95 Points – 175 case Grenache Surprise

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the Rock & Roll scene.  Life took a different turn, as he had to make a living and  he eventually stumbled onto the L.A. food scene.  He worked as a waiter, and in time met Manfred Krankl, of La Brea Bakery fame, which whom he’d partner and work for several years.  Krankl, created the infamous Sine Qua Non label and that inspired Matthias to go a similar route and the rest is history.  Sanguis is not a quaffing wine, but complex and sophisticated

Sanguis 2012 Grenache “Verve” Santa Barbara
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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Winery Notes:  “Here’s what the dictionary says this about “Verve“: noun: enthusiasm, energy, spirit, life, force, punch (informal), dash, pep, sparkle, zip (not code), vitality, animation, vigor, zeal, gusto, welly(slang), get-up-and-go (informal), elan, brio, vivacity, liveliness, vim.

Composition: Grenache, co-fermented with small amounts of Syrah and Viognier with about 21% whole cluster inclusion, raised for 23 months in a combination of new and ‘certified self-pre-used’TM500, 300 and 228L French oak barrels. (Sadly) only 175 cases bottled.  Unfined and, unfiltered.

Galloni 95 Points: “The 2012 Verve (Grenache) opens with super-expressive aromatics and bright, punchy fruit. Varietal elements are amped up in an intense, racy Grenache that delivers outstanding intensity. The fruit sources are John Sebastiano and Watch Hill, a winning combination in my book. What a gorgeous wine this is.”

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KISTLER winemaker’s HOT new Chardonnay

Over the past 25 years Kistler has been synonymous with Top Chardonnay, kinda the White Burgundy Grand Cru version of California.  Kistler wines sell for $100+.  The past 5+ years Jason Kesner has been at the helm of this much sought after winery. But did you say $100+?  I have good news Jason has been making his own wine for many years as well and it is “the” wine by the glass at Top Restaurants like Benu, French Laundry, etc.  He just released the 2013 Bacigalupi bottling from this equally famed Russian River Valley vineyard, at ½ the price of a Kistler bottling.

Kesner 2013 “Bacigalupi” Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Retail 66.00 – GGWC 62.99
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mix & match OK with other Kesner Wines

This vineyard was one of THE SOURCES for the 1976 Paris Tasting!  That said, The 2013 Bacigalupi exhibits all of the markers of a perfectly balanced California Chardonnay. Soft floral tones and creme soaked pears with a hint of honeysuckle and a light chalky sense of minerality lift from the glass. Green and golden orchard fruits threaded with corn silk resonate through the body of the wine, which is luxuriously mouth filling yet poised, and held tight by the well integrated naturally occurring acids.

Also check out these other stunning Kesner wines. Mix & Match for FREE SHIPPING:
Kesner 2013 Chardonnay “Heintz Vineyard” Sonoma Coast
Kesner 2013 Pinot Noir “King’s” Russian River Valley

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Under $30 REALLY ~ 94 Point Rated GEMSTER!

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out to plant what has become a much regarded Rhone-varietal vineyard.  Wells helped develop and maintain the vineyard.  Under the tutelage of the great Roar winemaker (Scott Shapley) they have put some very good quality and well-priced wines on the wine map!

Halcon 2014 Equisito – Estate Mendocino
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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The 2014 Esquisto is a co-ferment of two thirds Grenache and one third Mourvedre, blended with 5% Syrah prior to bottling.  Lots of crunchy Grenache red stone fruit, the Mourvedre provides the funk and peppery spice, and that splash of Syrah brings an earthy darkness and a touch of dark chocolate notes.. This blend offers up a good more punch, structure (the whole-cluster) and depth. A clean version of an old-school Chateauneuf du Pape. 235 cases bottled unfined, unfiltered.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Esquisto is a more Grenache-dominated blend that checks in as two-thirds Grenache and one-third Mourvedre. It’s a step up over the 2013 and offers beautiful kirsch and black raspberry fruits, spice-box, licorice and chalky minerality in a full-bodied, voluptuous and textured personality. Staying fresh and lively, it has a great mid-palate, tons of sweet fruit and a clean, focused finish. It should drink nicely on release and have 10-12 years of longevity.”

