LAST CALL Thomas Rivers Brown’ Cabernet

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and their idea was born.  At the helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers.  
(FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.)

Post Parade 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 89.99
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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact. This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  Only 250 cases produced.

2013 Tasting Notes from Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown:

“2013 encapsulated all the good points of the previous growing season and then took it up a notch. The transition from budbreak to bloom to veraison to harvest was extremely well spaced out.  Temperatures stayed mild, with only one heat spike above 100 degrees in late June, and there was zero rain until November once all the fruit had been brought into the winery.  There’s always an element of mystery when it comes to how a wine will turn out in the end, but right from the beginning, the 2013 vintage wines showed so well.  Undoubtedly the best vintage since 2007, the 2013 Post Parade resonates with light airy aromatic notes, a complex and intricate fruit core, mouth coating concentration and a finish that lingers and leaves you wanting more before it’s gone away.”—Thomas Rivers Brown Winemaker

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The Best under the Radar Cab in Napa!

The inaugural release was the 2007 vintage and as of today this winery still floats under the radar, which is great for you and me!  Only 2 barrels (50 cases) of this amazing gem are produced.  This is exactly why I wake up early every day to find gems like this.  You will not be disappointed.  I put this wine in the range of the big names at a fraction the price! This is the fourth vintage, and it already created a following among my clients and you will not find it in the big box and discount stores!

Mapson 2012 “Left Lane” Cabernet , Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 75.00
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The 2012 Mapson Left Lane is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance  Merlot and Petit Verdot, so very left-bankish!  This wine is amazingly lush and rich in style, yet very composed and well-balanced.   This youngster offers up a gorgeous bouquet of black stone fruit, chocolate, licorice, jammy fruit with subtly hints of plums, a whiff of underbrush.  This full-bodied and luscious wine is one of the best wines of the year.  Loaded from start to finish with stunning fruit that leads into an equally amazingly long finish.

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STUNNING UNDER $40 WHITE BLEND

Arbe Garbe (pronounced Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in common. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kerouac, whispering incessantly in the back of their minds, they lift their deep roots and go. He picks up his guitar and she takes nothing but a flower in her hair and love in her eyes, and they come to California.

Arbe Garbe 2014 Proprietary White Blend – Russian River Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC $36.99
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Those days are long gone, but they still have deep roots and their dreams. Never ceasing to work hard and with passion, they have eventually reconnected to their native culture through the winemaking tradition. All that they have seen and felt and envisioned they expressed in every step of the process that brings this wine to life. They’ve always been enamored with the big Friulian white blends (45% Malvasia Bianca, 20 % Viognier, 20% Pinot Grigio & 15% Gewurztraminer) and wanted to pay homage to their heroes and their dreamy creations. With the same hedonistic approach, they have created an ever-changing blend that embraces the melting pot they’re in and love, California, and the one they’ve left behind.

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5 Barrel – 95 Point – under $60 Napa Cabernet!

Benoit Touquette might be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa.  He was Andy Erickson’s right hand man, at Screaming Eagle producing many 98-100 point wines! Benoit is also the protégé of the world’s top consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  All three were at the helm of Ovid producing their wines for some years. His “Fait-Main” label, which translates to “Hand-Crafted” is a 125 case production Cabernet based blend project.  I’d say that a new star is born!

Fait-Main 2013 Cabernet “Teeter-Totter” Napa Valley
Retail 60.00- GGWC 55.99
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The 2013 Fait-Main “Teeter Totter” Cabernet Sauvignon blend with its opaque ruby/purple-color exhibits tons of fruit on the nose: crème de cassis, blackcurrants and blackberries intermixed with notes of baking spices, lavender, graphite and licorice. It is big, bold and full-bodied, round and juicy loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of cigar spice and a hint of figs on the long, silky finish.  This is a wine that could be drunk now or over the next decade.  Limited production!

