THE SHINY NEW 2018’S FROM DARIOUSH

Feature

In the late 1990’s, while the focus was on northern Napa Valley, Darioush and Winemaker Steve Devitt focused intently on site selection and cooler, maritime-influenced micro climates of Southern Napa Valley and atop Mount Veeder. Together, they saw the potential of Bordeaux varieties grown from these unique, more temperate sites in crafting balanced wines with […]

Continue Reading

“PERHAPS THE BEST AMARONE EVER MADE” JS

Feature

We’ve managed to get our hands on a small but beautiful library collection of Amarone direct from the cellars of Zenato. “Zenato is one of the historic names in Valpolicella. The estate makes a wide range of wines, but truly excels with Amarone. A recent vertical tasting of Zenato’s Amarone Riserva Sergio Zenato going back […]

Continue Reading

AD VIVUM NAPA CABERNET – VIA DOMINUS, CAYMUS AND PETRUS.

Feature, Our Wines

AD VIVUM is a story of a special vineyard, a seasoned winemaker, a meticulous farmer, and Mother Nature. AD VIVUM is a single-vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine crafted by Chris Phelps, a long-time Napa Valley winemaker who has earned a reputation for his ability to consistently produce unique wines that honestly reflect the terroir of […]

Continue Reading

DAKOTA SHY


Our Wines

Dakota Shy – Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley. $169.95 per bottle – 6 packs or 12’s. May arrival.“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) is fabulous. Rich, deep and expressive, the 2019 possesses tremendous vertical lift. Inky dark fruit, crème de cassis, gravel, menthol, licorice, plum and chocolate are all kicked up.  This is a great example of […]

May 27, 2022

A LIFETIME IN NAPA


Our Wines

It’s not hard to figure out why Robin Daniel Lail is making some of the most elite wines in the Napa Valley. She’s had some time to prepare. Not only did she grow up looking over her father John Daniel’s shoulder in Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, she worked for Robert Mondavi for 5 years, then […]

May 27, 2022

“A BLOODY GREAT BEAUMONT”


Our Wines

2019 Chateau Beaumont:Under the same ownership as the great St Julien property, Château Beychevelle, this is a property that has long represented superb value-for-money. Located on the left bank of the Gironde, between the communes of Margaux and Saint-Julien, Château Beaumont draws its finesse and its delicacy from the deep gravels of the best soils […]

May 18, 2022

TASCA + ETNA = TASCANTE


Our Wines

It was surely inevitable that Sicily’s first fine-wine producer (Tasca D’Almerita) would establish themselves on the Volcano. Sicily’s star is ascendant in the wine community, and it seems that when anyone looks at Sicily these days, their eyes are immediately drawn to the island’s most prominent topographic feature, the great volcano Mount Etna. Ghiaia Nera is […]

May 5, 2022

10 YEAR OLD SONOMA CABERNET


Our Wines

For many winemakers and vintners, California’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is quite simply the finest of their careers. ‘I can now die happy as a winemaker’, remarked Tod Mostero of Dominus Estate: ‘I’d love to see another year as good as this, but I can settle for just one’. Up and down the state, the […]

April 21, 2022

“BRILLIANT OVER THE ARC OF TIME”


Our Wines

From his first vintage in 1978 Luciano Sandrone set out to make a more approachable and drinkable Barolo.  No one has managed to bridge tradition and innovation as brilliantly as Sandrone, rendering pointless any of the typical arguments in favor of one winemaking philosophy versus the other.  Over the years Sandrone has turned out a […]

April 21, 2022

UNDERCOVER ICONS


Our Wines

The Losi family estate is 22 hectares of vineyards and 50 hectares of olive groves. The remainder of their property include undisturbed woodland stuffed with Cinghiale.Located in the southern portion of the Chianti Classico wine region in Castelnuovo Berardenga, perhaps the most ideal Sangiovese grape growing area in Chianti. The family are staunch traditionalists and use […]

April 19, 2022

SWEET 16’S – BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO


Our Wines

“2016 Brunello di Montalcino: The vintage we have been waiting for” Vinous“If I had to think of one way to universally describe the majority of wines from the 2016 vintage, I would offer that they are like a well-muscled black stallion in its prime. They are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet […]

April 19, 2022

LE PETIT CLOS


Our Wines

Clos Apalta – Valle De Apalta – Le Petit Clos 2015 – Chile – $79.95 per bottle – six packs . Late March delivery.“The second wine in a true Bordeaux sense, the 2015 Le Petit Clos is a wine of structure and good balance in the manner of their 2001 and 2006, concentrated and powerful vintages. It’s […]

March 11, 2022

GAILLARD CORNAS ET AL


Our Wines

If there was a Guild of Master Northern Rhône Wine Craftsmen, Pierre Gaillard would probably be the President. Be it a Saint Joseph, a Côte-Rôtie or a Condrieu, every time you open a bottle with his name on it you know you are going to get a thrilling and bristling expression of the site from […]

March 11, 2022