May
16
2017

MOST AMAZING 94+ Point, 5 Barrel Napa Cab Franc

Not sure where to start, but the shortest way is to say that both Matt Taylor (former winemaker at Araujo) and Francois Morisette were cut from a similar cloth – both loved the gipsy way of live and travel.  Both lived around the world and were exposed to … wine!  Matt has some “movie fame” in his family.  His grandfather Mitch, a larger-than-life figure whom he greatly admired, owned “The Tides Wharf” in the town of Bodega Bay proper, and it was Mitch who gave Alfred Hitchcock permission to film “The Birds” in and around his hotel and restaurant. In return, Mitch got a speaking part in “The Birds”. Plug it all together and you have two crazy guys with a passion – W.I.N.E.!

Chamboule 2014 “N.A.C.R.E.” Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 81.99
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Robert Parker 94+: ”Coming from 37-year-old vines in the Coombsville area of Napa Valley and with a deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Franc N.A.C.R.E. offers a pretty fragrance of kirsch, roses and raspberry leaves plus an earthy undercurrent of tree bark, moss and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate explodes with perfumed red berry flavors, supported by grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and earthy. 100 cases were made.”

Winemaker Notes: “The fruit for the 2014 Cabernet Franc N.A.C.R.E is sourced from Caldwell Vineyard and was harvested by hand based on skin maturity. The final harvest was sorted and transferred into open top oak fermentation vats and done 70% whole cluster. The wine was aged 18 months on primary lees in neutral Demi-Muids. The 2014 Cabernet Franc was bottled unfiltered and un-fined in March 2016.”

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May
15
2017

“Eloquent” 95 Point Rated Wine of the Week

 
In 2001, two generations of the Cobb family came together to explore a shared passion for Pinot Noir with the founding of Cobb Wines. Focused exclusively on crafting single-vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs, Cobb Wines combines the winegrowing expertise of David Cobb—one of the pioneers of Pinot Noir  viticulture on the far Sonoma Coast—with the winemaking talents of his son, noted pinot noir specialist Ross Cobb. The original seeds for Cobb Wines were planted in 1989, when David began cultivating pinot noir vines at his sustainably farmed Coastlands Vineyard. A marine ecologist by trade, David spent years studying soils and climatological charts in his search for the ideal place to found his vineyard. His search led him to the ridgetops of the Sonoma Coast, where he believed he would be able to grow grapes perfectly suited to a more complex and graceful style of California pinot noir. On weekend and summer breaks from college, David would be joined in the vineyard by his son Ross, who quickly grew to love the hands-on work of growing winegrapes. And the rest, as they say… is history!

Cobb 2014 Pinot Noir “Jack Hill” Sonoma Coast
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
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Anthony Galloni 95 Points: “The highlight in this set of wines, Cobb’s 2014 Pinot Noir Jack Hill is vivid, nuanced and finely sketched, with all the elements in the right place. Nothing in particular stands out, instead, it is the wine’s balance that speaks with great eloquence. Lifted, precise and focused, the 2014 offers striking interplay of fruit, acid and structure. The reductive character that is often present in these wines is nowhere to be found in the Jack Hill. In my view, that is a good thing. This is a gorgeous wine from Ross Cobb. The 2014 was done with 40% whole clusters.”

Winemaker Notes: “This vineyard always yields more red fruit and cherry-cola and spice notes, reminding me of the more overt Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. But the rugged coastal pine and fir forests impact the bright fruit with lovely coniferous aromas and a richness typical of this west Sonoma Coast vineyard site.”

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May
13
2017

A Black Chicken is not a Black Sheep… especially when you get FREE SHIPPING.

 

Hey Aldo, when you come by on Friday, bring me a couple pounds of walnuts, some fruit and vegetables, two dozen eggs and a “black chicken”. And thus went one of the hundreds of inquiries during prohibition when selling wine was not legal. Aldo Biale called his jugs of Zin a “Black Chicken” to avoid any unwanted attention from regulators. Today Black Chicken is 100% Legal, so you can get this legendary creation by name.

 

FYI – Aldo died in 2009, but in his memory the Black Chicken lives on!  If you visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History you can even see a image of Aldo with his old punch down stick and a picker’s box!

Biale 2015 Zinfandel “Black Chicken” Napa Valley 
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 47.99
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Full of Blackberries, vibrant black cherry, dried berries, maple, brown and black spices, cinnamon and ginger bread. The entry is soft and gives way to supple round tannins with a delectable center and persistence of fruit. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant, surprisingly feminine, and remarkably balanced Zinfandel that is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

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May
12
2017

95 Point Rated UNDER $65 (100 case) Cabernet Surprise!

This is probably one of the best hidden gems I have worked with in years!  Only 100 cases produced, so this one will go very fast!

