Feb
7
2018

Bevan’s Amazing 95 Point Chardonnay

Addax is a high-end, boutique wine project owned by Josh Peeples .  The wines are crafted by ace-winemaker extraordinaire Russell Bevan – probably one of the most sought-after winemakers in the US today.

Addax 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
GGWC 69.99 Net
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Sourced from the Ritchie and Benovia vineyards in Sonoma, this youngster will realy wow you!  On the nose you are greeted by bright aromas or peach and apricot and a hint of minearility.  The wine is rich, and full in body with stunning flavors from start to finish.  This might be on the “hidden gems” of the year!

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2016 Chardonnay opens with expressive ripe peaches, green guava and pink grapefruit with touches of marzipan and ginger. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a lovely satiny texture and wonderful intensity of tropical and stone fruit flavors, finishing with a savory/nutty character shining through.”

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Feb
7
2018

Saturday February 3rd, our annual Cult & 100 Point Tasting.

100 Point Cult Wine Tasting

It was a nice and sunny (73 degree) day in the city-by-the-bay. At 8 AM I had decanted all the wines, and at 11 AM I decanted them back into the bottles so they would be ready for the 1 PM “show down”, and what a real showdown it was.

A nice crowd gathered in our tasting room, some flew in from Washington State, some drove 120 miles, and many from within the city and Bay Area.  I greeted the crowd with some Lucy Rose (made by Jeff Pisoni), and a selection of artisanal cheeses from my favorite San Francisco cheese monger (Canyon Market).

100 Point Cult Wine TastingEveryone enjoyed the wines. Not one wine disappointed.

We tasted the following wines:

1. KAPCSANDY 2013 ROBERTA’S RESERVE – 100 POINTS
2. VERITE 2014 LA MUSE – 100 POINTS ROBERT PARKER
3. BEVAN 2015 “SUGARLOAF” PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA (100 POINTS) – tied Winner of the event!
4. Harlan 2011 Estate Cabernet Blend 95 Points SOLD OUT
5. COLGIN 2014 IX ESTATE PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY – 98 POINTS ROBERT PARKER
6. Our “brown bag” wine, and tied “Winner” of the event – REWA 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” COOMBSVILLE, NAPA VALLEY

A few comments I received, Kapscandy and Verite reminded them of some Right Bank Bordeaux.

Colgin’ nose reminded someone of corn chowder…..

Harlan, even “the much hated” 2011 vintage was phenomenal

100 Point Cult TastingBevan and the “brown bagged” Rewa were the “talk-of-the-town” both stunning!

For those who missed the tasting, there is always next time! I have a feeling I will have to rent a larger venue for this event as we had a full house.

Your humble host,
St. Frank

P.S. Mark May 5 on your calendar. We will be hosting our “West Coast” tasting from 5-9 PM (venue will be announced shortly). You’ll have a chance to meet 20+ winemakers and winery owners, and taste 40+ new releases!

Confirmed so far : Coho, Teeter-Totter, Sans Liege, Seabiscuit, Paul Lato, Rewa, Wolf Family, MC4, Bevan, Paloma, Luli, Lucia, Bench, Solitude, Pisoni, Monthuys Champagne, and more to come!

Waldorf High SchoolThis event is our “good cause of the year tasting”. All proceeds will go towards Waldorf High School’s “Home Court Campaign”

We are in the very last fundraising stretch to cover the 8 Million investment of the new Center for Athletics and Community after momentum for the project grew through the year. The sustainable showcase facility, located on the high school campus, will serve as a home court for athletics and an all-school center for lectures, events, and performances.

The project is designed by alumni parent David Bushnell and his team at 450 Architects. Bushnell also designed the high school renovation, the first school in San Francisco to be awarded LEED-Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, and the plans continue to reflect the school’s ethic of sustainability by including a living wall, a cistern system for rain gathering, and Zero Net Energy through solar, natural light, and high efficiency energy systems.

 

 

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Feb
6
2018

Sensational Napa Cabernet

Montagu is a boutique winery dedicated to showcasing wine from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Each wine is a true expression of the world-class terroir from which it comes. Dedicated to minimal intervention in the winery, Montagu allows each wine to naturally express its authentic and full potential.Montagu Wines is a tribute Weston Edison’s great-grandfather John, the second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and a British automotive pioneer responsible for much early automotive legislation. He was also the first person to drive an automobile to Parliament, gave the future Edward VII his first car ride, and whose assistant served as the model for the iconic Rolls-Royce hood ornament known as the Spirit of Ecstasy.His son, and Edison’ great-uncle Edward, the third Lord of Montagu, continued his father’s legacy by founding Britain’s National Motor Museum and worked tirelessly to promote the heritage and preservation of British history. He was also a lover of wine and produced his own from a vineyard he planted in Southern England.

