O’Shaughnessy 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder Napa Valley

O'Shaughnessy 2006 Cabernet SauvignonThe 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mount Veeder vineyard is an impressive wine with an absolutely solid purple/black opaque color. Beautiful perfumed aromas of wild flowers, lead pencil shavings, crème de cassis, blackberry, plum, and fig; followed by vanilla and barrel char. On the palate the wine is super concentrated with sweet blueberry syrup flavors, full tannins that come across silky smooth and last for several moments.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate issue gave this wine 95 points.

Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.00
O’Shaughnessy 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Capiaux 2007 Pinot Noir, Pisoni Santa Lucia Highlands

Capiaux 2007 Pinot Noir, PisoniOnly 300 cases of this stunning wine were produced! The 2007 Capiaux Pisoni has a deep dark red color with a purple hue. Aromas of wild black raspberries, bittersweet chocolate, plum and roasted herbs wrapped in an intense, concentrated and full bodied wine with well integrated tannins.

Robert Parker gives 94 Points  – “The 2007 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard offers lots of black raspberry and boysenberry fruit intertwined with a floral undertone. Fleshy, opulent, and even viscous by Pinot Noir standards, this full-bodied, concentrated, velvety 2007 is impossible to resist. It should last for 7-8 years.”

Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99
Capiaux 2007 Pinot Noir, Pisoni

Capiaux 2007 Pinot Noir, Pisoni Santa Lucia Highlands Robert Parker 94 Points Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99

Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting (C)Jenny Downing WikicommonsOne of the questions I am most frequently asked by people new to the world of rare and boutique wines is “What is the right way to taste wine?” The simplest answer is “There is no one right way to taste wine.” However, there are a number of things you can do to enhance your ability to distinguish between the nuances and flavors present in each wine and learn to tell a “good” wine from one that is not quite as pleasing.

The basic principles of wine tasting are simple to learn. Once you have built a foundation based on these essentials, you will develop a natural understanding of the nuances and finer details of wine tasting. Just like any other pursuit, learning to taste wine takes practice and experience. Fortunately, practicing wine tasting is a very enjoyable activity!

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Capiaux 2008 Pinot Noir “Chimera” Sonoma

Capiaux ChimeraThe Chimera is a blend of Hendricks (Sonoma Coast), Freestone & Widdoes (Russian River), Wilson Vineyard (Sonoma Coast) and Garys’ & Pisoni (Santa Lucia Highlands) vineyards. Only 500 cases were produced!

“More beet root, black currant, plum, and cherry characteristics are found in the 2008 Pinot Noir Chimera Vineyard. With an attractive smoky earthiness, abundant fruit, full body, and good richness, it should provide pleasant drinking over the next 4-5 years.

Sean Capiaux fashions O’Shaughnessy’s outstanding Cabernets from Howell Mountain as well as a half dozen impressive Pinot Noirs at his own estate, Capiaux Cellars.”

Robert Parker gives this wine 92 Points

Retail 35.00 – GGWC $29.95
Capiaux 2008 Pinot Noir “Chimera”

Luli 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Luli 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia HighlandsMaster Sommelier Sara Floyd and wine maker Jeff Pisoni teamed up to produce yet another stunning, economy friendly priced Pinot Noir The 2009 Luli Pinot Noir was sourced from various sustainably-farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Sourcing from diverse locations within the appellation adds to the wine.s complexity and flavor profile. This maritime appellation is known for its well drained soils, morning fog, afternoon winds and long growing season. These elements combine for a perfect place to grow Pinot Noir.

The seductive 2009 Pinot Noir is a stunning effort. On the nose elegant black cherry fruit with a touch of flowery aromas jump out of the glass. The wine has plenty of character in this medium to full-bodied offering. The wine has well balanced acidity with good ripeness and pure Pinot Noir fruit. Jeff is an amazing winemaker and this well-price Pinot is just another accolade. Drink now through 2015.

Retail 25.00 – GGWC 19.99
Luli 2009 Pinot Noir

Saxon Brown 2007 Semillon “Santinamaria”, Sonoma Valley

Saxon BrownAt one time, Semillon was one of the most popular white varietals planted throughout much of the world. Today it is relatively difficult to find.

Saxon Brown’s “Santinamaria” offers up a tropical aroma with a touch of minerality on the nose. Medium bodied wine with lush flavors of Anjou Pear and figs. The wine is vibrant without being acidic and finishes long and pleasant.

Retail 25.00 – GGWC 19.94
Saxon Brown 2007 Semillon “Santinamaria”

Ramian Estate 2007 “Chapter 7” Cabernet Blend

Ramian EstateFrom the tallest heights of Mt. Veeder, well above the Napa Valley floor, the winemaker handcrafts his story one chapter at a time into a collected work of vintages: a traditional tale told from a new perspective, a moveable feast intended to endure. This classic Bordeaux “style” blend exemplifies its Napa Valley mountain home.  All five traditional Bordeaux grapes are used with Cabernet Sauvignon being the majority and dominate varietal. Our goal is to create a soft and very rich old-world style Cabernet Sauvignon blend but with ultra rich Napa Valley fruit flavor. This wine will age for 10-15 years easily

Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99
For a limited time, buy this wine as part of a case (all or mixed) for only $55
Ramian Estate 2007 “Chapter 7” Cabernet Blend

Ramian Estate 2009 Viognier “Reserve”

Ramian EstateThis Viognier was slow, cool fermented and aged sur-lee style in neutral French oak barrels for 3 months prior to bottling. This helped to create mouthfeel without oak flavors while focusing on bright, crisp, classic Viognier fruit flavors. If you have never enjoyed or tasted a Viognier, imagine a crisp clean, very floral, tropical fruit flavored Sauvignon Blanc but with the mouthfeel and texture of a unoaked Chardonnay, that’s what you should expect from our Viognier.

Retail 32.00 – GGWC 26.99
Ramian Estate 2009 Viognier “Reserve”

Ramian Estate 2009 Rosé, Napa Valley

Ramian EstateThis Rose was made from the saignier of Napa Valley Syrah. Slow, cool fermented and aged in a stainless steel tank to retain its crisp edge and very bright fruit flavors. The lees were stirred in tank to obtain a well rounded mouthfeel. This Rose is crisp and clean and has a rich, round mouth-feel. This wine was created and styled so that white wine and red wine drinkers a like will enjoy it in all settings. Only 145 cases were produced.

Retail 18.00 – GGWC 14.99
Ramian Estate 2009 Rosé

Ramian Estate 2008 Chardonnay

Ramian EstateA stunning effort, the Ramian Chardonnay reveals copious amounts of flowery aromatics.  On the palate this lush wine offers us honeysuckle and green apples packed in its full bodied frame with hints of “Burgundian” minerality and purity.  This wine is very well balanced and extremely clean from start to its long lasting finish.

Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99
Ramian 2008 Chardonnay