Oct
13
2014

Blockbuster 2012 CAB by 100 point winemaker! – 4 BOTTLE LIMIT

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development of a wine auction site and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners and glasses of wine, where they discussed the prospect of finding a project that would allow them to work together in producing a world-class wine. The opportunity finally arose eleven years later, with the premier release of the 2009 Hobel Cabernet.  This fourth release, the 2012 vintage will really wow you, it is AMAZING!

Hobel  2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99

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If the dictionary had a definition for an ideal growing season, 2012 would almost certainly be it. Warm, early start with a great fruit set led to a warm, but never too hot, season that allowed us to pick the fruit on our terms. These rarely seen set of circumstances led us to making what I feel is the best Hobel Cabernet to date. Tremendous mouthfeel, packed with dense fruit and hints of cassis but with a fresh underpinning of acidity to keep the energy and tension. The tannins are fine and mouth coating, the finish powerful and long. Enjoy now with a healthy decant or cellar for 5-10 years.  Only 200 cases produced!

PS: Thomas Rivers Brown is the face behind Schrader (100 Points), Pulido Walker, Post Parade, Stone the Crows, Rivers Marie etc. wines.

Named as one of the “8 Impressive New Faces from California” by Wine Spectator

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Oct
10
2014

Pinot Noir of the Month!

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.  The2012 “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

FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more.  

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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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Oct
8
2014

The best Sauvignon Blanc ever from California! (includes shipping)

Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave and Jeff Pisoni. Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced a wine together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the proverbial ships passing in the night. Early grape picks and late nights at the winery left them rarely crossing paths. Now, Bibiana and Jeff do cross paths—to discuss ideas and taste samples. You can sometimes catch them in front of a grapevine, the press, a fermenting tank, or a barrel…most likely with a glass in hand.

Shared Notes 2013 “Les pierres qui décident Sauvignon Blanc
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 64.99

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Shared Notes “Les pierres qui décident”  Translates to “the-rocks-that-decide”

A Sauvignon Blanc inspired by the pure and focused wines of the Loire Valley, where the rocks “decide” the style.  I would say that this might be the most amazing SB ever produced in California

Tasting notes: Flinty and airy on the nose, this very light green colored wine impacts by its aromatic intensity. Powerful aromas of lime zest with cassis buds intensify the mineral character. On the mouth, this is a laser-focused wine, driven by its high acidity and exceptional purity. Drink now through 2025.  ONLY 67 Cases produced.

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Oct
6
2014

Napa Cab Gem under $45 (includes Shipping!) Only 10 cases allocated!

John Anthony has just released his inaugural bottling of the Farm 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.This might be one of Napa Valley’s best bargain boutique Cabernets of the year!  This wine will wow many in both the quality as well as wallet department.  Only 350 cases were produced of this little gem, and 10 of those were allocated to me!  Those who have purchased Textbook, Turnbull, Bridesmaid etc will love this even more!

FARM 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
SOLD OUT IN UNDER ONE HOUR!!
FREE SHIPPING on SIX+ bottles
Use code FARM12 upon checkout

Only 350 of this inaugural release were produced all sourced from a few small, sustainably farmed Napa vineyards.  John Anthony carefully selected the best vineyard lots to combine this wine into an harmonious centerpiece.  The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of spice jump out of the glass upon impact.  This full-bodied youngster is layered with lush black stone fruit gushing with intensity and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  This fan-favorite can be enjoyed immediately (decant for 60 minutes) and should drink well for 5-9 years.  It finishes with structured, but silky tannins and will please the palate and wallet immediately.

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Oct
3
2014

Killer under $50.00 2012 Cabernet by Carter Cellars!

Thomas Rivers Brown’s protégée Mike Smith (who is also the winemaker at Carter, Myriad, Scarlett,  12C, etc.) has crafted yet another amazing wine for Mark Carter’s Envy label. Sourced entirely from their Estate in Calistoga, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will wow you both in the flavor as Dollar-cost-average in the wallet department! 

