Screaming Eagle Winemaker’s GREAT WHITE

 

Heidi Barrett’s stunning “Dry” Muscat Canelli from Calistoga, Napa Valley. Unlike almost every other Muscat wine available, this is NOT a dessert wine, but rather a dry white table wine to be enjoyed alone or with unique cuisine. Bottled in beautiful blue, the singular essence of this wine will awaken your palate for any special occasion. Equally delicious as a summer wine served chilled, or paired with holiday fare in the cooler months, this Moscato Azul is winning many fans with its flair, flavor, and finesse. Heidi Barrett does not seem to slow down one bit!

La Sirena 2015 Moscato Azul, Napa Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use code AZUL15 at checkout

A brilliant light straw colored wine with vibrant aromas of beautiful classic Muscat Canelli. Very perfumy, floral and tropical aromas of honeysuckle, peaches and lychee fruit. Reminiscent of dry Riesling with a bit of minerality and lime peel in the finish when served very chilled. Nice ripeness and round mouth feel across the palate, crisp acidity and nice lingering finish. The flavors complement the aromas in this wine with a polished profile, quite seamless for a white wine. The 2015 marks the 13th release of Moscato Azul, a proprietary white wine recognizable by its unique style and consistency each year. It has tons of flavor without weightiness, enticingly fresh and immediately lovable, crisp and dry in the finish, best consumed in 1-2 years. Absolutely delicious!

Also check out these new Heidi Barrett wines:
LA SIRENA 2013 “PIRATE” PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
LA SIRENA 2012 “BARRETTAGE” SYRAH, NAPA VALLEY

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KEPLINGER’S KILLER 95 POINT RHONE BLENDS JUST ARRIVED!

 

The MUCH anticipated 2014 (Helen) Keplinger releases are finally in stock! I received both the  KEPLINGER 2014 LITHIC, GSM & KEPLINGER 2014 SUMO wines. 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 month!

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.

KEPLINGER 2014 “SUMO” SHAKE RIDGE VINEYARDS – 95 POINTS!
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 ~ Use code KEP upon checkout
Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines

The 2014 Sumo is an incredible wine. From start to finish – powerfull & intense fruit bursting out of the glass.  The wine is loaded with bold black stone fruit, a hint of mint, lush and concentrated fruit, a whiff of bitter chocolate and exotic spices.  The wine is well-balanced and layered with the right amount of fruit/acidity ratios.  This is a bold wine that could use time in the cellar or if you like to imbibe now, I’d suggest a good (double) decanting should to the job as this is a tremendous and well-made wine!  Limited production, again, of only 290 cases produced.

Helen Keplinger Notes:Sumo is a Cote Rotie twist on Petite Sirah – Petite Sirah co-fermented with Viognier, and blended with a small amount of Syrah. The 2014 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 2014 Sumo was aged in a mix of barriques, Muids d’Oc, and Demi Muids – all French Burgundian cooperage – 75% of which was new. The nose is exotic, showing layers of clove, plumeria, slate, iodine, sandalwood, orange oil, mulberry, black cherry, and tobacco. The palate carries the blue and black fruit, spice, and black peppercorn, with creosote and bittersweet chocolate on the plush finish. Ah, Sumo. 290 cases produced.”

Galloni 95 Points: “Another superb, promising wine, the 2014 Sumo is darker than the 2013 (if that is possible), but also quite refined and polished. A host of sweet dark cherry, plum, clove and floral overtones give the Sumo much of its personality.”

Also check out  the 2014 KEPLINGER LITHIC 93 Points:

KEPLINGER 2014 LITHIC GSM, SHAKE RIDGE VINEYARD
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 ~ Use code KEP upon checkout
Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines

Galloni 93 Points: “A powerful, explosive wine, Helen Keplinger’s 2014 Lithic boasts notable power, yet all of that intensity has been achieved while maintaining a considerable amount of energy and delineation.”

