May
14
2016

LAST CALL FOR 95 POINT RATED BEVAN WINES

 
Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California.   It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop their estate vineyard and also “gave” Russell 1a ton of his estate Cabernet and the rest…. is history.  From their on out Russell has produced a bunch of 100 point and many more 94-99 pointers!  I am proud to introduce a KILLER Chardonnay form his portfolio that will wow your senses, the 2014 Bevan Ritchie received a 95 point rating from Parker, not shabby!Bevan Cellars 2014 Chardonnay “Ritchie Vineyard” Russian River Valley
95 Points Parker!!
Retail $70.00 – GGWC 66.99
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OK to mix & match with other Bevan wines
Russell Bevan’s notes: “The 2014 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is our most texturally decadent Chardonnay to date. It has an amazing mid-palate texture that lingers on and on. The flavors are pure Ritchie, stone fruits, minerality and a kiss of freshly caramelized Crème Brulee. With each sip, it gains power and length. While I enjoy drinking this wine so much now, I think it will really hit its stride in another year. The power of this vineyard makes it age worthy and there are so many layers that will develop with time, there is no rush to drink it right off the bat.

Robert Parker 95 Points: “His 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is 100% from this famous vineyard source for Chardonnay, planted with the old Wente clone. There are 250 cases of this wine, which is aged in three-fourths François Frères cooperage and the remainder in Remond. Light golden with a greenish hue, the wine reveals honeyed apricot, white peach, wet pebbles and floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied, loaded with minerality and extremely pure, with the oak well-concealed. This should drink well for 4-5 years, if not longer.”

Make sure to check out these other amazing Bevan wines:
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “PETALUMA GAP” SONOMA
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “RITA’S CROWN” SANTA RITA HILLS

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May
13
2016

LIMITED 96 Point Napa Cab Gem

 
2012 marks the 36th vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery and the 12th consecutive vintage of “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon. It all started in 1974 when Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres in the Spring Mountain District at an elevation of 1700 feet. The winery is now in its second generation on leadership of Michael Keenan since 1998. He replanted the vineyards and it paid of!Keenan 2012 Reserve Cabernet Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
GGWC 109.99
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The 2012 Reserve Cabernet is a blend of all estate Cabernet Sauvignon (93%) and Cabernet Franc 97%). Offernig up deep aromatics.  On the palate you’ll encouter a piercing and precise full rich, saturated mouth feel loaded with bold concentrated, yet well-balanced fruit. The long-lasting multi-layered finish defines this exemplary blend. Enjoy now or decades from now. Cheers!

Robert Parker 96 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the estate in Spring Mountain Vineyards is the thirty-sixth vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery. This wine has 7% Cabernet Franc added into the blend and 700 cases were produced. A blockbuster wine for sure, with an inky/purple color, sweet crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate a hint of charcoal and burning embers – almost as if it wanted to behave like a Graves from Bordeaux. This is full-bodied, very rich, powerful and still moderately tannic. It’s a baby for sure, but what an impressive one. This wine needs a good 3-4 years of bottle age and should keep well for 25-30 years at the minimum.”

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May
12
2016

WAKE UP TIME – 150 case Pinot Sleeper

 

Justin Wilett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing 190 cases. His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers. Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara county, Justin has wowed many (including me) with his great craft. His latest releases all garnered big press (94 and 95 point ratings) and I’d say they could have been 96 and 97s but who am I to say.

Tyler 2014 Pinot Noir “La Encantada” Santa Rita Hills
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Stunning aromas of crushed red fruit, raspberry and ripe strawberries jump out of the glass on impact. The wine is full in body laced with beautifully balanced flavors of red fruits with a touch of cinnamon and earthiness (from the darker clonal selections). Lush, refreshing, energetic mouthfeel with a long, graceful silky finish that screams of stunning Pinot fruit with a touch a spiciness. This wine will be a good ager! Only 150 cases produced!

Parker 2013 review –  94 Points: “Coming from a west-facing slope in the cool Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the Tyler Pinot Noir La Encantada Sta. Rita Hills starts out dark and earthy, with plenty of mushroom, forest floor and decaying leaves, yet continues to show more and more bright berry fruit with time in the glass. Possessing medium-bodied richness on the palate, with fantastic purity and a great finish, enjoy this superb Pinot Noir over the coming 4-6 years.”

