Jul
2
2014

A spectacular 3 Barrel (80 case) white takes us by a Storm

Storm 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – “Presqu’ile Vineyard” Santa Maria Valley
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 34.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
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The Story: It all started in South Africa where the family had been making wine for some time, but it was not until Ernst Storm decided to move to California that his idea began to take shape, and the foundation for Storm Wines was formed. Lots of trials and tribulations let to making wine in 2006 from Jim Clendenen’s Le Bon Climat Vineyard, and the rest as they say is history. He discovered the joy of the Santa Maria Valley and continued to expand his portfolio. Today he makes a mere 500 cases total (6 wines), but he is slowly but surely putting his name on the forefront.

The Wine: On the nose, this stunning youngster offers up a magnificent bouquet of yellow plums, apricots and a whiff of minerality. This great Sauvignon Blanc showcases a full body that is amazingly well-balanced and textured. The exquisite Storm “Presqu’ile” Sauvignon Blanc exhibits touches of minerality, citrus and honeyed melon flavors that are vibrant and not overbearing. The wine finishes amazingly long! Only 80 cases produced!

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Jun
30
2014

KILLER CABERNET… A Photographer’s other Passion

GKG 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Llewellyn Vineyard, Napa Valley
Retail 115.00 – GGWC 109.99 FREE SHIPPING on FOUR or more
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The Story: Greg Gorman is known as one of “the” top celebrity photographers in the world! He demands 20K and more per shoot! A few names, Marlon Brando, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, etc. Greg Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers’ of America, the Achievement in Portraiture Award from The Lucie Foundation and the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design award, etc. His passion started while getting his Master Degree in photography in Southern California when sipping on $7 bottles of Rioja. Fast forward to fame and he was asked to shoot the label for Dave Phinney’s “Papillon” label. Since Greg had been a fan of Dave’s Mercury Head Cabernet, that was a no-brainer. So over many glasses of wine and looking at various possible images for a wine label, Greg asked Dave to make a wine for him. He wanted it to be “top notch” just as his photography was. So Dave found a sweet spot on the Llewellyn vineyard, and the rest.. was history.

The Wine: As you know, 2012 was a great growing season with no frost, a mild Spring and a mellow Summer and Fall. The mild spring brought on a good fruit set. The warm summer and fall with no heat waves or excessive rains allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly producing fruit that is rich and dark in color and bearing firm but sweet tannins. The aromatics offer up a combination of black currant and espresso with an underlying hint of toasted oak. Full bodied with strong flavors of black fruit, currants and cherries flood your palate on entry with further hints of espresso, dark chocolate and plums playing on your mid palate-coating the roof of your mouth with elegant integrated flavors of blackberry and cassis. Great acidity and sweet firm tannins round out a long finish and certainly make this vintage very age worthy. The wine is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Malbec all sourced from the Llewellyn vineyard.

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Jun
28
2014

Birthday Wine Tasting!

Come help me celebrate my birthday with a special wine tasting today from 1-5 pm! 2337 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco.

Today’s lineup includes:

Gonet-Medeville Champagne, France
Malk 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
DuMol 2012 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
DuMol 2012 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Ziata 2010 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Barrelhead 2010 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Linked (Luc Morlet) 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

Birthday Lineup

Jun
27
2014

Gros Ventre 2012 Cerise Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

My tasting group reviewd a great selection of 2012 Pinot Noirs. The lineup included

  • Rochioli “West Block” (94 AG)
  • Pahlmeyer (94 AG)
  • AP Vin Garys (95 RP)
  • Purple Hands “Hosltein” (93 WS)
  • Crystallum “Bona Fide” (93 RP)
  • Siduri “Garys” (93 AG)
  • Ceritas (92 AG)
  • Littorai “Platt” (93 AG)
  • Comptche Ridge (94 AG)
  • Anthill “Tina Marie” (93 AG)
  • Sineann “Resonance” (93 WS)
  • Gros Ventre “Cerise”

The Winner: Gros Ventre “Cerise”

Gros Ventre 2012 Pinot Noir “Cerise” Anderson Valley
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The Vineyard: This highly coveted vineyard sits high above the Anderson Valley floor – this rocky, wind and fog-swept source continues to impress. The warmer 2012 vintage created a more playful and approachable version than its colder 2011 counterpart (which is just now coming around). While each vintage is unique, there is a common style that is undeniably Cerise — a structured elegance that unfolds and reveals itself beautifully over time.

The Wine: The steady and bountiful 2012 growing season produced a bigger crop and larger clusters and berries. This has made for a lush moutfeel, medium to full bodied wine. This wine, while quite young, exhibits aromas of cherry, strawberry, hard candy, green tea and sage, coupled with floral notes of rose petal and sweet alyssum. The fine tannins and lifted acids provide the architecture to support the wine’s dense and intricate long finish.

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Jun
25
2014

Killer Napa Cab 25% OFF ~ Made by Aaron Pott – Vineyard Managed by Jim Barbour

Adler Deutsch 2011 Cabernet “Estate” St. Helena, Napa
Retail 92.00 – GGWC 69.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The Story: Adler Deutsch Vineyard is located on the edge of the acclaimed West Rutherford Bench. Its soils are composed of Bale loam, rounded gravel and cobbled stones, providing good water drainage. This 2.17 acre site was planted in 2004 to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is planted in three blocks to 5×8 spacing of low-trained vines. The vineyard is meticulously farmed by Jim Barbour and the team at Barbour Vineyards to maintain the health of the vines and preserve the integrity of the land.  Add winemaker Aaron Pott to the mix and you have a tandem winning winemaking team!

