Scarecrow Winemaker’s MUST HAVE 2012 CABERNET

What do you call it when a Hollywood actor/director wants to make wine? Hollywood & Vine!  That is the story of Doug Barr, who starred in series like Designing Women, The Fall Guy, Two on the Town, etc.  He also produced The Wizard, The Hit, Fathom, Temptation, Perfect Cover and many other well received scripts.  The multi-talented Barr’s directorial debut (his original screenplay) was Dead Badge with Olympia Dukakis!  He purchased a home at “2480…Street in Napa, once the home of Maynard Amerine, one of the “creators” of Napa Valley Wines.  As the story goes, Doug found a book Maynard published in the home and before long he wanted to get involved in wine – the rest “Hollywood & Vine 2480” is history.

Winemaker “extaordinaire” Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Corra, Barbour, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Lindstrom, etc.) does not need an intro – she is just as much a star and deserves one too (in the Wine Hall of Fame).

Hollywood & Vine
2012 “2480” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 95.00- GGWC 89.99
Use discount shipping code 2480CS upon check out

This 100% Cabernet combines fruit from top-notch vineyards located in St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Spring Mountain & Mt. Veeder.  The result is an exceedingly complex wine which shows the best attributes of benchland as well as hillsides vineyards. The aromas on this fully ripe Cabernet display chocoalte, black cherry, cola, anise, dusty plums, dried figs and a hint of toasty pecans. Intensely aromatic, the wine displays very ripe, luscious aromas. At entry, the flavor profile echoes the aromas, with ripe fruit and a hint of earth. The texture is full, dense, concentrated and structural, with sweet, juicy fruit notes throughout. The lingering finish tastes of ripe black berries, with deeper notes of caramel and a whiff of vanilla.

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95 Point Must Have Pinot Gem

Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara resident returned to his roots in 1985 by establishing Foxen with long-time friend, Bill Wathen. After working as a banker in the 60 & 70’s he gave up his nine-to-five job and moved his young family to Europe. Over the two years, Dick traveled the back roads where he developed a love of wine.  He returned to Rancho Tinaquaic, which was purchased by his great-great grandfather and Santa Barbara County pioneer Benjamin Foxen in 1837 in the late seventies. At that time Santa Barbara County wine industry was just emerging. With his passion for great wines firmly established, he initially worked to support his family, which included working for the Tepusquet Mesa Vineyard.

Foxen 2013 “Block 8” Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Santa Barbara
Retail $70.00 – GGWC 64.99
Use code BLOCK8 upon checkout

Robert Parker 95 Points: “An incredible, profound Pinot Noir, Foxen’s 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 was completely destemmed and aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep ruby color is followed by sensational notes of sweet cherries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and a touch of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional, with seamless texture, this is California Pinot Noir at its finest. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.”

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Lewis Winemaker’s hot new Napa Cabernet

Mark Grassi grew up in Northern California in Walnut Creek. Fond of wilder places, he moved to Napa Valley in 1980. He was torn between working in the wine industry and in construction, and first chose the latter. All the while, Mark kept taking viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and refining his palate. In 1989, Mark launched Grassi & Associates, builders of custom homes, wineries and estates in Napa and Sonoma Valley. In 1999, he acquired 14 fertile acres in one of Napa’s finest winegrowing areas. That vision became reality with Grassi Wine Company, founded in 2001. Winemaker is ace Robbie Meyer (Peter Michael, Lewis, Jericho Canyon, etc.)

Grassi 2012 Cabernet “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 78.00 – GGWC 69.99
Use code GRASSI12 upon checkout

This youngster offers up gobs of licorice, blueberry and blackberries on the nose.  The wine is well-balanced and not overly concentrated. Very elegant with a medium to full  palate laced with gorgeous red and black fruit intertwined with spring flowers, licorice and a whiff of spice.  The wine finishes long with silky grainy tannins. I’d decant for a good hour.  Enjoyment for 10 years!

Robert Parker 93 Points: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from a vineyard on Soda Canyon Road. Made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon blended with tiny percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine exhibits an opaque purple color, sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, underbrush, loamy soil, licorice, tobacco leaf and spice box notes, and a complex, dense, medium to full-bodied personality. Consume it over the next 12-15 years.