Chuy Ordaz has hand tended the Montecillo Vineyard for over 40 years. These old Cabernet Sauvignon vines seem to nod in respect towards Chuy when he walks by them or when he stops to tuck a shoot or remove a leaf. Chuy remarked about the 2014 vintage, “2014 is classic Montecillo – very good year, very good wine”.

Camino 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon “Montecillo Vineyard” 
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo from Moon Mountain emerges from a vineyard planted in 1964 on St. George rootstock, hence it was never prone to phylloxera. The vineyard is planted between 800 and 2,000 feet in elevation. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a fabulous nose of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blackberry and cassis with some forest floor and underbrush. It is a big, juicy, concentrated and beautifully textured Cabernet. It is a major sleeper of the vintage, and can be drunk over the next 20-25 years.”

Winemaker Notes: “2014 was a “classic” vintage in Northern California and for Montecillo Cabernet Sauvignon. Though the drought continued in California through its third year, the growing season was without extreme heat allowing the dry farmed vines, planted in 1964, to mature slowly and evenly reaching flavor maturity without high sugars. The wine has classic mountain Cabernet freshness and structure. Beautifully aromatic in the glass, the wine greets our senses with black raspberry, graphite, grilled wild herbs, incense, a touch of green peppercorn and a streak of mineral sensation.  Aged for 21 months in French oak, half new. After a slow, natural fermentation, the wine was bottled with no filtration.”

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May
10
2017

One step closer to finding out how wine may protect your neurons

One step closer to finding out how wine may protect your neurons

Frontiers May 3, 2017

Researchers have now found out how wine compounds are protective against neuronal death: they should pass through your stomach first.

Let there be no misunderstanding: heavy alcohol intake has severe harmful effects. But already for several years, researchers have been finding that moderate wine intake can be beneficial in delaying the onset of cognitive impairments in aging and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Esteban-Fernández from the Institute of Food Science Research in Madrid and her colleagues have been investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective actions of wine, recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition.

Instead of investigating wine directly, they studied the compounds that are left after the wine has passed through the gut: the so-called wine-derived human gut metabolites. They selected some of these metabolites based on their presence in the urine and feces of people consuming wine on a regular and moderate basis. To explore the neuronal effect of these compounds, they added them to human cells under stress conditions that normally lead to neuronal cell dysfunction and death. These conditions are related to the initial stages of some neurodegenerative disorders.

They found that the metabolites are protecting the cells from dying due to the stress conditions. The most striking result, however, was that the metabolites are active at different points in the cell signaling cascade that is leading to this cell death. The exact composition of the wine metabolites is therefore important in the protective neuronal effect. And this composition depends on your gut microbiota composition, as the intestinal flora breaks down the wine into the different metabolites.

“In other words, differences in our gut microbiota are leading to the different metabolites. Which underpins the idea that humans benefit from food in different ways,” Dr. Esteban-Fernández explains. “This individual difference is a factor not to be neglected to understand the health effects of certain foods. We are now in need to advance our understanding of the effect of diet in the promotion of normal brain function.”

“It is very important to understand that certain food compounds are responsible for this health benefit in protecting against the onset of neurodegenerative diseases; no medication was involved. I am not advocating to replace medicines by diet, but I want to raise more awareness how your diet is helping to prevent diseases or reduces the risk of getting sick. It is more than feasible to go to the supermarket and buy vegetables and fruit: it depends only on the individuals to maintain a balanced diet.”

As she works on the role of diet in health maintenance and disease prevention, Dr. Esteban-Fernández takes her own nutrition very serious. “I am really aware about the importance of a healthy diet enriched in vegetables, fruits, and reduced industrial saturated fats. Although I try to maintain my dietary habits as good as possible, I think it is also important to not get too obsessed. Society is nowadays full of false myths about diet, and it is the role of both science and media to avoid the spread of these rumors, as well as make people aware of the importance of diet for your health.”

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May
9
2017

Master Sommelier’ Stunning Pinot Project

Within a few months of becoming the ninth Master Sommelier in the United States, Larry Stone became the first American to win the prestigious Best International Sommelier in French Wines competition in Paris. He continued as a restaurateur and sommelier at the Four Seasons, Charlie Trotter’s, and Rubicon Restaurant. After leaving the restaurant scene Larry worked on various wine ventures, before settling in Oregon and creating Lingua Franca.  Add Burgundy Consulting Winemaker Dominic Lafon and you have a winning team!

