Sep
8
2014

95 Point Rated Blockbuster Wine

This is Syrah at its BEST!  Russell From is probably one of the most colorful winemakers in California, but he is a darn good artist!  I’d call him the Joe Montana of Rhone Varietal makers; down 4 points with 2 seconds to go he’ll throw a Hail Mary and win the game!

Herman Story 2012 “Nuts And Bolts” Syrah
95 Points
  
Retail 51.00 – GGWC 48.99

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This is a Rolls Royce ride through the pre-war London streets with Winston Churchill after a couple nightcaps. Impossibly well appointed, gracious, affable and once in a lifetime. 2 carat red diamond, rare cherries, Ylang Ylang oil, soft rubber, opium, honeysuckle, orange flower water, black raspberry topped bread pudding, sweet roasted red chile and Parisian scarves with a body that will break your eyes.. (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: till your grandkids graduate college, just kidding, but it will hold up for a long time!) 

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Even better, his 2012 Nuts & Bolts is a smoking 100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Full-bodied and decadent, yet never over-the-top, heady or cumbersome, it’s loaded with ripe blackberry, cassis, new leather, white pepper and hints of smoked duck. Drink this hedonistic beauty over the coming 4-6 years, although I see no reason to delay gratification either.”

Also check out their 93 Point rated Grenache - HERMAN STORY 2012 “ON THE ROAD” GRENACHE and HERMAN STORY 2012 “TOMBOY” VIOGNIER SANTA BARBARA

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Sep
5
2014

Paul Lato’s Syrah & Grenache ~ 98 Points

Paul Lato has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96, 97 and 98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s releases are very small productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever met.  Attention to detail from start to finish.  He is involved from the first day of the year to harvest into dormancy, pruning, etc. all the way to dropping fruit during the growing season and only picking the very best bunches his vines yield.  He’d rather only produce two barrels of amazing wine versus selling six of “OK” wine.

The average score for any Paul Lato wines are 94.5 Points, not shabby for my Polish (via Canada) sommelier turned winemaker friend.  I don’t know any winemaker that puts more attention to detail as Paul does.  He is so meticulous that he’ll discard a barrel that 99% of the winemakers would consider perfect.  If it is not 110% perfect it is not Paul Lato perfect.  Paul only settles for the best.

Paul Lato 2012 Syrah “Il Padrino” Bien Nacido
Retail 100.00 GGWC 94.99

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This is becoming Paul Lato’s BEST Syrah bottling numerous years in a row.  If one were in the Rhone Valley, it would put many of the big names to shame!  In a recent tasting Paul’s Il Padrino bottling beat out 100 point wines like Alban’s Reva, and others!  I only get 5 cases of this gem, so jump on it NOW, as this might be the year of a 100 Point Syrah from Lato!

Robert Parker (2011)  95 Points : “Harvested in the first week of November, with tiny yields, the 2011 Syrah II Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is flat-out gorgeous. Fermented with 20% stem inclusion and richer and more masculine than the Larner Vineyard, with ripe raspberry, ground pepper, toast, underbrush, roasted meat and big crushed stone-like minerality, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, firm and structured feel. Still playing in the house style of highlight elegance and finesse over power and richness, it needs another 1-2 years of bottle age and will have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2026. Paul Lato continues to knock it out of the park and I can’t say enough about the quality coming from this estate. Across the board, the wines show classic, varietal correct profiles that always show finesse and elegance, yet back it up with layers of fruit and texture.”

Paul Lato 2012 Syrah “Cinematique” Santa Maria
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99

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This is in my book THE best Cinematique to-date bar-none! I believe strongly that is equal, if not better than the great 2007 and 2008 vintages (97 Point rating) and the 2011 (94 Points).  I’d be surprised that this wine will not see very high 90 scores!

Robert Parker (2011)  94 Points:  “An elegant, silky effort that shows the prettier side to variety, the 2011 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard (co-fermented with 7% Viognier) delivers a perfumed, elegant profile with sweet black raspberry, licorice, underbrush, crushed flower and hints of pepper all soaring from the glass. Showing the vintage elegance and weight profile, with medium to full body, it flows onto the palate with a seamless texture, good (not great) mid-palate concentration and fine tannin framing the finish. It should benefit from 1-2 years in the cellar and drink beautifully through 2023. Drink 2014-2023.” 

Paul Lato 2012 Grenache “White Piano” Paderewski Paso Robles
Retail 77.00 – GGWC 72.99

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This is the inaugural release of the Paul Lato 2012 Grenache “White Piano” Paderewski Paso Robles and can tell you that this one will turn heads! This is a very sophisticated wine from an amazing vineyard source. A little sidebar – the Paderewski  vineyard was started by Paul Lato’s countryman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, world famous pianist and former Prime Minister of Poland. This vineyard is very reminiscent to the ones in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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Sep
3
2014

245 case Syrah stuns big boys in blind tasting!

