Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Hickinbotham of McLaren Vale 2015 Releases

We had the opportunity recently to taste the 2015 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale. The four wines reviewed here again showed very well just as they did in the 2014 vintage. They offer rich and concentrated … Continue reading

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New Releases from Argentina and Chile

Argentina and Chile are well known for producing wines of outstanding value. In recent years, they’ve also become recognized for making high quality wines that compete with the world’s best. We’ve explored both countries in depth in our International Wine … Continue reading

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Eleven Eleven Winery: A Napa Valley Gem

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Eleven Eleven Winery is a relatively newcomer to the wine scene in Napa, Established in 2014 by three partners: Ellie Anest, Carol Vassilliadis, and Aureilen Roulin, this wine project is off to an impressive start, With veteran winemaker, Kirk Venge, … Continue reading

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Viña Siegel from Chile’s Colchagua Valley: New Releases

Alberto Siegel is the 3rd generation of the Siegel family, which has its origins in Austria. More than three decades ago in 1980 he founded Viña Siegel and began planting vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, and today he has more … Continue reading

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Bulgaria’s Very Modern Castra Rubra Winery: Michel Rolland Travels East

Bulgaria has created numerous new, state of the art wineries over the past two decades. None is more significant than Castra Rubra where globetrotting enologist Michel Rolland has played a lead role as consulting winemaker as well as in planning … Continue reading

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J Lohr Vineyards New Releases from Paso Robles, Napa & Arroyo Seco

Jerry Lohr is one of the California Central Coast’s wine pioneers. He started planting vines in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County in 1972 and now has 900 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varieties planted there.  In … Continue reading

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Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet: High Altitude Selections from the Uco Valley

Located in the Tupungato district of Mendoza’s Uco Valley, this very high altitude estate (5249’) buffeted by the cool winds of the Andes was founded by Jean Bousquet in 1997 with a first release of wines in 2005. Today the … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Superb New Releases from Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small family-owned and operated  artisanal winery in St. Helena.  It was founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith on a 200-acre ranch, partly planted as a vineyard over a century ago.  The Smith-Madrone estate vineyards sit on Spring … Continue reading

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Napa’s August Briggs Wines: New Releases 2014

   Located in downtown Calistoga, Napa Valley, August Briggs Winery produces small quantities of handcrafted premium wines.  Founded in 1995 by August “Joe”  Briggs,  a consulting winemaker, and wife Sally, the winery is managed today by their nephew Jess Inman … Continue reading

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Sonoma’s Spann Vineyards: New Releases from the 2013-14 Vintages

Spann Vineyards is a small artisanal winery owned and operated by Peter and Betsy Spann.  Their vineyards are located in the Mayacamas Mountains on a steeply terraced mountainside in Glen Ellen. They dry farm their vineyards and strive for low … Continue reading

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