Take Note $45.00 Napa Cab from “First Growth Vineyard”

Alondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by my longtime friends John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco.

During his tenure at Boulevard, John has traveled extensively throughout the world’s wine regions studying wine production and is also a professional wine judge and consultant. John and I were co-judges at many SF International Wine Competitions.

Robert has been a wine consultant for several Bay Area restaurants. He has also worked hands-on in production at several small wineries including Nalle, Scherrer and Sean Thackrey. For the past 15 years he has been a sommelier at Greens in San Francisco, Willowside Café in Sonoma and Boulevard Restaurant.

The Napa vineyard source is secret, but I can tell you that its owner was very successful in the NFL…

Alondra 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 44.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code ALONDRA12 upon checkout

The 2012 Alondra Cabernet will please both palate as well as your wallet!  The wine is opaque in the glass. Definitely a fruit driven wine, but the aromatic complexities of the varietal really shine. Dark berry fruits of cassis and plum are enhanced by the secondary notes of black olive, cedar, tobacco and rich earth. The palate is dense and polished, while still refined with the fine grained tannins wrapped in a seamless balance of fruit and earth. The palate staining finish leaves the impression of textured fruit, barrel spice and ripe tannin in complete harmony.

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A 95 Point rated “Kistler” at half the price

The Durrell vineyard could easily carry the “Premier Cru” tag if it was located in Burgundy!  It has been the source of success for many wineries alike.  Kistler, DuMol, etc.  The “Ranch House Block” of the Durrell Vineyard is the “top notch” site of this estate! With winemaker Kenneth Juhasz (Auteur) at the helm, one cannot go wrong and expect only the best-of-the best, and the 2012 is just that, an amazing wine!  Ellie Phipps Price purchased the Durrell vineyard in 1998 from founder Ed Durrell, who had purchased the ranch in 1977 with the intend of turning into a cattle ranch, but decided to plant grapes instead, or we would have never experienced great grapes from this stunning vineyard! Instead we might have seen “Durrell Beef” in the stores instead J!

Dunstan 2012 Chardonnay “Durrell” Sonoma Coast
Retail 49.00- GGWC 46.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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Amazing color and aroma!  The nose offers up a bouquet with plentiful bright tropical fruit, fresh flowers, and hints of mango and peach.  A very subtle touch of toasty vanilla lingers throughout but is not overpowering at all!  On the palate this wine offers up gobs of stunning fruit flavors, laced with a touch of hazelnut.  The wines is rich and full-bodied, yet extremely delicate and elegant from start to finish. This is amazing quality and value in a bottle and truly a very good Cal-Burgundy example.  Very small production!

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Philippe Melka’s 96 Point Cab-vaganza

When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from some years ago?) into a top notch Cabernet producer.  Gandona (humble man in Portuguese) is rooted in tradition and a passion for transforming land into something extraordinary. It’s born from an estate that rests upon a sloping hillside high above the beauty of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey – its vineyards, carved from the steep terrain and planted in four blocks, each possess their own distinct personality.

The site of Gandona Estate had its beginnings (just) a few years earlier, when in 1862 Daniel K. Dille homesteaded the property, located just downhill from Pritchard’s future home. California had just experienced the silver rush and Napa County had recently been formed. Here, Dille worked as a laborer and maintained the land. The property sold several times throughout the years until the Bob Long family purchased it in 1966 and planted the site’s first vineyard. In 1977, they entered the wine business in earnest and founded a small winery called Long Vineyards.  Sandi Belcher (Arns) produced great Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a late harvest Johannesburg Riesling from the estate.

Gandona 2012 “Encosta” Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 98.00 – GGWC 94.99
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Encosta (“slope”) Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides of Gandona Estate and its terra cotta-colored, volcanic soil.  The 2012 vintage is a wine celebrating the very soul of hillside fruit capturing the essence of the vine’s interaction with earth and sun. It opens with aromas of bright red cherry and cranberry with underlying notes of cassis and tobacco.  On the palate, the wine shows a juicy, full mouth feel reminiscent of fresh black and ripe cherries. Rounding out the mid-palate are finely grained, sweet mountain tannins that reveal a beautiful marriage between them and well integrated oak.  The lingering finish is laced with nuances of rich cocoa powder and supported by a strong acid backbone demonstrating a wine worthy of aging.

Robert Parker 94-96 Points: “The finest wine to date appears to be the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill, a sensational example of Pritchard Hill Cabernet. Its opaque purple color is followed by notes of pen ink, camphor, charcoal, blackberries and black currants. Dense, rich and built like a skyscraper with a terrific mouthfeel and purity as well as a full-bodied, moderately tannic, exuberant and convincing finish, it should age effortlessly for 20-30 years”

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Remarkable 53 case production Pinot Noir

Another limited production release crafted by Paul Hobbs for Harry Walker’s Walker Station winery.

Only 2 barrels of this limited produced wine will see the light of day!  Sourced from the stunning Walker Station Ranch, this limited produced wine is a commemoration to Harry Walker’s Grandmother Bertha J. who played an integral role in Harry’s life.  A little more refined compared to the Leslie bottling, this limited produced 53 case bottling will sell out in no time.

Walker Station 2012 Pinot Noir “Bertha J”
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code WS12PNBJ upon checkout
OK to mix with other Walker Station wines

Gorgeous ruby-red color and stunning aromas of boysenberries, chocolate and a touch of minearlity jump out of the glass on impact.  This single-vineyard (special block within the Walker Station Estate) offers up bold and complex, yet very refined flavors and amazing complexity and concentration.  The wine is loaded with flavors of bright red cherries, boysenberries, plum, rose petals and a whiff of very pleasant earthiness. Vibrancy dictates this wine from its first sip. The wine finishes long with silky tannins.  Only 53 cases produced, so this will go very fast!

Also check out these outstanding & very limited produced Walker Station wines

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2012 Barrel “Head Turner”

Chris and Julianna (Jules) grew up in winemaking families in the Napa Valley. Chris made wine with his family for 24 years and decided that it was time to go out in the world and be his own boss. Jules started out at Mondavi and Opus One and moved on to William Selyem and Hourglass as well as managing some of the most prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. The Barrelhead label represents single varietal and single vineyards blocks that Chris and Jules thought would best represent their view of the valley and the expression of the terroir. The lots are very small and usually out in a few days.

Barrelhead 2012 Cabernet Franc, “Knollwood Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 45.99
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This 4 barrel production (96 cases) is a stunner right out of the starting blocks. The 2012 Barrelhead Cab Franc is laced with sweet spiciness, fresh flowers and jammy red stone fruit. This is an amazingly vibrant young wine that will please many palates alike. Multi-layered wine that expresses its through Cab Franc character and the fact that it benefited from a long growing season does not show any of the green flavors that sometimes accompany this varietal. The wine is full in body will layer upon layer of meticulously crafted fruit that is not overbearing and in-sync with well-integrated silky tannins. This is a wine that would surprise even our French counterparts! Hurry as there is a not a lot to go around!

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