97 case Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Sensation!

Only 97 cases (4 barrels) of this “Original Chardonnay” were produced by ace winemaker Paul Hobbs.  This old Wente Clone, grown in Goldridge clay-sandy soil yields only a few tons per acre, but the fruit is remiscent of a Grand-Cru White Burgundy.  Harry Walker planted his first grapes on this estate in 1968 and named itWalker Station after a little town in Kentucky where he grew up.

Walker Station 2013 Chardonnay “Original” Sonoma Coast 
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
FREE SHIPPING ON 6+, Use code WALKER upon check out
OK to mix and match with other Walker Station wines

Sourced from Harry Walker’s “Walker Station” estate this wine offers up amazing aromatics and flavors.  Lively aromas of lemon custard, quince, citrus blossom and peaches jump out of the glass.  The wine is very complex, yet extremely elegant.  Full in body with subtle richness and the right touch of acidity. The wine finishes long with a slight nuttiness.  I’d say enjoy this youngster between 2015-2022.

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96 Point Kamen 2012 Cabernet = Outrageously Good!

Professor, turned Screenplay writer, turned Vineyard and Winery owner Robert Kamen has done it again. His ace winemaker Mark Herold (Kobalt, Herold) has been making consistent 93 Point rated wine from their Sonoma property. For 11 straight vintages the wine has received 93 Points from Robert Parker, this is the most solid A rating ever. This year even 96 Points! Talking about A ratings, check out Robert’s movie portfolio: Taps,The Karate Kid (1,2 & 3), The Punisher, Lethal Weapon 3,  A Walk in the Clouds , The Fifth Element , Kiss of the Dragon, The Transporter (1,2 & 3), Bandidos, Taken (1 & 2) and many others.

Robert Kamen purchased his  280 acre property in 1980 with the proceeds of his first screenplay, and the rest is history. The certified biodynamic vineyards were planted by another vineyard entrepreneur, Phillip Coturri. Mark Herold (Merus, Kobalt, Herold etc.) has been his winemaker since 2001. Robert Kamen and I go back to the very first vintage, so I am proud to be a part of this great run!

Kamen 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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The 2012 vintage is a blockbuster wine, the best Kamen Cabernet EVER!  Gorgeous aromas of black and red stone fruit. Dense and full in body this stunning 2012 Cabernet is laced with lush fruit, a touch of chocolate and anise with hints of  Mayacamas (back of Spring Mountain) soil.  The wine is gorgeously textured with silky grained tannins filling out a long finish. This wine will age well for a good 10-15 years if not longer.

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Another outrageous effort is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon). Its opaque purple color is followed by aromas of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, charcoal and flowers. Dense, full-bodied, multidimensional, long, silky and opulent, this stunning Cabernet can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.”

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4 Barrel, Blind Tasting Winner

Our tasting group rarely tackles Cabernet Franc, so I was very excited to review one of my favorite varietals.  Our panel selected some amazing wines:
  • Ramey (94 Galloni)
  • Hudson (93+ Galloni)
  • Kamen (93 Galloni)
  • Crocker Starr (92 Galloni)
  • Hourglass (94 Galloni)
  • Lang & Reed
  • Reverie
  • Robert Keenan (93 Points)
  • Oakville Ranch “Roberts’ (93+ Galloni)
  • Constant (93 Galloni)
  • Del Dotto
  • Walla Walla Vintners (92 Parker )
  • Pride Mountain
  • Chappellet (92 Galloni)
  • Wolf Family
Since 1997, Jane and Doug Wolf have been stewards of the historic Inglewood Estate which is located at the base of the Mayacamas Range in the St. Helena appellation. The 30 acre property hosts just 6.75 acres planted to meticulously tended vines nurtured into wine of uncompromising quality. Karen Culler, winemaker, has led the wine program on the estate since the first vintage in 1997.

Wolf 2012 “Estate” Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6, use code WOLF upon checkout
Can mix & match with other Wolf wines

The 2012 vintage was textbook Napa Valley and counts itself along with the stellar vintages of the 2009 and 2010 wines. The 2012 Cabernet Franc has a rich texture and mid palate because of the fully mature and meaty tannins. The aromas are anise, blueberry, vanilla, and tobacco. The palate has the distinct oily mid texture characteristic of great Cab Franc. This wine exudes softness on the mid palate and extracted tannins on the finish, which is a luxury only found in Cabernet Franc. 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 101 cases produced.


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6 Barrel Must Have Pinot Noir

Justin Wilett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing 190 cases.  His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers.  Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara county, Justin has wowed many (including me) with his great craft.   His latest releases all garnered big press (94 and 95 point ratings) and I’d say they could have been 96 and 97s but who am I to say.

