2009 Celler Cal Pla Black Slate Porrera

Posted by Chrish Peel on 7/10/2012 to Wine Reviews (All)
So we figured the best way to determine just how good this wine is was to have our customers taste it blind beside the Parker 94-point 2010 Mas Romani “Black Slate” la Vilella Alta (a really good wine, too – now, alas, sold out)…and see which one they preferred.

2010 Paul Cluver Chardonnay

Posted by Chrish Peel on 5/23/2012 to Wine Reviews (All)

Now, it may be hard to believe that the 2010 Cluver Chardonnay is actually both richer (indeed much richer) and finer (with less prominent new oak and a pH of only 3.18) than the all-everything, World-beating 2009. After all, that wine was a Parker 92, Tanzer 93, Jancis Robinson 18/20, Decanter 18.5/20, top wine ever at the Old Mutual Wine Trophy Show with a 96-point average score, winner of the Five Nations Wine Challenge…in short, the most successful Chardonnay at such a low price ever.

2005 Spence Vineyards"Howell Mountain" Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted by Chrish Peel on 5/23/2012 to Wine Reviews (All)
Of all the hot new (and revered old) producers on Howell Mountain, none may be better right now than the tiny Spence Vineyards. And no wine Spence has yet made equals their brilliant 2005 Cabernet. In fact, it was one of only five Howell Mountain Cabernets (and the least expensive of these at $65) to earn the top “A” rating in a recent tasting featuring nearly all of the top Howell Mountain reds of the past few years.