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Encosta (“slope”) Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides ofGandona Estate and its terra cotta-colored, volcanic soil.  The 2012 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.

Gandona 2012 “Encosta” Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Napa Valley
Retail 98.00 – GGWC 94.99
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Robert Parker 94-96 Points: “The finest wine to date appears to be the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill, a sensational example of Pritchard Hill Cabernet. Its opaque purple color is followed by notes of pen ink, camphor, charcoal, blackberries and black currants. Dense, rich and built like a skyscraper with a terrific mouthfeel and purity as well as a full-bodied, moderately tannic, exuberant and convincing finish, it should age effortlessly for 20-30 years”

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Don’t forget about your THANKSGIVING GIFT CASE!
Thanksgiving 2015 Six Bottle Gift Case - $239.99 Includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING*
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Tiny producer wins blind tasting

Our Tasting Group lined up an amazing lineup of hard-to-find Grenaches:
  • Carlisle (Rossi) 93 WS
  • Keplinger 93 WS
  • Saxum (James Berry) 93 WS
  • Outpost 93 Galloni
  • Alban 94 Galloni
  • Sanguis (Verve) 93 Galloni
  • Limerick Lane 94 Galloni
  • Samsara 93 Galloni
  • A Tribute to Grace 93 Galloni
  • Draognette (Sebastiano)

Two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) teamed up with their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis to pursue their live-long dream to make wine.  They gained valuable experiences at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars before they started this awesome venture.  Over the past couple of years the press has been (rightfully so) generous to these three great guys.  They source from some of the most sought after vineyards in Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills & Santa Ynez. This bottling was sourced 100% from John Sebastiano’s vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills.

Dragonette 2013 Grenache “John Sebastiano” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99
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On the nose, this Grenache displays its cool climate origins, with high-register red fruits, such as ripe raspberry, strawberry and loganberry mingling with complex smoky earth notes, pine and herbal notes of fresh thyme, rosemary, mint, and oregano.  On the palate the wine is energetic and lively, as red fruits (strawberries, pomegranate) mingle with citrus notes of blood orange, orange peel and fresh herbs (thyme), anise and tar.  The wine has great lift from fresh tannins and ample, mouth-watering acidity and minerality (stones and seashells), and it finishes with great length and freshness.

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Cult Cabernet 98 Points again?

Beau Vigne (Bo-Veenya) was founded in 2002 by Ed and Trish Snider. Their vineyard goes by the name of Stags Ridge and is the benchmark and centerpiece of Beau Vigne. Stags Ridge Vineyard & Ranch is located on the Eastern edge of Napa, situated in the Atlas Peak appellation at the very top of Soda Canyon Road overlooking Pritchard Gap, Haystack, and Stagecoach Vineyards. The wines are made by Kirk Venge, and as you know many of their releases have released big scores, so don’t wait too long to jump on this latest release!

Beau Vigne 2013 “CULT” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail $110.00 – GGWC $104.99
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The 2013 is in my humble opinion as good, if not a better wine compared to the very good 2012! An opaque color greets you followed by a gorgeos nose offering up stunning aromas of chocolate, black currant and a touch tobacco and licorice. On the palate, this full bodied youngster is loaded with dense, concentrated and lush black stone fruit that is full and complex and extremely well-balanced offering up layers upon layers of amazing fruit and the right touch of acidity where needed.  The finish is longlasting with modest tannins.

