Apr
20
2021

15% OFF this NEW Rocking, Decadent (under $70) Thomas Rivers Brown Cab!

Thomas Rivers Brown had been making the wines from DAY 1, but is now also one of the owners of the Post Parade winery. That said, nothing will change, and a lot will change – Thomas  is now not 100% but 110% devoted to this project and I see a very bright future for this brand.  As always, it will stay a very limited production wine!

Post Parade 2018 “Stretch Drive” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – NOW 67.99
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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stretch Drive is a bright, boisterous wine to drink now and over the medium term. Ripe red berry fruit, spice and floral notes give this racy, luscious Cabernet tons of immediacy. Floral notes reappear on the finish to liven things up. I very much like the raciness here.

Thomas Rivers Brown Winemaker: “”The 2018 Stretch Drive delivers a sleek, decadent Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass the wine displays a dark purple-red hue. Aromatic notes suggest dark chocolate shavings, nutmeg, blackberry compote, and cedar bark. The viscous palate is layered with an array of notes suggesting plum, tobacco leaf, cocoa nib, clove, and cassis reduction. There is a pleasing acid profile that frames the wine. This wine is very enjoyable today and should age gracefully in the cellar for years to come.” 

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “The 2018s are a step up. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stretch Drive has rocking levels of cassis, Asian spices, tobacco leaf, and violets to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless style on the palate. I’d be thrilled to drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15 years.”

Also check out:
Post Parade 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 94 Points (combines for FREE SHIPPING)
 

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Apr
19
2021

LAST CALL 4 DuMol’s 2018 vintage at a nice DISCOUNT, and shipping is FREE!

We only have a handful of the 2018 DuMol releases remaining in stock. We are offering these to you at a nice discount and they are not going to last. Winemaker Andy Smith has done it again, receiving scores from 94 to 98 Points on this vintage and you are not going to want to miss out!

DuMol 2018 Pinot Noir “Wester Reach” Russian River Valley ~ 94 Points
Retail 74.99 – NOW 69.99
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Incredibly aromatic and complex, the 2018 Pinot Noir Wester Reach offers loads of spiced red fruits, incense, wood smoke, and forest floor notes as well as a medium-bodied, fresh, focused, yet still pleasure bent style. It’s a classic DuMol Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 5-7 years. This cuvée comes all from the Russian River Valley, from multiple clones, and spent a year in 40% new French oak.

Winemaker Andy Smith Notes: “Our 2018 Wester Reach Pinot Noir is a pure, highly detailed cool-climate Russian River Pinot from the greatest vintage of the last two decades. The vineyards comprising this blend are core sites of classic pedigree that we have either planted or farmed for over twenty years. There’s lovely equilibrium to this wine, four distinct vineyards coming together seamlessly. Beautiful soaring aromas of blood orange and pomegranate darken to classic black cherry and raspberry. The deep entry expands along strong lines with good drive and detail to its red and black fruit flavors. Dark fruits and cherry compote lead the palate—great depth of flavor but always fresh and precise. Savory elements steer the wine toward complexity that will continue to build with age.  As the wine opens in the glass, natural Russian River textures and volume takes hold—broad, supple and layered—bolstered by youthful acidity. The silky finish lingers long with vibrance and clarity. The wine is layered, textured and deep with pinpoint finesse and as vivid an expression of both region and vintage as one could imagine.” 36% DuMOL Estate, 24% Upp Road, 22% Widdoes & 18% Occidental Road”

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2018 Pinot Noir Wester Reach has a medium ruby color and a nose of cranberry sauce, blackberries, cinnamon stick, forest floor, black tea leaves and accents of potpourri. Made entirely with free-run juice, the medium-bodied palate bursts with juicy berry fruits, perfumed and fresh, finishing very long.”

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “As with the Chardonnay, the 2018 Pinot Noir Wester Reach goes out to distribution only as opposed to being offered through the mailing list. Lots of spice box, forestry, earthy notes, spring flowers, and a core of black raspberry fruit all give way to a more medium-bodied, elegant, silky wine that has no hard edges, ripe tannins, and the class to shine for 7-8 years. It’s a beautiful wine as well as a terrific introduction into the wines of DuMOL.”

