Cellar Pruning: A Daunting Task But Someone Has To Do It!

During the week of July 11, 2014 we had two official functions at The Hilltop Winery, A Lawyer Visits The Hilltop and the 8th Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner, click the links or scroll down to review those outings.

For those of you who have been to the cellar in the past, you know it could use a good thinning from time to time and when the outlaw from the East Coast comes to town he does his best to play that role.

The wines listed below were pulled throughout the week by the in-house Sommelier, Mike Wojo.  Most of these wines were pulled earlier in the week and put on the table for a quick "see something, pull something" mindset.

Please note the table in the middle of the cellar and the amount of wine selected for immediate tasting HERE.

While we tried our best this trip to clear the table, we can never keep up with the new wine that gets delivered each year.

I must also say we didn't have a bad bottle in the list below.  May your summer trip/s be enjoyable and may your path/s cross a bottle of white or red of your choosing.


  • 2009 Ramey Chardonnnay, Napa Valley
  • 2010 Aubert Chardonnay (multiple bottles)
  • 2011 Staglin Chardonnay, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • 2012 Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros


  • 1984 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Hillside Select
  • 1988 Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 1990 St Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
  • 1992 Moraga Red Table Wine
  • 2000 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2001 Casanova di Neri, Tenuta Nuova
  • 2002 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2002 Araujo Syrah
  • 2005 Hunnicut Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Chateau Les Grans Marechaux
  • 2010 Chateau Haut-Surget Bordeaux

For a slideshow of the wines and random pictures of our week long stay at The Hilltop Winery go HERE.