95 Point Napa Cabernet under $50

 
The Gianulias’ had been farming and making wine for centuries in Greece, so it was only normal that they would do so after emigrating to the US. It started in 1926 when the Gianulias family planted their first vines in the Napa. So decades later they are still at it and they say “Levendi” or “Celebrate Life”Levendi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Sweetwater” Napa Valley 
Retail $60.00 – GGWC 49.99
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The Sweetwater is back and better than ever. On the nose this youngster offers up gorgeous black currant, black plums  and white pepper aromas. The wine if lush and full in bodied with very lively and forward flavors of black stone fruits, hints of chocolate and a whiff of spice and very modest acidity, balancing it well with the toasty vanilla flavors from the French oak barrels.  This wine is lush, bold yet extremely silky on the mid-palate leading into a long-lasting finish. A pleasant wallet-friendly experience!

95 Point Review: “The grapey/currant syrupy effect is attributable to the sunshine-filled 2013 vintage and this Cab shows it beautifully. The grapes are grown on rocky red-soiled slopes and the wine’s texture – strikingly rich – has a backdrop of slate and dried lavender, chocolate pudding surfaces heroically on the mid-palate. The creamy French oak drives texture further, enveloping the palate in what seems like forever. This is one to watch!”

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Wine of the Year Source at ½ the Price

 
Kanzler is still a winery floating below the radar, but that will chance soon!.  As you might know Kosta Browne received Top Honors a few yeas ago WINE OF THE YEAR in the Top 100 of Wine Spectator with their Pinot Noir, and the fruit was sourced from…. You guessed it KANLZER!  That said, the Kanzler folks are not walking in the clouds after that review but have been acknowledged as one of the best growers of Pinot Noir in California.  Their latest bottling is truly amazing and a fraction the cost of Kosta Browne!

Kanzler 2014 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Retail $60.00 – GGWC 57.99
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The 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir practically leaps out of the glass with aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry and earthy notes of tobacco and green tea. On the palate, it opens with boysenberry and blueberry fruit balanced seamlessly with well integrated French oak, contributing youthful, grippy but smooth and pleasing tannins. A burst of vivid black tea, Bing cherry, leather, cocoa and sweet oak explodes in the mid-palate and continues through to a long and lingering finish.

Winemaker Notes: “The 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a generous, fruit forward wine with a surprisingly deep reserve of vivid and complex flavors. Whole cluster fermentation adds spicy and earthy undertones and grippy, age-worthy tannin. The structure and texture make this an excellent food wine, that will pair well with dishes like roast duck, wild mushroom risotto, or pork tenderloin. A concentrated and vibrant wine, we recommend decanting or opening early to allow the nose to blossom and flavors to fully develop.”

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VALUE CABERNET OF THE MONTH

Pied-à-Terre is the realization of many years Richard Luftig put in working in the restaurant and wine industry and grasping that you should be able to find a well-priced bottle of Cabernet under $30.00!  He succeeded with the 2013 Pied à Terre Cabernet which he sourced from various amazing Sonoma vineyards – Clajeaux, Wild Iris, Grable, Rockpile, Mauritson and Grable.  A well-made, wallet friendly wine!

Pied-à-Terre 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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The 2013 vintage was exceptional, one of the best vintages in Sonoma in recent memory.  The wine offers up gorgeous aromas of vibrant red stone fruit — Bing cherry, black cherry — with a touch of spice, dark chocolate and white pepper notes.  On the palate this medium bodied wine offers up great intensity and freshness.  You’ll encounter flavors of red currants, chocolate, a whiff of toasty vanilla.  This youngster finishes with subtle, mature tannins; a perfect complement to hearty meat dishes.

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A TURLEY SOURCE AT ½ the PRICE

The RW MOORE VINEYARD is one of California’s oldest and best known Zinfandel vineyards.   Turley labels it under the  “EARTHQUAKE”  bottling.  Molly is the niece of Bill Moore (RW Moore) and of course Mike is an Hendry, as in Hendry Winery.  Mike and Molly Hendry married in 2009 and produced their first vintage from the Moore Vineyard that year.  Mike manages the vineyard and sales for the HENDRY WINERY and Molly is an attorney for Napa County.