Helen Keplinger notes: “The 2014 Lithic is a blend of 32% Grenache, 36% Mourvedre, and 32% Syrah – all coming from Ann Kraemer’s incredible Shake Ridge Vineyard, which is 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 Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah blocks are all on rock-filled slopes with excellent exposure and drainage. The blocks were harvested for optimal ripeness on five 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. It has a tightly wound gorgeous nose – slate, black tea, lavender, black fruit, black licorice, blackberry, coriander, mandarin oil, carnation. The silky entry opens to a savory mid palate of whole cluster spice, black fruit, black peppercorn, baking spices and a lovely long finish. 250 cases produced.”

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Fun White by former Spottswoode winemaker

 

Cloaked in mystery and unable to divulge secrets, Bridesmaid Wines are serious wines for bona fide wine drinkers. Just like her namesake and inspiration, Bridesmaid Wines are available, alluring, important and very sexy.

Bridesmaid is an Appellation Napa Valley white blend framed in the Bordeaux classic grape varieties. This wine is all about the talent of blending and lead blender is Pam Starr one of Napa Valley’s premier winemakers. Before starting Bridesmaid and Crocker & Starr Wines, Pam was the winemaker for Gemstone and Spottswoode.

Bridesmaid 2013 Proprietary White Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 24.00 – GGWC 21.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use code BW13 at checkout

The 2013 Bridesmaid White is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.  On the both the nose and palate you might think the numbers are wrong, as you experience the unctuousness of the Semillon, the density, the flavors the body. The wine greets you with gorgeous and bright aromas of hibiscus flowers, kumquat and green apples.  On the palate you’ll encounter the lusciousness of the Semillon with its bold, dense somewhat creamy texture.  The Sauvignon Blanc flavors add a hint of minerality, honey suckle and a hint of tropical (not sweet) fruit.
Well-balanced, and a great value!

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Fall Wine Sale 2016!

Dear Friends,

Our Fall 2016 Sale begins today, September 21 at 6 AM PST!!

You will find countless incredible discounts on great wines such as Araujo (98 Points), Bryant Family (96 Points), Harlan Estate (95 Points), D66 (95 Points), Failla (95 Points), Horsepower (97 Points), Pulido (96 Points), Keplinger (95 Points), Post Parade, Coho, Linked, Kamen, DuMOL, Cayuse (96 Points), and many more!

Click here or on the links below for full tasting notes, and please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 415-337-4083 if you need any help in making your selections!

ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Best,

Frank


 

