Mini WSET-Style Review: 2011 Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel

Last night I participated in a live event at ToutSuite Social Club in Napa called Montelena Live: 2011 Ain’t So Bad. The name is ironic, as the 2011s from Chateau Montelena are nothing short of spectacular. As Bo Barrett and winemaker Cameron Parry explained, the goal at Montelena is to stay as true as possible to the […]

This is NOT White Zinfandel: 2011 Passaggio Rose Colored Glasses Rosé

My friend Cynthia Cosco, winemaker at Passaggio Wines, has done it again. She’s taken a unique blend of grapes, used stainless steel fermentation, and created a wonderful and different Rosé. The blend is 82% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 18% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but the 2011 Passaggio Rose Colored Glasses ($17) is NOT white Zinfandel. I […]

2nd Annual Cabernet Day with Caymus Cabernet

Yesterday, September 1, 2011, was the 2nd Annual Cabernet Day, a day where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc lovers celebrate Cabernet at gatherings and virtually around the world. For the second year, I was sent a sample of the 2009 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (last year I tasted the 2008 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, […]