Oct
22
2020

Carte Blanche Cabernet = The Haut Brion from Napa, 97 Points

After the great  success with her own Keplinger label, Helen Keplinger is out of control (in a very good way)! The latest release of the 2017 Carte Blanche Cabernet showcases Helen’s amazing talents.  Only a few hundred cases of this mind boggling wine were produced from this “next” Haut Brion of the Napa Valley!  This wine over-delivers and the 97 points is 3 points shy of what it deserves!

The Dillon family has been in the wine business for nearly a century, since Nick Allen’s great grandfather, Clarence Dillon, acquired Chateau Haut-Brion in 1935 and the family company, Domaine Clarence Dillon subsequently purchased Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion in 1983. This was Nick’s inspiration to produce his own boutique label in Napa – Carte Blanche.

Carte Blanche 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon “Beckstoffer” Napa Valley
GGWC 154.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “Even better, the 100% varietal 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a deep purple color as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, unsmoked tobacco, chocolate, and earth. This ripe, sexy, opulent beauty has sweet tannins, a great mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It competes with wines 2-3 times the price.

Helen Keplinger (winemaker) Notes: “The 2017 Carte Blanche Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% varietal makeup. Sitting in the southwest corner of Oakville and at the base of the Mayacamas, Missouri Hopper Vineyard, owned by Andy Beckstoffer, is the home of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Stunning color in the glass, an electrifying nose showcases black currants, cassis, cigar box, and red fruit.  The palate is opulent, plush, and structured with integrated sweet tannins showcasing notes of dark blackberry, black cherry, and bittersweet chocolate dance through an everlasting and strong finish. Enjoyable now with air and built for cellar aging.”

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Oct
21
2020

Sublime 96-100 Point Dumol “Designated Vineyards” Offerings, THEIR BEST RELEASE EVER!

Time flies, as this is the 23nd  release of DUMOL!  I remember meeting Kerry Murphy way back when he started DuMOL and tasting through the first bottles of what has now turned into a real success story.  The “Designated” releases are always something special, and this year is no different.  Andy Smith rolled up his sleeves and put together an amazing selection of limited production wines.

With still lower than normal production levels this vintage will sell out in no time! The 2018 DuMol Designated Vineyards releases are turning out to be quite spectacular! I would say that several of these may be the best ever from this winery. Look for some rave reviews from the wine critics! As you know DuMOL is always in high demand, you can bet that this means the allocation will sell out quickly.

DuMol 2018 Pinot Noir “Estate” Russian River Valley
~ 98 Points ~
GGWC 99.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “The 2018 Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate Vineyard, another awesome bottle of Pinot Noir from Andy Smith. All destemmed and aged 15 months in 45% new French oak, its deeper ruby color is followed by a stunning nose of black raspberries, scorched earth, charcoal, forest floor, and candied orange zest. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it has some background oak to integrate, but offers perfect balance in its tannins and acidity, a great mid-palate, and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.”

Andy Smith Notes: “A selection from the highest knoll-tops of our Estate Vineyard, the wine has a deep dark fruitiness that is unique: black cherry, anise, violet and sweet spices—pure, lively, succulent aromas. The palate possesses beautiful concentration with a seamless velvety texture that marries perfectly with bright crunchy acid. Penetrating blackberry and cassis notes find all corners of the palate as the flavors drive toward a single focal point, sleek and focused with nuance to burn.  This pure, sappy, captivating wine will live long in the memory. Don’t hesitate to tuck a few bottles away in a cool cellar for 10+ years; the rewards will be great.“

DuMol 2018 Pinot Noir “Ryan” Jentoft Vineyard
~ 98 Points ~
GGWC 94.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “Moving to the Pinot Noirs, this is easily the finest lineup I’ve tasted from Andy Smith. These are magical wines that check in at the top of the vintage. The 2018 Pinot Noir Jentoft Vineyard Ryan comes from the Russian River Valley and was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 40% new French oak. This is classic Pinot Noir all the way with its ripe black raspberry, baking spices, forest floor, background oak, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it’s seamless, flawlessly balanced, and has a great, great finish. It’s a stunning example of world-class Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years or so.”

Andy Smith Notes: “There’s a good punch to the aromas, which are simultaneously bright and dark: cranberry, black cherry and rhubarb. Highly perfumed Asian spice, juniper and orange peel lend support. The palate is lively and juicy—the flavors of black raspberry, huckleberry and pomegranate vivid and intense with a lovely inner-mouth floral lift. The wine has outstanding cut and definition with lingering hints of peat moss and sweet tobacco that fan out on the seamless mineral finish.”

DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Chloe” Ritchie Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 74.99

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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “The 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe is a more rounded, fleshy effort that still plays in the vibrant, more chiseled style favored by this estate. Beautiful crushed citrus, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and white flower notes all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with a rich yet racy style that carries loads of fruit and texture as well as bright acidity. I love it, and while it’s great today, it promises to shine for 7-8 years and have a gradual evolution beyond that as well.”

Andy Smith Notes: “The wine’s aromas are bright and expansive with yellow peach, nectarine and white flowers. A suggestion of flint and spearmint adds detail. Viscosity and opulence are immediate on the palate with tangerine oil, honeycomb and candied ginger richness. On the deep midpalate, the wine’s texture builds effortlessly: lemon oil, apricot and quince paste. Befitting this structured vintage, the wine is quite chiseled with precise, balancing acidity and flavors of grapefruit pith on the finish. “

DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Estate” DuMOL Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 79.99

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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “From the estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and all Mt. Eden clone, the 2018 Chardonnay DuMOL Estate was barrel fermented and spent 11 months in barrel followed by 6 months in stainless steel. Its light gold color is followed by a rocking bouquet of ripe pears, white flowers, nectarines, and peaches. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity and finesse as well as ample mid-palate depth, it’s a terrific, almost Burgundian Chardonnay that’s going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and evolve for over a decade.”

Andy Smith Notes: ”The wine’s aromas are classically intense, mineral and stony, displaying less simple fruit and more savory elements: thyme flower, sage, mint and sweet hay. Lemongrass and lime notes rise up with chamomile followed by honeysuckle richness. The palate is intense, densely packed and wonderfully deep with a core of rich lemon and lime oil. There’s focus, verve and vibrancy in the wine’s long, briny, flinty-mineral finish. Its succulence and obvious richness are quite rare, but the wine’s high natural acidity keeps it mouthwatering and tense at all times. “

DuMol 2018 Chardonnay “Isobel” Charles Heintz Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 74.99

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Vinous 96 Points: “One of the early highlights in this range, the 2018 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard is wonderfully precise and nuanced. The natural richness of this site comes through, but the 2018 is a bit more focused and pointed than it usually is. Exotic floral notes and hints of tropical fruits play off striking mineral underpinnings. This is such a vivid and captivating young Chardonnay.”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Winemaker Andy Smith says that because of the very large crops and big clusters in 2018, there was some inevitable botrytis character in the 2018 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard. Although the nose is youthfully tight, the petrichor and flint aromas open to lemon drop and tropical hints, and the palate, which is tight, linear and bright, hints at more savory layers to come, finishing lifted and ethereal. This vintage has loads of personality and should be very long lived.”

Andy Smith Notes: “Aromas are deep, broad and complex: lemongrass, spearmint, thyme and white flowers. With air, a hint of honeysuckle emerges alongside rich brioche and dried apricot notes. The palate is immediately layered and full, with a sense of deep extract and concentration that comes directly from the vines. Stone fruits, oily citrus and preserved lemon are balanced by fresh, satisfying vibrant acidity. Building texture leads to a long echo of flavor that sails on and on. “

DuMol 2018 Syrah “Eddie’s Patch” Hoppe Kelly Vineyard
~ 96 Points ~
GGWC 94.99

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Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Even better, the 2018 Syrah Eddie’s Patch comes from the Russian River Valley and saw 30% stems. It has a touch more vibrancy as well as gorgeous notes of blue fruits, crushed violets, ground pepper, and a touch of loamy earth. With terrific balance, silky tannins, and a solid spine of acidity, it’s another killer Syrah from this estate.”

Andy Smith Notes: “The wine delivers noteworthy purity and tremendous range. Captivating aromas of dark berry fruit and plum are at the wine’s core as white pepper, sesame oil and fresh rosemary add detail. The palate displays a classic lilting element found in the world’s greatest, most memorable wines: the flavors continually push and evolve with each return to the glass. The palate is deep and penetrating with broad layers and a lovely mouth-coating density. Ripe blackberry fruit shifts to graphite and tapenade notes as the wine flows and expands. Its texture fills every corner of the palate, while lingering peppery spices preserve freshness on the finish.”