DuMol 2018 Wild Mountainside Syrah  ~ 94 Points
Retail 64.99 – NOW 59.99
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Andy Smith Notes: “The wine was grown in our three classic steep hillside vineyards, each one offering something unique to the blend. Timbervine (41%)  is complex, gamey and wildly aromatic; Greywacke (37%) brims with pure cassis fruit and broad texture; and our GVR Estate (21%) is blue-fruited, supple and bright. The combination is greater than the sum of its parts, the essence of blending. There’s a seamlessness, a togetherness to the wine that is very hard to achieve. Aromatic fireworks—blackberry jam, black pepper, pine needle, tapenade and briar patch—are deep, inky and intense. The wine is immediately fruit-forward on the palate with obvious concentration, richness and voluptuous texture. Cassis and boysenberry fruits precede game and rosemary tones. Great breadth across the palate is weighty and layered, while chewy cocoa powder tannins bring balance and focus.  There is no wrong time to drink this wine, though it will age beautifully for 15 years. 41% Timbervine, 37% Greywacke, 21% DuMOL Estate.”

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2018 Syrah Wild Mountainside was made with about one-third whole clusters and includes about 5% Viognier. Medium to deep ruby-purple, it has gorgeous aromas of smoked meats, crushed blackcurrants, mint leaves, bitter chocolate, violet and blueberries. Medium to full-bodied, it’s well managed in the mouth, restrained but deeply flavored, with a fine, grainy frame and fresh, uplifted finish. About 500 cases were made.”

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 NOW 89.99
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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  NOW 69.99
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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 – NOW 74.99
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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 -NOW 69.99
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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   – NOW 89.99
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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.”
 

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Apr
18
2021

4 Best Reasons For Rosé Right Now

4 Best Reasons For Rosé Right Now

by Cathy Huyghe

Springtime.

For wine lovers, it’s practically synonymous with rosé.

This year, as the wine industry and consumers alike emerge from the dark depths of COVID, “rosé season” has taken on an even more welcome and refreshing character than usual. Each glass of rosé I’ve enjoyed within the past few weeks has felt like a gentle step forward in the right direction. (Extrapolating that wine experience to a lighter mood and perspective, both physically and psychologically, is not such a big leap.)

Why rosé? And why now? There are plenty of easy answers and low-hanging-fruit responses to those questions. But it’s also worth teasing out the nuances of a few of them as a way to jump start the quenching of our collective thirst, with the long days of summer just around the corner.

Here are four best reasons for rosé right now.
 

Glasses of rose wine at wine tasting.
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The Social Nature of Rosé

Rosé and sparkling wine share some things in common, one of which is their social nature.

Think about it. When was the last time you opened a bottle of sparkling wine just for yourself? Similarly, when was the last time you drank rosé alone? Maybe we did, a little more than usual, during the unusual circumstances of COVID. Fair enough. But now that meeting up with friends is becoming safer and more acceptable again, we can also start to embrace rosé’s more social nature with open arms.

The Market Impact of COVID

The economic news feeds of the wine industry have been populated this past year by the impact of COVID on consumer purchasing habits, most notably sparkling wine and the loss of holiday momentum or seasonal desire to celebrate that’s associated with Champagne and its counterparts. The most recent numbers from the Champagne Bureau USA, for example, indicate that Champagne shipments to the US in the past year dropped by almost 20 percent compared to 2019.

The timing of the “roll out” of our post-COVID return to normal, however, bodes well for rosé, at least in some locations in the northern hemisphere as the weather warms up, restaurants begin to open again to more capacity, and group gatherings (along with cool glasses of chilled rosé in guests’ hands) become more socially acceptable.

The Quirks of COVID Time

Time has been playing COVID tricks on us. Holidays (especially without gatherings of family and friends) lost at least some of their seasonal significance during the pandemic. Weekdays and weekends blurred together. The clothes and even the footwear – that during regular times marked the progression of the day’s activities from morning to night – lost some of their ability to differentiate “work” from “home.”
The pending return to some normalcy of chronological routine will also help with the eventual re-alignment of work, family and social schedules. Which means better tuning in to seasonal fluctuations outside, and more attentive wine choices too.

The Diversity, and the Respect, of Rosé

Not so long ago, rosé fought for respect among consumers and critics alike. It used to be that you wouldn’t undertake a “study” of rosé the way you would undertake a serious consideration of pinot noir, for example, or chardonnay. Those days, happily, are in the rear view mirror as a more serious (and even rigorous) consideration of rosé has emerged, both in terms of winemaker attention and consumer appreciation.
As a toast to rosé season, why not consider tasting through a selection and talking about the differences with friends? Line up a few bottles of rosé from, say, northern Italy next to a few from southern Italy, and notice obvious differences, like intensity or depth of color. Then do a little research about the grapes that are responsible for the fluctuations, beginning with color then moving onto aromas and flavor profiles as well.

It’s a fun way to step into the season, that is as educational as it is entertaining.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE NICE ROSÉS!
MELIS FAMILY
ARNOT ROBERTS
LORENZA
LUCY BY PISONI (1.00 of each bottle goes to breast cancer research)
CARBONISTE SPARKLING
DOMAINE VARINELLES SPARKLING
 

Apr
17
2021

G.O.A.T – Hot NEW Barbour Cabernet by 100 Point Winemaker is now in stock!

