The next Kistler at 1/3 the price!

Romililly Wines

Two brothers longing to make a great wine.  When your family is in the industry (Joe Briggs) the bug did not take long to catch on and 2006 was their first release.  So with 6 vintages under their belt you can speak of some experience.  I would  go a step farther, I found gold, the next Kistler at a 1/3 the price!

Romililly Chardonnay2011 Romililly Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Retail 37.50 – GGWC 34.99 — FREE SHIPING on 6 or more!
Use the discount shipping code “ROMIL11″during checkout.

Golden yellow color. Nose of pears, apricots, hazelnuts and citrus. Medium to full bodied, crisp and dry, with flavors of granny smith apple, Asian pear, a touch of toasty vanilla nuttiness and wet stones leading to a long, complex finish which  is long and clean, while having integrated upfront lemon/lime fruit accompanied by a touch of spice.  Only 118 cases produced.

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The best 96 Point White in Napa Bar-None!

Palazzo

It began almost 30 years ago… a love affair with the wines produced from the Bordeaux region of France. Particularly, wines from the small, family owned Chateaus that dot the rolling hillsides of the beautiful ‘Right Bank’ countryside. It is from here, that Scott Palazzo got his inspiration. Finally, the chance to fulfill a life-long passion and dream of producing a wine of exceptional character and style, that would capture the ‘power and elegance’ of the wines he tasted and enjoyed as a young man living in France. In November 2005 that dream was realized… when he released his first vintage of PALAZZO Napa Valley Red Wine!  The White blend followed, and rest as they say is history.

Last week I conducted a blind tasting of whites and Palazzo Cuvee Blanc came in first, by a horse length!

The lineup was impressive…

  • Peter Michael “Apres Midi” (94 Pt Parker)
  • D’Arche (94 Pt Parker)
  • Booker (92 Pts Parker)
  • La Mission Haut Brion Blanc (96 Pt Parker)
  • Domaine Gerard Boulay Sancerre Comtesse (93 Pt Parker)
  • Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau Sancerre Monts Damnes (94+ Pt Parker)
  • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Clos des Ramparts (94 Pt Parker)
  • Araujo SB (92 Pt Parker)
  • Cape Point (93 Pt Parker)
  • Rudd Estate (91 Pt Parker)
  • Dragonette (93 Pt Parker)
  • Jonata (Screaming Eagle Winemaker – 92 Pt Parker)
  • Palazzo Cuvee Blanc (96 Pt GWC)

Palazzo 2009 Cuvee BlancPalazzo 2011 Cuvee Blanc Proprietary White, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 48.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more.
Use discount shopping code “PAL11CV” upon check out.

As with all wines, the vineyard site is the very essence of the Cuvee Blanc, and the 55 year-old, head-trained Semillon vineyard just north of Yountville is a remarkable place! It’s a wild and rugged place where the vines are essentially left to their own devices, so refreshingly unlike the manicured perfection we’re all used to seeing in Napa Valley. The picture of Scott Palazzo (He is 6’3″) standing next to one of the vines. (No, that’s not a peach tree!) The Palazzo 2011 Cuvee Blanc is a blend of 90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is ‘floral & seductive’… filled with intense aromas of pear blossoms, orange peel & beautiful notes of acacia honey. On the palette the wine is ‘beautifully balanced’ with a rich oily texture, along with stunning acidity! Delicious white peach, pineapple & stone fruit flavors fill your mouth … eventually giving way to a wonderfully long, exquisite finish… especially for a white wine! A ‘Superior Food Wine’ to be enjoyed!

In the making of this wine, whole-cluster presses 70% of the Semillon into neutral French barrels where it is fermented and aged on the fine lees for 7 to 8 months, to achieve the weight and texture the wine possesses. The remaining 30% is fermented in stainless steel for freshness and aromatics. The 10% Sauvignon Blanc, completes Palazzo’s  vision of a classic Bordeaux Blanc and provides bright acidity, structure, and floral notes to both the nose and palate.

