Category Archives: Tasting Round-Up

BYDAND’s Spectacular 2018 Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

BYDAND Estate Wines from Wine Spectrum on Vimeo. Wine Spectrum has been a big fan of Bydand’s limited-production wines for many years. Our team loves the wines and jumped at the opportunity to video Colin Gordon and Tim Beranek on their estate vineyard in Napa Valley. Bydand not only produces a delicious Napa Valley Cabernet, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Kings of California Winemaking Shine this Week.

I know you may get sick of hearing this from us, but…Wow! What a phenomenal week of tastings. This week saw wines from: Vineyard Manager great Jim Barbour (Hundred Acre, Grace Family, Revana, Harbison Estate, The Vineyardist, Gandona Estate, DR Stephens, Blankiet, Pride, and Checkerboard) Winemaker Phillipe Melka (Dana Estates, Hundred Acre, Lail, Vineyard 29, Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, Quintessa) Winemaker Andy Erickson […]

Howell Mountain Power and Bohemian Grace

We only held two formalized tastings this week, but they were fantastic. The Amizetta property is a steep and rocky 40 acre parcel with southern facing slopes at the tail end of Howell Mountain in the Conn Valley region of Napa Valley. The vineyards are farmed by Jim Barbour. Edward Clark is the winemaker, with […]