Jim Barbour was raised on his family ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of framing, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success. After graduating from UC Davis, Jim returned to Napa to begin a career that would lead him to become one of Napa Valley’s most sought-after and successful viticulturists.  He has been dedicated to his craft, producing premium wine grapes using traditional and contemporary hand-farming methods.  Jim has planted and managed many prominent vineyards in the valley, including Hundred Acre, Checkerboard, Blankiet, Revana, Gandona Estate, The Vineyardist, Keever, Pillar Rock, DR Stephens, Husic, Grace Family, and more.  In 1992 he planted his own vineyard and in 1995 produced his first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon of just 50 cases.

His winemaker is no other than Celia Welch A.K.A. “Miss 100 Points” , known for her great skills putting wineries on the map of success.  Her list is long, but in case you didn’t know – Scarecrow, Corra, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Lindstrom, Rewa, Castiel, 2480 Hollywood & Vine, etc. She took over from the “other” 100 point winemaker, Heidi Barrett and the rest… is history!

Barbour 2018 “Estate” Cabernet, Napa Valley                                                                                                       
GGWC 154.99
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The Barbour Estate Cabernet is amazingly opulent from start to finish.  The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, anise, mocha and chocolate jump out of the glass on impact.  This full-bodied wine is loaded with generously layered dark berry, plum, chocolate and exotic spices that tickle the lush concentrated palate. A MUST HAVE WINE 4 THE CELLAR!

Winery Notes: “Barbour Vineyard in St. Helena always seems to yield spectacular fruit with a very lifted, slightly perfumed flair to the purple boysenberry and blackberry notes. The 2018 Cabernet seems to emphasize those lifted, aromatic qualities even more intensely. In addition to the purple fruit, notes of plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet earth add complexity. The mouthfeel is full, fruit-forward and elegant, with approachable tannins and just enough grip to lend weight to the core. The finish echoes the aroma, with forward, juicy fruit notes.”  

Celia Welch Notes: “Harvested by-hand from grapes grown on our dry-farmed vineyard, the 2018 vintage of Barbour Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of gooey blackberry pie, sweet cocoa, black currant, and bour and are chewy and present, yet approachable.  Dark fruit flavors dominate the lengthy finish.”

Only 347 cases of this amazing wine were produced

Check out these other Celia Welch Wines:
REWA 2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE, COOMBSVILLE NAPA VALLEY
CASTIEL 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON HOWELL MOUNTAIN, NAPA VALLEY 95 POINTS
CORRA 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 95 POINTS
SCARECROW M. ETAIN 2018 CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY 97 POINTS

 

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Apr
16
2021

A Merlot for Cabernet lovers! Limited

This might be the best Michael Black Merlot Coho has produced yet to date. The 2016 vintage is a   blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdo.  On the nose this wine shows 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 will turn lots of heads! As always very limited!

Coho 2016 Merlot “Michael Black” Coombsville, Napa Valley
GGWC 59.99 net item
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Mix & match OK with other Coho wines

Winery Notes: “Michael Black was dedicated to growing exceptional Merlot grapes in his rock-strewn
hillside vineyard. To that end he propagated a unique clone that produces small berries and clusters that limits the Merlot grapes from over plumping, while contributing structure in the fruit. The cool climate of Coombsville promotes spicy aromatics and refined tannins.  The 2016 growing season and harvest in Napa Valley was near perfect. Temperatures through July and August remained moderate, allowing the fruit to slowly develop rich and complex flavors. Aromas of blackberry preserve mix with notes of dark chocolate and white pepper. The 2016 Michael Black Merlot offers an elegant mélange of plum, pomegranate, and blackberry flavors that richly fills the palate. The persistent finish promises delightful enjoyment for the next fifteen plus years.”

Also be sure to check out:
COHO 2017 CABERNETSAUVIGNON
COHO 2017 PINOT NOIR
COHO 2017 PREMIER NAPA VALLEY LOT CABERNET
COHO 2016 HEADWATERS

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Apr
15
2021

2 x 95 Point Chardonnay Gem = FREE SHIPPING

Husband and wife, Nick Peay & Vanessa Wong, grow and make the wine and brother Andy Peay manages the business. With minor exceptions, all wines are made from grapes grown on their 53-acre hilltop vineyard located above a river in the far northwestern corner of the West Sonoma Coast, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean at Sea Ranch.  Doing it organically, while running off of solar power and all biodiesel equipment makes it even more amazing. Not surprisingly, this level of commitment to excellence is every bit reflected in the amazing quality of the Peay Wines!

