95 Points – 175 case Grenache Surprise

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the Rock & Roll scene.  Life took a different turn, as he had to make a living and  he eventually stumbled onto the L.A. food scene.  He worked as a waiter, and in time met Manfred Krankl, of La Brea Bakery fame, which whom he’d partner and work for several years.  Krankl, created the infamous Sine Qua Non label and that inspired Matthias to go a similar route and the rest is history.  Sanguis is not a quaffing wine, but complex and sophisticated

Sanguis 2012 Grenache “Verve” Santa Barbara
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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Winery Notes:  “Here’s what the dictionary says this about “Verve“: noun: enthusiasm, energy, spirit, life, force, punch (informal), dash, pep, sparkle, zip (not code), vitality, animation, vigor, zeal, gusto, welly(slang), get-up-and-go (informal), elan, brio, vivacity, liveliness, vim.

Composition: Grenache, co-fermented with small amounts of Syrah and Viognier with about 21% whole cluster inclusion, raised for 23 months in a combination of new and ‘certified self-pre-used’TM500, 300 and 228L French oak barrels. (Sadly) only 175 cases bottled.  Unfined and, unfiltered.

Galloni 95 Points: “The 2012 Verve (Grenache) opens with super-expressive aromatics and bright, punchy fruit. Varietal elements are amped up in an intense, racy Grenache that delivers outstanding intensity. The fruit sources are John Sebastiano and Watch Hill, a winning combination in my book. What a gorgeous wine this is.”

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Under $30 REALLY ~ 94 Point Rated GEMSTER!

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out to plant what has become a much regarded Rhone-varietal vineyard.  Wells helped develop and maintain the vineyard.  Under the tutelage of the great Roar winemaker (Scott Shapley) they have put some very good quality and well-priced wines on the wine map!

Halcon 2014 Equisito – Estate Mendocino
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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The 2014 Esquisto is a co-ferment of two thirds Grenache and one third Mourvedre, blended with 5% Syrah prior to bottling.  Lots of crunchy Grenache red stone fruit, the Mourvedre provides the funk and peppery spice, and that splash of Syrah brings an earthy darkness and a touch of dark chocolate notes.. This blend offers up a good more punch, structure (the whole-cluster) and depth. A clean version of an old-school Chateauneuf du Pape. 235 cases bottled unfined, unfiltered.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Esquisto is a more Grenache-dominated blend that checks in as two-thirds Grenache and one-third Mourvedre. It’s a step up over the 2013 and offers beautiful kirsch and black raspberry fruits, spice-box, licorice and chalky minerality in a full-bodied, voluptuous and textured personality. Staying fresh and lively, it has a great mid-palate, tons of sweet fruit and a clean, focused finish. It should drink nicely on release and have 10-12 years of longevity.”

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Encosta (“slope”) Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides ofGandona 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.

Gandona 2012 “Encosta” Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Napa Valley
Retail 98.00 – GGWC 94.99
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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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Thanksgiving 2015 Six Bottle Gift Case – $239.99 Includes FREE GROUND SHIPPING*
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Tiny producer wins blind tasting

Our Tasting Group lined up an amazing lineup of hard-to-find Grenaches:
  • Carlisle (Rossi) 93 WS
  • Keplinger 93 WS
  • Saxum (James Berry) 93 WS
  • Outpost 93 Galloni
  • Alban 94 Galloni
  • Sanguis (Verve) 93 Galloni
  • Limerick Lane 94 Galloni
  • Samsara 93 Galloni
  • A Tribute to Grace 93 Galloni
  • Draognette (Sebastiano)

Two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) teamed up with their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis to pursue their live-long dream to make wine.  They gained valuable experiences at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars before they started this awesome venture.  Over the past couple of years the press has been (rightfully so) generous to these three great guys.  They source from some of the most sought after vineyards in Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills & Santa Ynez. This bottling was sourced 100% from John Sebastiano’s vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills.

