New World meets Old World (Sine Qua Non connection)

Poe Wines

Poe’s mission is to create top-notch single vineyard California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that express the brilliance of the terroir from impeccable sites in Northern California. Winemaker Jonathan Keyes spent time working at Sine Qua Non, Two Hands Winery and Outpost before partnering with Samantha Sheehan to create Poe Wines

Poe 2011 ChardonnayPoe 2011 “Ferrington Vineyard” Chardonnay, Anderson Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The Chardonnay from the Ferrington Vineyard, was first planted in the late 1960s. It has a gentle south-facing slope, and has decomposed sandstone and clay soils with three to four feet of topsoil. The vineyard reminds me a lot of a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy.  William Selyem, Copain and Flowers source from this vineyard as well.

Pale yellow/gold color. Nose of crisp green apple and white flowers with hints of vanilla crème. Mouth-feel is mid-weight and clean. Flavors of pear, quince, nutmeg and salinity provide both New and Old world chardonnay drinkers with something to celebrate in this wine. Only 275 cases produced!
Poe 2011 Pinot NoirPoe 2011 “Angel Camp” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Retail 51.00 – GGWC 47.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This source for stunning Pinot Noir (Angel Camp) is meticulously farmed by Paul Ardzrooni, one of Mendocino’s most respected viticulturists who also manages Savoy, Monument Tree, and Ferrington.  This vineyard is planted with five different clones: Pommard, Swan, 115, 667, and 2A which make for an ideal combination to produce the best possible Pinot Noir, and they sure did!

Deep translucent ruby color. Nose is incredibly fragrant and earthy, with red fruits, mushrooms and fresh herbs. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and vibrant. Enticing flavors of morello cherries, orange blossom, sage, fresh tea lead to a long, mineraly finish. A tremendous expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

The Poe wines can be mixed and matched to receive the FREE SHIPPING discount.

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Luc Morlet’s Best Cabernet Wins Blind Tasting

Linked Vineards

In a recent blind tasting of high-end Napa Valley Cabernets this 122 case production blew away the entire pack of big names.  I would say that this might be Luc Morlet’s best Cabernet effort yet to date.  FYI, he sources from this vineyard for his Morlet label as well as Peter Michael!

My tasting group of 22 tasted the following (2008 Cabernet and Cab blends):

  • Hall “Segassia” (96 points RP – $140.00)
  • Shafer Hillside Select (96 points RP – $200.00)
  • Del Dotto “Villa del Lago” (95 points RP – $200.00)
  • Bryant Family (95 points RP  – $500.00)
  • David Arthur 1147 (94+ points RP  – $150.00)
  • Bond “St Eden” (95 points RP – $300.00)
  • Caymus Special Selection (94 points RP – $135.00)
  • Linked (95 points GWC – $119.99)
  • Mondavi Reserve (95 points RP – $125.00)
  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow (95 points RP – $180.00).

Top Three Results:

1. Linked
2. Shafer Hillside
3. Hall “Segassia”

Linked 2008 Estate Cabernet SauvignonLinked 2008 “Estate” Cabernet, Knight’s Valley
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 119.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more!
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This wine showcases beautifully ripened fruit that came from near perfect growing conditions. The intense ruby color hints at the depth and complexity of this wine: layers of juicy blackberry and black cherry, red currant and raspberry give way to hints of warm spices, dark chocolate and graphite. Floral notes and lovely acidity add to this wine’s multi-dimensional profile. The big round flavors and soft, supple tannins create a wine that makes you eagerly anticipate the next sip as you are savoring the last one. While this wine is rich, ripe and drinkable now, it has the potential to age 15-20 years past the vintage date.

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Impressive White at an even more IMPRESSIVE Value!

Y Rosseau Wines

The renaissance of Colombard!

Colombard is a variety originally from the South-West of France where it has been grown for hundreds of years. Yannick Rousseau  made his first Colombard in 1996 in the heart of Gascony. The grapes for Y Rousseau Old Vines Colombard come from the last Colombard vines planted in the Russian River Valley. Yannick chose to make this wine because of its unique character and to bring a slice of Gascony to American wine lovers.

Y Rosseau 2011 ColombardRousseau 2011 (Old Vine) Colombard, Russian River Valley
Retail 22.00 – GGWC 18.99

The old vines of this vineyard, nestled in the Russian River Valley, seem to gain in finesse year after year. The 2011 combines nice citrus notes with hints of minerality. The palate displays layers of green apple and grapefruit. This is a bone dry wine, with an alcohol content of only 12.8%!  The wine is balance with the right amount of acidity and texture, the perfect combo to whet your appetite! Drink it well-chilled on its own, or pair it with delicious spicy or seafood dishes, like a lovely Crab Salad on Butter leaf with Avocado!

