Oct
24
2014

Blind Tasting Pinot Noir Winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2012 Pinot Noirs, the 2012 Alma Fria’s 200 case production wowed us and blew away a pack of heavy hitters, including: 

Alma Fria 2012 Pinot Noir
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 

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Great dark color (probably the Pommard clone talking) and pleasant aromatic notes of wild cherries and blueberries, mingled with floral overtones and almond toffee.  This large bodied Pinot Noir is very well-polished on the palate were it is loaded with wild red fruits with a touch of peppery notes and a hint of minerality.  The wine’s flavors coat the palate and lead into a an amazingly pleasant long silky finish.  Only 300 cases produced!

Also check out their ALMA FRIA 2012 CHARDONNAY, SONOMA COAST

ALMA FRIA 2012 CHARDONNAY, SONOMA COAST

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Oct
22
2014

Thomas Brown’s next 100 point Cabernet! MAX. 6 BOTTLES

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together.  They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and their idea was born.  At the helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers.

FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.

Post Parade 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 100.00
GGWC 89.99

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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact.   This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  Only 300 cases produced.

Post Parade has been the most enjoyable project I’ve taken on in recent memory. I don’t need to tell anyone that knows Brook et al that fun is a top priority with this undertaking.” — Thomas Rivers Brown Winemaker.

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Oct
21
2014

100 case Chardonnay sensation

For 3 generations the Holtermann Family has been one of the premier importers of wines, varying from hard-to-find, leading wineries to very large producers from all over the world.  Their longtime relationships with growers, enolgists, winemakers and vineyard managers provided them with a unique perspective of the wine industry. So the next step was panting their own vineyards, which they did in the remote ridge tops of Annapolis on the Sonoma Coast.  Add winemaker Carroll Kemp t the mix and you’ll wind up with great quality estate-grown wines at a great price point!

Alma Fria 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99

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This is one of the most pleasant Chardonnays I have tasted in a long time.  The aromas of clementine, citrus and green apple jump out of the glass.  The wine is very well crafted with exquisite fruit and flavor on the mid-palate.  The wine is well-balanced with bright white peaches, lemon zest, quince and a whiff of wet stone minerality.  No new oak was used on this wine so it retains its pristine flavors throughout, and even with malolactic fermentation it retains its bright upfront fruit leading into an elegant finish.  Unfortunately only 100 cases produced!

Also check out the ALMA FRIA 2012 PINOT NOIR 

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Oct
20
2014

Sensational 2 barrel Pinot Noir production, only 5 cases allocated

A small winery but an amazing wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines and a small amount of Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Too bad the production of the Pinot Noir is still very limited, but it is well worth jumping on now.  The production will gradually grow to a whopping 100 cases!

Kivelstadt 2013 Pinot Noir “Sibling Rivalry” Estate Sonoma
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 44.99

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Only 48 cases were produced of this amazingly well-crafted Estate grown 2013 Kivelstadt “Sibling Rivalry” Pinot Noir.  Organically grown 100% Pommard Clone, for those who are fans of Red Burgundies.  The aromas of fresh cut flower, black raspberries and Bing Cherries jump out of the glass.  This well-crafted Estate-grown youngster is rich and full in body but amazingly structured. Finesse and elegance roll over the palate into a long flavorful finish.  Too bad the production is so small, and I have only 5 cases allocated to me!

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Oct
17
2014

Screaming Eagle neighbor’s Cabernet for under $40

“La Poussiere” is a direct translation of the Rutherford District’s hallmark characteristic “the dust”. It is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and can be enjoyed over the next 5-10 years.

 The Rutherford District owes a great debt to Andre Tschelitcheff, who beginning 1938 extolled its many virtues. 

TEXTBOOK “La Poussiere” Cabernet Sauvignoncomes from two sites abutting the St. Helena Highway. These sub-sections of the Rutherford District claim iconic neighbors such as Heitz, Caymus, Inglenook and Dr. Stephens and are renowned for superb, full-bodied “dusty” Cabernet Sauvignon. The terrain is characterized by deep gravelly loam soils overlooked by steep, verdant hills to the west. The vines bask in warm, sunny afternoons, offering an ideal growing environment.

TEXTBOOK 2012 CABERNET “LA POUSSIERE” RUTHERFORD,

NAPA VALLEY

Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99

FREE SHIPPING on 12, use code TEXT12RCS upon checkout

The 2012 Cabernet is deeply colored, richly textured and showed great promise. TEXTBOOK 2012 “La Poussiere” was crafted to be a delicious Rutherford District Cabernet Sauvignon – ready to enjoy in the medium-term, with the knowledge that its concentration and precision will carry it for the long haul.  The wine is loaded with gorgeous black stone fruit and a hint of chocolate, which is noticeable on both nose and palate.  On the palate a whiff of Rutherford dust shows up between its well-balanced fruit and acid ratio.  The wine is full and lush in body and leads into a long and silky finish.

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Oct
15
2014

2012 Napa Zin of the Year ~ 175 cases produced only 8 allocated!

Kirk Vegne has been crafting wines since his childhood with his “famous” dad Nils Venge (first 100 Point winemaker in the Napa Valley, 1985 Groth Reserve).  Nils told me some years ago that Kirk is a better winemaker than he’ll ever be – big statement!  Kirk also makes the wines for Macauley, Venge, Honeycut, Jax, Igenous and I am sure I am forgetting some, but not a bad portfolio for a guy in his late 30’s!   He has been at the helm at Trespass since its inception a good 10 years ago!

