Aug
8
2014

“THE” Pinot Envy BEST VINTAGE EVER!

Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 2 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name “The Shop” and the rest (10 years later) is history.  Byron has created a good following for his brand, and so have many of my customers.

B Kosuge

2012 Pinot Noir The Shop
Retail – 38.00 GGWC – 34.99

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The thing about this wine is-it’s got to be yummy. I don’t want to obsess about it, I just want to enjoy it and have a good time. This vintage is probably the most aromatic and delicious Pinot Noir vintage in years, with the possible exception of 1994, which was pretty tasty too. The Shop, in particular, really blossoms in the cooler vintages. In 2012 it achieved ripeness without sacrificing cut and precision. There’s quite a bit of dark fruit in this wine but with a little air the high notes start to emerge. On the nose you’ll encounter black cherry notes. The full bodied palate is gorgeous and generous loaded with bright, flavorful Pinot fruit. The finish is long and extremely elegant.

Aug
6
2014

95 Point Red Blend

Everyone’s dream is to make great wine.  That said, when three friends created Lacuna and set out to do so, they had one problem – no winemaker!  When they hooked up with ace winemaker Morgan Twain Peterson (Bedrock) their problem was solved and their 10 year dream came to fruition.  This is the sixth release and it has created a great following among many of our clients.  I’d be surprised not to see another high (95 point) rating, as this is on par with the Bedrock Heritage (95 Points).
 

Lacuna 2012 Proprietary Red Blend, Sonoma Coast

Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99 

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Morgan Twain Peterson a.k.a. The Bedrock Man has done it again! I am proud to introduce another release of Lacuna Proprietary Red blend. This 700 case production was sourced from some of the most accomplished vineyards in Northern California. Morgan Twain Peterson  (the man behind the successful Bedrock wines) crafted this blend of  78% Syrah, 8% Carignane, 6% Mourvedre, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Viognier into a synergy of amazing aromas and flavors. The wine is high-toned with savory and bold aromas of white pepper, rosemary, and black stone fruit that are nestled in the warming embrace of currant and blackberry. This wine has an amazing, lush body with bold black stone fruit flavors that linger on the palate. This wine is well-balanced, although young, shows tremendous potential. I would suggest either decant and let it breathe for a good 2-3 hours, or put in the cellar for a year or two – I would select decanting before imbibing and your patience will be rewarded with another gem.

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Aug
4
2014

99 Point Winemaker’s wine wins Blind Tasting

Our tasting group lined up some amazing wines for our first blind Cabernet tasting of the summer.  The lineup included

  • Etude “Oakville” (96 WA)
  • Adams Bench (93+ WA)
  • J Davies (94 WA)
  • Diamond Creek “RRT” (95 WA)
  • Alpha Omega “Beckstoffer” (94 WA)
  • Pott (95 WS)
  • Drinkward Peschon (93 WA)
  • Carter “ToKalon” (97 WA)
  • Carte Blanche (94 WA)
  • Montelena Estate (93 WA)
  • Herold (94 WS)
  • The Winner – LINKED 2010 ESTATE
Luc Morlet has added yet another accolade to his name, the new Linked 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Only 120 cases of this great venture were produced. Just around the bend from Peter Michael’s stomping grounds, this new wine is poised to become a reference point for Knights Valley. Dense, mouthcoating flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and cassis with a decadent wood flourish to the finish. If someone could have told you that this wine is in line with Peter Michael Les Pavots while you could still get it, youʹd thank them, right?  Luc uses the fruit from this vineyard for his (97 point Parker rated) Moret Mon Chevalier.  For those not familiar with Luc Morlet, he also makes the wines for Peter Michael, Carte Blanche, Vineyard 7 & 8, Cabaud, and of course his own Morlet label.
Retail 135.00 – GGWC 119.99 
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I’d say that the 2010 Linked is by far the best wine Luc Morlet has produced from this small estate.  Situated next to the likes of Peter Michael, Perfect Season and Luc’s own winery, this Cabernet is grown in some of the best dirt in the Valley and when you add a Top Notch Winemaker to the fold, you have something amazing – the 2010 Linked Cabernet!  This wine showcases intense fruit from the get-go. Distinct aromas of dark chocolate, cassis, spice and whiff of graphite jump out of the glass.  Very full in body, yet extremely elegant and well-crafted,  this wine offers up an amazing multi-dimensional profile.  A terrific effort this wine has splendid concentration, perfect balance and amazing personality.  The wine is big and round with supple tannins that makes you eagerly anticipate the next sip.  This is a wine that show well now (decant about 2-3 hours prior to the first sip) and has 15-20 year aging potential.

