Oct
3
2014

Killer under $50.00 2012 Cabernet by Carter Cellars!

Thomas Rivers Brown’s protégée Mike Smith (who is also the winemaker at Carter, Myriad, Scarlett,  12C, etc.) has crafted yet another amazing wine for Mark Carter’s Envy label. Sourced entirely from their Estate in Calistoga, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will wow you both in the flavor as Dollar-cost-average in the wallet department! 

Envy 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Calistoga Cuvee” Estate, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 47.99

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A stunning wine from Mark Carter’s Envy winery.  This 2012 Estate grown Cabernet will dazzle you from start to finish.  It shows a dense body surrounded by unctuous lush and bright fruit dimensions of cassis, chocolate, black currant and a touch of toasty vanilla. The smooth silky tannins tickle the palate in a delicate waiflike way so that the overall sensation is one of long lasting pleasure.  Only 350 cases produced!

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Oct
1
2014

Paloma’s hot new 20th anniversary release

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts , Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  This is not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A wine for lovers of intensity, full-bodied and powerful reds!  Paloma and I got back 20 years, so time for our anniversary!  The wine is now in stock at our “Ocean & Paloma” location (our cross street is Paloma).  

Paloma 2011 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 60.00
GGWC 56.99 

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The Paloma 2011 Merlot is mind boggling good! This is a Merlot that will give many Cabernets a run for their money as this is a Merlot for Cab drinkers. Not your wimpy, silky wine, but a well-balanced, complex, dark, concentrated, full-bodied mountain-grown gem!  The wine’s aroma is amazing, and jumps right out of the glass on impact.  This 2011 is layered with dense black stone fruit laced with dark chocolate and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  It is a big, lush youngster that pleases from start to finish.  It is well-balanced and elegant at the same time. But I suggest to put this one down for 6-12 months prior to imbibing.  Very small production.

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Sep
29
2014

John Kongsgaard’s most remarkable Chardonnay ever!

If the Hudson Ranch would be in France it would be the equivalent of a Premiere Cru vineyard.  Lee Hudson has been farming this famed property for years and his client group is very impressive (30 high-end wineries buy his fruit).  Lee is very meticulous and when you have John Kongsgaard as your winemaker you have the best of the best on the same team!

Hudson 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros Napa Valley 
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 64.99
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Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! This is a very sophisticated wine. Slightly nutty on the nose with hints of citrus and minerality. The wine is lush on impact, slightly oily, full in body with an amazing elegance and lively green apples and Anjou pear flavors. This wine is round and bold, but oh-so stunningly balanced with a finish that does not seems to end!

Robert Parker 93 Points:  (I would say 4 points shy of what it really deserves): “My favorite wine of this trio is the sensational Hudson Chardonnay which reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess. Made from an Old Wente clone and aged in 80% new oak (which it hides very well), this wine has good acidity and a surprising, rich, intense mouthfeel with lots of caramelized tropical and honeyed fruit. This full-bodied wine is fresh, which is typical of this vintage, especially for many of the white wines.” 

Also check out their HUDSON 2012 SYRAH CARNEROS

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Sep
26
2014

Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Champ!

In a recent blind tasting of stunning 2012 Pinots Dragonette Fiddlestix blew away a pack of well-regarded Pinot Noirs  – Our lineup included:

  • Foxen “Encantada” (95 WA)
  • Domaine Cornu Corton Grand Cru (93 WA)
  • Elk Cove “Mt Richmond” (94 WA)
  • Deovlet “Bien Nacido” (93 WA)
  • Big Basin “Lester” (93 WA)
  • Aubert (95 WA)
  • Peter Michael (96 WA)
  • DuMol (95 WA)
  • Rochioli “West Block” (94 WA)
  • Maison L’Envoye (94 WS)
  • Chapter 24 (94 WS)
Two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) teamed up with their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis to pursue their live-long dream to make wine.  They gained valuable experiences at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars before they started this awesome venture.  Over the past couple of years the press has been (rightfully so) generous to these three great guys.  They source from some of the most sought after vineyards in Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills & Santa Ynez.

Dragonette 2012 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills  ~ Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99
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This wine displays aromas of deep, concentrated red fruits (Bing cherry, strawberry and sweet cranberry) along with intense mineral notes of sea shell, and wet stones and a fascinating mélange of fresh and dried herbs (bay leaf, anise, thyme, tarragon) and smoky nori. On the palate the wine is rich, yet measured, as concentrated fresh red fruits intermingle with herbs and stones in a light to medium bodied frame. A solid tannic spine and notable, tangy acids provide citrus notes and intrigue, and the wine dances across the palate to a satisfying, contemplative finish.

