Napa tagged posts

A 2013 Yountville Napa Cab $40 (RP91)

February 20, 2016 90+ Bargains  No comments

IMG_5970Yountville is one of the top appellations in the Napa Valley, that much is for sure. Dominus certainly thinks so, with their wine selling for close to $200 per bottle. Kapcsandy's "Grand Vin" from Yountville's State Lane Vineyard is close to double that. That's why a Yountville Cabernet, at the entry price for generic Napa designated wines, got my attention.

The Liparita "V Block" Yountville Cabernet is rich, bold and opulent, especially for Yountville, where the wines tend to be more restrained. The aromatics are beautiful and pronounced. Chalk it up to the 2013 vintage where perfect weather allowed winemakers to hang their grapes as long as they pleased. Oh and about the 2013 vintage: I thought Napa Cabernet couldn't get better after drinking a bunch of 2012s. I was wrong.  This is

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Two Values from the Legendary Paul Hobbs: Crossbarn

July 20, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Paul Hobbs makes wine from the very best vineyards in California.  Think names like Hyde, Stagecoach, To-Kalon and Dr. Crane.  He has numerous 100 point ratings and has established himself as perhaps the top winemaker and consultant in California and beyond.

But what happens to all of those expensive grapes he buys that don’t quite make the cut for his $100+ wines?  I'll give you a hint.  He doesn’t just throw them away.  He makes them into his Crossbarn series of wines.  You might call Crossbarn a second wine, but that wouldn’t really do these wines justice.  The Crossbarn series are on par with most wineries top tier productions, but Hobbs just holds himself to a higher standard.

I've had a number of vintages of both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet and each impress every time. 

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Ramey Cabernet 2007 – RP92 for $3 less than everyone else!

March 1, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

One way I like to gut check a wine purchase, if I haven't tasted it before, is to look at the consistency of the ratings.  David Ramey's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was rated 92 points by both Tanzer and Parker and 91 points by Wine Spectator.  That's great consistency and big scores for a $32 Napa Cabernet.  Technically, this is a $50 wine, and although it only sells at that price at the winery and some price gouging retail outlets, LA Wine Co. has this one for $3 lower than the next lowest price I can find on Wine Search or Google Shopping.

David Ramey's winemaking credentials are legendary, having trained at Chateau Pétrus, and led the ascension of names like Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd.  He's taken those skills to the next level with his own project where he makes a wide variety of

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95 point Napa Cabernet under $40. Neyers Ranch Conn Valley 2007

September 30, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Monday was the hottest day on record in Los Angeles at 113 degrees.  Ever.  Where we live, near the ocean, it only hit 99 but because it rarely breaks 75, no one has air conditioning.  Well, I had one bottle of wine sitting outside the temperature controlled cellar and it was the 2007 Neyers Ranch Conn Valley Cabernet.  Unfortunately it got a little warm and a very small amount of wine pushed through the cork.  On the plus side, that meant I had to drink it hence the write-up of a high-end Cabernet that was consumed on a Monday (and Tuesday).

It's probably best that I let our loyal readers know about this wine today anyway, because it won't last long at this price (the lowest in the country by $4).  Pop quiz: can anyone name another 95+ point 2007 Napa Cabernet under $40?  I can name

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Etude Pinot Noir 2007- Textbook Carneros Pinot under $30

June 20, 2010 High End Values  No comments

The Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast are amazing places.  Napa specifically is a fraction the size of the Bordeaux region, yet grows basically all of the grape varietals of the entire country of France.  The reason?  The Pacific Ocean and Mayacamas Mountains combine to create unique microclimates all over the valley, each uniquely suited to the many varietals that thrive there.

Etude's Estate Pinot Noir is grown in the Carneros AVA that covers part of Napa and Sonoma counties.  Breezes from San Pablo Bay keep Carneros cooler than the rest of Napa Valley making it perfectly suited to growing Pinot Noir grapes.  Etude focuses on making great Pinot Noir in this region and the 2007 has certainly delivered.  It's exceptionally fragrant, earthy and complex, with a full bodied texture that I find

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