Mar
4
2015

CHARDONNAY OF THE YEAR, 4 Barrels produced, Only 48 bottles allocated!

Bibiana Gonzalez Rave is the wife of Pisoni Family winemakerJeff Pisoni, and they are a real “power couple” – Bibiana is the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir winemaker for Pahlmeyer as well.  With Jeff she makes Shared Notes, an awesome, well-regarded and high-scoring White wine project.  On her own she makes Cattleya.  Only 4 barrels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir each year are produced.  Cattleya is Columbian’s national flower, the Orchid, it is a perfect name for these wines, as the orchid is the ultimate expression of dedication (in its growing) and beauty (which comes naturally.)  The 2013 Cattleya is AMAZING, STUNNING and I am saying, this is “The Chardonnay of the Year!” –  Hurry as I am not getting much of this great wine!

Cattleya 2013 Chardonnay “Pratt” Sonoma Coast
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99  FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code CATTLEYA upon checkout
Can Mix & Match with Cattleya Pinot Noir

Lemon-green in color with golden highlights, the Cattleya Chardonnay is exceptionally floral at first with aromas of acacia, honeysuckle and orange blossoms mingling with white peach, honeydew, and tangerine: a nose of optimum complexity and elegant subtlety. On the palate, the laser-focused acidity enveloped by ample texture in the mid-palate defines this wine as full-bodied with a long finish. Even long after sipping the wine you will enjoy persistent new notes of fresh mint, vanilla seeds and white flowers linger in the mouth. ONLY 89 CASES PRODUCED!

Also check out their amazing CATTLEYA 2012 PINOT NOIR “DONUM” CARNEROS SONOMA

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Mar
2
2015

Must have 2012 Syrah under $25

Karen Culler has been crafting great wines for 2+ decades now (Wolf, Culler, etc).  Her “value” label Casaeda has been lots of fun to work with.  She sourced this 2012 from two stellar vineyards (Dehlinger and Sawi).    Sawi is located at 1450 feet elevation and planted 15+ years ago to the Cote Rotie seletion of Syrah.  This is a late ripening vineyard, producing amazing fruit intensity, concentration due to its small berry size.  Dehlinger is somewhat the “First Growth” of the Russian River Valley (only 3 acres planted).

Casaeda 2012 Syrah Russian River Valley
GGWC 23.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code CAS12SYR upon checkout

A real crowd pleaser, this “Value” wine from Karen Culler.  Very classy wine!  This youngster offers great complexity and an abundance of fruit and flavors.   Floral, licorice,  peppery aromas jump out of the glass on impact.  A touch of bacon fat underlines this great clonal selection.   The wine is full in body with the right touch of acidity, a hint of sweet black stone fruit and savory touches make for a hard-to-resist wine.  Small production!

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Mar
2
2015

Must have 2012 Syrah under $25

Karen Culler has been crafting great wines for 2+ decades now (Wolf, Culler, etc).  Her “value” label Casaeda has been lots of fun to work with.  She sourced this 2012 from two stellar vineyards (Dehlinger and Sawi).    Sawi is located at 1450 feet elevation and planted 15+ years ago to the Cote Rotie seletion of Syrah.  This is a late ripening vineyard, producing amazing fruit intensity, concentration due to its small berry size.  Dehlinger is somewhat the “First Growth” of the Russian River Valley (only 3 acres planted).

Casaeda 2012 Syrah Russian River Valley
GGWC 23.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code CAS12SYR upon checkout

A real crowd pleaser, this “Value” wine from Karen Culler.  Very classy wine!  This youngster offers great complexity and an abundance of fruit and flavors.   Floral, licorice,  peppery aromas jump out of the glass on impact.  A touch of bacon fat underlines this great clonal selection.   The wine is full in body with the right touch of acidity, a hint of sweet black stone fruit and savory touches make for a hard-to-resist wine.  Small production!

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Feb
27
2015

Take Note $45.00 Napa Cab from “First Growth Vineyard”

Alondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by my longtime friends John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco.

During his tenure at Boulevard, John has traveled extensively throughout the world’s wine regions studying wine production and is also a professional wine judge and consultant. John and I were co-judges at many SF International Wine Competitions.

Robert has been a wine consultant for several Bay Area restaurants. He has also worked hands-on in production at several small wineries including Nalle, Scherrer and Sean Thackrey. For the past 15 years he has been a sommelier at Greens in San Francisco, Willowside Café in Sonoma and Boulevard Restaurant.

