Helen Keplinger’s (Carte Blanche) Pinot Jewel

A new edition to the Carte Blanche portfolio, is the 2014 Pinot Noir from Sun Chase Vineyard! This vineyard sits high atop the Petaluma Gap, taking in much of what the Pacific Ocean and sun have to offer. Rocky and gravelly Goudling series clay loam provide the perfect home for the four clones and blocks that make up this striking wine.

Carte Blanche 2014 Pinot Noir “Sun Chase” Petaluma Gap
GGWC 67.99 NET
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This stunning Helen Keplinger made Pinot Noir offers up an abundance of ripe and appealing aromas that jump out of the glass. The 2014 showcases the vivacity and elegance of this amazing but very small quantity vintage.The wine is medium to full in body with gorgeous, but racy red-stone fruit flavors, a whiff of thyme and black tea that are by coated by silky grained tannins.
Only 225 cases produced.

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Stellar – $60 Benoit Touquette Cab

Benoit Touquette might no longer be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa. Garnering great reviews with Realm, Hartwell and his Fait-Main label.

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 small case production Cabernet  project.  I’d say that a new star is born!

Fait-Main 2015 Cabernet “Teeter-Totter” Napa Valley
Retail 60.00- GGWC 56.99
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The 2015 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!

Robert Parker: “Something of a smorgasbord blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up loads of incense, spice box and dried flowers notions over a crème de cassis, cherry pie and fruitcake core. The medium to full-bodied palate is plush, rich and bursting with spicy black and red fruit flavors, going pleasantly savory on the finish.

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Inaugural Celia Welch “Cult” Release!


The “Love” Story:
It was 1993 when (Dave) a.k.a. Castiel (pron. Cast-ee-all), gazed into his crystal and spied Freemark Abbey, as Mesopotamian mythology’s controller of karma and time, he saw opportunity and slyly orchestrated a chance meeting of Kathleen and Dave Dicesaris over a tasting of fine wine. they bonded and eventually married. Years later and after a lifetime of equally serendipitous moments, Dave and Kathleen discovered a property on Howell Mountain filled with promise but in need of tender loving care. they envisioned a winegrowing estate and began restoration to return the land to natural habitat and develop a vineyard to serve as inspiration for future vintages of Castiel Estate.  They assembled a team to realize their vision, including winemaker Celia Welch and ace viticulturist “Guru” Jim Barbour.

Castiel 2014 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
GGWC 179.99
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The 2014 Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon takes life from its ideally situated, west-facing vineyard on Howell Mountain where the soil is comprised of volcanic tuff and riddled with ancient rock.  This inaugural release displays concentrated aromas of dusty cocoa, dark raspberry, caramel and vanilla, along with an underlying foundation of the prized brambly forest floor character indicative of Howell Mountain.  This youngster offers up bold and concentrated flavors of black currants and shows the complexity and intensity needed for aging, yet offers an elegant tannin structure to enjoy at release. In its youth, the wine benefits from decanting prior to serving.

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Drinking Red Wine will keep you looking you!

 

Drinking Red Wine will keep you looking you!

Researchers Discover Possible Key to Rejuvenating Aging Cells
by Kenny Walter


In what could be breakthrough research on human aging, researchers have found a way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells.

Scientists from the University of Exeter have discovered a new  treatment which, within hours, caused older cells to start dividing and grow longer telomeres—the caps on the chromosomes that shorten as humans age.

The discovery builds on previous research that showed that a class of genes called splicing factors are progressively switched off as people age.

In the new study, the researchers found that splicing factors can be switched back on with chemicals, making senescent cells not only look physically younger, but start to behave more like young cells and start dividing.

The researchers applied compounds called resveratrol analogues—chemicals based on a substance naturally found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries—to cells in culture that caused splicing factors to be switched back on.

Within only a few hours, the cells appeared younger and started to rejuvenate to behave like young cells and divide.

“When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I couldn’t believe it,” Eva Latorre, Ph.D., a research associate at the University of Exeter, said in a statement. “I repeated the experiments several times and in each case the cells rejuvenated.”

As human beings age, tissues accumulate senescent cells that are alive, but do not grow or function as they should. The older cells lose the ability to correctly regulate the output of their genes, which is a reason why tissues and organs become susceptible to diseases.

Splicing factors are critical in ensuring that genes can perform their full range of functions, where one gene can send out several messages to the body to perform a function, including deciding whether or not to grow new blood vessels.

However, as people age splitting factors work less efficiently or not at all, restricting the ability of cells to respond to challenges in their environment.

“This demonstrates that when you treat old cells with molecules that restore the levels of the splicing factors, the cells regain some features of youth,” Lorna Harries, a professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter, said in a statement. “They are able to grow, and their telomeres – the caps on the ends of the chromosomes that shorten as we age – are now longer, as they are in young cells.

