Category Archives: Varietals

Top 100 Wines of 2019

From the thousands of wines we tasted over the course of the year this list represents the best of the best. Prioritizing quality (you won’t find a wine rated below 92 points) and popularity among our staff and clients, these are wines that delight and excite. From emerging labels to the cornerstone producers of the […]

#2 Wine of 2019 is Domaine Perraud Macon-Villages

Wine Spectrum 2019 Top 100  #2 Wine is 2017 Domaine Perraud Macon-Villages 2017 Domaine Perraud Macon Villages Chardonnay |  France |  Wine Spectrum 95 | Buy Here White Burgundy: The Ultimate French Chardonnay A 95 Point White Burgundy that comes in at only $20 a bottle. If the rise of white Burgundy has taught us […]

#4 Wine of 2019 Top 100 is Martinelli ‘Bella Vigna’ Pinot

Wine Spectrum 2019 Top 100  #4 Wine is 2017 Martinelli ‘Bella Vigna’ Pinot Noir 2017 Martinelli ‘Bella Vigna’ Pinot Noir Pinot Noir |  Russian River |  Wine Spectrum 94+ | Buy Here From one of the world’s most exceptional Pinot Noir regions …. Martinelli is the Russian River’s most beloved producer and a paragon of […]

#7 Wine of 2019 is Rivers Marie Bearwallow Chardonnay

Wine Spectrum Top 100  #7 Wine of 2019 is 2017 Rivers Marie Bearwallow Chardonnay 2017 Rivers Marie Bearwallow Chardonnay Chardonnay |  Anderson Valley |  Wine Spectrum 95 | Buy Here Rare new release from Rivers-Marie owner and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.  Thomas River Brown is without question the most sought after consulting winemaking in California.  His […]

#10 Wine of 2019 is Stanton Petite Sirah

Wine Spectrum Top 100  #10 Wine of 2019 2016 Stanton Petite Sirah 2016 Stanton Petite Sirah  Petite Sirah |  St. Helena |  Wine Spectrum 95 | Buy Here “One of the BEST Petite Sirah’s we’ve EVER had…” This is big, beautiful red has all the Dave Phinney (of Prisoner and Orin Swift fame) hallmarks of winemaking […]

8 Years in the Desert : A New Wine from Dave Phinney and Orin Swift

8 years in the desert with car background

Wine lovers across the country may not know him by name, but they have seen and drank his wines. They are everywhere, from grocery stores to high-end wine shops. Even the wine-curious, that know his many brands, such as the Prisoner and Orin Swift, know little about the mind behind some of the most successful […]

Jim Barbour: The Manager of Napa’s Most Prized Vineyards

Jim was raised in Napa Valley on his family’s ranch in Rutherford, now home to Sequoia Grove Winery. The ranch was planted in prunes, apples and grapes – a diverse set of crops and fairly typical of the time. The wine industry had not yet fully kicked into gear and most of the Valley’s agricultural […]