Killer 2 barrel Pinot Noir production

A small winery but an amazing wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines and a small amount of Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Too bad the production of the Pinot Noir is still very limited, but it is well worth jumping on now.  The production will gradually grow to a whopping 100 cases!

Kivelstadt 2012 Pinot Noir “Sibling Rivalry” Estate Sonoma
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 45.00 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more

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OK to mix and match with Kivelstadt Syrah

Only 42 cases were produced of this amazingly well-crafted Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Organically grown 100% Pommard Clone, for those who are fans of Red Burgundies.  The aromas of fresh cut flower, black raspberries and Bing Cherries jump out of the glass.  This well-crafted Estate-grown youngster is rich and full in body but amazingly structured. Finesse and elegance roll over the palate into a long flavorful finish.  Too bad the production is so small, and I have only 5 cases allocated to me.

ALSO CHECK OUT THE : KIVELSTADT 2009 “INHERITANCE” SYRAH (ESTATE) SONOMA VALLEY

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Philippe Melka’s latest Cabernet-vaganza

When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from days past?) into a top notch producer.  Gandona is rooted in tradition and a passion for transforming land into something extraordinary. It’s born from an estate that rests upon a sloping hillside high above the beauty of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey – its vineyards, carved from the steep terrain and planted in four blocks, each possess their own distinct personality.

The site of Gandona Estate had its beginnings just a few years earlier, when in 1862 Daniel K. Dille homesteaded the property, located just downhill from Pritchard’s future home. California had just experienced the silver rush and Napa County had recently been formed. Here, Dille worked as a laborer and maintained the land. The property sold several times throughout the years until the Bob Long family purchased it in 1966 and planted the site’s first vineyard.In 1977, they entered the wine business in earnest and founded a small winery called Long Vineyards. Sandi Belcher (Arns) produced great Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a late harvest Johannesberg Riesling.

Gandona 2011 “Encosta” Cabernet Sauvignon
FOUR BOTTLE LIMIT -  Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
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Encosta (“slope”) Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides of Gandona Estate and its terra cotta-colored, volcanic soil.  The 2011 vintage is a wine celebrating the very soul of hillside fruit capturing the essence of the vine’s interaction with earth and sun. It opens with aromas of bright red cherry and cranberry with underlying notes of cassis and tobacco.  On the palate, the wine shows a juicy, full mouth feel reminiscent of fresh black and ripe cherries. Rounding out the mid-palate are finely grained, sweet mountain tannins that reveal a beautiful marriage between them and well integrated oak.  The lingering finish is laced with nuances of rich cocoa powder and supported by a strong acid backbone demonstrating a wine worthy of aging.

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Small Pinot Real Head Turner

What happens when a med student changes her mind…. she becomes a winemaker.  That is truly what happened!  Kerith and Brian had just graduated from Cornell when they decided to take a trip to Napa.  They picked up some bottles of wine and food and set out for a picnic.   Somehow the picnic became nap time and … right then it happened – a guy in a bathrobe and slippers sauntered by.  They tried to ignore him as best as possible, but pretty soon similarly clad gentlemen were cruising by and around them, like they were living a scene out of The Twilight Zone.  They quickly packed up their picnic and climbed back in the car.  As they drove away, they noticed the sign that they had missed on our way in: Napa State Hospital – Department of Mental Health –  TRUE STORY. But it is here that their affair of the vine began in earnest.

Bruliam 2012 Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 55.00 with FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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As you know the 2012 will go down in history as the “perfect growing season.  The wine is deep ruby in the glass, and features black cherry and raspberry aromas that are overlaid with nutmeg and spice and subtle hints of cedar and sweet tobacco round out the seductive aromatics.  On the palate this gorgeous Pinot Noir offers flavors of cherry pie with lively acidity bursting in your mouth and through the long finish. The 2012 has more grip and texture than 2011, with enough tannin and vibrant acidity to weather cellar age.

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UP TO 25% OFF WINE SALE ON TAX DAY – TUESDAY TO THURSDAY

Since Spring is in the air, and it is tax deadline day, I wanted to say THANK YOU and offer you some wines up to 25% OFF!  It is no fun to pay taxes, but that is life. But what is even better, is getting some of your favorite at a BIG TAX BREAK of up to 25% OFF!  This offer is good Tuesday through Thursday, and while supplies last.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer free shipping on this wines.

