Aug
29
2014

Knockout Napa White

A native of South Africa, Brian Malk continues a family tradition of grape growing started by his grandfather who owned a wine farm in Franschhoek (trans. French Corner) near Capetown. Brian moved to the United States in 1978 and is now residing in Napa Valley as well as San Diego. Brian and Nancy purchased the Stags Leap property for Malk Family Vineyards in 1997 and the wines have been a success since day 1!

Malk 2013
Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99

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Our friends at Malk produced yet another superb Sauvignon Blanc that will please many.  Elegant and dazzling aromas of sweet Brazilian lime and melons jump right out of the glass.  On impact this well-made youngster tickles the palate with flavors of fresh apricots, honeydew, orange blossom and a touch of minerality.  Some delicacy and creaminess hovers over this medium weight  palate wine with its hallmark Sauvignon Blanc crisp flavors.  The finish is silky with long lasting flavors of gorgeous white plums and honeysuckle. Only 320 cases produced!

Aug
27
2014

Blockbuster Under $50.00 2012 Napa Cab!!

I don’t need to tell you that the 2012 vintage is a great vintage, it is a stunning vintage! Good thing that we are not getting bombarded with all of them at one time!  I just visited with the folks from Turnbull and can tell that this winery has gone through a major transformation the past decade.  100% of their wines are sourced from their estate.  The quantities are small and the quality has improved tremendously.  As a matter a fact their Cabernet program received many scores between 95+ and 100 points ratings over the past couple of years.

Turnbull 2012 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvigon
Napa Valley

Retail 53.00 – GGWC 49.99

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Sourced 100% from the Turnbull estate in Oakville, this wine exhibits a dark purple hue and offers up an intense aroma with copious notes of black stone fruit, violets, anise and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  The wine is lush and full in body, bursting with stunning and pure black currant and dark berry fruit that is pleasantly concentrated and well-balanced with just the right touch of acid and terroir components.  This is a picture perfect crafted wine that should hit its stride in a few years, and will age well for 10-15 years.  Remarkably complex and long finish, will silky grained tannins

Aug
25
2014

83 case production “Rosella” Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

It was Pinot Days at Frank’s house, and we pulled out some big guns. The lineup included

  • Siduri “Sierra Mar” (95 Galloni)
  • Capiaux “Widdoes” (94 Galloni)
  • Dom Drouhin “Louise” (93 WA)
  • Big Basin Coastview (93 WA)
  • Talley Rincon (93 WA)
  • Paul Lato Suerte (94+ WA)
  • Foxen “Block 8” (94 Galloni)
  • Brewer Clifton “Mount Carmel (94 WA)
  • Hilliard Bruce “Moon” (92 WA)
  • Sandhi “S&B” (94 Galloni)
  • Kosta Browne “Gap’s Crown” (94 WS)
  • Futhermore “Rosella” – THE WINNER

Furthermore 2010 Pinot Noir “Rosella” Santa Lucia Highlands Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more Use code FURTH12PN upon checkout

Amazingly complex and intense wine from the get-go.  Bright berries and a touch of savory notes jump out of the glass on impact.  This lush, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir offers gorgeous well-balanced blue berry and black plum fruit with a touch of underbrush and minerality on the mid-palate.  Well-delineated from start to finish, this 4 barrel production ends with an astonishing crescendo of anise, spice and silky tannins.  Only 83 cases produced!