The Napa vineyard source is secret, but I can tell you that its owner was very successful in the NFL…

Alondra 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 44.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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The 2012 Alondra Cabernet will please both palate as well as your wallet!  The wine is opaque in the glass. Definitely a fruit driven wine, but the aromatic complexities of the varietal really shine. Dark berry fruits of cassis and plum are enhanced by the secondary notes of black olive, cedar, tobacco and rich earth. The palate is dense and polished, while still refined with the fine grained tannins wrapped in a seamless balance of fruit and earth. The palate staining finish leaves the impression of textured fruit, barrel spice and ripe tannin in complete harmony.

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Feb
25
2015

A 95 Point rated “Kistler” at half the price

The Durrell vineyard could easily carry the “Premier Cru” tag if it was located in Burgundy!  It has been the source of success for many wineries alike.  Kistler, DuMol, etc.  The “Ranch House Block” of the Durrell Vineyard is the “top notch” site of this estate! With winemaker Kenneth Juhasz (Auteur) at the helm, one cannot go wrong and expect only the best-of-the best, and the 2012 is just that, an amazing wine!  Ellie Phipps Price purchased the Durrell vineyard in 1998 from founder Ed Durrell, who had purchased the ranch in 1977 with the intend of turning into a cattle ranch, but decided to plant grapes instead, or we would have never experienced great grapes from this stunning vineyard! Instead we might have seen “Durrell Beef” in the stores instead J!

Dunstan 2012 Chardonnay “Durrell” Sonoma Coast
Retail 49.00- GGWC 46.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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Amazing color and aroma!  The nose offers up a bouquet with plentiful bright tropical fruit, fresh flowers, and hints of mango and peach.  A very subtle touch of toasty vanilla lingers throughout but is not overpowering at all!  On the palate this wine offers up gobs of stunning fruit flavors, laced with a touch of hazelnut.  The wines is rich and full-bodied, yet extremely delicate and elegant from start to finish. This is amazing quality and value in a bottle and truly a very good Cal-Burgundy example.  Very small production!

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Feb
23
2015

96 Point Rated 2012 Napa Cabernet

This might be one of the very best Cabernets to come from Knight’s Valley (better than Peter Michael, really!)  The venture is owned by Norma Hunt (wife of former Kansas City Chiefs Lamar Hunt – who pretty much invented the Super Bowl).  This gorgeous property is well-situated, and when you bring in the Quarterback – Wide Receiver duo of wine (Philippe Melka and Jim Barbour), you can only achieve one thing – SUPERBOWL-like fame with the accompanying quality.

PERFECT SEASON 2012 CABERNET “BIDWELL CREEK” KNIGHT’S VALLEY
Free Shipping on 4 or more – GGWC price 124.99
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Only 250 cases of the 2012 “Perfect” Season Cab were produced, so it won’t be around for a long time.  This 100% Estate Grown Cabernet is well-crafted and offers up amazing aromas of red and black stone fruits, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of spice cabinet as I call it.  Amazing, voluptuous body that is loaded with intense concentrated, yet very well-manicured and balanced fruit.  More black stone and espresso / mocha on the mid-palate merging into a long lasting lingering finish of elegant tannins.  A MUST HAVE!

Parker 96 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque purple color as well as attractive notes of graphite, crème de cassis, forest floor, and hints of high-quality toast and graphite. Dense, full-bodied, succulent and opulent, it should drink well young and age easily for 20+ years.”

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Feb
20
2015

Wine Alert ! Killer 225 case production Zin, 93 Points

In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the infamous 1976 Paris Tasting was partially (40%) sourced from this vineyard.  The entire family works and manages the day-to-day operations.

Bacigalupi 2012 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 47.99  FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code BAC12ZIN upon checkout.

An inky black colored wine with amazing aromas of black cherry and currant are rounded out with vanilla and pepper notes jump out of the glass. The palate is loaded with jammy fruity characters and a high tone structure with good acidity on the finish. This wine should age well and improve over the next 5 years.  Only 225 cases produced

Robert Parker 93 Points: “Sadly, there are only 225 cases of the exquisite 2012 Zinfandel, a gorgeous effort revealing lots of blueberry, raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with notes of incense, spring flowers, pepper and spice. Full-bodied, opulent and silky smooth, it is exactly what top-class California Zinfandel should taste like.Bacigalupi has delivered a beauty. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.”

 

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Feb
18
2015

Cab Franc of the Year! ONLY 6 cases allocated!