Peay 2018 Chardonnay “Estate” Sonoma Coast
GGWC 59.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points:Peay’s 2018 Chardonnay Estate is a superb wine that shows just how pedigreed Sonoma Coast Chardonnay can be. What I like most about the 2018 Chardonnay  is its translucent personality and weightless sense of elegance. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, white pepper and dried flowers are all finely-knit, but it is the wine’s textural feel that really elevates it into the realm of the sublime. A touch of reduction adds lingers on the finish nicely, without being obtrusive.”


Vinous 95 Points:Peay’s 2018 Chardonnay Estate is a superb wine that shows just how pedigreed Sonoma Coast Chardonnay can be. What I like most about the 2018 vintage is its translucent personality and weightless sense of elegance. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, white pepper and dried flowers are all finely-knit, but it is the wine’s textural feel that really elevates it into the realm of the sublime. A touch of reduction adds lingers on the finish nicely, without being obtrusive.”

Winemaker Notes: “As I smelled this wine all I could think about was drinking it with yogurt curried chicken (Rob Hunter’s delicious recipe can be found online at our web site.) This is a signature Peay Chardonnay stylistically somewhere between the 2016 and 2017 vintages. There is a transparency to our site unadorned with clunky wine making decisions or overt ripeness. The nose has a floral top end with a whiff of smoke, mint leaf, and some Marcona almond notes that are further supported by a salty, tangy, lemony finish. The silky texture hints at richness but is held taut by bright acidity that tells you this is a Peay Chardonnay. You can enjoy it now and for many years to come. If scores are your thing, seek them out and you will see we are not alone in liking this wine.”

Also check out their amazing Pinot Noir:
Peay 2018 Pinot Noir “Scallop Shelf” Estate Sonoma Coast 96 Points

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Apr
14
2021

15% OFF NEW Post Parade Cabernet!

Thomas Rivers Brown had been making the wines from DAY 1, but is now also one of the owners of the winery. That said, nothing will change, and a lot will change – TRB is now 110% devoted to this project and I see a very bright future for this brand.  As always, it will stay a very limited produced wine!

Post Parade 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
GGWC 99.99 – SPECIAL  84.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact. This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  

Thomas Rivers Brown Notes: “This is a dark, spicy, complex wine that shows the robust character of the 2017 growing season. The wine displays a completely opaque dark purple hue in the glass with a garnet halo. Layered aromas of leather, loam, nutmeg, and cassis reduction emerge from the glass in waves. There is a rich, red and black fruit entry on the front of the palate, followed by more structural and terrene notes through the core of the middle. The mouthfeel of the wine has a consistent, fine tannin structure that carries all the way through to a floral and mouth-watering finish.” 

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is another medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured 2017. Blue fruits, toasted spices, and smoked tobacco notes give way to a seamless, polished 2017 offering terrific tannins, a pure, layered mouthfeel, and a great finish.”

Also check out: Post Parade 2018 “Stretch Drive” Cabernet (combines for free shipping)

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Apr
12
2021

HOT FROM THE PRESS PAUL LATO 2019 WINES ARE NOW IN STOCK

Great NEWS, the AMAZING 2019 wines from my friend and winemaker Paul Lato are now in stock!!  The 2019 vintage is probably one of the best, if not “THE” best ever, potentially better than the amazing 2018!  Astonishing quality, but as always very small quantities.  I am very excited about Paul’s ever-expanding portfolio!  As always, Paul’s wines are first-come, first served.
A little bit of info about the winemaker:

Paul Lato was born in Poland. He worked as a certified Sommelier in one of Toronto’s most exclusive restaurants and visited California for the first time in the early 1990s.  Jim Clendenen (owner of ABC winery & Clendenen wines) told Paul to just pack up and move here, and he would show him the ropes –  a decade later he did make the move and took a job at Bien Nacido vineyards for just $10.00 per hour, he did get free “lodging” at the bunkhouse in the vineyard. The Bien Nacido owner pushed Paul to make his own wine. With some tutoring (he observed the best in the business for some years, asked a lot of questions and experimented a lot) he made his first wines and by chance met Robert Parker.  Parker asked him if “he” was the Polish Sommelier that makes wine and said that he wanted to taste it.  Parker told him that he would tell him immediately if the wine was the real McCoy or …. (slang for excrement) Parker was blown away and gave Paul Lato a rave review. From then on, Paul’s new career was born.

I met Paul in 2002 and have been a big fan since day one, and could say that we have become good friends along the way.  Paul is also the winemaker for my Melis Family wines.
 