Anthony Galloni 93 Points: “Dark blue and purplish fruit, spices, cloves, menthol and cedar are some of the many notes that flesh out as Grassi’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignonshows off its open, engaging personality. This is a gorgeous, supple 2012 built on fruit, texture and exuberance, all of which make it an excellence choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Best of all, Grassi’s 2012 is a terrific value in artisan, hand-made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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96-100 Point Rated Carter Cellar SPECIAL OFFER

Carter Cellars grew out of a small bed & breakfast, turned high-end hotel/restaurant with an award winning wine list. Mark Carter started hosting winemaker dinners and in 1998 he created “Carter Cellars” and the rest as they say is history.  The first vintages were made by the FIRST 100 point winemaker in Napa, Nils Venge.  Today Mike Smith, who started his winemaking journey under the tutelage of Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001 has been crafting these amazing wines for years now and has brought Carter to new heights. The Carter 2013 Cabernetsmight be the first winery to wind up with 100 point ratings, and I don’t take this lightly.  Robert Parker gave the 2012 vintage 95-100 points ratings – after I tasted the 2013s next to the 2012s, I’d give the 2013 101 points!

We are offering this wine in mixed 4 & 6 & 8 packs with FREE SHIPPING

The mixed 2013 Carter Cellars 8-pack consists of:
1 bottle each of To Kalon 3 Kings, To Kalon Grand Daddy, To Kalon The O.G , Fortuna and 2 bottles each of Coliseum Block & Weitz.
PRICE = $1125.00, includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING (within the US lower 48. HI & AK will receive reduced air freight rates).
For FREE SHIPPING on the 8 Pack, use CARTER8 upon checkout

The mixed 2013 Carter Cellars 6-pack consists of:
1 bottle each of To Kalon Grand Daddy, To Kalon The O.G, Coliseum Block,  Fortuna and 2 bottles each Weitz.
PRICE = $840.00, includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING (within the US lower 48. HI & AK will receive reduced air freight rates).
For FREE SHIPPING on the 6 Pack, use CARTER6 upon checkout

The mixed 2013 Carter Cellars 4-pack consists of:
1 bottle each of To Kalon Grand Daddy, To Kalon The O.G, Coliseum Block and Weitz.
PRICE = $585.00, includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING (within the US lower 48. HI & AK will receive reduced air freight rates).
For FREE SHIPPING on the 4 Pack, use CARTER4 upon checkout

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Remarkable Chardonnay 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 2013 Chardonnay “Sun Chase” Sonoma Coast 
Retail 72.00 – GGWC 67.99
Use code PEL13CHD upon checkout

Grown at an elelevation of 900-1400 feet, so well above the fog line, this wine is crystal clear with lemon yellow hues. Expressive aromas overflow the glass with pears, pineapple and apple blossom. On the palate this wine displays a silky texture that glides across the mouth seamlessly intertwining flavors of pineapple, honeydew melon and early season nectarines with more savory notes of Gravenstein apples and cut hay. There is a creamy almost almond like note underlying the high fruit flavors, providing depth and complexity on the finish. Only 185 cases produced.

Make sure to check out their equally stunning Pellet 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley

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4 Barrel Napa Cab Gem

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 contiguous vineyard sites and the resulting wine is flat out amazing. We introduced the 2013 Milange Cabernet at our 10th Anniversary Tasting in New York, and it was a big hit! We sold almost ½ of our inventory in one evening!

Milange 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more bottles
Use code MILANGE upon checkout

The 2013 Milange Cabernet was aged for 18 months in high quality French Oak barrels.  Offering 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 hurry, as this will move very fast!

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97 case Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Sensation!

Only 97 cases (4 barrels) of this “Original Chardonnay” were produced by ace winemaker Paul Hobbs.  This old Wente Clone, grown in Goldridge clay-sandy soil yields only a few tons per acre, but the fruit is remiscent of a Grand-Cru White Burgundy.  Harry Walker planted his first grapes on this estate in 1968 and named itWalker Station after a little town in Kentucky where he grew up.

Walker Station 2013 Chardonnay “Original” Sonoma Coast 
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
FREE SHIPPING ON 6+, Use code WALKER upon check out
OK to mix and match with other Walker Station wines

Sourced from Harry Walker’s “Walker Station” estate this wine offers up amazing aromatics and flavors.  Lively aromas of lemon custard, quince, citrus blossom and peaches jump out of the glass.  The wine is very complex, yet extremely elegant.  Full in body with subtle richness and the right touch of acidity. The wine finishes long with a slight nuttiness.  I’d say enjoy this youngster between 2015-2022.

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