Leap Year Special ~ 95 Point Rated Napa Cabernet

Kevin Carriker started out in a wine store in San Francisco, making his way via some Napa and Bordeaux wineries where he did everything from working the tasting room, cleaning and topping barrels to participating in the harvest.  In 1990 he worked a crush at Grgich Hills and from here he decided it was time for the big leagues. In 1994 he made his first wine and in 1998 he purchased the Coombsville property.  With the help of “ace winemaker” Mark Herold he has  been producing killer Cabs from this single vineyard. The 2013 vintage by far is their “piece de resistance” receiving 95 Points from Robert Parker. Mark does not need any intro, but for those who don’t know him, he worked at Phelps, Hestan before creating Merus (he sold this years ago) and becoming the full-time winemaker at Kamen in 2001 where he has made amazing high-scoring wines and of course his own well-regarded Mark Herold label, as well as Maze and Vineyardist.
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USE CODE LEAP2016 at checkout.Robert Parker 95 Points:
“I loved Kobalt’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. At 100% of the varietal, this 490-case cuvée made by Mark Herold has an opaque purple color, notes of pen ink, blackberry and cassis, cedar wood, a touch of toasty oak and plenty of forest floor in a full-bodied, pure, concentrated style that should drink beautifully for 20-25 or more years.”Click here or on the links above to order!

Screaming Eagle’s “lost wine”

We are excited about the 2013 Vin Perdu. Once again, Heidi Barrett has masterfully blended small lots from some of the finest vineyard blocks on the eastern side of three Napa Valley vineyards to deliver an incredible array of mind-altering aromas and flavors. The composition of 2013 Vin Perdu is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9.% Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc from the Amuse Bouche, La Sirena, Au Sommet and Lamborn estates. Because the percentages of theVin Perdu components vary year to year, each vintage is truly unique.

Vin Perdu by Amuse Bouche 2013 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “With a colorful label, the 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Vin Perdu is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine shows rich, saddle-leather-infused coffee and chocolaty blackberry fruit and plenty of robust, bordering on rustic flavors. This is a pedal-to-the-metal, fun wine and very well-made; a big, substantial mouthful of wine that should drink nicely for another 7-8 years.”

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Inaugural 7 Barrel Napa Cab Release

Familiar Air = the new Passenger.  The Passenger label is dead, long live Familiar Air. After an amicable seperatoin the lady got to keep the vineyard source and the winemaker, but not the name of the label.  They decided to bury the hatchet and the “Passenger” name all together.  The Winemaker is still the same, Benoit Touquette (who also makes Realm and Hartwell) and the fruit is still sourced from an amazing but  “secret” Stag’s Leap District vineyard.  This is a fun project that has created a great following since its inaugural 2008 release.  The 2013 release  is a mere 168 cases of stunning Cabernet. 

Familiar Air 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has an amazing aroma that jumps out of the glass. Balance and elegance, yet structure, power and complexity.  The owners were not interested in a high alcohol, over ripe, dessert wine of a Cabernet, yet instead, a wine that had the typicity of the Valley and specifically of the Stags Leap AVA.  Dark cherry and blackberry, cocoa and mocha with a slight dusty quality that represented the vineyard.  This combined with moderate alcohol and tannins, 25% new French oak for 2 years in barrel and an intensity in the mouth, structured, round and finishing long with each of these elements.

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Check out our new promo video!

We recently hosted our weekly wine tasting at Golden Gate Wine Cellars and filmed a new promo video at the same time. Give it a look and let us know what you think!

Best White of the Month!

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out to plant what has become a much regarded Rhone-varietal vineyard.  Wells helped develop and maintain the vineyard.  Under the tutelage of the great Roar winemaker (Scott Shapley) they have put some very good quality and well-priced wines on the wine map!

Halcon 2013 Prado (White Rhone Blend) Mendocino
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The 2013 Halcón Prado (White Rhone Blend) is comprised  of 50% Roussanne and 50% Marsanne. The 2013 Prado is a hybrid of the two prior years – there is the honey, lychee fruit, creamy notes of the 2011 but also the crisper acids and spicy characteristics of the 2012.  On the nose you’ll encounter nectarine and pear. On the palate you are greeted by a touch of natural acidity and a whiff of minerality that is nicely laced by amazing flavors of creamy almonds and vanilla and honeysuckle.  Only 8 barrels of this “great white” were produced!

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Screaming Eagle’s neighbor KILLER under $70 CAB

This close neighbor of Screaming Eagle has been producing some gems of their own. And remember … A full case of this “textbook” perfect wine won’t even buy you a bottle of Screaming Eagle! The production of Textbook is about the same as it was last year, so it is equally limited, does not come in a fancy wood box and I have it available TODAY for you to buy and taste and enjoy. You can even buy cases of it!. This wine is loaded with black currant and chocolate from the start to the finish. The wine is opulent, full in body and has layers of elegant fruit. This stunning Cabernet has a multi-faceted finish that goes on forever. As its predecessor this release is limited and will sell out fast!

