Rare-Collectible Wines

Shafer Vineyards

Introduction and History as well as Tasting Notes & Ratings by Robert Parker during his historic Vertical Tasting of Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select -on December 30, 2014 This amazing tasting was historic due to the fact that one was able to track 35 vintages of a wine from the same vineyard that, while the winemaking and upbringing changed dramatically in 1989, the identical people and vineyard were still in play. As John and Doug Shafer, along with their longtime assistant, Elias Fernandez, said, the major changes were that they were basically going ...

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  • April 29, 2017

Schrader Cellars

SCHRADER  |  American Classics For more than a decade Schrader Cellars has produced benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from the most prestigious vineyards in the Napa Valley — notably the first-growth Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. With winemaker Thomas Brown we have created wines known for their vibrant flavor and opulent richness. Our program focuses on highlighting the character and profile of three distinct clonal varieties with minimal intervention that allows the true nature of each to shine. Ultimately, the wines speak for themselves. Schrader Cellars ...

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  • December 1, 2016


The scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled past. The J.J. Cohn Estate, where Scarecrow grapes are born, borders what was once the legendary vineyard of Inglenook winemaker Gustave Niebaum, whose plantings blanketed more than 1,000 acres of the Napa Valley at the close of the 19th century.   John Daniel Jr. took the helm at Inglenook in 1939, determined to restore the label to pre-Prohibition standing and produce world-class Bordeaux-style wines. In 1945, Daniel convinced his neighbor, J.J. Cohn, to plant eighty acres of Cabernet vines on the 180-acre ...

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  • November 30, 2016

Screaming Eagle

  SCREAMING EAGLE Founded in 1986 by Jean Phillips, a one-time real estate agent, Screaming Eagle Winery and Vineyards was one of the original cult wineries. Located in Oakville, the 57-acre winery was by 1992 winning rave reviews from such critics as Robert M. Parker Jr. Heidi Peterson Barrett was the winemaker in those years and the wine became so sought-after that it was one of the first to be available only through mailing lists. Screaming Eagle makes primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, though it occasionally produces very limited amounts of Sauvignon Blanc. In ...