Crowd pleasing under 40.00 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet.  A small production winery in the Napa Valley.  Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here.  I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!”  The owners are third generation winery owners and winemakers so expertise is key here.

Petit Batard 2008 Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 – Free Shipping on SIX or more
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On the nose you are greeted by gorgeous aromas of black currant, anise and chocolate.  This medium to full bodied Proprietary Red blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 1% Malbec taste a lot more expensive than its price tag!  The wine is rich body and juicy in flavor, with the right balance of fruit and acid on the mid-palate.  The wine is supple and silky and easy to drink now with a good 10 years of cellar potential left.

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Pisoni’s incredible UNDER $40.00 PINOT

Fort Ross is the western most vineyard in Californias’ Sonoma Coast appellation.  This all-estate grown property has been on fire ever since Ace Winemaker Jeff Pisoni took over the winemaking reins in 2008.  The vines are now 15+ years old, so the maturity is paying of dividend for this great property.

Fort Ross 2009 “Fort Ross Vineyard”
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 38.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2009 Fort Ross “FRV” Pinot Noir is a combination of Dijon Clones 115 & 777 with Pommard, Swan & Calera, so a nice mix of esteemed clonal selections.  The wine offers a near opaque image.  It is concentrated (Pommard clone does this) with generous aromas of black currants and boysenberry and a whiff of barnyard on the nose. The wine is rich and full in body with opulent layers of black stone fruit that are keenly balanced by savory notes and a touch of minerality and acidity that continue to evolve through the long lingering finish. This gorgeous wine might be one of the best under $40.00 Pinot Noirs I tasted this year.

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Burgundy in California!

Hyde Vineyard is synonymous with some of the most sought after fruit in California.  Every great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer begs them for it year after year.  If this vineyard would be in France it would carry the tag “Premiere Cru” for sure!  I am very excited to offer the Premiere Release of their Chardonnay, while this is the third Pinot Noir release.

Hyde 2012 Chardonnay “Estate”
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99

OK to mix and match with Pinot Noir
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The Premiere Release of the Hyde Chardonnay is immediately one of the ages!  The aromatics are amazing, they explode right out of the glass – white peaches, apricots, orange blossom and honeysuckle are nicely intertwined.  The wine is full, yet elegant in body.  Tons of flavors and the right touch of acidity make for a perfect wine.  Very impressive for a youngster, offering up a slight oily mid-palate that leads into a long-lasting finish that does not seem to end.

Hyde 2011 Pinot Noir “Estate”
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99
OK to mix and match with Chardonnay
Use discount shipping code HYDE during check out

2011 was the year of the winemaker, and I can tell you that our friends at Hyde managed to produce an amazing wine considering that the cliamte was not on their side.  The wine has great aromatics and texture.  A gorgeous perfumed nose with hints of lavender, flowers and red cherries jumping out of the glass.  The wine is full in body, with good structure and balance.  On the nicely structured palate you’ll encounter red fruit with hints of licorice and a touch of minerality.  The finish is long with silky tannins.

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Small Chardonnay producer beats big boys in blind tasting

In one of our last blind tastings of the year, we lined up some amazing Chardonnays.

  • Talley “Rosemary” (96 Parker)
  • Flowers “Moon” (94 WS)
  • Peter Michael “Point Rouge” (94 Parker)
  • Tor (94 WS)
  • Kistler “Vine Hill” (93 Parker)
  • Auteur “Durrell” (93 AG)
  • Littorai “Mays Canyon” (95 WS)
  • Mount Eden (94 WS)
  • Kosta Browne (93 WS)
  • Paul Hobbs “Agustina” (93 AG)
  • Caraccioli “Sleepy Hollow”

The winner: Caraccioli

Our group of 15 gave Caraccioli 7 First and 5 Second place votes, placing it ahead of Talley (5 First, 4 Second) and Peter Michael (3 First and 5 Second place votes).

Caraccioli 2009 Chardonnay “Sleepy Hollow” Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 31.99
Use discount shipping code CARAC during check out

This wine offers bold aromas and flavors. On the nose you are greeted by honeydew, citrus and Anjou pear aromas.  On the palate, this full-bodied, clean Chardonnay entices you with lush flavors of apples and pears and a touch of mineral notes.  The wine is full in body and well-balanced with the right touch of acidity intertwined with stunning fruit.  The finish is long and clean.  Small production.

This winery also produces a very nice Champagne (I know, Sparkling wine).

Caraccioli Brut Cuvee
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 49.99
FREE SHIPPING on SIX (Can mix and match with Chardonnay)
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An awesome sparkling wine, the Caraccioli Brut Cuvee is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir and offers a smooth yeasty nose and fruity aroma and bouquet of pears and apricots.  The wine is rich and fleshy with toasty notes and a touch of minerality.  Well-balanced sparkling that is complex, yet elegant and sophisticated!

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Stunning Cab Franc from Napa under $40.00

John Skupny gained tons of experience at wineries around the world before landing the National Sales Manager position at Francis Ford Copolla’s Rubicon winery.  It was during that time his love for Cabernet Franc came more to the forefront and eventually came to fruition when he located an amazing vineyard on ideal rocky soils on a beautiful hillside slope in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley. The new world climate combined with this old world Loire Clone “214” provides the basis for a unique and immensely gratifying presentation of the Cabernet Franc grape. Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ expresses the highest achievement in creating a wine made exclusively from Cabernet Franc that represents the only known bottling of this unique clone in California to date.

Lang & Reed 2011 TWO-FOURTEEN Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99 – Free Shipping on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code LR11CF214 during check out

This 2011 ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley is the fourth vintage of this wine produced by Lang & Reed. It displays a saturated deep red color with violet highlights that lead into aromas of cherry, rose petal, sandalwood and fresh herbs. The first of two cool vintages in a row the 2011 shows a heady aroma of red currant, anise and red cherry. The flavors are full and rich with a delicate balance of fruit & tannin, allowing for a rich balanced wine to enjoy right now yet with enough structure to gain complexity with proper cellar ageing.

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