Notes From The Cellar

2010 24 Knots Monterey County Pinot Noir

Steve Paulo

Bargain-Priced Pinot Noir Won’t Blow You Away

My wife and I spent a weekend in Monterey, California recently. While there, we tasted some local wine, and found several bottles that really impressed us. I’ll be writing about some of those wines in the coming days or weeks…

2009 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Steve Paulo

A Subtle Napa Valley Cab

It’s common for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to have a reputation for bombast, for explosive fruitiness. Fruit-bombiness, if you will. With their 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet, Sequoia Grove Winery brings you something less common in Napa: subtlety

2010 Artesa Limited Release Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc

Steve Paulo

Where Dark and Spicy Meets Lush and Round

In Los Carneros there sits a bunker atop a hill. Really, it looks like a bunker, but it’s a tasting room. This avant-garde hilltop compound is a sight to behold, and one you shouldn’t miss. Welcome to Artesa…

The Champion of the 2013 Meritage Madness Tournament Is...

Steve Paulo

Cabernet Sauvignon!

Congratulations to the King of Bordeaux, the Emperor of Napa, the Champion of Chile— really, the most popular red grape on the planet— Cabernet Sauvignon, for winning the 2013 Meritage Madness Tournament!