Paul Hobbs masterminds yet another gem!

Laird Family Estate

The Laird Family is the largest (vineyard) land owner in the Napa Valley with over 2500 acres, but only produce a very small amount of wine themselves under the tutelage of Paul Hobbs. The Laird grapes (various designated vineyards) are used by wineries such as Levendi, Nickel & Nickel, Tor, and Kapcsandy, to name a few.

Laird 2008 Jillian's BlendLaird 2008 Jillian’s Red Blend Napa Valley
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 33.50 – FREE SHIPPING on 12
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This Cabernet based blend will wow you from the start. Bright purple gemstone in color. On the nose are wonderful aromatics of dark red cherry and raspberry as well as a whiff of toasty vanilla. On the palate this full-bodied red blend offers an array of rich flavors – loaded with chocolate, boysenberry and caramelized plums on the mid palate, leading into a complex silky smooth finish with just a hint of spice.

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A Paul Hobbs value at $39.99

This is one of those Frank’s palatable price point wines – between 35 & 75!  A great value Napa Valley Cabernet, made by one of the region’s best winemakers – Paul Hobbs!

16 x 20  2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12
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A smooth entry leads to flavors of sweet blackberries, raspberries, milk chocolate, espresso and fig.  Full-bodied, well balanced. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Black Cordon Vineyard at the base of Mt. Veeder. This 9-acre vineyard sits just above one of the top sources for Opus One and Harlan and below O’Shaughnessy’s Mt. Veeder property. With Paul Hobbs as your Winemaker, the wines show the pedigree, character, quality and complexity associated with all of Paul’s projects. This surely over performs for $45 on the shelf.  Only 494 cases made. There is no doubt that this wine will be long lived. I would decant in the near term but keep a few in the cellar because I believe this wine is going to be very interesting as it ages.

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Value Cabernet blend stuns many!

Field Recordings is 29-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards.

Field Recordings 2010 NeverlandField Recordings 2010 “Neverland” Proprietary Red, Santa Barbara
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12
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This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot and 16% Malbec from the Happy Canyon region in Santa Barbara will knock your socks off. Only 150 cases of this little gem were produced.

The wine’s aroma is layered with notes of red currant, a whiff of chocolate and violets. On the palate this medium to full bodied red blend offers a plush mouthfeel  with black cherries, violets, kirsch and crème de cassis joinging notes of tobacco and cola. This is truly a California Bordeaux blend.

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Three 95 Point Pinot Noirs!

Sojourn Cellars

Sojourn is not just a stroll in the park these days, it is a very serious producer of high-end, well-priced Pinot Noirs from some of most sought after vineyards in Northern California.  For a fourth year in a row the press has gone wild over these limited produced wines.

Sojourn 2010 Sonoma CoastSojourn 2010 Sonoma Coast – 95 Point Rating
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 42.99 FREE SHIPPING on six!
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A blend of eight unique lots from the Gap’s Crown, Petaluma Gap, Keller Estate and Sangiacomo vineyards. Aromas of black cherry, pomegranate entice your nose and meld with a touch of mushroom and soy.  On the palate, red fruit flavors deliver a brigh edge.  This win shows freshness and lively acidity, while maintaining the lush textures from the Gap’s Crown and Sangiacomo vineyard components.

Sojourn 2010 SangiacomoSojourn 2010 Sangiacomo – 95 Point Rating
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This Pinot seduces your nose with aromas of strawberry and orange peel overlaying a core of dark cherry and earthy forest floor. Textures are creamy and silky with slightly more structure than previous vintages.  The finish is long, with lingering hints of cherry and spice.

Sojourn 2010 Gaps CrownSojourn 2010 Gap’s Crown – 95 Point Rating
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Dark cherry aromas and sweet oak express themselves first, leading to hints of baking spice, chocolate and rosemary. This is a complex wine that makes a great first impression, with a sweet entry, big lush textures and a nice frame.

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Page winery turns another page with TWO stunning releases!

Page Wine Cellars

Bryan Page and I met in 1998 when I tasted his first vintage 1997 Proprietary Red. Since then many of our customers have become groupies of this well-priced Napa winery. Bryan’s production is very limited as he focuses on quality and not quantity.

Page 2009 Proprietary RedPage 2009 Proprietary Red Napa Valley
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 53.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX

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This proprietary Red Blend (55% Cabernet Franc; 37% Cabernet Sauvignon; 8% Petit Verdot) has a gorgeous purple hue, a beautiful nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some chocolate and espresso and a touch of anise. Full in body, it is a well-balanced stunner that will evolve nicely. Very smooth on both mid-palate and finish. This wine offers gobs of black stone fruit with hints of chocolate and anise on the mid-palate leading into a long, complex but silky finish. 112 cases produced.

Page 2011 Proprietary WhitePage 2011 Proprietary White, Napa Valley
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 24.99

As of the 2011 vintage, the Sauvignon Blanc will now be a proprietary blend as Bryan is adding a little more Semillon to the blend (80 SB and 20 Semillon). This 2011 is gorgeously textured with a bright aroma of melon, ripe pears and honeysuckle on the nose. On the palate this medium bodied white blend shows more of its personality and offers great flavors of tropical fruit, a touch of minerality and a long tropical/mineral finish. 186 cases produced.

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99 Point winemaker does it again!


Luc Morlet has been on a roll as of late, and this latest venture “Cabaud” is just one of the many accolades this great winemaker can add to his portfolio.  Luc who was born in France, but is known for his success at Peter Michael Newton, Staglin, Carte Blanche, Vineyard 7 & 8, his own Morlet label and of course the Cabaud Wines.