Wine Sale Fall 2016  RETAIL   SALE PRICE 
2480 “HOLLYWOOD & VINE” 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY  $ 90.00  $ 64.99
ANCIALLARY 2014 PINOT NOIR, SANGIACOMO SONOMA COAST  $ 65.00  $ 48.99
APSARA 2013 “KENEFICK RANCH” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CALISTOGA NAPA VALLEY  $ 75.00  $ 49.99
ARAUJO 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “EISELE” NAPA VALLEY 98 POINTS  $ 599.99  $449.99
BRYANT 2012 “BETTINA” PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY (96 POINTS)  $ 749.99  $549.99
BUONCRISTIANI 2012 “ARTISTICO” SYRAH, NAPA VALLEY  $ 65.00  $ 49.99
CAMINO 2012 +A3:C31CABERNET “MONTECILLO VINEYARD MOON MOUNTAIN  $ 49.99  $ 37.99
CAPIAUX 2013 PINOT NOIR GARYS’ VINEYARD, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS  $ 49.99  $ 39.99
CAPIAUX 2013 PINOT NOIR, WIDDOES RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY  $ 49.99  $ 39.99
CARTE BLANCHE 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY  $ 124.99  $ 99.99
CAYUSE 2011 GRENACHE “GOD ONLY KNOWS” 96 POINTS  $ 149.99  $119.99
CHAPPELLET 2012 CABERNET FRANC “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY  $ 75.00  $ 59.99
CHECKERBOARD 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY  $ 250.00  $175.00
COHO 2012 “COMBINATION OF THE TWO” PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY AUCTION  LOT  $ 150.00  $ 99.99
D66 BY ORIN SWIFT 2013 RED RHONE BLEND (95 POINTS ROBERT PARKER)  $ 39.00  $ 29.99
DR. PAULY BERGWEILER 2013/14 WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPATLESE  $ 36.00  $ 26.99
DUMOL 2013 “ESTATE” PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY  $ 100.00  $ 79.99
DUMOL 2013 “RYAN” PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY  $ 90.00  $ 69.99
FAILLA 2013 CHARDONNAY “CHUY” SONOMA VALLEY (95 POINTS)  $ 59.99  $ 44.99
FAMILIAR AIR 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, STAG’S LEAP  $ 85.00  $ 59.99
FAMILIAR AIR 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, STAG’S LEAP  $ 85.00  $ 59.99
FAVIA “QUARZO” 2012 SYRAH  $ 74.99  $ 49.99
GALLICA 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE NAPA VALLEY  $ 165.00  $129.99
GHOST BLOCK 2012 SINGLE VINEYARD CABERNET, YOUNTVILLE  $ 110.00  $ 78.99
HARLAN ESTATE 2011 CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY (95 POINTS)  $ 975.00  $649.99
HENDRY 2012 NAPA VALLEY BLOCKS 7 & 22 ZINFANDEL – NAPA VALLEY  $ 35.00  $ 26.99
HIRSCH 2013 “EAST RIDGE” PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST  $ 85.00  $ 64.99
HORSEPOWER 2012 SYRAH “THE TRIBE” WALLA WALLA (97 PARKER)  $ 225.00  $179.99
HOURGLASS 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BLUE LINE (MAGNUM)  $ 300.00  $199.99
HOURGLASS 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC, NAPA VALLEY  $ 42.00  $ 29.99
INHERIT THE SHEEP 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY ~ MAGNUM (SIGNED)  $ 185.00  $139.99
KAMEN 2010 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM – 93+ POINTS PARKER  $ 169.99  $129.99
KAMEN 2012 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM – 96 POINTS PARKER  $ 200.00  $149.99
KEPLINGER 2013 LITHIC, GSM (93 POINTS)  $ 70.00  $ 54.99
KEPLINGER 2013 SUMO (95 POINTS)  $ 69.99  $ 54.99
LACUNA 2013 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, SONOMA COAST  $ 36.00  $ 24.99
LAW ESTATE 2012 SAGACIOUS GSM PASO ROBLES 93 PT. PARKER  $ 75.00  $ 59.99
LINKED 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, KNIGHT’S VALLEY (93 PT PARKER)  $ 120.00  $ 89.99
LINKED 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, KNIGHT’S VALLEY  $ 120.00  $ 84.99
LUCIA 2013 GARYS’ SYRAH SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS –  $ 50.00  $ 39.99
MC4 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, ST. HELENA NAPA VALLEY  $ 70.00  $ 49.99
PALERMO 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY  $ 44.00  $ 34.99
PARADIGM 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE NAPA VALLEY MAGNUM  $ 160.00  $ 99.99
PEY MARIN 2013 RIESLING, MARIN COUNTY  $ 20.00  $ 14.99
POST PARADE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY  $ 90.00  $ 64.99
PULIDO WALKER 2013 CABERNET “PANEK” NAPA VALLEY – 96 POINTS  $ 195.00  $149.99
SKINNER 2014 GRENACHE BLANC EL DORADO  $ 22.00  $ 16.99
SOLISTE 2013 LUNE ET SOLEIL SAUVIGNON BLANC  $ 30.00  $ 23.99
SPENCE 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, HOWELL MOUNTAIN  $ 75.00  $ 59.99
VIN PERDU AMUSE BOUCHE 2005, PROPRIETARY RED NAPA 5 LITER (ETCHED)  $ 1,000.00  $749.99
WOLF 2012 CABERNET FRANC “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY  $ 75.00  $ 59.99
ZIATA 2012 CABERNET FRANC, NAPA VALLEY 750 ml  $ 67.00  $ 49.99
ZIATA 2012 CABERNET FRANC, OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY SIGNED MAGNUM  $ 150.00  $109.99