April 15 TAX DAY SALE  25% OFF on 60 GREAT WINES!!

HOURGLASS 11 CAB FRANC BLUELINE 25% OFF
LEONETTI 2011 MERLOT, WALLA WALLA (93 POINTS ROBERT PARKER) 20% OFF
LUCIA 2011 SYRAH “GARY’S” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 94 PT PARKER 20% OFF
LUCIA 2011 SYRAH “SUSAN’S HILL” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 95 PT PARKER 20% OFF
MARTINELLI 2011 PINOT NOIR BELLA VIGNA RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 25% OFF
PATEL 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY PARKER 94+ POINTS 25% OFF
PATEL 2010 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
WORLD’S END 09 GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES CABERNET TO KALON, NAPA 25% OFF
WORLD’S END 2009 AGAINST THE WIND CABERNET FRANC NAPA (93 PT PARKER) 25% OFF
CARLISLE 2011 ZINFANDEL “PAPERA RANCH” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 25% OFF
CARLISLE 2011 ZINFANDEL “CARLISLE VINEYARD” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 25% OFF
TOFANELLI 2010 ZINFANDEL, NAPA 25% OFF
TRESPASS 2010 RENDEZVOUS, ST. HELENA NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
BEDROCK 2011 HUDSON VINEYARD T’N’S SYRAH, NAPA CARNEROS 25% OFF
32 WINDS 2010 “HUDSON RANCH” CHARDONNAY, CARNEROS 25% OFF
32 WINDS 2010 “MAESTRO” PINOT NOIR, ANDERSON VALLEY – 25% OFF
BANSHEE 2011 SAUVIGNON BLANC, NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
BARNETT 2010 MERLOT SPRING MOUNTAIN 25% OFF
BIALE 2011 ROYAL PUNISHER PETITE SIRAH , NAPA VALLEY 93 PT PARKER 25% OFF
BLACK CORDON 2011 CHARDONNAY RITCHIE L BLOCK ” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 25% OFF
BLACK KITE CELLARS 2011 “KITE’S REST VINEYARD” PINOT NOIR, ANDERSON VALLEY 25% OFF
BUCCELLA 2011 “MICA” CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 25% OFF
DRAGONETTE “GRASSINI” 2012 SAUVIGNON BLANC 25% OFF
DRAGONETTE 2011 SRH PINOT NOIR SANTA RITA HILLS 25% OFF
DRAGONETTE CELLARS 2011 GRENACHE SANTA BARBARA 25% OFF
DUNSTAN 2010 PINOT NOIR “DURRELL” SONOMA COAST 25% OFF
EPOCH 2010 INGENUITY, PASO ROBLES 94 PARKER 25% OFF
EPOCH 2010 VERACITY 94 WS 25% OFF
FAMA 2010 CHARDONNAY “HUDSON” 25% OFF
FAVIA 2010 QUARZO, SYRAH 20% OFF
FAVIA 2010 ROMPECABEZAS, GSM 20% OFF
FORT ROSS 2009 PINOT NOIR FRV ESTATE, SONOMA COAST 25% OFF
FREEMAN 2011 PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST 25% OFF
GREY STACK 2011 PINOT NOIR “FOUR BROTHERS” ESTATE, BENNETT VALLEY SONOMA 25% OFF
GREY STACK 2012 “ROSEMARY’S BLOCK” SAUVIGNON BLANC 25% OFF
GREY STACK 2012 ROSE 25% OFF
HILLIARD BRUCE 2011 CHARDONNAY, ESTATE SANTA RITA HILLS 25% OFF
HORSE & PLOW 2010 ZINFANDEL “GRIST VINEYARD” DRY CREEK 25% OFF
ILARIA 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
INHERIT THE SHEEP 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY - 25% OFF
KEENAN 2010 MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
KRUTZ 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 25% OFF
KRUTZ 2012 CHARDONNAY  25% OFF
KRUTZ 2012 ZINFANDEL RETAIL 25% OFF
LATTANZIO 2009 PINOT NOIR, MANCHESTER RIDGE 25% OFF
LEVIATHAN 2010 PROPRIETARY RED 20% OFF
LIMERICK LANE BLOCK 1934 ZINFANDEL 25% OFF
MARTINELLI 2011 PINOT NOIR BELLA VIGNA RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 25% OFF
O’DWYER 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CLARE VALLEY, AUSTRALIA 25% OFF
O’DWYER 2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CLARE VALLEY AUSTRALIA 25% OFF
ORIN SWIFT 2012 BLINDFOLD PROPRIETARY WHITE – 93 ROBERT PARKER 20% OFF
OVERLAND 2010 PETITE SIRAH, KICK RANCH SONOMA 25% OFF
PAPILLON 2010 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY 750 ML 25% OFF
PARADIGM 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
RAMIAN 2009 CHAPTER 9, CABERNET BLEND – NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
REALM 2010 THE FALSTAFF 25% OFF
SANGLIER 2010 PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 25% OFF
TEXTBOOK 2010 “FIN DE JOURNEE” MERLOT, NAPA 25% OFF
TEXTBOOK 2011 “FIN DE JOURNEE” NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
TRESPASS 2011 ZINFANDEL “OLD VINE” NAPA VALLEY 25% OFF
WILSON 2010 ZINFANDEL “SYDNEY” DRY CREEK 25% OFF

