Paul Hobbs Cabernet at its best!

Before we get to the wine, let’s take a moment to congratulate the San Francisco Giants on their impressive, and what some people would call impossible, World Series victory. (Apologies to my Detroit fans.) No matter who you root for, you have to admit that they made an admirable comeback.

In the same breath, however, we should also send a prayer out for our friends on the east coast as they prepare to ride out hurricane Sandy. They will need your support in the coming weeks. Please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice to help those who may experience loss or injury in the coming days.

 

Vice Versa Wines

What do you get when you put one of the best winemakers and two of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley together – AWESOME WINE! Not only do you get an excellent wine, you get an excellent wine at a price everyone will still consider palatable.  Throw in the FREE SHIPPING and you get a GREAT DEAL!

Vice Versa "Le Petit Vice" 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon2009  Vice Versa “Le Petit Vice” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or More
Use discount code “LPV09CS” during check out

Paul Hobbs created yet another gem of a wine.  This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Beckstoffer To-Kalon and Stagecoach vineyards in Napa boasts a deep, dark color. It features aromas of black coffee, black currants, black cherries,  chocolate and violets. Mouth coating and rich, this fills the mouth with opulent flavors of black cherries, black plum, cassis and dark chocolate. 100 cases produced!

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Fall Tasting Update

Our Fall Tasting this weekend was a great success. Our hosts and caterer at this special “underground tasting” were quite generous and provided a fantastic venue and ambiance.

With a full house, we poured and tasted from some of Napa’s finest wineries. The favorites of the evening included

Thank you to all who attended and made the event a spectacular success. Be sure to mark your calendars for our next “Underground Tasting” on December 8 at another secret location.

A new gem-in-the-rough from Paul Hobbs!

Landy Family Vineyards

Paul Hobbs’ portfolio seems like the one of a globetrotter; add vineyard manager extraordinaire Ulises Valdez and you have one of the best combo “vineyardists” in the wine industry.   The Landy Estate is one of Paul’s latest ventures, and you can tell immediately who is at the helm of these great wines!

Landy 2008 MDVRLandy 2008 M.D.V.R. Red
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 55.00 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more!
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This gorgeous blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc were all sourced from the hillside vineyards of the Landy Estate.  Only 198 cases of this gem in the rough were produced, so you’ll could easily snooze and see this one pass you by!  This rich, elegant and beautifully structured Estate grown red blend is a real crowd-pleaser! The aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and red currant jump out of the glass.  This full bodied sleeper is elegant and refined with subtle chocolate notes caressing its gorgeous body of red and black stone fruit with being teased by a whiff of cinnamon flowing into a long silky and elegant finish!

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95 Point Pinot Noir gem for under $42

 Center of Effort

This Estate, nestled in the foothills of the Edna Valley, has crafted an impressive lineup of wines.  All sustainably farmed, the vines enjoy the delicate balance of a cool climate and lean soils producing wines with a unique sense of character and place.  Planted in 1978, this vineyard has some great maturity and will be a source to reckoned with in the future.

Center of Effort 2010 Pinot NoirCenter of Effort 2010 Pinot Noir
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “COE10″ during check out.

The wine has a stunning dense, ruby purple color with a complex aromas of red and blue stone fruit.   The wine is lush and full in body with a touch of minerality and earthy tones intertwined with the gorgeous fruit and balanced acidity.  The wine is well structured and incredibly well-balanced.  Drinking well now, and should do so for 7 – 10 years.  Very small production!

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Helen Keplinger produces another Gem!

Helen Keplinger Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wine for a decade now (Bryant Family, Keplinger, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars etc.) She worked with the Napa Elite (Heidi Barrett, David Abreu) and gained other valuable experience in France and Australia.  She can stand her own in this demanding wine world and her expertise is showcased in all the wines she produces.  The 2009 Scully is the second to last vintage she made, and it is a real stunner

Scully 2009 Cabernet, Mt VeederScully 2009 Cabernet Mt. Veeder
Retail 54.00 – GGWC 49.99 (FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more)
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The long 2009 growing season has produced one of the best wines yet from this Mount Veeder Estate vineyard. The color is a gorgeous, inviting dark-ruby, bright to the edge. Aromas of blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate, clove, mint, and cinnamon emanate from the glass. The mid-palate is full, yet well-defined, with flavors echoing the nose and framed by sweet tannins and great acid balance. The finish is complex and long, with a perfume note resonating on the palate. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot.

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Gorgeous Chardonnay under $38

With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created their vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve its own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Retail $41.00 – GGWC 37.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “BARN11″ during check out

Honeysuckle and Bosque Pear are immediate on the nose of the Sangiacomo Chardonnay. The nose also offers hints of white pepper, caramel, lily-perfume with some soapstone minerality. This Chardonnay has good viscosity, which becomes richer in time. More tropical notes of mango and pineapple are present on the palette. The residual Malic acid balances out the viscosity of this weighty wine. Bright with fruit in its youth this wine will develop nicely over the next 7-8 years (2019-2020).

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O’Shaughnessy gets 95 Points From Robert Parker

Betty O’Shaughnessy hails from Minnesota, having spent her childhood growing up in a rural farming community. After college she raised a family while building a career in real estate investing and development in Minneapolis. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for food and wine fueled the fires that transitioned her from owner/teacher of a cooking school in Minneapolis, to creating a winery in Napa Valley.

