Forbes’ Winemaker To Watch!

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.
Retail  58.00 – GGWC 55.99
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Winemaker’s Notes: This wine displays classic Los Alamos characteristics of crushed red fruit, raspberry and ripe strawberry on the nose. As the wine opens up, aromas of leather and cinnamon add depth. There’s a very linear focus to this wine, with a refreshing, energetic mouthfeel and long finish. We expect this wine to age quite well, though it’s tasting great right now. Robert Parker 93 Points: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Los Alamos was my favorite of the Pinot Noirs and its transparent ruby color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of subtle strawberries, Asian spices and crushed flowers. Medium-bodied, perfumed and elegant, with a seamless, fine texture, it shines for its purity and class more than for power or richness. Aged 16 months in 10% new French oak, it’s a Pinot Noir with class that will drink nicely over the coming 4-5+ years.”
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Hot New Napa Cab by 98 point winemaker

It started in 1914 when Eliza & Pads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted  numerous farm animals. Not until the 1990s was the orchard replaced by vines again. The current Peterson generation has been growing Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Merlot on the property. Under the guidance of ace-winemaker Robert Foley, the Petersons have been producing amazing wine from the property called “Switchback Ridge” named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy that began with her great-grandfather, Mads 102 years ago. Her daughter Ashley is being groomed to take over the reins one of these days as well.Switchback Ridge 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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A rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a beautiful expression of power and grace. Sweet black cherries and cassis aromas continue on the palate with a flood of mouth filling viscosity and gentle tannins. An incredibly lush mid-palate leaves an impression of berry, all-spice and chocolate covered cherries, leading to a long, velvety finish.

Robert Parker on 2012 (96 Points): “As difficult as it may be to believe, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard may be even better than the Merlot. Glorious notes of forest floor, blackcurrants, blackberries, mocha and espresso emerge from this full-bodied, majestically concentrated wine boasting an expansive, broad texture, stunning purity, a 50-second finish, enormous body, and no sense of overbearing, over-ripeness or heaviness. Alcoholphobes should not be concerned about the wine’s 15.5% alcohol content as there is not a trace of heat in the fresh flavors. Drink this beauty over the next 10-15 years.”

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Syrah of the month!

The Buoncristaini Winery was created by four brothers in 1999.  All four have been working for various high-end wineries in the Napa Valley, and continue to do so today, while devoting time to the “family brand”. Their goal is to make high-quality wine at palatable price point, and I say that they have been able to that with great success!

In a recent side-by-side tasting it beat out 4 other Syrahs – Carlisle “Sierra Mar” (94 RP), Alban Patrina (94 RP), Betz “Serenne” (96 RP), Ojai “Roll Ranch” (4 RP) and Buoncristiani.  The Winner = Buoncristiani!

Buoncristiani 2012 “Artistico” Syrah, Napa Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 61.99
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The Buoncristiani 2012 Syrah was sourced from two of Napa Valley’s best vineyards  The 2012 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from the Buoncristiani block 1800 ft above sea level at Stagecoach Vineyards, and Larry Hyde’s Hyde Las Trancas Vineyard in Napa. Sourcing and blending Syrah from these ultra premium vineyards helps them create a profile of uncompromising quality.

Tasting Notes: Amazing Wine!  On the nose find wild blackberry, violet, blueberry, dark chocolate, white pepper, exotic spice, bright fruit and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, and a lengthy persistent finish. Seventeen months aging in 40% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma, and flavor components. The Buoncristiani brothers created the series “Artistico” to fuse winemaking passion with other forms of art expression. The different vineyard and barrel components are blended in several phases creating optimum complexity while retaining balance, varietal character, and superior quality.

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95 Point Rated Napa Merlot

I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2012 Switchback Ridge (produced by Robert Foley), is a big, bold red blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce low yields of intensely flavored fruit, resulting in extremely concentrated, fruit driven wines that are the hallmark of Switchback Ridge
Switchback Ridge 2012 Merlot “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: ‘No one will be disappointed in the sumptuous 2012 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of chocolate, blackcurrants and black cherries. This luscious, full, pedal-to-the-medal 2012 is a seamless, sensational Merlot that is about as good as this varietal can be in Napa Valley. Drink it over the next decade or more.
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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 his bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I’ve ever met.  Attention to detail from start to finish.  He 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, 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 2014 Paul Lato wines are STUNNING but unfortunately VERY LIMITED!

