Eponymous Wines

(707) 257.7393 P.O. Box 438
Oakville, CA 94562
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Eponymous started as an opportunity to work with grapes that I felt would produce some of the best hillside Cabernet in Napa Valley. I think the first 3 vintages bear this feeling out. The urge was too great to pass up, even though upon rational reflection based on my many years in the business, I should have known better from a business perspective. Be that as it may I am having fun(so much so that my passion for working with unknown vineyards which I think will produce superb wines has stirred again); who knows, maybe one day I will even see a positive cash flow. My second wine under the Eponymous banner is a red wine, bordeaux blend, from a single vineyard within 250 feet of the ridge of Mount Veeder in the Mayacamus Range. It is just on the Sonoma side, hence the Sonoma Valley Appellation,(silly as that sounds being almost on the ridge of part of the Coast Range). The Mount Veeder Appellation stops at the Napa-Sonoma County Line. This vineyard was planted 6 years ago by a truely passionate vineyard Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. Rain came early, often and didn’t want to go away. It was a cool year as well, forcing winemakers to spend even more time walking the vineyards than usual. Napa Valley is accustomed to dry, warm, sunny growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • So what’s the first thing you think of when you read Cariñena? I thought of the grape Cariñena, aka Carignane, eponymous as it is. What I did not think of was the region Cariñena in Spain’s province of Aragon. Why is that? It’s a good question, and one I resolved while visiting the region briefly early last month. Cariñena the region doesn’t jum... Read More

    From the article Carinena Is Ready for You


  • Good news! I've been invited to my first wine makers dinner! Needless to say, I'm excited about the opportunity. The dinner is going to be with Gilles Nicault from Long Shadows next week.Naturally I'll be doing my homework in advance to learn what I can and think about good questions I'd like to ask. I know that Long Shadows has been discussed h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Long Shadows wine makers...


  • Here's the link ... because of Randy Dunn's eponymous wines.  But there are others growing fruit and sourcing it for their wines.  Long lived wines. One thing that wine lovers should understand about Napa is that the sub-appellations make a difference.  Some run east to west, more or less, and can include hills and valley floor.  Somewhere on t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oddest Wine Labels


  • While perusing wines at a quaint boutique in Nova Scotia during a writing respite today, an interesting thought occurred to me. Unless I've overlooked it, there has not been a vibrant thread regarding odd wine labels on this platform heretofore. What are some of the oddest wine labels you've seen or currently have cellared away?  Which most beli... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oddest Wine Labels


  • Chardonnay is an ideal wine to pair with many grilled foods. For one thing, it’s immensely popular—I have friends who prefer it to anything else. It is also extremely versatile, with the best examples having not only the acidity to cut through the grease and char that one expects from a lot of grilled foods, but also a richness that helps it sta... Read More

    From the article Top 15 Chardonnays for Grilling


  •  Following a Wall Street Journal article yesterday, wine sites and blogs are exploding with news that Robert Parker has sold a substantial share of The Wine Advocate to a group of young investors in Singapore. The "game-changing" publication will see some major changes. Do you think these changes will be a good thing or do they risk losing subsc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Changes at Robert...


  • I was thrilled to be able to sit down yesterday and chat with second generation wine maven Luisa Ponzi, of the eponymous Ponzi Vineyards in Oregon.Luisa and her family have been producing top quality wines from the Willamette Valley for over 40 years and their experience shines through in the class and quality of their wines. Join us as we talki... Read More

    From the article Luisa Ponzi on the Daily Rant


  • Thursday evening I will have the opportunity to taste a wine that was made twenty years before I was born.  I have never tasted a wine that old, and I'm very excited. The wine is a 1960 Chateau Bellevue Grand Cru St. Emilion.  My boss said the wine will likely be gone, but it will still be quite an experience. I'm sure many of you have tasted ol... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Drinking very old wine


  • When talk turns to the great California Cabernet producers of the 1980s and 1990s, the topic of conversation invariably turns to Napa Valley, with a geek genuflection to the Santa Crux Mountains. Generally overlooked and sometimes intentionally slighted are the wines of Sonoma County, but within the folds and peaks of Sonoma’s valleys lie some r... Read More

    From the article Sonoma Mountain Cabs


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