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ANOTHER WINE OF THE YEAR for PALOMA

 

Barbara and Jim Richards always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, they were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a second home and decided to start looking for a small property in the Napa Valley where they could build a home and plant a small vineyard. This dream was realized in 1983 when a friend of theirs, Dan Duckhorn, called and told them about the property now known as Paloma Vineyard.  The property is located five miles northwest of St. Helena at the top of Spring Mountain. In the last half of the 19th century it was a vineyard, but was allowed to return to forest around the turn of the century. The purchase of this raw land was the beginning of an odyssey that is ongoing, ever changing, but with one goal—to grow the best grapes possible and make a wine that reflects the terroir of Paloma Vineyard, Spring Mountain and Napa.  Sadly both Jim (2009) and Barbara (2016) passed away, but their son Sheldon has been groomed since 2003 to take over the reigns, and continue the legacy of Paloma for years to come.

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts, Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  I also want to let those Cabernet-philes know that one the most sought after, highly rated and probably (one of) the most expensive wines in the world is NOT Cabernet, but Merlot (i.e. Chateau Petrus)…. So Paloma, might be Napa Valley’s Petrus, but at a fraction the price!

Paloma 2013 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 59.99
FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use code PALOMA upon checkout

The Paloma 2013 Merlot is mind boggling good! This is a Merlot that will give many Cabernets a run for their money as this is  not your wimpy, soft, silky wine, but a well-balanced, complex, dark, concentrated, full-bodied mountain-grown gem!  The wine’s aroma is amazing, and jumps right out of the glass on impact.  This 2013 is layered with dense black stone fruit laced with dark chocolate and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  It is a big, lush youngster that pleases from start to finish.  It is well-balanced and elegant at the same time. But I suggest to put this one down for 6-12 months prior to imbibing.  Very small production.

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100 Point Winemaker’s “Inaugural” HOT NEW CAB project

Bench Vineyards is a new family venture between the Sharp and Steltzner families.  The Estate consists of 30 acres and sits next door to Odette and some other great Stag’s Leap vineyards.  The name “Bench Vineyards” comes from its unique topography – a true “benchland” vineyard located on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, directly below the Stag’s Leap Palisades.

The vineyard was planted in 1964.  Fast forward to 2011.  The family hires vineyardist extraordinaire Jim Barbour and his team to “recultivate” the vineyard, and 100 point winemaker Mike Smith (Myriad, Carter, 12c,  Scarlett, Quivet, etc.).  Mike and Jim were very impressed with the potential and after trial blends in 2012 and 13 they officially released the first “commercial” wine in 2014.  Am all estate blend of Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Bench Vineyards 2014 “Circa 64” Cabernet-Blend
Estate, Stag’s Leap Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 92.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6
Use code BENCH at checkout

Amazing color, somewhat inky which tells me intensity! On the nose this wine is bursting with bright black stone fruit and a hint of spice.  This gorgeous youngster offers up astounding flavors of crème de cassis, licorice, black stone fruits and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  The wine is full and lush in body, yet extremely well-balanced with the right balance of fruit/acid ratios.  The tannins are fine grained and well-integrated with a 30 second finish.   Only 250 of this inaugural release were produced!

LAST CALL FOR THIS STUNNING UNDER $40 WHITE BLEND

 

Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in common. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kerouac, whispering incessantly in the back of their minds, they lift their deep roots and go. He picks up his guitar and she takes nothing but a flower in her hair and love in her eyes, and they come to California.

