Rocca 2013 “Vespera” Red Blend “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 44.99
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It will come as no surprise but the Vespera 2013 (69% Cabernet, 26%,Merlot & 5% Syrah) is a real crowd-pleaser. The wine is forward, easily accessible, immediately delicious and enjoyable young. As soon as it’s poured, the wine comes across as warm, rich and inviting. There are deep layers of dark ripe blackberry, cassis, and black cherry aromas here, comfortably interwoven with subtle hints of oak spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate. On the palate this is a gorgeously soft, smooth blend that lushly coats the entire palate without a hint of heaviness or astringency. It ends with a long, complex but silky tannin finish. This is a wine that’s ready for full enjoyment right out of the gate.
Robert Parker 95 Points: “A deep, dark ruby/purple color, loads of blackberry, roasted meat, Mediterranean lavender and licorice are all present in this full-bodied, complex and sexy wine. This is by far the most nuanced and multifaceted of the Rocca wines, but also the most drinkable. Soft tannins, low acidity and a big, fat, fleshy, meaty Syrah working beautifully with the Cabernet Sauvignon — this is a stunner and a great example of an intelligent blend. Drink it over the next 7-8 years”
It seems like almost every day another winery switches from using cork to using screw caps to seal their bottles. Advocates of screw caps tout benefits such as protection from oxidization, elimination of cork rot, or the rare but dreaded “corked” flavor that can sometimes ruin a bottle you have been saving for that special occasion. At the same time, wine purists cringe at the thought of something so base and undignified as a metal screw cap being placed on a fine collectible or fine vintage, not to mention the idea that it takes a cork to properly age a wine in the bottle.
WineSpectator recently interviewed Domaine Laroche winemaker Grégory Viennois regarding their recent decision to switch back to cork closures after nearly ten years of sealing their Chablis with a screw cap. It is an interesting take on a long-standing debate that you can view here. (opens in new window.)
Sans Liege 2012 “The Offering” Santa Barbara
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99
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The 2012 Offering (a blend of 48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier) is a wine that captures the imagination and challenges expectations, it displays a beautiful purity and depth that is reminiscent of having a summer picnic in an ancient church. Resinous scents of black cherry cola, frankincense, fresh-peeled Clementine orange and vanilla extract lead to a well-structured and balanced palate of curried mix-berry cobbler, turmeric, dark chocolate cocoa nibs and black pepper with rocky, persistent tannins.
Arbe Garbe 2014 Proprietary White Blend – Russian River Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC $36.99
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Those days are long gone, but they still have deep roots and their dreams. Never ceasing to work hard and with passion, they have eventually reconnected to their native culture through the winemaking tradition. All that they have seen and felt and envisioned they expressed in every step of the process that brings this wine to life. They’ve always been enamored with the big Friulian white blends (45% Malvasia Bianca, 20 % Viognier, 20% Pinot Grigio & 15% Gewurztraminer) and wanted to pay homage to their heroes and their dreamy creations. With the same hedonistic approach, they have created an ever-changing blend that embraces the melting pot they’re in and love, California, and the one they’ve left behind.
Retail 47.00 – GGWC 43.99
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This wine is a real stunner sourced from two amazing Paso Robles vineyrads (Terra Bella & Shadow Canyon). This wine excels from the minute you pull the cork. Gorgeous, bold aromas jump out of the glass upon impact. This full-bodied youngster shows full-bodied richness with a silky and elegant texture. The wine is loaded with intense black stone fruit, violets, and a touch of meatiness, anise and hints of dark chocolate. This wine could benefit from a good decanting. I’d suggest to open it in the morning when you brew your pot of coffee and enjoy at night, or double decant aggressively a good 2 hours before dinner. This wine is hard to resist now and will only evolve into its next phase with some time in the bottle. Only 3 barrels (70 cases) were produced.
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|Rick Mirer, the former stand-out Quarterback at Notre Dame and NFL player with the Seahawks, 49ers, Raiders, Bears & Jets turned another longtime hobby into a profession – wine! This Mirror 2012 Cabernet is his ninth release and I would say the best-effort yet-to-date! His friend Jeff Smith (owner of Hourglass winery) did not need to convince him that there was life after the NFL (New Found Love). He was already a big Hourglass fan, and when they hooked up to discuss his future, Mirror was born – the rest, as they say, is history. The wines are made by Rob Lawson (Ghostblock). The name Mirror comes from the two St. Helena vineyards that “mirror” each other across the Napa Valley. The western half is just of Hwy 29, the eastern half perched above the Silverado Trail.|
Mirror 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 75.99
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The aromas of this Cabernet Sauvignon are an ever evolving blend of dry rose petals, ripe blackberries, dark chocolate and baking spices. The palate offers layers of complexity – a soft, ripe entry of dark cherry with hints of leather followed by a concentrated core of ripe plum, highlights of vanilla, cinnamon and espresso beans. The balanced acidity delivers a seamless harmony of fruit and rich tannins that integrate into a clean and long lasting elegant finish.
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San Francisco, CA 94127
Pax Mahle has been at it for a few decades now. It started out on the East Coast as a sommelier. After taking a position as a wine buyer on the West Coast, it did not take long for the winemaking bug to hit him and that was the end of one career and the beginning of a very interesting new one. The Barrel & Ink venture is unique as each varietal is made by a different winemaker. For instance their Cabernet is made by Aaron Pott. Only 175 cases of this great Syrah were produced, which was sourced from two well-regarded vineyards Griffin’s Lair and Alder Springs, both sources of tremendous wines.
Barrel & Ink 2013 Syrah
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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This wine explodes from the start. Loaded with bright and bold blue and black stone fruit, a touch of lychee and fresh flowers jump out of the glass. On the palate this youngster will blow you away with a Cote Rotie like quality and flavors of exotic fruit. The Wine is rich, full in body and very complex awith layer upon layer of lush fruit that is well-refined. The finish is long and complex and not too tannic for such a bold wine. The 2013 Barrel & Ink is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache. Sadly only 7 barrels were produced, so this wine will go fast!