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Must Have Cab by 100 point winemaker

When you have one of the BEST winemakers in Napa (Mike Smith – known for honing his skills at Schrader, Maybach, Rivers Marie, Carter , 12C, etc.) at the helm, you can only wind up with a top-notch wine, and I can tell you this is a TOP NOTCH wine!  This wine, named after the winery founder’s great-granddaughter, is on the list of some of the most famous US restaurants (Gary Danko, Michael Mina, Valentino’s, Delmonico, SD26, etc), and of course at …. Golden Gate Wine Cellars.

Scarlett 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Rutherford Napa
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99
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This winery is no longer under the radar, and the following is growing day-by-day! That with some good scores, and you have the secret to success!

The wine’s aroma is AMAZING! The color STUNNING! The flavors MINDBOGGLING! The wine is loaded with blackstone fruit and chocolate aromas. On the palate the wine gushes with more chocolate, black currant, jam and some delicate Rutherford dust. The wine is full in body, yet elegant and refined! Gorgeous from start to finish Only 250 cases of this gem were produced, so better jump on this now! Massively scaled for a Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Chardonnay of the Year

If the Hudson Ranch would be in France it would be the equivalent of a Premiere Cru vineyard.  Lee Hudson has been farming this famed property for years and his client group is very impressive (30 high-end wineries buy his fruit).  Lee is very meticulous and when you have John Kongsgaard as your winemaker you have the best of the best on the same team!

Hudson 2013 Chardonnay, Carneros Napa Valley
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 64.99
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Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! This is a very sophisticated wine. In the classic Hudson style, this vintage has a stony, mineral component complimented with apple blossom aromatics.  Floral notes of honeysuckle and apricots marry beautifully with toasted nuts.  Its mouth filling creaminess completes the mid-palate leading to its elegant long, racy finish.

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Mercury Head & Papillon Cabernet JUST ARRIVED

The history of Orin Swift dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of Zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the company into a multinational brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe. PAPILLON & MERCURY HEAD are still VERY LIMITED produced wines from top notch Single Vineyards in the Napa Valley.PAPILLON 2013 PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
Retail $70.00 – $66.99
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A dense shade of crimson red coats the sides of the glass. Subtle aromas of cedar wood and rose petals mingle with hints of well-seasoned oak. The entry of the wine is seamless and prepares the taster for a broad mid palate saturated with ripe cherry and dark chocolate. The wine finishes with broad and rich tannins that linger on for nearly a minute.

Wineamaker notes: “Composed of all five Bordeaux varieties, Papillon is our Cabernet based red wine. The goal was to make a stand-alone wine that incorporates all the majesty of Cabernet Sauvignon with the subtleties of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the power of Petit Verdot and Malbec. The label is a photograph taken by our good friend and fellow winemaker, Greg Gorman.”

MERCURY HEAD 2013 CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY
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A deep hue of dark garnet is almost opaque. The weight of the wine is evidenced in the long and rich legs that coat the sides of the glass. Aromatics of ripe cherry and gooseberry mingle with the scent of newly toasted oak and freshly baked croissants. The entry of the wine is both soft and massive all at once. It coats the mouth and leads into a mid palate laced with fine layers of deeply ripe stone fruits. The wine finishes with long chains of subtle tannins and sophisticated structure.

Wine Maker Notes: At the end of the day, all winemakers are only as good as the vineyards they source from and the vintage in which the wine is made. Fortunately, the 2013 vintage was stunning. Coming on the heels of the spectac ular 2012, the weatherwas near perfect and the resulting wines show a complexity and structure that defines a classic. As in past vintages, the grapes used for the 2013 Mercury Headcome from various blocks within the Taplin and Morisoli vineyards as well select hillside vineyards in the Atlas Peak appellation. The wines are vinified separately, and then aged for 18 months in new and once used French oak barrels. The final blend is made up of a selection of the best of these barrels, which is bottled and aged for another six months. The dimes are all authentic Liberty, or “Mercury Heads,” and are hand applied to the bottle using food grade silicon.