Arbe Garbe 2015 Proprietary White Blend, Russian River Valley
Retail 43.00 – GGWC $39.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use shipping code ARBEGARBE during check out

Those days are long gone, but they still have deep roots and their dreams. Never ceasing to work hard and with passion, they have eventually reconnected to their native culture through the winemaking tradition. All that they have seen and felt and envisioned they expressed in every step of the process that brings this wine to life. They’ve always been enamored with the big Friulian white blends (45% Viognier, 30% Malvasia Bianca, 15% Gewurztraminer and 10% Pinot Blanc) and wanted to pay homage to their heroes and their dreamy creations. With the same hedonistic approach, they have created an ever-changing blend that embraces the melting pot they’re in and love, California, and the one they’ve left behind.

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You think you know wine? This might surprise you…

~What is Malbec?~

It may surprise you to learn that there are several thousand different grape varietals that can be used in making wine. Everyone is familiar with the common grape varietals Cabernet, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, and so on.  But have you ever heard of Auxerrois, Pressac, or Côt Noir? Actually, these three are all the same grape, you may know it as Malbec. When you visit your local wine store it is, most likely, a varietal you don’t see much of. Because of its intense character, Malbec has historically been used in blends rather than as a single grape wine. But recent years have seen a growing number of wineries producing Malbec on it’s own.

 
Malbec Grapes

Malbec (pronounced: [mal.bɛk]) is a purple grape that tends to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and is known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.

Called “Auxerrois” or “Côt Noir” in Cahors, called “Malbec” in Bordeaux, Argentina and California, and “Pressac” in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. Despite Cahors being hit by the same frost, which devastated the vineyards, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area where it was mixed with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, and more recently has been made into 100% Malbec varietal wines.

A popular but unconfirmed theory claims that Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread the grape variety throughout France. However, the French ampelographer and viticulturalist Pierre Galet notes that most evidence suggest that “Côt” was the variety’s original name and that it probably originated in northern Burgundy. Despite a similar name, the grape Malbec Argenté is not Malbec, but rather a variety of the southwestern French grape Abouriou. Due to the similarities in synonyms, Malbec has also been confused with Auxerrois blanc, which is an entirely different variety.

 
The Bordeaux Region
of France

The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature. It ripens mid-season and can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends. Sometimes, especially in its traditional growing regions, it is not trellised and cultivated as bush vines (the goblet system). The wines are rich, dark and juicy.

As a varietal, Malbec creates a rather inky red (or violet), intense wine, so it is also commonly used in blends, such as with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create the red French Bordeaux claret blend. The grape is blended with Cabernet Franc and Gamay in some regions such as the Loire Valley. Other wine regions use the grape to produce Bordeaux-style blends.

You’d say Malbec for my cellar?  Not interested!  Wait, you want to read this! ….

My tasting group rarely does blind tastings of Malbec as Calfornia does not make too many “single” varietal ones.  That is slowly changing.  As you know both in Bordeaux and Napa Malbec has been used as a blending grape, and will continue to in the future.  However, there are a few small producers that have been risqué and produced a single varietal Malbec.  So we decided to do a blind tasting with the real McCoy (i.e. Malbec from Argentina) versus locally produced ones.  The result was a surprise to all of us.

The line-up included the following wines:

  • Achaval Ferrer (96 points Parker)
  • Lagarde “Primeras Vinas” (93 points Parker)
  • Vivo o Muerto (95 points Parker)
  • Catena Zapata (95 points Galloni)
  • DeLille (92 points Parker)
  • Chalk Hill (96 points Parker)
  • Altos las Hormigas (95 points Parker)
  • Vina Alicia (93 points Galloni)
  • Familia Zuccardi (93 points Parker)
  • Superuco (93 points Galloni)
  • Ilaria (Napa Valley)

The SURPRISE WINNER = ILARIA 2013 MALBEC!

We tasted with 12 people and Ilaria received 7 first place votes, versus 3 for Achaval Ferrer and 1 each for Altos Hormigas and Chalk Hill.

