The Next 100 Point 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
Use code PP13CS upon checkout

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 Paraderesonates 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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Scarecrow Winemaker’s MUST HAVE 2012 CABERNET

What do you call it when a Hollywood actor/director wants to make wine? Hollywood & Vine!  That is the story of Doug Barr, who starred in series like Designing Women, The Fall Guy, Two on the Town, etc.  He also produced The Wizard, The Hit, Fathom, Temptation, Perfect Cover and many other well received scripts.  The multi-talented Barr’s directorial debut (his original screenplay) was Dead Badge with Olympia Dukakis!  He purchased a home at “2480…Street in Napa, once the home of Maynard Amerine, one of the “creators” of Napa Valley Wines.  As the story goes, Doug found a book Maynard published in the home and before long he wanted to get involved in wine – the rest “Hollywood & Vine 2480” is history.

Winemaker “extaordinaire” Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Corra, Barbour, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Lindstrom, etc.) does not need an intro – she is just as much a star and deserves one too (in the Wine Hall of Fame).

Hollywood & Vine
2012 “2480” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 95.00- GGWC 89.99
Use discount shipping code 2480CS upon check out

This 100% Cabernet combines fruit from top-notch vineyards located in St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Spring Mountain & Mt. Veeder.  The result is an exceedingly complex wine which shows the best attributes of benchland as well as hillsides vineyards. The aromas on this fully ripe Cabernet display chocoalte, black cherry, cola, anise, dusty plums, dried figs and a hint of toasty pecans. Intensely aromatic, the wine displays very ripe, luscious aromas. At entry, the flavor profile echoes the aromas, with ripe fruit and a hint of earth. The texture is full, dense, concentrated and structural, with sweet, juicy fruit notes throughout. The lingering finish tastes of ripe black berries, with deeper notes of caramel and a whiff of vanilla.

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Killer California Rhone Blends

The MUCH anticipated 2013 Helen Keplinger releases are finally in stock! I received both the  KEPLINGER 2013 LITHIC, GSM & KEPLINGER 2013 SUMO. 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 wine for over a decade now (Bryant FamilyCarte BlancheGrace 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 2013 SUMO “Shake Ridge Vineyard” 94 Points
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
Use code KEP upon checkout
Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines

Helen Keplinger, Winemaker notes: “Sumo is a Cote Rotie twist on Petite Sirah – Petite Sirah co-fermented with Viognier, and blended with a small amount of Syrah. The2013 Sumo is a blend of 76% Petite Sirah, 20% Syrah, and 4% Viognier, all from Shake Ridge Vineyard. The Petite comes from two blocks, one is 80% rock and produces small, thick-skinned berries with intense aromatics and dense structure. The other 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 2013 Sumo was aged in a mix of barriques, Muids d’Oc, and Demi Muids – all French Burgundian cooperage – 65% of which was new. The nose shows layers of olallieberry, plum, turpentine, stargazer lily, orange blossom, fennel seed, and star anise. Flavors of blue and black fruit fill the palate, with indian spices, black peppercorn, creosote, sumac, and bittersweet chocolate. This is a dark, spice-laden, massive, plush wine. It’s hard to believe a wine of this size can have such a soft landing and sublime finish. Ah, Sumo. 220 cases produced.”

Anthony Galloni, 94 Points: “Dark purple and black fruit, spices, licorice and leather all meld together in the Sumo, Keplinger’s Petite Sirah-based blend. Sweet floral and spice notes wrap around a core of ripe, inky Petite fruit. Racy and full-throttle all the way, the Sumo is wonderfully expressive today. Drink this voluptuous, intense red over the next 7-10 years. There is plenty to look forward to as it continues to develop in bottle.”

KEPLINGER 2013 LITHIC, GSM “Shake Ridge Vineyard” 93 Points
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
Use code KEP upon checkout
Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines

Helen Keplinger, Winemaker notes: “The 2013 Lithic is a blend of 42% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, and 25% 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 nose of boysenberry, graphite, violets, mandarin zest, black licorice, and jasmine tea. The dark fruit profile continues on the deep palate, with iodine, black peppercorn, five spice, and cacao. The mouthfeel is broad and plush, with beautiful length. 320 cases produced.”

Anthony Galloni, 93 Points: “The Lithic, Keplinger’s Rhône Blend from Shake Ridge, is terrific. Explosive to the core, the new Lithic bursts from the glass with intense dark red and black fruits. Sweet herbs, flowers, mint and anise develop in the glass adding attractive overtones. The firm tannins need a few years to soften, but all the elements are in the right place. This Lithic was done with 20-30% whole clusters, an approach that works nicely here.”

