Solid, Dollar-Cost-Value Napa Cabernet


 

Turnbull has been rooted in the culture and history of the Napa Valley for more than 35 years. Operating out of a small building from the original estate winery in Oakville, they stand for exceptional quality and a true Napa Valley wine experience, as it should be. This Cabernet is true Dollar-Cost-Value priced!

Turnbull 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Regular $59.99 – Now 49.99
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Tasting Notes: Dusted blackberries, plums, and dark fruit tones coalesce into a wide expanse of engaging freshness and vibrancy. Creamy tannins tell a story of a layered and complex wine. Brilliant raspberry reduction, Rainier cherry, and cassis unfold in waves through the mid-palate to its impressive, well-tiered finish. This 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon is truly symphonic in its progression of flavor, density, power, and lift.

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An UNDER $65 Thomas RIvers Brown Napa GEMSTONE


 

The 16-acre Gemstone Estate vineyard is truly a study in terroir. Situated on a gradual, west-facing slope in the Yountville appellation of the Napa Valley, this complex and diverse site has gravelly alluvial soil layered over loamy sandstone bedrock, avoiding the vigor of deep, rich soil. The vineyard is divided into 20 micro-blocks; including eight clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, two clones each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and one clone of Chardonnay. All of the vines are densely planted to a variety of rootstocks carefully matched to the soil. Each clonal block is farmed and fermented individually, yielding a distinctive palette of flavors from which Gemstone wines are built. Winemaker = Thomas Rivers Brown

Gemstone 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 64.99
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Winery Notes: 2018 was a near perfect vintage and began in late February, followed by a mild spring with extended flowering yielding plentiful and even fruit set. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created ideal conditions for well-developed fruit profiles and balanced wines with great tannic structure.”

Tasting Notes: The 2018 Gemstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold and luscious, with dark cherry, huckleberry and blackberry fruit across the palate. Notes of vanilla, spice and mocha add to the complexity. The finish is long and silky with elegant tannins. Only 500 cases were produced!

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Gregarious Napa Zin from 100+ year-old Vineyard


 

The RW MOORE VINEYARD is one of California’s oldest and best known Zinfandel vineyards, planted in 1905! Many might know this vineyard from the Turley “EARTHQUAKE” bottling. 

Molly is the niece of Bill Moore (RW Moore) and of course Mike is an Hendry (From Hendry winery fame). Mike and Molly married in 2009, and produced their first vintage from the Moore Vineyard that year.

Bill Moore has owned the Moore Vineyard since 1986. At a time when many old zinfandel vineyards were being pulled and replanted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Bill had the foresight to preserve this important piece of Napa’s history and the wines that it produces. Today, less than 2% of Napa’s vineyard acreage is planted to Zinfandel. The Moore (earthquake vineyard) has been a Turley source for decades, so it was only fitting that Mike and Molly used it too.

MIKE & MOLLY 2017 ZINFANDEL “R.W. Moore” Napa Valley
GGWC 44.99
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Robert Parker: “Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Zinfandel Mike And Molly charges out of the gate with gregarious scents of stewed plums, baked blackberries and raspberry pie plus suggestions of incense, Chinese five spice and tobacco leaf with a waft of hoisin. Full-bodied, concentrated and ever so spicy, the palate is packed with baked berry flavors with lively acidity to balance and pleasantly chewy tannins, finishing long and peppery.”

WS 92 Points: “This graceful wine is aged in French oak, one-third of it new. Brambly, rich red fruit remains lifted and structured on the palate, alongside a grip of baking spice, black pepper and leather.”

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96 Point, Stellar, Bold, Rich & Explosive Pinot


 

In 2001, two generations of the Cobb family came together to explore a shared passion for Pinot Noir with the founding of Cobb Wines. Focused exclusively on crafting single-vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs, Cobb Wines combines the winegrowing expertise of David Cobb — one of the pioneers of Pinot Noir  viticulture on the far Sonoma Coast — with the winemaking talents of his son, noted pinot noir specialist, Ross Cobb. The original seeds for Cobb Wines were planted in 1989, when David began cultivating pinot noir vines at his sustainably farmed Coastlands Vineyard. A marine ecologist by trade, David spent years studying soils and climatological charts in his search for the ideal place to found his vineyard. His search led him to the ridgetops of the Sonoma Coast, where he believed he would be able to grow grapes perfectly suited to a more complex and graceful style of California pinot noir. On weekend and summer breaks from college, David would be joined in the vineyard by his son Ross, who quickly grew to love the hands-on work of growing wine grapes. And the rest, as they say… is history!

