Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

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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Enkidu Winery: New Releases

Enkidu is a small artisanal winery owned and operated by Phil Staehle.  It produces a wide variety of handcrafted wines of high quality and originality from its custom crush facility in Sonoma,  sourcing grapes from top vineyards such as Bedrock … Continue reading

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New Releases from Down Under: Zonte’s Footstep, 3 Sisters & A Brother, and Wakefield

Zonte’s Footstep Zonte’s Footstep was established in 2003 in Langhorne Creek, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. We recently met up with Brad Rey, Director and Winemaker, to taste several of their new releases. Brad studied studied winemaking … Continue reading

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Twenty-Five Years of Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: 1988-2013

First made in 1987, Don Melchor is Chile’s original icon wine. We recently tasted several vintages between 1988 and 2013 as part of our research for Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution.  The surprising results of the tasting are given at … Continue reading

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The Farm Winery: 2013-14 New Releases from Paso Robles

These six new 2013 and 2014  releases from The Farm Winery in Paso Robles are terrific.  We are enthusiastic about them because they reveal outstanding vineyard management and restrained winemaking.   As a group these wines offer fruit forward purity, … Continue reading

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery: New Releases of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon

The Schug Carneros Estate Winery was founded by Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally from Germany.  Prior to establishing their family winery in the early 1980s, Walter worked for E&J Gallo and Joseph Phelps. During his tenure at Phelps, Walter made … Continue reading

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New Releases from Santa Clara Valley: Sarah’s Vineyard and Jason Stephens

The Santa Clara Valley  is  located in northern California at the south eastern end of  San Francisco Bay.  It is  famous for its electronics research and manufacturing  area,  Silicon Valley.   However, it is also known as the Valley of … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases and Virginia Dare’s The Lost Colony

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is among the few wineries in California that offer a wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices. Maintaining quality year after year is not an easy task, but Coppola manages to do so with … Continue reading

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