Robert Parker 2012 review 98+ Points: “As great as all these wines are, Beau Vigne’s top wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cult. From a dry-farmed vineyard, it exhibits an inky/blue/black color as well as beautiful, sweet kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with creme de cassis, unsmoked cigar tobacco, underbrush and loamy soil notes. The complex aromatics are followed by a fabulously rich, full-bodied, voluptuously textured wine revealing terrific purity as well as depth. This stunning 2012 should continue to drink well for 15-20+ years.”

Also, check out these very limited productions:
Beau Vigne 2013 “Juliet” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Milange 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Frank-Perry Estate” Napa Valley

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100 cases produced Pinot Gem


POE is a small producer by Samantha Sheehan, an advocate of the vineyards and wines of Burgundy and Champagne. The brand; Poe, was created to show that California too has incredible and distinctive terroir, varying dramatically from one microclimate to the next. Poe only produces single vineyard wines to show that distinction, and picks not by numbers, but rather when the fruit is balanced and flavorful.  The 2012 “Hudson” Pinot Noir, is an amazingly well-made wine from this “Grand Cru” vineyard in Carneros.  Poe is one of the only wineries that get this amazing Pinot Noir fruit from this acclaimed vineyard.

Poe 2012 “Hudson” Pinot Noir, Carneros
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 45.99
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This was the surprise of the month!  Gorgeous, well-crafted little gem.  A wine loaded with potential from one of the most sought after vineyards.  Beautiful aroma of rose petals, Bing cherries, pomegranate and a whiff of terroir.  Lush and full-bodied, yet extremely well-balanced with gobs of red fruit coating the juicy palate.  This wine displays class and finesse from start to finish and lingers into a long silky tannin finish.

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97 Point Rated Heidi Barrett Cabernet

Two of Napa’s best known faces, Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle, La Sirena, Amuse Bouche, etc) and Bo Barrett (Chateau Montelena) have been married for 26 years, but it took them almost that long before they put their winemaking heads together and created Barrett & Barrett.

GGWC Price $299.99
FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more
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10/30/15 by Heidi Peterson Barrett: “This 2012is a blockbuster powerhouse wine from this vintage. Aromas are deep, ripe, and intense with pure berry jam, lush black cherry, and layers of toasty sweet French oak. Explosive flavors follow the amazing aromatics. Just a delicious big lush mouth-coating wine. Our early ripening Calistoga vineyards served us well once again since the Barrett and Barrett blocks carry such a light crop. The typically low yielding vines produce tiny concentrated berries which result in this very cool dense and delicious Cab. It’s the best possible combination blend of balance and finesse, purity of character, amazing length, and age worthiness. Don’t miss it!”
 10/30/15 by Bo Barrett: “The wine is opaque dark color, almost black to the very edge; The aroma is concentrated earthy-berry, smoked spices, like a block of fancy black tea coated with black cherry and cassis syrup. An instant mouthful of fat fruit, lush throughout and a solid enduring richness and balance. Lots of good tannin grip and superbly acid balanced. A very classic “sun grown” Cabernet. Impressive palate focus and authority with rich fine polished structure.”

Anthony Galloni 97 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Rich, racy, and totally voluptuous in the glass, the 2012 flows with seemingly endless layers of fruit. This is a decidedly dark, powerful brooding 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with real class. Dark cherry jam, wild flowers,gravel, mint and dark spice meld into the unctuous, riveting finish.”

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Honoring Veterans Day

Today, we salute the heroes
who have fought for the integrity of this country and the freedoms we enjoy.

Our hearts and minds are filled with thanks and respect.

We are forever grateful for their sacrifice of life, limb, and time
for the greater good so that we might have a better life
and a place to call home.

Let us raise a toast to our veterans.
Happy Veteran’s Day!

All veterans receive 10% off today. Please use code VETUSA during checkout.

Turley Zin at ½ the price

The RW Moore Vineyard is one of California’s oldest and best known Zinfandel vineyards.   Turley calls it the EARTHQUAKE vineyard.  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 (RW 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 Hendry 2012 Zinfandel “R.W. Moore”
Retail 43.00 –  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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