will notice the horns in the logo which are buried in the vineyard at a certain point in the year. The nose is minty with deep chocolate and crushed raspberries on the nose.  The […]

Kistler: California Bellweather Changes Gears

There is great debate and much challenge in producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California these days.  Should you make a more classic wine, or a big rich wine?  If your price point is going to be over $30, it better be good and probably needs to have press to back it up.  If you […]

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