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Wine Spots Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2013 Cuvée 38 Napa Valley Red Wine


90 Points

90 POINTS - GOLD MEDAL
"Garnet black color. Toasty, spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of dark berry pie a la mode, buttery nut brittle, and cocoa with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length spiced apple and pomegranate, creme brulee, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, nicely layered red blend with chewy oak. Gold Medal, Exceptional."
- The Beverage Testing Institute 2016

2012 Cuvée 38 Napa Valley Red Wine


91 Points

91 POINTS
"Stylish oak melds seamlessly with black raspberry and pomegranate on this medium bodied, rectilinear red. The main thrust is of tart red berry, cacao husk, and firm, ripe tannins, with sleek cocoa, vanilla, and spice box notes emerging toward the end. Excellent, Highly Recommended."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge 2016

91 Points, Gold Medal

91 POINTS – GOLD MEDAL
"Dusty bright medium garnet black color. Bright, spicy aromas of dill pickle, toffee, dark berries in cream, and cedar incense with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-long earth and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An attractive red blend with lots of dimensions. Exceptional."
- Beverage Testing Institute, June 2016

2011 Cuvée 38 Napa Valley Red Wine


93 Points, Gold Medal

93 POINTS
"Bright medium garnet black color. Bright, spicy aromas of...toffee, dark berries in cream, and cedar incense...medium-full body...medium-long earth and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An attractive red blend with lots of dimensions."
- Beverage Testing Institute, September 2015

Gold Medal Winner

Gold Medal
- World Wine Championships, September 2015




Wine Spots Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


91 points, Ultimate Wine Challenge

91 POINTS - EXCELLENT
"This is a wine full of toasty cedar, fresh black currant, and green mint aromatics. The palate combines these flavors with a touch of dark chocolate and ground coffee bean. Soft tannins give the wine a dry finish. Highly Recommended.
- Ultimate Wine Challenge 2016

90 Points, Gold Medal

90 POINTS - GOLD MEDAL
"Deep purple color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of dark berry pie...supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body...A very nice cabernet. Exceptional."
- Beverage Testing Institute, January 2016

 

2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


91 Points, Gold Medal

91 POINTS
"Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate wafer bar, powdered berries and limes, and butter roasted nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried blueberry, roasted citrus, and cocoa accented finish with ultra fine tannins. A delightful sipper or table wine."
- Beverage Testing Institute, March 2014

Gold Medal Winner

GOLD MEDAL
- World Wine Championships, March 2014

Gold Medal Winner

GOLD MEDAL
- American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition, 2013

2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Critics Gold Medal Winner

CRITICS GOLD MEDAL
- Critics Challenge, 2013




Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot

2013 Napa Valley Merlot

89, Critics Challenge 2015


89 POINTS
- Critics Challenge, 2015

87 Points, Beverage Testing Institute

88 POINTS - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Bright medium garnet black color. Bright, savory, creamy aromas of berry creme brulee, pickled tomatoes, and roasted nuts with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length wet slate and dried sour cherries finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced merlot that has a dry, minerally Old World character."
- Beverage Testing Institute, April 2015

2012 Napa Valley Merlot


90 Points

90 POINTS, Exceptional
"Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie, toffee, and toasted meringue with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming finish with notes of plum, delicate spice, pepper, and cedar with chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, juicy, spot-on Merlot."
- Beverage Testing Institute, October 2014

Gold Medal Winner

GOLD MEDAL
- World Wine Championships, March 2014




Wine Spots Carneros Pinot Noir

2013 Carneros Pinot Noir

91 points, Ultimate Wine Challenge

91 POINTS - EXCELLENT
"A shy aroma of cherries and subtle spice slowly work out of the glass and into the nose, until a playful medley of flavors approaches confidently. Flavors of ripe strawberry, bright cherries, smashed raspberries, and a whisper of oak mingle before a subtly spicy finish. Highly Recommended.
- Ultimate Wine Challenge 2016

88 points


88 POINTS

"Bright medium burnt sienna color. Fruity, minerally aromas of red cherries, cranberry, tree bark, and hint of saffron with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Haunting saffron like note unique and enticing. Highly Recommended."
- Beverage Testing Institute, April 2015

2012 Carneros Pinot Noir


89 points

89 POINTS, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
"Deep black cherry color. Offers toned down aromas of carob, cocoa, fig, leaves. Taste profile is charged with animated, dry flavors of black plum, rhubarb, strawberry jam. Moderate tannins last deep into the silky finish."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2014

87 points

87 POINTS
"Juicy raspberry, strawberry, orange zest, vanilla and oatmeal cookie flavors abound in this succulent Pinot Noir. It has a nice, silky texture, and the alcohol is refreshingly moderate."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast, May 2014
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Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay

2014 Monterey Chardonnay


93 points, 2015 Critics Challenge


93 POINTS - GOLD MEDAL
- Critics Challenge, 2015

91 points, Beverage Testing Institute

91 POINTS - GOLD MEDAL
"Bright clear medium straw green color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of roasted pineapple, honeycrisp apples, delicate green herb - menthol, and spearmint gum dust and a bit of toast with a supple, bright, dryish medium-full body and a polished, long finish with well integrated fruit tannins and light oak. Delicate subtle balanced flavors keep coming at you, a nice hedonic persistence. Exceptional."
- Beverage Testing Institute, April 2015

2013 Monterey Chardonnay


87 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

87 POINTS
"Aromas of yellow melon, faint wood and just a touch of nuttiness greet the nose on this bottling from Daniel LeFrancois’ globetrotting brand. Barrel smoke hits the front of the palate, then evolves into golden pear and marzipan with slightly oxidized by pleasant finish."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2015

2012 Monterey Chardonnay


88 Points, Silver Medal Winner

88 POINTS
"Golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, spiced apple and nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, toasted lemon tart finish. Very clean and balanced."
- Beverage Testing Institute, May 2014


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