Last Call – 94 Point Grenache Shocker!

Herman Story is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created just a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications. Herman Story regularly scores 93 – 95 points from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, and has an amazing “cult” following with thousands of people trying to get on his mailing list. The 2013 vintage Spring releases are spectacular but very limited!   All three of the Herman Story wines showed amazingly well at our New York Tasting and were one of the most ordered wines among the 80 wines we showcased.

Herman Story 2013  “On The Road” Grenache – 94 Points! 
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 48.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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Can mix and match with other Herman Story Wines!

More than any other varietal I work with Grenache reminds me of myself. It can be elegant and refined, or just as easily it can be a raucous party animal. Some people try to make it one or the other, but I think it’s best when you can get it to have a little of each. This year’s On the Road is just that, it’s got class and will doff its cap for the ladies, but won’t hesitate to start a brawl if needed. The wine’s got some serious muscle under that tucked in cowboy shirt. Smells like a fourth of July party by the pool: raspberry sorbet, fresh orange zest, licorice, fresh rubber rafts, chocolate brownie batter and vanilla whipped cream. On the palate the 2013 On the Road does a cannonball off the high dive, bringing an explosion of brambly blackberry, pomegranate, oiled leather, cherry cola and charcoal briquettes all with teeth staining color, it’ll leave you soaked and smiling.

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “The Herman Story Grenache On the Road is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Fresh, vibrant and chiseled, the OTR is laced with bright red cherries, plums, crushed rocks, mint and cinnamon. The flavors are a bit on the dark side for Grenache, but all the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes, cinnamon and mint add nuance on the seriously beautiful, vivid finish. The OTR is a great example of winemaker Russell From’s very personal approach”

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WINE ALERT Paul Hobbs’ under $40 Chardonnay

16×20 Chardonnay is just another wine venture that will add more accolades to Paul’s ever growing portfolio.   Sourced from two very small vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, this limited production bottling will wow you but on the palate as well as wallet!

16 x 20 Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma Coast
Retail 43.00 – GGWC 39.99
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The nose on the surface hints at green apples with a whiff of pineapple. With a little time in the glass, the spicy floral bouquet shows up carrying tingly lemon and tangerine aromas, supported by a core of peaches and cream. The allure of this cool climateChardonnay shows layered and subtle flavors revealing themselves with a little time and a little attention. Pure, clean, refreshing…and now I’m getting a soft and subtle sensation of fluffy lemon cream. Taking a sip, the first impression is of bright green apples, followed by hints of citrus peel, citrus deserts and a touch of tangerine. It’s compelling that the flavors are so bright and refreshing, light and delicate, yet the feel has substantial volume. Nuances come and go in the long, mouth-coating finish.

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Frank’s Birthday Wine – My own 4 barrels production!

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 vineyard sites and the resulting wine is amazing. We introduced the 2013 Milange Cabernet at our 10th Anniversary Tasting in New York last week and it was a big hit! We sold almost ½ of our inventory in one evening!Milange 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Frank-Perry Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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The wine was aged for 18 months in high quality French Oak barrels.  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 this will go fast!


A Must Have Pinot Noir

At our Anniversary tasting last week in New York Masút Pinot Noir turned lots of heads! Masut is the venture of two brothers Ben & Jack Fetzer.  Their father Bobby had purchased the Masút property in 1994 and planted it with two great Pinot Noir clones hoping to make his own wine. Sadly in 2006 Bobby died in a wild water rafting accident.  More determined than ever, the two sons felt that they had to continue their father’s project.  They used the winemaking and vineyard experience they had gained from years working at various properties into their own project “Masút “They had  converted a barn into a winery and the rest as they say is history.

Masút 2013 “Estate” Pinot Noir 
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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The wine offers up bright aromas of dark red fruits, rose petal, black tea and red licorice.  On the palate the medium to full-bodied 2013 Masút offers up great mouth feel that is silky smooth with bright concentrated wild berry, rich strawberry, and savory spices.  Very complex for a youngster, this wine crescendos Masút with a lingering plush finish.

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300 case Napa White Gem

Steve Matthiasson is probably one of the most sought after vineyard managers in the Napa Valley. His current clients include Araujo Estate, Spottswoode, Chappellet, Hall, David Arthur, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and many others.

