Screaming Eagle owned Pinot Noir stunner – FREE SHIPPING!

The 2012 Amrita Pinot Noir is the second vintage of Amrita from the organic Wenzlau Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, which is adjacent to the great vineyards of Sea Smoke and Mount Carmel.  The venture is a partnership between Charles Bank (Screaming Eagle/Jonata, etc) and Raj Parr (Sommelier of the Michael Mina Group). Their winemaker is Sashi Moorman.  Sandhi, is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “alliance” and was chosen to reflect the partnership at the winery.  Charles, Raj and Sashi’s have one common goal – make amazing wine that is not overripe, does not have high alcohol but accentuate subtlety, minerality, structure and balance.

Sandhi 2012 “Amrita” Wenzlau Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2012 Sandhi “Amrita”, meaning the “nectar of immortality” in Sanskrit is aromatic with layers of crushed cherries and licorice.  This knockout wine is huge, yet extremely well-tailored and elegant.  Remarkable texture, gorgeous from start to finish.  Sweet cherries and licorice jump out of the glass on impact.  This medium to full-bodied wine is elegant and lush with layers of well-balanced fruit and acid ratios.  Gobs of red and black cherries, flowers, a touch of spice and subtle acidity dance across the palate.  A real complex beauty and will turn many heads.  The finish is long and delicate.  Only 125 cases produced!

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Under $40.00 Chardonnay GEM

This small winery in the Santa Rita Hills is the brain child of Jeff and Nikki Nelson.  Their wine maker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis (the “man” behind the Dragonette success).

Liquid Farm 2012 “White Hill” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more
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This Chablis style Chardonnay highlights the unique salinity that comes from the ancient soils of the Santa Rita Hills.  Sourced from the great Zotovich (Brewer-Clifton, Diatom, Paul Lato), Kessler-Haak & Rita’s Crown vineyards this wine (named in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of Sta. Rita Hills) offers a gorgeous nose of perfumed peaches and nectarines.  Medium to full in body, this wine is crisp in texture and depth, with very expressive aromas and flavors on both nose and palate.  Hints of lemon curd, pear, fresh citrus and a touch of tamarind.  The minerality is not overpowering, but clean and seductive!  You think expensive French, but get a well-priced Californian instead!  This 300 case production is of incredible value and will sell out quick!

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“The” Wine for a First Date

Jeff Cohn (JC Cellars) has been at it for 20+ years since he started his career at Ridge and Rosenblum.  His own label has been on fire as of late.  To lead up into the summer I wanted to introduce a fun wine – The First Date, a Roussanne and Marsanne (White Rhone varietals) blend.

JC Cellars 2011 “First Date” White Rhone Blend (Roussanne & Marsanne)
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Aromatically this wine is unlike any First Date Jeff has ever made, in the sense that it is not focused on bringing the aromatics of peach, apricots and orange blossom of Roussanne, but to intermingle with the more conservative and much deeper aromatics of the Marsanne in this wine.

This wine is a perfect combination for all types of fowl, both wild or farm raised.  Goes well with fish, shell fish or rich meats such as veal or pork.  Also enjoy this with young or slightly aged goat cheese.

Jeff Cohn says: “Seduction is the first thing I think of when I taste this wine. This is a wine that has gone through many experimental changes over the years. Always Roussanne and Marsanne. These are two of my favorite white wines. I also love Viognier and have always felt that a touch of this grape could take this wine to even a more hedonistic level. The 2011 is without a doubt the year that made me want to go to the next level. Yes the Roussanne is still fermented and aged in the Cement egg and yes we are still 30% new French oak, but this year instead of 75% Roussanne and 25% Marsanne, we brought up the Marsanne % up to 40%. I felt the seduction of the Stage Coach Marsanne was so amazing and it balanced so well with the Roussanne , I just could not resist.”

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The next Kosta Browne Pinot is here!

The journey that is Soliste, reflects the passion and commitment born of old world beliefs and traditions joined in a way that transcends individual ideas. The Soliste owners were inspired by winemakers who have challenged the status quo to elevate their region or cépage to grand cru level. Central to their philosophy is to be bold, experimental, and take risks; not arbitrarily, but with intent, diligence, and a long term vision. The rebellious voice of the Master of St Andelain, the self-taught iconoclast Didier Dagueneau, echoes in the Soliste winery, “If you want to be the best, you need the methods and techniques to get you there: Your vines must bear the best grapes; your vilification must be the most rigorous. There are no recipes. It’s all in the details of viticulture and all the details of winemaking, the assemblage of little things, 100 details and commitments which makes for the minute differences between a good wine and a great one.”

