Schrader Winemaker’ exquisite 2012 Cabernet

Thomas Rivers Brown does not need an intro – He is Mr. 100 Point Cabernet!  Stone the Crows is an Australian expression of incredulity or surprise, having very little to do with crows themselves.  While there are certainly an abundance of crows in the vineyard, they spend most of their day perched on the fence posts or soaring lazily overhead on the breezes off the lake. They do little harm to the fruit, and live without fear of stoning.

Stone the Crows 2012 Cabernet
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
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The 2012 Stone The Crows Cabernet is sourced from their great “Estate” the Three Twins vineyard, located in the hills above St. Helena at 600 feet on the northern slopes of Lake Hennessey.  The wine has a very intense dark purple hue and an copious aromas of black currants and black berries with a whiff of savory notes.  On the palate this dense, yet extremely elegant, full–bodied wine is loaded with more black stone fruit, a touch of cocoa powder, a hint of toasty vanilla and is very well-balanced in the acid/fruit department.  This bold wine finishes long with gorgeous tannins.  I suggest decanting about 1 to 2 hours before consuming.

Thomas Rivers Brown tasting notes: “2012 was one of the vintages we always hope for, but rarely get.  A great start with no frost and a healthy fruit set led to a warm but never hot summer that let the vineyard slowly ripen and fully express its individuality.  When I think of the Three Twins Vineyard, aromatics and texture are two of the first things that come to mind.  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has both of these hallmark characteristics in a combination that allows me to say without reservation that this is the best vintage for Stone the Crows to date.  Aromatically, the lift and bouquet remind me very favorably of the 2011, while the silky texture and fine tannin of the mid-palate take that next step that I always knew this site was capable of.  A wine of balance and understated power, I would age this wine for 18-24 months before enjoying over the following 15+ years.”

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A $42 Red that Rocks!

In 1960 Henri Vandendriessche came to America from France to study economics at UC Berkeley. He and Claire met in 1967 and fell in love with Napa, as well as with each other. In 1977 they purchased the 64-acre estate just north of Napa with two goals in mind: reviving an 1870’s winery estate to its ancient glory and raising their family on an estate that would reflect and encompass their values. They moved their young family into the converted old winery and made the farm their home. They replanted as much original vineyard as they could, and dug a cave system where they would make and cellar the wine. Always a family business, Henri oversaw all aspects of the enterprise, including the vineyard management, while Claire marketed and sold the wines. Their three children lived along with the seasons, helping and participating at each stage when time permitted.  Today, the children run the winery.  Christopher makes the wines (he also makes Hudson alongside John Kongsgaard) and Michael manages the vineyards.  The sister Anne Marie is an accomplished cheese-maker for a local artisan creamery.

White Rock 2010 “Estate” Claret, Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
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(can mix and match with 2012 White Rock Chardonnay)

The Claret is styled after great Bordeaux Cab blends (all Estate grown – 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot). The vineyard gives this wine a distinctive licorice, plum, blackberry flavor profile. On the palate you’ll find a complex wine with bright black stone fruit flavors with a hint of chocolate, nicely balanced with the right amounts of acid, fruit, spice, and a little touch of toasty vanilla and minerality. The finish is typically refreshingly dry with fine-grained silky tannins and nice acidity. The 2010 Claret is bolder than usual seen at White Rock. Small yields led to very concentrated fruit and delicious plump flavors.  Only 500 cases produced!  The wine is aged for 2 years in barrel and 2 years in bottle prior to release.

Also check out the exquisite White Rock 2012 “Estate” Chardonnay – Retail 37.00 – GGWC 33.99
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2012 was an ideal growing year at White Rock, and the 2012 Chardonnay is full, rich, and packed with flavor. The nose opens with ripe pear, lime, and citrus blossom. The mouth is soft and round, with a palate of lemon, bright apple, subtle oak, and vanilla. The Chardonnay develops its lush mouth feel from 11 months of sur-lies aging in French oak barrels. The acid is bright and well integrated, promising excellent age-ability.

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An Under $40 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).  Their wine-style is based and named in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of the Sannta Rita Hills.

Liquid Farm 2013 “White Hills” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99
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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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Pinot of the Year!

Ken Wright grew up in Bourbon country (Kentucky). While waiting tables to put himself through school, Ken was exposed to fine wines from regions around the world. The passion became avocation when Ken left the Bluegrass State to attend enology and viticulture classes at UC-Davis. Eight years were spent winemaking Talbott Vineyards in CA. Friends from the Willamette Valley piqued Ken’s interest in the region when they would visit, and a trip to the Dundee Hills in 1982 convinced him that this was where the finest Pinot Noir in North America was being grown – 30 years later Ken Wright is a “name” among Pinotphiles.

Ken Wright 2013 “Savoya” Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton (OR)
Retail $60.00 – GGWC 54.99
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Only 700 case of this magically crafted Pinot Noir were produced.  The wine’s perfumed aromas jump out of the glass on impact.  The wine is silky yet full in body, elegant yet not light – just the opposite, a real powerhouse.  On the palate you are greeted by bold black and red stone fruit, anise and a touch of elegant earthy spiciness.  The wine’s fruit/acid ratio is well-synced. The finish is long, intense and lasts a good 30 seconds!

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