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2012 Hourglass III Red Blend

Wine Review: 2012 Hourglass III Red Blend Napa Valley, California Hourglass owners Jeff and Carolyn Smith decided to replant parts of their Blueline vineyard, and the fruit from the new plantings went into this blend. It’s a new wine that winemaker Anthony Biagi (of Plumpjack) conceptualized and as you might expect, the wine is quite […]

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Wine Review: Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2011 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California Looking for a great value and superb flavor in a California Cabernet Sauvignon look no further. The 2011 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon will serve you well; whether it is a holiday gift destined to impress the most finicky enophile, or just a solid […]

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Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2012 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California The grapes that sourced the 2012 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon are pretty special. Back in the day, Dr. Kliewer, the Dean of Viticulture at UC Davis identified the soil types on the Hourglass parcel as Hambright, a soil so unique, one might consider it striking […]

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Lula Cellars Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2012 Lula Cellars Pinot Noir, Mendocino, California Lula Cellars produced this wine from fruit grown in some of the cooler parts of Mendocino that lie just outside of Anderson Valley. (more…)

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Niner Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2010 Niner Cabernet Sauvignon Bootjack Ranch Paso Robles, California Tasting this Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon from Niner was a truly nostalgic experience for me. My journey with Paso Robles wines dates back to 1995. I was working for Kimpton at the eponymous Splendido located on Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.  (more…)

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Trivento Malbec Reserve

Wine Review: 2013 Trivento Malbec Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina . In a sea of offerings that are mostly fantastic, this Malbec stands out from the crowd. Offering up complex aromas including a barnyardy (not bretty) sinewy masculine bouquet that also includes seductive chocolate and cherry+ blue+ berry aromas. (more…)

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