Premiere Release of new “CULT” Napa Cabernet

For the better part of the last 19 years Anthony Biagi has been crafting wines in Napa Valley for Paraduxx, Neal Family Vineyards, PlumpJack, and Cade Wineries and currently for Hourglass, Sinegal Estate, and Amici his own label. Following his parent’s sage advice “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life,” he finds himself extremely fortunate that he has been able to do what he loves from the day he graduated from college. Following a dream he set decades ago, Anthony founded Patria (homeland) in 2013 with Kimberly Jones.

Patria 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Cabernet Franc. The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of spice jump out of the glass upon impact. This full-bodied youngster is layered with lush black stone fruit gushing with intensity and a whiff of toasty vanilla. This fan-favorite can be enjoyed immediately (decant for 60 minutes) and should drink well for 10+years. It finishes with structured, but silky tannins.

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Screaming Eagle winemaker’s hot new wine

 

 

In case you didn’t know her yet, It all started in the late 80s when Heidi Barrett began working for Dalla Valle as an “independent winemaker”. She began to develop a tiny project called Screaming Eagle shortly afterwards, and from there, things escalated quickly. With 5 perfect 100-point scores for her wines in the span of just a few years, Heidi skyrocketed to international fame, setting a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine – $500,000 for a 6L of 1992 Screaming Eagle at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000. Today, Heidi maintains a stable of ultra-premium client wineries, including Paradigm, Lamborn, Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, Fantesca, and Kenzo, as well as her own brands La Sirena and Barrett & Barrett. She and Bo live among their vineyards in Calistoga. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, flying her helicopter, making art, and gardening.



LA SIRENA 2013 Grenache, Napa Valley
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Heidi Barrett says: “This 2013 Grenache from La Sirena is dark ruby in color with wonderful open clean aromatics of ripe red plums, currants, and dried cranberry, definitely red fruit driven. There are pretty, sassy, spicy notes in the nose as well from French oak. This wine is dense for Grenache, juicy yet has moderate textural tannins and a flavor profile that lasts several minutes. The blend is 100% Grenache from two steep hillside vineyard blocks in St. Helena. Concentrated and bigger than our inaugural release last year. Quite delicious upon release and will continue to evolve and improve with a bit more time in the bottle. Suggested pairings –Paella, hearty pasta dishes, burgers, sausage, or wild duck. Quite delicious, Enjoy!”

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100 POINT WINEMAKER’S KILLER NEW PINOT NOIR

 

Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California. It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop their estate vineyard and also “gave” Russell 1 ton of his estate Cabernet and the rest…. is history.  From their on out Russell has produced a bunch of 100 point and many more 94-99 pointers!  I am proud to introduce 2 new Pinot Noirs from his portfolio that will wow your senses!!

Bevan Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir “Rita’s Crown” Santa Rita Hills
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Winemaker’s Notes: “If you have opened one of our 2013 Rita’s you know how unique this wine is. The nose is all about roasted meats, dark cherry and sassafras. Plush and round, the tannins are very refined, but always present. The incredibly steep hills that this wine comes from, produces only 1 to 1 ½ tons per acre. The vines are so stressed, that each cluster weighs less than half of what our Sonoma County clusters weight. The resulting wine ends up having an amazing intensity because of it.”

Parker Review of the 2013 – 95 Points: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is made from Clones 777, 115 and 667. This is a spicy, earthy Pinot Noir with notes of pomegranate, raspberry jam, loamy soil and sassafras. It is medium to full-bodied and completely different than the North Coast Pinots. Nevertheless, it is complex, but more Côtes de Beaune in orientation than his other offerings. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.”

Also check out this other amazing Bevan Pinot
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “PETALUMA GAP” SONOMA

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Blind Tasting Surprise Winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2013 Pinot Noirs, Attune beat out some big boys (and girls).  Our tasting group consisted out 15 wine professionals, and we meticulously (blind) tasted all wines twice.

