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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KILLER 96 Point 2012 Napa Cabernet

Kevin Carriker started out in a wine store in San Francisco, making his way via some Napa and Bordeaux wineries where he did everything from working the tasting room, cleaning and topping barrels to participating in the harvest.  In 1990 he worked a crush at Grgich Hills and from here he decided it was time for the big leagues. In 1994 he made his first wine and in 1998 he purchased the Coombsville property.  With the help of “ace winemaker” Mark Herold he has  been producing killer Cabs from this single vineyard. The 2012 vintage by far is their “piece de resistance” receiving 96 Points from Robert Parker. Mark does not need any intro, but for those who don’t know him, he worked at Phelps, Hestan before creating Merus (he sold this years ago) and becoming the full-time winemaker at Kamen in 2001 where he has made amazing high-scoring wines and of course his own well-regarded Mark Herold label.

Kobalt 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ~ 96 Points!
$94.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Robert Parker 96 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon(100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is fabulous. A prodigious effort, with notes of blackberry liqueur mixed with charcoal, white flowers, sweet oak and underlying wet rocks, giving it minerality and additional complexity. It’s full-bodied, dense, very concentrated, with the vintage’s telltale opulence and voluptuous texture well displayed. Drink it over the next 12-15 years!”

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LAST CALL FOR 95 Point Blind Tasting Cab Winner!

My tasting group lined up a great collection of A+ Highly rated 2012 Cabs:
  • Kamen (96+ Parker)
  • Cliff Lede (95 Parker)
  • Alpha Omega “Dr. Crane” (95 Parker)
  • Nickel & Nickel “Sullenger” (95 Galloni)
  • Robert Foley (95 Parker)
  • Cimarossa “Rive” (94 Parker)
  • Beau Vigne Cult (97 Parker)
  • Arnot-Roberts “Fellom” (95 Galloni)
  • Quivet ”Pellet” (94 Galloni)
  • Hayfork “Lewelling”
The WINNER = Hayfork “Lewelling! 

Hayfork 2012 Cabernet “Lewelling Ranch” Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99
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The 2012 Hayfork arrived with a big WOW, it’s here!  This wine has created a real following. The Llewelling estate (1864) has been producing some of the most amazing Cabernet and Blends in the Napa Valley.  Many wineries have been very successful with this fruit!.  Haley Wight’s version of the 2012 vintage is stunning! The wine is blend of 94% Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.  On the nose you are greeted by blue and black stone fruit, a touch of chocolate with a whiff of toasty vanilla.  On the palate this full-body, lush youngster is loaded with bright blue and black fruit, coffee, anise and a touch sweet oak.  The finish is long and pleasant. Only 600 cases produced.

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96 Point Herman Story Stunner!

Herman Story 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 just 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” folowoing.

Herman Story 2013 Syrah “Sebastiano” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 49.99
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(OK to mix & match with other Herman Story wines

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: “All the illicit pleasure of slipping under the ropes and finding yourself at a star studded gala and charming the pants off everyone by telling off color jokes: in-n-out double doubles, ancient oregano, perfect pastis, chocolate smoke, cherry coke residue, fresh bay laurel, milk duds and bacon black pepper icecream.  Truly a night to remember!

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Stunning 95 Point Rated Syrah

The winery is a partnership between Marty Tautcher an executive at Microsoft and Chris Peterson (winemaker), who honed his skills at DeLille Cellars and several wineries in France and Italy.  When their paths crossed at DeLille, an immediate bond was created and the idea for Avennia was born.

“Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon, and signifies the heart of Old World winemaking. The Avennia wines are designed to tease rather than flaunt; pique interest, not beg for attention. They stand for elegance, delicacy, purity. Our wines are made to enhance conversation, not dominate it, and will be a welcome guest at the table.”

Avennia 2013 “Arnaut” Syrah
Retail 60.00 – GGWC  55.99
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The nose of this compelling wine leads with black cherry, black raspberry, smoked meats, bacon fat, and notes of violets and crushed rock. The palate is full bodied but taut and focused, a rich panoply of mixed black fruits, savory meat flavors, thyme, lavender, and a taut, minerally finish with ample structure for the future. This wine that will be enjoyable young,but also age 8-12 years.