Steve dreamt of farming his entire life. He became an obsessed gardener and cook while studying philosophy in college. In the early 1990s, while back in grad school studying  horticulture he found a vineyard job working for a small sustainable agriculture consulting firm. In 1999 he co-authored the California manual on sustainable vineyard practices. In 2002 he started consulting on vineyard practices in Napa. He still loves the challenge of solving vineyard problems for others, but since 2003 the primary focus has been on his own family farming and winemaking. Steve is a life-long student of the craft of viticulture. Steve  Matthiasson was named “Winemaker of the Year” in 2014, and that is an honor not given to everyone!  Steve meticulously farms his own vineyard at night and even on Sundays!  One of the nicest guys in the Valley, a quiet “rock star” of sort.  He is not noticed, but the wineries noticed him!

Matthiasson 2013 White Blend Napa Valley 
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
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The 2013 Matthiasson White Blend consists out of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Ribolla Gialla, 15% Semillon & 5% Tocai Friulano. The Sauvignon blanc brings a clean fresh citrusy acidity and some tropical character. The Ribolla gialla brings seashell minerality, nuttiness, and structure to the blend. The Semillon contributes viscosity and waxiness that adds gravity and weight. The Tocai friulano adds spicy aromatic notes. The acidity and fruit expression is balanced by a rich lees character and a faint backdrop of creamy oak. There is interplay in the wine between lightness and richness, and focus and complexity.  Only 300 cases produced!

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99 Point Winemaker’s hot new Cabernet

Mark Herold’s fascination with wine started in his childhood home in Panama City. On his twelfth birthday he “liberated” a bottle of Port from his father’s cellar. Undeterred from the horrendous hangover that followed the next morning, he set about to learn as much as he could about wine. After completing his academic career at the University of Davis with a Ph.D. in Ecology with an emphasis in nutritional biochemistry, he started his first foray into the wine world at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as the Research Enologist. Here Mark was able to bridge the scientific method with winemaking to determine the best approach to making the best expression of wine quality and seamless oak integration.

Merus was a labor of love that Mark started in 1998—a Cult Cabernet Sauvignon that he made in his garage in downtown Napa. His first vintage was extremely challenging weather wise as well as having limited access to equipment. Aside from all the challenges the 1998 Merus still received 93 points from Robert Parker. Most wineries received low 80s for the 98 vintage! Merus “died” after Mark’s divorce, and he started his wine consulting business soon after with a client list that has includes: Hestan, Kamen (96 Points 2012 vintage), Harris, Buccella, Kobalt (96 Points 2012 vintage), Celani, Maze (95 Points 2012 vintage) & Vineyardist (96 Points 2012 vintage).

Mark Herold 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail $100 – GGWC 94.99
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Dramatic, dark and penetrating immediately describe this wine. The color is a deeply saturated blue/black hue. Brooding from the glass is a landscape of layered scents: huge aromas of blackberries, black cherries, currants intermixed with espresso, crème de cassis, wet brick with nuances of dried flowers, black olives, and sage brush. A powerful mouth presence reveals extracted flavors of roasted black fruits showcased within a supple tannin framework is evidence of this wines fine sense of balance. Concentration, resolved fine-toothed tannins, and lingering rich flavors are hallmarks of this wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the 2012 Herold Cabernetover the next 15 to 20 years.

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Surprise Blind Tasting Winner

In a recent blind Syrah tasting the Melville “Estate” surprised many. The lineup included:
  • Beckman Clone #1 (94 Parker)
  • Avennia (96 Parker)
  • Two Hands “Bella” (93+ Parker)
  • Pax “Griffin’s Lair (95 Parker)
  • Herman Story “Nuts & Bolts (95 Parker)
  • Bedrock Alder Springs (95 Parker)
  • Rhys “Horseshoe” (94 Parker)
  • Roar Garys’ (94 Parker)
  • Lucia Garys’ (95 Parker)
  • Melville “Estate”
The winner: MELVILLE! 

Melville 2013 Syrah “Estate” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 38.00 – 35.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Boasting a deep crimson hue, fresh and ripe aromatics of red delicious apples, black cherries and blueberry compote are immediately apparent. In the background, denser notes of salt caramel, beef carpaccio and balsa wood intermingle with high toned components of rose water, orange oil, toasted nori and lavender. The palate impression is tender and polished with a firm presence finishing with significant weight and focus.