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95 Point Must Have Pinot Gem

Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara resident returned to his roots in 1985 by establishing Foxen with long-time friend, Bill Wathen. After working as a banker in the 60 & 70’s he gave up his nine-to-five job and moved his young family to Europe. Over the two years, Dick traveled the back roads where he developed a love of wine.  He returned to Rancho Tinaquaic, which was purchased by his great-great grandfather and Santa Barbara County pioneer Benjamin Foxen in 1837 in the late seventies. At that time Santa Barbara County wine industry was just emerging. With his passion for great wines firmly established, he initially worked to support his family, which included working for the Tepusquet Mesa Vineyard.

Foxen 2013 “Block 8” Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Santa Barbara
Retail $70.00 – GGWC 64.99
Use code BLOCK8 upon checkout

Robert Parker 95 Points: “An incredible, profound Pinot Noir, Foxen’s 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 was completely destemmed and aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep ruby color is followed by sensational notes of sweet cherries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and a touch of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional, with seamless texture, this is California Pinot Noir at its finest. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.”

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Lewis Winemaker’s hot new Napa Cabernet

Mark Grassi grew up in Northern California in Walnut Creek. Fond of wilder places, he moved to Napa Valley in 1980. He was torn between working in the wine industry and in construction, and first chose the latter. All the while, Mark kept taking viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and refining his palate. In 1989, Mark launched Grassi & Associates, builders of custom homes, wineries and estates in Napa and Sonoma Valley. In 1999, he acquired 14 fertile acres in one of Napa’s finest winegrowing areas. That vision became reality with Grassi Wine Company, founded in 2001. Winemaker is ace Robbie Meyer (Peter Michael, Lewis, Jericho Canyon, etc.)

Grassi 2012 Cabernet “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 78.00 – GGWC 69.99
Use code GRASSI12 upon checkout

This youngster offers up gobs of licorice, blueberry and blackberries on the nose.  The wine is well-balanced and not overly concentrated. Very elegant with a medium to full  palate laced with gorgeous red and black fruit intertwined with spring flowers, licorice and a whiff of spice.  The wine finishes long with silky grainy tannins. I’d decant for a good hour.  Enjoyment for 10 years!

Robert Parker 93 Points: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from a vineyard on Soda Canyon Road. Made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon blended with tiny percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine exhibits an opaque purple color, sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, underbrush, loamy soil, licorice, tobacco leaf and spice box notes, and a complex, dense, medium to full-bodied personality. Consume it over the next 12-15 years.

Anthony Galloni 93 Points: “Dark blue and purplish fruit, spices, cloves, menthol and cedar are some of the many notes that flesh out as Grassi’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignonshows off its open, engaging personality. This is a gorgeous, supple 2012 built on fruit, texture and exuberance, all of which make it an excellence choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Best of all, Grassi’s 2012 is a terrific value in artisan, hand-made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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96-100 Point Rated Carter Cellar SPECIAL OFFER

Carter Cellars grew out of a small bed & breakfast, turned high-end hotel/restaurant with an award winning wine list. Mark Carter started hosting winemaker dinners and in 1998 he created “Carter Cellars” and the rest as they say is history.  The first vintages were made by the FIRST 100 point winemaker in Napa, Nils Venge.  Today Mike Smith, who started his winemaking journey under the tutelage of Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001 has been crafting these amazing wines for years now and has brought Carter to new heights. The Carter 2013 Cabernetsmight be the first winery to wind up with 100 point ratings, and I don’t take this lightly.  Robert Parker gave the 2012 vintage 95-100 points ratings – after I tasted the 2013s next to the 2012s, I’d give the 2013 101 points!

We are offering this wine in mixed 4 & 6 & 8 packs with FREE SHIPPING

The mixed 2013 Carter Cellars 8-pack consists of:
1 bottle each of To Kalon 3 Kings, To Kalon Grand Daddy, To Kalon The O.G , Fortuna and 2 bottles each of Coliseum Block & Weitz.
PRICE = $1125.00, includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING (within the US lower 48. HI & AK will receive reduced air freight rates).
For FREE SHIPPING on the 8 Pack, use CARTER8 upon checkout

The mixed 2013 Carter Cellars 6-pack consists of:
1 bottle each of To Kalon Grand Daddy, To Kalon The O.G, Coliseum Block,  Fortuna and 2 bottles each Weitz.
PRICE = $840.00, includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING (within the US lower 48. HI & AK will receive reduced air freight rates).
For FREE SHIPPING on the 6 Pack, use CARTER6 upon checkout

The mixed 2013 Carter Cellars 4-pack consists of:
1 bottle each of To Kalon Grand Daddy, To Kalon The O.G, Coliseum Block and Weitz.
PRICE = $585.00, includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING (within the US lower 48. HI & AK will receive reduced air freight rates).
For FREE SHIPPING on the 4 Pack, use CARTER4 upon checkout

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Paul Lato 97 Point Rated Relases!

