Limited offer from Peter Michael winemaker

Three stunning new releases from this Top Notch winemaker!

Carte Blanche 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 124.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
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The 2010 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reflects vineyard selections from both Oakville’s valley floor and Calistoga’s rocky hillside. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reveals the delicate balance of ripe dark fruits, plush velvety tannins from Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper Vineyard, and savory notes, structure and minerality from the McBride Vineyard. McBride’s 10% Petite Verdot provides a brooding base note, depth and nuance. With each harvest, we will blend the finest fruit from each block utilizing our Bordeaux varietals to complete our signature Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose reveals ripe, dark fruits of blackberry and cassis with background hints of black cherry, mocha and molasses. On the palate, the texture is silky and the attack reveals the deep core of the wine. Velvety tannins showcase black currant, cassis, dried herbs and graphite with high notes of black cherry. Bittersweet chocolate, asphalt and tobacco linger on the finish. Ample structure of fine grain tannins will allow for cellar aging.

The wine received a 94 Point rating from Robert Parker as well – Parker notes :” Another powerful, young wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly dense and virtually impenetrable. Blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, licorice, new leather, menthol and tobacco flow through to an incisive finish layered with graphite and crushed rocks. Today, the 2010 is cool and implosive, suggesting it needs at least another few years to come together. The addition of 10% Petit Verdot seems to give the wine some of its brooding personality. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.”

Carte Blanche 2010 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
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The 2010 Carte Blanche Chardonnay showcases beautiful Burgundian structure with 80% of the Chardonnay coming from Nobles Ranch. Two vineyard influences were chosen: Nobles Ranch on the Sonoma Coast and Lone Oaks Vineyard in the Russian River. The staggering Nobles Ranch sits just above the cloud line, soaking up the Pacific influence with enough sunlight to ripen slowly. Located just inland, a second vineyard was chosen to provide not only terroir differences, but also a slightly richer and denser chardonnay to complement the austerity and structure from the Pacific coast site. Our goal is to manage acid structure and ripeness well before the grapes are ever picked. 100% Chardonnay. A bright nose of pears, grapefruit and baked pie crust provide a foundation to higher notes of Magnolia flower and a hint of gunpowder. The palate is fresh and focused, evenly balanced by ripe tannins and prominent structure. Flavors of custard are accentuated by William pear, lychee, Meyer lemon and oyster shell lingers.  200 cases produced.

Carte Blanche 2010 “Sandstone Seven”
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2010 Sandstone Seven is reminiscent of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, consisting of 40% Viognier, 40% Marsanne, and 20% Roussanne. A wine which certainly speaks of its place, Alder Springs Vineyard lies seven miles from the Pacific coast in Mendocino and sits on well drained ancient sandstone slopes. Three blocks rest at elevations ranging from 1700’ to 2700’. The coastal range offers the perfect blend of maritime influence and daytime sun exposure. The climate, coupled with Stu Bewley’s farming practices led us to put this wine together. Stu’s attention to detail has been termed, bonsai farming, treating each cluster as if it were the entire vineyard, thus yielding small, complex and intensely flavored berries. Bright white flowers jump from the glass, along with a supporting ensemble of lemon zest, quince, and wet stones. The palate entry is silky & rich with a fine line of acidic structure framing a bouquet of Bosque pear, pollen, and highlights of white gooseberry. Crushed granite and petrol faintly sit within the clean finish. Only 125 cases produced.

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The Best Petite Sirah Napa Valley has to offer

Biale Vineyards does not need any intro, but for those who are not familiar with the winery, they have been producing amazing Zinfandel and Petite Sirah for over 70 years now and they are not slowing down one bit!   Petite Sirah has a special place in my heart, as it was the first wine I shared with my wife in 1994 – imagine if I would have started her with a bottle of white zin…. Nah I would have never done that.

Biale 2011 Royal Punisher Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
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Something about 2011 brought out the best that Napa Valley Petite Sirah has to offer. This big black and blue wine is somethin’ else.  Wait till you see it – and taste it!  Opaque black-black blue, thickly textured, black fruits, tree fruit, dried apricot, blackberry pastry, mocha, espresso crema, dusty, toasty, brushy, mouth-coating well-mannered tannins, bright juicy acidity, subdued oak and dark spices – maybe a touch of clove and pepper. Perfumey fruit with the classic Royal Punishers generous and mouth-watering tannins, It is unbelievably silky for a Petite Sirah. It has that extra dimension of umami flavor that you always get from Rutherford Petite Sirah.

