Jun
10
2015

2 Acre Vineyard Killer Cabernet

Adler Deutsch Vineyard is located on the edge of the acclaimed Rutherford Bench. This 2.17 acre site was planted in 2004 to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is meticulously farmed by Ace viticulturist Jim Barbour.  Add Star Winemaker Aaron Pott to the mix and you have a tandem-winning winemaking team!

Adler Deutsch 2012 Cabernet “Estate” St. Helena, Napa
Retail 120.00 – GGWC 109.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 4+ or more
Use discount code ADV12CS upon checkout

The 2012 Adler Deutsch is a classically-styled Cabernet crafted from estate-grown fruit. A blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2012 offers a dense ruby color, verging on purple. On the nose, the wine reveals fresh, lush red and stone black fruits ~  Bing cherry, black cassis, and blackberry a touch of licorice, violet and whiff of lavender.  These flavors follow through on the lush and full-bodied palate to combine with chocolate, vanilla and espresso.  The mid-palate is juicy and the finish is a blend of lingering dark fruits and espresso wrapped up in supple and seductive tannins. Only 150 cases produced.

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Jun
8
2015

A Screaming Eagle White

Did former Screaming Eagle winemaker, Queen of the Valley Heidi Barrett make a white wine under her La Sirena label? Sure, she did, but it’s not just any white wine. This is a bone dry-style Muscat Canelli. Most Muscat is made into sweet, dessert wine.  But not this one. With La Sirena Moscato Azul, you have all the beautiful perfumy, floral character of varietal Muscat Canelli, without the sugar!

2014 La Sirena Moscato Azul Napa Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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A brilliant light straw colored wine with vibrant aromas of beautiful classic Muscat Canelli. Very perfumy, floral and tropical aromas of honeysuckle, peaches and lychee fruit. Reminiscent of dry Riesling with a bit of minerality and lime peel in the finish when served very chilled. Nice ripeness and round mouth feel across the palate, crisp acidity and nice lingering finish. The flavors complement the aromas in this wine with a polished profile, quite seamless for a white wine. The 2014 marks the 12th release of Moscato Azul, a proprietary white wine recognizable by its unique style and consistency each year. It has tons of flavor without weightiness, enticingly fresh and immediately lovable, crisp and dry in the finish, best consumed in 1-2 years. Absolutely delicious!

And don’t forget to check out her incredible 2012 Pirate TreasuRed blend!
Mix and match for free shipping!

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Jun
5
2015

Best Under $50 Napa Cabernet

Phaedrus is the Greek word for wolf, an animal known for mythical strength and longevity.The 2012 Phaedrus was made exclusively from estate grown fruit from the Wolf Family vineyard located just south west of St. Helena against the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. The Phaedrus Vineyard which is comprised of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 2000 in the westernmost part of the estate on a rocky bench. Each varietal inhabits only a few vine rows and never exceeds more than a ton of grapes.

Wolf 2012 “Phaedrus” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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The 2012 vintage in Napa Valley was near perfect on all accounts, and the wine mirrors these growing conditions. If offers lush fruity aroma and fleshy palate. The 2012 Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys all the benefits of the blended varieties, especially with a healthy dose of Petite Verdot  to add depth and a juicy mid palate to an already full-bodied vintage. Malbec offers spice and black cherry aromatics. All of which are supported by the richly textured foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 opens up quickly and should offer 10 years or more of enjoyment.

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Jun
3
2015

96 Point Chardonnay 300 cases produced, 5 cases allocated!

In the early 1930’s Garret Bowlus’ grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind “Albatross” sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today his family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge rising over 1250 feet. The vines are rooted in a rocky diatomaceous clay loam soil overlooking Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean only seven miles in the distance. They handcraft the wines from soil to bottle with the utmost care and consideration to unearth the unique terroir and reveal the elegance and complexity of the distinct coastal location.