Bill Moore is Molly’s uncle, and has owned the Moore Vineyard since 1986.  At a time when many old zinfandel vineyards were being pulled and replanted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Bill had the foresight to preserve this important piece of Napa’s history and the wines that it produces.   Today, less than 2.5% of Napa’s vineyard acreage is planted to Zinfandel. The Moore (earthquake vineyard) has been a Turley source for decades, so it was only fitting that Mike and Molly used it too.

Mike & Molly 2013 “R.W. Moore” Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00  ~ GGWC 37.99
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The wine’s floral aromas of huckleberry and anise jump right out of the glass!  This full-bodied, densely concentrated wine leads to lush, complex layers of blackberry, chocolate, ripe plum and black pepper flavors that are well-balanced and not overpowering.  This full-bodied, but not overly concentrated wine finishes equally lively and complex as it started.  I can see why Turley loved this vineyard source.

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LAST CALL A+++ RatedMelka/Babour produced Cabernet

 
QTR is the latest Philippe Melka/Jim Barbour venture.  The vineyard is situated on Howell Mountain spanning between 850 and 1200 feet elevation.  The vineyard is divided into seven blocks, ranging from 1/3 to 2 acres in size.  Only 6 acres are planted.  The 2012 vintage yielded a stunning 380 cases!  The name QTR or Quality Time Remaining is the brainchild of Natan & Jessica Bibliowicz.  After raising their kids they said that they had lots of QTR and decided to venture into the other love, wine. They purchased a property atop Howell Mountain and planted it to Cabernet in 2000.  This second release is even better than the amazing 2012 vintage!

QTR 2013 Cabernet “Estate” Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 124.99
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QTR’s aromatics are amazing.  Dark red fruit and exhilarating minerality reflecting the volcanic nature of the site, and a hedonistic display of cocoa and roasted coffee beans jump out of the glass on impact.  The wine is loaded front to back with stunning, yet extremely well-crafted fruit that is nicely balanced with a whiff of acidity and leads into an amazingly long finish with well-integrated tannins that speak to the lower elevation of Howell Mountain with a freshness and minerality reflecting the volcanic nature of the site.  Only 300 cases produced, so the wine will not be around for a long time!

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The Bedrock Man Does It Again!

 


Everyone’s dream is to make great wine.  That said, when these two friends createdLacuna and set out to do so, they had one problem – they had no winemaker!  When they hooked up with ace winemaker Morgan Twain Peterson (Bedrock) their problem was solved and their 10 year dream came to fruition.  This is the seventh release and it has created a great following among many of our clients.  I’d be surprised not to see another high (95 point) rating, as this is on par with the Bedrock wines that have garnered 95-99 Point ratings regulary!

Lacuna 2013 Proprietary Red, Sonoma
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.99
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The Bedrock Man does it again! I am proud to introduce another release of Lacuna. This 700 case production was sourced from several revered vineyards in Northern California. Morgan Twain Peterson crafted this blend of 85% Syrah, 6% Carignan, 3% Mourvedre, 2% Petite Sirah and 4% Viognier (co-fermented) into a synergy of amazing aromas and flavors. The wine is high-toned with savory and bold aromas of white pepper, rosemary, and black stone fruit that are nestled in the warming embrace of currant and blackberry. This wine has an amazing, lush body with bold black stone fruit flavors that linger on the palate. This wine is well-balanced, although young, shows tremendous potential. I would suggest either decanting, and let it breathe for a good 2 hours, or put in the cellar for a year or two.

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A $52 Napa Cab blend by 100 POINT Winemaker

The “Tether” wine is a new project between Benoit Touquette (who has made MANY 100 POINT wines as well as, 96+ Kata, and 95+ Fait-Main & Teeter-Totter Cabernets) and my dear friend Kimberly Jones (wine broker to the stars).  The 2013 Tether Proprietary Red is a blend of 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12.5% Petit Verdot. This is value in a bottle.   When I tasted the wine I figured, another $100, but I was wrong , it was ½ that price!  That said, the production is very limited at only 168 cases, so you’ll have to act quick!


