Blake Gray recently opined that “austerity is in for Napa Carneros Chardonnay.” He based this on a tasting in which he and I both participated. We, and a handful of other experts, blind tasted 25 Napa Carneros Chardonnay from respected producers. W..
Shafer is best known for their impressive red wines, principally Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Stags Leap AVA. Don’t overlook Shafer Chardonnay though. Also an estate wine, but from their Red Shoulder Ranch property on the Napa side of the Carneros ..
Napa Valley and its wines are so successful—and have been for decades—that it’s easy to forget how far the area has come from the 1960’s and 1970’s. There are very few Napa wineries which have been around for 40 years. Grgich Hills is among the pro..
2014 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 93 14.5% 750ml $75
This five-variety, Napa Valley blend is showing beautifully. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, gently toasted oak, caramel, scorched earth and milk chocolate rise effortless..
Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily made from estate fruit coming from the hilly vineyard blocks near the winery, in the Stags Leap District AVA, and a much flatter estate vineyard, Borderline. It lies about 2 miles away, still in..
Yountville-based Stewart Cellars offers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and Bordeaux-variety wines from Napa Valley. Their three new, Spring releases came my way recently. They’re all good wines and my reviews are below. You can see m..
In 1973, Jospeh Phelps bought a former cattle ranch—760 acres in eastern St. Helena—in order to plant a vineyard. Based in Colorado, his business was construction but wine had long been an enthusiasm, drinking it of course, but also making it in hi..
Even with Yountville’s already bountiful roster of excellent tasting rooms and restaurants, Stewart Cellars is a welcome addition. The town requires all tasting rooms to devote a substantial portion of their square footage to some sort of non-wine ..
Grgich Hills Estate makes wines from their five estate vineyards in Napa Valley. The vineyards are in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Calistoga and Rutherford, where the winery and tasting room are located. Each is farmed sustainably and wit..
Spring Mountain wines come in all shapes and sizes. The Spring Mountain District AVA, located just west of downtown St. Helena comes with a variety of facings and altitudes. There is a variety of attitudes too; some wineries go for bold and ripe, o..