Both his great-grandfather and great-uncle led innovative and adventurous lives and it is Eidson’ hope that you discover this spirit and zest for life in each bottle of Montagu Wines.

Montagu  2014 “The Baron” Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Napa
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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A big and rich Cabernet. Savory herbs and dark fruit highlight the aromatics while cassis, violets, graphite and mocha fill out the palate. This wine is approachable young with a decant but will cellar and evolve for many years. 100% new French oak and 29 months of barrel aging created a wine of deep complexity and great length.

Also check out their amazing
MONTAGU 2016 CHARDONNAY “RITCHIE VINEYARD” SONOMA COAST

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Feb
4
2018

Inaugural Celia Welch “Cult” Release!


The “Love” Story:
It was 1993 when (Dave) a.k.a. Castiel (pron. Cast-ee-all), gazed into his crystal and spied Freemark Abbey, as Mesopotamian mythology’s controller of karma and time, he saw opportunity and slyly orchestrated a chance meeting of Kathleen and Dave Dicesaris over a tasting of fine wine. they bonded and eventually married. Years later and after a lifetime of equally serendipitous moments, Dave and Kathleen discovered a property on Howell Mountain filled with promise but in need of tender loving care. they envisioned a winegrowing estate and began restoration to return the land to natural habitat and develop a vineyard to serve as inspiration for future vintages of Castiel Estate.  They assembled a team to realize their vision, including winemaker Celia Welch and ace viticulturist “Guru” Jim Barbour.

Castiel 2014 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
GGWC 179.99
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The 2014 Castiel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon takes life from its ideally situated, west-facing vineyard on Howell Mountain where the soil is comprised of volcanic tuff and riddled with ancient rock.  This inaugural release displays concentrated aromas of dusty cocoa, dark raspberry, caramel and vanilla, along with an underlying foundation of the prized brambly forest floor character indicative of Howell Mountain.  This youngster offers up bold and concentrated flavors of black currants and shows the complexity and intensity needed for aging, yet offers an elegant tannin structure to enjoy at release. In its youth, the wine benefits from decanting prior to serving.

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Feb
3
2018

96 Point Rated 5 Barrel Pinot Noir Gem

 

Justin Harmon has been on a roll as of late, producing some of the most amazing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, and this latest release will not let you down either!  Unfortunately, the production is very limited.

Robert Parker gives this wine 96 Points: “Even better is the  Bastard Tongue, from a blend of Swan, Pommard and Dijon 115 clones, which was aged 22 months in 85% new French oak. Dark raspberry, strawberry and cherry notes give the wine a dark-red-fruit character, but there are also loamy soil undertones, underbrush, spice box and a rich, medium to full-bodied, fleshy mouthfeel. This is a complex Pinot Noir to drink now and over the next decade.”

Argot 2015 Pinot Noir “Bastard Tongue” Sonoma County
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 72.99
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Winemaker Notes: “After becoming the portfolio’s breakout star in 2011, each successive vintage of ‘Bastard Tongue‘ has gone from strength to strength. The 2015 is no exception, reaching even more significant heights than ever before! As delicious and complex as ever, the 2015 is just packed with more of EVERYTHING — more fruit, more earth, more textures, more ‘Pinotosity’. Deep, profound and delicious, walking that razor’s edge of the fruit-laden glory of California Pinot Noir, with the variety’s inherent complexities. Overt deliciousness, complemented by significant intelligence, and demand for ponderance. Think all you want, just don’t forget to enjoy. Simply wonderful.”

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Feb
1
2018

Hidden Surprise Red Blend well under $30


The 2014 Old Soul Red (a blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec) by winemaker Alex McGregor, is probably one of the best value non-mainstream red blends currently on the market.  Sourced from their 100% organic, and bio-dynamic vineyard the “OSR” pleases both palate and wallet!  I cannot forget to mention the Saracina 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC ESTATE MENDOCINO either  – reminiscent of a nice Loire white, as well as their white Rhone blend  ATREA 2016 THE CHOIR WHITE BLEND.

Atrea 2014 Old Sould Red “Proprietary Red” Mendocino
GGWC 26.99
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This wine has a beautiful, deep ruby color, a product of its Petite Sirah component. Aromas are dark and intense, with exotic raspberry, black cherry, and cracked pepper notes. The palate shows both richness and elegance, with a ripe tannic structure and a spiciness that reflects the vintage. Pair this wine throughout the year with your favorite comfort foods: ribs or burgers, pizza or pasta with a Bolognese sauce, or a wild mushroom risotto.

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Jan
31
2018

Exceptional Cabernet by 99 Point Winemaker

A striking hillside property, Cornell is located on Spring Mountain, not too far from Togni, Pride and Fisher. In 2013, proprietors Henry and Vanessa Cornell hired winemaker Françoise Peschon to oversee a complete makeover, and create the first estate grown wine from their then 10 year-old vineyard.