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2 Barrel Knockout Cab Franc (only six cases allocated)

After 20 years working for the family brand, Karen Cakebread launched her own label Ziata in 2008. She had two goals: create beautifully structured wines that reflect the vineyards and its terroir; and to be involved in every aspect of making great wine! She named the winery in honor of mother Mary and hired longtime assistant and Heidi Barrett protégée Anne Vawter as her winemaker. Three wines are produced under the Ziata label, with a total production of 500!

Ziata 2012 Cabernet Franc, Oakville Napa Valley
Retail 72.00 – GGWC 66.99
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This might be well one of the best Cab Francs produced this year! This wine has the most amazing deep color of any Cab Franc I laid my eyes (and palate) on in years. The wine opens up beautifully in the glass and expresses its gorgeous aromas of blue stone fruit, violet candies, chocolate, anise and cinnamon. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster offers up rich flavors for blue and red fruit, and voluminous and velvety tannins that fill out the mid palate. This well-crafted, amazingly balanced wine then moves seamlessly into a long and enticing finish, thanks to the wine’s fresh acidity. A MUST HAVE!

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5 Barrel 96 Point Rated Pinot

Justin Wilett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing 190 cases.  His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers.  Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara county, Justin has wowed many (including me) with his great craft.   His latest releases all garnered big press (95 and 96 point ratings) and I’d say they could have been 96 and 97s but who am I to say.

Tyler 2013 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Santa Barbara
Retail 75.00- GGWC 71.99
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Galloni 96 Points 2013 Tyler La Rinconada: “A sensational wine by any measure, the 2013 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard is simply stunning. Explosive and structured, the 2013 takes hold of all the senses with waves of dark red and bluish fruit, lavender, cloves and violets that seem to never stop. Justin Willett hit it out of the park in his first vintage from La Rinconada. The 2013 is a real knock-out, and I don’t say that lightly.”

Tyler 2013 Pinot Noir N BLOCK Santa Barbara
Retail 80.00- GGWC 76.99
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Galloni 95 Points Tyler Bien Nacido N BLOCK: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard – N Block is another wine full of nuance. Here, too, there is plenty of exoticism and nuance, especially in the aromatics. Scents of dried flowers, sage and rosemary meld into a deep, powerful core of fruit. The N Block has everything going on. Explosive, energetic and beautifully perfumed, the 2013 will provide thrilling drinking for those lucky enough to find it. Unfortunately there are just three barrels of this magical Pinot from Tyler.”

Parker 95 Tyler Bien Nacido N BLOCK: “Coming from winemaker Justin Willett’s favorite block in the Bien Nacido vineyard, the 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido N Blockhas more mid-palate depth and fruit than the old vines release and exhibits killer notes of rose petals, violets, subtle oak and sweet raspberry and black raspberry fruit. Beautifully rounded and textured on the palate, yet still in the house style, give this medium-bodied, focused and nicely structured Pinot 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2025.

Also check out these other well-regarded Tyler wines:
TYLER 2012 CHARDONNAY “BIEN NACIDO” SANTA BARBARA 95 PT PARKER
TYLER 2012 PINOT NOIR “DIERBERG BLOCK FIVE” 92 PT PARKER
TYLER 2013 PINOT NOIR “LA ENCANTADA” SANTA BARBARA – 94 PT PARKER

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96 Point Pinot Noir Vineyard

Senses is the dream of three childhood friends – Chris Strieter, Max Thieriot and Myles Lawrence-Briggs –  who reunited after various journeys with the vision to produce world-class Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from renowned vineyards. Senses’ estate vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region of northern California, specifically in the small town of Occidental and on properties the three founders grew up on. The West, or ‘True’ Sonoma Coast, is known for delicate, nuanced wines that exhibit depth and balance on the palate. Thieriot is “the” source for Littorai’s successes and many 96 point ratings!Senses 2013 Pinot Noir “Hillcrest” Estate, Sonoma Coast
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 55.99
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Deep, rich elements of cherry and strawberry mingle with dried rose petals and wet earth on the nose. Savory red fruit jumps out on the palate followed by cranberry and orange zest undertones. Vanilla hints, redwood spice and a velvety mouthfeel round out this wine. Bright acid and depth make this one one of Senses’ most exciting wines to date.

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