Soliste 2012 Narcisse Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more!
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Intensely pure aromatics of griottes (wild cherries) and boysenberries interlaced with earthy tones. As the wine evolves in the glass, it carries elegant burst of dried fruits, exotic spices, vanilla, and black tea aromatics complemented by bright acidity of red fruit on the finish. The velvety tannins are extremely refined creating a Pinot Noir of great finesse, complexity and elegance. Narcisse 2012 is a mysterious wine that keeps evolving into profound sophistication.

Also check out the SOLISTE 2012 LUNE ET SOLEIL SAUVIGNON BLANC

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Rock Star Cabernet – FREE SHIPPING

Mark Herold has been around the block a few times and he does not need much more intro.  Star winemaker at Kobalt (95 Pts), Kamen (94 Pts), Merus (96 Pts, he created the label but sold it after a bitter divorce), Vineyardist (95 Pts) so it is no surprise that I am a big fan of his bold winemaking style.  As always his productions are very limited!

MARK HEROLD 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99 – FREE SHIPPING on FOUR or more
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Dramatic, dark and penetrating immediately describe this wine. The color is a deeply saturated blue/black hue. Brooding from the glass is a landscape of layered scents: huge aromas of blackberries, black cherries, currants intermixed with espresso, crème de cassis, wet brick with nuances of dried flowers, black olives, and sage brush. A powerful mouth presence reveals extracted flavors of roasted black fruits showcased within a supple tannin framework is evidence of this wines fine sense of balance. Concentration, resolved fine-toothed tannins, and lingering rich flavors are hallmarks of this wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the 2011 Herold Cabernet over the next 15 to 20 years.

Also check out the following Herold wines:  Kamen CS & SBAcha Red, Flux Grenache, Vineyardist SB  & Maze Cabernet.

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Roar Winemaker’s latest Jewel – FREE SHIPPING

Ed Kurtzman does not need much intro, winemaker extraordinaire for Roar, Freeman, August West, Sandler, etc.  He has amassed decades worth of experience at wineries such as Bernardus, Graff, Chalone, Fort Ross, Testarossa and Michaud.  The Sandler label is Ed’s own label ( FYI, Sandler is his middle name) which he created in 2003 with a mere 2 barrels of wine!  Over the year the label has grown and focusses on various great designated vineyards throughout the state!

Sandler 2012 “Keefer Vineyard” Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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The 2012 Sandler Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir is comprised entirely of the Swiss clone 23, also known as Mariafeld.  A very generous aroma of gorgeous rose petals and ripe berry aromas jump out of the glass.  An lively wine from start to finish.  Very lush palate that is filled with stunning red stone fruit and bright acidity that are in-sync with the flavors that you experience from start to finish. This is a wine that is pleasurable right away, but also one that will age for years to come.

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Killer Cab by the “King of Cab” 25% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING – TODAY ONLY!

The “Dos Lagos” Vineyards (Two Lakes) are nestled in the hills of the Atlas Peak AVA in Napa.  A 22 acre property, with only 5 of the acres planted to premium Cabernet Sauvignon. The altitude is approximately 1,650 feet. A rocky terroir, the volcanic rock is called “tuff.” The vines are planted partially on the hillsides, sloping down to the two lakes.  Add Ace Winemaker Robert Foley and you have the ingredients for a great bottle of wine!

Dos Lagos 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 124.99 – BUY TODAY ONLY 99.99
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This 100% Estate Cabernet sourced from the Dos Lagos vineyard in amazingly intense and exotic.   The aromas of chocolate, spice, graphite and black fruit jump out of the glass on impact.  Very full in body, dark purple in color this wine is elegant but intense and offers up an array of crème de cassis, anise, a touch of spice and lots of dark fruit flavors from start to finish.  Long lasting finish that seems to go on for a good 30 seconds.  Only a 250 cases produced!

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Great Quality & Great Value Chardonnay plus FREE SHIPPING!

Almost 50 years ago, Lupe Maldonado moved to California from Atacheo, a small farming community in Michoacan, Mexico. In 1971 Lupe was working for Sterling Vineyards when Peter Newton offered Lupe the opportunity to join him in the creation of a new winery in the Spring Mountain District of St. Helena. Lupe’s dedication and hard work were beginning to pay off; he was named vineyard manager for Newton Vineyard. With Newton, Lupe found a home where he proudly dedicated all his energy for over thirty years. His son Hugo succeeded him in 1999.  Lupe began devoting his three decades of viticulture wisdom to his own grapes. He bought a 10-acre piece of land in the Napa Valley.  Today Lupe lives in the midst of the vines that he planted and tends to.  Lupe and his son Hugo, a graduate in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California in Davis, and their families are partners in the project.

