Chardonnay of the Month

Silverpoint is a precise and meticulous method of drawing that reached its peak during the Renaissance. Pre-dating the use of graphite, silverpoint was used by old masters such as Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. These and other Renaissance artists used silverpoint for underdrawings of their paintings and for separate studies on paper. Using silverpoint, tonal differences are built up very slowly. The characteristics of silverpoint include subtlety of tone, delicacy of line and a sensuous surface. The silverpoint drawing technique captures the essence of the wines we want to produce.  That said, the emphasis on this wine is elegance, flavor and perfection.

Silver Point 2012 “Estate” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Retail $50.00 – GGWC 46.99
Use code SPCHD12 upon checkout

Only 6 barrels of this little gem were created. Sourced from one single vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, this wine offers up gorgeous aromas of poached pear and a touch of honey and citrus.  On the palate, this medium to full bodied gem showcases beautiful and well-balanced fruit, density and luscious body laced with the right touch of acidity.  Although opulent, this wine is silky and extremely elegant. The wine finishes long and complex. 152 cases produced!

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94 Point Rhone Blend STUNNER

The 2013 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth is a blend of 79% Syrah, 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre sourced from some of the most amazing Paso Robles vineyards.  The 2013 vintage offers up gorgeous aromas.  On the palate this muscular, yet extremely elegant GSM offers up gobs of sweet fruit on the front end.  Luscious flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, anise, mint and of whiff of sweet tobacco.  The wine has a silky texture and an elevated mouth feel with fine grained tannins and a touch of cured meats at the long finish.

McPrice Myers 2013 Beautiful Earth, Paso Robles
Retail $46.00 – GGWC 42.99
Use code MCPBE13 upon checkout

Robert Parker 94 Points: “Another great McPriceMyers, the Beautiful Earth (79% Syrah, 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre) has an inky purple color that-s followed by ample blackberry, blueberry, pepper, earth, mineral and hints of violets. This full-bodied, layered and seamless effort has awesome intensity and richness, notable purity of fruit and a big finish that stays focused and clean. Aged 16 months in 50% new French, give it a year and drink through 2024.”

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Legendary Vineyard Cabernet by 100 point winemaker

Henry Pellet was one of the “engineers” of the Napa Valley. Planting one of the first vineyards in the 1850’s  He was hired in 1959 to make wine from his grapes by John Patchett, one year after Charles Krug started, becoming the second commercial winemaker in Napa!  The vineyard is situated next to the famous Dr. Crane and To-Kalon.  The label depicts the dawn of the age of electrification, the era when pioneer winemaker Henry Alphonse Pellet illuminated the path towards modern winemaking methodology and with it, high quality and age-worthy wines. This vineyard site has been producing grapes for over 150 years, essentially since the beginning of winemaking in Napa Valley.

Pellet 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more bottles
Use discount code PELLET upon checkout

Made by Nils Venge, Napa’s FIRST EVER 100 point winemaker, this 370 case production will wow you from start to finish!  The 2012 bottling is a blend of 91 Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from the historic Pellet Vineyard. The wine offers up a ruby dark color with astounding aromas of crème de cassis, chocolate and wild flowers. The wine is full in body, yet extremely elegant and gorgeously tailored. Lush, multi-dimensional and exciting wine! Black stone fruit, touches of dark chocolate and anise run across the broad palate. The wine finishes long with gorgeous integrated silky tannins.


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MUST HAVE 252 case Napa Cab , 94 Points

Situated mid-slope on Diamond Mountain, this 2.3 acre vineyard is a real gem-in-the-rough.  At more than ½ the price of its esteemed neighbor “Diamond Creek”, this wine will blow your mind and not your wallet.  In a recent “Mountain Cabernet” tasting, Dyer stood its own against some big-boys (and girls).Remember, only 252 cases of this 2012 Cabernet (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) were produced! The 2012 Dyer received 94 Points Anthony Galloni!

Dyer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate 
Diamond Mountain Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
Use code DYER12 upon checkout
The 2012 showcases an amazing color and aroma!  Intense aromas of huckleberry and cassis with a touch of cocoa dust and a whiff of spice jump out of the glass.  On the palate, this harmoniously made 2012 Cabernet is lush and full in body and shows an amazing balance of great fruit and acid.  Coated with powerful layers of black stone fruit, chocolate, spice and a touch of toasty vanilla.  This full-bodied wine finishes with silky and supple tannins.  This is a wine that will drink and cellar well for 15+ years!

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more fascinating, nuanced wine of the vintage. Graphite, herbs, tobacco, cedar and incense are some of the many notes that add dimension in a firm, dark Cabernet Sauvignon full of complexity. The firm tannins need time to soften, but there is a lot to look forward to. Hints of iron, cedar and red stone fruits linger on the close.”

Astounding Summer Wine

When your uncle is Chuck Wagner (Caymus), you are expected to make wine – period. Derek and his brother Kurt Beitler did just that. They each created their own wineries and are making the wine at the Caymus facility. Both have day jobs managing the Caymus (and other) vineyards.  Bodega Rancho produces two Syrahs and one Viognier.

Bodega Rancho 2013 Viognier, Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99
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This wine was fermented in cement tanks and stainless steel to preserve its clean fresh character and exotic aromas of peach, lily, citrus and ripe pear. The wine offers up flavors of white peach, citrus all packed in a medium body. The crisp acidity and bright finish lend well to pairing with a diversity of foods, from light pastas and seafood to spicy cuisine. Drink this dry white wine young and well chilled. Alcohol 13.6%

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WINE ALERT Paul Hobbs’ under $40 Chardonnay

16×20 Chardonnay is just another wine venture that will add more accolades to Paul’s ever growing portfolio.   Sourced from two very small vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, this limited production bottling will wow you but on the palate as well as wallet!

16 x 20 Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma Coast
Retail 43.00 – GGWC 39.99
Use code 16x20CHD upon checkout

The nose on the surface hints at green apples with a whiff of pineapple. With a little time in the glass, the spicy floral bouquet shows up carrying tingly lemon and tangerine aromas, supported by a core of peaches and cream. The allure of this cool climateChardonnay shows layered and subtle flavors revealing themselves with a little time and a little attention. Pure, clean, refreshing…and now I’m getting a soft and subtle sensation of fluffy lemon cream. Taking a sip, the first impression is of bright green apples, followed by hints of citrus peel, citrus deserts and a touch of tangerine. It’s compelling that the flavors are so bright and refreshing, light and delicate, yet the feel has substantial volume. Nuances come and go in the long, mouth-coating finish.

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