FREE SHIPPING on 6+ bottles (mix & match ok) within the 48 states
(HI & AK orders a surcharge for air shipping will apply)

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The wines are now in stock, except for the Syrah and Grenache which will arrive in late summer.

Paul Lato was born in Poland. He worked as a certified Sommelier in Toronto’s most exclusive restaurants and visited California for the first time in the early 1990′s. Jim Clendenen (ABC & Clendenen wines) told Paul to just pack up and move here, and he would show him the ropes – 14 years later he did make the move and took a job at Bien Nacido vineyards for just $10.00 per hour, he did get free “lodging” at the bunkhouse in the vineyard. The Bien Nacido owner pushed Paul to make his own wine. With some tutoring (he observed the best in the business for some years, asked a lot of questions and experimented a lot) he made his first wines and by chance met Robert Parker.  Parker asked him if “he” was the Polish Sommelier that makes wine and said that he wanted to taste it.  Parker told him that he would tell him immediately if the wine was the real McCoy or …. (slang for excrement) Parker was blown away and gave Paul Lato a rave review. From then on, Paul’s new career was born.

I met Paul in 2005 and have been a big fan since day one, and could say that we have become good friends along the way.

But with out further ado…. Here are his latest gems!

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour” Duvarita Vineyard ~ Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
This is the fifth release from this vineyard and has created a real following.  I would be hard pressed, but I can tell you that this one is every bit as good as the 2012 (95 Pt WA) and 2013 (96 Pt WA) bottlings, maybe a touch more focused and more elegant! A real “skilled” winemaker gem! Due to the success with the 2012 & 2013 vintage I have a lot of demand for this bottling and it will be sold out well before it arrives at my store!

Paul Lato Notes: “Duvarita is a biodynamic-in-the-making vineyard, with a purity, brightness, and provincial beauty to the fruit. Fresh aromas of yellow apple and lime rind arise on the clean and crisp nose, while fully-rounded tones of butterscotch and meyer lemon envelop the palate in juicy bliss. The finish is long and mouth-watering with toasted hazelnut and honeysuckle notes lingering.”

Robert Parker 2013 Review 96 Points: “Reminding me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in Sonoma, Lato’s 2013 Chardonnay Belle du Jour has gorgeous richness and ripeness in its white flower, brioche, toasted nut and apple blossom-laced bouquet. This gives way to a fabulous Chardonnay that has bright acidity, a full, rich mid-palate, and a seamless texture that carries beautifully pure fruit. This is another wine that makes a mockery of all the low-alcohol, overly acidic Chardonnays that seem to be the rage these days. While the most elegant and silky of the Chardonnays, it has terrific fruit intensity and is a joy to drink. I’d lean toward drinking bottles over the coming 4-5 years, but I’m sure it will evolve nicely for longer.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ~ Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
This is a more than worthy follow-up to the 2011,12 & 13 bottlings which received 96-97 Point ratings! This wine might be Paul’s boldest production, yet another gem in my book.  It is by far Paul’s smallest bottling, only 4 barrels produced.  The 2014 is a carbon copy of the 2011 that received rave reviews from my clients and critics alike! I’d be shocked not to see similar scores, or higher!

Paul Lato Notes: “21-year-old Wente clone vines contribute to the classic, precise nature of this naturally-pleasing Chardonnay. Golden straw-colored in the glass, notes of clover honey and roasted plantain notes emerge from the nose with great clarity. The mouthfeel is electric and buoyant, with wet limestone minerality and a stunning swell of lemon-like acidity that enlivens the palate.”

Robert Parker 2013 review 96 Points: “From a tiny 4.5-acre block in one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw 14 months in 55% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, lively, full-flavored and with vibrant acidity, it offers up ample, mineral-laced notes of apple blossom, citrus, honeysuckle and classy oak. Still tight and backwards, it needs a year or so to come together and should be at its best from 2017-2023.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “East of Eden” Pisoni Vineyard ~ 82.00 – GGWC 77.99
This is the Fourth Release of the “East of Eden” Chardonnay from the famed Pisoni Vineyard. Only a few barrels were produced, and I was lucky to get a few cases from Paul as they were all earmarked for his mailing list and for restaurants like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, etc.
This is probably the best rendition of a 1er Cru Montrachet produced in California.  As you are well aware of Paul’s meticulous wine-making skills and strategy, nothing escapes this guru of precision! I’d say that this wine is very similar to the great 2013 vintage, which received 97 Points from Parker!