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Aug
1
2014

# 1 Quality/Value Rated Chardonnay

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!

Walter Hansel 2011 “North Slope” Chardonnay
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2011 is loaded with lively fruit.  On the nose you’ll encounter gobs of apricots and bright passion fruit. Lush from start to finish and well-balanced with layers of fruit and acidity intertwined and gorgeous into a nice finish.  This might be the best finessed wine Hansel has produced to date!

Robert Parker rated this wine 92+ Points
“The 2011 Chardonnay North Slope is one of the most reticent wines in this lineup. There is quite a bit of density and richness in the fruit, but the wine still needs another 6-12 months to come together, which is not unusual for Hansel’s Chardonnays. Today, the North Slope is mostly about potential, and there certainly seems to be plenty of that here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”

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Jul
30
2014

“A.B.C.” Anything But Chardonnay

Nicole Abiouness took the long way to get  into the wine industry.  Growing up in Virginia, she packed up her belongings and moved to Napa where she was accepted at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America).  She signed up very every single wine course they had and eventually landed a job at Swanson before moving to Australia and Burgundy to gain some more experience.  After traveling the world, she went on to work at Chappellet before landing the dream job with John Kongsgaard (the Master).  While working with John she slowly acquired some fruit left and right and the rest…. is history – Abiouness was born.

Abiouness 2013 “Amrita” White Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 23.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12
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The 2013 Amirta White (Amrita, meaning the nectar of the Gods)is a delicate, floral, aromatic mélange of Malvasia Bianca, Viognier, Moscato, and Pinot Gris.  Lively aromas of bright tropical fruit & exotic spices jump out of the glass on impact. This medium to full-bodied white blend is amazingly well-balanced and offers great tasting pleasure.  The wine is loaded with honeysuckle, Bosc pears, gardenias, pineapple core and fresh peaches are all swirling around from start to finish. These flavors carry through on the palate and leave you with a smile asking for more!

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Jul
28
2014

3 Barrel (75 cases) Sensation – Only 7 cases allocated

The Baxter Family has been making wine for over 45 years now, and has gone into its second generation.  The second generation is taking the winery into the 21st century, and it really shows.  Working with various high-end single vineyard, the Baxters are crafting some great wines these, and the 2012 Oppenlander Pinot Noir is a great example of what is to come from this winery.

Baxter 2012 Pinot Noir “Oppenlander” Mendocino
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The 2012 Baxter “Oppenlander” Pinot Noir opens with an amazing bouquet of crushed flowers, Bing cherries, licorice and spices that jump out of the glass. A very masculine wine, yet incredibly refined and juicy. If this were a Burgundy, I’d say Pommard! Full bodied wine, that is rich and very substantial in the fruit department – well-balanced with the right touches of acid where needed!  Lush, with an incredible velvety-textured personality.  Amazingly long finish loaded with fresh, lively fruit and silky tannins.  Only 75 cases produced, and sadly only 7 cases allocated!

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Jul
25
2014

Chardonnay Taste-Off Winner

We lined up an army of who-is-who with our latest Chardonnay tasting.

  • DuMOL (94 GWC)
  • Morlet (95 WA)
  • Talley Rosemary (94 WA)
  • Owen Roe (94 WS)
  • Rochioli “Sweetwater” (93WS)
  • Tor (94 WS)
  • 32 Winds by Ehren Jordan (92 WS)
  • Coldstream (92+WA)
  • Lewis (93 WS)
  • Buoncristiani (93 WS)
  • Chanin – The winner!

Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine and a “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 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 traveled extensively in Burgundy and Italy before returning to launch Chanin Wine Co. in 2007!

Chanin 2012 Chardonnay “Bien Nacido”
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This wine is loaded with complexity. On the nose you are welcomed by exhilarating aromas of white flowers, toasted almonds, baked bread and a slight touch of lemon custard. On the palate this silky, yet full-bodied elegant wine offers up awesome depth and richness, loaded with pear, kiwi and curry leaf. The texture is incredibly smooth with a fresh, clean long lasting finish.

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Jul
23
2014

Crowd pleasing under $40 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet. A small production winery in the Napa Valley. Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here. I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!” The owners are third generation winery owners and winemakers so expertise is key here..

Petit Batard 2009 Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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On the nose you are greeted by gorgeous aromas of black currant, anise and chocolate. This medium to full bodied Proprietary Red blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 1% Malbec tastes a lot more expensive than its price tag! The wine is rich in body and juicy in flavor, with the right balance of fruit and acid on the mid-palate. The wine is supple and silky and easy to drink now with a good 10 years of cellar potential left.

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Jul
21
2014

Merlot of the Month

Mia Klein goes way back in the food and wine industry. She was a chef, got her Enology degree at UC Davis and worked with Tony Soter, Cathy Corison at Chappellet. She followed with stints as the winemaker at Araujo, Spottswoode, Dalla Valle, Viader and Cimarossa.

The Selene name comes from Greek mythology. There are three goddesses associated with the moon in this mythology; Artemis, the maiden goddess of the waxing moon, Selene, the mother goddess of the full moon, and Hecate, the wise crone goddess of the waning moon. The moon carries a lot of meaning and symbolism for Mia Klein: “Not the least of which is following its phases. By knowing whether the moon is new, first quarter, full, second quarter, new, etc., I know where to find it in the sky, when it rises, and when it sets. For me, it’s another anchor that connects me to the workings of nature, like the fall and spring equinox and the winter and summer solstice. Besides, like my label depicts, there are few sights more beautiful in Napa Valley than the moonrise over hillside vineyards.”

Selene 2012 Merlot “Frediani Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 41.00 – GGWC 38.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Amazing aromas jump out of the glass of this single vineyard youngster. From the start you are greeted by lush black raspberries, slightly toasted vanilla bean, dark chocolate and espresso. Full in body, yet very elegant this wine displays a gorgeous mid-palate of black and red stone fruits, a touch of floral minerality, violet and jasmine. Lots of intensity and mouth-watering quality. The tannins are there, but not overpowering and even providing a sweet chewy texture that lingers nicely into a long last finish. Only 387 cases were produced.

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Jul
18
2014

Cabernet “IS” what the Doctor ordered

When a heart surgeon tells you to drink a bottle of red wine, listen to him! Dr. Ramzi Deeik (owner of GrapeHeart Winery) dedicated his life fighting heart disease through surgery in his career as a cardiac surgeon,educating patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; moderate exercise, a Mediterranean diet… and RED WINE! Dr. Deeik is of the belief that resveratrol might be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, assists in reducing “bad” cholesterol, and may prevent blood clots. Resveratrol resides in the skin and seeds of the grape, thus GrapeHeart wines are very “extracted” to enhance the beneficial effects. Dr Ramzi and his wife Isabel planted a vineyard and the rest, as they say, is history.

GrapeHeart 2010 Cabernet “Estate”
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This is an amazingly well-crafted wine by French winemaker Frederic Delivert (Plumpjack, Cade, Far Niente, Clark Claudon, Sodaro,etc) will turn many heads. Out of the glass this rich and full well-structured wine shows gobs of intensity, bright black stone fruit, hints of chocolate, anise and espresso. Full in body, yet well delineated and extremely fine-tuned with elegance and great harmony between fruit and acid. On the palate you’ll encounter black currant, chocolate, licorice and espresso flavors that are beautifully balanced. This is a real classic and will age nicely for 10- 12 years. Very limited production.

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