California producer (97 Points) beats 49 out of 50 Top Malbecs

In a blind tasting of Malbecs from Argentina, Chile, France and California, our localSaracina winery came in second in a pack of 50! Not bad for our small producer!  Saracina is made by consulting winemaker David Ramey from single vineyards on their Mendocino Estate.

These wines received FIVE STARS from the panel

(98) Altamira Navigato Grand Reserve Malbec 2008 (Argentina $52)
(97) Saracina Malbec 2011  (California $29.99)
(96) Susana Balbo Malbec 2012 (Argentina $37)
(95) Lionel Osmin Cahors 2011. ($25)
(95) Chateau Nozieres Ambroise de l’Her Cahors 2010 (France $25)
(95) Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard-Agrelo 2011 (Argentina $23)
(94) Achavel Ferrer Finca Bella Vista 2010 (Argentina $100)
(93) Altamira de los Andes, Reserve Malbec 2009 (Argentina $45)
(92) Salentein Numina 2012 (Argentina $43)

Saracina 2011 Malbec “Skid Row” Estate Mendocino
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12+
use code SARMAL upon checkout

Black garnet colored, the nose on this wine reveals notes of blueberry, plum, tobacco and tamari. The palate is layered and sappy, with moderate, supple tannins. The wine finishes elegantly, a deep, well balanced Malbec crafted for immediate enjoyment but structured enough to ensure mid-term ageability. Some call Malbec the “new Merlot,” and the elegant and soft, sunny California-style Skid Row Malbec fits the bill.

Also check out these other great wines from Saracina winery:


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Cabernet of the Month

Louis XIV, The Sun King, appointed D’Artagnan, our Gascon home boy, as the Captain of the Musketeers. The Sun King was known for his flamboyant style and exquisite taste. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines for are sustainably farmed and are located in the highly acclaimed Mount Veeder appellation at 2,000 feet elevation.

Rousseau 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Roi Soleil. Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99  FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code ROUS upon check out
Can mix & match with Rousseau 2012 Chardonnay Milady

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Roi Soleil is a classic and distinctive representation of Mountain grown Napa Valley Cabernet and of the excellent 2012 vintage. It shows a lush mouthfeel with bold tannic structure and a great balance between richness and age ability characters. High mountain fruit brings deep and dense black fruit and foresty notes. The sweet, refined roasted French oak adds layers and complexity to the mouth feel. Very long finish and great aging potential. Drink now (decant 1-2 hours) through 2030. Production: 224 cases

What makes Mount Veeder such as special place to make distinctive wines? Called “the smallest and most unique appellation in the Napa Valley” by the Wine Spectator Magazine, Mount Veeder features some of the steepest and most remote vineyards in all of California. The appellation volcanic soils and 1500 feet plus elevation mountain climate create the perfect conditions with longer sun exposure (but lower temperatures than the Valley floor), later ripening grapes that are deeply and intensely flavored.


Rousseau 2012 Chardonay “Milady” Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99  FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code ROUS upon check out
Can mix & match with Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Roi Soleil

In Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan fell for the beautiful and mysterious Milady. This French style inspired Chardonnay is Yannick Rousseau’s Lady – “Milady” – Susanna’s favorite aphrodisiac! It comes from the highly acclaimed, 1800 foot elevation Godspeed Vineyards.

The Milady 2012 is a beautiful and hedonistic expression of Mount Veeder Chardonnay. It reveals a charming, and complex nose with subtle aromas of honey suckle, quince jam, hazelnut, lychee and crème brûlée. On the palate, it offers finesse and balanced acidity. The wine is textured and creamy from its aging on lees. Milady 2012 is a harmonious beauty that represents the quintessence of Mount Veeder fruit combined with Yannick’s Burgundian approach to Chardonnay winemaking.

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2012 Napa Cab Franc 30% OFF!

Founder and managing partner, Jody Harris started this career in commercial contracting, but his first love was wine – which he developed growing up and visiting his grandparents’ weekend retreat in the Napa Valley.  He eventually planted 10 acres of vines and after meeting Julien Fayard (Winemaker at Azur and Atelier Philippe Melka) they decided to craft some great wines together.  