Paul Lato notes: “The low-yields of Pisoni Vineyard contribute to this muscular and delineated wine, which several Master Sommelier’s have compared to the legendary Corton of Burgundy. The unique aromatic profile shows alpine flower along with sea water elements and a touch of sweet almond paste. The palate has a textured, tannin-like structure with subdued mineral tones that allow for white floral and tropical qualities to lift up beautifully.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 97 Points: “There are only six barrels of the extraordinary 2013 Chardonnay East of Eden Pisoni Vineyard and it comes from arguably the greatest vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Gary Pisoni’s Pisoni Vineyard. Aged 14 months in 67% new French oak and hitting 14.8% natural alcohol, it has incredible minerality (the soils here are granite) to go with classic stone fruits, flint, white flowers and classy oak on the nose. Full-bodied, beautifully textured, layered and pure, it’s always lively and graceful on the palate, with a crisp finish. It’s another wine that will have over a decade of longevity.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit” Zotovich Vineyard ~Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
This latest Zotovich “Seabiscuit” bottling is by far Paul’s best effort to date! I would say that it will rival his 97 Point rated 2013 version!  As it is the case with all of Paul’s wines, I get limited amounts of this great gems, so I can only remind you how great and limited they are!

Paul Lato Notes: “Robust and explosive, this is an exquisite expression of a previously-neglected vineyard that is now becoming a thoroughbred with the proper attention. The nose is huge, bursting with redcurrant, blueberry, and iodine in rich array. The strength of the aromatics is matched on the palate as sturdy, age-worthy tannins reveal wave after wave of dried fruit and hard spice.”

Robert Parker 2013- 97 Points: “One of the standouts in this stacked lineup was the ‘13 Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard. Aged 16 months in 70% new French oak and the greatest Pinot Noir I’ve tasted from this vineyard, it offers incredible notes of cassis, raspberries, dried earth, spice and that classic saltiness that’s so common from the Sta. Rita Hills. Full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional and elegant, with perfectly integrated acidity and polished tannin, it’s a fabulous Pinot Noir that will have more than a decade of longevity. Unfortunately, there were on eight barrels produced.”

Paul Lato Pinot Noir “Suerte” Solomon Hills ~ Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
Paul is not slowing down one bit, and this workhorse “Suerte” will amaze many Pinot lovers alike! It shows gorgeously young, and will even improve a lot more in the years to come!  Only a few barrels produced! This 2014 is any bit as good as the 97 point rated 2013 vintage!

Paul Lato Notes: “Solomon Hills is a Grand-Cru-in-the-making site of great character, arguably the most unique in the Santa Maria Valley. The aromatics show gunpowder, black cherry, and strawberry jam notes of deep intensity and generosity. The palate is pure velvet, seamlessly balancing rich, tarry earth tones that cling to the palate with a bright acid lift towards the finish. Striking in both beauty and intelligence.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 97 Points: “Possibly the greatest wine to date from this incredible site that’s located just south of Santa Maria, Lato’s 2013 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte offers sensational levels of sweet red fruits, currants, forest floor, spring flowers and salty minerality on both the nose and palate. Sexy, seamless and elegant, with its acidity perfectly integrated into its core of sweet fruit, it doesn’t put a foot wrong, has fine tannin and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, it should be better in another 1-2 years and drink well through 2023+.

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Lancelot” Pisoni Vineyard ~ Retail 97.00 – GGWC 94.99
The “flagship” wine of Paul’s Portfolio!  I don’t need to tell you that the Pisoni vineyard is often compared to the best (1er and Grand Cru) vineyards in Burgundy, and Paul puts a real Burgundian twist on this source!  This wine equals the best of the previous Lancelot bottlings and could even surpass it!  VERY LIMITED!

Paul Lato Notes: “Deep red ruby in the glass, this voluptuous Pinot Noir has a dizzying aromatic profile bursting with lavender, warm asphalt, and salt-cured meats. The palate has great depth in fruit and earth qualities reflective of the one-of-a-kind Pisoni Vineyard. Planted over 30 years ago with what are rumored to be cuttings from one of the finest Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, this singular site continues to amaze in the balance, concentration, and ageability of fruit it delivers.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 95+ Points: “One of the tighter and backward efforts in the vintage, the 2013 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard has a focused, pure and edgy style in its sweet black cherry, blackberry, spring flowers and distinct wet rock-like minerality. It shows more rose petal and floral notes with air, but also closed down slightly, so give bottles another year or two in the cellar. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir that’s a solid step up from the 2012.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Contender” Drumm Canyon ~ Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
This might be the best Contender bottling to date!  This rendition of the Drumm Canyon Vineyard “Contender” will make you (happily) dream of a 1er Cru Pommard at a much lower price point!  This latest release is Paul’s best effort to-date and I have only 5 cases of this wine to offer!

