Chardonnay Deal of the Month!

Stuart Bewley grew up in California’s central valley, where hard work and farming were a part of life. But his name will be forever tied to the beverage that embodied The Beach.  While in their twenties, Stuart and his high school friend Michael Crete experimented with mixing wine and fruit juices. They ended up inventing the wine cooler, and the iconic California Cooler brand. Within four years they went from selling cases out of the back of a pickup truck to a multi-million dollar business.

When Stuart was in his early thirties, they sold California Cooler and he moved on to a new challenge. Going back to his farming roots, he immersed himself in the study of viticulture. His seven year search for the perfect site ended with Alder Springs ranch.

He bought Alder Springs ranch and broke ground in 1993, planting his first vineyard block. Today, Stuart meticulously thins his grapes with a “bonsai” method. While his yield-per-acre is significantly below the industry average, the resulting quality of the grapes is of the finest in California.   Alder Springs has been the source for some of the most sought after wines in the industry (Sojourn, Patz & Hall, Arnot Roberts, Pax, Behrens Hitchcock, Relic, Siduri, Copain, Kesner, etc.)

Alder Springs 2011 “Row Five” Chardonnay
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 29.99  -  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code ROWFIVE11 during check out

Even those who normally don’t like Chardonnay may find themselves falling for this one. Meticulously crafted, the Row Five Chardonnay is the entertaining and friendly type. Alder Springs balanced this gorgeous Chardonnay in order to pair better with food. It’s a harmonious integration of fruit flavors, acidity, butter, and oak, yet not too much of any one component. Nothing is out of place. You could describe this wine as if it were a good party host: it doesn’t take over the conversation and overwhelm its dinner companions, but rather orchestrates the meal by bringing everything together. Pairs especially well with Crab, lobster, chicken, oyster, tarragon, cream, and butter

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Value Napa Cabernet under $40.00

Three friends. A missed turn. An intimate tasting with Robert Parker. Copious amounts of Champagne. A bird statue in a window.  This is the genesis of Banshee.  Since then they’ve come a long way in short time but the goal hasn’t changed: to craft distinctive wine that over-delivers in every possible way.  They want to give the world wines with real joie de vivre.  Banshee owns no vineyards of its own (yet!) but works in lock-step with high-end vineyard owners and wineries to produce wines of depth, purity and balance.  They spend ridiculous amounts of time working on finalizing each blend, and then try to convince people that “It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.”

Banshee 2010 Cabernet Napa Valley
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99  FREE SHIPPING ON SIX or MORE.
Use discount shipping code “BANSHEE” during check out.
OK to mix and match with other Banshee wines
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As in past vintages of this wine, the Banshee folks sought to create a blend of Napa Valley “mountain” fruit and “choice valley floor” parcels. Since 2010 was cooler and abundant in fine structure naturally, they used a bit more from the Oakville and Rutherford appellations and a little less from Howell Mountain. The resulting wine is 64% valley floor and 36% mountain fruit.  The “Blend” is 96 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% (combined) Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. This is the most age worthy wine Banshee has created. It’s densely packed with blackberry, currant, and plum flavors and buoyed by an intricate, yet firm structure. It is delicious now but will continue to improve over the next 10-15 years.

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Pinot Envy!

Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 2 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name “The Shop” and the rest (10 years later) is history.  Byron has created a good following for his brand, and so have many of my customers.

B. Kosuge 2011 Pinot Noir “The Shop”
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 34.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Use discount shipping code SHOP11 during check out

The thing about this wine is-it’s got to be yummy. I don’t want to obsess about it, I just want to enjoy it and have a good time. This vintage is probably the most aromatic and delicious Pinot Noir vintage in years, with the possible exception of 1994, which was pretty tasty too. The Shop, in particular, really blossoms in the cooler vintages. In 2011 it achieved ripeness without sacrificing cut and precision. There’s quite a bit of dark fruit in this wine but with a little air the high notes start to emerge. On the nose you’ll encounter black cherry notes. The full bodied palate is gorgeous and generous loaded with bright, flavorful Pinot fruit. The finish is long and extremely elegant.

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Best of Class Zinfandel!

 

Portalupi 2011 “Dolinsek” Russian River Valley
BEST OF CLASS, Double Gold, San Francisco International Competition!
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code PORT11DOL during check out

From 100 plus year old vines farmed by one of the most meticulous growers in America, this is truly a treasure. Raspberry Framboise Liqueur, intertwines with mineral, subtle herbs and spices accentuate this one of a kind Zinfandel with picture perfect acidity. This wine screams for fall-off-the-bone-slow-smoked baby back ribs. This is a Zinfandel that could age nicely in the cellar as well.