PLEASE CALL/EMAIL ASAP ME WITH YOUR ORDER REQUESTS!
THE 2019 VINTAGE IS IN VERY LIMITED SUPPLY

AS YOU KNOW PAUL LATO WINES SELL OUT FAST, AND ARE SOLD ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS!

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1) Paul Lato 2019 Chardonnay “It’s All Good” Talley – Oliver’s Vineyard
    GGWC 74.99 

The “It’s All Good” is the third release from a special block on the Talley vineyard. Growing in sandy clay loam in the Edna Valley, these 28-year-old vines produce Chardonnay of great balance and complexity. Opening with youthful aromas of white peach, river rock, and almond flowers on the nose. Its lively, caressing palate is a seamless balance of crisp Fuji apple and salted caramel. With its smooth and refreshing finish, this Chardonnay will charm you into saying, “It’s all good…”

I’d say that 2019 is a mirror image of 2017 & 18!

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points (previous vintage) “Coming from the cooler Edna Valley just south of San Luis Obispo, the Paul Lato Chardonnay It’s All Good Talley Oliver’s Vineyard was whole cluster pressed into barrel and spent 15 months in 70% new French oak. It has a wonderfully pure, classy bouquet of sautéed orchard fruits, white peach, white flowers, spice box, and honeysuckle. With a layered, medium to full-bodied texture, subtle oak, integrated acidity, and flawless balance, it’s a thrilling California Chardonnay from an incredible winemaker. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years.”

2) Paul Lato 2019 Chardonnay “Done & Done” Talley – Rincon Vineyard
    74.99

The “Done & Done” is another Premier Release for Paul Lato from a unique corner of the Rincon Vineyard from Brian Talley. The inaugural vintage of this vineyard is a classic California Chardonnay. It offers intriguing aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, and river rock. It will seductively draw you in with flavors of bright peach, honey, pear, and creamy marshmallow. This medium-bodied wine is balanced with good acidity—making it lovely on its own or perfect with food. The rich and delicious finish provides the perfect end to this delightful wine.

Jeb Dunnuck 95+ Points (previous vintage) “The Chardonnay Done & Done Talley Rincon Vineyard is slightly more masculine and chiseled, showing more caramelized stone fruits, crushed citrus, honeyed toast, and subtle minerality. It too has subtle background oak, a layered, medium to full-bodied, vibrant texture, and a great finish. It’s going to keep for upwards of a decade.”

3) Paul Lato 2019 Chardonnay “Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard
    GGWC 79.99

Paul Lato Notes: ”This wine possesses a powerful and exuberant nose of brioche and lemon zest, with nuances of vanilla and spice. It is dry, yet plenty rich in its taste, with medium-plus body, voluptuous and round texture, and nuances of minerals. The seamless integration of new French oak provides plenty of structure, and leads into a gracefully dry finish, inviting you to take another sip. It will drink wonderfully on its own with a great conversation or while reading your favorite novel. One of our favorite dishes to pair is a creamy Lobster risotto in light saffron spice.”

This wine is probably any bit as good, if not better compared to the 2017 and 2018 vintages!

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points (previous vintage) “From a site in the Santa Maria Valley and aged 15 months in 60% new French oak, the Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard from Lato offers a vivid gold color as well as a rocking bouquet of lemon curd, crushed rocks, white currants, spice box, and white flowers. Rich, powerful, and layered, yet also vibrant and racy, with beautiful purity and precision on the palate, it’s one of the most seamless, flawlessly balanced wines in the lineup. It’s brilliant today yet should evolve effortlessly.”

4) Paul Lato 2019 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour” Duravita Vineyard
    GGWC 79.99

This bottling has created a real following.  I would be hard-pressed, but I can tell you that this one is every bit as good as his previous Belle de Jour bottlings, maybe a touch more focused and more elegant! A real “skilled” winemaker gem! Due to the success with the previous vintages, I have a lot of demand for this bottling and it will be sold out well before it arrives at my store!

Paul Lato Notes: “Very sleek and elegant chardonnay from the Biodynamic Duvarita vineyard, it is a classic example of the intriguing depth and complexity Biodynamic wines exhibit. It is intensely aromatic, with acacia flowers and sea breeze-like mineral notes on the nose. Medium-bodied, long in the mouth, clean, and very well balanced on the palate, finishing with the contrasting flavors of lemon zest and butterscotch. It is lively enough to be an aperitif; however, it will greatly complement seafood like shrimp, scallop, or pair well with traditional French cuisine.”