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Also check out the PALAZZO 2008 PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY

A Zin to die for!

 

Portalupi 2009 Zinfandel “Dry Creek”Portalupi 2009 Zinfandel “Dry Creek”
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 28.99  Free Shipping on 12 or more.
Use the discount code “09portaZin12″ during checkout!

This old vine Zinfandel (70 year old vines) has gorgeous notes of dark rose petals and licorice on the nose. On the palate, this  lush, sumptuous  well-balanced wine offers concentrated flavors of raspberry, vanilla and black pepper without over oaked or over ripe clumsiness. Zinfandel should be assertive but not overpowering, playful yet serious and most of all screaming for slow-smoked-fall-off-the-bone-baby-back-ribs or some hearty, spicy cuisine.  This youngster will age gracefully for the next 6 – 8 years.

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Announcing our Fall Wine Tasting!

Announcing our Fall Wine Tasting!

October 20, 2012

Hosted in a special new location. The address to this “underground tasting” will be given only to those registered for the event.

We will be featuring 30 spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards

and winemakers in Napa. Among the excellent wineries pouring you will find names such as Sans Liege, Coho, Dragonette, Inherit the Sheep, Alta Colina, Monthuys, Gain Bay, Buccio, Palazzo, Levendi, Cornerstone, Redmon, Solitude, Milange, and others!

Mark your calendar today and give me a call at 415-337-4083 to pre-reserve your tickets.

A White Burgundy at a fraction of its cost.

Lloyd Cellars

When you are raised with a bottle of wine and you get an economics degree , you come to realize that something is missing.  In a nutshell, Rob Lloyd started his wine career at a Napa tasting room,  to wind up back in College (UC Davis) to pursue a Masters Degree in Enology (winemaking) in 1999.  He worked his way back up the “wine” ladder In 2001 he became the winemaker at Rombauer till 2008 when he decided it was time to cut the umbilical cord and go “pro” when he created Lloyd wines. The rest is history. He used his Rombauer expertise to create this boutique venture.

Lloyd 2011 ChardonnayLloyd 2011 Chardonnay, Carneros
Retail 43.00 – GGWC 39.99 FREE SHIPPING on six or more
Use discount Shipping code “LLOYD11″ during check out.

Lloyd Chardonnay is an unabashed California Chardonnay. The grapes come from two of my favorite Sangiacomo Vineyards, Home Ranch and Green Acres in the Carneros region. Picked at their peak of ripeness, the grapes are gently pressed, settled, and moved to barrels to be cold fermented. The wine slowly undergoes primary and secondary fermentation for nine months before being racked off its primary lees, filtered, and bottled.

Aromatics of pineapple, vanilla, and tropical fruit jump out of the glass. A rich mouth-feel balanced with just enough acidity allow the wine to disappear quickly, leaving you waiting for the next taste… enjoy!

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A Rochioli Pinot Noir at half the Price!

Portalupi

 

Portalupi 2009 Pinot NoirPortalupi 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 39.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more!
Use the discount shipping code “PORTA09PN” during check out

If you can source Pinot Noir from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Russian River Valley, make a killer wine out of it and sell it at half the price of the actual winery, you have a real winner!  This amazing bottling is both elegant and enormous simultaneously. Hints of ripe strawberries, rich milk chocolate and mushrooms with a medium mouthfeel, complimented by a smooth, round finish.

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Screaming Eagle Winemaker’s under $48.00 Stunner!

Leviathan Wines

Andy Erickson Andy Erickson has gained a wealth of respect among both consumers and his peer winemakers. Andy is not only a great winemaker, most of all he is one of the most likeable guys around. You can talk to him anytime and he’ll never turn his back on you. That shows in his winemaking skills as well. His portfolio of high-scoring, prestigious projects is well known (Dalla Valle, Ovid, Favia, Arietta, Dancing Hares, etc)

Leviathan 2010 Proprietary RedLeviathan 2010 Proprietary Red
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 47.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “LEVIATHAN10″ during check out.