Envy 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Calistoga Cuvee” Estate, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 47.99

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A stunning wine from Mark Carter’s Envy winery.  This 2012 Estate grown Cabernet will dazzle you from start to finish.  It shows a dense body surrounded by unctuous lush and bright fruit dimensions of cassis, chocolate, black currant and a touch of toasty vanilla. The smooth silky tannins tickle the palate in a delicate waiflike way so that the overall sensation is one of long lasting pleasure.  Only 350 cases produced!

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Oct
1
2014

Paloma’s hot new 20th anniversary release

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts , Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  This is not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A wine for lovers of intensity, full-bodied and powerful reds!  Paloma and I got back 20 years, so time for our anniversary!  The wine is now in stock at our “Ocean & Paloma” location (our cross street is Paloma).  

Paloma 2011 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 60.00
GGWC 56.99 

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The Paloma 2011 Merlot is mind boggling good! This is a Merlot that will give many Cabernets a run for their money as this is a Merlot for Cab drinkers. Not your wimpy, silky wine, but a well-balanced, complex, dark, concentrated, full-bodied mountain-grown gem!  The wine’s aroma is amazing, and jumps right out of the glass on impact.  This 2011 is layered with dense black stone fruit laced with dark chocolate and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  It is a big, lush youngster that pleases from start to finish.  It is well-balanced and elegant at the same time. But I suggest to put this one down for 6-12 months prior to imbibing.  Very small production.

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Sep
29
2014

John Kongsgaard’s most remarkable Chardonnay ever!

If the Hudson Ranch would be in France it would be the equivalent of a Premiere Cru vineyard.  Lee Hudson has been farming this famed property for years and his client group is very impressive (30 high-end wineries buy his fruit).  Lee is very meticulous and when you have John Kongsgaard as your winemaker you have the best of the best on the same team!

Hudson 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros Napa Valley 
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 64.99
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Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! This is a very sophisticated wine. Slightly nutty on the nose with hints of citrus and minerality. The wine is lush on impact, slightly oily, full in body with an amazing elegance and lively green apples and Anjou pear flavors. This wine is round and bold, but oh-so stunningly balanced with a finish that does not seems to end!

Robert Parker 93 Points:  (I would say 4 points shy of what it really deserves): “My favorite wine of this trio is the sensational Hudson Chardonnay which reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess. Made from an Old Wente clone and aged in 80% new oak (which it hides very well), this wine has good acidity and a surprising, rich, intense mouthfeel with lots of caramelized tropical and honeyed fruit. This full-bodied wine is fresh, which is typical of this vintage, especially for many of the white wines.” 

Also check out their HUDSON 2012 SYRAH CARNEROS

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Sep
26
2014

Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Champ!

In a recent blind tasting of stunning 2012 Pinots Dragonette Fiddlestix blew away a pack of well-regarded Pinot Noirs  – Our lineup included:

  • Foxen “Encantada” (95 WA)
  • Domaine Cornu Corton Grand Cru (93 WA)
  • Elk Cove “Mt Richmond” (94 WA)
  • Deovlet “Bien Nacido” (93 WA)
  • Big Basin “Lester” (93 WA)
  • Aubert (95 WA)
  • Peter Michael (96 WA)
  • DuMol (95 WA)
  • Rochioli “West Block” (94 WA)
  • Maison L’Envoye (94 WS)
  • Chapter 24 (94 WS)
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.

Dragonette 2012 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills  ~ Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99
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This wine displays aromas of deep, concentrated red fruits (Bing cherry, strawberry and sweet cranberry) along with intense mineral notes of sea shell, and wet stones and a fascinating mélange of fresh and dried herbs (bay leaf, anise, thyme, tarragon) and smoky nori. On the palate the wine is rich, yet measured, as concentrated fresh red fruits intermingle with herbs and stones in a light to medium bodied frame. A solid tannic spine and notable, tangy acids provide citrus notes and intrigue, and the wine dances across the palate to a satisfying, contemplative finish.