Napa’s Most Amazing White of the year! A White for Cabernet lovers – FREE SHIPPING

It started a little over decade ago when Thomas Keller (owner/chef) of the famed French Laundry in Napa asked Scott Palazzo to craft a wine exclusively for his restaurant.  Since then, Palazzo has turned out some amazing wines.  This latest Cuvee Blanc, sourced from OLD Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines might be his “Piece de Resistance”

Palazzo 2012 Cuvee Blanc, Napa Valley
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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On the nose this youngster offers up a floral and seductive aromas of tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit, hints of pear Anjou, pink grapefruit and orange blossoms).  On the palate, this wine is round and silky with a very opulent and broad oil texture and weight.  Amazingly balanced with the right touch of zesty acidity and a touch of mineralitly rarely seen in domestic whites.  The delicious passion fruit with whiffs of nectarine and Meyer lemon tease the palate.  This is an amazingly complex and well-crafted wine with a stunning mouthfeel.  It finishes with excellent richness and weight and complex notes of slate.

I’d call this a White Wine for Cabernet lovers!

Pair this wine with oysters & shrimp salads . Halibut, salmon & chicken dishes to roast pork & suckling pig! A Very versatile Food Wine!

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Scarecrow Winemaker’s latest miracle wine

Jim Barbour has been one of the most sought after vineyardists in the Napa for decades now. Having managed and consulted for many cult wineries in the Valley, he planted his own vineyard in 1992 where he grafted bud wood from Grace Family.  The first 15 vintages were made by Heidi Barrett, and since then the other “First Lady of the Valley” Celia Welch has taken over the helm, continuing to make amazing wine from this 1st Growth Vineyard.  The yields at Jim Barbour’s vineyard are extremely low (1 to 1.5 ton per acre)

Barbour 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Napa Valley
Retail 120.00 – GGWC 109.99 – FREE SHIPPPING on 4 bottles or more
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The 2011 Barbour Cabernet Sauvignon is a celebration of its growing year and the graceful artistry of Ace Winemaker Celia Welch. The wine has an amazing dark red hue.  The 2011 vintage offers pleasing aromas of dark red fruits, candied cherries, graphite and vanilla.  These follow through on the palate and broaden along the way to include plums, chocolate and a touch of earth. The wine is full in body, lush but softly textured and offers approachable tannins and an amazing finish.  The 2011 vintage will benefit from decanting in its early years and will cellar well for 10+ years.

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Sexy Napa Red low 30’s

Pazzo (which means “crazy” in Italian) is a wine crafted by ace winemaker Kirk Venge.  It is an unpretentious blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petite Sirah.   It is a wine that Parker called “Sexy, seductive, provocative” and “The best value Bistro wine from Napa” as well as “Gorgeously hedonistic, flavorful”.  In other words, a wine you should jump on now.

