Frank’s Birthday Wine – My own 4 barrels production!

Milange is my own label, so I am of course very partial to the wine.  Milange is named after my two daughters, MIL(ayna) and ANGE(lina).  Our award winning winemaker sourced fruit from two of Napa Valley’s most famous vineyard sites and the resulting wine is amazing. We introduced the 2013 Milange Cabernet at our 10th Anniversary Tasting in New York last week and it was a big hit! We sold almost ½ of our inventory in one evening!Milange 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Frank-Perry Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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The wine was aged for 18 months in high quality French Oak barrels.  Striking aromas of black stone fruit, plums and espresso beans jump out of the glass. The wine is full in body, yet very elegant from start to finish. The 2013 Milange Cabernet offers up gobs of black currant, crème de cassis, chocolate and espresso bean flavors leading into a long complex but silky tannin finish. I suggest decanting this youngster  2 hours prior to imbibing.  I am very positive this wine will cellar nicely for a good 7-9 years. Only 100 cases produced, so this will go fast!

A Must Have Pinot Noir

At our Anniversary tasting last week in New York Masút Pinot Noir turned lots of heads! Masut is the venture of two brothers Ben & Jack Fetzer.  Their father Bobby had purchased the Masút property in 1994 and planted it with two great Pinot Noir clones hoping to make his own wine. Sadly in 2006 Bobby died in a wild water rafting accident.  More determined than ever, the two sons felt that they had to continue their father’s project.  They used the winemaking and vineyard experience they had gained from years working at various properties into their own project “Masút “They had  converted a barn into a winery and the rest as they say is history.

Masút 2013 “Estate” Pinot Noir 
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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The wine offers up bright aromas of dark red fruits, rose petal, black tea and red licorice.  On the palate the medium to full-bodied 2013 Masút offers up great mouth feel that is silky smooth with bright concentrated wild berry, rich strawberry, and savory spices.  Very complex for a youngster, this wine crescendos Masút with a lingering plush finish.

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300 case Napa White Gem

Steve Matthiasson is probably one of the most sought after vineyard managers in the Napa Valley. His current clients include Araujo Estate, Spottswoode, Chappellet, Hall, David Arthur, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and many others.

Steve dreamt of farming his entire life. He became an obsessed gardener and cook while studying philosophy in college. In the early 1990s, while back in grad school studying  horticulture he found a vineyard job working for a small sustainable agriculture consulting firm. In 1999 he co-authored the California manual on sustainable vineyard practices. In 2002 he started consulting on vineyard practices in Napa. He still loves the challenge of solving vineyard problems for others, but since 2003 the primary focus has been on his own family farming and winemaking. Steve is a life-long student of the craft of viticulture. Steve  Matthiasson was named “Winemaker of the Year” in 2014, and that is an honor not given to everyone!  Steve meticulously farms his own vineyard at night and even on Sundays!  One of the nicest guys in the Valley, a quiet “rock star” of sort.  He is not noticed, but the wineries noticed him!

Matthiasson 2013 White Blend Napa Valley 
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
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The 2013 Matthiasson White Blend consists out of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Ribolla Gialla, 15% Semillon & 5% Tocai Friulano. The Sauvignon blanc brings a clean fresh citrusy acidity and some tropical character. The Ribolla gialla brings seashell minerality, nuttiness, and structure to the blend. The Semillon contributes viscosity and waxiness that adds gravity and weight. The Tocai friulano adds spicy aromatic notes. The acidity and fruit expression is balanced by a rich lees character and a faint backdrop of creamy oak. There is interplay in the wine between lightness and richness, and focus and complexity.  Only 300 cases produced!

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99 Point Winemaker’s hot new Cabernet

Mark Herold’s fascination with wine started in his childhood home in Panama City. On his twelfth birthday he “liberated” a bottle of Port from his father’s cellar. Undeterred from the horrendous hangover that followed the next morning, he set about to learn as much as he could about wine. After completing his academic career at the University of Davis with a Ph.D. in Ecology with an emphasis in nutritional biochemistry, he started his first foray into the wine world at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as the Research Enologist. Here Mark was able to bridge the scientific method with winemaking to determine the best approach to making the best expression of wine quality and seamless oak integration.