Albatross Ridge 2012 “Estate” Chardonnay, Carmel Valley 
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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OK to mix & match with Albatross Pinot Noir


This might be one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 Spring wine tasting season! This tiny production Chardonnay offers a bright display of stone fruit and white flowers that jump out of the glass on impact.  This full-bodied wine offers up amazing flavors of apple, pear, and a hint of apricot that are framed by lively acidity and minerality that leads to a layered richness that lingers on the finish. 

Pairs well with: Oysters, Foie Gras, wild King Salmon and Smoked King Salmon, Sushi and Sashimi, Steak Tartare and Roasted Chicken.

Also check out the very limited production ALBATROSS RIDGE 2012 PINOT NOIR RESERVE “BOWLUS ESTATE” CARMEL VALLEYOnly 200 cases were produced!

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Jun
1
2015

HOT WINE! PAUL HOBBS’ 95 POINT RATED CAB

Black Cordon Vineyards approaches winemaking with the intention of making wine that is intense and complex with a distinct character that faithfully represents where the grapes have been grown. Attention to detail and hands-on attention to every barrel of wine is what it takes to pull this off. With Paul Hobbs as your Winemaker, the wines show the pedigree, character, quality and complexity associated with all of Paul’s projects.

Black Cordon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 84.00 – GGWC 79.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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The nose at first is subtle and closed, but in the glass it begins to show its hidden layers. The overall impression of high extraction and serious structure carries aromas of deep, black, brooding plum, black cherry, black currant and dried blueberry. The dark nose is accentuated by slightly vanilla-laced cool menthol. Looking deeper you find cedar-tinged accents and a slight fennel earth aroma that melds into dark mocha. Ethereal wisps of lavender and sage are found as the wine begins to open. The first sip gets your attention with its thick, fat, round, generous and dense mouthful of black fruits encapsulated in accents of anise. These flavors then crescendo to a plateau of full, structured, ripe, silty tannins that are wonderfully balanced and packed with layers of spicy black cherry and blackcurrant that have a stimulating interplay with creamy, dark licorice. The acidity and sweet dark chocolate oak nuances that are noticeable in the ever-expanding middle are so beautifully balanced that they almost go unnoticed. The finish is long; very, very long. Velvety plushness that is so expansive, lingering and haunting makes not having any wine in your mouth almost preferable. There is a lot going on here now, and there will be even more showing up every few months… I see this well-endowed wine as a young temptress in a corset, giving glimpses of beauty now, but nothing compared to what will later be revealed.

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May
29
2015

French Laundry’s Top Chardonnay

Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the rest as they say is history. Moreover, Jason has brought Kistler to new heights as well, where he has been in charge of winemaking since 2012.  The Kesner Chardonnays are on the “Highly Recommended List” at the French Laundry for over 10 years straight.

Kesner 2013 Chardonnay “Heintz Vineyard” Sonoma Coast 
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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OK to mix with Kesner Pinot Noir

From the sand driven soils of western Sonoma, deposited by the Pacific tens of thousands of years ago. Sourced from the Heintz Vineyard along the ridge of sandy hilltops just eest of Occidental, where the same family has been on the land since 1912.

White flowers, flint, notes of golden stone fruit and a defining sense of minerallity, with a hint of whey. The wine is laced with a vibrant acidity and a liquid stone like earthen chord. This wine is taller than it is broad. Well structured, and has an elegant nature to it, but not without concentration.  This is by far one of the best ever Kesner Chardonnays at a fraction the cost of Kistler

Also check out their stunning KESNER 2013 PINOT NOIR “KING’S” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 

The second vintage Kesner made wine from this vineyard, a small patch of Pinot Noir in the midst of a sea of Chardonnay plantings on the lifted ancient sandy plains wanderings of the Russian River. An elegant bottling, that displays the delicate side of the varietal, and as this site is teaching me, that’s the highest meaning for this fruit. Redder, and more nuanced in its tones, lovely and pure. Decidedly not tannic, the structure comes from vibrant, sanguine natural acids. Lightly crushed rose petals, bright and lively deep red fleshed fruits, tones redolent of graphite shavings, and a slight dustiness on the nose giving hints of evolving to more forest floor like notes. A poised, high seated, yet well-structured wine that settles to rest mid palette

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May
27
2015

Heidi Barrett’s Pirate meets Johnny Depp!

