Screaming Eagle’s “lost wine”

We are excited about the 2013 Vin Perdu. Once again, Heidi Barrett has masterfully blended small lots from some of the finest vineyard blocks on the eastern side of three Napa Valley vineyards to deliver an incredible array of mind-altering aromas and flavors. The composition of 2013 Vin Perdu is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9.% Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc from the Amuse Bouche, La Sirena, Au Sommet and Lamborn estates. Because the percentages of theVin Perdu components vary year to year, each vintage is truly unique.

Vin Perdu by Amuse Bouche 2013 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
Retail $95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “With a colorful label, the 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Vin Perdu is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine shows rich, saddle-leather-infused coffee and chocolaty blackberry fruit and plenty of robust, bordering on rustic flavors. This is a pedal-to-the-metal, fun wine and very well-made; a big, substantial mouthful of wine that should drink nicely for another 7-8 years.”

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Inaugural 7 Barrel Napa Cab Release

Familiar Air = the new Passenger.  The Passenger label is dead, long live Familiar Air. After an amicable seperatoin the lady got to keep the vineyard source and the winemaker, but not the name of the label.  They decided to bury the hatchet and the “Passenger” name all together.  The Winemaker is still the same, Benoit Touquette (who also makes Realm and Hartwell) and the fruit is still sourced from an amazing but  “secret” Stag’s Leap District vineyard.  This is a fun project that has created a great following since its inaugural 2008 release.  The 2013 release  is a mere 168 cases of stunning Cabernet. 

Familiar Air 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
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This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has an amazing aroma that jumps out of the glass. Balance and elegance, yet structure, power and complexity.  The owners were not interested in a high alcohol, over ripe, dessert wine of a Cabernet, yet instead, a wine that had the typicity of the Valley and specifically of the Stags Leap AVA.  Dark cherry and blackberry, cocoa and mocha with a slight dusty quality that represented the vineyard.  This combined with moderate alcohol and tannins, 25% new French oak for 2 years in barrel and an intensity in the mouth, structured, round and finishing long with each of these elements.

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Check out our new promo video!

We recently hosted our weekly wine tasting at Golden Gate Wine Cellars and filmed a new promo video at the same time. Give it a look and let us know what you think!

Best White of the Month!

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 2013 Prado (White Rhone Blend) Mendocino
Retail 34.00 – GGWC 31.99
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The 2013 Halcón Prado (White Rhone Blend) is comprised  of 50% Roussanne and 50% Marsanne. The 2013 Prado is a hybrid of the two prior years – there is the honey, lychee fruit, creamy notes of the 2011 but also the crisper acids and spicy characteristics of the 2012.  On the nose you’ll encounter nectarine and pear. On the palate you are greeted by a touch of natural acidity and a whiff of minerality that is nicely laced by amazing flavors of creamy almonds and vanilla and honeysuckle.  Only 8 barrels of this “great white” were produced!

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Carter Cellars’ Pinot Noir turns heads!

Ancillary is owned by Marc Carter of Carter Cellars 100 point Cabernet fame!  But since Carter has become synonymous with Cabernet, it was only fitting to call his Pinot Noir project “Anciallary”.  The wines are made by Mike Smith who started his winemaking career under the direction of the talented Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001  Mike is also the day-to-day winemaker for a number of successful wineries including of course Carter Cellars, Myriad, Quivet Cellars, 12c, Scarlett.

Ancillary 2014 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 49.99
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The more the spectacular Sangiacomo vineyard matures, the more dramatic its wines become. rich, concentrated and compelling, this is an epic Pinot Noir. The Sangiacomo signature of hyper-red fruit notes combines with good acidity and a touch of minerality to add poise and precision. beautifully designed dark ruby color commingles with big, sweet bouquets of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, red currants & pomegranate. on the palate, rich flavors of cherry compote and mulled holiday spices are supported by hints of lavender, flint and gravel. while there is a smooth, velvety ripeness to this wine, the lingering finish has a nice grip that bodes well for a long life. enjoy over the next 3-7 years.  Very small production.

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A 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
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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 now to 2022.

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Thomas Rivers Brown’s STRIKING 2013 Napa CAB

Thomas Rivers Brown does not need an intro – He is Mr. 100 Point Cabernet! Everything he touches seem to turn into success. Stone the Crows is an Australian expression of incredulity or surprise, having very little to do with crows themselves.  While there are certainly an abundance of crows in the vineyard, they spend most of their day perched on the fence posts or soaring lazily overhead on the breezes off the lake. They do little harm to the fruit, and live without fear of stoning

Stone The Crows 2013 “Estate” Cabernet – Napa Valley
Retail 115.00 – GGWC 109.99
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On the nose you’ll encounter deeply layered aromas that draw you in with notes of cocoa, black currents anda touch of spice.  On the palate there is a robust, spherical mouthfeel that encapsulates complex notes of brambly fruit, chocolate, cassis with a clean and long finish that does not overstays its welcome. This is a very complex, powerful yet extremely well-balanced wine with purity and richness complemented by elegance.  This wine will age nicely for 7-10 years.  When drinking you, my advise is to decant a good two hours before consuming.