“Far more research is needed now to establish the true potential for these sort of approaches to address the degenerative effects of aging.” 

The discovery could lead to new therapies that help people age better without experiencing some of the degenerative effects of getting old.

“This is a first step in trying to make people live normal lifespans, but with health for their entire life,” Harries said. “Our data suggests that using chemicals to switch back on the major class of genes that are switched off as we age might provide a means to restore function to old cells.”

The study was published in BMC Cell Biology.

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Keplinger at ½ the price

Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for over a decade now (Bryant Family, Carte Blanche, Grace Family, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars etc.) She has worked with the Napa Elite (Heidi Barrett, David Abreu) and gained other valuable experience in France and Australia.  She can stand her own in this demanding wine world and her expertise is showcased in all the wines she produces.  Her main brand, Keplinger, sells for $70 and the Vermillion label is sourced from the same vineyards’ younger blocks, so a real bargain!

Vermillion 2015 Proprietary Red
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 35.99
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Winemaker Notes: “The 2015 Vermillion is layered with fresh red raspberry, wild blackberry, blood orange zest, indian spices, slate, red hots, coriander, and rose oil on the nose. The palate is fruit- and spice-laden, round and plush, with red and black fruits, white pepper, and cardamom. This vintage is a blend of 62% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah, and 1% Counoise.”

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Blind Tasting surprise Cab Blend under $60 beats out expensive Reds

In a recent blind tasting a small Paso Robles producer turned heads by beating out some Napa and Sonoma big guns! The line up included:

The Winner HALTER RANCH 2015 “Ancestor”

Halter Ranch 2015 “Ancestor” Proprietary Red, Paso Robles
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99
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This youngster offers up bright aromas of ripe blackberry and vanilla notes.  On the lush, concentrated but very well-balanced palate, the wine showcases copious amounts of black raspberries, crushed flowers and a touch of spice.  It is medium to full in body with supple, yet elegant silky grained tannins

Winemaker Notes: Halter Ranch 2015 Ancestor, is a Bordeaux-style reserve blend, and an homage to the Ancestor Tree, the largest Coast Live Oak on record.  Carefully selected barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot  from the Esate property were blended for this cuvée which offers aromas of olallieberries and cassis.  Rich and powerful, this wine offers dark fruit flavors and has a silky, round mouthfeel that leads to a well-structured finish.  The 2015 Ancestor is an excellent food wine and pairs well with beef, lamb and game.  Enjoy now, or set aside for a special occasion, as this wine will develop beautifully for years to come.

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Keplinger new releases … more 95+ Ratings & FREE SHIPPING!!

 
The MUCH anticipated 2015 (Helen) Keplinger releases are finally in stock!

I received the  Sumo, Lithic and Caldera bottlings from Helen. Quantities are very limited this year, but the quality is amazing! Let me know ASAP as these wines will sell out well before the end of the year! Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for over a decade now (Bryant Family, Carte Blanche, Grace Family, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars etc.) She worked with the Napa Elite (Heidi Barrett, David Abreu) and gained other valuable experience in France and Australia.  She can stand her own in this demanding wine world and her expertise is showcased in all the wines she produces.

The Wines: 

KEPLINGER 2014 “SUMO” SHAKE RIDGE VINEYARDS
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99
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Sumo is a Cote Rotie twist on Petite Sirah – Petite Sirah co-fermented with Viognier, and blended with a small amount of Syrah. The 2015 Sumo is a blend of 84% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah, and 3% Viognier, all from Shake Ridge Vineyard. The Petite comes from three blocks, one is 80% rock and produces small, thick-skinned berries with intense aromatics and dense structure. The second Petite block also has very rocky soil with a western exposure – the berries are ever so slightly larger and the skins slightly thinner (remember this is still Petite!), bringing a juicy elegance to the blend. The third Petite block is at the bottom of a north-facing block, and is all about vibrant, fresh fruit – the lifter of the trio. The 2015 Sumo was aged in a mix of barriques, Muids d’Oc, and Demi Muids – all French Burgundian cooperage – 70% of which was new. The nose is super dark and exotic, showing layers of blackberry concentrate, tar, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, black peppercorn, turpentine. The palate is massive, with blue and black fruit, crazy spice, creosote, and a long, plush finish. Ah, Sumo. 295 cases produced.

KEPLINGER 2015 “LITHIC” GSM, SHAKE RIDGE VINEYARDS
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99
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The 2015 Lithic is a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 34% Grenache, and 26% Syrah – all coming from Ann Kraemer’s incredible Shake Ridge Vineyard, situated at 1700’ in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. Farmed to perfection, the extraordinary Sierra uplift soils, loaded with quartz, basalt, soapstone, and shale always combine to create wines of great purity, richness, and minerality. The Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah blocks are all on rock-filled slopes with excellent exposure and drainage. The blocks were harvested for optimal ripeness on four different dates, and combined into small co-fermented wine lots, each with a different percentage of whole cluster grapes. The wine was aged in once-used and neutral French Demi Muids for 16 months before being bottled without fining or filtration. The 2015 Lithic has a tightly wound gorgeous nose of lavender, blackberry, blueberry, black peppercorn, wild thyme, cacao, carnation, green olive, newbuck leather, and pencil shavings. There is just as much intensity on the palate, with a silky entry, broad, mineral-driven tannins, and an impressive finish. 300 cases produced.