Our friends at Trespass crafted yet another remarkable wine! Kirk Venge does not skip a beat with this latest release. It is beyond awesome. I would almost rate this is the best Cabernet Franc in the Napa Valley, but who am I to say. This wine has an amazing dense purple hue and a touch of anise and black currant on the nose. Extraction would make you think it is Syrah, yet this wine is amazingly elegant and offers up a storm of gorgeous, elegant black stone fruit alongside its full-bodied armor. Great balance, with the right amount of fruit and acid. The wine’s finishes with a long silkiness. 150 cases produced.

Trespass Cab Franc 2012 “Estate” St. Helena, Napa
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code TRES12CF upon checkout

Also check out their outstanding  TRESPASS 2012 ZINFANDEL “OLD VINE” NAPA VALLEY

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Feb
17
2015

Philippe Melka’s 96 Point Cab-vaganza

When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from some years ago?) into a top notch Cabernet producer.  Gandona (humble man in Portuguese) is rooted in tradition and a passion for transforming land into something extraordinary. It’s born from an estate that rests upon a sloping hillside high above the beauty of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey – its vineyards, carved from the steep terrain and planted in four blocks, each possess their own distinct personality.

The site of Gandona Estate had its beginnings (just) a few years earlier, when in 1862 Daniel K. Dille homesteaded the property, located just downhill from Pritchard’s future home. California had just experienced the silver rush and Napa County had recently been formed. Here, Dille worked as a laborer and maintained the land. The property sold several times throughout the years until the Bob Long family purchased it in 1966 and planted the site’s first vineyard. In 1977, they entered the wine business in earnest and founded a small winery called Long Vineyards.  Sandi Belcher (Arns) produced great Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a late harvest Johannesburg Riesling from the estate.

Gandona 2012 “Encosta” Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 98.00 – GGWC 94.99
FREE SHIPPING on 4+ BOTTLES
Use shipping code ENCOSTA12 upon checkout

Encosta (“slope”) Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides of Gandona Estate and its terra cotta-colored, volcanic soil.  The 2012 vintage is a wine celebrating the very soul of hillside fruit capturing the essence of the vine’s interaction with earth and sun. It opens with aromas of bright red cherry and cranberry with underlying notes of cassis and tobacco.  On the palate, the wine shows a juicy, full mouth feel reminiscent of fresh black and ripe cherries. Rounding out the mid-palate are finely grained, sweet mountain tannins that reveal a beautiful marriage between them and well integrated oak.  The lingering finish is laced with nuances of rich cocoa powder and supported by a strong acid backbone demonstrating a wine worthy of aging.

Robert Parker 94-96 Points: “The finest wine to date appears to be the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill, a sensational example of Pritchard Hill Cabernet. Its opaque purple color is followed by notes of pen ink, camphor, charcoal, blackberries and black currants. Dense, rich and built like a skyscraper with a terrific mouthfeel and purity as well as a full-bodied, moderately tannic, exuberant and convincing finish, it should age effortlessly for 20-30 years”

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Feb
9
2015

Spring Sale! Up to 25% OFF!

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I have a BIG WINE SALE just for YOU!

With Spring upon us, I did some “SPRING CLEARING” and am excited to offer up 100 amazing wines, even some 98-100 point rated at up to 25% OFF!!!!  This inventory clearance includes wines such as Schrader (100 Point), Morlet (98 Points), Colgin (96 Points), Cabaud (96 Points – Luc Morlet winemaker),  Marcassin,  Araujo, etc.  This is a limited time only sale.  With a big discount like this, unfortunately I cannot offer free shipping but the discounts will more than make up for that.

 

