Kosta Browne winemaker ROCKS! 96 Point rated vineyard!

Michael BrowneI only need to say Kosta Browne – now I have your attention. Yes, the wines from Jemrose are made by ace winemaker Michael Browne (From Kosta Browne), and in some instances a little DuMol (some assistance from Andy Smith winemaker at DuMol) was incorporated.  Shane Finley (assistant winemaker at Kosta Browne) and Greg Bjornstad (formerly Flowers and now Bjornstad winery) finish out the wine and vineyard team – not bad company at all!

This 100% estate grown property in the beautiful Bennett Valley in the hills of Sonoma has been growing grapes for years and selling them to some of the most sought after wineries. They produce very limited quantities themselves and will turn lots of heads as the quality is high! Some great reviews on these wines just came out as well! Stephen Tanzer is not as generous as Parker and Spectator, so don’t be surprised to see this wines reviewed at much higher scores in either publication shortly!

Jemrose WinesJemrose  2008 “Gloria’s Gem”  Proprietary Red
Stephen Tanzer 93+ Pt.
Retail 72.00 – GGWC 64.99

Winemaker Michael Brown (Kosta Browne) has crafted yet another amazing wine! The 2008 Jemrose Gloria’s Gem is of the signature wine and is composed from barrels from the much sought after Cardiac Hill Estate Syrah (Cardiac Hill is the source for 96 point rated Carlisle and 95 Point rated Keplinger) and Two Sisters Merlot vineyard. Gloria is of course the “lady” of the house! This unique blend is intended to provide the best of what the Jemrose Vineyard and Bennett Valley AVA can offer. The wine has been aged for 20 months in French oak. The wine delivers abundant aromas of cassis, currents, plum, kirsch, dark berries and espresso. A velvety and plush texture displaying rich flavors of berry, cocoa, and spice. Full flavored and fleshy but not heavy in the least bit. The finish is long, elegant and quite enduring. Seductive and sleek.

Jemrose – 2009 “Egret Pond” Viognier
Stephen Tanzer 91 Points
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.50

The nose explodes from the glass with a complex mixture of honeysuckle, pineapple, orange blossom, jasmine, lemon curd and white peach. A creamy texture in the mouth provides flavors of tropical fruits, mandarin oranges and crème brulee. A crisp acidity complements the rich extended flavors and with a touch of minerality.

Jemrose VineyardJemrose – 2007 Jemrose Cardiac Hill Syrah
Stephen Tanzer 92 Points
Retail $44.00 – GGWC 39.99

Fragrant aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, white pepper, violets, with a hint of graphite. The texture is elegant and silky, not heavy, and coats the palate with rich flavors of dark berries, dried cherries, graphite and grilled meats. The finish is focused, persistent and offers great balance and purity of fruit. FYI Cardiac Hill (the Jemrose Estate) is the source for 96 point rated Carlisle Cardiac Hill Syrah and the 95 Point Rated Keplinger Syrah – so an amazing pedigree!

Getting ready for Independence Day

Happy 4th of JulyWith the Fourth of July right around the corner, many of my friends have asked for some suggestions on a great champagne or sparkling wine to celebrate with.  Here are a few of the goodies I have in stock right now.

Duval Leroy NV 750 ml Champagne, France
Duval Leroy NV 375 ml Champagne, France
Monthuys Champagne NV Brut, Champagne France
Stephane Coquillette Carte d’Or Brut Champagne
Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rose NV, Alsace France
Totus Tuus Cava Brut Metodo Tradicional, Spain

Order by Tuesday June 28th to guarantee delivery for July 4th! Of course, we can always store your wines in our temperature controlled storage at no extra charge!

New LA SIRENA releases

Heidi Barrett does not need any intro, but for those who do not know her – she is “Lady” Napa Valley, even better the “Queen” of the Valley!

Heidi just released two wines from her La Sirena portfolio; 2008 Pirate (her multi varietal blend) and a stunning (bone dry) 2010 Moscato Azul (a wine for ABC guys/girls – “Anything But Chardonnay” lovers).
La Sirena 2008 “Pirate” Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 64.99 (FREE SHIPPING on SIX or MORE)
Using seven varieties, the “treasure of the seven seas” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Petite Sirah. The bottles resemble rum bottles with the label an old map of the Napa Valley. The wine is bold and Cab-like with the other varietal flavor profiles overlapping, showing off the magic of the blend. Tasting Notes: Very deeply colored like blackberry jam. Aromas are bold, dried black cherry, dark chocolate. Cab-like yet different with a lifted Grenache note. Across the palate it’s broad, mouthfilling and powerful with unusually sweet tannins, and a long finish. A big, black, bold wine with distict personality and style.
La Sirena 2010 Moscato Azul, Napa Valley
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 28.99 (can mix and match with Pirate)
Dry Muscat Canelli from Calistoga, Napa Valley. Unlike almost every other Muscat wine available, this is NOT a dessert wine, but rather a dry white table wine to be enjoyed alone or with unique cuisine. Bottled in beautiful blue, the singular essence of this wine will awaken your palate for any special occasion. Equally delicious as a summer wine served chilled, or paired with holiday fare in the cooler months, our Moscato Azul is winning many fans with its flair, flavor, and finesse.
Small quantities of Heidi’s FLAGSHIP Cabernet are still in stock La Sirena 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Also check out the following wines from Heidi Barrett:
Amuse Bouche 2008 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley –  Retail 300.00 – GGWC 249.99