Pazzo 2012 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
GGWC 33.49 with FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This “crazy” wine is a real crowd pleaser that was crafted was star winemaker Kirk Venge.  The 2012 vintage, as you know is a knock-out year, is a stunning blend of some of Claus’ best barrels of Cab, Sangio, Syrah and Petite Sirah.  An ingratiating wine that is wonderful to drink in its youth. In addition to its good looks, it displays a nose of red berry aromas and follows through with spirited, sweet, lingering, fruit flavors.  The Cabernet gives it structure, density and black fruit flavors. The Sangiovese offers a “wow” factor of acidity, cherry-berry goodness, and an amazingly fragrant nose that has you craving another glass.  Syrah and Petite Sirah add a bolder richer component and also helps give Pazzo its deep color.  The balance of fruit, oak and tannin is perfect for drinking now.  I’d call this wine delicious!

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Screaming Eagle owned Pinot Noir stunner – FREE SHIPPING!

The 2012 Amrita Pinot Noir is the second vintage of Amrita from the organic Wenzlau Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, which is adjacent to the great vineyards of Sea Smoke and Mount Carmel.  The venture is a partnership between Charles Bank (Screaming Eagle/Jonata, etc) and Raj Parr (Sommelier of the Michael Mina Group). Their winemaker is Sashi Moorman.  Sandhi, is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “alliance” and was chosen to reflect the partnership at the winery.  Charles, Raj and Sashi’s have one common goal – make amazing wine that is not overripe, does not have high alcohol but accentuate subtlety, minerality, structure and balance.

Sandhi 2012 “Amrita” Wenzlau Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2012 Sandhi “Amrita”, meaning the “nectar of immortality” in Sanskrit is aromatic with layers of crushed cherries and licorice.  This knockout wine is huge, yet extremely well-tailored and elegant.  Remarkable texture, gorgeous from start to finish.  Sweet cherries and licorice jump out of the glass on impact.  This medium to full-bodied wine is elegant and lush with layers of well-balanced fruit and acid ratios.  Gobs of red and black cherries, flowers, a touch of spice and subtle acidity dance across the palate.  A real complex beauty and will turn many heads.  The finish is long and delicate.  Only 125 cases produced!

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Under $40.00 Chardonnay GEM

This small winery in the Santa Rita Hills is the brain child of Jeff and Nikki Nelson.  Their wine maker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis (the “man” behind the Dragonette success).

Liquid Farm 2012 “White Hill” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more
Use discount shipping code LIQ12WH during checkout

This Chablis style Chardonnay highlights the unique salinity that comes from the ancient soils of the Santa Rita Hills.  Sourced from the great Zotovich (Brewer-Clifton, Diatom, Paul Lato), Kessler-Haak & Rita’s Crown vineyards this wine (named in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of Sta. Rita Hills) offers a gorgeous nose of perfumed peaches and nectarines.  Medium to full in body, this wine is crisp in texture and depth, with very expressive aromas and flavors on both nose and palate.  Hints of lemon curd, pear, fresh citrus and a touch of tamarind.  The minerality is not overpowering, but clean and seductive!  You think expensive French, but get a well-priced Californian instead!  This 300 case production is of incredible value and will sell out quick!

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Exquisite Cab by Thomas Rivers Brown

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development at Winebid.com and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners and glasses of wine, where they discussed the prospect of finding a project that would allow them to work together in producing a world-class wine. The opportunity finally arose eleven years later, with the 2009 Hobel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hobel 2011 Cabernet Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more.
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Three times is a charm, and it really is.  The 2011 Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon is reminiscent of the 2009 vintage in that is very expressive out of the gate. The nose is bright with both sweet and savory notes. There are copious amounts of raspberry, dark chocolate covered cherries, spices and oak . The wine crosses the pallet effortlessly with a touch of grip to provide wonderful texture. Compared to our prior vintages, the 2011 feels like an earlier drinker, but there is a great balance in the wine that should allow it to rest comfortably for at least a decade.

The winemaker says: Location, location, location! In 2011, warmer temperatures in the north end of the Napa Valley pushed the grapes to ripen faster. The slope and hillside aspect of the Engelhard Vineyard allowed the morning fog to burn off more quickly, removing moisture and the potential for rot. We were able to let the grapes hang for a long time and harvest was completed on November 2nd, without a stitch of rot, which was unusual for the 2011 vintage. Wine wise, the 2011 has elements of both the 2009 and 2010 Hobel – it has the tannin structure of the 2009 and the concentration of the 2010. The 2011 Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the top wines my team produced this year.  237 cases produced!

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PS:  Thomas Rivers Brown is the face behind Schrader (100 Points) and Rivers Marie wines. Named as one of the “8 Impressive New Faces from California” by Wine Spectator