ALBATROSS RIDGE 2011 CHARDONNAY “BOWLUS ESTATE” CARMEL VALLEY
ARAUJO 2011 CABERNET “EISELE” NAPA VALLEY (96+ Points Galloni)
ARNOT ROBERTS 2011 GRIFFIN LAIR SYRAH, SONOMA COAST (93 Points)
BARBOUR 2011 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
BEDROCK 2013 OLD VINE ZINFANDEL, SONOMA COUNTY
BEDROCK EVANGELHO 2013 HERITAGE RED BLEND
BEDROCK EVANGELHO 2012 HERITAGE RED BLEND
BETZ 2011 PERE DE FAMILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
BROWN 11 CHAOS THEORY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY
CABAUD 2011 “MON HOMMAGE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON – 94 POINTS
CABAUD 2012 “BENEDICTIONS” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 96 POINTS PARKER
CAPIAUX 2011 PINOT NOIR, GAP’S CROWN SONOMA COAST
CAPIAUX 2012 CHIMERA, SONOMA COUNTY
CAPIAUX 2012 PINOT NOIR GARYS’ VINEYARD, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
CARVER SUTRO 2010 PETITE SIRAH PALISADES VINEYARD – 94 PT PARKER
CHESTER’S ANVIL 2010 ZINFANDEL “MEAD RANCH” ATLAS PEAK
COLGIN 2011 ESTATE RED WINE, NAPA VALLEY (96 POINTS)
DANCING HARES 2009 PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY (93 PARKER)
DANCING HARES 2010 ESTATE, PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY (95 PT PARKER)
DOS LAGOS 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, NAPA VALLEY
FAILLA 2012 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST
GALLICA 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
GANDONA 2011 “ENCOSTA” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
GANDONA 2011 “ENCOSTA” CABERNET SAUVIGNON ETCHED MAGNUM
GEMSTONE 2010 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 94 POINTS WS
GROS VENTRE 2012 PINOT NOIR “CERISE” ANDERSON VALLEY
HENDRY 2011 NAPA VALLEY BLOCKS 7 & 22 ZINFANDEL – 96 POINTS
HOURGLASS 2011 CABERNET FRANC BLUELINE
INHERIT THE SHEEP 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
KAPCSANDY 2011 ESTATE CUVEE NAPA VALLEY 95+ Points
KAPCSANDY 2011 GRAND VIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY – 95 Points
KATA 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BECKSTOFFER – BOURNE VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY
LAGIER MEREDITH 2010 SYRAH MOUNT VEEDER NAPA (94 PT PARKER/ 96 W&S))
LARUE 2012 PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST
LAW ESTATE 2011 “SAGACIOUS” GSM PASO ROBLES (95 POINTS PARKER)
LEONETTI 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON WALLA WALLA 94 PARKER
LEWIS CELLARS 2011 CABERNET RESERVE NAPA VALLEY – 93 POINTS WS -
LUCIA (PISONI) 2012 CHARDONNAY SOBERANES SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
MARCASIN 2010 CHARDONNAY THREE SISTERS MARCASSIN VINEYARD, SONOMA COAST (95 Parker)
MARTINELLI 2012 PINOT NOIR “LOLITA RANCH” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 92 Parker
MARTINELLI 2012 PINOT NOIR ZIO TONY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 92 Parker
MEMENTO MORI 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON – 91 Parker
MORLET 2011 CABERNET “COEUR DE VALLEE” TO-KALON, NAPA VALLEY 94 Pts Parker
MORLET 2012 CHARDONNAY MA DOUCE SONOMA COAST 95 Parker
MORLET 2012 EN FAMILLE PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST 94 Pts Parker
MORLET 2012 LA PROPORTION DORÉE (WHITE BLEND), SONOMA COUNTY 98 Points Parker
PALAZZO 2009 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY – 750 ML (92+ POINTS PARKER)
PALAZZO 2009 PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY – MAGNUM (92+ PARKER)
PARADIGM 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE NAPA VALLEY 750 ml
PARADIGM 2010 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MAGNUM
PULIDO WALKER 2011 CABERNET “PANEK” NAPA VALLEY
PURLIEU “LE PICH” 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
ROBERT FOLEY 2011 CHARBONO, NAPA
ROCKET SCIENCE 2010 by CALDWELL  RED NAPA VALLEY 750 ML
SANS LIEGE 2011 “EN GEDI” GRENACHE – SANTA BARBARA
SCHRADER 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CCS BECKSTOFFER TO-KALON NAPA (100 PARKER)
SCHRADER 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON LPV BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS NAPA (96-98 PARKER)
SCHRADER 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON RBS TO KALON (98 PARKER)
SEVEN STONES 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE NAPA VALLEY
SHARED NOTES 2013 “LES LEÇONS DES MAITRES” SAUVIGNON BLANC, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY (94 Galoni)
SKIPSTONE 2011 OLIVER’S BLEND – 94 Parker
SKYWALKER 2011 PINOT NOIR, MARIN COUNTY
SPOTTSWOODE 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM
SPOTTSWOODE 2011CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750 ML
STOLPMAN 2012 “ANGELI” SYRAH, BALLARD CANYON SANTA BARBARA
TAMBER BEY 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “OAKVILLE” 375
TERRACES 2012 ZINFANDEL, NAPA VALLEY
TRESPASS 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” ST. HELENA
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