Astonishing Syrah (94 Points)

Jeff Cohn got his start at a Maryland winery of all places, not Napa not the Rhone Valley. He moved to California in 1993 as he really got the “wine bug”  and he wanted to learn from the best.  While getting his Master’s Degree in Agriculture Chemistry, with an emphasis on Enology he developed a love for Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  He started a job at Rosenblum, where he soon was promoted to day-to-day winemaker.  While at Rosenblum he started JC Cellars in 1996 with a mere 75 case Zinfandel production.  The rest, as they say, is history.  In 2006 Jeff parted ways with Rosenblum to focus exclusively on his own label, with great success I would say.

JC Cellars 2007 "Rockpile"JC CELLARS 2007 “Rockpile” Syrah, Rockpile Sonoma
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 54.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This is a wine that coats your palate!  The nose is gorgeous with dark black stone fruit and chocolate aromas and a touch of wet stone.  The Rockpile appellation is key to this varietal flavors as the terroir is very unique.  Full in body, lush and flavorful this mouthfilling wine shows complexity from start to finish.  Flavors of blackberry, coffee, chocolate and hints of bacon fat coat the palate of this well-structured wine.  Even with some age, I would say, decant for 1 hour before serving.  Has a good 10+ years of cellar time left!  A true experience in not just Syrah, but Rockpile Syrah, from beginning to end.

Wine Spectator 94 Points: “Offers wonderful purity of flavors, with a mix of rich blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry fruit that’s intense, focused, supple and structured, gaining complex mineral, anise, sage and cedar flavors. Long on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 458 cases made. –JL”

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Hundred Acre’s “stunning” younger brother

Stormy Weather

When your brother is Jason Woodbridge, owner of Hundred Acre, it requires digging deep in the barrel of wine ideas to outsmart him and make wine in the same league, or better.  Jayson & Cameron both collaborated on this new venture and I walked away happily impressed with the quality of the final product – way less expensive than the Hundred Acre wines, and any bit as good.

Stormy Weather 2007 Cabernet SauvignonStormy Weather 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 110.00 – GGWC 99.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
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Sourced from two prime sources on Howell and Sugarloaf Mountain this wine impresses right on impact.  I had a bottle open for 3 days and it got better every day, every sip!  2007 was the ideal, winemaker’s vintage, everything went right from start to finish! The wine’s aromas vaulted out of the glass.  I encountered black currant, chocolate and touch of mineral and pencil lead on the nose.  On the palate, this full-bodied Cab shows of a tremendous complexity and balance.  Hints of mocha are intertwined with striking black currant fruit that end in a long, flavorful finish.

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Our First In-Store Tasting Feb 23rd!

Remodeling is complete and the paint is dry. Our inaugural in-store tasting will take place on February 23. We are looking forward to be pouring wines from Poe, Mark Herald, Hilliard Bruce (Paul Lato winemaker), Carne Humana and Boheme.We will follow this event with an exclusive tasting with Stewart Winery on March 2nd.

Call, email, or click on the links below to RSVP!

Feb 23: http://ggwctastingfebruary23.eventbrite.com
Mar 2: http://stewarttasting-eorg.eventbrite.com

Stay tuned for a schedule of upcoming tastings and make sure to sign up on our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for updates and SPECIALS!

 

 

In-Store Tasting Schedule

Feb 23 Grand Opening – Poe, Mark Herald, Hilliard Bruce (Paul Lato winemaker), Carne Humana and Boheme
Mar 2 Stewart Winery – Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Mar 9 Banshee Winery – Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Mordecai Red
Mar 16 Jericho Canyon, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Mar 23 Picayune
Mar 30 Green & Red Winery – Zinfandel
Apr 6 TBA
Apr 13 TBA
Apr 20 Linked Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon
Apr 27 TBA
May 4 Gain Bay/Buccio – Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Corison 2009 Cabernet 94 Points

Corison Wines

Cathy Corison discovered her passion for wine while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Pomona College. Inspired by the notion that wine is “alive at every level,” she went on to receive a Master’s in Enology from U.C. Davis in the mid 1970′s. Many years of winemaking for others, including Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard, and Long Meadow Ranch, honed her skills and left her eager to express her own winemaking voice. In 1987 she made the first vintage of Corison Cabernet. “There was a wine inside me that needed to be made”, she says.