Lingua Franca “Tongue ‘n Cheek 2014 Pinot Noir 
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 61.99
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Winery Notes: “The fruit for this cuvée comes from one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon, with rocky, Jory soil. It was hard to work with, but after 14 months in barrel, it has been tamed, showing medium weight, with red and black fruit and some crystallized preserve notes. The finished wine is round, smooth and gamey, with plum dumpling and spice flavors and dark undercurrents of smoke, tar, flint and roasted meat.”

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May
8
2017

100 Point Winemaker’s Tiny Production “Killer” Cab Release

 

It all began in 1990 when Clay & Tersilla (T) met while working at a large Napa winery. In 1995 they were married and purchased a property – with sheep – The deal was that the owner only would sell it, if they kept the sheep. So when it came time name the winery, T said “Inherit the Sheep” since we will not inherit anything else in our lives. The rest, as you know is history. With an ace winemaker behind the wheel, Inherit The Sheep has produced some amazing wines over the past years and Chris is producing A+ wines from the 4 acre vineyard.

Inherit the Sheep 2014 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville Napa Valley 
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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The previous year’s re-grafting continues to result in exceptional yields and the quality of the 14 vintage has gone up even more than I could have hoped. In fact, this vintage is flat out mind-boggling!  On the nose you are welcomed by gobs of gorgeous black fruit, a hint of chocolate and a touch of underbrush that balance out the bouquet.  On the palate this bold, lush wine serves up a bright and powerful platter of gorgeous black currant and black berry fruit laced with dark chocolate, anise and a touch of leather. The palate overflows with flavors that linger into a long and complex finish. As always LIMITED PRODUCTION!!

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May
5
2017

WINE ALERT! 4 Barrel Knockout Napa Cab

Matt resides on his family’s ranch in the Napa Valley where he runs a herd of organic cattle and grows wine grapes used to produce some of the valley’s best known brands.  As the 6th generation farmer of the Wallace Ranch, Matt juggles his full-time work as vineyard manager and partner in Barbour Vineyards Management with his other full-time commitment to ranching.   Only a handful of people were able to jump on the 2012 and 2013 vintage, as the production was so limited.  Finally the 2014 rolled in and again… small production (sorry) but it is another great vintage!  Only 5 cases allocated, so this will go very fast!Matthew Wallace 2014 Cabernet, Napa Valley 
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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The latest Matthew Wallace was sourced from his in-law’s vineyard in the Stag’s Leap District and a small vineyard on Howell Mountain. The 2014 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine offers up an amazing bright aroma of black stone fruit.  On the palate the wine is rich and lush loaded with bold black stone fruit, dark chocolate, a touch of spice and a hint of toasty vanilla.  The wine really show well and the unctuousness of Howell Mountain grapes  balance well with the elegance and silkiness of the Stag’s Leap vineyard.  The wine is well-balanced and finishes with silky tannins.  Sadly only 104 cases were produced – so act fast!

Winemaker Notes: “This steadfast vintage delivered well-balanced fruit, expressing structure and aromatics that combine the darkness of 2012 and the liveliness of 2013. Lush red fruit and soft, velvety tannins demonstrate the length and texture associated with the growing site. Finishing with earthy tobacco notes, this wine is a brilliant example of the elegance that can be achieved with perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. – Julien Fayard, Winemaker”

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May
4
2017

MUST HAVE 95 POINT RATED CHARDONNAY UNDER $45

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2014 Chardonnay “Cuvee Alyce” Estate Russian River Valley – 95 POINTS 
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 41.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The top Chardonnay every year is named after Stephen Hansel’s mother. The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a field blend of a Hyde and Hudson Old Wente clone. This vineyard always produces the smallest clusters and tiniest berries and, hence, the richest offering. It’s a stunner in 2014, with a light straw/gold color and terrific notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and citrus oil. Full-bodied and rich with great acidity, beautiful purity and subtle oak, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-10 years.”

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May
3
2017

99 Point Pinot Vineyard

This is still a fairly young vineyard, but it has established itself quickly among the best-of-the-best in California.  If this vineyard would be in Burgundy, it would for sure have the label “Grand-Cru” attached to it.  Many great wineries like Aubert have worked with this award vineyard with great (99 point) success!

Reuling 2014 Pinot Noir “Estate”  Sonoma Coast 
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 59.99
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On the noses you’ll encounter notes of raspberries, wild strawberries, rose retals, Herbs de Provence, a touch of sweet smoke and toffee.  On the palate  the wine is texturally very plush and rounded. Structurally lush and full in body with a silky feel wine from a warmer vintage.  The wine finishes with fine resolved tannins that lingering with a slight spicy and earthiness.

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