Jul
8
2016

LIMITED OFFER! – Under $50 Napa Cab Gem

Le Pich is the culmination of several seasoned and determined wine professionals efforts to produce the finest Cabernet Sauvignon possible from the best estate vineyards in Napa Valley all under the guidance of winemaker Julien Fayard (Assistant Winemaker at Lafite Rothschild and former Philippe Melka Director of Winemaking at Lail, Gemstone, Vineyard 29 etc) and ace viticulturist Steve Matthiasson.

Le Pich 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 48.99
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This might be “FIND” of the month! Sourced from the To-Kalon, Martinez (Pritchard Hill) and their estate vineyards, this wine offers a deep, rich purple color. A gorgeous nose of black currants and chocolate jump out of the glass.  The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with stunning flavors of dark fruits, black plum, espresso and chocolate that lead to an explosive finish.  The wine arouses you on impact with sweet subtleties that tickle your palate.  The wine, full in body, is very elegant yet explosive without being a tannic monster, although I would suggest to decant this for an hour or two, this wine will age gracefully for a good 15 years!

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Jul
7
2016

Inaugural SIX barrel syrah!

Benevolent Neglect is the creation of two East Coast transplants who moved west with the ambition of one day making great wine. With a simple philosophy – find the best quality fruit they can get their hands on, and then do as little as possible to it. Their search for the best grapes came to fruition when they met John Painter and Jean Gadiot, who have owned Las Madres vineyard since its inception. John and Jean converted overgrown pasture land into a beautiful VSP trellised, cool-climate Syrah vineyard with two distinct blocks.

Benevolent Neglect 2014 Syrah
Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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This youngster  opens with elegant aromas of violets before the bright and showy blueberry aromas start to stand at attention.  Full-bodied,  this wine offers up and elegant palate of gorgeous flavors – bright blue and red stone fruits, cocoa, a touch of pepper and bacon fat lead into a beautiful long silky tannin finish.

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Jul
6
2016

Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Release

 
Rob and Felicia Petree planted a home vineyard at their El Dorado Hills home and soon realized that “real” Cabernet couldn’t be made here, so to set out to find a good vineyard in the Napa Valley.  They also lucked out to team up with the assistant winemaker of Continuum and Petree Cabernet was born.  This first vintage is a whopping 300 cases of great quality fruit sourced from a well-known Napa vineyard.  I met up with Rob and Felicia and tasted through their (small) portfolio and walked away impressed with the wine and their persona.  Not the pushy, stuck-up folks, but nice, warm, family folks that are excited about their new baby – Petree Cellars.

Petree Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 62.99
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The wine opens up with nice red and black stone aromatics, a whiff of dark chocolate and a hint of spice.  Medium-full in body this wine offers bright red and black stone fruit flavors with a touch of vanilla, chocolate intertwined with a touch of clove and white pepper.  The wine is lush, well-balanced and leads into a long, silky tannin finish. The 2013 Petree Cellars Cabernet is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. A pleasant surprise, this Premiere Release!

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Jul
5
2016

A 94 Point Chardonnay Gem!

 
Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine, and the “Winemaker to Watch” by San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at Au Bon Climat and Qupé, under the tutelage of winemakers Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, working his way up to assistant winemaker at both labels. Taking the fall quarter off each year from his studies at UCLA to work harvest in California, Gavin also worked harvest in South Africa and New Zealand. He then the traveled extensively in Burgundy and Italy before returning to launch Chanin Wine Co. in 2007.

Chanin 2014 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 44.99
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Mix & match with Chanin Pinot Noir

Amazing color and aroma!  The nose offers up a bouquet with plentiful bright tropical fruit, fresh flowers, and hints of mango and peach.  A very subtle touch of toasty vanilla lingers throughout but is not overpowering at all!  On the palate this wine offers up gobs of stunning fruit flavors, laced with a touch of hazelnut.  The wines is rich and full-bodied, yet extremely delicate and elegant from start to finish. This is amazing quality and value in a bottle and truly a very good Cal-Burgundy example.  Very small production!

Galloni 94 Points: “The Chardonnay Bien Nacido is a surprisingly rich, oily Chardonnay from Gavin Chanin, with plenty of texture and viscosity, but also a terrific sense of freshness. Scents of butter, orange blossom, tropical flowers, white pastry and truffle all open up in the glass. Classy, elegant and refined, the Nacido is also the most overt of these Chardonnays. I especially like the way the Bien Nacido continues to open up in the glass.”

Check out their amazing Pinot Noir as well - 
CHANIN 2013 PINOT NOIR “LOS ALAMOS” SANTA BARBARA

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Jul
4
2016

Happy Independence Day!

 

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
~~ Abraham Lincoln


I am honored and proud to be a part of this great country. On this special day,
here’s a toast to a wonderful today and dreams of an even better tomorrow!
May your Independence Day day be filled with patriotic spirit, friends, family,
and celebration!

Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

Jul
2
2016

LAST CALL FOR 6 BARREL NAPA CAB BLEND BY 100 POINT WINEMAKER

The “Tether” wine is a new project between Benoit Touquette (who has made MANY 100 POINT Realm as well as, 96+ Kata, and 95+ Fait-Main & Teeter-Totter Cabernets) and my dear friend Kimberly Jones (wine broker to the stars).  The 2013 Tether Proprietary Red is a blend of 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12.5% Petit Verdot. This is value in a bottle.   When I tasted the wine I figured, another $100, but I was wrong , it was ½ that price!  That said, the production is very limited at only 168 cases, so you’ll have to act quick!


