Tag Archives: Napa

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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Outstanding Selections from Robert Mondavi’s To Kalon Vineyard

To Kalon is Napa Valley’s most famous, historical vineyard, and it produces some of California’s most outstanding wines, including several Robert Mondavi wines and Opus One. In this article, we review a selection of wines from Mondavi’s To Kalon vineyard. … Continue reading

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Vertical Tasting of Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon: 1973-1983

We recently had the opportunity to taste a vertical of the Cabernet Sauvignons produced by Napa Valley’s Diamond Creek Winery from the 1973 to 1983 vintages. Thanks to Roy Wagner, who purchased and cellared these wines for almost 40 years, … Continue reading

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California’s Miner Family Winery New Releases

Dave Miner started up his eponymous winery in 1996 with Gary Brookman, formerly with Phelps, joining as winemaker. He sources fruit from California’s premier vineyards. His  wines are good and expensively  presented with fine labels and impressive bottles.  See our … Continue reading

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Progeny: A Stellar Introduction to Mt. Veeder

Later this year we’ll be publishing a new report on the wines of Mt. Veeder. In preparation, we’ve already tasted the current releases of many of the region’s major producers, including Progeny. These tastings already reveal that Cabernet Sauvignon from … Continue reading

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Atalon Winery’s 2011 Vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon and Pauline’s Cuvée

  These two wines from Atalon aim to capture the diversity of Napa Valley as a winegrowing region by blending grapes from several vineyard parcels taking account of soil types, slopes, altitude and exposure.  The Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Vineyard in Napa — The Story of Shafer Vineyards

In the early 1970s, John Shafer, a Midwest businessman with no experience growing grapes or making wine purchased a 209 acre, steeply terrained farm in a part of the Napa Valley known as Stags Leap.  Fast forward forty years, and … Continue reading

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