Also check out a limited supply of the summer releases:
DUMOL 2018 “WESTER REACH” CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 95 Points
DUMOL 2018 “WILD MOUNTAIN SIDE”  SYRAH RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 94 Points
DUMOL 2018 “WESTER REACH”  PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 94 Points

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Oct
20
2020

BAR NONE – The Best Jeff Pisoni Syrah To Date (96 Points ~ sadly only 5 barrels produced)

 

Garys’ Vineyard is named for grape-growing partners Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, both of whom come from multi-generational farming families in the Salinas Valley. The Garys, like their parents before them, grew up together.

Located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands on sandy loam soil, the esteemed fifty-acre vineyard is planted mostly to Pinot Noir, with a small allotment of Syrah. Given its proximity to Monterey Bay, fog blankets the Garys’ Vineyard throughout most of the summer months, providing the right conditions for a cool, slow-ripening season. Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast praises Garys’ Vineyard for its “fabulous terroir,” which yields “wines of impeccable balance and lushness.”

Lucia 2018 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands
GGWC 64.99
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A shimmering darkness at its near black core, the 2018 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard Syrah exudes richness. Classically Syrah in every aspect, this wine strikes a powerful balance in both purity of fruit, and dried, savory notes. With each swirl in the glass, blueberry and blackberry tart rush forward, opening the door for complex notes of licorice, clove, and new leather, to deliver a flowering bouquet of concentrated aromatics. Ample use of whole clusters during fermentation combined with aging in 132–gallon puncheon barrels adds structure, and well-integrated tannin to an already age-worthy wine. Not to be outdone, fresh, vibrant acidity born from the fog drenched Santa Lucia Highlands provides a long finish to every sip.

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: ”Moving to the three Syrah releases, the 2018 Garys’ Vineyard is a dead ringer for a Côte Rôtie with its ripe framboise, crushed stone, peppery herbs, violets, green olive, and spring flower aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and good acidity, give bottles a year or two and enjoy over the following decade.”

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Oct
18
2020

Golden Gate Wine Cellars 15th Anniversary SPECIAL DISCOUNTS

I can’t believe it but we are blowing out 15 candles this week!

On October 18, 2005 I officially opened my store ~ Golden Gate Wine Cellars! 

I am so humbled, and thankful that I am still here, and hopefully for many
more years! I want to say THANK YOU to all of you. Thank you for
your loyalty, support and most of all your friendship.

The biggest THANK YOU goes to my wife Crystal, and amazing daughters
Milayna & Angelina for their unwavering love and support, I could
not have done it without you!

As a big THANK YOU to all you –  TODAY ALL wines* will be offered at 10% OFF.  
When placing an order online, use the code 15ANNI at checkout to receive your discount.

Sincerely,
Frank

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Oct
17
2020

IT IS TIME TO SUPPORT PALOMA – THEY SUSTAINED A LOT OF FIRE DAMAGE TO THEIR PROPERTY

Barbara and Jim Richards always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, they were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a second home and decided to start looking for a small property in the Napa Valley where they could build a home and plant a small vineyard. This dream was realized in 1983 when a friend of theirs, Dan Duckhorn, called and told them about the property now known as Paloma Vineyard.  The property is located five miles northwest of St. Helena at the top of Spring Mountain. In the last half of the 19th century it was a vineyard, but was allowed to return to forest around the turn of the century. The purchase of this raw land was the beginning of an odyssey that is ongoing, ever changing, but with one goal—to grow the best grapes possible and make a wine that reflects the terroir of Paloma Vineyard, Spring Mountain and Napa. Sadly both Jim (2009) and Barbara (2016) passed away, but their son Sheldon has been groomed since 2003 to take over the reigns, and continue the legacy of Paloma for years to come.

The 2016 vintage was one of the smallest on record for our friends of Paloma, courtesy of many drought years. So there is not much to go around this year!

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.  I also want to let those Cabernet-philes know that one the most sought after, highly rated and probably (one of) the most expensive wines in the world is NOT Cabernet, but Merlot (i.e. Chateau Petrus)… So Paloma, might be Napa Valley’s Petrus, but at a fraction the price!

Paloma 2016 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
GGWC 69.99
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The 2016 Paloma is a Merlot that will give many Cabernets a run for their money as this is not your wimpy, soft, 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 wine 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 putting this one down for 6-12 months prior to imbibing. Very small production.

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Oct
16
2020

A 97 Point “Whale of a Wine” under $80 – TINY PRODUCTION

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisoni.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to make wine. At a very young age I was fortunate enough to begin learning how to make wine in France. I trained myself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed me the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming itself, and to focus on the many details that go into making each drop of wine in each and every bottle.”  She also made the wines at Pahlmeyer,  and produces “Shared Notes” wines with husband Jeff Pisoni.  All those ingredients together and you have one of the best winemakers in the country!