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100 Point Winemaker’s next Hot Cabernet

Eric Yuan purchased 116 acres on Atlas Peak next door to Pahlmeyer, Au Sommet, Stagecoach and other great vineyards. Like their neighbors on Pritchard Hill and in Oakville, the vines are planted in the prized red and iron-rich volcanic soils that have become the benchmark for Napa Valley’s finest wines.  Add 100 Point Winemaker Denis Malbec (Kapcsandy, Blankiet, Latour, etc) and Top Viticulturist Steve Matthiasson to the fold and you have another winning team!

Acumen 2010 Cabernet Estate 
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Deep aromas of violets and lilacs, with flavors of cassis and licorice, spiced with a soupçon of hay, candied orange peels and hint of nutmeg. With a magnificent frame of ripe, mouth-coating tannins, a great level of energy, firm body and textural elegance this terroir specific, very food-friendly, and well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon will reward cellaring and be long-lived. 430 cases produced.

Winemaker Denis Malbec Notes: “In 2010 wines produced from our estate are wines of precision and purity, full of character, well-balanced, reflecting the vintage’s long and cool growing season with moderate temperatures and extended ripening during the fall. 2010 was one of the coolest growing seasons I experienced in Napa, but remembering my years of winemaking at Chateau Latour, our vineyard crews did not excessively de-leaf during the summer, preventing crop damage due to sunburn and dehydration during the heat waves of August and September. As a result, we crafted very expressive and harmonious wines with a high level of refinement and ripe tannins.”

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Thomas Rivers Brown’s Amazing 4 Barrel Chardonnay

Senses is the dream of three childhood friends – Chris, Max and Myles – who reunited after various journeys with the vision to produce small-batch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their family-owned vineyards. Max Thieriot grew up on the “infamous” Thieriot vineyard. Senses produces high quality wines from the West Sonoma Coast in northern California, specifically in their hometown of Occidental. The West, or ‘True’ Sonoma Coast, is known for delicate, nuanced wines that exhibit balance and depth on the palate.  Add winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and do I need to say more….

Senses 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 
Retail $40.00 – GGWC 37.99
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Bright, laser focused and delicious. This wine is our best example of why it’s hard to beat Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Wet stones and lemon curd dominate the nose. The palate is greeted by intense minerality but balanced by vanilla, green apple and butterscotch notes. The wine continues with integrated oak flavors, racy acidity and a lingering finish thanks to barrel fermentation and minimal lees stirring. This a perfect pairing wine.

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French Laundry’s Favorite White

When Sommeliers recommend and drink Sauvignon Blanc they often prefer, the dry, earthy, mineral, floral whites of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume and Graves. This is the inspiration for Somm Blanc, a blend of Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon “Remixed” in California.  When a great Master sommelier friend of mine, Will Sherrer, got the opportunity to use the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California, which were planted in 1942, he jumped on it. The Lolonis Vineyard brings these old vines flavors to  the “Somm Blanc.” Old Vines are much like people in that they are simple yet powerful when young (1 to 21yrs), powerful and complex in mid age (22 to 50yrs) and less powerful but very complex when old (50 to 100yrs).

SOMM BLANC 2014 “Old Vines” Proprietary White 
Retail $40.00 – GGWC $35.99 ~ Free Shipping on 6 or more
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Somm Blanc blended 73% of Sauvignon Blanc with 27%  old vines Semillon inter-planted in a Valdigue red grape vineyard. His idea was to treat these grapes to an “old world” style of fermentation to maximize earthy, floral tones of Sauvignon Blanc without as much of the fruity, grassy elements of new world styles. The Semillon was fermented to bring out the varietal earthy, spice unique to Semillon. The grapes were neutral barrel fermented with partial skin contact and good lees stirring. The flavors begin with the earthy and mineral with slight musk notes. Fruit flavors are grapefruit and sweet lime zest with a finish of quince and dried papaya.  White flowers and slight spice reminiscent of a mild yellow curry.  Altogether, a very well-made, complex and flavorful wine that will please many palates!

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