Merus was a labor of love that Mark started in 1998—a Cult Cabernet Sauvignon that he made in his garage in downtown Napa. His first vintage was extremely challenging weather wise as well as having limited access to equipment. Aside from all the challenges the 1998 Merus still received 93 points from Robert Parker. Most wineries received low 80s for the 98 vintage! Merus “died” after Mark’s divorce, and he started his wine consulting business soon after with a client list that has includes: Hestan, Kamen (96 Points 2012 vintage), Harris, Buccella, Kobalt (96 Points 2012 vintage), Celani, Maze (95 Points 2012 vintage) & Vineyardist (96 Points 2012 vintage).

Mark Herold 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail $100 – GGWC 94.99
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Dramatic, dark and penetrating immediately describe this wine. The color is a deeply saturated blue/black hue. Brooding from the glass is a landscape of layered scents: huge aromas of blackberries, black cherries, currants intermixed with espresso, crème de cassis, wet brick with nuances of dried flowers, black olives, and sage brush. A powerful mouth presence reveals extracted flavors of roasted black fruits showcased within a supple tannin framework is evidence of this wines fine sense of balance. Concentration, resolved fine-toothed tannins, and lingering rich flavors are hallmarks of this wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the 2012 Herold Cabernetover the next 15 to 20 years.

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Surprise Blind Tasting Winner

In a recent blind Syrah tasting the Melville “Estate” surprised many. The lineup included:
  • Beckman Clone #1 (94 Parker)
  • Avennia (96 Parker)
  • Two Hands “Bella” (93+ Parker)
  • Pax “Griffin’s Lair (95 Parker)
  • Herman Story “Nuts & Bolts (95 Parker)
  • Bedrock Alder Springs (95 Parker)
  • Rhys “Horseshoe” (94 Parker)
  • Roar Garys’ (94 Parker)
  • Lucia Garys’ (95 Parker)
  • Melville “Estate”
The winner: MELVILLE! 

Melville 2013 Syrah “Estate” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 38.00 – 35.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Boasting a deep crimson hue, fresh and ripe aromatics of red delicious apples, black cherries and blueberry compote are immediately apparent. In the background, denser notes of salt caramel, beef carpaccio and balsa wood intermingle with high toned components of rose water, orange oil, toasted nori and lavender. The palate impression is tender and polished with a firm presence finishing with significant weight and focus.

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100 Point Winemaker’s next Hot Cabernet

Eric Yuan purchased 116 acres on Atlas Peak next door to Pahlmeyer, Au Sommet, Stagecoach and other great vineyards. Like their neighbors on Pritchard Hill and in Oakville, the vines are planted in the prized red and iron-rich volcanic soils that have become the benchmark for Napa Valley’s finest wines.  Add 100 Point Winemaker Denis Malbec (Kapcsandy, Blankiet, Latour, etc) and Top Viticulturist Steve Matthiasson to the fold and you have another winning team!

Acumen 2010 Cabernet Estate 
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 59.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Deep aromas of violets and lilacs, with flavors of cassis and licorice, spiced with a soupçon of hay, candied orange peels and hint of nutmeg. With a magnificent frame of ripe, mouth-coating tannins, a great level of energy, firm body and textural elegance this terroir specific, very food-friendly, and well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon will reward cellaring and be long-lived. 430 cases produced.

Winemaker Denis Malbec Notes: “In 2010 wines produced from our estate are wines of precision and purity, full of character, well-balanced, reflecting the vintage’s long and cool growing season with moderate temperatures and extended ripening during the fall. 2010 was one of the coolest growing seasons I experienced in Napa, but remembering my years of winemaking at Chateau Latour, our vineyard crews did not excessively de-leaf during the summer, preventing crop damage due to sunburn and dehydration during the heat waves of August and September. As a result, we crafted very expressive and harmonious wines with a high level of refinement and ripe tannins.”

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Thomas Rivers Brown’s Amazing 4 Barrel Chardonnay

Senses is the dream of three childhood friends – Chris, Max and Myles – who reunited after various journeys with the vision to produce small-batch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their family-owned vineyards. Max Thieriot grew up on the “infamous” Thieriot vineyard. Senses produces high quality wines from the West Sonoma Coast in northern California, specifically in their hometown of Occidental. The West, or ‘True’ Sonoma Coast, is known for delicate, nuanced wines that exhibit balance and depth on the palate.  Add winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and do I need to say more….

