WINE NOTICE – 3 Barrel MUST HAVE Chardonnay

After the iron curtain falls, the Molnar family discovers and helps rebuild the Kadar Hungary cooperage, and begins importing barrels to Napa and Sonoma wine country.  In 1995 the Molnars plant their first vineyard, and the rest… is history.  In 2003 they start making wine in earnest and a dozen years later they have a great following, although they don’t produce much wine!Poseidon 2012 “Boon Fly’s Hill” Chardonnay 
Retail 54.00 – GGWC 49.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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A very hedonistic wine, “Boon Fly’s Hill” is the paradigm of classic California Chardonnay with aromas of toasted marshmallows, blanched almonds and vanilla-cream soda. A plush entry and supple body add to the luxurious character of the wine. Flavors are layered with lemon crème brûlée accented with toasted hazelnut, marzipan and the zest of mandarin orange. The wine ends long and warm with a light toasty vanilla finish.  Only 69 cases produced.

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“The” Value under $25 Napa Cab Blend

 
The Maldonado family has been farming the Napa Valley for decades, also producing some real gems along the way. The 2012 “Farm Worker” Grapes are sourced from the Lyon’s Vineyard, a hillside vineyard in the south-eastern part of the Napa valley, above Coombsville and from the Los Olivos vineyard in Napa.

Maldonado 2012 The Farm Worker Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 28.00 – GGWC 24.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12+
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The 2012 Maldonado “Farm Worker” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, with a splash of Syrah.  This very approachable Napa Red Blend is a real crowd-pleaser.  It entices the palate with lush and bright flavors of ripe black cherries, black currants and chocolate with a touch of underlying Mission figs and a whiff of anise.  The wine is medium full in body and easy drinking, leading into an elegant finish with soft, silky tannins.

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96 Point under $60 Napa Cab. A real “Crowd Pleaser”

Beau Vigne was founded 15 years ago, but the Napa roots go back 100 years when Ed’s grandfather Martin Grazoli arrived in the valley. He came from an Italian winemaking family.  During the daytime he’d work the hayfields of Napa and Sonoma and made wine in an old barn at night. The Beau Vigne vineyards are located in the Eastern edge of Napa overlooking the Pritchard Hill, Haystack and Stagecoach vineyards. Only 10 acres were planted on this beautiful estate.  .

Beau Vigne 2012 “Old Rutherford” Cabernet 
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 56.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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The 2012 Beau Vigne O.R. Cabernet is a stunning wine with terrific aromas jolting out of the glass on impact.  This is full-blown Napa Cab!  Rich, dense, dark purple color and a bright and bold aroma of black currant intertwined with hints of toasty oak, a touch of leather and a whiff of anise.  On the palate this youngster does not disappoint at all with lush, voluptuous black fruit that flows well into a long, lingering finish.

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4 Barrel Chardonnay blind tasting winner

In our latest Chardonnay challenge, we had some “big guns” battling it out.  The lineup for this tasting consisted of:
THE WINNER: PEIRSON-MEYER!  When reviewing the scores, Peirson Meyer received an average of 97.3 from our group!Always among the most expressive of Peirson Meyer’s Chardonnays, this Chardonnay blend, Untitled #7 offers concentrated aromas of orange oil, citrus zest, and heady floral notes of Jasmine, wildflowers, and honeysuckle. A distinctive gun barrel minerality clearly contributed from the Charles Heintz Vineyard, interplays with light spice and hazelnut notes. The mouthfeel is broad and lengthy and maintains an extended presence on the palate.

Peirson-Meyer 2012 Chardonnay “Untitled #7” Sonoma Coast 
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2012 Chardonnay Untitled No. 7 is a small cuvée. Similar to the Charles Heintz single-vineyard offering, it is an exotic white displaying notes of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, mango, crème brûlée and a wet stone-like minerality. Medium to full-bodied and pure, it spent 14 months in 45% new French oak and went through full malolactic. Drink now-2020.”

