Monthly Archives: April 2016

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 […]

Winemaker Spotlight on Bridget Raymond

A decade ago, Wine Spectrum was introduced to several fantastic, but unknown, winemakers. They were just getting their start and coming into their own, making great wines, but flying very ‘under the radar.’ Some of these now familiar names and faces include Jason Woodbridge of Hundred Acre, Tor Kenward of Tor and Russell Bevan of […]

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 […]

Ramey Wine Cellars. Guided by passion and a commitment to goodness in the glass.

A DELICATE BALANCE Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness from the area’s finest vineyards. Our philosophy is our process: It’s about respect for the land. Nature guides our process and we listen – closely. It’s about terroir. The vineyards are selected for their ability to sustainably produce […]

Ulises Valdez, vineyard manager extraordinaire, tells his tale.

Ulises Valdez, one of the nicest people you will ever meet, gives a detailed account of his history and how he became one of the GREATEST Vineyard Managers in California. Ulises’ tale of tenacity is amazing. Hear from the man himself as he talks about growing up one of eight brothers and sisters, no father, […]

One local wine merchant blazes a distinct path to success.

Thank the ultimate honcho upstairs (or, if you like, any of the many hybrid human/beast transmogrified beings worshipped since antiquity) for the fact that running a business is nothing like doing a geometry proof, where there’s one route to the correct answer with scant variation allowed. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have one very hip, very different […]

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 […]