Tag Archives: Napa Valley

Update review: Block 925 · Cabernet Sauvignon · Howell Mountain · Napa Valley, CA

What a difference a year makes. The last time I tasted the ’06 Howell Mountain, it was beside one of my all-time favorite Blocks, the 345 Rutherford. Both these wines were exceptional, far exceeding any expectations of what I would expect from a $20 Napa Valley Cabernet. But these weren’t just Napa reds; these were […]

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Twomey Merlot at Purdy’s. Get it while it’s hot.

A $45-$60 bottle for $24.99? Yup. From Silver Oak’s founder Ray Duncan, Twomey Cellars has been producing acclaimed Merlot since 1999. 5 cases of the 2004  are available at Purdy’s in Saratoga Springs for a shocking closeout price of $24.99/bottle. Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV reviewed the ’04 vintage in 2008—he scored it 92+ […]

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Wine Review: 2006 · Tres Sabores · ¿Porqué No? · Red Wine · Zinfandel Blend · Napa Valley, CA

Carey and I have always had a fondness for Tres Sabores. A couple weeks before we were due in Napa for our honeymoon, two of our close family friends enjoyed their first visit to the Tres Sabores. It left such an impression that when we arrived at our hotel St. Helena, a bottle of their […]

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Wine Review: Vineyard Block Estates · Block 106 · Meritage · Napa Valley & Block 625 · Meritage · Yountville

Cat vs. dachshund (1-0). Block 106 vs. Block 629 (0-1). Sunday night was wonderfully chaotic in the Burden house. My parents are in town for Christmas, so we were all together for dinner. We also introduced Eli to my sister and brother-in-law’s new dachshund, Walter—it didn’t go as well I as I was hoping, but […]

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Blocks 5-9

I have no idea how many Block wines have actually been released, or at what volume. I do know that I plan to track them all down and bring them to you. My last four Block reviews continue to churn impressive numbers—every day in contention for the top spot in the Corks category.

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Milliken Creek, Napa, CA: Heaven on Earth

It seems like mere weeks ago that we got married, but years ago that we started this blog. I seem to have gotten it backwards. When I realized with shock that our entire Napa trip had been all but undocumented on a wine and fashion blog, I implored Rob to help me with this post. […]

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Wine Review: 2002 · Alexander Valley Vineyards · Two Barrel

I came across Two Barrel a few days ago in my favorite Saratoga wine store, which is literally brimming with amazing California wine these days. There is never a day where I don’t find something new and exciting while I motor a miniature shopping cart around endless cases of the latest juice. Having spent some time at […]

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Winery Review: Tres Sabores, St. Helena, CA

Before our honeymoon to Napa, 10 AM really didn’t mean all that much to me.  The hour would click by unnoticed as I plugged along at work setting tile, hanging siding, or carrying out any other number of solid mid-morning tasks in need of completion. It certainly wasn’t a favorite out of the twelve. But now, almost […]

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