Category Archives: Employee Pick

Learn more about one of the hottest Burgundy producers!

Remoissenet Père et Fils is one of the hottest boutique Burgundy producers, a 13.5 hectare (over 33 acres) Burgundian estate and négociant house located in Beaune. I have had the last 3 vintages from Remoissent, and every year the quality level improves dramatically. A wonderful tasting the other day with Remoissenet President Pierre Rovani, such a character and […]

Araujo; one of elite estates in the Napa Valley

Araujo has always been considered one of elite estates in the Napa Valley, and the flagship ‘Eisele’ Cabernet always scores in the top tier with all the critics. The estate is located east of Calistoga and is centered around the historic ‘Eisele’ vineyard which was first planted over 125 years ago. The unique terroir of this […]

I am head over heels for this Cabernet!

Does Cabernet get any better than this? It’s not completely over the top or overly extracted; it is one of the most purest, precision, and detailed Cabernets I tasted all of last year.  This wine is like a transformer, constantly evolving, changing by the minute, bursting out layers and layers of complexion. The 2012 To […]

2012 Teeter Totter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

I scored this fabulous wine 95 Points when we tasted it, and Wine Spectrum Advisors collectively scored this 95+ Points; I suspect this will be 96 Points in a short amount of time as it will get even better!  This is gorgeous Cabernet that is firing on all cylinders right now, and will continue to […]

Melka + Barbour + 2012 Vintage = Magic

I love a team that works well together to produce an excellent product. In the wine world there are a lot of great winemakers, and fewer great viticulturist. It is not too often that they come together, but when they do….. the results are astounding. Now combine that combination with a vintage like 2012…. the […]

This Pinot Noir reminds me of Williams Selyem, Gary Farrell, and…

This Pinot Noir reminds me of Williams Selyem, Gary Farrell, and Rochioli Pinots.  I was so impressed with the fact that this is NOT an over-extracted Pinot Noir. It’s not the big, over the top, juicy wine that seems to be a fad in California right now.  This is a pristine pinot, with minerality, elegance, and precision. […]

One of the top 5 wines I have ever experienced…

This is one of the most eclectic, fascinating, mesmerizing wines I have ever tasted in my life.  I have tasted an amazing array of remarkable wines, and this wine is simply breath taking. It’s actually comical when you put this in your mouth and play with it; the density, concentration, richness, balance, power, intensity, elegance, […]

‘Bartolucci Vineyard’ sandwiched between Abreu & Spottswoode

I had a bottle of the 2010 Honig Bartolucci Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet in San Francisco over the weekend and absolutely loved it.  I have always supported Honig wines and inquired about the availability of their top of the line Cabernet yesterday.  I now understand why Honig has always been “hush-hush” about this bottling.  The […]

In vino felicitas. In wine there is happiness.

In vino felicitas. In wine there is happiness. There is also truth, as we have been reminded, and one of the truths in my life is to make wine. I conceived the Ilaria label to share with you the geographical, cultural, intellectual and historical aspects of wine.    An excellent domestic Malbec by Ilaria. Ilaria is Italian for […]