Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

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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Warwick Wine Estate of Stellenbosch

We visited winemaker Nic van Aarde last week at the attractive Warwick Wine Estate on Hwy 340 north of Stellenbosch.  Warwick produces about 120 thousand cases annually from both estate and purchased fruit. They’ve decided that Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties … Continue reading

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The Farm Winery: 2014 New Releases from Paso Robles

The Farm Winery is one of a growing number of  new boutique wineries  in the Paso Robles AVA  that are producing limited quantities of outstanding handcrafted wines.  The winery is owned and operated by old friends and Stanford Business School … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2014 Releases

We recently had the opportunity to taste the 2014 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale.   The four wines reviewed here showed very well  just as they did in the 2013 vintage, which we also tasted.   The wines … Continue reading

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Rombauer Vineyards: Noteworthy Single Vineyard Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons

Rombauer Vineyards has been making wine in Napa Valley for more than 35 years. Established in 1980, it is owned and operated by the Koerner  family. Beginning operations  at Shafer Vineyards and other wineries, they later constructed their own winery in … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Current Releases from Spring Mountain District Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small winery located in the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley.  Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, managing partner and enologist, the winery’s vineyards, which are part of a 200-acre ranch sit at between 1,300 and 2,000 … Continue reading

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