Ilaria 2013 Malbec, Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 42.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code ILARIA at checkout

The 2013 Ilaria Malbec reveals a cornucopia of dark fruits including blueberries, blackberries, huckleberries and mulberries. The wine exhibits complexity with aromas of crushed rock, white flowers and briary vines. This Malbec is voluptuous and graceful showing off velvety tannins, bright acidity and stunning balance.

So, give this or another single-varietal Malbec a try and you may find yourself surprised by the vibrant and complex flavors that this relatively under appreciated grape can provide!

100 Point Winemaker “Thomas Rivers Brown” HOT NEW CABERNET

 

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 of a wine auction site 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 premier release of the 2009 Hobel Cabernet.  This sixth release, the 2014 vintage crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown will really wow you, it is AMAZING!

Hobel 2014 “The Grain” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
FREE SHIPPING on 4
Use code HOBEL at checkout

Don’t let the name change fool you – the 2014 “The Grain” is still  from the Engelhard Vineyard, but the winery decided the give the wine a “name” – It is a beautiful wine that stands shoulder to shoulder with the 2012 and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons from this great vineyard. The 2014 “The Grain” has a brooding powerful nose of blackberry, black cherry and a touch of vanilla. The wine is dense with a weighty, rich palate loaded with black currant, creme de cassis, blood orange and chocolate flavors, framed nicely with fine dusty tannins. As is typical of the prior wines from the Engelhard Vineyard, the finish is carried beautifully by the acidity. Only 183 cases were produced.

Winemaker Notes: “2014s showed much more transparency than the 2013s. Vintage character dominated the 2013s, whereas varietal and site expression mark the 2014s which, for me as a winemaker, is a much more enjoyable experience. Wines took a little longer in tank to color up and concentrate so time on skins went from an average of 14-16 days to 18-19 days. The wines continued to concentrate in barrel, improving every time we sampled them.”

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Heidi Barrett’s hot new Red blend

 

Heidi Barrett does not need any intro, but for those who do not know her – she is “Lady” Napa Valley, even better the “Queen” of the Valley!  Owner/Partner/Winemaker at Amuse Bouche, La Sirena.  Winemaker at Fantesca and Paradigm.

La Sirena 2013 Pirate, Proprietary Red,  Napa Valley
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99
FREE SHIPPING on SIX +
Use code PIRATE at checkout

The true treasure of the seven seas – Pirate TreasuRed. A big, brazen blend of seven different red varietals. Enjoy this delicious Cab blend and have some fun while you’re at it. Drink up, me hearties!  Using seven varieties, the “treasure of the seven seas” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache & Petite Sirah.  Pirate TreasuRed will arrive properly in a six-bottle treasure chest box.  The bottles resemble rum bottles with the label an old map of the Napa Valley.  The wine is bold and Cab-like with the other varietal flavor profiles overlapping, showing off the magic of the blend.

Winemaker Notes:Pirate TreasuRed returns for its 7th swashbuckling vintage, 2013. There’s no reason you can’t have a bit of fun with high quality wine and, trust me, we do! I make wine from a number of different varieties each year to be able to have more blending options. (It’s a bit like adding more colors to your palette if you are an artist.) The first year I worked on this wine (2007) the result was not what I expected, but something even better. The blend I came up with was so delicious that an entirely new wine was born. Because the original blend used seven varietals, the ‘treasure of the seven seas’ idea was a natural and so was the Pirate name. Each year the blend changes slightly, but the 2013 once again has seven varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah.  As you can imagine, it’s a pretty big, black, raucous blend, completely mouth filling and bold, yet made with finesse.”

When ordering 6 bottles we will include the special “treasure chest” as well.

Also check out these new Heidi Barrett releases:
LA SIRENA 2012 “BARRETTAGE” SYRAH, NAPA VALLEY
LA SIRENA 2015 MOSCATO AZUL NAPA VALLEY

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