Corison 2009 Cabernet SauvignonCorison 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 64.99 with FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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A mild, relatively cool growing season followed by a moderate September and cold October made for an uncommonly long ripening season. Resulting flavors are wildly complex with juicy fruit flavors ranging from black cherries and blueberries through plums all the way to cassis and blackberries. Cedar, anise, baking spice and chocolate top notes add layers of interest. Appealing floral notes of violets, lavender and rose petals are already gracing the aromas and a lovely dusty minerality signals a very special vintage.

Robert Parker 94 Points: ”Cathy Corison’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Corison is surprisingly deep, powerful and tannic. An exotic melange of dark cherries, plums, grilled herbs wraps around the palate. The 2009 is endowed with serious depth and tons of pure, unbridled energy. Mocha, espresso, menthol, and sweet spices all inform the warm, resonant finish. Readers will need to be patient with the 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”

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Bargain Napa Valley Blend Takes Flight

Twisted Rivers Wines

Duke Heringer is a fifth generation farmer, he farms crops in the delta community of Clarksburg but sources grapes from premium vineyards in Napa.  His philosophy is to make great wines at an affordable price.  His winemaker Gary Branham (from Branham fame – the brains behind the Rockpile appellation) crafts amazing wines and does not demand a high pay scale, resulting in quality and bargain in a bottle.

Twisted Rivers 2010 RavenTwisted Rivers 2010 “Raven” Cabernet blend, Napa Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more!
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At first sight, the wine embodies its namesake, with a dark and lustrous color. From there, the wine takes flight, with an aroma of layered fruit and spice. A full bodied wine (a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot, 18% Petite Verdot and 2% Malbec), touching softly on the palate then giving way to luscious flavors of black cherry, chocolate, currant with a hint of pepper on the finish. A wine with a maturity well beyond its age.  284 cases produced only.

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Vinoce, Luxury at Economical price

Vinoce Wines

Vinoce is a small, family owned and run winery. Over the last 28 years they have developed an intimate knowledge of growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot on the rugged, hillside slopes of Mount Veeder. Brian and Lori are dedicated to creating wines that reflect the true expressions of the Mount Veeder Appellation.

Vinoce 2009 CF BlendVinoce 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Franc Blend
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99  -  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The “Mount Veeder” is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 25 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot all sourced from the estate at an elevation of 1600 – 2100 feet.  The wine offers an amazing color and aroma of concentrated flavors and nuances.   Full in body, the wine is characterized by rich fruit flavors and an amazing balance of fruit  to acidity ratio on the palate.  The wine offers up gobs of chocolate, black and red stone fruit that race through the mid-palate and gracefully move to the back palate where you’ll encounter more intense dark plum notes with a hint of cassis and silky but long tannins and a finish that lasts for a good 30 seconds.

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Rousseau Chardonnay = Quality & Value from Napa + Free Shipping!

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In Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan fell for the beautiful and mysterious Milady. This French style inspired Chardonnay is Yannick Rousseau’s Lady – “Milady” – Susanna’s favorite aphrodisiac! It comes from the highly acclaimed, 1800 foot elevation Godspeed Vineyards.

y Rousseau 2010 ChardonnayRousseau 2010 Chardonnay “Milady”  Mt Veeder, Napa
Retail 38.50 – GGWC 35.99 with FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Gorgeous aromatics jump out of the glass of this amazing Chardonnay – aromas of peach, vanilla and a whiff of minerality are intertwined in this stellar Chardonnay, which I fondly call “Burgundy-West”.  This medium to full bodied wine was made “au-naturel” by using native yeast and no malolactic fermentation.  This wine offers a very distinct aroma and flavor (high-stressed vines at 1800 feet elevation will do that).  “Milady” is complex, well-balanced with an amazing textural richness.  From start to finish you’ll enjoy this youngster.  I would pair this wine with Dungeness Crab or a Rosemary Chicken dish fresh from the grill.  Only 190 cases produced, so it will go fast!

