Exceptional Cabernet by 99 Point Winemaker

A striking hillside property, Cornell is located on Spring Mountain, not too far from Togni, Pride and Fisher. In 2013, proprietors Henry and Vanessa Cornell hired winemaker Françoise Peschon to oversee a complete makeover, and create the first estate grown wine from their then 10 year-old vineyard.

Peschon brought in vineyard guru Phil Coturri (Kamen, etc.), who created the plan to redevelop the property and convert the estate to organic farming. The wines are made in the contemporary, classically leaning style that has brought Françoise Peschon so much acclaim at Araujo Estate and Vine Hill Ranch. Quite simply, these are gorgeous mountain Cabernets endowed with real class and pedigree.

Cornell 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate”
GGWC 149.99
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The deep, inky violet color gives the first hint of the mountain-derived intensity in the glass. Signature notes of Cabernet Sauvignon emerge in the aromas: plum, boysenberry, violet, cassis, cedar. Even more compelling are the undertones of cocoa, mandarin orange zest, jasmine blossom, sage, and other fresh herbs. The interplay of juicy acidity and fine-grained tannin characterizes the palate, one supporting the other as the wine unfolds seamlessly from entry to extended finish. Irresistible freshness and vibrancy suggest a degree of approachability unusual for such a wine in its youth, while the underlying structure leaves no doubt about the suitability for long-term cellaring.

Galloni 95 Points: “Bright, polished and super-refined to the core. Medium in body and gracious in the style of the year, the 2014 Cornell possesses remarkable balance. The 2014 is tightly wound and in need of time, but it is exceptionally beautiful and resonant. Beams of salinity extend the finish while adding brightness. This is a terrific debut for the winemaking team in their first full year in charge of the farming and winemaking.”

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A CALIFORNIA EXCLUSIVE! Our Best “Vintage” Champagne to date

 

The Cazals Champagne house is located in the heart of Côte du Blancs, in Mesnil sur Oger. Founded in 1897, it is today directed by Delphine Cazals, the great granddaughter of the founder Claude Cazals. Clos Cazals may be one of Champagne’s best-kept secrets. It sits tucked away in the Mesnil-sur-Oger, a Grand Cru village that is located in the Côte des Blancs just south of Epernay. The Blanc de Blancs produced in this small village are amongst the world’s top echelon champagnes. This beautiful and extremely limited grower champagne is only available in Calfornia!

Cazals, La Chapelle du Clos, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2009
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
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This “old vine” Champagne is a 100% hand-harvested Chardonnay from 50 year old vines planted on chalky soil in Oger, the Clos (there are only 21 of them in Champagne) was bought by the Cazals family in the 1940’s, from famous politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Léon Bourgeois.  On the nose you’ll encounter intensity and complex aromatics for bread, hazelnut and apricot.  On the large palate you are greeted by a velvety texture that is warm with a mineral afterglow.

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A $100 Napa Cab at a $50 price tag


Wolf Family was created in 1997 by Jane and Doug Wolf.  In 2013 they sold the property and purchased another great existing vineyard on White Lane a stone’s throw away.  With well over two decades of great winemaking from their “ace” Karen Culler, they continue to amaze me. They still make two Cabernets, one 100% Estate and the Phaedrus, which is a blend of two excellent Napa vineyards (The Wolf Estate & the Montgomery Vineyard in Calistaga). 

Wolf 2014 Cabernet “Phaedrus” Napa Valley
GGWC 53.99
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The new Wolf Family Estate on White Lane in St Helena is a stone’s throw away from their old Ingelwood Estate vineyard and offers all the same unctuous flavors that St Helena is known. The new Phaedrus offers up gobs of blackberry, and black stone fruits, a whiff of tobacco and a rich but balanced texture.  The (new) Montgomery Vineyard in Calistoga gives the wine more of its delicious dark fruit aroma, while the palate is full bodied and with a perfectly balanced acid- tannin profile.  The 20 month barrel aging in French Oak barrels (2/3 new) gives the wine a toasty and complex aroma that deserves a long cellaring. As always a very small production.

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Win a Ticket to our 100 Point Cult Wine Tasting!!

 

  
Place an order THIS week (Monday 1/22 – Saturday 1/27) and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a FREE TICKET to our Cult and 100 Point Wines Tasting!

Saturday, February 3, you’ll have a chance to taste some of the most sought after Cult and 100 Point rated wines California has to offer.  This rare Cult and 100 Point rated tasting will be held behind “closed doors” (no walk-ins).  

Reservations are required!