Aug
25
2014

83 case production “Rosella” Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

It was Pinot Days at Frank’s house, and we pulled out some big guns. The lineup included

  • Siduri “Sierra Mar” (95 Galloni)
  • Capiaux “Widdoes” (94 Galloni)
  • Dom Drouhin “Louise” (93 WA)
  • Big Basin Coastview (93 WA)
  • Talley Rincon (93 WA)
  • Paul Lato Suerte (94+ WA)
  • Foxen “Block 8” (94 Galloni)
  • Brewer Clifton “Mount Carmel (94 WA)
  • Hilliard Bruce “Moon” (92 WA)
  • Sandhi “S&B” (94 Galloni)
  • Kosta Browne “Gap’s Crown” (94 WS)
  • Futhermore “Rosella” – THE WINNER

Furthermore 2010 Pinot Noir “Rosella” Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99

FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Amazingly complex and intense wine from the get-go.  Bright berries and a touch of savory notes jump out of the glass on impact.  This lush, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir offers gorgeous well-balanced blue berry and black plum fruit with a touch of underbrush and minerality on the mid-palate.  Well-delineated from start to finish, this 4 barrel production ends with an astonishing crescendo of anise, spice and silky tannins.  Only 83 cases produced!

Aug
22
2014

Stunning 180 case Bargain Napa Chardonnay

Scott Peterson has been producing stunning Bordeaux blends for years now under the SP Drummer label as well making the Cabernet and Merlot for Textbook and Pinot Noir and Riesling for Pey Marin Wineries.  Now he has ventured into Napa Valley Chardonnay as well.   The 2012 vintage marks his “debut” with this varietal and it is a big hit right away!

SP Drummer 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Retail 28.00 – GGWC 24.99

FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more, use code SPD12CHD upon checkout.
Can mix and match with SP Drummer Cab/Cab Franc Blend

The SP Drummer 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley showcases a  brilliant color. The nose offers bright aromatic purity of lemon, mineral,  green apple, that opens to poached pear and a touch of toastiness. A gorgeous stone fruit palate  and nutmeg offer great richness.   180 cases produced.

Also check out the  SP DRUMMER 2008 PROPRIETARY RED (CS & CF), NAPA VALLEY

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Aug
20
2014

Re-birth of a Napa Gem!

Michael Trujillo has been making wine in the Napa Valley for decades now.  He had a long run with his Karl Lawrence label, which was “retired” after the 2010 vintage.  Under a new disguise, the 2011 Trujillo Cabernet was born.  Sourced from the same amazing vineyards: Herb Lamb, Morisoli, Healy & Henry Brothers.  Only 400 cases of this “Premiere” release were produced.

 

Trujillo 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
PREMIERE RELEASE

Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99 
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The aromatics are at first bright and focused, giving way to rich and vibrant dark fruit flavors. Blackberries, black cherry and currant roll forward on the palate followed by delicate hints of licorice, sweet tobacco and dark chocolate. A very slight mineral, almost slate, note quietly bolsters the complexity of the bouquet. In accordance with its refined character, the wine’s structure and acidity are well balanced for drinking now and entirely worthy of cellaring for many years.

Winemaker Side Bar: “My Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from the fruit of select, family-owned vineyards in Napa Valley, and I work closely with each grower, utilizing farming practices that yield notable fruit each year. Gary Morisoli, located just west of Rutherford, delivers bold, rich red and black fruit. Herb Lamb Vineyard, on Napa’s eastern slope, evokes black cherry and currants with bold spices and soft tannins. Healy Vineyard in St. Helena offers soft, silky mocha characters, and Henry Brothers Ranch, high on Howell Mountain, brings wonderfully dense and black fruit flavors with dark chocolate notes.”

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Aug
18
2014

Foxen Pinot 94+ Points – Only 5 cases allocated

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré (also known as the “Foxen Boys”) have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a “minimalist” approach to winemaking.

The winery was named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick’s great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800′s. In 1837, this Santa Barbara County pioneer purchased the Rancho Tinaquaic, a Mexican Land Grant that originally totaled nearly 9000 acres and comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive “anchor” as his ranch cattle brand, which has become a trademark of the winery. It is very fitting that FOXEN has made its home on the 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.

