100 Point winemaker’s latest release

Kapcsandy is on a roll the last couple of years, having produced three 100 point rated wines and it does not seem to stop. The winery owner’s tale starts in Hungary where he escapes a bloody revolution in 1956 and winds up on the West Coast via stops in the Bay Area and Seattle. Fast forward his successful chemical engineering career and his passion and knowledge of old world wines brings him to France in the mid 1990′s where after a visit to Leoville Las Cases he decides that owning a winery is in his blood. He purchased the “first growth” vineyard of State Lane and the rest we say is history. The Kapcsandy wines have become an icon overnight and wine lovers cannot imagine a cellar without it!  The latest release of the 2010 Endre received a not-shabby 95 Point rating.  Take advantage of the SPECIAL OFFER this offer of 15% OFF and FREE SHIPPING!

Kapcsandy 2010 “Endre” Estate Napa Valley
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 74.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more
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The 2010 Endre offers up stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of spice, all supported by vibrant yet-well-integrated silky tannins. The full-bodied blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc, 1% Petit Verdot is lush and concentrated, yet meticulously balanced to adhere to the very high standards Lou Kapcsandy put on his winemaker. This wine is more old-world in style, not the in-your face fruit bomb. The wine rolls over the palate in a smooth fashion and ends in long, flavorful finish with silky tannins.  This is a wine that will age nicely for a good 15+ year

Review Kapcsandy Endre 95 Points: “The 2010 Endre is very Bordeaux like. Notes of bouquet garni, red and black currants and loamy soil are present in this medium-bodied wine that seems to be a faster evolving effort than its siblings. With excellent texture as well as an elegant style, and I use that word in a positive sense, it should drink well for 10-15 years.” – 95 pts by Anthony Galloni

And in case you were wondering about their latest 100 point offering…

Kapcsandy 2010 Grand Vin 100 Points:  “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is stunning. Dark black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, menthol, tobacco and new leather wrap around the palate as this majestic, breathtaking wine shows off its personality, class and pure pedigree. Powerful yet elegant, delicate yet intense, the 2010 is firing on all cylinders today. Layers of fruit build to a crescendo of pure pleasure. Readers lucky enough to own the 2010 will want to cellar this beauty for at last a few years. In the meantime, though, it will be pretty impossible to resist. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.” - 100 pts. by Antohony Galloni

Also check out this other Denis Malbec made wine:
SODARO 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “FELICITY” ESTATE COOMBSVILLE, NAPA VALLEY

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Zin(tastic) blind tasting winner

We had not done a blind Zinfandel tasting in some time, so we pulled out all the stops and lined up some real gems for this event:

  • Carlisle “Carlisle Vineyard” (95 Parker)
  • Carlisle “Hayne” (95 Parker)
  • Outpost (94 Parker)
  • Hartford “Highwire” (95 Parker)
  • Bedrock “Heritage” (95 WS)
  • Bedrock “Monte Rosso” (94 WS)
  • Bedrock “Sodini” (93 Parker)
  • Turley “Bedrock” (93 WS)
  • JC Cellars “Landy” (92 Parker)
  • Limerick Lane “1910” (95 Parker)
  • Biale “Stagecoach”

The winner by a longshot BIALE!

The Biale family does not need to be introduced, they are synonymous with GREAT ZIN!   Stagecoach owner Jan Krupp planted a special block of Aldo (Biale) and Monte Rosso clone zinfandel, on a parcel that could produce $150.00 Cabernet.  The result – STUNNNNNNING Zinfandel.  The vineyard site sits on a 1200 feet ridgeline overlooking Oakville.  This highly respected and sought after Stagecoach vineyard is still the source of many high-end wines in the Napa Valley.

Robert Biale 2012 Zinfandel Stagecoach (Aldo/Monte Rosso Clone)
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Robert Biale persuaded Jan Krupp to plant a block of his high quality Aldo and Monte Rosso clone and the resulting wine from the “Biale Block” is fabulous.  Mimicking Monte Rosso, Stagecoach faces west just above the marine layer fog that encroaches on Napa and Sonoma Valleys during the late summer months.  The rocky red soils seem to pump up the volume to reveal deep fruit falvors of ripe blackberries, black cherries, stone fruits with compelling aromas of spice, chocolate and dusty minerals.  This Zinfandel is a keeper and a drinker and will drink and evolve beautifully over time.  This is a wine that you can drink now through 2025!

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Also check out: Robert Biale 2012 Petite Sirah “Royal Punishers” Napa Valley

A Chardonnay that Rocks

Situated in a small valley in the southern foothills of the Stag’s Leap Range, the estate began producing wine in the 1870’s. The Vandendriessche family has continued in the tradition of natural sustainable farming since 1977. Volcanic ash soils, hillside vines, cooler climate, and hand crafting on the land as well as in the caves make these wines complex and concentrated, with mineral characteristics, expressing the earth itself. The first commercial vintage was the 1986 Claret, I have been buying the wine since the 1987 vintage was released in 1990!  The first Chardonnays date back to the early 1990’s as well.  Christopher Vandendriesche is the winemaker (he also makes Hudson Chardonnay alongside John Kongsgaard!)

White Rock 2012 Chardonnay
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 33.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX
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This might be the best Chardonnay White Rock has ever produced.  This wine is rich, and packed with flavors. The aromas hit you immediately when opening a bottle. Ripe pear, lime and citrus blossom jump out of the glass.  This is a full-bodied wine, that is elegant, soft and round with a gorgeous palette of Meyer lemon, bight apple, a touch of vanilla and amazing purity.  Well-balanced acidity and fruit ratios from start to finish, with hints of tropical fruit, white currants develop on the palate.  The wine is lush and the acidity is bright and well-integrated, promising excellent ageabilility.

