Philippe Melka’s Rock Star Effort

Fahri & Constance Diner created Skipstone after successful careers as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  The vineyard is sits like an amphitheater carved into a horseshoe-shaped mountain hidden high above Alexander Valley. With their European roots Fahri & Constance strive to create the best wines to rival the quality and artistry of California’s most highly regarded wine estates.  Add Philippe Melka, winemaker extra-ordinaire and you see where this is going…

Skipstone 2014 Oliver’s Blend “Estate” 
Retail  134.99 – GGWC 124.99
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Winery Notes: “Our annual approach with Oliver’s Blend is to create a blend from up to 20 individual small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon from our steepest, rockiest hillsides. Each lot has a unique profile (based on soil type, exposure and clonal selection) and blended they
create a foundation. This Cabernet Sauvignon is then embellished with our other blending varietals to best showcase the vintage. This year the foundation Cabernet was structured and powerful. We left it as the primary voice at 98%. The remaining 2% is Merlot which added a lovely roundness and fleshy mouthfeel to the wine. The wine is beautifully expressive of our site. With so many pockets of soil differentiation and exposures, Oliver’s Blend is a symphonic compilation of aroma and flavor. This coupled with clonal diversity of three separate Cabernet clones creates an exceptionally complex wine. Year after year, this is a wine of profound power and elegance.”

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Oliver’s Blend is largely Cabernet Sauvignon (98% with 2% Merlot) aged in nearly three-fourths French oak for 18 months prior to being bottled. Loads of earthy, loamy soil notes intermixed with underbrush, blackcurrants, black cherries, tapenade and some subtle oak are present in this dense purple, full-bodied, muscular style of wine. Like most 2014s, it is already showing plenty of deliciousness and should continue to do so for at least another 15 or more years.”

Also check out the most amazing white made by Philippe Melka as well –

Skipstone 2015 “Estate” Viognier 
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 57.99
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The 2015 Skipstone Viognier exhibits a delicate light citrine color that reflects just like the faceted jewel. The nose is very generous revealing enticing aromatics of white peach, honeysuckle and jasmine with crushed rock notes that provide remembrances of youth spent on a hot summer day by the river. On the palate this wine is seamless, elegant and full bodied. The structure is balanced and complete with well integrated acidity and a long, satisfying finish.

Winery Notes: “Five rows of Viognier span the northern peaks of our amphitheater shaped vineyard. Situated on steep mountain terraces, the thin rocky soils force the vines to struggle which in turn brings out intensity and complexity in the fruit. Steady sun exposure during the day followed by afternoon shade blesses us with the ability to achieve both ripeness and long hang time. This in turn adds depth and complexity to the fruit. To balance the weight and intensity of this voluptuous grape, we limit the exposure to oak and avoid malolactic fermentation. Thus the final wine is full but bright and absolutely delicious.”

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Diamond Creek’s neighbor Cabernet at 1/3 the price

Michael Klopka purchased the 150 acre estate in 1998 atop Diamond Mountain, but it wasn’t a palatial estate – even a “Diamond in the rough” was an understatement.  It was densely forested, nearly inaccessible woodland tract that choked sunlight.  It took a while to clear, and create 2 parcels (Cori and Sophie) totaling six acres of Bordeaux varietals.  Most of the fruit is sold, but a special section is kept for the SVR wines – only 150 cases are produced! The first harvest was 2004, so with 10 year old till their first (Inaugural offering was the 2013 vintage) release they had the time to experiment and release a great wine from the get go.

SummitVine 2014 Cabernet “Estate’ Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00  – GGWC 79.99
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The second release from this estate offers up amazing aromatics that jump out of the glass – red and black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of volcanic and anise.  On the palate this full bodied Cab shows of its great body and opulence that is very complex, rich and loaded with lush flavors of black currant, fig, crème de cassis and a whiff of dark chocolate. This well-balanced wine finishes with more bold flavors and well-integrated, silky tannins.  Only 149 cases produced!

Wine Spectator says: “Ten High-Altitude Napa Cabernet Sauvignons: Add SummitVine to your list of wineries to watch”

Wine Spectator 93 Points: “Brimming with rich, lively dark berry and earth tones, this delivers a mix of currant, raspberry, red licorice, espresso and spicy oak notes.  Best of all, this glides along on the aftertaste.  Drink now through 2028.  149 cases made.”

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Wine Spectator 2017 Restaurant Awards

Wine Spectator 2017 Restaurant Awards

Every year Wine Spectator lists their “Wine” award winning restaurants from around the country and across
the globe. We thought that you might like to know which ones made the list near you.
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~Frank

The Grand Award Recipients
New York City
Boston
Chicago
Dallas / Fort Worth
Houston
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Miami
San Francisco
Washington, DC
Hong Kong
Caribbean
Cruise Ships
Napa Valley

LAST CALL FOR “STUNNER” 95 POINT CHARDONNAY = FREE SHIPPING

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2014 Chardonnay “Cuvee Alyce” Estate Russian River Valley 
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 41.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The top Chardonnay every year is named after Stephen Hansel’s mother. The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a field blend of a Hyde and Hudson Old Wente clone. This vineyard always produces the smallest clusters and tiniest berries and, hence, the richest offering. It’s a stunner in 2014, with a light straw/gold color and terrific notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and citrus oil. Full-bodied and rich with great acidity, beautiful purity and subtle oak, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-10 years.”

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