Passionate for both the expression of the various California terroirs, as well as the continuous pursuit of the ultimate quality, Luc calls his winemaking philosophy “neo-classical laissez-faire without compromise.” His is a non-interventionist winemaking style driven by an ongoing search for quality improvement. With over two decades of vintages under his belt (he worked 9 years in France, before coming to California), and with his own zest for innovation, Luc uses century old principles and classic Burgundy and Bordeaux methods, while adapting to California’s natural conditions

Cabaud 2009 Cabernet SauvignonCabaud 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mon Hommage” Napa Valley
Retail 135.00 – GGWC 124.99 FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more.
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“Mon Hommage” translates to “My Tribute” and that is what the Cabauds want to share with us. Great wine, great land, great winemaker (Luc Morlet) and the love for the Napa Valley and Saint Helena!

This wine offers a very intense aromatic boost of black cherries and blueberries with a whiff of white tobacco on the nose.  Fleshy and unctuous flavors of red and black stone fruit roll over a perfectly balanced body.  Hints of crème de cassis and a touch toasty vanilla intermingle gorgeously on this mid-palate of this refined giant!  The “finale” offers up a long lingering finish with soft and silky tannins.

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Best White of 2012!

Picayune How do I pronounce Picayune? {pi-ka-’yun}

What does Picayune mean? Picayune was a Spanish coin worth half of the value of a “Real” {re-al}

How does that relate to the wine? When buying Picayune, you are buying prestigious wine at half price. Altogether, this is a venture of high quality at even better prices!

Picayune 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Napa & Sonoma Valley
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 23.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12
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This might be “the” white wine find of the late Spring early Summer 2012!  Sourced from two stellar vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma Valley.  Pure, crisp and fresh. Good balance between fruit, minerality and acidity. Drink on its own or pair with seafood, poultry, spicy food and anything that inspires you!

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Paul Hobbs pulls another one out of his “big” hat!

Stewart Wines

The latest two releases of the Stewart wines are real stunners, and having Paul Hobbs as your quarterback only reiterates what a key guy he is to a winery!  For those who bought the previous vintage (which received rave reviews), I can tell you that the 2008 vintage will “rock your world!”  Paul does not need much intro, as he has been at the helm of many great ventures both domestic and international.

Stewart 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX!

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Stewart Cabernet SauvignonSourced from some of Napa Valley’s most sought after vineyards like State Lane (100 point winery – Kapcsandy), Stagecoach, Las Piedras (formerly known as Beck IV, as in Beckstoffer). This is a dense, seamless and plush wine showing the impressive quality of the grapes and craftsmanship brought to its creation. The wine’s concentration shows first in its clear, nearly opaque purple-ruby color. The immense aroma is of dark berries underlain with subtle French oak giving a complex brooding, spicy impression. The structure is plush and fleshy with all elements of fruit, oak, tannins and acidity precisely balanced and intricately integrated. A pure beam of concentrated dark, brambly fruit shines from the deep middle of the wine. The tannins are rich and coat the mouth, yet remain superbly velvety from the opulent start to the long, lingering finish. This is a wine with the intensity of fine, ripe fruit and powerful structure to age and develop for many years in the bottle.

Stewart 2009 Chardonnay, Farina Vineyard Sonoma Mountain
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This is a rich, opulent wine showing the pedigree of its ripe fruit and a careful winemaking hand. The character of the vineyard as an old selection of vines with a distinguished heritage is front and center in the clear, medium-yellow wine, with its big tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango.  There is a hint of vanilla and toast in the aroma, enough to bring complexity without distracting from the exuberant fruit. The delicate touch of the winemaker is evident in the lovely balance of the wine’s structure, round and fleshy without being ponderous, centered on the sunny warmth of the tropical fruit flavors with the supporting oak notes of vanilla, caramel and toast well in the background yet lingering through the finish. Delicious to drink now it will be intriguing to watch the wine develop over a few years of bottle age.

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You don’t need glasses for this wine!

Londer VineyardsLarry and Shirlee Londer grew up in Denver (CO), and after his residency moved to Albuquerque where he practiced Ophthalmology for 27 years, while Shirlee ran the optical stores.   Since both were wine lovers, they always talked about one day owning a vineyard, they set out in 1997 to the Anderson Valley were they purchased a vineyard where he could grow the varietals he loved the most, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.  One will not need their glasses to figure out that is wine is the real McCoy.

Londer VineyardsLonder 2009 Pinot Noir “Ferrington” Anderson Valley 94 Points
Retail 52.00 – GGWC  48.00 (FREE SHIPPING on SIX)
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Winemaker Greg La Follette (formerly Flowers, Tandem and of course his own label La Follette) has been crafting these great wines for years now.  The Ferrington vineyard gained fame via Williams Selyem wines.  The 09 Ferrington bottling showcases an amazing bouquet of bright red stone fruit, hints of minerality and a touch of spice.  On the palate, this full-bodied wine is loaded with black and red berries, touches of spice, and a whiff of minerality.  This wine shows great depth and balance, long and complex finish  with amazing flavors of bright red cherries lingering for a good 20 seconds. 196 cases produced.

Londer 2009 Dry Gewurztraminer “Ferrington” Anderson Valley
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 22.50

This wine showcases a sexy, perfumey nose that leaps out of the glass with aromas of rose petals, lychee, honeysuckle and touches of nuttiness.  On the palate hints of tropical and citrus fruit is intertwined with old-world minerality with a touch of tart Granny Smith apple flavor.  Very-well balanced with bright acidity and an amazing long lasting finish.  This is an ideal wine for the hot spring and summer months.

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