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Amazing Napa Cabernet UNDER $50.00

C-Beck Wines

Corey Beck (C-Beck) was born and raised in Calistoga, where from the age of twelve, he spent his summers working alongside his grandfather, who was the vineyard manager at Chateau Montelena. Those summers with his grandfather inspired Corey’s love affair with wine. Upon graduating in 1990 from UC Davis, he returned to Montelena as Cellar Master. Four years later he joined the winemaking team at Rubicon Estate, where he met Claudia, who was then Chateau Director.  Claudia, whose family has owned the world-renowned Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford for the past 25 years as well as Napa’s Angèle Restaurant, acquired a passion for wine and haute cuisine at an early age. Her European background and appreciation for how wine and food should complement one another has greatly influenced the style of wines they produce.

C-Beck 2009 Cabernet SauvignonC-Beck 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 49.99 — FREE SHIPPING ON 6 or more
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The Barlow vineyard is a great vineyard and the source for this stunning Cabernet.  On the nose the aromas of ripe black stone fruit jump out of the glass.  The lush, full bodied wine is oozing with concentrated, yet well-balanced fruit and the right amounts of acidity.  Layers of chocolate, espresso beans, black berries with hints of sweet vanilla lead into a long, silky finish.  Only 223 cases of this gem were produced!

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Hidden Gemstone

Forlorn Hope

Petit Verdot is a varietal one does not see bottled by itself very often, as it is and has been a blending grape (like Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec).  It is by far the least visible single Bordeaux varietal.  I would say because of its boldness that few wineries  want to bottle it.  I am guilty as charged, as I haven’t stocked any 100% Petit Verdot bottlings before either, so this is first for both of us.

Regarding this offering’s origins, winemaker Matthew Rorick says:

Cosmopolitan isn’t necessarily superior. Sometimes being farther from the arbiters of taste lends not only better perspective but encourages development of richer character and a more interesting personality. Consider the cohort of Gascon barons that Cyrano ran with: sneered at by their city-born peers for their country origins, they took pride in that which marked them as different. Outnumbered, they fought to the last, brazenly singing that their foes might know who laid down their lives for country and King:

“Braggers of brags, layers of bets

They are the Gascony Cadets

They scorn the scented handkerchief,

They dance no jigs or minuets.

They cook their enemies on brochettes,

Hot blood is their aperitif!”

Forlorn Hope 2007 "Gascony Cadets" Petit VerdotForlon Hope 2007 “Gascony Cadets” Petit Verdot
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The Gascony Cadets, made from 100% Petit Verdot, comports itself as you would expect of its noble namesake. It’s bucolic petit royalty from soup to nuts. Making a grand entrance with a flourish of fruit-forward finery, it proceeds to make claims of incredible braggadocio regarding its breadth of palate – and delivers on them. With tannins as firm as a Gascon’s code of honor and a subtle “Baronal” elegance swimming just below the surface, the finish holds a flash of steel and a hint of the Cadet’s aperitif.

This is a full bodied wine with amazing flavors.  The wine has an opaque hue, very intense perfumed aroma of exotic berries, a touch of anise and vanilla.  The palate is loaded, dense and lush but very well-structured.  Well-balanced fruit to acid ratio and long, but silky tannins.  This is big, bold wine that is drinking well now (decant and give it about 90 minutes), but could age gracefully in your cellar for another 10 – 12 years.

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Best Napa Cabernet UNDER $33

Karen Culler has been crafting the wines at Wolf for 15 years now and her own label Culler and Casaeda have received some nice press over the years as well. The 2010 Casaeda Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced  from two Napa the Alexander Vineyard (NO relation to Silver Oak) near Soda Canyon has soils that are light sandy loam with excellent drainage, producing small berries with plenty of extract and a deep ruby color.  The Tangles vineyard is planted on a southeast facing incline on well drained loam soils. The Tangles and Alexander owners are meticulous in caring for their vineyards.  The Alexanders  farm sustainably while the Tangles vineyard is certified organic, as well. Both vineyards are in the Oak Knoll appellation in Napa Valley.