Cobb 2017 Pinot Noir, Emmaline Ann Sonoma Coast
GGWC 79.99 Net Item
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Vinous 96 Points: “The 2017 Cobb Pinot Noir Emmaline-Ann Vineyard is another stellar wine in this range. Bold, rich and explosive, the 2017 possesses tremendous depth and nuance. Black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and sage infuse the 2017 with tons of character. The 2017 is marked by a real sense of vertical energy and statuesque beauty. The 50% whole clusters are not especially evident. What a wine!”

Winery Notes: “The 2017 Emmaline Ann displays a pure, vibrant nose of lavender, rose water and conifer. Ripe red cherries and cranberries make up the core of the palate, and the weightless, deft texture this site tends to exude is here in spades. A woodsy, dried-mushroom note hangs in the background of this vintage, making this a slightly more savory and forward iteration of the usually restrained and always gorgeous Emmaline Ann”

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Andy Erickson’s Vivacious, Impeccable UNDER $70 Cabernet Blend

Arietta is the name for wines born of a passion for music. The name Arietta, meaning short aria or art song, expresses our belief that all great wines must sing. Both wine & song should “take flight,” in the course of which the qualities of balance, vibrancy, depth, overtones, and complexity resonate and give us a sense of exaltation.  Add ANDY ERICKSON, the longtime Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, etal winemaker and you have the keys to success!

Arietta 2017 Quartet (Bordeaux Blend) Napa Valley
GGWC 69.99
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Winemaker Andy Erickson’s Notes: “The aromas coming from the glass after pouring the 2017 Quartet are delicate yet exuberant. Floral notes and red fruit aromatics are fresh and focused. Notes of red cherry, rose petal, black tea and bay laurel are among the first scents noted. The color of the wine is dark black-purple with a red note around the rim. This opaque dark hue belies the bright energy and focus of the wine. On the palate, the wine has a remarkable intensity, though it is balanced and well proportioned. Red raspberry, baked cherry, vanilla bean and crushed stones are some of the impressions as the wine hits the palate. The flavors build into an intense, long finish with polished tannins and lingering red fruit flavors. While this wine will age for a decade or more, it is immensely appealing immediately after opening.”

The wine is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Anthony Galloni: “The 2017 Red Blend Quartet is a delicious, easygoing Cab blend from Arietta. Expressive floral and savory notes add character and meld into a core of ripe red plum fruit. Cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, mint, crushed flowers and sweet spice all come together in a pliant, aromatic wine that is impeccable in its balance. This is a very pretty and expressive wine from Arietta that over delivers.”

Robert Parker 94 Points: “Deep purple-black in color, it features youthful, vivacious black and red currant notions with an undercurrent of black plums, mulberries, Indian spices and fragrant earth plus wafts of tobacco and new leather. Full-bodied and laden with decadent black fruit and spicy layers, it has a velvety backbone and long spicy finish.”

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FREE Virtual Tasting!

Dear Friends,
We are having fun with our weekly Virtual Wine Tasting events. If you have not yet joined us, I highly recommend you do! Every Friday at 3 PM PST we meet with a winemaker at his/her winery and taste 3 new releases. I provide some food pairing suggestions so you can make it a real Happy Hour!

This is a chance to visit California Wine Country from the comfort of your home, while enjoying the wines, meet and taste with the winemaker – So no travel, no hotel, no car rental – JUST order a 3-PACK of wine and we deliver it to your home in time for the session(s)!  Invite your friends, family and have a Social Distance Wine Tasting. I know that some of you have organized an entire dinner around the wines, others just SIpped and munched on finger foods, but everyone has had a great time.

BUY 3 Virtual Tastings, and RECEIVE A FOURTH VIRTUAL TASTING AT NO CHARGE* as a BIG THANK YOU!
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I look forward to seeing you on one of our future sessions!

A Humbled
St. Frank,
Your Patron Saint of (soft) Tannins

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MC4 VIRTUAL WINE TASTING and VINEYARD TOUR!
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LAST CALL Russell Bevan’s” Right Hand’s” NEW Pinot = 95 Points


 

Kimberly Hatcher is the longtime assistant to Russell Bevan and has kept her eyes and ears wide open, and she is on a roll as of late! Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck have “noticed” her and the press is out! That said, Kimberly’s wines are very small productions, and with high scores… they will sell out fast! She makes the wines at the Tench Caves, and I am sure Russell might be looking over her shoulder once in awhile (… or maybe not).

Morgado 2017 Pinot Noir, Rita’s Crown, Santa Rita Hills
GGWC 64.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “All destemmed and brought up in new barrels, the 2017 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown has a vibrant, spicy black cherry, underbrush, and forest floor bouquet that gives way to a round, textured, yet racy Pinot Noir. It offers terrific acidity, plenty of fruit, and a great finish.”

Tasting Notes: Full-bodied notes of blackcurrants, leafy herbs, shrimp broth, and spice all flow to a layered, incredibly textured Pinot Noir that stays balanced and seamless. It’s a rock star Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 7-8 years.