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May
11
2016

125 case White Blend Stunner

 
Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the Rock & Roll scene.  Life took a different turn, as he had to make a living and  he eventually stumbled onto the L.A. food scene.  He worked as a waiter, and in time met Manfred Krankl, of La Brea Bakery fame, which whom he’d partner and work for several years.  Krankl, created the infamous Sine Qua Non label and that inspired Matthias to go a similar route and the rest is history.  During the day time he is a “food analyst” by night he makes amazing wines!

Sanguis 2013 “BeeKeeper” Proprietary White, Santa Barbara
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The 2013 BeeKeeper is a blend of Marsanne (43%), Chardonnay (27%), Vigonier (25%) and Roussanne (5%) sourced from the Watch Hill and Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Barbara.  Only 125 cases of this great blend were produced.   The wine’s aromas jump out of the glass upon impact.  On the nose you are greeted by orange blossoms, jasmine and a touch of tropical fruit.  On the palate, this lush yet extremely well-balanced wine offers up a bouillabese of great flavors from apricot, flowers, orange blossom , brioche all full-throttle with just a whiff of clean acidity on the backbone.

The BeeKeeper is a real crowd-pleaser that will surprise and please many!  Sadly with only 125 cases produced, it will go fast! So hurry up!

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May
9
2016

DuMOL BIG SCORES

Dear Friends,I just received some extra allocations of the high-scoring DuMOL wines.
The following wines received great accolades and I am proud to share them with you.

The supply is not unlimited, so hurry!
You can click on the bold links below for full tasting notes and $ info.

Happy Sipping,
Frank

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DUMOL 2013 “CHLOE” CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 96 POINTS

DUMOL 2012 ESTATE CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 95 POINTS

DUMOL 2013 “CLARE” CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 95 POINTS

DUMOL 2013 “EDDIE’S PATCH” SYRAH – RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 95 POINTS

DUMOL 2013 “JACK ROBERTS” SYRAH, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 94 POINTS GALLONI

DUMOL 13 VIOGNIER “LIA” ESTATE, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 94 POINTS

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May
9
2016

MUST HAVE 5 Barrel RED

Yannick Rousseau was born in the Gascony region in the South-West of France known for its ‘French paradox’ of delicious, rich food, daily wine consumption and impressive longevity of the inhabitants. His life-long journey in wine and food started when he was 5 years old and drank his first glass of homemade wine with Pépé (his grandpa). Pépé hunted his own food, made his own wine, and was an artisan butcher. Every day, Yannick lived the simple life where his family took the time to enjoy their food, wines and the company of family and friends.

High a top Mt Veeder in the Napa Valley you’ll cross into Sonoma.  The appellation might change, but the soil and quality does not.  It is mountain grown, high-quality “stuff” – right by sources like O’Shaughnnesy, etc.  In the late 1800’s this area was known as the Cavedale Resort, a mineral hot spring, which was surrounded by farms – not too many trucks around in 1880 to drive from the valley with produce for the resort guests!  The resort closed in the early 1900’s and the area eventually became prime vineyard land!

Rousseau 2013 Merlot Cavedale Vineyard.  “Pepe” Moon Mountain
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99
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This is a textbook wine.  Dazzling aromatics of black fruits and chocolate that are firm, ripe and expressive jump out of the glass. Grown on the western slopes of Mt. Veeder, this amazing MERLOT shows of and the color is a real indicator (dark purple hue).  Stunning and elegant on the mid-palate, this wine is loaded with nicely balanced red and black cherries, plum and a touch of roasted meat and black pepper. This wine rolls over the palate like a ballerina doing an arabesque.  The finish is long and flavorful.  Only 5 barrels (120 cases)

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May
7
2016

LAST CALL Under $30 Napa Cabernet = FREE SHIPPING

The latest release of Fisticuffs will knock your socks off!  Rob Lawson has been making stunning wines under various “cult” Cabernet labels such as Ghostblock, Mirror, Pahlmeyer and Kapcsandy for many years and did not skip a beat with the 2012 vintage. For those who dream of big and expensive Cabernets and don’t want to pay the big bucks… I have got news for you! This is a wine that tastes a lot more expensive than its price point! This wine is “the” real deal!