Paul Lato has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96-98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever met.  Attention to detail from start to finish.  Paul is involved in the entire process from day one. From harvest into dormancy and pruning; all the way to dropping fruit during the growing season and hand-picking only the very best bunches his vines yield.  He’d rather only sell two barrels of amazing wine versus selling six of “OK” wine.

The 2013 Paul Lato wines are MINDBOGGLING but VERY limited!

FREE SHIPPING on  6+ bottles (mix & match ok) within the 48 states
(HI & AK orders a discounted air shipping will apply)
USE CODE “PAULLATO13″ during check out.

Paul Lato 2013 Syrah “IL Padrino” Bien Nacido,Santa Barbara ~ 96 Points Parker
Retail $100.00 – GGWC 94.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6+ (can mix & match with other Lato wines)
Use code PAULLATO13 at checkout

Robert Parker 96 Points : As with the Grenache releases, the 2013 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is a bigger, richer wine than the Larner Vineyard release. This inky, mostly opaque 2013 has an off-the-hook bouquet of smoked black fruits, ground black pepper, graphite, bacon fat and marine-like sea-breeze to go with a full-bodied, ultra-pure, elegant and seamless profile on the palate. Beautifully concentrated, multi-dimensional, layered, elegant and with blockbuster length, it’s another wine from Paul that has the pedigree to drink splendidly in its youth, yet age gracefully.

Paul Lato Notes: “This is one of the most historic vineyards in Santa Maria Valley tracing its grape-growing history back to the days of the Spanish land grants. Vineyard Manager Chris Hammell and his dedicated crew continue to take this vineyard to even greater heights. Many of this region’s most acclaimed winemakers have enjoyed great success working with this internationally renowned site. While offering a variety of topography, my very special block of the Estrella clone grows on hillside and produces an elegant, spicy expression of Syrah like those from the great Northern Rhône appellations. This wine often smells of church incense with white pepper and minerality. My Syrah speaks with a softer voice, presenting beautiful aromatics and velvety texture while retaining great structure and perfect acidity.”

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Paul Lato 2013 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard ~ 95 Points Parker
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6+ (can mix & match with other Lato wines)
Use code PAULLATO13 at checkout

This is in my book “THE” best Cinematique to-date bar-none! I believe strongly that is equal, if not better than the great 2012, 2008 and 2007 vintages!

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2013 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard exudes class and elegance on both the nose and palate. Possessing a captivating bouquet that continues to change in the glass, it reveals a core of black raspberries, violets, graphite, dusty soil and dried flowers. These carry to a full-bodied, perfectly balanced Syrah that has layers of pure fruit, integrated acidity and that fine-grained tannin quality that comes only from sandy soils. More supple and elegant than the Bien Nacido release, without quite the same level of concentration, it excels on its purity, balance and overall harmony. I suspect it will gain a touch more weight with short-term cellaring and it will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”

Paul Lato Notes: “In just a few short years, this vineyard has become a holy grail for Rhône varietals in Santa Barbara County, receiving critical acclaim for the quality of the grapes and viticultural practices. Christine Larner and her son, Michael, also a winemaker, are ardent about the continued care and development of their vineyard. The natural beauty of the site with its rolling, sun-splashed hills creates an incredibly peaceful vibe. The Syrah clones of Estrella and 877 planted in this picturesque site produce a rich, intensely flavored wine that retains its elegance.”

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Paul Lato 2013 Grenache “Ora de Labora” Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara  ~ 95 Points Parker
Retail $80.00 – GGWC $74.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6+ (can mix & match with other Lato wines)
Use code PAULLATO13 at checkout

Robert Parker 95 Points: “A bigger, richer and more concentrated effort than the Larner Grenache, the 2013 Grenache Bien Nacido Vineyard offers lots of cassis and black raspberry fruit to go with underlying notes of wet gravel, shrimp broth, peppery herbs, licorice and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and multi-dimensional on the palate, with a weightless mouthfeel, it’s acidity is nicely integrated and it never puts a foot wrong. Given its balance and overall purity, it’s a killer drink today, but it will evolve beautifully.”

Only 4 barrels (100 cases) produced!