Tyler 2013 Pinot Noir “La Encantada” Santa Rita Hill 
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99
Use code TYL13PNLE upon checkout

Can mix & match with other Tyler wines

Stunning aromas of crushed red fruit, raspberry and ripe strawberries jump out of the glass on impact.The wine is full in body laced with beautifully balanced flavors of red fruits with a touch of cinnamon and earthiness (from the darker clonal selections).  Lush, refreshing, energetic mouthfeel with a long, graceful silky finish that screams of stunning Pinot fruit with a touch a spiciness.  This wine will be a good ager! Only 170 cases produced!

Parker 94 Points: ”Coming from a west-facing slope in the cool Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the Tyler Pinot Noir La Encantada Sta. Rita Hills starts out dark and earthy, with plenty of mushroom, forest floor and decaying leaves, yet continues to show more and more bright berry fruit with time in the glass. Possessing medium-bodied richness on the palate, with fantastic purity and a great finish, enjoy this superb Pinot Noir over the coming 4-6 years.“

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Picture Perfect 96+ Rated Napa Cabernet

Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, the estate is distinguished by the pre-prohibition Victorian home depicted on the wine label.Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts in 1910 and it was acquired by Mary and Jack Novak in 1972. Mary released Spottswoode’s first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate’s founding.Today, Mary’s daughters Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak manage the winery.Spottswoode 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, St. Helena Napa Valley 
(96+ Points Parker)
Retail 170.00 – GGWC 164.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
Use code SPOTT12 upon checkout.

Juicy primary fruit flavors predominate this inviting wine. Penetrating blackberry and blueberry essence with some creamy yogurt, cassis liqueur, plum, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Malted chocolate and a hint of black pepper on the nose. There is a density along with focus and a pristine delineation. Great structure and concentration, with ripe, refined tannins and good acidity. This remarkable wine has immense potential.

Robert Parker 96+ Points: “The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignonexhibits a glorious bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, a Pauillac-like lead pencil note, and background new oak. The overall impression is one of restraint combined with richness. This full-bodied effort possesses good acidity and ripe tannin. It has been crafted for the long-term. The hallmarks of great Spottswoode wines are their purity and elegance combined with serious power. The 2012 has that in abundance. This youthful, reserved Cabernet will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades or more.”

Also available in Magnums!

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Check out their stunning Spottswoode 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

Want to save some money? The 2011 vintage is 25% OFF (750 ml and Magnums)

Spottswoode 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
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Sensational “Inaugural” (Screaming Eagle) Pinot Noir, 270 cases produced!

Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on a 25 million year old siliceous (silex) seabed at the furthest western side of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The vineyards, with vine densities between 4,000 – 7,000 vines/acre, are entirely organically farmed. Originally part of the Evening Land program, the vineyards were purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman, along with their financial partners (Screaming Eagle owner).Domaine de la Cote 2013 Memorious, Estate 
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 56.99
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This very intense Memorious Pinot Noir is a single parcel at the Domaine de la Cote estate.  The wine  gushes out amazing amounts of concentrated fruit from the get go! Gobs of black stone fruit, anise, sweet spices, minerals and flowers jumps out of the glass.  The flavors mirror the aromas with a touch of crushed berries and wild herbs coating the silky palate.  This great wine is full in body, yet extremely balanced, rich, clean and concentrated without being overpowering. This is a wine with a future.  Young and intense, and it will age gracefully. My taste test showed that after 24 hours it had not lost any of its luster and was still kicking strong! Only 270 cases produced!

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6 Barrel, Under $30 Cab Franc Stunner

This is only the second vintage from the legendary Pickberry Vineyard in Sonoma Valley that Zepaltas produced. This vineyard was put on the map by Joel Peterson of Ravenwood Winery and his sturdy, Bordeaux blends from the site. They have proven to be wines that stand the test of time, and we aim to follow suit with our Cab Franc. The vineyard was planted in the mid-1980’s on the western slopes of Sonoma Mountain about the town of Glen Ellen. The soils are rocky, red volcanic soil and our block of Cabernet Franc is situated on a beautiful knoll over looking the Sonoma Valley below.

Zepaltas 2013 Cabernet Franc “Pickberry” Sonoma Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
Use code ZEP13CF upon checkout

This wine offers up amazing aromas and flavors from start to finish.  On the nose you’ll encounter lavender, strawberry, anise and black pepper. On the lush, silky palate you are greeted by flavors of blueberry, raspberry and of course the hallmark of Cabernet Franc falvors, a touch of spice. The 2013 Pickberry is slightly more fruit driven than the 2012. It is bright and plush up front and finishes with silky tannins. This wine will need a year of cellaring to get to its sweet spot, so decanting will be necessary for early drinking. Only 145 cases produced!