Peschon brought in vineyard guru Phil Coturri (Kamen, etc.), who created the plan to redevelop the property and convert the estate to organic farming. The wines are made in the contemporary, classically leaning style that has brought Françoise Peschon so much acclaim at Araujo Estate and Vine Hill Ranch. Quite simply, these are gorgeous mountain Cabernets endowed with real class and pedigree.

Cornell 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate”
GGWC 149.99
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The deep, inky violet color gives the first hint of the mountain-derived intensity in the glass. Signature notes of Cabernet Sauvignon emerge in the aromas: plum, boysenberry, violet, cassis, cedar. Even more compelling are the undertones of cocoa, mandarin orange zest, jasmine blossom, sage, and other fresh herbs. The interplay of juicy acidity and fine-grained tannin characterizes the palate, one supporting the other as the wine unfolds seamlessly from entry to extended finish. Irresistible freshness and vibrancy suggest a degree of approachability unusual for such a wine in its youth, while the underlying structure leaves no doubt about the suitability for long-term cellaring.

Galloni 95 Points: “Bright, polished and super-refined to the core. Medium in body and gracious in the style of the year, the 2014 Cornell possesses remarkable balance. The 2014 is tightly wound and in need of time, but it is exceptionally beautiful and resonant. Beams of salinity extend the finish while adding brightness. This is a terrific debut for the winemaking team in their first full year in charge of the farming and winemaking.”

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Jan
30
2018

Under $40 – 95 Point Rated Red

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike. The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2015 Pinot Noir “Estate” Russian River Valley
GGWC 39.99
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The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate has an extra gear to it because of the tiny yields. It exhibits loads of rich black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, a lush, sweet, spicy mouthfeel with full body, intense concentration and a long finish that has energy from the vibrant acidity. Drink it over the next decade or more.

Galloni 95 Points: “The 2015 Pinot Noir The Estate Vineyard boasts off the charts intensity, richness and texture. Soaring aromatics and a core of dark red and bluish fruit are front and center. Racy and voluptuous to the core, the Estate captures all the intensity of this vintage. This is a dazzling Pinot from Stephen Hansel, not to mention one of the best values readers will find.”

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Jan
29
2018

A “PERFECT” 97 POINT CABERNET

This might be one of the very best Cabernets to come from Knight’s Valley (even better than Peter Michael, really!)  The venture is owned by Norma Hunt (wife of the late Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt – who pretty much invented the Super Bowl).  This gorgeous property is well-situated, and when you bring in the Quarterback – Wide Receiver duo of wine (Philippe Melka and Jim Barbour), you can only achieve one thing – SUPERBOWL-like fame with the accompanying quality.

Perfect Season 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Knight’s Valley
Retail 140.00 – GGWC 134.99
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Tasting Notes: Only 250 cases of the PERFECT SEASON Cabernet were produced, so it won’t be around for a long time.  This 100% Estate Grown Cabernet is well-crafted and offers up amazing aromas of red and black stone fruits, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of spice cabinet as I call it.  Amazing, voluptuous body that is loaded with intense concentrated, yet very well-manicured and balanced fruit.  More black stone and espresso / mocha on the mid-palate merging into a long lasting lingering finish of elegant tannins.  A MUST HAVE!

Robert Parker 97 Points: “The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, ratchets up the level of intensity by a few points. It displays slightly blacker fruits, a tremendous purity and sucrosity of fruit, an unctuous texture, and a terrific finish with real character and personality. This should turn out to be a beauty and edge out its rival, the 2014. It should also drink well for at least 15-20 or more years. Both are great examples of viticulture in the up-an-coming Knights Valley.”

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Jan
27
2018

A CALIFORNIA EXCLUSIVE! Our Best “Vintage” Champagne to date

 

The Cazals Champagne house is located in the heart of Côte du Blancs, in Mesnil sur Oger. Founded in 1897, it is today directed by Delphine Cazals, the great granddaughter of the founder Claude Cazals. Clos Cazals may be one of Champagne’s best-kept secrets. It sits tucked away in the Mesnil-sur-Oger, a Grand Cru village that is located in the Côte des Blancs just south of Epernay. The Blanc de Blancs produced in this small village are amongst the world’s top echelon champagnes. This beautiful and extremely limited grower champagne is only available in Calfornia!

Cazals, La Chapelle du Clos, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2009
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
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This “old vine” Champagne is a 100% hand-harvested Chardonnay from 50 year old vines planted on chalky soil in Oger, the Clos (there are only 21 of them in Champagne) was bought by the Cazals family in the 1940′s, from famous politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Léon Bourgeois.  On the nose you’ll encounter intensity and complex aromatics for bread, hazelnut and apricot.  On the large palate you are greeted by a velvety texture that is warm with a mineral afterglow.

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