Heidi Barrett does not need any intro, but for those who do not know her – she is “Lady” Napa Valley, even better the “Queen” of the Valley!  Heidi just released two new wines from her La Sirena portfolio; 2012 Pirate (her multi varietal  Cabernet based blend) and a stunning (bone dry) 2014 Moscato Azul (a wine for ABC fans  – “Anything But Chardonnay” lovers).

La Sirena 2012 Pirate TreasurRed, Napa Valley
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The true treasure of the seven seas – Pirate TreasuRed. A big, brazen blend of seven different red varietals. Enjoy this delicious Cab blend and have some fun while you’re at it. Drink up, me hearties!

Using seven varieties, the “treasure of the seven seas” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache & Petite Sirah.  Pirate TreasuRed will arrive properly in a six-bottle treasure chest box.  The bottles resemble rum bottles with the label an old map of the Napa Valley.  The wine is bold and Cab-like with the other varietal flavor profiles overlapping, showing off the magic of the blend.

Make sure to  check out Heidi’s other releases:

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May
26
2015

$$ VALUE – 94 Point Rated under 25 Syrah

It all began in Oklahoma’s prohibition heartland where Alex Singer shared a love of French wines.  His son Stephen left at age 15 to attend boarding school in Connecticut, from there he wind up in San Francisco, where he earned Art and Critical Theory degrees from UC Berkeley.  He moonlighted in wine stores and restaurant and eventually met his wife, culinary master Alice Waters, who set the standards very high.  She pushed him to open up a wine store while working as the Wine Director at Chez Panise for 15 years, which eventually led to the creation of Baker Lane.

Baker Lane 2012 Sonoma Coast Cuvee Syrah 
Retail 28.00- GGWC 23.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 12
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This all estate grown Value Syrah will wow you but in the quality as $ Value department.  But hurry, as they only produced 495 cases of this little gem!!

WS 94 Points: ”From the producer’s estate vineyard, this savory, sultry wine is sublime in peppery, wild game. Its textures are alive and bright in acidity, with piquant black and red berry providing inviting juiciness. Made in small quantities, it’s an incredible value for the quality, a wine that will sing on the table, and become more complex in the glass.”

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May
22
2015

WINE NOTICE – 3 Barrel MUST HAVE Chardonnay

After the iron curtain falls, the Molnar family discovers and helps rebuild the Kadar Hungary cooperage, and begins importing barrels to Napa and Sonoma wine country.  In 1995 the Molnars plant their first vineyard, and the rest… is history.  In 2003 they start making wine in earnest and a dozen years later they have a great following, although they don’t produce much wine!Poseidon 2012 “Boon Fly’s Hill” Chardonnay 
Retail 54.00 – GGWC 49.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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A very hedonistic wine, “Boon Fly’s Hill” is the paradigm of classic California Chardonnay with aromas of toasted marshmallows, blanched almonds and vanilla-cream soda. A plush entry and supple body add to the luxurious character of the wine. Flavors are layered with lemon crème brûlée accented with toasted hazelnut, marzipan and the zest of mandarin orange. The wine ends long and warm with a light toasty vanilla finish.  Only 69 cases produced.

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May
20
2015

“The” Value under $25 Napa Cab Blend

 
The Maldonado family has been farming the Napa Valley for decades, also producing some real gems along the way. The 2012 “Farm Worker” Grapes are sourced from the Lyon’s Vineyard, a hillside vineyard in the south-eastern part of the Napa valley, above Coombsville and from the Los Olivos vineyard in Napa.

Maldonado 2012 The Farm Worker Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 28.00 – GGWC 24.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12+
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The 2012 Maldonado “Farm Worker” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, with a splash of Syrah.  This very approachable Napa Red Blend is a real crowd-pleaser.  It entices the palate with lush and bright flavors of ripe black cherries, black currants and chocolate with a touch of underlying Mission figs and a whiff of anise.  The wine is medium full in body and easy drinking, leading into an elegant finish with soft, silky tannins.

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