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Sep
24
2014

96 Point rated Jewel! Only 4 cases allocated!

Scott Hawley, winemaker at famed Torrin (many 95-98 point rated wines) is the skipper at the helm of Law Estate in Paso Robles. 80% of the estate is planted to Syrah and Grenache, while the rest of the property consists of Mourvedre, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane.  This is the SECOND release, and last year they received big scores on their Premiere release, so get on board now before this becomes the next Sine Qua None (that would mean None for you).  Robert Parker already rated all the 2011 wines very high (95& 96 Points!).

Because of the limited allocation I am only offering these wines via a unique “mixed” case purchase.  The “8 BOTTLE CASE” comes with FREE SHIPPING, includes 2 bottles each of Audacious (96 Pts), Beguiling (95 Pts), Intrepid (95 Pts) and Sagacious (95 Pts).

Law Estate 2011 “8 Bottle Case”
Reg. 560.00 – GGWC 544.92
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Robert Parker notes:

Audacious 2011 96 Points: “The 2011 Audacious(38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 8% Petit Sirah) reminds me of a Howell Mountain Cabernet with its creme de cassis and purple fruits, lead pencil shavings, caramelized meats and chalky minerality. As with the other 2011s from this estate, it has full-bodied richness and depth, solid mid-palate concentration and building tannin that comes through on the finish. It’s a terrific wine that will have 10-15 years of longevity.”

Beguiling 2011 95 Points: “Also awesome, the Grenache dominated 2011 Beguiling (which incorporates 15% Syrah) is pure, elegant and layered, with drop-dead gorgeous notes of black raspberry, licorice, ground pepper, chalk and creamy licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuously styled, with no hard edges and a downright sexy style, it stays graceful and nicely focused on the finish. Drink this beauty over the coming 5-6 years.”

Interpid 2011 95 Points:” The inky-colored 2011 Intrepid checks in 100% Syrah that spent 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. It’s another smoking effort from this estate that gives up classy framboise, black licorice, chocolatey oak and toasted spice to go with a full-bodied, layered and thrillingly pure profile on the palate. Top class all the way, it will be better in another year and have upward of a decade of longevity.”

Sagacious 2011 95 Points: “Another brilliant blend, the 2011 Sagacious is 38% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre and 28% Grenache, all of which spent 20 months in 40% new French oak. Black raspberry, cassis, white pepper, leather and crushed flowers all emerge from this beauty, and it stays weightless and elegant on the palate, with fantastic purity and freshness. It’s hard to resist now, but it will evolve gracefully as well.”

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Sep
22
2014

Amazing under $40 Napa Cab Blend!

The Bridesmaid name comes from the more serious analogy between a First Growth Bordeaux and the next level Appellation blend. Pam and Drew took the more whimsical aisle of what the Bride is to the Bridesmaid: left of center, sexy and totally available! Pam Starr garnered her inspiration for this wine while working at such celebrated wineries as Spottswoode, Gemstone, and now her own label, Crocker & Starr. Meanwhile, Drew Neiman has kept his winemaking skills sharp with the creation of Neiman Cellars and stints at Newton, Kongsgaard, and Chateau Boswell.

Bridesmaid 2012 Cab blend, Napa Valley
Retail 44.00
GGWC 39.99

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This splendid Napa Valley Bordeaux-style blend might be the best effort from Pam Starr yet to date. The 2012 Bridesmaid Red is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25%, Cabernet Franc, 24%, Malbec,  8%  Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.  Dense color meets the eye and copious berries and flowers greet the nose. Black cherry, currants, red rose petals and a touch of spiciness all knit together for a big juicy mouthful of flavor. Oh so smooth finish with lots of length. All of this in a very seductive wine.

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Sep
19
2014

Tyler 2012 releases 95 Point ratings!

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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.

2012 Tyler Chardonnay “Bien Nacido”
Retail $50.00 – GGWC 45.00
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Parker 95 Points: “Coming from the eastern edge of Bien Nacido and vines planted in 1973, the 2012 Chardonnay Bien Nacido is one of the top Chardonnays in the vintage. Loaded with mineral-laced stone fruits, salt water and white flowers, it has incredible purity, building richness and a crystalline-like quality that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a gorgeous effort that will drink nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer, although I see no reason to hold off.”

2012 Tyler Chardonnay “Sanford & Benedict”
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 55.00

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Parker 95 Points: “In the same league, the 2012 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict comes from some of the oldest vines in the Sta. Rita Hills (planted in 1971), and the top part of the block, on a northwest-facing slope. It possesses an exotic, nervy and vibrant style, with gorgeous mint, citrus peel and crushed rock-like aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, layered and drop-dead gorgeous on the palate, it excels for its purity and focus more than its richness and power. It should evolve gracefully over the coming 4-5 years as well.“

2012 Tyler Pinot Noir “Bien Nacido Old Vine”
Retail 69.00 – GGWC 65.00

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Parker 94 Points: “More marine and mineral-laced, the 2012 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Old Vine is more masculine and Burgundian than the N Block. Black cherries, underbrush, earth and licorice all come together beautifully, and this beauty hits the palate with a medium-bodied, seamless and elegant texture that carries fantastic length and persistence. Give it a year and enjoy bottles through 2022.” 