Robert Parker 96 Points (previous vintage) “This is the second vintage of this wine for Paul Lato, made using biodynamically farmed grapes and aged for 15 months in 55% new French oak. Youthfully coiled, the Paul Lato Belle de Jour Duvarita Vineyard features oodles of latent layers on the nose: warm pie spice, baked quince, Golden Delicious apples, Meyer lemon peel, dried hay, dusty earth, crushed stone and mushroom with warm white peach, jasmine, and spring honey nuances. Medium to full-bodied with that signature Lato texture, it has intense flavor layers swelling in the mouth, with juicy acidity and a very long, layered, lively finish. Give this more time in the bottle if you can keep your paws off.”

5) Paul Lato 2019 Chardonnay “East of Eden” Pisoni Vineyard
    GGWC 94.99
    2 bottle limit per person sorry

This is the Ninth release of the “East of Eden” Chardonnay from the famed Pisoni Vineyard. Only a few barrels were produced, and I was lucky to get a few cases from Paul as they were all earmarked for his mailing list and for restaurants like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, etc.  This is probably the best rendition of a 1er Cru Montrachet produced in California.  As you are aware of Paul’s meticulous wine-making skills and strategy, nothing escapes this guru of precision!

I’d say that this wine is very similar to the great 2018 vintage, which received 98 Points!

Paul Lato Notes: “Powerful yet controlled nose, with aromas of flint, lily, and Crème Brulee, California meets Burgundy. The body is long and powerful with marine-influenced salinity and a fresh boisterous finish. This wine has a larger-than-life personality, much like the man growing the grapes, Gary Pisoni. This wine will pair well with lighter dishes of seafood or chicken, but also has the potential to complement a steak.”

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points (previous vintage) “Always one of my favorites in the lineup, the brilliant Chardonnay East Of Eden Pisoni Vineyard comes from a Grand Cru site on the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands and barrel-fermented and aged 15 months in 60% new French oak. It reveals a medium gold color as well as a liquid rock-like minerality in its crushed citrus, lemon curd, toasted spice, and grilled bread aromas and flavors. Deep, rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied, and just sensationally textured, it’s another magical wine from Paul Lato.”

6) Paul Lato 2019 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit” Zotovich Vineyard
    GGWC 84.99

This latest Zotovich “Seabiscuit” bottling is by far one of Paul’s best efforts to date! I would say that it will rival his 97 Point rated 2017 & 18 versions!  As is the case with all of Paul’s wines, I get limited amounts of this great gem, so I can only remind you how great and limited they are!

Paul Lato Notes: “Located toward the center of Highway 246 on a gentle, even slope with northern exposure, Zotovich Vineyard has proven capable of making extraordinary wine with great aromatics and fine structure. Dark pleasant red, with rose, bing cherry, raspberry cake, and a hint of wood aromatics. It is mid-bodied, zesty and smooth on the texture with a bit of spice on the finish. The tannins are gentle but persistent and will allow this wine to age gracefully with time and will be ready to drink within a couple of years.”

This wine is very much an image of the great 2017 & 2018 vintages!

Jeb Dunnuck – 97 Points (previous vintage) “From a site in the northern part of the Sta. Rita Hills, the Paul Lato Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard (60% new French oak) reveals a medium ruby/translucent color as well as a classic bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, forest floor, white flowers, and spice. It picks up a lovely floral quality with time in the glass and is seamless, silky, and perfectly balanced on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins. I almost always find the Zotovich to be one of the most compelling wines in the lineup from Lato and this one is no exception. It’s as classic and balanced as it gets. Give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar and it’s going to evolve for 10-15 years.”

7) Paul Lato 2019 Pinot Noir “Suerte” Solomon Hills
    GGWC 86.99

Paul is not slowing down one bit, and this workhorse “Suerte” will amaze many Pinot lovers alike! It shows gorgeously young, and will even improve a lot more in the years to come!  Only a few barrels produced! This 2019 is any bit as good as the 98 point rated 2018 vintage! Only 240 cases were produced.

Paul Lato Notes: “Solomon Hills is the most westerly vineyard in the appellation, making it the coolest due to its proximity to the ocean. Suerte is a favorite of some of my most loyal supporters, including Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck. Dark color with a shiny hue. Pronounced brooding nose with darker fruit nuances of blueberry pie and cherry with a hint of clove and light smoke. On the body, the wine is well defined possessing zesty flavors with balanced structure and bright acidity. While the tannins are quite firm on the finish, the wine delivers plenty of pleasure and intensity. Classic Santa Maria Pinot at its best. Decant one-half an hour prior to service.”

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points (previous vintage) “Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard comes from a great vineyard just west of Bien Nacido and spent 17 months in 60% new French oak. Lots of black raspberries, spiced cherries, salty sea breeze, flowers, orange blossom, and violet notes emerge from the glass, and it’s beautifully textured, full-bodied, and incredibly sexy on the palate. It’s stunning today yet will evolve for upwards of a decade.”