Napa’s “Meanderthal” wine finally located.

Meander Wines

After millions of years, we finally located the the “Meanderthaler” Cabernet in the Napa Valley – unfortunately she has completely acclimated to the 21st century and has lost everything we had hoped she would be able to convey to us…

Meander Wines' Amy AikenNot to worry, the “new” Meander is well worth looking at (Amy is not a bad “catch” – sorry guys she is happily married).  All joking aside – and we are talking the Meander 2007 Cabernet here!

Our “Meanderthaler woman” Amy Aiken owner/winemaker started working at Phelps in 1989 where she cut her teeth in wines such as Backus, Insignia and Eisele (Now Araujo winery owned).  After that she worked with Sparkling wine and Pinot Noir to find her way back to Cabernet at Oakville Ranch, Anomaly and Viader.

She literally chased the owners of Morisoli and Lewelling throughout the valley for years and finally was able to buy some fruit from these two great vineyards.  And the rest, as they say, is history. In a recent blind tasting Meander blew away many big name 2007 Cabernets in the $150.00 – $250.00 range!

Meander 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon “Morisoli/Lewelling” Napa Valley
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99

Sourced from two of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley; Morisoli (50%) and Lewelling (50%).  This is a real gem that tastes a lot more expensive than its price tag.  The wine exhibits intense aromas of black stone fruit and hints of spice.  On the palate this well-balanced wine is loaded with lush and mouth-filling fruit (blackberry/black cherry) with well-structured and integrated fine tannins on the long lasting finish where one will encounter a whiff of licorice.  The long finish is silky and velvety.  The wine is drinking very well now and should cellar well for years to come.

Meander “Conspire” 2010 Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 27.99

This is the first Sauvignon Blanc made by Amy Aiken (Meander).  It is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Musque clone (also SB)!  The aromatics jump out of the glass.  The nose is floral with a hint of minerality (great for those who like the French whites!).  The wine is viscous (from the Musque clone) and flavorful.  Medium in bodied, with refreshing acidity, a hint of truffle and citrus (SB clone).   The wine is concentration without being syrupy – as it is well-balanced and offering great length, which indicate that this puppy will be around for a few years.

Napa Valley’s other hidden secret

Breckenridge 2007 CabernetThe Breckenridge vineyard (Jen Mar) was planted in 1992 by vineyard manager “first class” Jim Barbour to a well-established Napa Valley clone (Bella Oaks) – and the rest as they say is history!

Breckenridge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon,
JenMar Vineyard Napa Valley St. Helena
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99
full case 59.99

With “Vineyardist”  Extraordinaire Jim Barbour on board and a stellar winemaker, one can only expect the best of this project.   The 2007 vintage offers intense aromatics of black and red stone fruit with a hint of tobacco and spice.  The spice is a derivative of the Bella Oaks Clone.  The wine is very full in balanced, yet extremely well-balanced.  The wine’s full body is coated with lush flavors of black currant and a touch of toasty vanilla.  Complex and intense, this youngster is very elegant and could benefit from some time in the cellar, although drinking well now (decant and let it breathe for a few hours) I want to highly recommend you jump on this 190 case production NOW!

100 Point winemaker Celia Welch (Scarecrow) does it again!

Hollywood & Vine

Celia Welch
Celia Welch is one of the most amazing women in the Napa Valley.  Everything she touches turns into gold!  I once jokingly said “She can turn dirt into gold flakes.” But the truth is, she can! The latest two releases from Hollywood & Vine “2480″ are another example of Celia’s amazing talents!

FYI: Doug Barr (owner of Hollywood and Vine a.k.a. 2480) starred in movies with Lee Majors (The Fall Guy), as well as some other series (Designing women, The Wizard, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, and Murder, She Wrote. etc.). The past 20 years he has devoted himself more to directing and producing for various cable networks.
2480 "Hollywood and Vine" CabernetHollywood and Vine “2480″ Cabernet 2007 Napa Valley
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 82.99

With Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Corra, etc.) at the helm one can only expect the best! A text-book growing season.  Aromas immediately bound forward from the glass waving fresh notes of dark, fully ripe Bing cherries, dark chocolate, vine-ripened blackberries, and a touch of vanilla. At entry, the wine is warm and very full-bodied, with flavors of warm, ripe purple fruits (boysenberries, blackberries) and a touch of warm cherry juice. There is a hint of pipe tobacco toward the finish, and a slight suggestion of anise. The wine impression fades with a lingering sensation of warm berry pie.

