Exclusive discount to Whiskies of the World Expo this Saturday!

11th Annual Whiskeys of the World and Artisanal Spirits Fest

Saturday, March 27, 2010 6-10 PM
The Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA

The Whiskeys of the World Expo gathers the world’s most fascinating distilled spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give guests an opportunity to sample, learn, and experience a night of delicious spirited fun.

After 10 years in San Francisco, the expo is adding new and exciting details to the evening and making sure this is the event of the year! Come to enjoy a full buffet dinner; meeting and learning from the worlds spirits producers, creators, and experts. Enjoy a live Pipe and Drum concert, mixology demonstrations, Celtic craft and whiskey gear booths, artisanal food pairings with exclusive whiskeys, live music, and more.

Learn, Celebrate, Experience!

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The new Banknote 2007 Proprietary Red is now in stock!

For those of you who bought the banknote label2006 vintage (and loved it – it received BIG PRESS!), the 2007 is even better — Really! This release is a blend of 44% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, hand-sourced from some of Napa’s best vineyard sites.

The nose offers up an intense aroma of ripe black currant and plum with a touch of chocolate and pepper spice. The wine is full in body loaded with bright boysenberry/black currant and dark chocolate flavors. This wine is silky on the mid palate and finishes with a whiff of fine integrated tannins. Only 700 cases were produced, so this will (again) go very fast.

Retail 34.00 – GGWC 29.99

Banknote 2007 Proprietary Red

Chronicle 2007 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Ted Lemon (Littorai etal), does itChronicle Logo again with this stellar Pinot Noir sourced from three Sonoma Coast vineyards. Only 495 cases of this little gem were produced.

Chronicle’s Sonoma Coast Pinot shows hints of spice and sandalwood with pronounced notes of strawberry and Bing cherry. This medium to full-bodied wine offers up a dose of almost sweet cherries and strawberries. The wine is elegant and drinks amazingly well. It is structured and balanced, and finishes will silky and lively tannins.

Chronicle 2007 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Chronicle 2007 Pinot Noir “Cerise” Anderson Valley

Ace winemaker Ted Lemon Chronicle Logo(Littorai) produced 240 cases of this amazing Pinot Noir! Cerise is a low-yielding property in the Anderson Valley at 800 – 1200 feet elevation. Those familiar with Ted’s winemaking and for that matter Cerise vineyard, know that he is “the” Pinot man!

This wine aroma offers of a touch of barnyard with hints of black and raspberry. On the palate this medium to full bodied Pinot offers similar flavors. Well-structured and with good concentration (good balance of fruit and acid!), this wine has a modest tannic finish that will enable you to store this wine and enjoy it for many years to come!

Chronicle 2007 Pinot Noir “Cerise” Anderson Valley

Demuth Kemos (DK) 2006 Cabernet, Clajeux Vineyard Chalk Hill

The 2006 DK Clajeux Cabernet Sauvignon Demuth Kemos Labelfeatures a dense purple hue, and intense aroma of chocolate and black currant and sweet cherries. The wine is full in body, loaded with concentrated, yet very elegant fruit and the right touch of balanced acidity. Bright black stone fruit dominates the mid-palate. This wine drinks well after decanting, but could use a few years in the cellar. LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Demuth Kemos (DK) 2006 Cabernet

32 Winds 2007 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (Hirsch/Keefer)

Ehren Jordan (Failla/Turley) did it again. This Sonoma Coast is a blend of 70% Hirsch and 30% Keefer vineyard fruit. 32 Winds CHDThose familiar with these two vineyards will know that they produce stellar fruit. Hirsch is at 1500 feet elevation on a rugged ridge close to the Pacific Ocean and Keefer Ranch is in Green Valley, a cool appellation. Both of these great cool-climate sources add distinctive components. The wine is intensely aromatic. One encounters wild raspberries, Bing cherries and a touch of Chinese black tea on both the nose and palate. This wine is full in body, without being big and bold. The wine is elegant, well-balanced and structured with great finesse from start to finish. Only 500 cases of this excellent wine were produced.

32 Winds 2007 Chardonnay, Monument Tree Anderson Valley

Winemaker Ehren Jordan (Failla/Turley) produced 32 Winds CHDa stellar wine from this cool climate vineyard in the Anderson Valley. Only 500 cases were produced, so it will not be around for a long time. This wine has intensity written all over it. Aroma, Color, Flavor, Body and Finish! The wine is lush with nice aromas and flavors of Gravenstein apples, lemon curd and Anjou pears as well as touch of toasty vanilla and a whiff of “Burgundian” (read terroir) minerality.

32 Winds 2007 Chardonnay

Bjornstad 2007 Pinot Noir Vandenkamp, Sonoma Mountain

Pretty, brilliant garnet color and aromas of darkBjornstad 2007 Pinot Noir ripe cherries and berries fill the glass along with smoky, toasty layers of spices, black tea, sandalwood and cedar. On the palate, the entry is round and rich and the fruit flavors flirt back and forth between red pie cherries and black raspberries alongside earthy qualities and forest duff. The texture builds from the beginning to a round, mouth coating middle with a long persistent finish. Over time, the flavors continue to evolve on the palate with black licorice and savory, spiced meats.

Bjornstad 2007 Pinot Noir Vandenkamp

Paul Hobbs 2005 Cabernet “Vice Versa”

This wine is sourced from the To-Kalon Beckstoffer and Stagecoach vineyards in the Napa Valley. Excellent focus, balance, purity and precision are combined with an expansive perfume of liqueur de cassis, chocolate, licorice, grilled red peppers and spice. This juicy, complex, dark wine reveals chewy silky tannins and fine acidity giving structure and delineation to the beautiful fruit. Only 350 cases produced!

Retail 115.00 – GGWC 75.99

Paul Hobbs 2005 Cabernet “Vice Versa”

J. Moss 2005 Cabernet “Spicer” Stag’s Leap, Napa

J. Moss CabernetThis might be the next “hot, hard-to-find” winery you will be reading about in Parker, Spectator, or Tanzer’s publications! I met James Moss just recently, but feel that I have known him for years. This was a real find, a real gem! The Spicer vineyard is located the in the heart of the Stag’s Leap District. Only 150 cases of this wine were produced! The wine has black berry flavors that dominate this full-bodied release. An elegant and silky entry precedes a toasty, rich chocolate, hint of spice and dark fruit finish. This remarkably complex Cabernet shows a long finish with many layers and depth. Nice tannins make for a wine that can be drunk (decant!) now or cellared for a good ten years!