Paul Lato Notes: “A highly-perfumed nose of lavender and sweet tobacco alongside lush wild berry notes is beautifully indicative of the Drum Canyon site. The palate is an exotic mélange of hard spice, leather, and bramble fruit, with a surprising and welcome acidity that lends a levity to the muscularity at its core. Like Marlon Brando on the waterfront, it shows that intensity and gracefulness can be a part of the same package.”

Robert Parker 2013- 94 Points: “Made from two suitcase clones (Swan and Calera) grown on a steep, south-facing slope in the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2013 Pinot Noir The Contender Drum Canyon Vineyard has discrete oak in its blackcurrant, black cherry, underbrush, rose petal and spice-laced bouquet. This gives way to a ripe, nicely concentrated and juicy Pinot Noir that has bright acidity and a taut, energetic texture. It’s currently lacking a touch of the integration found in the other releases, yet is still beautiful. Give it a year in bottle and enjoy through 2023.”

Paul Lato 2014 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard ~ Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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 (97 Point rating).  I’d be surprised that this wine will not see very high 90 scores again!

Robert Parker 2012 – 97 Points: “On another level, the 2012 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard (92.5% Syrah, 5% Viognier and 2.5% Grenache aged in 50% new French oak) has an incredible perfume of sweet blackberry, raspberry, crushed violets, coffee bean and bay leaf to go with a medium to full-bodied, silky, seamless and ethereally textured profile on the palate. Picking up plenty of fine tannin with time in the glass, this is a gorgeously pure, layered and multi-dimensional Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring, and have 15 years or more of ultimate longevity. It’s not a blockbuster, yet excels on its balanced, seamlessness and purity.”

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.”

Paul Lato 2014 Syrah “IL Padrino” ~ Retail 95.00 – GGWC 92.99
This is becoming Paul Lato’s BEST Syrah bottling numerous years in a row.  If one were in the Rhone Valley, it would put many of the big names to shame!  In a recent tasting Paul’s Il Padrino bottling beat out 100 point wines like Alban’s Reva, and others!  I only get 5 cases of this gem, so jump on it NOW, as this might be the year of a 100 Point Syrah from Lato! This wine gets 95-98 points every release!

Robert Parker 2013 – 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 2014 Grenache Bien Nacido ~ Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99
Paul Lato’s 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.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 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.”

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ZinSation of the Month

Gamba Vineyards is a small, family owned vineyard and winery in Sonoma County. The  110 year old 27 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on the Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley on gently rolling bench land above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily of Old Vine Zinfandel, as well as small separate blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. This organic and dry-farmed 35 acre vineyard is owned by Gus and Paulette Gamba. Guided by a family heritage of six generations of wine grape growing, it is a firm belief at Gamba that wines are made in the vineyard.
Gamba 2014 Zinfandel “Estate” Russsian River Valley
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 45.99
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A delightfully brilliant, dark ruby-garnet greets your eyes. Aromas in the nose offer a buoyant perfume of ripe cherry, raspberry compote, cocoa and sweet toasted oak. Full to medium bodied on the palate, with deep and vibrant flavors of black cherry, dark berry bramble fruit, black olive, and a cascading spice, are wrapped in lavish, creamy toasty oak, and framed by a proportionate balance of acidity. Mouthfeel is rich and decadent, with a silky polished texture, rounded out with glycerin-like seamlessness that gracefully dances with finely integrated tannins. Sensuous, layered flavors of dark berry fruit and compelling, sweet toasty oak persist in a long, enjoyable finish.
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Mindboggling Merlot (Only 120 cases produced)


Yannick Rousseau was born in the Gascony region in the South-West of France known for its ‘French paradox’ of delicious, rich food, daily wine consumption and impressive longevity of the inhabitants. His life-long journey in wine and food started when he was 5 years old and drank his first glass of homemade wine with Pépé (his grandpa). Pépé hunted his own food, made his own wine, and was an artisan butcher. Every day, Yannick lived the simple life where his family took the time to enjoy their food, wines and the company of family and friends.

High a top Mt Veeder in the Napa Valley you’ll cross into Sonoma.  The appellation might change, but the soil and quality does not.  It is mountain grown, high-quality “stuff” – right by sources like O’Shaughnnesy, Kamen,  etc.  In the late 1800’s this area was known as the Cavedale Resort, a mineral hot spring, which was surrounded by farms – not too many trucks around in 1880 to drive from the valley with produce for the resort guests!  The resort closed in the early 1900’s and the area eventually became prime vineyard land!