The blind tasting lineup included:

  • Failla “Estate” (92 WA)
  • Favia “Quarzo” (95 WS)
  • Alban “Lorraine” (97 WA)
  • Alban “Patrina” (94 WA)
  • Gramercy “Lagniappe” (94 WA)
  • Alta Colina “Toasted Slope” (94 WA)
  • Lewis (94 WS)
  • Ross Andrew “Old Block” (94 WA)
  • Dehlinger (93+ WA)
  • Relic (95 WS)
  • Carlisle “Cardiac Hill” (93 WA)
  • Hudson (94 WS)
  • Kivelstadt - received 6 First, 4 Second & 3 Third place votes, Alban “Lorraine” 5 First & 3 Second  place votes, Relic  2 First & 4 Second place votes
A small winery but a big wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines.  Our tasting group does not often tackle Syrahs, so it was time to do it again.  We brought in some great wines and it was a head-to-head race with a 97 point rated wine, but in the end, my little guy beat out the big scoring one!

Kivelstadt 2010 “Inheritance” Syrah (Estate) Sonoma
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99
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This 245 case production is a real gem.  You encounter gobs of fruit right out of the starting block. A whiff of anise, black currant and mint jump out of the glass. This full-bodied wine is very well crafted and will impress many!  Tons of intensity, yet very elegant where it has to be.  We decanted this wine 2 hours prior to tasting and that opened up its bouquet even more and the flavors and acidity where nicely in sync with each other.   This little gemstone finishes long and intense just as it started.  Don’t wait too long or it will pass you by!

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Sep
2
2014

COHO’S EXQUISITE NEW RELEASES!

Coho has gained a reputation as a great quality winery and many of you will agree that the past decade has been a great run for the “upstream” guys!  Coho wines generally  fall in “Frank’s Palatable Price Point Range” of $30 – $70 and consistently display excellent taste and quality.

2011 showcases a “Separating the Men from the Boys” vintage.  It was a little cooler than in previous years, and one will say, it was a “European” type of year! It was not as hot and the grapes hung a little longer.  The acids are great, the fruit not over the top and the alcohol in check! I know that you’ll love it.

COHO 2011 SUMMITVINE RANCH CABERNET, DIAMOND MOUNTAIN NAPA
RETAIL 62.00 – GGWC 57.99

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This might be one of the best efforts from our friends at Coho. Intense aromatics and profound flavors.  At impact this mountain-grown Cabernet shows bright black-stone fruit with hints of cassis and a whiff of minerality and terrroir. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster demonstrates bull-like intensity, yet ballerina-like elegance. Loaded with complex and luscious fruit that dance over the palate into a long-lasting, complex but velvety finish. This year’s blend consists out of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot all from the SummitVine Ranch high up Diamond Mountain (well above Diamond Creek). On that note, this wine retails at 1/3 of Diamond Creek and I would say offers a much better quality/price ratio. 960 six pack cases produced

COHO 2011 MERLOT “MICHAEL BLACK”
NAPA VALLEY

RETAIL 58.00 – GGWC 52.99
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This might be the best Merlot Coho has produced yet to date.  A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the great Michael Black vineyard in Coombsville (which is now officially an Appellation).   On the nose this wine shows of its great character immediately.  One is greeted by lush black and red currants, hints of coffee and a touch of anise.  The palate of this multi-layered wine is amazingly polished and well-balanced.  Gobs of black currant and chocolate coat this intense sultry body, leading into a very complex and long fish.  This incredible undertaking of 300 cases will turn lots of heads! 

Coho 2011 Headwaters “Cabernet Blend”
Napa Valley

Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99

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Again, a superb, well-made blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Summit Vine Ranch vineyard atop Diamond Mountain, with Merlot from the astounding Michael Black Vineyard add some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coombsville area in southern Napa Valley and we have the ingredients for what I believe is one of the best Headwater blends ever produced!

On the nose this wine shows gorgeous aromas of black and red stone fruit.  On the palate one encounters a well-balanced, cohesive wine that is flashy and opulent showcasing stellar black and red stone fruit with a touch of chocolate and a whiff of toastiness, it has great vibrancy and an amazing balance of beautiful fruit and subtle acidity.  This is a wine that will age nicely.  The finish is gorgeous and lasts a good thirty seconds.

Coho 2012 Pinot Noir “Stanly Ranch”  Carneros
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
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This wine comes three distinct Dijon clones of Pinot Noir on Stanly Ranch in Los Carneros. Ripe aromas of black cherry, wild berry and enticing ripe plum aromas mingle with floral violet scents with a toasted almond and vanilla-infused bouquet. Rich and mouth-filling on entry, where the opulent texture reveals layered black cherry, plum and red currant flavors and fine-grained tannins which builds finesse on the elegant finish.   Only 308 six-pack cases produced.

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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

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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

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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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