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “”Another intense, racy wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Untitled #7, is a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. The textures are rich, oily and viscous in this large-scaled, creamy Chardonnay. Warm, nutty overtones add weight and nuance on the super-expressive finish. The Untitled Chardonnay is made to represent the style of the vintage. There is certainly plenty of vintage character here, although I don’t think the barrel selection is markedly superior in quality to the vineyard designates.”

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DuMol Scores Big! 97 Points!

Dear Friends,

Hot of the press, some BIG scores for our friends from DuMOL! Hurry, I don’t have many!  First come, First Served!

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DUMOL 2012 “ESTATE” PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 97 POINTS

DUMOL 2012 “EDDIE’S PATCH” SYRAH – RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 96 POINTS

DUMOL 2012 “RYAN” PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY  96 POINTS

DUMOL 2012 “ISOBEL” CHARDONNAY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 94 POINTS

DUMOL 2012 “AIDAN” PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 95 POINTS

And…. If you were thinking about attending our New York City tasting in June, you had better hurry! - OUR NEW YORK TASTING IS 99.9% SOLD OUT, ONLY 3 TICKETS LEFT!!

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Skylark
 is a joined venture of two longtime friends, John Lancaster and Rob Perkins, both  co-managers and sommeliers of Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco.  John and I go back 20 years after spending many long weekends as lead judges tasting 100s of wines during many International Wine Competitions.  Both friends wanted to create a winery that offered both great quality and great price point – which they did!

Skylark “Red Belly” SGC
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 23.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 12
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This is a great California version of a “Cotes du Rhone” – a swell blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignane, sourced from three well-established vineyards (Niemi, Lawer and Sawyer).  The 60 year-old vine Carignane provides the singularity to Red Belly, Skylark’s ode to the sun-drenched South of France. The Lawer vineyard’s Syrah in the Knight’s Valley (think Peter Michael, Linked, Morlet), is planted on volcanic rock to the Rhone 887 Syrah clone.  This is a masculine site, providing fruit with black as night color and powerful, dark flavor characters. The Grenache vineyard sits at 1000 feet elevation, creating concentrated mountain fruit with silky and satin characters. These three varietals together are a-marriage-made-in-heaven for the palate and wallet!  The wine offers a deep garnet color. High-toned florals of lavender and violet intermixed with the earthy components of sous bois and garrigue. Black cherry, red raspberry and plum lend aromatic complexity. The 2013 is all about suppleness and balance on the palate, with lush and bright fruit and a long silky finish.

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LAST CALL FOR THOMAS BROWN’S NEXT 100 POINT 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.

Last month I enjoyed a great dinner with the 3 friends at Boulevard restaurant, sampling more of this stunning 2012, as well as a stunning barrel sample of the 2013 (released in December 2015).  These guys are for real, and so is there wine!

Post Parade 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 –  GGWC 89.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING* on SIX or more
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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 300 cases produced.

FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walks onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.

Post Parade has been the most enjoyable project I’ve taken on in recent memory. I don’t need to tell anyone that knows Brook et al that fun is a top priority with this undertaking.” — Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker.

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97 Point Rated Thomas Brown Cabernet

Thomas Rivers Brown (Schrader, Revana, Pulido Walker, Post Parade etc. – Winemaker of the Year) does not need any intro, as his name is synonymous with perfect, amazing, stunning, outrageously good wines!The Grade 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Winfield” Napa Valley
GGWC $109.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 3 bottles
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The vineyard dates back to the days of Robert Louis Stevenson – Foremost among the books about the lore of Napa Valley is “The Silverado Squatters” by Robert Louis Stevenson.  In the passage above from this book you found the name for the winery, THE GRADE Cellars.  As he “entered on ‘the grade’ ” Stevenson describes the vineyard location at the beginning of the Old Toll Road outside the small town of Calistoga.  The vineyard is located in the northern Calistoga District of the upper Napa Valley where the lower volcanic slopes of Mount Saint Helena rise out of the Valley’s alluvial floor.  This confluence of geologic landscapes, combined with the unique micro-climate of the upper valley, create a terroir ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

Robert Parker 97 Points: “There are 375 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon The Grade from the Winfield Vineyard, which spent 20 months in French oak. It exhibits a dense purple color in addition to beautiful aromas of crème de cassis, forest floor and spice box, a deep, opulent, multidimensional mouthfeel, tremendous purity and silky tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.”