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In-Store Tasting Schedule

The last coats of paint are being applied to our new in-store tasting room and we have a schedule in place for our first several tasting events.

Our first tasting, featuring several wineries, will take place on February 23 followed by an exclusive tasting with Stewart Winery on March 2nd. Call, email, or click on the links below to purchase tickets and RSVP!

Feb 23: http://ggwctastingfebruary23.eventbrite.com
Mar 2: http://stewarttasting-eorg.eventbrite.com

In-Store Tasting Schedule

Feb 23 Grand Opening – Poe, Mark Herald, Hilliard Bruce (Paul Lato winemaker), Carne Humana and Boheme
Mar 2 Stewart Winery – Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Mar 9 Banshee Winery – Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Mordecai Red
Mar 16 Jericho Canyon, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Mar 23 Picayune
Mar 30 Green & Red Winery – Zinfandel
Apr 6 TBA
Apr 13 TBA
Apr 20 Linked Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon
Apr 27 TBA
May 4 Gain Bay/Buccio – Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

 

Screaming Eagle at a fraction the cost

Ilaria Wines

Anna Monticelli gained valuable experience at the famed Cheval Blanc (Bordeaux), Bryant Family, Seavey and Pina wineries – all award winning producers before launching her own ”Ilaria” label. Ilaria means “Happiness” in Italian, and is also the name of her daughter. She also put “In Vino Felicitas” on her label which means “In wine there is happiness”. So, I think you know where this is headed!

Anna makes small batch wines that really showcase terroir, expression and character. Her wines really express who she is and what she wants. She is happy and wants you to be happy with her wine! This is a winery to jump on, as the press will be all over it shortly!

Ilaria 2009 Cabernet SauvignonILARIA 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Sourced from some of the most amazing vineyards sites in Napa this 2010 Cabernet offers up very intense aromatics and flavors that penetrate the air.  Whiffs of ripe black currants and black cherries with hints of chocolate fill up the room as soon  you pop the cork. The wine’s flavors are on par with its aromatics and its full-bodied, creamy texture is loaded with gobs of fruit and well-balanced acidity. This wine goes on forever and I cannot get enough of it. The finish lingers and you want to lick out every last drop of this juice!

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94 Point Syrah ROCKS!

Krutz Family Cellars

Krutz FamilyFounded by an army of one, Patrick Krutz, Krutz Family Cellars has just recently grown into its “full” business name. The 2003-’06 vintages were crafted entirely by Patrick. Youngest brother Cole came on the scene in 2007 and has been assisting in the cellar ever since. Also joining the operation (and the family) in 2008 was Rebecca Krutz. She and Patrick met in Napa Valley in the summer of 2007 and were married the next year. Together, they have two sons, Patrick II and Tripp Morris, along with a daughter, Ellie. When the business was founded, the word “Family” was included due to Patrick’s close family ties, but now it encompasses an even bigger and broader meaning. After all, anyone that enjoys a bottle of Krutz Family Cellars is a part of our extended family. I have been happily impressed by Patrick’s winemaking skills over the years, and in my book this wine is yet another accolade!

Krutz 2009 Syrah "Stagecoach"Krutz 2009 Syrah “Stagecoach” Napa Valley
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 38.99  -  FREE SHIPPING on SIX
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Stunning flavors of blackberry and blueberry liqueurs, and crème de cassis mix with traditional Syrah notes of smoked bacon, licorice, and pepper. Medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a ripe and voluptuous profile. Some oak is hiding under that Californian ripeness of the fruit, while the complexity is very northern Rhône.

94 Points, Editors’ Choice, Top 100 Wines of 2012:

“A dramatic wine, rich and full bodied, this has flavors that change with every taste. The structure is complex in tannins and acid, framing kaleidoscopic notes of blackberry, black currant, spicy smoked bacon, violet, white pepper and sandalwood. Drink this outstanding Syrah over the next six years.”

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