Tether 2013 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
Retail 56.00 – GGWC 51.99
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Amazing color and gorgeous aromas jump out of the glass.  Black stone fruit, a whiff of dark chocolate and anise greet you upon impact.  On the palate this youngster will really wow you.  Lush, beautiful and well-balanced.  Bold black fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon, balanced nicely with the silkiness of the Merlot and a crescendo of intensity from the Petit Verdot lead into a long finish – a good 30 seconds!   This is hidden gem that want to impress with!

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Jul
1
2016

Coho’s hot new UNDER $40 Napa Cabernet by 99+ Winemaker

 

The legend of the Old Poodle Dog

Back in the Gold Rush days of San Francisco the most popular French restaurant was named Le Poulet D’Or (which actually mean the Golden Chicken). Many of the miners found the unfamiliar language of the restaurant’s name difficult to pronounce so it was mangled into (Old) Poodle Dog, and soon the restaurant had a new name.

The Old Poodle Dog became one of the most fashionable eateries in San Francisco and resided in several different locations over the years. Sadly when the blight of Prohibition appeared the proprietor closed the doors exclaiming “Great cuisine cannot be served without wine.” I couldn’t agree more.

Phil Titus (Chappellet) has been at the helm of Coho for some years now, and it shows.  His attention to detail and 30+ years experience are an amazing asset to Coho. Phil has crafted many 95-99+ rated wines and Coho only benefits from his great craft.

Coho 2013 “Old Poodle Dog” Cabernet, Napa Valley 
Retail $40.00 – GGWC $37.99
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Since it is a Coho wine, and it is the much anticipated 2013 vintage, I hope you’ll be as excited as I am about this wine.  This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot was sourced from the same vineyards Coho works with for its designated varietal program.  This is a fun, but very serious wine that comes with an economical friendly price tag.  On the nose one is greeted by intense black stone fruit and chocolate notes.  On the palate this youngster shows great finesse and overflows with bright black currant, mocha and a touch of toasty vanilla notes. Full in body this youngster will please both wallet and palate.

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Jun
30
2016

94 Point Rated KILLER Red blend

 

Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets, but recently added the Suzuri series, high-quality, but well-priced Red blends.  The current release is a blend of 53% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier.

Gallica 2013 Suzuri Red, Shaker Ridge Vineyard
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99
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Always exotic and wonderfully expressive wines hail from Ann Kraemer’s beautiful Shake Ridge Ranch (home of some well-regarded wines like Keplinger, etc.). The 2013 vintage is a lively and seriously age worthy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier. This big, bold wine offers up stunning aromas of Kirsch, red stone fruits and a touch of white pepper.  On the palate, this full-bodied red shows gorgeous, harmonious well-balanced fruit.  Beautiful red stone, pomegranate, white chocolate, mineral and spice flavors coat the palate. Leading into a long, intense, yet silky finish.

Galloni 94 Points: “The 2013 Red Wine Shake Ridge Vineyard, Gallica’s Amador County red blend, is superb. Radiant, intense and refined, the 2013 is endowed with superb purity. Pomegranate, sweet red cherry, spice and mint are all beautifully delineated in this impeccably, totally striking, translucent wine. A touch of whole clusters adds lift and energy. What a gorgeous wine this is.”

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Jun
27
2016

Philippe Melka’s ONLY Sonoma Cabernet

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 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Oliver’s Blend Estate, Alexander Valley
Retail 125.00 – GGWC 119.99
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The 2013 Oliver’s Blend is rich and masculine; hints of allspice and lovely notes of juicy black currant, plum and coffee are at the center of the aroma. The palate is layered with berries, cocoa, spice and tobacco. Fine, rounded yet pronounced tannins lend a satisfying strength to the palate and mouthfeel, followed by a smooth long, lingering finish that is consistent of Skipstone wines.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oliver’s Blend, which has 12% Merlot, is gorgeous stuff and showcases just how brilliant the Bordeaux varietals can be from the hillsides of Alexander Valley. The wine has an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of dusty, loamy soil scents interwoven with floral nuances, blackberry, licorice and dark, dark cherry. Very spicy and earthy, with a hint of new saddle leather, this wine spent 18 months in French oak, of which 72% was new. This is a terrific, full-throttle, beautifully balanced and pure wine that should drink well for at least two decades.”

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Jun
25
2016

LAST CALL Thomas Rivers Brown’s Amazing Cabernet

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and their idea was born.  At the helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers.(FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.)

Post Parade 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 89.99
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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact. This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  Only 250 cases produced.

2013 Tasting Notes from Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown:

“2013 encapsulated all the good points of the previous growing season and then took it up a notch. The transition from budbreak to bloom to veraison to harvest was extremely well spaced out.  Temperatures stayed mild, with only one heat spike above 100 degrees in late June, and there was zero rain until November once all the fruit had been brought into the winery.  There’s always an element of mystery when it comes to how a wine will turn out in the end, but right from the beginning, the 2013 vintage wines showed so well.  Undoubtedly the best vintage since 2007, the 2013 Post Parade resonates with light airy aromatic notes, a complex and intricate fruit core, mouth coating concentration and a finish that lingers and leaves you wanting more before it’s gone away.”—Thomas Rivers Brown Winemaker

Robert Parker 93 Points: “Thomas Brown makes the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from two well-known vineyards, the Tench Vineyard in Oakville, which is located on Oakville Bench (and made famous by Russell Bevan), and the Redhead Vineyard, which is back on Soda Springs Road. There are 425 cases of this beauty, which displays a dense ruby/purple color and notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, cassis and a touch of toasty oak in a full-bodied, layered, concentrated style. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.”

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