Foxen 2012 La Encantada Pinot Noir,
Santa Rita Hills

Retail 70.00 -  GGWC 64.99

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“The 2012 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard is another of the many highlights in this range. Here the flavors are dark, smoky and gamy. Dark red cherry, plum, tobacco and cured meats flesh out in a resonant, highly expressive Pinot endowed with notable depth, especially within the context of the vintage. Hints of dried rose petal and violets linger on the finish. From start to finish, the Encantada is superb.”  94 points – Antonio Galloni

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Aug
15
2014

Exquisite Viognier wins blind tasting

This was the first time my tasting group conducted a blind Viognier tasting, and it will not be the last one!  The lineup included:

  • Cayuse (93 WA)
  • Hentley (93 WA)
  • Chapoutier (96 WA)
  • Mark Ryan (92 WA)
  • Yeringberg (92 WA)
  • Denner (92 WA)
  • Abeja (92 WS)
  • Jemrose (92 WS)
  • Alban (94 WA)
  • K Vintners “Charles Smith” (94 WA)
  • Kamen (92 WA)
  • Cold Heaven “Le Bon Climat” - WINNER
Cold Heaven received 7 first, 2 second place votes, Alban received 3 first, 5 second place and Cayuse 2 first and 4 second places votes to round out our top 3!

Cold Heaven is a small, off the beaten path urban winery born in 1996.  Morgan Clendenen was married to long time “domestic Rhone – Rock & Roller -  Jim Clendenen and caught the wine bug early on.  Even after their amicable divorce Jim still helps Morgan out with her winery, and continue to sell her premium fruit!

Cold Heaven 2012 Viognier
“Le Bon Climat” Santa Maria

Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.99
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The Santa Maria Valley appellation in Santa Barbara is well suited to growing white grape varieties and Viognier in particular. The 2012 Cold Heaven Viognier has a pale yellow gold color and  exotic aromas of citrus blossom, ripe pear and lilies.  The wine has a rich, round mouthfeel.  The crisp racy acidity and clean finish lend well to pairing with spicy cuisine, pasta or seafood or on its own as a refreshing summer beverage. Drink this dry white wine young and well chilled.  Pale yellow gold color. Nose of tropical fruits, pear, mango, and lychee.

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Aug
13
2014

300 case production (3 x 94 Points) – Only 8 cases allocated

GWC 94 Points: This wine boasts an amazingly dark color and intense bouquet of spring flowers, anise and spcie.  On the palate this wine is full, intense loaded with black stone fruit and a touch forest floor spice.  Lush and well-balanced, with amazing mid-section and stunning finish.  The wine lingers on for 30-40 seconds!  Very limited!

Maison L’Envoyé  (The hosue of the messenger) was created by Mark Tarlov owner of Evening Land.  Add Mike Etzel Jr. he also makes the highly regarded CHAPTER 24 wines and is the son of the Beaux Freres winemaker) and you have a ticket to success.  The emphasis is on finding the right soil types to make the very best wines which they did – Shea, Hyland, Saikonen, etc.

WS 94 Points: “This focused red features lively blackberry, floral and white pepper flavors that unfurl in layers, persisting with finesse against an underlying mineral note as the finish revs up. Complex and expressive. Drink now through 2022. HS”

Maison L’Envoyé
“Attaché” 2012 Pinot Noir

Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99

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As essay of volcanic and sedimentary soils, delivering density and concentration without oppressive weight. A long, focused core of blue fruits and intriguing spice dances across the palate, bound by silky, yet precise tannins and a bright line of minerality.  An unbashed come-hither mouthfeel.  This wine received three 94 point ratings, so everyone agrees that this is an amazing, well-crafted wine! 

W&S 94 Points: “A project between Mark Tarlov, this stylish wine leads with seductive dark purple fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon accents and a hint of forest floor. The flavors are completely mouthfilling, the fruit like roasted cherry with a blue tinge, the texture silky and creamy at once, with a focus to all that lusciousness that lasts.”