Maldonado 2011 Chardonnay “Parr” Sonoma Coast
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX
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A youthful, fun, vibrant wine from the get go!  The wine is medium to full in body, lush with a nice balance from start to finish laced with gorgeous pear, citrus and peach flavors and sublet mineral notes on the finish.  The wine finishes long and elegant, a real crowd-pleaser!  The wines are crafted by Alpha Omega winemaker Jean Hoefliger, whose relationship with the Maldonado goes back to 2001 while working at Newton Vineyards (under John Kongsgaard).

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Hirsch Pinot wins Blind Tasting

The Hirsch Vineyard has been the source for many great wineries’ top producing Pinot Noirs (Failla, Williams & Selyem, Littoria, etc.)  The “Estate San Andreas Fault” is Hirsch Vineyards’ signature Pinot Noir and is crafted to give the drinker a complete picture of this complex vineyard. The 2011 Hirsch “Hirsch Estate San Andreas Fault” has fruit from 27 distinct farming blocks within Hirsch Vineyards, more than any wine produced from this site. It is named for the fault-line which marks the meeting of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates, snaking its way up the California coast and passing less than a mile from Hirsch. The 2011 growing season saw cool, even temperatures and clear, sunny skies. This resulted in wines that marry concentrated, focused fruit with flavor, balance and elegance. David Hirsch believes this may be the best vintage yet produced at Hirsch Vineyards.

We lined up 12 great wines that received great press and Hirsch came in numero uno!  The line-up included:

  • Chanin (95 Parker)
  • DuMOL “Finn” (93 Parker)
  • DuMOL “Estate (95 Parker)
  • Donum “Reserve” (94 Parker)
  • Lucia “Garys”  (93 Wine Spectator)
  • Capiaux “Garys” (93 Parker)
  • Brewer-Clifton “D3” (93 Paker)
  • Antica Terra “Botanica” (93 Parker)
  • Talley “Rincon” (94 Parker)
  • Williams-Selyem “Rochiolli” (92 Parker)
  • Failla “Hirsch” (94 Parker)
  • Hirsch Estate San Andreas Fault

The WINNER: 2011 Hirsch Estate!

Hirsch 2011 Pinot Noir Estate “San Andreas Fault” Sonoma Coast
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 62.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
OK to mix & match with other Hirsch wines
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This is one of the best vineyard sites in California, the 2011 Hirsch “San Andreas Fault” Pinot Noir is spotless from start to finish.  This wine has amazing aromas jumping out of the glass and is gorgeously layered from top to bottom.  On the nose one gets gobs of bing cherries, plum, licorice and sweet spices that come even more out in the lush textured palate that is amazingly impressive and will continue to do so for years to come. This might truly be the best Pinot Noir to date from this estate!

Also check out the new release HIRSCH 2012 CHARDONNAY ESTATE SONOMA COAST
and HIRSCH 2011 PINOT NOIR BOHAN DILLON ESTATE SONOMA COAST

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This French Laundry Cab is one for the ages and under $64

Ten years ago Scott Palazzo was asked by Thomas Keller, “Chef Extraordinaire” and owner of French Laundry and Per Se restaurants to craft a wine exclusively for him!  That resulted in amazing exposure for this small winery and the rest-as-they-say-is-history.

This 2009 release might be the best wine ever produced by Scott Palazzo! This Right-bank oriented blend which is a favorite of many top wine lists around the country like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, Delmonico, Del Frisco, Daniel and many others. I have been a fan from day one, and this 2009  elease showcases what I have preached for years – a wine in “Frank’s palatable price range” of  $35.00 – $75.00!

Palazzo 2009 Proprietary Red, Napa
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 63.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more!
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On the palate this well-proportioned 2009 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot offers up a dense, yet extremely elegant and balanced profile. Merlot gives the wine sheer power and strength, silky texture and layers of dark cherry and blackberry fruit. The Cabernet Franc adds brightness, acidity and floral overtones to the wine … with the Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure and character to the wine … with hints of smoke, cocoa and espresso bean to the finish. This wine is big in body, yet silky smooth on impact with layers and layers of gorgeous fruit. The long, silky finish lasts a good 45 seconds.

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