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Best Cab Franc in Napa by Araujo’s neighbor

Kenefick Ranch Winery has been flying below the radar, but not for much longer. Kenefick Ranch is owned by retired San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick, and his two children Caitlin and Chris Kenefick.  In 1978 Dr. Kenefick acquired 125-acre vineyard property at the foothills of the Palisades Mountains in Calistoga, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Sauvignon Blanc, Voignier, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc are grown for white wine. Petite Sirah and Syrah complete the portfolio. Ten percent of production is used in Kenefick Ranch wines while the rest of the fruit is sourced out to Etude, Lewis Cellars, Cade-Plumpjack, Merryvale, Caymus and several other small producers.  Kent Jarman, winemaker, also produces the high-scoring Coup de Foudre wines (95 points)

Kenefick Ranch 2008 Cabernet FrancKenefick Ranch 2008 Cabernet Franc – Caitlin’s Select
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This is a Cabernet Franc for Cabernet Sauvignon lovers that don’t have the time or patience to drink cellared wines.  This is a very serious, complex wine with aromas of chocolate, cassis, dry currants, and dark cherries.  On the palate this full bodied wines showcases very intense fruit of ripe cherries, sandalwood, and spicy notes. Full in body this wine is well-rounded and well-balanced with soft, silky tannins that are nicely integrated with the fruit and vanilla nuances.  Long lasting finish.  Only 500 cases produced. Only 10 cases available!!

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The most important person in your office…

Say thank you to your administrator!Whether you call this person an Administrative Professional, Office Manager, or Reception Specialist, chances are that your job would be a heck of a lot harder without them. Way back in 1952, Secretary’s Day was set aside “to recognize the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government depend.” The day was eventually renamed to Administrative Professionals’ Day.

So it is that on April 24th, we take a moment to say Thank You to the people who grease the wheels so that businesses can flourish and offices run smoothly. And what better way to express your gratitude than with a gift of fine wine?

In honor of administrators of all types, we have selected a pair of delightful red and white wines that are sure to please every palate and make your administrative professionals feel extremely appreciated!

Be certain to order ASAP and select 1, 2, or 3 day air if needed to ensure that your gift arrives on time.

Luli is a partnership between Master Sommelier, Sara Floyd and the Pisoni Family. The partners combine their experience of the world of wine and world-class wine production to create a small portfolio of inspirational wines. To make the Luli wines, Floyd and the Pisoni Family focus on purchasing grapes from multiple vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and the greater Monterey County coastal regions excellent for growing cool-climate grapes.

Luli 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast
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The 2012 Luli Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from a single sustainablyfarmed vineyard in the cold and windy Monterey County. This maritime appellation is known for its well-drained soils, morning fog, afternoon winds and long growing season. This ideal climate allows for the Sauvignon Blanc to maintain its fresh and crisp character.

This wine emits a lively mix of passionfruit, gooseberry and light grassy notes. The aromatics are fresh and mouthwatering. On the palate comes a broad-textured character from the limited lees contact, which unfolds into a refreshing and bright finish. Serve chilled.

Luli 2011 Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands
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The 2011 Luli Syrah was sourced from various sustainably-farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Sourcing from diverse locations within the appellation adds to the wine’s complexity and flavor profile. This maritime appellation is known for its well-drained soils, morning fog, afternoon winds and long growing season. These elements combine for a perfect place to farm cool climate varieties.

Expressive and broad is the initial sense of the deep-purple Luli Syrah. Initial notes of spiced plums, blackberry, cedar, baking spice and tea leaf come from the glass. The palate is rich with round supple tannins and dense fruit that flow into a long, velvety finish.

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This is “THE” Rising Star (Cabernet) of the year!

Situated between some of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley like Spottswoode, Revana, Vineyard 29, Ovid, Realm & Dana Estate, etc.  You can only expect amazing wine from this appellation.   The vineyard site was originally planted 5 decades ago, and the Young (Inglewood) Family purchased the estate about 10 years ago.  This (2009) is the first commercial vintage, and you are in for a real treat!  The label (a spare iconic walker) symbolizes the delicacy and precision of the balance central to everything the Young family does in the vineyard, wine and their lives.

Young Inglewood 2009 Cabernet “Estate”
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99 FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
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Youthful in appearance, the finished wine shows a beautiful nose of blue and red fruits, warm spices and an indulgent cocoa powder character offered by the small percentage of Cabernet Franc included.  The palate presents layers of the red, blue and black fruits, tea leaves and minerals. Warm spice and a round mouthfeel come from the new oak barrels selected by Young Inglewood to showcase the fruit’s character and mid-palate. The balance of tannin, acidity and good length indicate structure in the wine and the scaffolding for aging. Enjoy now or lay down for 8-12 years.