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94 Point Grenache Shocker ~ Only 200 cases Produced

Herman Story is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created just a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications. Herman Story regularly scores 93 – 95 points form Parker and Spectator and has an amazing “cult” following with thousands of people trying to get on his mailing list. The 2013 vintage Spring releases are spectacular but very limited!
Herman Story 2013  “On The Road” Grenache – 94 Points!
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 48.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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Can mix and match with other Herman Story Wines!
More than any other varietal I work with Grenache reminds me of myself. It can be elegant and refined, or just as easily it can be a raucous party animal. Some people try to make it one or the other, but I think it’s best when you can get it to have a little of each. This year’s On the Road is just that, it’s got class and will doff its cap for the ladies, but won’t hesitate to start a brawl if needed. The wine’s got some serious muscle under that tucked in cowboy shirt. Smells like a fourth of July party by the pool: raspberry sorbet, fresh orange zest, licorice, fresh rubber rafts, chocolate brownie batter and vanilla whipped cream. On the palate the 2013 On the Road does a cannonball off the high dive, bringing an explosion of brambly blackberry, pomegranate, oiled leather, cherry cola and charcoal briquettes all with teeth staining color, it’ll leave you soaked and smiling.

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “The Herman Story Grenache On the Road is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Fresh, vibrant and chiseled, the OTR is laced with bright red cherries, plums, crushed rocks, mint and cinnamon. The flavors are a bit on the dark side for Grenache, but all the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes, cinnamon and mint add nuance on the seriously beautiful, vivid finish. The OTR is a great example of winemaker Russell From’s very personal approach”

Make sure to check out the other AMAZING:
HERMAN STORY 2013 “NUTS AND BOLTS” SYRAH – 95 POINTS
HERMAN STORY 2012 “CASUAL ENCOUNTER” GSM

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180 case production wins blind tasting!

Our tasting group lined up some big hitters for a  tasting:
  • Arrow & Branch “Proprietary Red” (94 Parker)
  • De Lille “Grand Ciel” (96 Parker)
  • Barnett “Rattlesnake Hill” (96 Parker)
  • Cabaud (96 Parker)
  • Pahlmeyer “Proprietary Red” (94 Parker)
  • Robert Craig Howell Mountain (95 Parker)
  • Brand (96 Galloni)
  • Passenger (92 Parker)
  • Black Bird “Paramour” (94 Parker)
  • Betz “Pere de Famille” construed (94 Galloni)
  • Seavey (94 Galloni)
  • Trespass “Intrigue”
Trespass is a small 5 acre all estate property in northwestern St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. The wines are hand-crafted by Kirk Venge who has been making wine since he was a little child under the tutelage of his dad Nils Vegne (the first 100 point winemaker in the US with his 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet).  Kirk has wowed us with many great wines (Beau Vigne, Macauley, Honeycutt, Igneous, Venge, etc). Nils told me that at pre-school age Kirk knew he was going to be winemaker.

Trespass 2012 “Intrigue” Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley 
Retail 78.00 –  GGWC 74.99
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Mix & match with other Trespass wines OK

The Trespass Intrigue is a fine Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon married with 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from their Estate property.  This wine is known for its devout approachability.  Already drinking nicely, it starts with a generous wafting of raspberry covered with a smooth milk chocolate and finishing with a creamy vanilla.  This generous wine produces full flavors of kirsch, currant, plum, black cherry and a touch of cedary tannin for spice. The Merlot possesses the velvety charm to tame the strength and more powerful ego of the Cabernet. Only 180 cases were produced.

Make sure to check out their other great wine Trespass Cab Franc 2012 “Estate” andTrespass 2012 “Old Vine” Zinfandel

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