Category Archives: Tasting Round-Up

7 Fun Wines from this Week’s Tastings…

2011 No Girls ‘La Placiencia Vineyard’ Syrah, Walla Walla Valley Wine Spectrum 95+, Wine Advocate 95: In the same mold, with the buzzwords being finesse and elegance, the 2011 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers textbook pepper, olive tapenade, smoke and crunchy berry fruits in its medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured profile. Showing impressive complexity and already […]

What a great week!

This is one of those weeks where you have to pinch yourself when you work here. We tasted an Italian superstar, one of the smalled and most exclusive wines produced in California, and a favorite producer of ours (Parador). What a fantastic way to make a living. 🙂   2013 Oakville Winegrowers ‘Oakville Cuvee’ Cabernet […]

Lucky Number 7

7 Great wines from this week’s tastings! 2012 Tamber Bey ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Oakville  |  ORDER NOW Wine Spectrum 95+ The 2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a rich, sweet nose, with ample stone fruit (plum) and an undertone of mashed strawberry up front, followed by layers of dry herbs, cocoa powder, black licorice and […]

Araujo and Bevan highlight this week’s tastings.

2013 Araujo ‘Altagracia Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa Valley Wine Spectrum 96: At first, the nose reveals rose petal notes with a hint of peony, then it opens up with blackcurrant, dark cherry aromas and a pinch of licorice. The mouthfeel is unctuous and succulent with a savory black fruit sustained by tight tannins and a finish […]

This week’s top wines.

2014 Gerard Raphet Charmes Chambertin Red Burgundy  |  Grand Cru Wine Spectrum 96: Raphet wines are a Burgundy-lover’s Burgundy. They are best appreciated by those already familiar with the light color and earthy flavors of classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. Always a sexy, supple wine, this vintage is no exception. A concentrated wine with plenty of fruit the […]

This weeks tasting led by a Slovanian(?) Red Blend

Tops this week were a bordeaux style blend from Slovenia, a Wine Spectrum exclusive Pinot from La Pitchoune, and new Howell Mountain Cab from Wine Spectrum favorite Dark Matter. 2011 Edi Simcic ‘Duet’ Red Blend  |  Goriska Brda, Slovenia Wine Spectrum 95: Edi Simcic calls his wines “controversial.” Funny for a man whose smile puts one completely […]

Our Top 10 Wines From Last Week

So much amazing wine in such a short period. Even though there are 10 wines on this list, there are so many more that could be added.  2013 Eleven Eleven ‘Laki Vineyard’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa Valley  |  Order Online Wine Spectrum 95+, Robert Parker 95: An absolutely brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon from southern Napa Valley […]