Also check out:
MORGADO 2017 (SLM) SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY 96 POINTS! 

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Margaux’ Pavillon Rouge Under $45… from Napa


 
Château La Grande Roche is a brand within the Forman family of wines. The name was derived in recognition of the presence of the gravel nature of the Forman Vineyard which is surrounded by massive boulders (Grande Roche) in a true Cllos-like fashion. It is 100% estate grown and is generally and predominantly made up of Cabernet Sauvignon but, depending on the vintage, can also have Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot in the blend. The brand was created in 1984 to ensure that the Forman Cabernet Sauvignon would consistently meet the exacting standards that the wine maintains. One could analogize the brand; “Château La Grande Roche” is to Forman what Pavillon Rouge is to Margaux.

Forman 2018 “Château La Grande Roche” Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Napa Valley
GGWC – 44.99
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Winemaker Notes: “A wonderfully deep color leads into expectations of an impressive wine. Medoc or Napa? (Hard to tell). All of the spiciness of Bordeaux, yet lusciousness of the Napa Valley make this wine so intriguing.  Great extraction, great balance, superb fruit, yet not a fruit bomb, and  superb long finish — A REAL CROWD PLEASER! The wine is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and  2% Merlot Sourced 100% from the Forman Vineyard Estate.”
 
Tasting Notes: A classic Forman Napa Cabernet this “Château La Grande Roche” offers up a gorgeous nose of bright cherries, cassis, flowers, and a touch of herbal elements. This lush wine is medium to full-bodied with great richness offering some floral elements, silky grained tannins, and unbelievable elegance.  This youngster can be enjoyed now and should cellar well for 5-8 years.
 

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Magnificent, 94 Point Côte Rôti from California


 
A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountain top 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 2018 Syrah “Alturas” Estate, Mendocino
GGWC 35.99
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The Alturas is a wonderful wine, offering up a youthful but superb bouquet of violets, cracked pepper, grilled meat and crunchy cassis. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated and tensile, with fine-grained tannins, a deep core of crunchy fruit and a long, sapid finish. While this is already delicious, it’s emphatically a young wine, and the real fireworks will begin when it has five years on the clock. Cropped at 1.25-tons per acre and fermented with 50% whole clusters, this lovely Syrah from Halcón wouldn’t be out of place in a flight of great Cornas. It’s also shockingly good value.

Vinous 94 Points: “A stellar, alluring wine, the 2018 Syrah Halcón Vineyard captures the essence of this site in its combination of inky dark fruit and savory, perfumed explosiveness. Blueberry, sage, mint, lavender and spice all race out of the glass in a magical, deeply expressive Syrah that hits all the right notes. Th Alturas 2018 is just magnificent!”


Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “Leading off the two Syrahs, the 2018 Syrah Alturas (there’s normally a splash of Viognier) offers a beautiful, Côte Rôtie-like bouquet of black raspberries, spring flowers, bacon fat, and scorched earth. Made in a fresh, lively style, it has good concentration, medium body, bright acidity, and plenty of polished tannins. It displays beautiful elegance as well as complexity.”
 
Also check out:
HALCON 2018 PETITE SIRAH “TIERRA” YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS 95 POINTS
 

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Malbec by Screaming Eagle Winemaker will rock your palate and NOT your wallet!


 
In case you didn’t know it yet, it started in the late 1980s when Heidi began working for Dalla Valle as an “independent winemaker”.  She began to develop a tiny project called Screaming Eagle shortly afterwards, and from there, things escalated quickly. With 5 perfect 100-point scores for her wines in the span of just a few years, Heidi skyrocketed to international fame, setting a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine – $500,000 for a 6L of 1992 Screaming Eagle at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000. Robert Parker proclaimed her the “The First Lady of Wine” and TIME Magazine dubbed her “The Wine Diva of Napa Valley”. Today, Heidi maintains a stable of ultra-premium client wineries, including Kenzo, Amuse Bouche, Paradigm, Lamborn & Fantesca, as well as her own brands La Sirena and Barrett & Barrett. She and her husband Bo (owner of Chateau Montelena) live among their vineyards in Calistoga. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, flying her helicopter, making art, and gardening.

 
La Sirena 2016 Malbec, Knight’s Valley
GGWC 59.99
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The 2016 Malbec from La Sirena is very deep garnet-ruby in color, with aromas of blueberry, caffe mocha, savory spices, and toast. Across the palate it is a robust, hearty red wine, luscious with well-integrated tannins. Ripe fruit character dominates with black cherry, blueberry, and red currant flavors. The texture is silky and elegant, yet explosive and exciting. Great balance and length with a lingering finish of ripe fruit tart and mocha round out a beautiful and approachable expression of Malbec.
 

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