Cultivar 2012 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley Retail $50.00 – $29.99  FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more Use code CULT12CF upon checkout

The Cabernet Franc comes from a small parcel in the Oak Knoll appellation in southern Napa, having characteristics typical of wines from The Loire Valley and Bordeaux, France. The 2012 vintage is deep red in color with brightness on the palate. The nose is full of black cherry fruit, violets and roses, with hints of tobacco and pepper. Sweet black cherry fruit flavors are complemented by notes of plum and blueberries, followed by hints of vanilla and Asian spices. This medium-bodied wine is rich yet well-balanced, with a long finish that will keep you coming back for more! It’s the perfect accompaniment for roasted game or rich, Asian-inspired dishes. Drink now through the next 5 years. 182 cases produced.2012 Napa Cab Franc 30% OFF

Zin-Tastic 2012 Release

Vince grew up in an Italian family – LOTS of food and WINE!  His grandfather introduced him at a very young age to wine (he would pour a little vino in his water), and that led to an early introduction, and later education as winemaker crafting great wines and tending to this amazing vineyard.  The historical vineyard stands as one of the last examples of pre-World War II grape growing. The methods Vince still uses were once prevalent throughout the valley; no irrigation (not even a drip line to be seen, with an organic philosophy – he never jumped on the ‘bandwagon’ of post-war pesticides).

Tofanelli 2012 “Estate” Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99  FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code TOF12ZIN upon checkout
OK to mix and match with 2012 Grenache

The 85 year old vines (planted 1929) are still producing amazing fruit and Vince knows best!  The 2012 vintage is a big, bold dense Zinfandel that is oozing with lush black currant, black berry, anise and a hint of toasty vanilla. The Tofanelli 2012 Zin offers  intense, opulent black stone fruit and licorice aromatics that jump out of the glass and lead into a full body flavor pool of black currants, berries and subtle black pepper spice.  Well-rounded and amazingly crafted.

Also check out the amazing TOFANELLI 2012 GRENACHE “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY

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Blind Tasting Pinot Winner!

Our first blind tasting of the year had to start on a mellow note, so we decided on Pinot Noir.  We lined up some great wines and the result was interesting

The line-up included:

  • Etude
  • AP Vin (Rosella)
  • The Hilt
  • Siduri (Sebastiano)
  • Pisoni
  • Kosta Browne (Gap’s Crown)
  • Kanzler
  • Talley Rosemary
  • Patz & Hall (Gap’s Crown)
  • Paul Lato (Pisoni)
  • Ancillary

Ancillary received 5 first, 3 second and 2 third place votes, Paul Lato (Pisoni) 3 first, 3 second and 2 third place votes, Pisoni (Estate) 2 first, 4 second and 2 third place votes.

Ancillary 2013 Pinot Noir
Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99, FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code ANCIL13PN upon check out

The famed Sangiacomo Robert’s Road vineyard is located on the Sonoma valley floor directly below Gap’s Crown and Sun Chase vineyards.  This special terroir bridges the gap between uplifted riverbed vineyards to the east and more coastal vineyard sites to the west. Two clones comprise this wine, ¾ Dijon 115 and ¼ classic French Pommard which comingle to create a wine of great complexity and grace. Ripe strawberry notes combine with a sappy dark fruit profile & a nicely integrated acidity reflect the perfect balance of this pinot noir. You will love this wine for its supple, silky & refined mid palate which leads into a powerful and lingering finish. Drink this wine early to enjoy its youthful appeal or cellar it 3-4 years to bring out its inner regal core.

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Classic 2012 “96 Point Rated” Napa Cabernet

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 best known for his success at Peter Michael Newton, Staglin, Carte Blanche, Linked, 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 2012 “Benedictions” Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 155.00 – GGWC 149.99 FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more.
Use code CAB12BEN upon checkout.

Sourced from Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper, Morlet selected a few special rows of this 100% Cabernet to craft this 96 Point rated wine. Intense and talkative with a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, cedarwood, spring flowers and a hint of white chocolate on the nose. On the palate this wine is rich and full bodied with perfectly balanced, soft tannins. Red, blue and black fruit flavors along with cassis, Quesch plum, and cedar linger long into the finish.

