Category Cellar Worthy

2007 Rhone Deal: Domaine des Escaravailles Rasteau La Ponce RP 91-93 $18.95

April 9, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

2007 has been an amazing year for Rhone reds and here is the great thing about the best vintages: they turn traditional "great values" into knockout classics.  70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, this wine pours a deep opaque purple/red color that suggests good things are to come, and it doesn't disappoint.

At first, I thought the nose was a little closed with a touch too much alcohol, but after an hour in a decanter it totally changed, showing a great peppery scent framed by ripe fruit and nice smokey overtones.  This wine tastes dense and bold, if a little rustic, without being overblown.  What differentiates old world Rhone from many of the new world Rhone blends is they show a great constraint and clarity while still being aggressive, concentrated, bold and lengthy.

This wine will only

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Review: Wine Enthusiast BYO Deluxe Double Wine Cellar Kit

April 1, 2010 Cellar WorthyNickel & Dime RetailersUncategorized  One comment

I decided it was time to move my wine out from under the bed, in the closets, cabinets, corners and hallways and get a proper wine cellar.  I've had a 50 bottle wine refrigerator for a couple of years but that has pretty much been full since the day I bought it (on Criagslist).  Until now I only had my most collectible bottles (think  Beringer Private Reserve, George de Latour, Caymus) in a temperature controlled setting but I wanted to move some of my second tier but no less ageworthy wine  (Mondavi Oakville, Mas Doix Salanques, Faust Cabernet etc.) into a cooler as well for proper aging conditions.

Since I'm always looking for a deal, I set out to find the best wine cellar under $2,000 that could accommodate my growing collection.  I visited the Vinotemp factory and was impressed by

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Deal Alert: 2007 Robert Craig Affinity RP96 $39.95

March 30, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Note: This post was originally published on March 30th with a price of $44.95.  LA Wine Co. has blown out the price at only $39.95.  Buy it up!

From time to time I come across great deals that I have not yet tasted, usually because the wine isn't ready to drink.  Rather than keep the deals to myself, I will alert my loyal followers.

Robert Craig has been producing top notch mountain wines for years, but this year appears to be their best, at least according to Robert Parker.

This Cabernet was rated at 96 points and at under $40, this is a serious value.  96 point Robert Parker reviews are typically reserved for mailing list only, $150+ per bottle wines- Harlan Estate, Schrader, Pride Mountain Reserve come to mind.

LA Wine Co. is selling this 96 point wine for $39.99.  I

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Sterling SVR Reserve 2006- Tastes like 100 bucks for $21.73

March 16, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End ValuesSpecial Occasions  One comment

I haven't been a big fan of the 2006's from Napa.  In fact,  so far, the BV Tapestry has been the only one that I really liked, especially compared to prior (and future) years.  But this is a serious exception and Internet Wines have taken exception to its normally serious price.

Sterling's SVR Reserve is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  I decanted for a couple of hours and was rewarded with a big oaky, complex nose.  This is a full bodied wine with tons of dark fruit, that I'm confident will only improve with age.  The SVR (does that stand for Stevie Ray Vaughn?) is a mouthcoating wine that reminds me of some of the high end valley wines like Groth and George de Latour.  Buy a few.  Try one now and hold onto a few bottles for at least 3 more years and it should develop nicely.

After my first bottle, I bought four more of this wine locally for $28 and still feel like I got a great deal (after shipping it's about a wash anyway).  I recently drank an '06 Chateau Montelena at a restaurant (and had ample opportunity to taste it as our table of six went through six bottles), and this blows it away.

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Single Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Under $20 WE91

March 15, 2010 Cellar Worthy  No comments

It's not often that you can find a Napa Cabernet for under $20 let alone a single vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet.  Mountain wine is notoriously expensive and, in my opinion, for good reason.  The 2005 Bella Vetta "Ami's Vineyard" Howell Mountian Cabernet has a knock out nose and a long,  lingering finish, in typical mountain style.  It's medium to full bodied with lots of fruit, but not in an over-ripe style sometimes found down the hill in the valley.

Watch for this wine to get much more expensive as the vines get some age- this is the wineries first offering from the 2 acre Ami's Vineyard.  But if you had told me the vines are 15 years old, I wouldn't have thought twice.  Only 248 cases were made, and I wouldn't be surprised if K&L bought a healthy percentage of it.  I

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2006 BV Tapestry- RP93 for under $25

March 3, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End ValuesSpecial Occasions  One comment

For my first post I want to bring to my loyal readers' attention a great deal for a major Napa producer.  I brought this wine to Chapeau! in San Francisco ($20 corkage) and although it's very young now, it shows great potential.  It's complexity is currently hidden by strong tannins right, but give it three or four years and it's going to be very good.  It's dense, big and fruity.

BV Tapestry sells for $45+ at the grocery but right now, CityWineCellar.com has it for $24.99.  That's a crazy price.  Pick up a few bottles, put it away for a while, and you will be rewarded.


2006 BV Tapestry- City Wine Cellars $24.99 + shipping


93 Points - Robert Parker


"The 2006 Proprietary

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