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Wine = Rocket Science

John Caldwell grew up in Napa into a family that ran a shoe business. John eventually turned the one business into many more.  Living in Napa, making money he purchased 54 acres of land and had plans to develop some homes.  Unfortunately that backfired and now he was “stuck” with 54 acres of dirt.  He had been on trips to France, and one thing let to another that he was going to start a vineyard.  On one of his trips he decided that the only way to get vines from France was to smuggle them into the country.  With the help of some friends in New York and Canada he started to bring in vines from Haut Brion.  Unfortunately on his last of 5 trips he got caught by custom agents.  They wound up confiscating his last load, but John got lucky that via a lawyer friend he was released with a warning and a fine.  His 4300 vines were in a barn in Napa and that started the success story Caldwell would become years later.

In the mid-late 90’s I met John and we tasted through some barrels, when he said, you know this is not “Rocket Science”!  At that time, Philippe Melka was his winemaker, and the next day Melka asked him what that “blend” was all about that he made the day before.  That said, John created “Rocket Science” under my eyes and a new brand was born. So many years later, I am still a big fan of this wine!

Caldwell 2012 “Rocket Science” Red Blend, Estate Napa Valley
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 57.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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This is real wine – real Rocket Science. It is a blend of 33% Syrah, 33% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Tannat, all sourced from John Caldwell’s estate vineyard at 1200 feet elevation in the Coombsville area of Southern Napa Valley. A delicious, full bodied, mouth filling and layered that’s got great fruit and structure without being overly intense or extracted. Laden with flavors of plum, cranberry, currant, coffee and chocolate with a few little hits of black pepper, cinnamon and earthy goodness. The gorgeous dusty tannins and pretty acid make this a serious wine by any yardstick. This full bodied wine will pair very well with the likes of a rib-eye, rack of lamb or hardy dish. Limited production!

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Under $50 Rock Star Napa Cabernet Blend

Scott Peterson (S.P. – Drummer) is a seasoned winemaker with a portfolio stretching almost 30 years making wine at an array of great wineries like Cardinale, Textbook, Pey-Marin, Mt. Eden, Anderson Conn Valley and others.  Scott is a big fan of Bordeaux-style blended wines, thus his blends have always been Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot based.  Scott  believes in value and quality, and this 2012 SP Drummer Proprietary Red is just that!

SP Drummer 2012 Red Blend, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Retail 54.00 – GGWC 49.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Swirling up and out of your glass is an intensity of classic California, ripe black stone-fruit aromatics, specifically plums. Texturally on the palate, this Rutherford wine is all-consuming first with rich fruit. Incredible toast that soon blankets the palate comes from our use of multi-forested French Oak. A trophy wine, to stand alone; our Marilyn Merlot of bottles, full of soft tannins, but voluptuous. With tremendous flavor and velvet from nose to palate, she lingers beyond your senses control. The blend of ripe grape-tannins and Oak tannins are seamless, and the marriage is forever smooth until your sadly tipping the bottle for the very last drop. Only 280 cases produced.

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Surprise 95 Point Napa

A native of South Africa, Brian Malk continues a family tradition of grape growing started by his grandfather who owned a wine farm in Franschhoek, near Capetown.  Brian moved to the United States in 1978 and is resides in Napa Valley as well as San Diego. Brian and Nancy purchased the Stags Leap property for Malk Family Vineyardsin 1997. The inspiration behind the Malk Family Vineyards logo was their beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Griffin, who recently passed away at the age of 15 1/2.  They even named the vineyard after their dog!  The complex layers of his personality displayed a bold yet colorful character, which exemplify the attributes of the wine his portrait graces.

Malk 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Griffin Vineyard
Stag’s Leap Napa Valley
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 79.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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The 2012 Malk Family Vineyards Stag’s Leap Cabernet is a perfect example of what the appellation has to offer. The dark, yet vibrant color of the wine gives the first glimpse of its depth and elegance. The nose offers classic ripe black currant aromas, but is highlighted with beautiful floral qualities, light clove and spice, and notes of chocolate and vanilla. The full-bodied 2012 reveals interesting mineral notes of crushed gravel, black stone fruit, a whiff of dark choclate and a hint of soil in which the grapes are grown. While the weighty palate is incredibly supple, there is plenty of concentration in this wine to carry it for many years of enjoyment.

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