KEPLINGER 2015 “CALDERA” PROPRIETARY RED, GOLDBUD VINEYARD
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99
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This wine hails from the gorgeous Aiken soils of Goldbud Vineyard in El Dorado County at an elevation of 2900’. The beautiful, fine red volcanic soil is strewn with lava pebbles, giving this wine a true sense of place. The head-trained vines are now 19 years old, allowing the vineyard to be dry-farmed, and giving the wine more intensity and terroir every year. The 2015 Caldera – 65% Mourvedre, 31% Grenache, and 4% Counoise – has an incredibly dark, concentrated profile, with awesome tension of fruit and savory notes. The nose has great intensity and purity – rose petal, wild strawberry with a kirsch edge, dried aromatic herbs, blackberry, graphite, black tea, regaliz, and herb-roasted meat. This is a really stunning vintage of Caldera, with a super silky entry, terrific depth and length, and great tension between seductive fruit and pensive savory notes. 180 cases produced.

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Pinot of the Month

Justin Harmon, owner/winemaker was born in Chicago, to a large Irish family where wine did not play a role in his life while growing up. Milk was the beverage of choice at the dinner table, and the industrial beers of the Midwest, fueled family parties. He does not pinpoint a specific moment that his passion for wine was ignited but, instead, attributes it to a series of experiences, places visited, bottles opened and friendships forged. At this point in life, he can not imagine a life without the joys of all things wine!

Argot 2015 Pinot Noir “Mosaic” Sonoma County
GGWC 49.99
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The 2015 Mosaic is a compliation of some great and sought after vineyards from the Sonoma Mountain, Bennett Valley and Petaluma Gap appellations – thus Mosaic.  The 2015 iteration of ‘Mosaic’ Pinot Noir strikes a beautiful balance between hillside exuberance and valley floor elegance.  Strawberry-rhubarb notes build into black cherry, blood orange and accents of bakers cocoa.  The fruit is framed by the highly present, but suave tannins that mark the vintage, while a bright natural acidity carries the long finish.

Also check out these other great Argot wines (they assort for free shipping as well)

ARGOT 2013 SYRAH “ESTATE” SONOMA MOUNTAIN – 94 POINTS
ARGOT 2014 CHARDONNAY “ESTATE” SONOMA MOUNTAIN – 93 POINTS
ARGOT 2014 PINOT NOIR  “ESTATE” SONOMA MOUNTAIN – 94 POINTS
ARGOT 2015 PINOT NOIR “BASTARD TONGUE” SONOMA COUNTY  95 POINTS 

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$100.00 CAB at ½ the PRICE by Winemaker of the Year

 

Convexity 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99
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The 2014 Convexity is an amazing bottle of wine from start to finish. The 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot. On impact plenty of dark/purple fruit jumps out of the glass. The wine is full in body with a host of stunning flavors on the palate – Savory, floral, chocolate and a hint of spice for all around complexity. Nicely balanced and forward, this youngster is  very intense, yet extremely elegant on impact, and loaded with gorgeous fruit, well-balanced acidity that runs into a long, juicy, silky finish.  Limited production!

Winemaker Notes: “The 2014 Convexity has aromatics of black currant, raspberry, star anise & cedar box. On the palate, robust tannins intertwine with luscious fruit flavors of berries and plum to create masterful complexity. Drink now or over the next two decades.

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95 Point Rated Under $30 Red

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 2015 Syrah “Alturas” Estate, Mendocino 
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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When you close your eyes while tasting this wine, you’d think you are in the Rhone Valley tasting some amazing Cornas – at a “value price” . The grapes were sourced from the Halcon estate vineyard  at high-elevation.  It is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier (co-fermented).  The wine is loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of bacon-fat, olives, violets and a whiff of minerality.  The wine is full in body, lush with amazing concentration and balance as well as a touch of acidty and silky grained tannins, all intertwined on a bold, but elegant palate.

95 Points by Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker): “The 2015 Syrah Alturas is also a beauty that has a passing resemblance to a good vintage of Guigal’s Côte Rôtie la Mouline (just with less oak). Violets, incense, spring flowers, blackberries and blueberry notes all flow to a full-bodied, elegant, seamlessly textured Syrah that has plenty of classic pepper and spice, solid mid-palate depth and ripe tannin on the finish. It needs an hour in the decanter if drinking over the coming 2-3 years, and will have 15+ years of overall longevity.”

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