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Hidden Napa Cabernet Secret ONLY 190 cases produced!

The Breckenridge vineyard (Jen Mar) was planted in 1992 by vineyard manager “extraordinaire” Jim Barbour to a well-established Napa Valley clone (Bella Oaks), add the skills of a seasoned winemaker– and the rest as they say is history!

Breckenridge 2009 Cabernet, Estate
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99  -  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This 190 case production will wow you from start to finish with an amazing balance and finesse.  You are greeted by aromas of blueberries, chocolate and a touch of anise.  On the full-bodied palate this wine oozes with black currant, raspberries, and vanilla, but the core is black fruit and spice. Stunning, yet elegant textured body that is rich and smooth and finishes with velvety tannins. This wine is great now, but should show well for years to come. I’d recommend to decant this wine in the morning when you brew that pot of coffee for full-enjoyment when you get home that night!

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Outrageous “Unknown” White

ZEITGEIST (tsyt- gaist) is a philosophical term meaning the spirit of the times. The word was coined by the German Romanticists to describe the cultural, ethical and spiritual mood of an era.

TROUSSEAU GRIS – A native of the Jura region in France,  is a true “Grey” grape and can make either white wines or slightly hued wines.  Zeitgeist’s winemaker elected to press the grapes the moment they arrived at the winery, opting for a fresh white wine style.  Pressed very lightly to avoid any bitterness, the juice is then transferred to Stainless Steel and Neutral French Oak Barrels.  This low alcohol (13%) is the must have for Spring or Summer wine sipping on the porch to the seafood dinners!

Zeitgeist 2013 Trousseau Gris, Russian River Valley

Retail 30.00 – GGWC 25.99 – FREE SHIPPING with 12 bottles

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The 2013 Zeitgeist Trousseau Gris, is unabashedly straightforward: fresh, vibrant crisp, and gorgeously balanced. Clean notes of white peach and lemon are grounded by mineral and a touch of anise. The wine hits your palate with energy and crispness, but gradually evolves into a more complex and round wine. The 2013 demonstrates the wonderful quality of Trousseau Gris to be both elegant and medium-bodied. It pairs well with a wide variety of foods; from the expected (seafood and veggies) to the less-than-expected (rib-eye, French fries and pork belly)! You will not be disappointed!!!

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Melka’s 95 Point Howell Mountain GEM!

In 2008 The Adams family purchased the great White Cottage Ranch on Howell Mountain and hired legendary viticulturist Michael Wolf and Winemaker-Extraordinaire Phillipe Melka to develop a new venture.  The 28 acre planted vineyards are located between 1600 and 2000 feet elevation.  The winery and vineyard almost read like a love story -  “It is a landscape of light and shadow, where mountain meadows, fir and oak forests, and lovingly tended vineyards reflect an honest rapport between man and nature. This landscape is the essence of ADAMVS, and the palette from which we craft our wines.” Winemaker Philippe Melka has reinvented the former White Cottage property on Howell Mountain into what I believe will become one of the best wines from the Napa Valley!

ADAMVS 2010 “Teres” Cabernet
Retail 110.00 – GGWC 99.99 – FREE SHIPPING on FOUR
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This wine offers pure blackberry aromas intertwined with subtle notes of anise, dark baker’s spice and forest floor. On the palate, ripe, brambly fruits are gracefully integrated with hints of spiced plum and loganberry. Refreshing acidity and firm tannins add balance and depth, leading to an elegant, cocoa-filled finish. It starts off at a fine point and expands to fill the palate with rich, silky texture.

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Chardonnay of Month! FREE SHIPPING

The history of Scribe starts in 1858, just ten years after California joined the Union, when Emil Dressel, son of a famous Champagne producer came to California in search of his fortune.  Fast forward through phyloxera, WW I & II, the150 year old property was in disrepair.  The “Scribe” folks are returning it to a thriving ecosystem.  The 100+ year old Mission Hacienda, once home to the Dressels, is being restored as a tasting room and event center.  The Mariani brothers have access to some of the most amazing fruit sources as well, and are crafting first rates wines from their various vineyards.

Scribe 2012 Chardonnay “Estate” Sonoma
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more!
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Scribe Chardonnay has a light gold-colored hue.  This Estate-grown and produced  Chardonnay displays a gorgeous nose of fresh cut flowers, quince, honeysuckle and a whiff of minerality. This youngster has an amazing body and set of legs.  Full, with well-balanced fruit to acid ratio.  A touch of citrus and modest butter with amazing purity and liveliness.  This wine has a loooooooong finish!

Also check out SCRIBE 2010 CABERNET (MAGNUM) NAPA – (Signed)

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The Queen of Pinot reigns

Winemaker Shane Finley has honed his skills around the globe in Burgundy, Australia and was for a long time the assistant winemaker at Kosta Browne.  Since 2012 he has been the winemaker at Lynmar.  Shane has a knack of finding the “sweet spots” in the vineyards and the 2012 La Reine (the Queen, a.k.a. his wife) is just another example of his craftsmanship!

Shane La Reine 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 42.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Sourced from two Petaluma Gap vineyards on the Eastern Sonoma Coast, this wine will rock your world!  Intense aromatics jump out of the glass of this bold Pinot Noir.  Amazing nose of black cherries, pomegranate, and a whiff of earth.  This is a well-crafted wine with tons of sex-appeal.   On the mid-palate, this full-bodied youngster struts a hint of appealing sweetness courtesy of the dark plum, dark cherry flavors, a touch of sage and black intertwined with well-balanced acidity, very classic Pinot Noir.  It rolls over the palate without any hesitation and finishes with a soft, silky mouthfeel.

Also check out Shane Camp 4 Grenache Blanc Santa Ynez

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