2480 "Hollywood and Vine" ChardonnayHollywood and Vine “2480″ 2009 Chardonnay Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99

Mountaintop breezes naturally cool the fruit that becomes Hollywood and Vine Chardonnay, and in a cooler vintage like 2009, the intensity of cool-climate Chardonnay manifests itself with lovely, abundant aromas of spiced pear, jasmine, and a touch of orange blossom. The cooler growing conditions also retain the natural fresh juice acidity, so the flavors show a lively, very ripe yet still crisp balance, pairing nicely with the citrus and vanilla flavors.

Buccella (Celia Welch) 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon 95 Points

Buccella Wines

Buccella 2008 Cabernet (Napa) is now in stock.  With the success of the 2006 and 2007 one would not believe that 2008 could even be close in quality – WRONG!   Celia Welch (winemaker at Scarecrow, Corra, 2480, etc.) proves again her master winemaking skills.  I know that many among you were wary about 2008 –again WRONG!  Firstly, great winemakers will always make great wine! Second, 2008 has been surprising even the biggest critics. There is a ton of incredible wine from this vintage!

Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon, NapaEnough said, this wine is stunning, gorgeous, awesome!  Intense aromatics jump out of the glass.  The palate is loaded with black stone fruit and a touch of vanilla.  Amazing concentrating, yet stunning balance of fruit and acidity.  Full in body and a long, satin-like finish.  This wine will blow you away!

Robert Parker gives the 2008 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 95 POINTS and says,

“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from multiple fruit sources in Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Coombsville, Oak Knoll and Carneros, was aged in 100% new French oak. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits an opaque purple color, great intensity and a sweet nose of blue and black fruits intermixed with toasty oak, lead pencil shavings and forest floor. Rich, layered and full-bodied with silky tannins, this broad, savory 2008 should drink well for 15 or more years.

I loved Buccella’s 2006 and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons and 2008 continues their success. Moreover, the 2009 looks to be very charming.”

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DuMol Latest Releases. Already Half Sold Out!

DuMol Winery

DuMol Owner Kerry MurphyI visited with the nice folks of DuMol on a very sunny and hot May day; and tasted all the upcoming and future (barrel) releases. The wines (2009 Russian River) will be in stock this week!  More than half of my allocation has already been pre-sold! So hurry, before you miss the boat of what I believe is THE best vintage (release) ever for my friends at DuMol!

I can report that they (all the 2009 and 2010 barrel samples) were stunning!

The 2009 Chardonnay RRV (sourced from the DuMol estate, Hyde, Dutton, Heintz Ranches) is amazingly aromatic; lemon and verbena aromas with a touch of hazel-nuttiness. On the palate this full bodied Chardonnay offers scores of baked apple, a touch of vanilla and some lingering mineral freshness. Will age nicely! I would say that this might be “the” best RRV Chardonnay from DuMol ever produced!  Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99

The 2009 Pinot Noir RRV (sourced from the DuMol Estate, Widdoes, Gregori, Hansel, Sonome-Stage Ranches). Intense aromas of ripe cherry fruit. On the palate this full-bodied Pinot opens with cranberry freshness and flows into deeper Kirsch notes with a touch of licorice. Supple mid-palate, that is very harmonious and complex. On the finish the well-balanced RRV shows of more of the great skills of Andy Smith’s love for Pinot – long, lasting and complex! This latest release is in-line with the best ever produced from this winery! Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99

DuMol Winemaker Andy SmithThe 2009 Syrah RRV (sourced from Trenton Station, Hoppe-Kelly, Gregori and Dry Stack) shows of a dark purple hue. The aromas are floral, black raspberry with a touch of cocoa. This chewy, mouth-filling wine is never heavy – very full! One encounters cassis, blackberry, white pepper and a touch of anise, tobacco and chocolate on the mid-palate. It will linger into an amazingly long finish! The wine is stunning, probably their best effort yet to date. I would suggest decanting a few hours prior to serving.  Retail 63.00 – GGWC 57.99

2010 Lia Viognier RRV, only 375 cases were produced of this baby!  Hints of apricot and peach on the nose with a touch of lychee.  On the palate this medium to full bodied Viognier offers some lemongrass, honeyed fruit and quince.  This is not a “beginner” wine!  Notable thrust and laser-like focus on the back end with some more lingering freshness.  November 1, 2011 release for this wine!