Galloni 95 POINTS: “The 2013 Stone the Crows Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. An intense, wine, the 2013 hits the palate with a compelling array of dark blue/purplish fruit, smoke, spices, mint and sage. The flavors are bold, exotic and constantly changing in the glass as the wine builds to a huge crescendo of intensity. This is a highly promising Cabernet from Stone the Crows.”

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You cannot show up with one rose, you need a dozen, especially on Valentine’s Day.  Ditto with wine, 1 bottle will not make her happy.  We selected a DOZEN VAROZZAS Zinfandel by the Biale Winery for you to share with your loved one(s) and friends.

Varozza – Hard-working farming families that plowed and grinded out a life season by season raising crops, made their livings, paid their bills and raised their children. Napa Valley, which grows only 4% of California wine is surprisingly still 95% family-owned. There still remain a small number of those families that are Napa Valley originals. The Varozzas are one of those.

Biale – For 8 decades the Biale family has grown Zinfandel and a variety of produce on their farm located on the outskirts of the town of Napa. A large population of white leghorn chickens once produced a steady supply of eggs that a young Aldo Biale regularly delivered around town to customers. Most of the Zinfandel grapes were sold to Napa wineries but some grapes were reserved so Aldo could make homemade wine for family and relatives. In 1953 Aldo met his future wife Clementina while on a trip to Italy where his mother, Christina was from. Aldo and Clementina were soon married and began raising their family in Napa in 1954.!

BIALE 2013 “VAROZZA” Zinfandel, Napa Valley
GGWC 56.00
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The Biale 2013 Varozza Zinfandel with its dark fruit profile and plush texture has a devout following among the Biale Beloved. The wine offers up dark berries, blackberry, black cherry, purple plum, dusty brown spices – cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown bread, cherry cola and toasty vanilla. A tremendous Zinfandel that will live a long life and drink beautifully in the shorter term, too. Limited production!

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A 95 point Cabernet for your cellar

Turnbull Winery has been on fire as of late (no pun intended) receiving many 97-100 point ratings.  Winemaker Peter Heitz (also makes the great Realm wines which received equal 97-100 point ratings.  That said, don’t wait to jump on this hot winery!

Turnbull 2013 Cabernet, Oakville (Leopoldina/Fortuna) Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99
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This is truly an amazing wine. The Leopoldina vineyard gives this wine the amazing and gorgeous aromatics of black currant, pomegranate, white pepper, chocolate, and spice.  The Fortuna gives it subtle smoky and licorice tones.  On the palate this stunning 2013 Cabernet truly explodes with luscious well-balanced flavors of black currant, chocolate, a whiff of toasty vanilla and anise.  A full-bodied mouthfeel with amazing structure and texture reveal the spectacular nature of Oakville. The wine finishes amazing with long, silky, light grained tannins.  Supply is limited, so don’t wait to jump on this wine NOW!

Parker 95 Points: “Turnbull’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, their least expensive wine in the portfolio is the most forward and precocious of the cuvées and shows what great winemaking and vineyard sources the Turnbulls are dealing with. The color is opaque purple, the wine shows slightly less tannins than its counterparts, with gorgeously intense blueberry and blackberry fruit, cedar wood, forest floor and spice box. It’s full-bodied, opulent, rich and, while still young with a good 10 years of upside, this wine will still be drinking great 20 years from now.”

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Screaming Eagle winemaker’s “Dad” Pinot Noir

It would take me a book to tell you the all about this legendary winemaker, but the short version is that Dr. Richard (Dick) Peterson is Heidi Peterson-Barrett’s father.  So the lineage should say enough.Make sure to watch this video on Dick Peterson – and read up on Dick’s 50 years in the wine industry – (click or paste the links in your brower) for the full story!

It is in the Santa Lucia Highlands where Dick planted his vineyard with a footprint unlike any other. Boasting a cool climate and one of the longest growing seasons in California, the Richard G. Peterson property cultivates two distinct clones – Wrotham and R-4. The Wrotham Clone was discovered near Wrotham Village in southeast England; the cuttings were introduced there by the Romans some 2000 years ago. The Wrotham clone produces a uniquely rich color and a spicy characteristic not often found in other Pinot Noir wines. In 1980, Dick Peterson brought the first and only Wrotham cuttings back to California and planted 2 acres of them on his 10-acre property

Richard Peterson 2014 Pinot Noir “Wrotham Clone” Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail 72.00 – GGWC 69.00
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The Richard G. Peterson 2014 Pinot Noir is elegant in its Burgundian style and offers an energetic profile on the palate with an array of earthy notes and minerality. Flavors of black currants, cardamom, sautéed porcini mushrooms and smoked game meat complement the wine’s uniqueness. This Pinot Noir will be ready to drink upon release and will continue to age beautifully over the next 25 years.

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