Monthly Archives: July 2015

Over 100 years of growing excellence.

The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. Giuseppe had been […]

The rarest wine ever vs a newly discovered jewel

2013 Amizetta ‘Estate Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Wine Spectrum 96+: The 2013 ‘Estate Reserve’ Cabernet shows a similar profile to the Estate Cabernet, but with even more depth and intensity. Fresh black cherry, black raspberry and cassis aromas lead to enticing flavors of blackberry compote and red plum jam, with hints of mocha, graphite, and cocoa […]

Oakville Winegrowers Association

Question: What do Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Dalla Valle, Opus One, Bond, Nickel & Nickel, Far Niente, Peter Michael, PlumpJack, and Martha’s Vineyard have in common? Answer: Besides being some of the biggest names in the world of wine, they are also all members of the Oakville Winegrowers. FOUNDING Oakville Winegrowers is an organization formed in […]

Purlieu & Le Pich; A Team Dedicated to the Best

Purlieu Wines, and their sister label Le Pich, are fairly new Napa Valley luxury producers. The wines produced are crafted with care by the amazing team of winemaker Julien Fayard (he spent five years as the director of winemaking at Phillipe Melka’s, Atelier Melka) and vineyard manager Steve Matthiasson (consultant to a wide array of Napa estates including […]

A beautiful week of tastings.

2012 Sojourn ‘Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Wine Spectrum 95+: This wine was produced from famed Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford. This vineyard is the former Beaulieu Vineyard No. 3, originally planted by Georges DeLatour in 1928.  Soils are primarily sandy loam, with a fair amount of rock from the old creek bed that […]

Tasting some familiar favorites and making some new friends.

This week saw us taste some new vintages of our favorite wines. We were able to taste the new Parador’s (Learn more about Parador), Michel Turgy Champagne, La Pitchoune (Learn more about La Pitchoune), and Ca’ Vitorria Prosecco. What is even more exciting is that we discovered some new wines that may become future favorites […]