The line-up included:

  • Chanin (94 Parker)
  • Dierberg “Drumm Canyon” (94 Parker)
  • Argot (93+ Parker)
  • Berardus “Pisoni” (94 Parker)
  • Roar “Pisoni” (94 Galloni)
  • Foxen “Block 43” (95 Parker)
  • Bevan “SRH”  (95 Parker)
  • Brewer Clifton Acin (95 Parker)
  • Paul Lato “Duende” (95 Points Parker)
  • Martinelli “Zio Tony” (95 Parker)
  • Boswell (94 Parker)
  • Attune “Estate”

The Winner: ATTUNE

Attune garnered 9 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 4 THIRD place votes, ahead of Paul Lato 4 FIRST, 5 SECOND and 5 THIRD place votes and Martinelli 2 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 4 THIRD place votes. Thus in nice company, but at a much lower price point!

Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Pinot planted 8.5 acres  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 quantiy, but quality.  The 2013 is their “largest” vintage to date at a whopping 330 cases!  Still, not a lot!

Attune 2013 Pinot Noir “Estate” Sonoma
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 49.99
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This is only the fourth vintage from this estate, but you’d believe they have been at it for years.  Out of the glass jump lush aromas of bright red stone fruit.  The wine is amazingly elegant and round with a perfect “pitch” balance, you’d think you are listening to a great opera singer.  A beautiful representation of the Attune estate vineyard terroir, the 2013 vintage is defined by big, complex flavors of bramble and pomegranate which stay bright and balanced with integrated acidity and ripe tannin structure. Aromas of cherry blossom and raspberry lead to darker flavors of violet and baked blackberry on the palate, all of which are carried into a surprisingly lengthy finish. Best enjoyed from 2016 to 2023.! Only 330 cases produced.

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96 Points – 86 case Red Blend stunner by Screaming Eagle winemaker

 
Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is yet another gem in the rough.

Arietta 2013 Variation One, Napa Valley
Retail 110.00 – GGWC 99.99
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A blend of 52% Syrah and 48% Merlot from Hudson Vineyards, the 2013 Variation One is a powerhouse. But for all its dark, brooding character and solid build, this wine is surprisingly bright and fresh on the palate, with flavors of red cherries, roasted meat, and orange liqueur and chocolate. It continues to open and reveal notes of campfire, baked fruits, and wet gravel. Tannins are dry and firm, helping to bolster the broad, expansive impression.

Galloni 96 Points: “The 2013 Variation One, a blend of old-vine Merlot and Syrah from Hudson, is just as fabulous today as it was from barrel. An exuberant, flashy wine, the 2013 captures the intensity of the year in spades. The flavors are dark and bold, with aromatic overtones from the Syrah and voluptuousness from the Merlot. What a gorgeous wine this is.“

Make sure to check out these other 95 & 96 point rated Arietta wines
Arietta 2013 Merlot “Hudson Vineyard” Napa Valley – 96 Points
Arietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 95 Points
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Cab Franc of the Year! ONLY 6 cases allocated!

 

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 Venge (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 2013 Cabernet Franc “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 80.00- GGWC 76.99
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Our friends at Trespass crafted yet another remarkable wine! Kirk Venge does not skip a beat with this latest release. It is beyond awesome. I would almost rate this is the best Cabernet Franc in the Napa Valley, but who am I to say. This wine has an amazing dense purple hue and a touch of anise and black currant on the nose. Extraction would make you think it is Syrah, yet this wine is amazingly elegant and offers up a storm of gorgeous, elegant black stone fruit alongside its full-bodied armor. Great balance, with the right amount of fruit and acid. The wine’s finishes with a long silkiness. ONLY 125 cases produced.

Also check out these other great wines
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The NUTS & BOLTS about an AMAZING wine

Herman Syrah 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 a little over a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications garnering many 94-96 point ratings and creating a real “cult-like” following.

Herman Story 2014 Syrah “Nuts & Bolts” 
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Typical Russell From style wine! This wine offers up an inky purple color. On the nose you’ll encounter  ripe, densely  packed blackstone fruit aromas, with a touch of pepperiness. On the lush palate this wine will coat your palate with complex,  vibrant black currant, chocolate, spice and cherry-cola flavors with a touch of zingy acidity.  The wine goes on for a long time and  finishes big and bold with surprisingly silky tannins!  VERY LIMITED PRODUCTION!

Winemaker Notes: Coming up over the grade with the whole valley opening out beneath you, decked in green late evening and honest to God rainbows, you’ve got the windows down in the aged blue Mercedes headed to shoot clays at your friend’s vineyard. It’s hard to hate nights like this. Blueberries and shotgun shells, Bailey’s steeped coee, charred cherries, crushed velvet, smoldering oak, mahogany dashboard, distant kerosene lamps, new lilacs and the thought of someday maybe getting a Chris-Craft.