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from clone 4 on rootstock 3309, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Benedictions tastes like a young Pontet Canet. Its dense purple color is followed by a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, cedarwood, spring flowers and a hint of white chocolate. Full-bodied with stunning fruit intensity and purity as well as a long finish, this was all accessed from the Missouri Hopper vineyard owned by the Beckstoffer Family. Like most 2012s, this wine will be drinkable young, but it has the depth and balance to age for 20 years.”

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4 Barrel Gem

The Hendry family has been farming the same vineyard in Napa since 1939. The lessons learned in more than 70 harvests provide them with a level of knowledge and a connection to the land that is rare in Napa. The Hendry Ranch is composed of 114 acres of vineyard situated in the hills north west of Napa. This latitude in the valley experiences substantial marine influence, and allows them to grow 10 different varietals, each carefully distributed among our 47 vineyard blocks. All Hendry wines are made from estate grown grapes. The 2011 vintage was the 20th vintage of the Hendry label.  The Hendry’s sell 90% of their grapes to other wineries and make small batch wines themselves.

Hendry 2012 Estate Merlot, Napa Valley
Retail 41.00 – GGWC 38.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use code HEN12M upon checkout

Block 13 was replanted in the early 90’s to a high-end Merlot clone.  The wine offers an  inky, dense, black cherry color.  It explodes out of the glass with chocolate, cocoa, spice and black cherry aromas.  The palate is “Cabernet full” with deep, broad black berry fruit with accents of cocoa, and a dark chocolate “edge”.  Plenty of structure for a Merlot which is very well-balanced and full in body with a long, complex finish.  Only 99 cases produced!

Can mix & match with Hendry Zin and Cabernet for FREE SHIPPING*


Sin-Qua-Non at a discount

Sanguis winery is not a knock-off or copycat of Sine-Qua-Non, but I would say that their quality and zest are in the same realm.  One more positive note, these wines are less expensive and I can offer you some quantity!  Mattias has been crafting his wines for years in a similar fashion and has created a real following among the wine aficionados! This is his third Loner release and I am very excited about both his new wines, the Loner 2012 Chardonnay (3 barrels or 75 cases) and 2012 Pinot Noir r12b (5 barrels or 120 cases produced). Only 3 cases each were allocated to me!

Loner  by Sanguis 2012 Pinot Noir r12b
Retail 78.00 – GGWC 74.99 (MAX 6 per person)
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more, use code LONER12 upon check out
(can mix and match with Loner Chardonnay)

Crafted from the great John Sebastiano vineyard (Paul Lato, etc.) The wine is equal parts animal and purity of fruit, there is a nervy quality to this one and the freshness of a crisp ocean breeze.  In coming years, more elegance will take the place of current spry youthfulness (read: give it some time, I love it now but will love it more later).  Vibrant red currant and dark blueberry aromas and flavors are joined with a touch a real Burgundian (Pommard) like flavors and qualities.  The wine is full, yet extremely well-balanced with the right amounts of fruit and acid intertwined.   This is a Pinot that screams for food – Lamb, beef, hearty stew.  Only 5 barrels produced! 

Loner by Sanguis 2012 Chardonnay W12b
Retail 63.00 – GGWC 59.99 (MAX 6 per person)
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more, use code LONER12 upon check out
(can mix and match with Loner Cabernet)

Sourced from an amazing block on the Bien Nacido ranch, this is a wine that will rival the best from California and Burgundy!  Amazing aromatics jump out of the glass on impact – aromas of “secret-recipe-apricot-glaze” that Parisian pastry shops put on delicious butter pastries are complicated by grapefruit zest, smoky black and Oolong tea steeped at the right temperature, and bright white stone fruit.  The wine is full and lush, yet extremely elegant on the mid-palate with the right touch of acid kissing the amazing fruit.  This is a very intense and complex wine, that could use a good 60 minute breathing time and yes, even decanting would not hurt this puppy. Only 3 barrels produced!!

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