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“The” Zin surprise of the year

We rarely do blind Zinfandel tastings, but we have to do it once in a while.  So my group rounded up a bunch of worthy opponents and we battled it out between many younger and older vine Zins.  The list included:

  • Ridge “Pagani Ranch” (93 Pts Parker)
  • Acorn “Allegria” (92 WS)
  • Hartford “Dina” (93 Pts Parker)
  • Bedrock “Monte Rosso” (94 WS/93 Pts Parker)
  • Tofanelli “Estate” (93+ Pts Parker)
  • Saxum “Paderewski” (95 Pts WS)
  • Turley “Fredricks” (95 Pts Parker)
  • Turley “Dogtown” (94 Pts Parker)
  • Epoch (93 Pts Parker/ 92 WS)
  • Martinelli Giuseppe & Luisa (93 WS)
  • Biale “Monte Rosso (92 WS)
  • Biale “Black Chicken (92 WS)
  • Wilson “Sydney”

We had 17 people tasting, Wilson received 10 first places, Tofanelli 4 first places and Saxum 3 first places.

Wilson Winery

When Diane and Ken Wilson first visited the Sonoma County they fell in love with the patchwork of oaks, vineyards and expansive vistas. Diane and Ken are devoted to things they value most—family and friends—and are committed to the stewardship and sustainable farming of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys.  Diane, a native Californian, cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising children, making wine at Wilson Winery and taking an active role in the community.  Ken, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, is robust and passionate about his vineyards.  The Wilsons have three children—Sydney, Victoria (Tori) and Sawyer (all designated vineyards)

Wilson 2010 ZinfandelWilson 2010 Zinfandel “Sydney”, Dry Creek
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 32.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more.
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Balanced aromas of spicy dark berries mingle with oak notes contributing hints of toasty vanilla and chocolate. The lush entry presents palate-coating ripe blackberry and a dusting of spicy pepper, cherry and dark chocolate. The flavors seamlessly merge and expand into a long, luxurious finish. Although it can be enjoyed solo, this Zin pairs well with Italian or Mediterranean cuisine, and can hold its own against a thick, juicy steak.  Only 600 cases produced!  This wine recently won gold medals at the largest International Wine Competition, where it beat out 400 Zin entries, plus it won best of show beating out Cabs, Pinots, Merlots, Zins in the $30 to $60 category!

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Mountain grown gem (126 cases)

Mike DrashMike Drash grew up in Memphis, TN on a farm.  After graduating from (a small) college in Memphis he moved to Florida where he found his love for food and wine.  With the encouragement of a friend he moved to California and landed a job at a Russian River Valley winery as a cellar rat.  After lots of trials and learning from the best he was named assistant winemaker at Far Niente.  In 2003 he became the winemaker at Luna where a worked with John Kongsgaard and learned and embraced minimalist winemaking techniques.  In 2009 he started his own label (named after his daughter) and the rest, as they say, is history.

Talullah 2009 Cabernet SauvignonTallulah 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon MD1
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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Hailing from the base of Howell Mountain, this Grand Cru vineyard is one of the finest vineyard sources in Napa.  On a severely sloping vineyard facing due west this big, rich, bold wine shows of its brilliance with gorgeous depth and finesse.  The hue is dark and intense.  On the nose you are greeted by dark black stone fruit with a whiff of dust, chocolate, anise and good dose of balanced spiciness.  On the palate, this bold youngster shows its true character when you encounter the well-balanced fruit and acid ratios and a richly textured body.  The wine is long and intense.  This is NOT a Dunn-like wine, but I would suggest decanting it and letting it breathe for an hour of two.  Hurry up, as only 126 cases of this gem were crafted!

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Superb quality & well-priced Napa Cabernet

Balius Wines

At its core, Balius Wines was created to provide examples of great wines that don’t have to cost a lot of money. This inaugural releases show that they are on track.  Balius Story — Achilles and his two immortal horses, Balius and Xanthos, were legendary and heroic figures on the battlefields of ancient Greece.The warrior and his fearless horses were often depicted with black paint on clay wine vessels, or amphorae, as a celebration of their heroic triumphs. The Balius label is a nod to the fabled heroes represented by the black figure pottery of ancient Greece, and the Balius wines are reflections of the world-renowned appellations throughout California.

Balius 2010 Cabernet SauvignonBalius 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 36.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more
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This well-priced Napa Valley Cabernet offers a deep purple color.  On the nose you’ll encounter ripe and opulent aromoas of black currants, black cherries, and dark chocolate. On the palate you are greeted by lush flavors of blackberries, black plum and mocha. This crowd-pleasing wine is rich and well balanced, finishing long and polished. Showcasing its “Rutherford dust” beautifully.  Sadly only 250 cases were made.

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Bodega Rancho 2011 VioginierBrothers 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 2011 Viognier, Santa Lucia Highlands
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Pale yellow gold color. Nose of tropical fruits, pear, mango, and lychee. Rich, round mouthfeel. Pink grapefruit, tangy citrus, white peach, and stone fruit flavors pair with crisp acidity and minerality to create a wine that is easy to drink and pairs with a wide variety of foods.

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