Cattleya 2018 Pinot Noir “Belly of the Whale” Petaluma Gap, Sonoma
GGWC 79.99
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Winemaker Notes: “Purity is the key word here. Silky smooth tannin drapes like velvet as it surrounds flavors of black cherry, ripe strawberry, and baking spice. Finesse paired with untamed youth lead to a long and unforgettable finish.”

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “Coming from the Sun Chase Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap region), the 2018 Pinot Noir Belly of the Whale release was 90% destemmed and spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. It’s a slightly darker, more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir with gorgeous notes of black cherries, scorched earth, violets, forest floor, and chocolaty spice all emerging from the glass. It shows a cool-climate style on the palate with medium-bodied richness, perfect balance between its fruit, tannins, and acidity, no hard edges, and a great finish. Where the Cuvee Number One is relatively upfront and approachable today, this is going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for over a decade. It delivers everything you could want from a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.”
 
Also check out:
CATTLEYA 2018 SYRAH “INITIATION” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – 97 POINTS
CATTLEYA 2018 CHARDONNAY “CALL TO ADVENTURE” SONOMA COAST – 95 POINTS
CATTLEYA 2019 ALMA DE CATTLEYA SAUVIGNON BLANC, SONOMA
CATTLEYA 2018 CHARDONNAY CUVEE # 5, SONOMA – 94 POINTS
CATTLEYA 2018 PINOT NOIR CUVEE # 1, SONOMA – 95 POINTS

SHARED NOTES 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC “LES LEÇONS DES MAÎTRES” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
SHARED NOTES 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC “LES PIERRES QUI DÉCIDENT” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

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Oct
15
2020

96+ POINT RATED UNDER $60 STUNNING BORDEAUX BLEND “BEAUTY”

Never mind the six million album covers around the world that feature Andy Katz’s photographs, or his dozen books of gorgeous photos that grace countless coffee tables around the country, or the many awards on his mantel earned from five decades of work around the world.  It was all an excuse.  An excuse to drink world class wine.  To learn what it takes to make world class wine.  And to spend time with his young son Jesse.

Andy brought Jesse to the most famous vineyards on earth, from the heart of Burgundy to the hills of Tuscany.  He may not have admitted it at the time, but Andy’s gambit worked.  Barely a decade later, Jesse is now one of the most exciting — and accomplished — winemakers in the world, recently gracing the cover of Wine Enthusiast as a rising young star who is doing nothing less than “changing the way the world drinks.”  The son of a man who, through his photographs, changes the way the world sees wine.

And the rest… is history as they say.

Aperture 2018 Bordeaux Blend, Alexander Valley
GGWC 59.99
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Robert Parker 96+ Points: “The 2018 Red Blend is composed of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 22% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The nose offers vibrant berry scents with accents of charcuterie, mint chocolate, cigar wrapper, violets and pencil shavings aromas, and the palate is powerful but featherweight, silky and fresh with a very long, layered finish. I love this balance of ripe fruit, mineral nuance, aromatic purity and structural power. This has the potential to grow into even more of a beauty with some time in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: From various hillside vineyard sites, all with mineral-rich volcanic soils, are always the first focus of this blend. The Merlot harvest was particularly incredible, yielding stunning acidity with full and silky tannins. It was a perfect partner to the vivid fruit profile of our Alexander Valley Cabernet vineyards. This year’s blend,  39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 22% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot achieves an uncommon, sophisticated balance.

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Oct
14
2020

Flawless Thomas Rivers Brown White Blend = 20% OFF

Mending Wall Winery is a partnership between three owners: Frank Dotzler (one of the co-founders of Outpost Winery), Mark Pulido and Donna Walker (owners of Pulido-Walker Wine) and well-regarded winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.

Mending Wall 2018 Stone on Stone Proprietary White, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – NOW 31.99  
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The Mending Wall Stone on Stone Proprietary White is a small cuvée of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fermented together in stainless steel and aged there nine months prior to bottling. Crisp honeysuckle, beeswax, lanolin, quince, and white currants jump from the glass of this fresh, medium-bodied, well-made and elegant dry white.
 