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Screaming Eagle owner releases hot new Pinot Noir

Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, Charles Banks, the owner of Jonata and Screaming Eagle, and esteemed winemaker, Sashi Moorman.

Sandhi 2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 37.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code SANDHI11 during check out

This wine showcases all the exuberance of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. It is a blend of a few vineyard holdings in the Santa Rita Hills with over half the fruit from 40 year-old vines at the Sanford & Benedict vineyard and the rest coming from Rita’s Crown and Bent Rock. It has bright, shiny, crunchy black raspberry fruit with great aromatic lift of fruit, flowers and cola spice. The wine is delicious now and will age gracefully for another 5-7 years.

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An Exceptional Mountain-Grown Cabernet Blend

Mitchell Ming and his wife Jenny discovered this gorgeous 186 acre property high above the cloud line, on a west facing ridge of Mount Veeder in 1999. Inspired by the dramatic views, they named their new family enterprise Moonridge Vineyard. After many years of planting and nurturing the land with famed viticulturist Phil Coturri (also known for farming Kamen, Herold, Bedrock, Hanzel and other great vineyards) they created Korbin Kameron (named after their twins), Cuvee Kristin is named after his other daughter.  Only 19 acres are planted to vines at an elevation of 2300 feet!

Korbin Kameron “Cuvee Kristin” Mt. Veeder
Moonridge Vineyard  (Sonoma Valley)

Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code KK08CK during check out.

The deep purple hues exhibited upon pouring this wine in the glass are very vibrant and appealing. On the nose there is wonderful intensity and complexity with plums, dark cherries, and hints of spice, toasty oak, and dark chocolate. On the palate this well balanced wine has a heavy structure and weight with a soft silky feel. The flavors mimic the aromas with added hints of spice and star anise that linger nicely leading to an enjoyable finish.

Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points “Delicious and classy, this is based on Merlot, with the other four classic Bordeaux varieties in proper proportion. It flatters immediately with its wealth of blackberries, black cherries, cola and mocha that finish so dry and spicy, yet it has that extra complexity that makes it intellectually interesting. Drink now and over the next six years. —S.H.”

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Pahlmeyer winemaker hits Home Run with his own label!

Kale Anderson has put Pahlmeyer back on a path to success, but it is his own label that caught my eye and will turn lots of heads in years to come.  Sourced from the “Premier Cru” Kick Ranch vineyard, Kale produced a mere 88 cases of this stunning “Home Run Cuvee” a blend of 60% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 3% Viognier.  The vineyard is just west of Napa’s Spring Mountain so a premier growing region and source!  This is a winery to jump on now, as I see “CULT” all over it!

Kale 2010 “Home Run Cuvee” Kick Ranch, Sonoma County
Retail 50.00 – GGWC  45.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more.
Use discount shipping code KALE10HRC during check out

The wine is dark in color with amazing brood aromas which unfold suddenly into tobacco and plum.  With time, the aromas evolve to anise, cardamom and become more savory in nature.  White pepper, blackberry compote and candied citrus peel are revealed in the mouth-watering mid-palate.  The flavors culminate in tanned leather and dark chocolate through the finish.  This is a wine that can be enjoyed for a good 15 years!  Very limited (88 cases) production!

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Inaugural Release Cabernet, one for the books!

In the mid-19th century, Two brothers — Adrien Pierre and Jean V. Chaix — listened to many stories of the agricultural wonders of the Napa Valley and the unique terroir perfect for growing grapes. The two young Frenchmen left their homes in Provence and immigrated to California. They settled mid-valley, purchasing prime vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville, and on Howell Mountain. Jean V. and his business partner Adolphe Brun built and operated the 13th bonded winery in California. In 1909 their great-grandfather Adrien, known as A.P., bought an 80 acre vineyard in Rutherford on the renowned Rutherford Bench. He cultivated grapes with cuttings he brought from Medoc region in Bordeaux. Over the past 100 years, grapes from Chaix Family Vineyards have gone into making many of Napa’s most distinguished wines. This is the inagural release of their own label, backed by a very impressive legacy.

Chaix 2009 Cabernet A.P. Reserve, Napa Valley
Retail 54.00 – GGWC 49.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use Shipping code CHAIXAP2009 upon check out

Polished and structured, the A.P. Reserve opens with Bing cherry and red currant backed up by dusty, earthy aromas mingled with a touch of chocolate and mint. This full bodied 100% Cabernet Sauvignon offers smooth, sweet fruit flavors on the palate and are rounded out with a toasty, dusty coating. Bright acidity balances the rich structure which finishes with a toasty espresso note.  Silky sweet tannins can be found on this youngster that will turn heads in years to come.  Their Great-Grandfather, Adrien Pierre Chaix (A.P.) and his dog proudly grace the inaugural release of this 100% estate-grown Cabernet.  Only 298 cases produced!

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