Valentine’s Day – Let us put some sparkle in lover’s day!

Valentines BubblyValentine’s Day is around the corner.  To show that their is still some sparkle, pop the cork(s) of some of these great bubblies.  If we ship before February 7, you are guaranteed to have this great selection in your possession for “lover’s day 2011!”

Valentine’s Bubbles-In-A-Box – Three bottle gift pack
(Retail 144.00 – GGWC 111.99)

Big Cab Weekend!

With the cold weather around the country, I think a bottle of big bold Cabernet might be the solution.  Here a few suggestions for your weekend reading!

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Pina 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Firehouse” Rutherford, Napa Valley
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 84.99 – Robert Parker 94 Points.

Pina 2008 Cabernet SauvignonThis is a real gem of a wine!  The winemaker Anna Monticelli is not shy of making big, bold wines.  She did so during her days at Seavey and Bryant Family!  The current release might be one of the best efforts of Pina yet to date.  As a matter a fact, I would say that the 94 Point rating is well below where I see this wine!  RP: “The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Firehouse”  from Rutherford has an even more multi-dimensional nose of sweet black cherries, black currants, and plum as well as hints of graphite and spice box. Saturated purple to the rim, it is hard not to resist the plush, full-bodied texture, with its beautiful purity of fruit and impressive integration of acidity, wood and alcohol. This is a relatively large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon but one with grace and high quality. It will certainly develop for 5-6 years at the minimum and drink well for up to two decades.”

Relic 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Artefact” Napa
Retail $85.00 – GGWC $77.99 – 93 Points Robert Parker

Relic 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon2008 in Napa Valley yielded Cabernet Sauvignon with stunning upfront fruit and unctuous textures, IF the vineyard was managed with extreme attention to detail. We were careful and lucky enough to have done the work needed and now find ourselves with a gorgeous wine to present to you. The aromatics are ripe and fruity, with sweet spice and chocolate notes not far behind. The palate has great fruit and extract without being heavy and is framed by full, ripe tannins that coat the mouth, allowing the finish to blossom. 350 cases made. Review: Wine Advocate “The 2008 Artifact [sic] Proprietary Red (92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah aged in 100% new French oak) reveals deep black currant notes intermixed with jus de viande, assorted herbs, pepper, crushed rock and licorice aromas. Deep, full-bodied, layered, impressively built as well as supple textured, this delicious, concentrated, full-bodied powerhouse reveals impressive texture and a long finish. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. – Robert Parker – 93 points”

Crocker Starr 07 Cabernet “Stone Place Cuvee” Napa
Retail 95.00 – GGWC $89.99 – 95+ Points Robert Parker

Crocker Starr 2007 CabernetRobert Parker 95+ Points: “Perhaps the best wine I have ever tasted from Crocker & Starr is the 2007 Cabernet Stone Place. One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in French oak, this 500- to 550-case cuvee from the organically managed Stone Place Vineyard is a dense ruby/purple color, with a classic nose of unsmoked cigar tobacco intermixed with blackberries, licorice, subtle barbecue smoke, and cassis. A gorgeous, full-bodied texture, excellent purity, and well-integrated acidity, wood, and tannin all make for a thrilling wine to drink over the next 15-20+ years. “

Bridesmaid strikes Gold! New release of the “gorgeous” Bridesmaid 2007 Proprietary Red Blend

Bridesmaid CellarsThe 2007 Bridesmaid Red Blend was just released and Robert Parker gave it (a low) 93 Point rating.  I would have liked a 94-95 Point at least for this well-made, well-priced blend.  Pam Starr (Crocker Starr and formerly Spottswoode), and Drew Neiman (Chateau Boswell/Kongsgaard/Neiman) are the driving force behind this great label.

“Restaurants/bistros and consumers looking for a sumptuous, ready-to-drink California red should definitely check out the 2007 Bridesmaid. Coming from a top vintage, it’s not surprising that this wine has a dense ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of charcoal, toast, and black currants, sweet, jammy cherries, and a hint of wood spice in a medium to full-bodied, luscious, hedonistic, fruit bomb style. This is delicious wine, and reasonably priced for as good as it is.  The wine is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec”

Bridesmaid 2007 Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99

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Bridesmaid CellarsThis is a fun white blend for early Spring and Summer sipping.  Both wines make great gifts, but they are serious wines that have to be taken seriously!

Robert Parker 90 Points: “The 2009 Bridesmaid White displays loads of spring garden-like floral notes intermixed with some honeysuckle, white peach, pineapple, and melon. This exotic, luscious, dry, mid-weight white should be drunk over the next year. This wine is a blend of 63% Sauvignon Blanc and 37% Semillon.”

Bridesmaid 2009 Proprietary White Blend, Napa
Retail 23.00 – GGWC 19.99

Starting The New Year With Gain Bay’s Oakville

Gain Bay 2009 Oakville

Oakville is the first “Single Appellation” wine from Gain Bay and it starts the New Year with a real “BANG” – one would say 2009 vintage?  Yes, it is young, only 11 months in oak, but the owner was so excited he had to release it now.  We poured it at our “Holiday Tasting” and the crowd was very pleased – they ordered a lot!

On the nose one encounters a slight minerality but plums and cherry emerge plentiful.  On the palate this youngster really shines.  It is silky, smooth with a velvet-like texture.  Loaded with cassis, plum and black stone fruit flavors that jump out of the glass.  The finish is complex – even for such a young wine.  The modest tannins only require this wine to breathe for an hour or two to fully show its true self.

Gain Bay 2009 “Oakville” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail $30.00 – GGWC $26.99 FULL CASE $24.99

Hilliard Bruce 2008 Pinot Noir “Moon” Santa Rita Hills

Hilliard Bruce Vineyards

For those already familiar with Paul Lato, I do not need to tell you that this man knows how to make wine – and can he!  Paul is the winemaker at this new venture in the Santa Rita Hills.  Only 160 cases of the Premier release were produced.  Paul selected the clones for this soon-to-be gem – Pommard and Dijon clones 667, 777, 114, 115 were used in this amazing wine.  Those familiar with Burgundy know that Pommard gives it a more inky-like color and density.  The various Dijon clones add aromatics, flavors and body.

Everyone always asks me to which wine do I compare a certain wine to  – sorry this is a Paul Lato wine and it is awesome.  It will stand on its own two legs and you will not regret it. The wine’s aromatics and flavors jump out of the glass, and with Paul’s attention to detail one knows that you are in for a real treat.  Hurry because with only 160 cases produced if you blink once it will pass you by.  This wine received a 93 Point rating from Steven Tanzer – Parker might be higher!

Hilliard Bruce 2008 Pinot Noir “Moon” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 85.00, buy six 79.99 and receive FREE SHIPPING*!