Winery Notes: “To retain acidity and preserve the mouthwatering nature of the wine, malolactic fermentation is blocked. We favor a more grassy, steely profile in the style of white Bordeaux, and are excited to present the first vintage of this wine aged 100% in stainless steel. The Semillon brings an appealing fleshiness to the blend, lending the palate a sleek viscosity that the Sauvignon Blanc frames with nicely integrated acid and minerality. Because we take a hands-off approach to winemaking, you may notice natural tartrate crystals forming at low temperatures in this unmanipulated wine. We recommend storing it at cellar temperature and suggest refrigeration two hours before serving.”
 
Also check out: 
MENDING WALL 2016 MORTAR ON STONE PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
MENDING WALL 2016 PETITE SIRAH, PALISADES VINEYARD NAPA VALLEY 96 POINTS

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Oct
13
2020

4 Barrel, UNDER $60 Napa Cab Gem ~ from a 100 Point Vineyard Crew

As the 6th generation farmer of his family’s Napa Valley ranch, Matt Hardin has a natural appreciation of the exceptional place that is the Napa Valley. Matt manages his full-time work as vineyard manager and partner in Barbour Vineyards with his commitment to managing the family ranch. In his time with Barbour Vineyards, Matt has farmed some of the most renowned vineyards in Napa including Hundred Acre, Herb Lamb and Checkerboard.  Many of these vineyards produced 100 point rated wines!

Matthew Wallace 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 59.99
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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 2018 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 shows 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: Rich, lush and intense on the nose and in the mouth. Layers of dark fruits, chocolate truffle, earthy spices and cigar leaf are buffered by smooth, silky tanning and lead to a seductive and lengthy finish. The fruit is sourced from Wallace Ranch Vineyard, Matt’s home vineyard in Pope Valley, encompassing a westward-facing steep hillside that produces fruit of remarkable concentration and depth.

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Oct
12
2020

Jeff Pisoni’s “FINEST” Lucia Garys Pinot EVER – 96 POINTS

The Pisoni family has been farming Monterey County soil since the turn of the 19th century, when their ancestors immigrated to California. In 1951, Eddie and Jane Pisoni founded Pisoni Farms, a commercial produce operation in the Salinas Valley. They purchased land in 1979 high above the valley floor to graze cattle. At the time, this seemed all it was suited for. But their son Gary had other ambitions for the highland property. He wanted to make wine.

His parents said he was nuts for wanting to plant grapes and that people go broke looking for water. This all may have been partly true. In 1982, with no water source, Gary planted his first five-acre vineyard block on an east-facing slope at 1,300 feet. After eight years of searching, he finally discovered groundwater beneath hundreds of feet of granite. He planted another seventeen acres to Pinot Noir, and it wasn’t long before California artisan winemakers started lining up to buy his grapes.

The first vintage of Lucia debuted in 2000 with the Lucia Pinot Noir from the Garys’ Vineyard. It was the beginning of a new chapter for the Pisoni family, with Mark and Jeff Pisoni joining their father Gary to pursue a shared dream of building the family wine business and adding winemaking to grape growing.

Today, with Mark as grower and Jeff as winemaker, Lucia wines are considered among the finest in California. In the Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck wrote: “The Pisoni Family’s Lucia label continues to be a source of incredible wines that always over-deliver.”

Lucia 2018 Garys’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
GGWC 72.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 96 POINTS: The 2018 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard is a little more dense, focused, and tight, with beautiful black cherry and currant fruits as well as notes of camphor, new leather, violets, and earthy notes. I love its balance. Medium to full-bodied, it has nicely integrated acidity, subtle oak, and a great finish. It’s going to keep for 7-8 years, easily. Along with the 2016, it’s the finest vintage of this release I’ve tasted!

Jeff Pisoni (winemaker) Notes: “True to form, the 2018 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir yet again stands up to meet its lofty reputation as one of the most highly regarded sites for Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Starting in the glass with an unyielding dark ruby hue from its rim to its core, this wine flaunts its youth with aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, and citrus blossom. Taking advantage of a near perfect growing season, the vines ripened their clusters slowly and consistently, setting the stage for a wine of notable purity, complexity, and structure. Dark berry and graphite notes weave together with bright, lively acidity and soft, supple tannin to form a final seamlessly integrated finish. A remarkable combination of meticulous winemaking in an ideal vintage, this Pinot Noir is wonderful at the moment, but will age gracefully for years.”

 

Don’t miss our tasting with Jeff Pisoni!
Oct 16 – 4 PM PST
SHARED NOTES & CATTLEYA VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
Taste with Jeff Pisoni and Bibiana Gonzalez Rave
HURRY FOR THIS TASTING, AS WE NEED TO SHIP TODAY!!

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