Dragonette 2013 Grenache “John Sebastiano” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99
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On the nose, this Grenache displays its cool climate origins, with high-register red fruits, such as ripe raspberry, strawberry and loganberry mingling with complex smoky earth notes, pine and herbal notes of fresh thyme, rosemary, mint, and oregano.  On the palate the wine is energetic and lively, as red fruits (strawberries, pomegranate) mingle with citrus notes of blood orange, orange peel and fresh herbs (thyme), anise and tar.  The wine has great lift from fresh tannins and ample, mouth-watering acidity and minerality (stones and seashells), and it finishes with great length and freshness.

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Je suis Paris


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Cult Cabernet 98 Points again?

Beau Vigne (Bo-Veenya) was founded in 2002 by Ed and Trish Snider. Their vineyard goes by the name of Stags Ridge and is the benchmark and centerpiece of Beau Vigne. Stags Ridge Vineyard & Ranch is located on the Eastern edge of Napa, situated in the Atlas Peak appellation at the very top of Soda Canyon Road overlooking Pritchard Gap, Haystack, and Stagecoach Vineyards. The wines are made by Kirk Venge, and as you know many of their releases have released big scores, so don’t wait too long to jump on this latest release!

Beau Vigne 2013 “CULT” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail $110.00 – GGWC $104.99
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The 2013 is in my humble opinion as good, if not a better wine compared to the very good 2012! An opaque color greets you followed by a gorgeos nose offering up stunning aromas of chocolate, black currant and a touch tobacco and licorice. On the palate, this full bodied youngster is loaded with dense, concentrated and lush black stone fruit that is full and complex and extremely well-balanced offering up layers upon layers of amazing fruit and the right touch of acidity where needed.  The finish is longlasting with modest tannins.

Robert Parker 2012 review 98+ Points: “As great as all these wines are, Beau Vigne’s top wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cult. From a dry-farmed vineyard, it exhibits an inky/blue/black color as well as beautiful, sweet kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with creme de cassis, unsmoked cigar tobacco, underbrush and loamy soil notes. The complex aromatics are followed by a fabulously rich, full-bodied, voluptuously textured wine revealing terrific purity as well as depth. This stunning 2012 should continue to drink well for 15-20+ years.”

Also, check out these very limited productions:
Beau Vigne 2013 “Juliet” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Milange 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Frank-Perry Estate” Napa Valley

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97 Point Rated Heidi Barrett Cabernet

Two of Napa’s best known faces, Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle, La Sirena, Amuse Bouche, etc) and Bo Barrett (Chateau Montelena) have been married for 26 years, but it took them almost that long before they put their winemaking heads together and created Barrett & Barrett.

GGWC Price $299.99
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10/30/15 by Heidi Peterson Barrett: “This 2012is a blockbuster powerhouse wine from this vintage. Aromas are deep, ripe, and intense with pure berry jam, lush black cherry, and layers of toasty sweet French oak. Explosive flavors follow the amazing aromatics. Just a delicious big lush mouth-coating wine. Our early ripening Calistoga vineyards served us well once again since the Barrett and Barrett blocks carry such a light crop. The typically low yielding vines produce tiny concentrated berries which result in this very cool dense and delicious Cab. It’s the best possible combination blend of balance and finesse, purity of character, amazing length, and age worthiness. Don’t miss it!”
 10/30/15 by Bo Barrett: “The wine is opaque dark color, almost black to the very edge; The aroma is concentrated earthy-berry, smoked spices, like a block of fancy black tea coated with black cherry and cassis syrup. An instant mouthful of fat fruit, lush throughout and a solid enduring richness and balance. Lots of good tannin grip and superbly acid balanced. A very classic “sun grown” Cabernet. Impressive palate focus and authority with rich fine polished structure.”