Leviathan is a family venture between Andy, his wife Annie Favia-Erikson, and her family. The 2010 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Syrah. Leviathan means “something unusually large or formidable.” I can say that this latest release is just that!

Perfumes of star anise, paprika, and thyme draw into the glass. Flavors of cherries and blackberry jam rush over the palate, with smooth tannins and intense fruit lingering on a lengthy finish. A sizable wine, the newest incarnation of Leviathan is a hedonistic delight now and should provide added excitement in years to come – but why wait?

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First Date white gets 95 Points

Jeff Cohn Jeff Cohn (JC Cellars) has been at it for 20+ years since he started his career at Ridge and Rosenblum.  His own label has been on fire as of late.  To finish up the summer I wanted to introduce a fun wine – The First Date, a Rousanne and Marsanne (White Rhone varietals) blend.

JC Cellars "First Date"JC Cellars 2009 First Date Proprietary White
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99 (FREE SHIPPING on 12)
Use the discount shipping code “FIRSTDATE” during check out

A beautiful combination of dried apricots, bitter almonds and orange blossom. Liquid mineral notes soar from the glass, while the golden hue draws you in for a taste that is overflowing with full bodied sweet almond extract, flint notes, exotic ginger, dried peaches and apricots. This wine has enough structure to drink as an aperitif or to age gracefully and hold its own with the richest of foods.

Pair With: Perfect combination for all types of fowl, both wild or farm raised. Goes well with fish, shell fish or rich meats such as veal or pork. Also enjoy this with young or slightly aged goat cheese. Drink now to 5 years

Jeff Cohn says: “The wine of amazing intensity! There is a pureness to this wine, or is it more of a structured feel that set this First Date apart from past vintages. The wine comes across lusher, more flamboyant and I dare to say more seductive than the past.”

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A 96 Pointer for less than 28.00!

When you have a winemaker on your team that regularly receives 94 – 98 Points one can only expect great results.  I found this diamond in the rough; a 96 Point wine for under $28.00!  Sourced from one vineyard in the Alexander from 4 different elevations (200 – 1800 feet).

Back in the day, a “Presshouse” was the common name for what we now call the winery – the building where the grapes were pressed and fermented.  A “Farrier” is a professional who is trained to fit shoes to horses, and sometimes other hooved animals as well.  All together this property used to be horse farm turned winery – thus Farrier Presshouse.

Farrier “Presshouse”  2009 Proprietary Red Blend, Alexander Valley
Retail 32.00 – GGWC  27.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use discount shipping code “PRESSHOUSE” during check out

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 1 % Carmenere.  This easy drinking gorgeous beauty reveals gorgeous color and stunning aromatics with copious notes of black and red stone fruits, crushed rocks with a touch of toasty vanilla.  Very sophisticated  from start to finish, medium to full in body with a lush mid-palate and well-balanced concentration.  The wine is intense yet elegant with a soft, silky finish.  300 cases produced.

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$150.00 Cabernet source at only $39.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX

If you have a spot for some Cabernet Sauvignon in your wine cellar we have a serious contender here for you. Cabernet that tastes like Cabernet! This is sourced from one of the most amazing vineyard sites in the Napa Valley.  As a matter a fact the estate wine produced from this vineyard retails for $150.00!  All the “must have” factors come in to play here: expertly and organically farmed by Mark Neal, a soil base of sedimentary gravel and clay, and a unique heritage clone developed by the See family in the 1970’s. All these variables combine to create a vineyard with tremendous potential and ageing ability. While production was a mere 125 cases, it embodies that Napa Valley fruit character that has made the region one of the world’s top destinations for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Alondra 2009 Cabernet SauvignonAlondra 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99 Free Shipping on SIX or more
Use the discount shipping code “ALONDRA09″ during check out

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.  Only 125 cases produced!

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