Founding winemaker, COO, Sean Capiaux, has deftly established his impressive and notable career over the past 20 years at prominent wineries. Sean then began his career at Jordan and Pine Ridge and landed at Peter Michael before creating his own Capiaux label and landing the winemaking job at O’Shaughnessy.

O’Shaughnessy 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mt Veeder”
Retail 115.00 – GGWC 104.99  FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
MAXIMUM 4 bottles per person!
Can mix and match HM and Mt Veeder for FREE SHIPPING.
Use shipping discount code “OSH09″ during check out.

The 2009 Mt. Veeder is a serious wine with an opaque purple blue color. Perfumed aromas of blueberry pie, blackberry, licorice, crème brulee, smoked meats, iodine and brown sugar jump out of the glass. On the palate dark, dense berry flavors, black cherry syrup intermixed with tar and smoke make for a compelling taste that lingers in the mouth for several minutes. Muscular but with restrained elegance it carries the O’Shaughnessy trademark of balance and power.

Robert Parker 95+Points: ”The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is impeccable from start to finish. It shows marvelous detail and completeness in its perfumed red berries, mint, flowers and licorice. Tar, ash and a host of other darker nuances add considerable complexity. This is a marvelous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”
Also check out the 2009 Howell Mountain (94+ Parker):

O’ Shaughnessy 2009  Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99  Free Shipping on 6 or more.
MAXIMUM 6 bottles per person!
Can mix and match HM and Mt Veeder for FREE SHIPPING.
Use shipping discount code “OSH09″ during check out.

The 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet is the first 10th anniversary wine, a represents a special milestone for the winery. The wine has a dark purple color with a solid core. Blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, rum raisin, graphite, and violet aromas are bright and lively. Expressive fruit concentrations on the palate of black cherry, blueberry and crème di cassis are followed by a long complex finish with balanced tannins and good acidity. An extracted wine that is rewarding upon release but will continue to improve with cellaring for another 10 years at least.

Robert Parker 94+ Points: ”The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is all minerals, graphite and pure Howell Mountain. Layers of dark red fruit come to life in this articulate, pedigreed Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 needs another few years in the bottle, but it is already quite striking, especially with some time in the glass. Saline notes frame the long finish. The 2009 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% St. Macaire and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”

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The best wine ever under $30 returns!

Sans Liege

Curt Schalchlin has amassed a reputation of producing high-quality Rhone varietals a respectable price level.  Having worked for some of the best in the industry Curt decided to try his luck, and the rest is history.  Today he has a following that stretches well beyond the US borders.  I have been a fan from day one and have introduced many of my clients in Europe, Japan, Canada and elsewhere to his great portfolio.

Sans Liege 2010 "The Offering"Sans Liege 2010 “The Offering” Santa Barbara
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99 — FREE SHIPPING on 12
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The 2010 Offering (a blend of 48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre adn 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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This Zinfandel “Rocks”!

Carol’s career got an early and unusual start at only six years old. Her mom developed an “identify the scent” game using household herbs and spices that was the beginning of Carol’s path into the wine industry. It quickly became apparent that Carol not only had a great sense of smell, but she was remarkably adept at figuring out the new smells as the game evolved. Entering UC Davis with a penchant for poetry, Carol stumbled upon her true calling when she first entered a wine cellar. The wonderful aroma of wine aging in oak barrels was so enticing that it drew Carol to her life’s work, and the rest as they say… is history.

Carol Shelton “Rocky Reserve” 2008 Zinfandel “Florence Vineyard” Rockpile Sonoma
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.99  FREE SHIPPING on six or more!
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The 2008  Rocky Reserve, Florence Vineyard Zinfandel (95.5% Zinfandel and 4.5% Petite Sirah) was sourced from this old-vine vineyard high above Lake Sonoma and Dry Creek Valley at 1400 feet elevation.  This wine is very elegant and restrained and worthy of some time in the cellar, though it is packed with fragrant black and blueberry fruits.  The color is gorgeous and the aromas jump out of the glass.  The wine (full in body) wows you on impact as it is loaded with jammy fruit, a touch of strawberry preserve and a hint of cinnamon and black peppercorn spice on the finish.  345 cases produced!

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The next “Collectible” is born.

Purlieu Wines

A pedigree background from the two world-class wine making regions in the world… Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Julien Fayard came to Napa Valley with a refined wine making style from his experience at Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafite. Julien continued to define himself as a renowned winemaker by assisting in making some of the most sought after wines from Napa Valley including Lail Vineyards, Gemstone Vineyard, Vineyard 29, Quintessa and Hundred Acre. Julien believes in wines that express the purity of the soil, climate and vineyard. “Let the wine tell the story of where it comes from”, says Julien. If the wine is the story then Julien is the Story teller!

Purlieu 2009 Cabernet SauvignonPurlieu 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 72.00  Free Shipping on six or more.
Use discount shipping code “PUR09CS” during checkout.

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows expressive aromas of raspberry, chocolate and a touch of cinnamon. The wine’s color is a gorgeous purple hue and the body is lush and rich with ripe black stone fruit bursting out of its seams.  This youthful wine is full in body, layered and complex with well-balanced acidity and well integrated tannins.  The blossoming finish is equally complex, ending with a splash of chocolate and black cherry.

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