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Lewis Winemaker’s hot new Napa Cabernet

 

Mark Grassi grew up in Northern California in Walnut Creek. Fond of wilder places, he moved to Napa Valley in 1980. He was torn between working in the wine industry and in construction, and first chose the latter. All the while, Mark kept taking viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and refining his palate. In 1989, Mark launched Grassi & Associates, builders of custom homes, wineries and estates in Napa and Sonoma Valley. In 1999, he acquired 14 fertile acres in one of Napa’s finest winegrowing areas. That vision became reality with Grassi Wine Company, founded in 2001. Winemaker is ace Robbie Meyer (Peter Michael, Lewis, Peirson-Meyer, Jericho Canyon, etc.)

Grassi 2013 Cabernet “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 78.00 – GGWC 74.99
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This youngster offers up gobs of licorice, blueberry and blackberries on the nose.  The wine is well-balanced and not overly concentrated. Very elegant with a medium to full  palate laced with gorgeous red and black fruit intertwined with spring flowers, licorice and a whiff of spice.  The wine finishes long with silky grainy tannins. I’d decant for a good hour.  Enjoyment for 10 years!

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: A dark, sensual wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignongraces the palate with expressive blue and dark red fruit, cinnamon, cloves, licorice, menthol and new leather. Drink this bold, racy Cabernet over the next decade or so. The 2013 offers a fabulous combination of concentration, mid-palate depth and intensity, but with silky tannins that give it tons of near and medium-term appeal. The 2013 finishes with striking freshness and a closing note of sweet French oak.”

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Stunning Sauvignon Blanc by Mike Smith

 

Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.

When you have one of the BEST winemakers in Napa (Mike Smith – known for honing his skills at Schrader, Maybach, Rivers Marie, Carter , 12C, etc.) at the helm, you can only wind up with a top-notch wine, and I can tell you this is a TOP NOTCH wine!  This wine, named after the winery founder’s great-granddaughter, is on the list of some of the most famous US restaurants (Gary Danko, Michael Mina, Valentino’s, Delmonico, SD26, etc), and of course at …. Golden Gate Wine Cellars.
Scarlett 2014 Sauvignon Blanc “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 27.00 – GGWC 24.99
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Amazing nose of honeysuckle, Meyer Lemons and lime blossoms on the nose.  This wine is fresh and sublime as the summer sunlight. The Scarlett Sauvignon Blanc is a medium to full-bodied wine that instantly captures the senses with aromas of honeysuckle, Meyer lemons and lime blossoms. This captivating California rendition showcases a creamy and smooth mid-palate framed by perfectly integrated acidity, carrying the trademark freshness throughout the finish.

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96 Point Merlot by Screaming Eagle Winemaker!

 

Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is yet another gem in the rough.

Arietta 2013 Merlot “Hudson Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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This rare single block, single vineyard Merlot offers a persistent vibrancy, a blue-purple hue, a fresh, mouthwatering acidity, and a lingering finish with notes of raspberry tart and confectioner’s sugar. The bright, complex, fruit-focused aromas reveal layers of marzipan, blackberry, leather, lavender and musk. The flavors are focused, rich and emboldened by chewy, medium-grain tannins. A wine of power and sophistication, the Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards 2013 is the finest possible expression of the thirty year old vines planted on its singular site in Carneros. Only 220 cases produced!

Also check out the 95 Point rated Arietta 2013 Cabernet:

Arietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 124.99
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Coming from the Coombsville southeastern corner, the 2013 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the best attributes of this heralded variety. Aromas of mint, smoke, dark black fruits and sandalwood rise from the glass even as the wine is poured. Notes of black tea, vanilla bean and forest floor follow on the palate. This is a highly perfumed, complex red wine, with firm tannins that build on the finish – a good sign for long aging.

Galloni 95 Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and juicy from the very first taste. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and rose petal meld together in the glass. Ripe, succulent and forward, this flashy Cabernet Sauvignon has enough softness in its contours to drink well with minimal cellaring, although it also clearly has enough depth and density to age well. The 2013 is a super-expressive Coombsville Cabernet from Arietta.”

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