Fisticuffs 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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Fisticuffs elicits classic Napa Cabernet characteristics.  It has a dark ruby color with tantalizing aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, espresso beans and black cherries, leading to a concentrated palate of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis. The tannins are fine grained and velvety, providing a full bodied wine with a lingering finish of baking spices, vanilla and black cherry. Well balanced and delicious, this Cabernet is perfect for your summer barbeque or your winter beef stew. It should age well over the next 10 years – but why wait?

As it was the case with previous vintages this wine will sell out very fast! Fisticuffs is a venture between Jeff Smith owner of Hourglass, and Rob Lawson (Mirror) is the Ace at the wine wheel!

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May
4
2016

6 Barrel White Gem

 

This reads more like a movie, but it is real!  In 2000 a young, restless winemaker Jimi Brooks who was a world-traveler with a love for Moto Guzzi bikes and old Land Rovers started his own winery after gaining experience at some other wineries.  Then in 2004 at age 38 he died of a sudden aneurysm.  He left behind an 8 year old son (he is 20 now), and it was harvest time.   More than 10 local vintners and friends stepped up to the plate and harvested and vinified the Brooks wine.  His sister Janie who still lives in Monterey today, took over his wine business and runs every week between 2 states taking care of her own family, the winery and guiding her nephew into what could be his winery one day.  Today the winery thrives and the wines are made by long time friend Chris Williams.  The 2015 Pinot Gris is a 6 barrel production, so very limited!
Brooks 2015 Pinot Gris Estate – Eola-Amity Hills
GGWC 24.99
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TASTING NOTES: Grapefruit, orange and lemongrass in  the  nose. Perfumed  aromatic floral arrangement of gardenias, white  roses  and  lilacs. Faint hint of straw and hay with citrus and orange pith. Pink grapefruit, lemonade,  yellow  peach,  honey-suckle and white flower.  Medium to full bodied, with a tangy finish and  rocky minerality. Bone  dry, with  a  rich,  ripe  texture,  and  a long impression of both fruit and stone. Pair with a first course like sweet pea tendril salad, fresh arugula greens or cilantro, chilled soup and  white  fish  with  citrus  segments.

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May
3
2016

Under $80 Napa Cult Cab

 
The farming heritage runs deep at the Hayfork Ranch, as their great-great-great-grandfather, John Lewelling, a horticulturist by trade, settled the St. Helena family ranch in 1864. They started growing walnuts, prunes, pears and afterwards grapes, they have been continuously farming the land for six generations.  The past two decades the Llewelling vineyard has been the source for many highly-rated wines in Napa.

Hayfork 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Lewelling Estate” Napa Valley
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The 2013 Hayfork arrived with a big WOW, it’s here!  This wine has created a real following. The Lewelling estate (dating back to 1864) has been producing some of the most amazing Cabernet and Blends in the Napa Valley.  Many wineries have been very successful with this fruit!.  Haley Wight’s version of the 2013 vintage is stunning! The wine is blend of 94% Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.  On the nose you are greeted by blue and black stone fruit, a touch of chocolate with a whiff of toasty vanilla.  On the palate this full-body, lush youngster is loaded with bright blue and black fruit, coffee, anise and a touch sweet oak. The finish is long and pleasant.  Limited production

Robert Parker 2012 review 96 Points - I’d say that the 2013 is any bit as good, if not better!: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, which is actually a great value in the scheme of Napa pricing, is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak. The wine displays gorgeous licorice, lead pencil shavings, black currants, loamy soil undertones and a touch of barrique. Dense purple, it has a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel and a stunning finish with good acidity and velvety, well-integrated tannin, alcohol and wood. This is a scrumptious, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15 or so years.”

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Apr
30
2016

Premiere Release of new “CULT” Napa Cabernet

For the better part of the last 19 years Anthony Biagi has been crafting wines in Napa Valley for Paraduxx, Neal Family Vineyards, PlumpJack, and Cade Wineries and currently for Hourglass, Sinegal Estate, and Amici his own label. Following his parent’s sage advice “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life,” he finds himself extremely fortunate that he has been able to do what he loves from the day he graduated from college. Following a dream he set decades ago, Anthony founded Patria (homeland) in 2013 with Kimberly Jones.

Patria 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Cabernet Franc. The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of spice jump out of the glass upon impact. This full-bodied youngster is layered with lush black stone fruit gushing with intensity and a whiff of toasty vanilla. This fan-favorite can be enjoyed immediately (decant for 60 minutes) and should drink well for 10+years. It finishes with structured, but silky tannins.

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