Anthony Galloni 97 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Rich, racy, and totally voluptuous in the glass, the 2012 flows with seemingly endless layers of fruit. This is a decidedly dark, powerful brooding 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with real class. Dark cherry jam, wild flowers,gravel, mint and dark spice meld into the unctuous, riveting finish.”

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96 Point Herman Story Stunner!

Herman Story is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created just a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications garnering many 94-96 point ratings and creating a real “cult-like” folowoing.

Herman Story 2013 Syrah “Sebastiano” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 49.99
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Typical Russell From style wine! This wine offers up an inky purple color. On the nose you’ll encounter  ripe, densely packed blackstone fruit aromas, with a touch of pepperiness. On the lush palate this wine will coat your palate with complex, vibrant black currant, chocolate, spice and cherry-cola flavors with a touch of zingy acidity.  The wine goes on for a long time and finishes big and bold with surprisingly silky tannins!  VERY LIMITED PRODUCTION!

Winemaker Notes: “All the illicit pleasure of slipping under the ropes and finding yourself at a star studded gala and charming the pants off everyone by telling off color jokes: in-n-out double doubles, ancient oregano, perfect pastis, chocolate smoke, cherry coke residue, fresh bay laurel, milk duds and bacon black pepper icecream.  Truly a night to remember!

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Stunning 95 Point Rated Syrah

The winery is a partnership between Marty Tautcher an executive at Microsoft and Chris Peterson (winemaker), who honed his skills at DeLille Cellars and several wineries in France and Italy.  When their paths crossed at DeLille, an immediate bond was created and the idea for Avennia was born.

“Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon, and signifies the heart of Old World winemaking. The Avennia wines are designed to tease rather than flaunt; pique interest, not beg for attention. They stand for elegance, delicacy, purity. Our wines are made to enhance conversation, not dominate it, and will be a welcome guest at the table.”

Avennia 2013 “Arnaut” Syrah
Retail 60.00 – GGWC  55.99
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The nose of this compelling wine leads with black cherry, black raspberry, smoked meats, bacon fat, and notes of violets and crushed rock. The palate is full bodied but taut and focused, a rich panoply of mixed black fruits, savory meat flavors, thyme, lavender, and a taut, minerally finish with ample structure for the future. This wine that will be enjoyable young,but also age 8-12 years.

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2013 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut is a rock star. Offering sensational purity in its meaty, dark fruits, olive brine, beef blood, currants and hints of violets, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, impressive concentration and a great finish, where it shows additional minerality. Coming from the two oldest blocks at Boushey Vineyard, this is a serious, age-worthy Syrah that I suspect will have a Northern Rhone-like evolution. Give it 2-3 years once released and drink it over the following decade or more.”

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Epic 2 Barrel GEM!

Campesino reads like a love story.  A young girl Griselda Ceja (from the infamous Ceja winery) spent her childhood days on this property, she falls in love with a local winemaker and they got married on the vineyard site in 2007.  This five acre vineyard is one of the most ideal vineyard sites in the Valley, getting much needed temperate weather necessary for this varietal.
The Vineyard:  The “Steel Plow” vineyard is located at the base of Adbe Canyon in Sonoma Valley.  It is farmed by “Famed” vineyard specialist Phil Coturri of Kamen, Vineyardist, etc fame.  The soils are rocky in areas and contain eroded sediment from the Mayacamas Mountains. Three different types of gravely loam soils make up the vineyard which was replanted in the early 2000s using Budwood from the prominent Chateau Beaucastel in theRhone Valley.

Campesino 2013 Grenache “Steel Plow” Sonoma
42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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This might be one of the BEST Grenaches I have tasted.  So I highly recommend jumping on this 65 case release! The wine offers up gorgeous aromatics of black raspberries, anise and kirsch aromas and a whiff of wild flowers.  This full-bodied youngster is extremely well-balanced with pure concentrated  black and red fruit and a touch of chocolate offering the right touch of acidity and an amazingly long and complex finish.  This is a real WOW!

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