Tasting Notes: The 2011 Adler Deutsch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classically-styled Cabernet crafted from estate-grown fruit. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2011 vintage is a dense ruby color, verging on purple. On the nose, the wine reveals fresh, ripe red and black fruits, including Bing cherry, black cassis, and blackberry along with licorice, violet and dried lavender.  These 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. The 2011 Adler Deutsch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will age well for the next decade.

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Jun
23
2014

Stunning 48 case production (only 48 bottles allocated)

Barrelhead 2010 Cabernet Franc, “Knollwood Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 45.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The Story: Chris and Julianna (Jules) grew up in winemaking families in the Napa Valley. Chris made wine with his family for 24 years and decided that it was time to go out in the world and be his own boss. Jules started out at Mondavi and Opus One and moved on to William Selyem and Hourglass as well as managing some of the most prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. The Barrelhead label represents single varietal and single vineyards blocks that Chris an Jules thought would best represent their view of the valley and the expression of the terroir. The lots are very small and usually out in a few days.

The Wine: This 2 barrel production (48 cases) is a stunner right out of the starting blocks. The 2010 Barrelhead Cab Franc is laced with sweet spiciness, fresh flowers and jammy red stone fruit. This is an amazingly vibrant young wine that will please many palates alike. Multi-layered wine that expresses its through Cab Franc character and the fact that it benefited from a long growing season does not show any of the green flavors that sometimes accompany this varietal. The wine is full in body will layer upon layer of meticulously crafted fruit that is not overbearing and in-sync with well-integrated silky tannins. This is a wine that would surprise even our French counterparts! Hurry as there is a not a lot to go around!

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Jun
20
2014

Chardonnay of the month! (6 barrels produced only 10 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 2011 “Estate” Chardonnay, Carmel Valley
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This might be one of the biggest surprises of the 2014 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 medium to 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. Only 160 cases produced!

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

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Jun
18
2014

French Laundry’s Favorite Pinot Noir

Jason Kesner 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. Jason added Pinot Noir and today he produces 10 wines, all small productions! Moreover, Jason went on to become the winemaker and run the day-to-day operations at Kistler and bringing them to new heights!

Kesner 2012 Pinot Noir “King’s” Russian River Valley
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The King’s vineyard is the latest addition to the Kesner portfolio. It is a very 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. A real “diamond in the rough”, an elegant bottling, that displays the delicate side of the varietal. Red in its tones and profile but without the sometimes clumsy and overly extracted/tannic characters that can often show in Pinot Noirs from this appellation. Crushed rose petals, fresh sliced red fleshed fruit tones, a slight dustiness on the nose that will evolve to more flesh like tones over time. A luxurious good-weight, yet well-structured mouthfeel, with amazingly well-balanced red stone fruit and the right touch of acidity. Jason calls this vineyard “a special little spot, and a special wine”, and I have to concur and hope you do too!

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Jun
16
2014

Knockout 80 case Cab Franc (only six cases allocated)

After 20 years working for the family brand, Karen Cakebread launched her own label Ziata in 2008. She had two goals: create beautifully structured wines that reflect the vineyards and its terroir; and to be involved in every aspect of making great wine! She named the winery in honor of mother Mary and hired longtime assistant and Heidi Barrett protégée Anne Vawter as her winemaker. Three wines are produced under the Ziata label, with a total production of 500!

Ziata 2010 Cabernet Franc, Oakville Napa Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This might be well one of the best Cabernet Francs to come from the Napa Valley! Only 80 cases of this gem were released (100 produced, 20 are for charity). This wine has the most amazing deep color of any Cab Franc I laid my eyes (and palate) one in years. The wine opens up beautifully in the glass and expresses its gorgeous aromas of blue stone fruit, violet candies, chocolate, anise and cinnamon. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster offers up rich flavors for blue and red fruit, and voluminous and velvety tannins that fill out the mid palate. This well-crafted, amazingly balanced wine then moves seamlessly into a long and enticing finish, thanks to the wine’s fresh acidity. A MUST HAVE!

Robert Parker 93 Points: “There are only 100 cases of this beautiful 2010 Cabernet Franc, which was made by Karen Cakebread. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with plenty of high-toned blue and red fruits, a sweet, creamy texture and lots of finesse and elegance. This serious Cabernet Franc can be drunk now and over the next 5-8 years.”

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Jun
13
2014

“The” Friday 13th Wine

Everyone panics on the Friday the 13th – I don’t! For this Friday 13th I figure that we needed to have a “different” type of wine, and the 2012 Abstract is just that. This bottling is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah sourced from some great hillside vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. This is a wine that will please many wine drinkers alike from beginner to connoisseur. And on a side-note Friday the 13th is not a bad day, as a matter a fact I was married on a Friday (April) the 13th and I am still happily married!!

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” – Pablo Picasso

Abstract 2012 Proprietary Red Blend
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 28.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12
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The 2012 Abstract has an amazing hue and nose. It offers up a crude oil-like complexion. Out of the glass one is bombarded with perfumed aromatics of black stone fruit, anise, kirsch and a touch of espresso and a whiff of sage spice. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster will tease you with its voluptuous texture yet remarkable freshness of lush black and mulberries, chocolate, plum and a hint of black tea at the tail end. Very well-balanced, good acidity with sweet and silky tannins rounding out this incredibly elegant wine. Long lasting finish.

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