8) Paul Lato 2019 Pinot Noir “Lancelot” Pisoni Vineyard
    GGWC 99.99
    2 bottle limit per person sorry

The “flagship” wine of Paul’s Portfolio!  I don’t need to tell you that the Pisoni vineyard is often compared to the best (1er Cru) vineyards in Burgundy and Paul puts a real Burgundian twist on this source!  This wine equals the best of the previous Lancelot bottlings and could even surpass it!

Paul Lato Notes: “This is another special vintage from Pisoni Vineyard.  Vibrant and deep, dark cherry color.  Booming aromatics out of the glass, with blueberry pie-like notes. Power and grace in the mouth with plenty of fruit, oak, and vanilla nuances that blend seamlessly. Touch of spice and abundance of minerality. Long finish, very impressive now and full of aging potential and evolution in the bottle. Our Grand Cru from Santa Lucia Highlands.”

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points (previous vintage) “From a site located in the southern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands consisting of broken granite soils, the Paul Lato Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 70% new French oak. Ripe raspberries, strawberries, rose petals, sappy herbs, and crushed rock-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with medium to full body, bright, integrated acidity, building tannins, and a great, great finish. Despite seeming to be the most seamless and elegant texturally”

9)  Paul Lato 2019 Pinot Noir “Stand By Me” Drumm Canyon
    GGWC 84.99
    *formerly named C’est La Vie

This might be the very best Drum Canyon bottling to date! This rendition from the Drum Canyon Vineyard will make you (happily) dream of a 1er Cru Pommard at a much lower price point!  This latest release is Paul’s best effort to date and I have only 5 cases of this wine to offer!

Paul Lato Notes: “Our parcel at Drum Canyon Vineyard is on a severely steep hillside graced with beautiful southern exposure. Attractive, dark red. Boysenberry and cassis notes. Full of energy, wired with fine tannin and a long spicy finish. Made from two Burgundy suitcase clones, and would easily fit as a ringer wine in a Burgundy tasting. Decant one hour prior to service.”

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “Another Sta. Rita Hills release, the Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard (15 months in 50% new French oak) is more spice-driven and pretty, with an incredibly balanced, layered, seamless style. Notes of ripe strawberries, raspberries, white flowers, vanilla cream, spice, and hints of forest floor all give way to a gorgeously elegant, ethereal effort that has ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s great today and will be great in 7-8 years as well.”

Robert Parker –97 Points (previous vintage): “The Drum Canyon comes from 15-year-old vines planted in sandy loam, with the wine aged for 15 months in 60% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the Drum Canyon has a youthfully coiled nose slowly unfurling to fresh sage, rose petal, lilac, orange peel, autumn leaves, dust, perfumed earth and black tea leaves with a core of raspberry preserves, black cherries and berries, blueberries and charcuterie hints—this is so perfumed! It’s medium-bodied with slowly blossoming fruit, earth, and spice flavor layers, with firm but elegant, wonderfully pixelated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and packed full of perfume and spice. Wow! So elegant. So refined. 150 cases were made.”

10)  Paul Lato 2019 Pinot Noir “Victor Francis”  Santa Rita Hills
    GGWC 84.99

This might be one of Paul’s best interpretations of this great vineyard.  Intensely aromatic, lush fruit, medium to full in body, but extremely well-balanced.  Bright red stone fruit on the mid-palate with a hint of spice leading into a long silky finish.

Paul Lato Notes: “This vineyard has a stunning south-facing hillside topography.  Combined with its relatively windy locale, this vineyard produces wines of high concentration.  This wine has pronounced notes of raspberry and tart blueberry.  It has a smooth texture, fine structure, and a zesty long finish with a hint of spice. It needs three years in the bottle but will last 12+ years.  Atticus has been an international favorite from its very first vintage.”

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points (previous vintage) “Another Sta. Rita Hills release (I think this is the first vintage for this cuvée), the 2018 Victor Francis Peake Ranch Vineyard has a pure, nicely concentrated, full-bodied style with good complexity in its spiced cherry and blackberry fruits, chocolate, leafy herbs, and forest floor aromas and flavors. I love the overall richness and texture here, and it’s one of the more meaty, powerful wines in the lineup.”

11)  Paul Lato 2019 Pinot Noir “Duende” Gold Coast
    GGWC 84.99

This is Burgundy made in California! The Gold Coast Vineyard is 30+ year-old and is own-rooted (no rootstock)!  Intensely perfumed aromatics jump out of the glass. Medium to full in body, this wine offers gobs of red stone fruit, a touch of underbrush and spice in its medium to full-bodied shell.  The wine lingers for a long time into a gorgeous, lengthy finish.