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Aug
11
2014

First 100 Point 2012 Cabernet

Carter Cellars grew out of a small bed & breakfast, turned high-end hotel/restaurant with an award winning wine list. Mark Carter started hosting winemaker dinners and in 1998 he created “Carter Cellars” and the rest as they say is history.  The first vintages were made by the FIRST 100 point winemaker in Napa, Nils Venge.  Today Mike Smith, who started his winemaking journey under the tutelage of Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001 has been crafting these amazing wines for years now and has brought Carter to new heights. The Carter 2012 Cabernets might be the first winery to wind up with 100 point ratings, and I don’t take this lightly.  Robert Parker gave the 2010 vintage 97-99 points ratings – after I tasted the 2010s next to the 2012s, I’d give the 2012 101 points!

We are offering this wine in mixed 4 packs with FREE SHIPPING, but I might be persuaded to give you a few of same if you like, or more, of course!  These wines are in very limited supply, and will sell out in no-time!  These wines are tightly allocated.

Carter 2012 To Kalon “The Three Kings” Cabernet Sauvignon
$149.99

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The Three Kings To Kalon is crafted from the classic Napa Cabernet clone 7 which has had quite the Renaissance in recent years. Noticeably darker and the most virile wine of the Carter Cellar’s 2012 offering, it opens up immediately with soaring aromatics of black currants, licorice exotic spices and blue/black fruits. This 2012 vintage reveals superb balance and concentration which successfully expresses the richness and power that is the hallmark To Kalon wine. The pliant mid-palate is composed of firm but sweet tannins which are fully integrated into the plush dark fruit and toasted oak notes. Give this beautiful wine a few years in the cellar to round out and you’ll be rewarded by mature and developed nuances for 12-18 years to come. FYI, the 2010 received a 99 point rating and this wine is even better!!!

Carter 2012 Weitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley
$149.99

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This is the inaugural release of Carter Cellar’s Weitz Vineyard Cabernet and we are excited about the opportunity to work with this pedigreed Oakville hillside vineyard. The reddish brown soils are littered with volcanic rocks and the vines bath in the sun from early morning to late in the evening. In the glass, the wine is deep purple to the rim and opens with signature scents of blackberry fruit, cassis and mocha. Notably plush tannins and natural acidity are coupled with a distinct minerality from the heavy graveled soils. In the mid-palate rich blueberry, chocolate covered cherries and barrel spice combine to make this a powerhouse of complexity and structure. Considerable depth and fruit will develop as the structure starts to integrate with a little bottle age. Decanting a few hours will benefit this wine for early drinking; cellar for 6-12 years to enjoy this wine in its prime. FYI, the Weitz vineyard is now called Leopoldina.

Carter Cellars 2012 Beckstoffer To Kalon
“The O.G” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

$149.99

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2012 was very kind to the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. Deep ruby/purple hues boast amazing levels of dark currants, violets and barrel spice. Perfectly framed tannins integrate with a plush, persistent and bold mid-palate making this a prodigious and complex wine which expertly showcases Napa Valley terroir. The mélange of fruit is intoxicating, nuanced and mesmerizing. As with prior vintages of this wine, the structure and power of the To Kalon Vineyard needs a extended decant or several years of bottle age to spread its wings. This wine should hit its prime in 3 to 4 years which should then last for at least the next 10 to 20 years. FYI, the 2010 received a 97 point rating and this wine is even better!!!

Carter Cellars 2012 Beckstoffer To Kalon “The Grand Daddy” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
$149.99

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Due to perfectly balanced yields and just the amount of hang time, this To Kalon block produced exceptional wines in 2012. These old vine clone 4 vines render our most elegant wine from this vineyard, but just like great Bordeaux, this elegance is wrapped up in a cloak of raw but refined power. Crème de cassis, licorice, tobacco and spice cake aromas mingle with a lavish multi-layered wine, offering an enormous mid-palate accented by natural acidity. The wine offers a sensational amount of ripeness and texture along with generous tannins which leaves an impression of a wine that carries both old and new world characteristics. Allow this wine to age more than other To Kalon bottlings before consuming – it will benefit from a long decant or 8-10 years in the cellar. FYI, the 2010 received a 97 point rating and this wine is even better!!!  

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