Culler “Casaeda” 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 32.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
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The goal of Casaeda Cabernet is to make a wine that says “Napa Cabernet” with deep fruit flavors and balanced tannins… a wine that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring but still has the depth of an excellent Napa Cab.

The 2010 Casaeda Cabernet has rich blackberry and red stone fruit flavors with soft tannins and a plush, velvety mid palate. The 2010 vintage produced a wine with softer tannins than usual for Napa Valley and because of this, one is approachable now, but could still age nicely for a good 6 – 8 years.  413 cases produced.

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“Down Under” Cabernet turns heads!

We have a US exclusive for the 2008 O’Dwyer Cabernet! Over the holidays we conducted an “International Tasting” and I was excited to see that O’Dwyer did very well in the challenge.  All wines were from the 2008 vintage. We had 18 tasters (and at least 2 bottles of each wine).  All wines were tasted blind! Our line-up included:


  • Hayfork  (94+ Parker) – ($65)
  • Buccella (95 Parker) – ($145)
  • Gallica (94+ Parker) – ($135)
  • Morlet “Coeur de Vallee” (98 Parker) – ($200)


  • Angelus (93 Parker) – ($200)
  • Clinet (94+ Parker) – ($95)


  • Gaja “Darmagi” (94 Parker) – ($185)
  • Castellare Coniale (94 Parker) – ($75)


  • Fidelitas “Champoux” (95 Parker) – ($80)


  • Penfolds Cellar Reserve (94 Parker)
  • Cape Mentelle (92 Parker) – ($85)
  • Moss Wood (95+ Parker) – ($85)
  • O’Dwyer Estate (95 GWC)

O’Dwyer came in second, only after Morlet, which is not a shame as it beat out all the other wineries! And this says a lot considering O’Dwyer is 1/3 the price of Morlet! Suprisingly Clinet, Moss Wood, and Gallica did not show well at our tasting.

O'Dwyer WinesO’Dwyer 2008 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
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The wine has an amazing hue of opaque/purple colors with an equally gorgeous bouquet of chocolate, black currant, licorice jumping out of the glass. This full-bodied wine is lush, opulent and layered with more back stone fruit rushing over its intense well-balanced palate.  Although full in body, this wine is well-crafted, it is drinking amazingly well and shows great aging potential.  The tannins are there, but not aggressive.  This wine boils over with personality and should age nicely for 10+ years.  Unfortunately only 50 cases will be available in the US (which is 1/2 of the previous two vintages), so I suggest that you jump on this NOW!

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Seabiscuit lives and wins again!

SeabiscuitThe story of Seabiscuit lives on in the heart of America. Everyone loves the tale of this stocky, knobby-kneed racehorse who triumphed over adversity to become one of the greatest champions of the 20th century. During the 1930s, as America struggled to overcome the Great Depression, the determined spirit of this unlikely victor reflected the mood of the nation. After setting a track record at Santa Anita in 1940, the spectacular racing career of this legendary Thoroughbred came to an end. Seabiscuit was retired to a ranch in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley, where his memory inspires great winemaking endeavors.  Seabiscuit is buried at the property – no, it is not another Graceland, but you can visit if you like.

Seabiscuit 2010 “Superfecta” MeritageSeabiscuit 2010 “Superfecta” Meritage Retail 30.00 – GGWC 26.99
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This is an exceptional red wine blend of four classic varieties.  This wine’s name is SUPERFECTA, a betting term used to predict the first four finishers in correct sequence within a race.  This is a proprietary super-quality red wine comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with nuances gained with the addition of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  These four varieties develop mouth-filling fruit flavors, elegance and finesse. The wine has deep purple color, concentrated ripe fruit aromas and flavors, with medium-to-robust body.  It has soft tannins and is ideal for drinking now, yet will benefit from further bottle aging for many years.

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Bodega Rancho Que Syrah, Syrah – Free shipping will be, will be!

Bodega Rancho

Brothers Derek and Kurt Beitler grew up in the wine business, and in 2007 started Bodega Rancho, which focuses on cool climate, single vineyard Syrah and Viognier. These are exceptional wines from a pair of talented wine artisans.

Bodega Rancho 2009 Que SyrahBodega Rancho 2009  Syrah “Que Syrah” Vineyard
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Deep ruby color. Nose of Indian spices, roasted meat, and charred rocks. Flavors of black figs, black plums, black olives. Savory, lip smacking, haunting flavors. An absolute assault on the senses, a mélange of flavors, this wine shows the wonders that are attainable from cool-climate Syrah done right.

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