Paul Lato Notes: “This may very well by my finest vintage of Duende to date. Delicate, medium red color and fantastic perfume. Stewed strawberry and raspberry notes with very pleasant red fruit nuances from the 30-year-old vines at Gold Coast Vineyard. It has a silky texture on the tongue from the intermingling of the fruit with the finest new French oak – refreshing acidity and light tannins on the finish.  Duende is a perennial favorite of many of my long time customers.”

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points (previous vintage) “Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the Paul Lato Pinot Noir Duende Gold Coast Vineyard comes from a site in the Santa Maria Valley and spent 15 months in 50% new French oak. Black cherry and raspberry fruits as well as lovely notes of underbrush, forest floor, white flowers and hints of vanilla all emerge from this elegant, multidimensional Pinot Noir that has awesome purity and length.

The HYDE designated vineyard Chardonnay & Pinot Noir will be released in a few months, as will the new Single Vineyard Syrah(s) and Grenache.


Also check out:   Melis Family 2020 Rose of Pinot Noir (by Paul Lato).
 

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Apr
10
2021

20th Anniversary for the Karate Kid Writer turned First Class Winery Owner!

Screenplay writer turned Vineyard and Winery owner Robert Kamen has done it again. His ace winemaker Mark Herold has been making consistent 95+ Point rated wine from their Sonoma property. For 15 straight vintages the wine has received 93-99 Points, this is the most solid A rating ever.

Talking about “A” ratings, check out Robert’s movie portfolio: Taps, The Karate Kid (1,2 & 3), The Punisher, Lethal Weapon 3, A Walk in the Clouds , The Fifth Element , Kiss of the Dragon, The Transporter (1,2 & 3), Bandidos, Taken (1 & 2) and many others. Robert Kamen purchased his 280 acre property in 1980 with the proceeds of his first screenplay, and the rest is history. The certified biodynamic vineyards were planted by another vineyard entrepreneur, Phillip Coturri. Mark Herold (Merus, Kobalt, Herold etc.) has been his winemaker since 2001.

Robert Kamen and I go back to the very first vintage (1999), so I am proud to be a part of this great run of 20 vintages!!!

KAMEN 2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE, SONOMA 
GGWC 99.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code KAMEN during checkout

Mix & match with other Kamen OK

Winemaker  notes: “Phenomenal concentration! A core of ripe black-raspberries, wild blackberries, black currants and freshly picked cherries anchor the aromatic profile. Bright notes of freshly picked wildflowers followed by hints of sunbaked rocks after the rain, marzipan, Oolong tea, black cardamom and milk chocolate add tremendous depth and complexity. The flavors follow suit and are richly layered, exquisitely balanced and refined. This deliciously seamless wine offers ripe, mouthwatering tannins and a lengthy finish. Enjoy now and over its decades-long evolution.

Wine Spectator 94 Points: “Offers alluring warm plum sauce and crushed açaí berry aromas and flavors that move through this with focus despite the rather lush feel. Subtle alder and sage accents line the finish, with a nice underpinning of iron. Distinctive in feel and profile. Drink now through 2030”

Also check out these other great Kamen releases:
Kamen 2018 Cabernet “Lava Block” Estate
Kamen 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Estate

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Apr
9
2021

Glass-staining under $45, 94-Point Rated Red


 

Chris and his wife JoAnn Cherry moved to Paso Robles in 1996 to open a restaurant, partake in the burgeoning wine scene and raise their children in the country. In 2001 they purchased their first grapes to make wine for their restaurant. And so began Villa Creek Cellars, a real expression of west Paso Robles’ Rhone grape varieties. A sort of “farm-to-table” i.e farm-to-bottle venture.

Villa Creek 2018 GSM Rock & Flowers, Paso Robles
GGWC 44.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use code VILLA during checkout

Vinous 94 Points: “Glass-staining ruby. Highly fragrant scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, Indian spices, baking spices and candied flowers, along with a smoky element that builds in the glass. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering palate-coating red/blue fruit, spice-cake and floral pastille flavors that deliver an appealing marriage of depth and energy. Closes spicy, gently tannic and very long, leaving repeating spice and floral notes behind. This is the wine formerly known as Willow Creek Cuvée.“            

Winemaker Notes:
Aromatics – Brambly red berries dominate with braised lamb, Provençall herbs and green tea ice cream. Pure, clean.
Palate Impression – Medium plus weight with grippy tannins; red fruit going brighter on the palate. Sweet cream on the  finish.
Acidity – Classic Westside Paso Robles snap!
Oak Impression – Moderate with some Xmas spice and cream.
Blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan

Also check out: Villa Creek  2018 GSM High Road – James Berry Vineyard 96 Points

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