Senses 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 
Retail $40.00 – GGWC 37.99
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Bright, laser focused and delicious. This wine is our best example of why it’s hard to beat Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Wet stones and lemon curd dominate the nose. The palate is greeted by intense minerality but balanced by vanilla, green apple and butterscotch notes. The wine continues with integrated oak flavors, racy acidity and a lingering finish thanks to barrel fermentation and minimal lees stirring. This a perfect pairing wine.

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2 Acre Vineyard Killer Cabernet

Adler Deutsch Vineyard is located on the edge of the acclaimed Rutherford Bench. This 2.17 acre site was planted in 2004 to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is meticulously farmed by Ace viticulturist Jim Barbour.  Add Star Winemaker Aaron Pott to the mix and you have a tandem-winning winemaking team!

Adler Deutsch 2012 Cabernet “Estate” St. Helena, Napa
Retail 120.00 – GGWC 109.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 4+ or more
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The 2012 Adler Deutsch is a classically-styled Cabernet crafted from estate-grown fruit. A blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2012 offers a dense ruby color, verging on purple. On the nose, the wine reveals fresh, lush red and stone black fruits ~  Bing cherry, black cassis, and blackberry a touch of licorice, violet and whiff of lavender.  These flavors follow through on the lush and full-bodied palate to combine with chocolate, vanilla and espresso.  The mid-palate is juicy and the finish is a blend of lingering dark fruits and espresso wrapped up in supple and seductive tannins. Only 150 cases produced.

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96 Point Chardonnay 300 cases produced, 5 cases allocated!

In the early 1930’s Garret Bowlus’ grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind “Albatross” sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today his family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge rising over 1250 feet. The vines are rooted in a rocky diatomaceous clay loam soil overlooking Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean only seven miles in the distance. They handcraft the wines from soil to bottle with the utmost care and consideration to unearth the unique terroir and reveal the elegance and complexity of the distinct coastal location.

Albatross Ridge 2012 “Estate” Chardonnay, Carmel Valley 
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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OK to mix & match with Albatross Pinot Noir

This might be one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 Spring wine tasting season! This tiny production Chardonnay offers a bright display of stone fruit and white flowers that jump out of the glass on impact.  This full-bodied wine offers up amazing flavors of apple, pear, and a hint of apricot that are framed by lively acidity and minerality that leads to a layered richness that lingers on the finish. 

Pairs well with: Oysters, Foie Gras, wild King Salmon and Smoked King Salmon, Sushi and Sashimi, Steak Tartare and Roasted Chicken.

Also check out the very limited production ALBATROSS RIDGE 2012 PINOT NOIR RESERVE “BOWLUS ESTATE” CARMEL VALLEYOnly 200 cases were produced!

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Black Cordon Vineyards approaches winemaking with the intention of making wine that is intense and complex with a distinct character that faithfully represents where the grapes have been grown. Attention to detail and hands-on attention to every barrel of wine is what it takes to pull this off. With Paul Hobbs as your Winemaker, the wines show the pedigree, character, quality and complexity associated with all of Paul’s projects.

Black Cordon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 84.00 – GGWC 79.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
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The nose at first is subtle and closed, but in the glass it begins to show its hidden layers. The overall impression of high extraction and serious structure carries aromas of deep, black, brooding plum, black cherry, black currant and dried blueberry. The dark nose is accentuated by slightly vanilla-laced cool menthol. Looking deeper you find cedar-tinged accents and a slight fennel earth aroma that melds into dark mocha. Ethereal wisps of lavender and sage are found as the wine begins to open. The first sip gets your attention with its thick, fat, round, generous and dense mouthful of black fruits encapsulated in accents of anise. These flavors then crescendo to a plateau of full, structured, ripe, silty tannins that are wonderfully balanced and packed with layers of spicy black cherry and blackcurrant that have a stimulating interplay with creamy, dark licorice. The acidity and sweet dark chocolate oak nuances that are noticeable in the ever-expanding middle are so beautifully balanced that they almost go unnoticed. The finish is long; very, very long. Velvety plushness that is so expansive, lingering and haunting makes not having any wine in your mouth almost preferable. There is a lot going on here now, and there will be even more showing up every few months… I see this well-endowed wine as a young temptress in a corset, giving glimpses of beauty now, but nothing compared to what will later be revealed.

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