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Also check out the following highly rated Paul Lato Wines:

Paul Lato 2013 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit” Zotovich Vineyard (97 Points)
Paul Lato 2013 Chardonnay “East of Eden” Pisoni Vineyard (97 Points)
Paul Lato 2013 Pinot Noir “Atticus” John Sebastiano Vineyard (96 Points)
Paul Lato 2013 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour” Hilliard Bruce Vyd (96 Points)
Paul Lato 2013  Chardonnay “Le Souvenir” Santa Maria Valley (96 Points)
Paul Lato 2013 Pinot Noir “Lancelot” Pisoni Vineyard (95+ Points)

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Remarkable Chardonnay by 100 Point Winemaker

Henry Pellet was one of the “engineers” of the Napa Valley. Planting one of the first vineyards in the 1850’s  He was hired in 1959 to make wine from his grapes by John Patchett, one year after Charles Krug started, becoming the second commercial winemaker in Napa!  The vineyard is situated next to the famous Dr. Crane and To-Kalon.  The label depicts the dawn of the age of electrification, the era when pioneer winemaker Henry Alphonse Pellet illuminated the path towards modern winemaking methodology and with it, high quality and age-worthy wines. This vineyard site has been producing grapes for over 150 years, essentially since the beginning of winemaking in Napa Valley.
Pellet 2013 Chardonnay “Sun Chase” Sonoma Coast 
Retail 72.00 – GGWC 67.99
Use code PEL13CHD upon checkout

Grown at an elelevation of 900-1400 feet, so well above the fog line, this wine is crystal clear with lemon yellow hues. Expressive aromas overflow the glass with pears, pineapple and apple blossom. On the palate this wine displays a silky texture that glides across the mouth seamlessly intertwining flavors of pineapple, honeydew melon and early season nectarines with more savory notes of Gravenstein apples and cut hay. There is a creamy almost almond like note underlying the high fruit flavors, providing depth and complexity on the finish. Only 185 cases produced.

Make sure to check out their equally stunning Pellet 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley

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4 Barrel Napa Cab Gem

Milange is my own label, so I am of course very partial to the wine.  Milange is named after my two daughters, MIL(ayna) and ANGE(lina).  Our award winning winemaker sourced fruit from two of Napa Valley’s most famous contiguous vineyard sites and the resulting wine is flat out amazing. We introduced the 2013 Milange Cabernet at our 10th Anniversary Tasting in New York, and it was a big hit! We sold almost ½ of our inventory in one evening!

Milange 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more bottles
Use code MILANGE upon checkout

The 2013 Milange Cabernet was aged for 18 months in high quality French Oak barrels.  Offering striking aromas of black stone fruit, plums and espresso beans jump out of the glass. The wine is full in body, yet very elegant from start to finish. The 2013 Milange Cabernet offers up gobs of black currant, crème de cassis, chocolate and espresso bean flavors leading into a long complex but silky tannin finish. I suggest decanting this youngster  2 hours prior to imbibing.  I am very positive this wine will cellar nicely for a good 7-9 years. Only 100 cases produced, so hurry, as this will move very fast!

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96 Point “Nuts & Bolts” Syrah

This is Syrah at its BEST!  Russell From is probably one of the most colorful winemakers in California, but he is a darn good artist! I’d call him the Joe Montana of Rhone Varietal makers; down 4 points with 2 seconds to go he’ll throw a Hail Mary and win the game!
Herman Story 2013 “Nuts And Bolts” Syrah –  96 Points 
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 48.99
Use discount code HERMAN upon checkout
OK to mix and match with other Herman Story Wines
This is a Rolls Royce ride through the pre-war London streets with Winston Churchill after a couple nightcaps. Impossibly well appointed, gracious, affable and once in a lifetime. 2 carat red diamond, rare cherries, Ylang Ylang oil, soft rubber, opium, honeysuckle, orange flower water, black raspberry topped bread pudding, sweet roasted red chili and Parisian scarves with a body that will break your eyes…

If you want to drink now: 2 hour decanting.  It will cellar well till your grandkids graduate college, just kidding, but it will hold up for a long time (I just had a bottle of 2010 and it is holding up amazingly well).

Robert Parker 96 Points: “A wine that stood out in my Paso Robles tasting was the 2013 Syrah Nuts and Bolts. Made from 100% Syrah that saw 16 months in 70% new French oak, it’s the greatest vintage of this cuvee I’ve tasted and it offers off the hook notes of creme de cassis, melted licorice, caramelized meats, pepper and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, voluptuous and hedonistic, it’s also seamless and balanced, with ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges and blockbuster length. As winemaker Russell From says, “It is a no holds barred expression of Syrah that chases flavor at nearly any cost.” Bravo sir. Give this sensational Paso Syrah a year or so in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2023.”

Also check out their amazing HERMAN STORY 2013 “ON THE ROAD” GRENACHE (94 Points) and HERMAN STORY 2012 “CASUAL ENCOUNTER” GSM. They both qualify for FREE SHIPPING

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