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2013 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut is a rock star. Offering sensational purity in its meaty, dark fruits, olive brine, beef blood, currants and hints of violets, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, impressive concentration and a great finish, where it shows additional minerality. Coming from the two oldest blocks at Boushey Vineyard, this is a serious, age-worthy Syrah that I suspect will have a Northern Rhone-like evolution. Give it 2-3 years once released and drink it over the following decade or more.”

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Epic 2 Barrel GEM!

Campesino reads like a love story.  A young girl Griselda Ceja (from the infamous Ceja winery) spent her childhood days on this property, she falls in love with a local winemaker and they got married on the vineyard site in 2007.  This five acre vineyard is one of the most ideal vineyard sites in the Valley, getting much needed temperate weather necessary for this varietal.
The Vineyard:  The “Steel Plow” vineyard is located at the base of Adbe Canyon in Sonoma Valley.  It is farmed by “Famed” vineyard specialist Phil Coturri of Kamen, Vineyardist, etc fame.  The soils are rocky in areas and contain eroded sediment from the Mayacamas Mountains. Three different types of gravely loam soils make up the vineyard which was replanted in the early 2000s using Budwood from the prominent Chateau Beaucastel in theRhone Valley.

Campesino 2013 Grenache “Steel Plow” Sonoma
42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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This might be one of the BEST Grenaches I have tasted.  So I highly recommend jumping on this 65 case release! The wine offers up gorgeous aromatics of black raspberries, anise and kirsch aromas and a whiff of wild flowers.  This full-bodied youngster is extremely well-balanced with pure concentrated  black and red fruit and a touch of chocolate offering the right touch of acidity and an amazingly long and complex finish.  This is a real WOW!

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LAST CALL Thomas Rivers Brown’ 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

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The Best under the Radar Cab in Napa!

The inaugural release was the 2007 vintage and as of today this winery still floats under the radar, which is great for you and me!  Only 2 barrels (50 cases) of this amazing gem are produced.  This is exactly why I wake up early every day to find gems like this.  You will not be disappointed.  I put this wine in the range of the big names at a fraction the price! This is the fourth vintage, and it already created a following among my clients and you will not find it in the big box and discount stores!

Mapson 2012 “Left Lane” Cabernet , Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 75.00
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The 2012 Mapson Left Lane is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance  Merlot and Petit Verdot, so very left-bankish!  This wine is amazingly lush and rich in style, yet very composed and well-balanced.   This youngster offers up a gorgeous bouquet of black stone fruit, chocolate, licorice, jammy fruit with subtly hints of plums, a whiff of underbrush.  This full-bodied and luscious wine is one of the best wines of the year.  Loaded from start to finish with stunning fruit that leads into an equally amazingly long finish.

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Arbe Garbe (pronounced 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 2014 Proprietary White Blend – Russian River Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC $36.99
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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% Malvasia Bianca, 20 % Viognier, 20% Pinot Grigio & 15% Gewurztraminer) 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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5 Barrel – 95 Point – under $60 Napa Cabernet!

Benoit Touquette might be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa.  He was Andy Erickson’s right hand man, at Screaming Eagle producing many 98-100 point wines! Benoit is also the protégé of the world’s top consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  All three were at the helm of Ovid producing their wines for some years. His “Fait-Main” label, which translates to “Hand-Crafted” is a 125 case production Cabernet based blend project.  I’d say that a new star is born!

Fait-Main 2013 Cabernet “Teeter-Totter” Napa Valley
Retail 60.00- GGWC 55.99
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The 2013 Fait-Main “Teeter Totter” Cabernet Sauvignon blend with its opaque ruby/purple-color exhibits tons of fruit on the nose: crème de cassis, blackcurrants and blackberries intermixed with notes of baking spices, lavender, graphite and licorice. It is big, bold and full-bodied, round and juicy loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of cigar spice and a hint of figs on the long, silky finish.  This is a wine that could be drunk now or over the next decade.  Limited production!

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