Rousseau 2013 Merlot Cavedale Vineyard.  “Pépé” Moon Mountain
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99
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This is a textbook wine.  Dazzling aromatics of black fruits and chocolate that are firm, ripe and expressive jump out of the glass. Grown on the western slopes of Mt. Veeder, this amazing MERLOT shows of and the color is a real indicator (dark purple hue).  Stunning and elegant on the mid-palate, this wine is loaded with nicely balanced red and black cherries, plum and a touch of roasted meat and black pepper. This wine rolls over the palate like a ballerina doing an arabesque. The finish is long and flavorful. Only 5 barrels (120 cases)!

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100 Point Winemaker’s UNDER $50 PREMIERE RELEASE

Kirk Venge has a long list of great wineries he has helped put on the map (Beau Vigne, Trespass, MilAnge, Venge, etc.).  He has produced many amazing wine garnering scores between 95-100 Points!  So for this Premiere Release of “First Cut” the Renterias struck “gold” from the starting line!

The 2014 First Cut is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Sirah which were sourced from four amazing vineryads in the Napa Valley (including Hyde and Chiarello).  Only 325 cases were produced and given the quality/cost ratio this wine will go fast!

Renteria 2014 “First Cut” Proprietary Red , Napa Valley
Retail $50.00 – GGWC 46.99
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The 2014 First Cut Red is a deep, dark wine that brims with layered aromas of black stone fruits, chocolate, crushed rock, violets, earth and black spice.  The wine is lush and intricate, each sip reveals more and more of this complex blend. Flavors galore boom long across the mid-palate, framed by well-integrated notes of toasty vanilla and silky tannins. The finish is long with hints of black spice, turned earth and mocha.

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94 Point Parker Rated ZinSational Offer

 In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the infamous 1976 Paris Tasting was partially (40%) sourced from this vineyard.  The entire family works and manages the day-to-day operations. And the rest… is history.

Bacigalupi 2013 Zinfandel “Estate” Russian River Valley
Retail $52.00 – GGWC 49.99
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Mix & match with Bacigalupi Petite Sirah

An inky black colored wine with amazing aromas of black cherry and currant are rounded out with vanilla and pepper notes jump out of the glass. The palate is loaded with jammy fruity characters and a high tone structure with good acidity on the finish. This wine should age well and improve over the next 5 years.  Only 218 cases produced.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2013 Zinfandel from Russian River is a relatively big wine, but not a lot of production (218 cases). Dense ruby/purple, the wine has classic briary blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit along with a rich, full-bodied, authoritative mouthfeel. This is quintessential Russian River Zinfandel, very spicy, with loads of fruit and is a real sex pot, a big, full-throttle wine. Drink it over the next decade.”


Robert Parker 93+ Points:  “Extracted, full-bodied, with great purity of fruit, density and ripeness, this stunner is capable of lasting 25-30 or more years, although there is a certain approachability in this wine that’s unusual for a youthful Petite Sirah. Kudos to Bacigalupi Vineyards.”

Tasting Notes: The 2013 Petite Sirah (148 cases) looks like pen ink, as it is black/purple in color. Super-rich and extracted, full-bodied, with great purity of fruit, density and ripeness, this stunner is capable of lasting 25-30 or more years, although there is a certain approachability in this wine that’s unusual for a youthful Petite Sirah. Kudos to Bacigalupi Vineyards.

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The farming heritage runs deep at the Hayfork Ranch, as their great-great-great-grandfather, John Lewelling, a horticulturist by trade, settled the St. Helena family ranch in 1864. They started growing walnuts, prunes, pears and afterwards grapes, they have been continuously farming the land for six generations.  The past two decades the Llewelling vineyard has been the source for many highly-rated wines in Napa.

Hayfork 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Lewelling Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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The 2013 Hayfork arrived with a big WOW, it’s here!  This wine has created a real following. The Lewelling estate (dating back to 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 2013 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.  Limited production

Robert Parker 2012 review 96 Points:
I’d say that the 2013 is any bit as good, if not better!

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, which is actually a great value in the scheme of Napa pricing, is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak. The wine displays gorgeous licorice, lead pencil shavings, black currants, loamy soil undertones and a touch of barrique. Dense purple, it has a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel and a stunning finish with good acidity and velvety, well-integrated tannin, alcohol and wood. This is a scrumptious, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15 or so years.”

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