2012 Tyler Pinot Noir Santa Barbara
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 34.00!!!!

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Parker 94 Points : “A 50/50 blend of Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley fruit, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County was fermented with a touch of whole cluster and aged in less than 10% new French oak. It’s a taut, fresh and vibrant 2012 that gives up pretty red and black fruits, sappy flower and underbrush-styled aromas and flavors. I love the overall purity and tension on the palate, and it will evolve nicely for 5-7 years.”

2012 Tyler Pinot Noir “La Encantada”
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 56.00

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Parker 94 Points:” Coming from a west-facing slope in the cool Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the 2012 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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Sep
17
2014

French Laundry’s Favorite Chardonnay by Kistler Winemaker

Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason 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. Moreover, Jason has brought Kistler to new heights as well!  The Kesner Chardonnays are on the “Highly Recommended List” at the Laundry for 10 years straight.

The Vineyard: This is the third vintage from this long heralded site.  The same family has been farming the land since the late 1950′s, and they learned what worked and what didn’t a long time ago.  Heritage California clone chardonnay, on St. George rootstock planted in the red sandy soils in the hills west of the river.  It consistently yields a wine that gives a nod to classic Californian chardonnays, but with structure, and lively acids due to us picking a touch on the early side of things

Kesner 2012 Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard,
Russian River Valley

Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99

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Stunning wine that is bursting with bright fruit.  Gorgeous color and stunning aromatics.  Hints of stone fruit, honey, orange blossom and flowers on the nose. The wine is well-structured, rich and lush with  loaded with great flavors of honey, nectarine, butterscotch and a touch of minerality and whey. A long finish make for a very enjoyable experience. The wine was not fined or filtered and aged in high quality French oak barrels.

Also check out these other Kesner wines:

KESNER “GATE” 2012 CHARDONNAY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

KESNER 2012 PINOT NOIR “THE GATE” CARNEROS

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Sep
15
2014

David Arthur 2012 Cab Blend ~ 25% off

Meritaggio is the brainchild of the Long Brothers at David Arthur.  Wanting to fulfil his desire of producing a fine Meritage blend, David (Long) set out to find clones of the five classic Bordeaux varietals.  On this travels, he came across Sangiovese, which stole the spotlight from any Malbec he had ever tasted.  Bob (Long) had the brilliance to name the wine “Meritaggio” in honor of the Italian Heritage.  This blend is created from the very best lots at David Arhtur’s Estate.

David Arthur 2012 Meritaggio, Red Blend
Napa Valley

Retail 55.00 – GGWC 41.99

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The 2012 Meritaggio (54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc) offers a rich deep color and intense aromas of black cherry, chocolate, cherry pie and a touch of toffee and vanilla bean jump out of the glass.  This medium to full-bodied wine offers gobs of lush and bright fruit on the palate that is well-balanced and polished with fine grained tannins that linger into a long and complex finish of tamrind, plum and a touch a minearlity.  Gorgeous wine that will please everyone’s palate and pocketbook!

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Sep
12
2014

Stunning 93 Pointer ~ 95 cases produced!

Jim Knight has many passions and wine and music are right at the top of the list. In naming his wine, a Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley, he decided to pay homage to one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Jelly Roll Morton. Like Morton’s jazz recordings, no serious wine collection is complete without Jim’s Syrah, but with under 100 cases produced it will only be enjoyed by a few lucky people who do their homework and search out one of the best kept secrets in Santa Barbara.

Jelly Roll 2012 “Rim Rock” Syrah,
Santa Ynez Valley

Retail 37.00 – GGWC 34.99

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The 2012 Jelly Roll “Rimrock” is the fourth vintage of this wine from this fantastic cool-climate, coastal vineyard in San Luis Obispo. This wine marks a new beginning for Jelly Roll and this vineyard site will be the future of Jelly Roll Syrah. Jim Knight wanted to focus on making Syrah in the style of wine that he likes to drink, which are from regions, such as Cornas and Saint Joseph, in the Northern Rhone Valley of France. The Rimrock vineyard gives him that style of Syrah. Knight believes that this is the one of the greatest Syrah vineyards in California because of its “Rhone-like” characteristics that it portrays. It is also because of its naturally low-yielding vines (they are lucky to even get 1 ton/acre in some vintages) and the grapes phenolic ripeness that happens at a low sugar level, thus creating a wine with low alcohol- 13.2% alcohol in the 2012 vintage. Only 95 cases produced.

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