We will be tasting the following wines:


The ticket cost is $149.99, which is a bargain knowing that some of these wines cost $750 – $1100 per bottle!

To RSVP please visit our website at www.ggwc.com or call Frank at 415.337.4083

NAPA FIRE UPDATE — CAVUS WINERY BURNED DOWN! They need your help!

My friends Darryl and Laurel Browman at Cavus were very unfortunate and lost their home and winery in the Napa fire. These nice folks have worked so hard to create this venture. You can help them rebuild by supporting their winery and acquiring some very fine wine for yourself as well.

Cavus (Cave), The Cave is a personal tribute to friends, good fortune and life. Darryl (winery owner) and two friends were skiing in Argentina when they took a wrong turn and found themselves on the backside of the mountain with no way out. They built “a cave” and the three friends settled in for the night not knowing what the future would bring. As good fortune would have it they were rescued 24 hours later, tired, thankful and full of joy.  The experience reinforced their philosophy on drinking good wine: why wait for a “special occasion”? Celebrate life each day and “always drink good wine.”

Now they need our help again, this time it is a lit more dire, as everything was whipped out during this awful fire night. I am doing my share but I cannot cary the load alone, so I am asking for you help too!

For those not familiar with the venture, the wines are made by ace Dave Phinney.

CAVUS 2014 CABERNET “ESTATE” STAG’S LEAP
RETAIL 120.00 – GGWC 114.99
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Dave Phinney Notes: “The wine opens with ripe cherry and hints of cinnamon, and brown sugar. A lush dark plum and blackcurrant entry gives way to a mid-palate of roasted coffee and a touch of baking chocolate. It finishes with lingering yet subtle flavors of white chocolate and vanilla. Overall, the 2014 Cavus is well balanced with a decadent richness.”

Robert Parker: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with the same barrel aging. This exhibits slightly more concentration and depth, but perhaps it’s just more sexy and open-knit compared to the 2013. Deep blackcurrant fruit intermixed with licorice, graphite and some underlying soil tones are all present in this medium to full-bodied wine to drink over the next 15 or so years.”

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Under the radar Syrah Gem

 
Nicora is the blend of two names. Nick (the owner), and Ora (Nick’s great-grandfather). Many years ago, Nick’s great-grandfather built a business, starting with little more than passion, a dream, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  His achievements have been the inspiration behind Nicora.  Nick works with some of the best vineyards in the Central Valley, such as Law Estate, Denner, Bien Nacido, etc.  He works very closely with the vineyard management to achieve only the best finaly product!

Nicora 2014 Syrah “Slide Hill” Edna Valley
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99
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The Nicora 2014 Slide Hill offers up aromatics and flavors of ripe black stone fruit, currants, a hint of vanilla spice, and anise. The wine is full-bodied with mouth-filling consistency, and abundant concentration, leading into a long finish with fine grained tannins.  This wine could benefit from a good decanting an hour before serving.

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “The 2014 Syrah Slide Hill Vineyard comes from Edna Valley and spent 18 months in barrel. It’s another deep ruby/purple tinged effort that offers lots of black raspberries, cedarlike spice, white pepper and cured meats in a rich, structured, nicely texture personality. It’s has good mid-palate density, plenty of tannin and a good finish. Drink it through 2024.“

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“Grand” 95 Point under $80 MUST HAVE Napa Cab!

 

 

Knighton Family Vineyards was founded in 2007 by Jim and Ann Knighton with their first commercial release. However the story of how they came to live in the Napa Valley begins a few years prior. Jim was living and working in San Francisco at the time – his home was located in the Sunset District, an often cold and foggy part of the city even in the summertime. In 1999 Jim decided he wanted to purchase a small weekend home in a location that offered a respite from urban life as well as a climate that delivered more of a ‘true’ summer. The next thing you know he buys a 50 acre property (3.9 acres planted), and the rest as they say is history.  Today wineries such Ramey and Vineyard 29 purchase grapes from this great vineyard.

Knighton 2014 Cabernet “Ava Grace” Estate
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot coming from the northeastern hillsides of Napa Valley, this is quite a stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple, its notes of charcoal embers, crème de cassis, background oak and earth are followed by a full-bodied, super-concentrated wine with beautifully pure blackcurrant fruit, attractive spice and well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and new oak. This is a major sleeper of the vintage and actually a realistic price for something this grand. Drink it over the next 20 years.”

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2017 Zinfandel of the year!

  
In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the infamous 1976 Paris Tasting was partially (40%) sourced from this vineyard.  The entire family works and manages the day-to-day operations.