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Sep
24
2014

96 Point rated Jewel! Only 4 cases allocated!

Scott Hawley, winemaker at famed Torrin (many 95-98 point rated wines) is the skipper at the helm of Law Estate in Paso Robles. 80% of the estate is planted to Syrah and Grenache, while the rest of the property consists of Mourvedre, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane.  This is the SECOND release, and last year they received big scores on their Premiere release, so get on board now before this becomes the next Sine Qua None (that would mean None for you).  Robert Parker already rated all the 2011 wines very high (95& 96 Points!).

Because of the limited allocation I am only offering these wines via a unique “mixed” case purchase.  The “8 BOTTLE CASE” comes with FREE SHIPPING, includes 2 bottles each of Audacious (96 Pts), Beguiling (95 Pts), Intrepid (95 Pts) and Sagacious (95 Pts).

Law Estate 2011 “8 Bottle Case”
Reg. 560.00 – GGWC 544.92
Includes FREE SHIPPING
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Robert Parker notes:

Audacious 2011 96 Points: “The 2011 Audacious(38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 8% Petit Sirah) reminds me of a Howell Mountain Cabernet with its creme de cassis and purple fruits, lead pencil shavings, caramelized meats and chalky minerality. As with the other 2011s from this estate, it has full-bodied richness and depth, solid mid-palate concentration and building tannin that comes through on the finish. It’s a terrific wine that will have 10-15 years of longevity.”

Beguiling 2011 95 Points: “Also awesome, the Grenache dominated 2011 Beguiling (which incorporates 15% Syrah) is pure, elegant and layered, with drop-dead gorgeous notes of black raspberry, licorice, ground pepper, chalk and creamy licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuously styled, with no hard edges and a downright sexy style, it stays graceful and nicely focused on the finish. Drink this beauty over the coming 5-6 years.”

Interpid 2011 95 Points:” The inky-colored 2011 Intrepid checks in 100% Syrah that spent 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. It’s another smoking effort from this estate that gives up classy framboise, black licorice, chocolatey oak and toasted spice to go with a full-bodied, layered and thrillingly pure profile on the palate. Top class all the way, it will be better in another year and have upward of a decade of longevity.”

Sagacious 2011 95 Points: “Another brilliant blend, the 2011 Sagacious is 38% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre and 28% Grenache, all of which spent 20 months in 40% new French oak. Black raspberry, cassis, white pepper, leather and crushed flowers all emerge from this beauty, and it stays weightless and elegant on the palate, with fantastic purity and freshness. It’s hard to resist now, but it will evolve gracefully as well.”

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Sep
22
2014

Amazing under $40 Napa Cab Blend!

The Bridesmaid name comes from the more serious analogy between a First Growth Bordeaux and the next level Appellation blend. Pam and Drew took the more whimsical aisle of what the Bride is to the Bridesmaid: left of center, sexy and totally available! Pam Starr garnered her inspiration for this wine while working at such celebrated wineries as Spottswoode, Gemstone, and now her own label, Crocker & Starr. Meanwhile, Drew Neiman has kept his winemaking skills sharp with the creation of Neiman Cellars and stints at Newton, Kongsgaard, and Chateau Boswell.

Bridesmaid 2012 Cab blend, Napa Valley
Retail 44.00
GGWC 39.99

FREE SHIPPING on six or more
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This splendid Napa Valley Bordeaux-style blend might be the best effort from Pam Starr yet to date. The 2012 Bridesmaid Red is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25%, Cabernet Franc, 24%, Malbec,  8%  Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.  Dense color meets the eye and copious berries and flowers greet the nose. Black cherry, currants, red rose petals and a touch of spiciness all knit together for a big juicy mouthful of flavor. Oh so smooth finish with lots of length. All of this in a very seductive wine.

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