Textbook 2013 “Mise en Place” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Napa Valley
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The 2013 Textbook Mise en Place garners a iinky/purple hue. This wine, sourced from a Cabernet vineyard next door to Screaming Eagle shows of amazing aromas of bright black stone fruit with a  hint of anise, chocolate and espresso beans that jump out of the glass on impact.  On the palate this wine is loaded with black currant, chocolate, a hint of pencil shavings. The wine is powerful, lush and full bodied offering up a tremendous aging potential as it shows a good dose of silky grained tannins on the long complex finish.  If you want to enjoy this wine young, I suggest double decanting it a good 2-3 hours in advance to serving.  This youngster will only improve with time in the cellar.  If you give it a good 2 years you’ll be happily surprised., and should drink well for 10+ years!

Robert Parker says:  “OUTSTANDING! The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mise en Place, from Oakville District, shows loads of licorice, sweet black fruits and a touch of oak in a full-bodied, pure, concentrated style that is in keeping with the epic style of this vintage. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.”

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Outrageous 95 Point Rated Chardonnay

Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross,Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir and Chardonnay on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines profoundly characteristic of the site vintage after vintage.


Hirsch 2013 “Estate” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 
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As with all the wines from Hirsch, the purpose of their Chardonnay is to bring you a profound expression of this unique vineyard site. With less than 4 acres of Chardonnay vines, production is very limited, and 100% of the fruit is kept for the estate. The ideal growing conditions in 2013 produced gorgeous, aromatic wines. The 2013 Chardonnay is characterized by great acidity and depth of fruit. It is utterly delicious now and may also be cellared for some years.  Alcohol 13.5%

Galloni 95 Points: “Hirsch’s 2013 Chardonnay Estate is absolutely gorgeous. Fresh, generous and super-inviting, the Chardonnay captures all of the nuance and pure pedigree of this magical site on the coast. Lemon peel, white flowers and mint are all strikingly delineated, but it is the wine’s texture and overall feel that elevate it into the echelon of the truly special. To be honest, I had a hard time moving on to the Pinots.”

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Carter Cellars’ Pinot Noir turns heads!

Ancillary is owned by Marc Carter of Carter Cellars 100 point Cabernet fame!  But since Carter has become synonymous with Cabernet, it was only fitting to call his Pinot Noir project “Anciallary”.  The wines are made by Mike Smith who started his winemaking career under the direction of the talented Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001  Mike is also the day-to-day winemaker for a number of successful wineries including of course Carter Cellars, Myriad, Quivet Cellars, 12c, Scarlett.

Ancillary 2014 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast
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The more the spectacular Sangiacomo vineyard matures, the more dramatic its wines become. rich, concentrated and compelling, this is an epic Pinot Noir. The Sangiacomo signature of hyper-red fruit notes combines with good acidity and a touch of minerality to add poise and precision. beautifully designed dark ruby color commingles with big, sweet bouquets of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, red currants & pomegranate. on the palate, rich flavors of cherry compote and mulled holiday spices are supported by hints of lavender, flint and gravel. while there is a smooth, velvety ripeness to this wine, the lingering finish has a nice grip that bodes well for a long life. enjoy over the next 3-7 years.  Very small production.

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Amazing under $40 Napa Cab Blend!

The Bridesmaid name comes from the more serious analogy between a First Growth Bordeaux and the next level Appellation blend. Pam and Drew took the more whimsical aisle of what the Bride is to the Bridesmaid: left of center, sexy and totally available! Pam Starr garnered her inspiration for this wine while working at such celebrated wineries as Spottswoode, Gemstone, and now her own label, Crocker & Starr. Meanwhile, Drew Neiman has kept his winemaking skills sharp with the creation of Neiman Cellars and stints at Newton, Kongsgaard, and Chateau Boswell.

Bridesmaid 2013 Proprietary Cab Blend, Napa
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This splendid Napa Valley Bordeaux-style blend might be the best effort from Pam Starr yet to date. The 2013 Bridesmaid Red is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25%, Cabernet Franc, 24%, Malbec,  8%  Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.   Dense color meets the eye and copious notes of bright black stone  berries and flowers greet the nose.  On the palate this lush, well-made Napa Cab blend is loaded with  black currants, black cherrier, chocolate, red rose petals and a touch of spiciness all knit together for a big juicy mouthful of flavor. Oh so smooth finish with lots of length. All of this in a very seductive wine.  Probably one of Napa’s best kep secrets!

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A 97 case Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Sensation!

Only 97 cases (4 barrels) of this “Original Chardonnay” were produced by ace winemaker Paul Hobbs.  This old Wente Clone, grown in Goldridge clay-sandy soil yields only a few tons per acre, but the fruit is remiscent of a Grand-Cru White Burgundy.  Harry Walker planted his first grapes on this estate in 1968 and named itWalker Station after a little town in Kentucky where he grew up.

Walker Station 2013 Chardonnay “Original” Sonoma Coast
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Sourced from Harry Walker’s “Walker Station” estate this wine offers up amazing aromatics and flavors.  Lively aromas of lemon custard, quince, citrus blossom and peaches jump out of the glass.  The wine is very complex, yet extremely elegant.  Full in body with subtle richness and the right touch of acidity. The wine finishes long with a slight nuttiness.  I’d say enjoy this youngster now to 2022.

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