Bacigalupi 2015 Zinfandel “Estate” Russian River Valley
Retail $55.00 – GGWC 49.99
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An inky black colored wine with amazing aromas of black cherry and currant are rounded out with vanilla and pepper notes jump out of the glass. The palate is loaded with jammy fruity characters, and a hint a white pepper and spice, and a high tone structure with good acidity on the finish. This wine should age well and improve over the next 5 years.  Only 200 cases produced

Winemaker Notes: “The aromas are instantly intriguing with notes of crushed cranberries, blackberry cobbler and fragrant lavender. Beneath the fruit are delicate notes of allspice and vanilla mingled with a soft sandalwood undertone. The palate showcases incredibly integrated tannins with judicious acidity throughout the finish.  This cool climate Zinfandel is at its best and can be enjoyed now, but will benefit from a few years of cellaring.”

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Sensational 96 Point, 3 Barrel Chardonnay

 

 
The Pratt Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, a world-renowned AVA in California. The appellation benefits from a coastal influence and a cold climate, both favorable for making outstanding wines from Burgundian varieties. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Jim Pratt. Only four rows of clone 15 were planted and are farmed carefully for Cattleya, to produce the best clusters of Chardonnay grapes. Thanks to the intensity and complexity of fruit produced from this site, the Cattleya Chardonnay reflects the typicity and exceptional quality of white wines we can produce in Sonoma County from this finicky varietal.

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to make wine. At a very young age I was fortunate enough to begin learning how to make wine in France. I trained myself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed me the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming itself, and to focus on the many details that go into making each drop of wine in each and every bottle.”  She also makes the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Pahlmeyer and owns the “Shared Notes” wine venture with husband Jeff Pisoni

Cattleya 2015 Chardonnay “Pratt Vineyard”
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 72.99
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Mix & match OK with other Cattleya wines

Jeb Dunnuck ~ 96 Points: “Bottled in January, but not released until this September, the 2015 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard is only from clone 15 (which is an old Wente clone) and comes from just four rows in the vineyard. This is a very cool site and one of the last to be harvested. Native fermented and aged in 66% new French oak for 16 months, it has a sensational mix of richness and freshness, with lots of stone fruits, tangerine and green citrus aromas and flavors, beautiful concentration, high acidity and a great finish. Impressive, but unfortunately there’s only 65 cases available.”

Winemaker Notes: “French oak barrels—half of which were new—have been tenderly cared for throughout 15 months of aging. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and the juice was cold-settled overnight for barreling down the next day. The juice sat quietly in the barrel until the fermentation began several days later. By the end of the winter, all  barrels had finished both native fermentation as well as malolactic fermentation. A very gentle racking occurred prior to bottling using argon gas and the wine was bottled in January 2017.”

Make sure to check out these other amazing Catlleya wines:
CATTLEYA 2015 “DONUM” PINOT NOIR CARNEROS 95 POINTS
CATTLEYA 2013 SYRAH “SOBERANOS VINEYARD” 95 POINTS

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Historic Napa Vineyard Cabenet Release

 

A few weeks ago we had a retrospective tasting of the 2007 vintage, including the Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard – an amazing wine!  Michael Trujilo is a smart guy to have a contract with this venerable Napa Valley vineyard.  Michael Trujillo has been around the Napa Valley since 1982, and started his own label Karl Lawrence in 1991. A few years ago the Karl Lawrence partnership ended, and  Michael created his “own” Trujillo label. Michael retained the most important part of the relationship, the vineyards, while his partner retained the Karl Lawrence name.  The vineyards, Herb Lamb (a longtime Colgin source), Morisoli, etc. are the integral part of Michael’s wines and have been since the inception (Karl Lawrence/Trujillo).

Trujillo 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
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Winemaker Notes: “I am very excited for our 2014 vintage wines. To me, the 2014 vintage shows the attributes of both the 2012 vintage and the 2013 vintage. – the structure of the 2012 vintage combined with the fineness of the 2013. Tasting these wines at this time, I sense all the same qualities, but can perceive the wine cocooned from the very recent bottling just 3 months ago. Today, the 2014 Trujillo Cabernet is showing a deep, rich, density in it aromatics. Notes of dark chocolate, black cherry and rich currant with a sweet vanilla spice. The flavors are big and bold with a mouth filling presence. Showing its youthfulness now and a bit shy upon opening of the bottle. But, with time, it generously opens up with expanding aromas and overflowing flavors of black cherry, black currant, then expanding within the mouth to a generous lingering and velvety finish. This 2014 Cabernet will age gracefully for many years to come and a bit more bottle aging will be well rewarding. Enjoy!”

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