Tether 2013 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
Retail 56.00 – GGWC 51.99
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Amazing color and gorgeous aromas jump out of the glass.  Black stone fruit, a whiff of dark chocolate and anise greet you upon impact.  On the palate this youngster will really wow you.  Lush, beautiful and well-balanced.  Bold black fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon, balanced nicely with the silkiness of the Merlot and a crescendo of intensity from the Petit Verdot lead into a long finish – a good 30 seconds!   This is hidden gem that want to impress with!

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Inaugural Release GEM by Dave Phinney

 
In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time…they picked the grapes the next morning.GB Crane 2014 Disciples Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99
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Dark crimson in color, the strong, classic Zinfandel aromas of briar fruit and wild strawberries jump out of the glass and are complemented by hints of wet forest floor and high mountain forest. The entry gives way to a rich and textured mid palate of Mexican chocolate, brambly raspberry and a lengthy, caramelized crème Anglaise finish. This wine is a unique expression of old vine Zinfandel grown in the gravel-rich alluvial soils at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range. The 2014 GB Crane Disciples Prop Red is a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.

Also check out these other GREAT wines by Dave Phinney:

G.B. CRANE 2013 “EL COCO” PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
PAPILLON 2013 PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY 95 POINTS
AFTERMATH 2013 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY

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Chardonnay of the Month, Only 6 barrels produced

 
Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Chardonnay and  Pinot. They  planted 8.5 acres on their estate  to two Burgundy clones from the Cotes d’Or, clones 667 and 115. Their winemaker is Ken Juhasz, who also owns and makes Auteur. Emphasis at Attune is not quantity, but quality. The production of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are very limited. The 2014 Attune Chardonnay will wow you, both on the palate as well as the wallet!
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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The 2014 Attune Chardonnay offers up copious notes of honeysuckle, green apple, and Anjou pear on the nose.  The wine is medium to full in body, yet extremely elegant with a clean, lean underbelly of tropical fruit, tangerine, citrus and a whiff of minerality.  The wine possesses a well-balanced acid-fruit ratio and lingers for a good 20 seconds on the finish.  Only 140 cases produced!Make sure to check out their stunning  ATTUNE 2013 PINOT NOIR “ESTATE” SONOMA

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MUST HAVE UNDER $32 CALIFORNIA “RHONE”

 
For those fans of Sans Liege “The Offering” I have a unique line-up for you.  The Offering is a blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre.  This GSM blend has wowed many for years.  I am excited to offer you each of the components as a single varietal bottling.  We are selling the three varietals as a mixed case, 4 bottles each of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.  I tasted through the wines and was extremely pleased.  Unfortunately, the production of the “components” was very limited, so act quick!

Sans Liege 2013 Journey Man
Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 31.99
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Winemaker Tasting Notes:

2013 Sans Liege Journey Man “Fool’s Errand” Grenache
“Rounding the corner a cabin came into view. A man resting in the window. Impossible! You are 100 miles from the trail and trying to get lost. The man is drinking Turkish coffee, whittling and plucking cherries and chocolates from a bowl. He invites you in for supper. You’re awestruck as he produces sopressata, fig preserves and blueberry compote cooked in chargrilled shells. This is the North Slope, and none of this should be happening.”

2013 Sans Liege Journey Man “Long Way Home” Syrah
“It was the most dangerous game of the year. Storm clouds, distant lightning, a construction zone and surrounded by grandmotherly homes. Why they chose this lot to play in you’ll never know. As the storm grew, the scents from the neighborhood settled in: plum pies, petrichor, cracked Mr. Sketch black markers, sidewalk chalk, grilled blood sausage, bent iron bar, lilac bush, cherry kirsch glazed apple. You were at bat, distracted by the slip of rain when the ball struck and rang.”

2013 Sans Liege Journey Man “Take the Pebble” Mourvedre
“She lost her leather sandal. The one with the gold key stashed in the sole. Here you were rooting quietly in the brush behind a the prince’s quilted picnic. The nobles passing plates of rare hamburgers, smoked berries, chocolate dusted blueberry ice cream, cherry rugelch, and drams of birch beer. How hungry you are, how thirsty, but the key must be found. Digging under a pepper tree you catch the glint of gold, and return to the royal road.”

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