Trespass 2012 Zinfandel “Old Vine” Napa Valley
Retail 54.00 – GGWC 49.99 

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Sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley this 107 year old vineyard – only 175 cases produced – might be one of the best Zinfandels to come from the Valley floor in recent history.  On impact you’ll encounter a tremendous aroma of black cherries, exotic spices and a whiff of white pepper and earth.  If this wine was a gorgeous women, it would be a real “head turner” – it still is, even if it is just wine!  This gorgeous, single vineyard “oldie” still possesses great richness and amazing balance and depth.  This wine is very complex and well-balanced loaded with black stone fruit, plum, a touch of white pepper.  An interesting perfuminess runs through the wine from start to finish.  Unfortunately only 175 cases produced!

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Oct
14
2014

THE BEST WINE OFFERING EVER!

Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high-quality Rhone varietals at a very respectable price level for years.  Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about a decade ago, and the rest is history.  Today Sans Liege has a worldwide fan base, even as far as Japan, Belgium and South America.

Sans Liege 2012 “The Offering” Santa Barbara

Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99
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The 2012 Offering (a blend of 48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier) is a wine that captures the imagination and challenges expectations, it displays a beautiful purity and depth that is reminiscent of having a summer picnic in an ancient church. Resinous scents of black cherry cola, frankincense, fresh-peeled Clementine orange and vanilla extract lead to a well-structured and balanced palate of curried mix-berry cobbler, turmeric, dark chocolate cocoa nibs and black pepper with rocky, persistent tannins.

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Oct
13
2014

Blockbuster 2012 CAB by 100 point winemaker! – 4 BOTTLE LIMIT

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development of a wine auction site and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners and glasses of wine, where they discussed the prospect of finding a project that would allow them to work together in producing a world-class wine. The opportunity finally arose eleven years later, with the premier release of the 2009 Hobel Cabernet.  This fourth release, the 2012 vintage will really wow you, it is AMAZING!

Hobel  2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99

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If the dictionary had a definition for an ideal growing season, 2012 would almost certainly be it. Warm, early start with a great fruit set led to a warm, but never too hot, season that allowed us to pick the fruit on our terms. These rarely seen set of circumstances led us to making what I feel is the best Hobel Cabernet to date. Tremendous mouthfeel, packed with dense fruit and hints of cassis but with a fresh underpinning of acidity to keep the energy and tension. The tannins are fine and mouth coating, the finish powerful and long. Enjoy now with a healthy decant or cellar for 5-10 years.  Only 200 cases produced!

PS: Thomas Rivers Brown is the face behind Schrader (100 Points), Pulido Walker, Post Parade, Stone the Crows, Rivers Marie etc. wines.

Named as one of the “8 Impressive New Faces from California” by Wine Spectator

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Oct
10
2014

Pinot Noir of the Month!

POE is a small producer by Samantha Sheehan, an advocate of the vineyards and wines of Burgundy and Champagne. The brand; Poe, was created to show that California too has incredible and distinctive terroir, varying dramatically from one microclimate to the next. Poe only produces single vineyard wines to show that distinction, and picks not by numbers, but rather when the fruit is balanced and flavorful.  The2012 “Hudson” Pinot Noir, is an amazingly well-made wine from this “Grand Cru” vineyard in Carneros.  Poe is one of the only wineries that get this amazing Pinot Noir fruit from this acclaimed vineyard.

Poe 2012 “Hudson” Pinot Noir, Carneros

Retail 48.00 – GGWC 45.99

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This was the surprise of the month!  Gorgeous, well-crafted little gem.  A wine loaded with potential from one of the most sought after vineyards.  Beautiful aroma of rose petals, Bing cherries, pomegranate and a whiff of terroir.  Lush and full-bodied, yet extremely well-balanced with gobs of red fruit coating the juicy palate.  This wine displays class and finesse from start to finish and lingers into a long silky tannin finish.

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Oct
8
2014

The best Sauvignon Blanc ever from California! (includes shipping)

Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave and Jeff Pisoni. Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced a wine together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the proverbial ships passing in the night. Early grape picks and late nights at the winery left them rarely crossing paths. Now, Bibiana and Jeff do cross paths—to discuss ideas and taste samples. You can sometimes catch them in front of a grapevine, the press, a fermenting tank, or a barrel…most likely with a glass in hand.

Shared Notes 2013 “Les pierres qui décident Sauvignon Blanc
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 64.99

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Shared Notes “Les pierres qui décident”  Translates to “the-rocks-that-decide”

A Sauvignon Blanc inspired by the pure and focused wines of the Loire Valley, where the rocks “decide” the style.  I would say that this might be the most amazing SB ever produced in California

Tasting notes: Flinty and airy on the nose, this very light green colored wine impacts by its aromatic intensity. Powerful aromas of lime zest with cassis buds intensify the mineral character. On the mouth, this is a laser-focused wine, driven by its high acidity and exceptional purity. Drink now through 2025.  ONLY 67 Cases produced.

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