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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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!
(To get your free tasting*, please PLEASE CALL ME DIRECTLY at 415.337.4083 to place your orders!)

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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July 31 – 3 PM PST
MC4 VIRTUAL WINE TASTING and VINEYARD TOUR!
Paul Martin & Fred Croshaw/Owners  –  Meet the Winemaker
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Aug 7 – 3 PM PST
ARBE GARBE VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
Enrico Bertoz Winemaker/Owner
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Aug 14 – 3 PM PST
DuMol VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
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KAMEN VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
Robert Kamen (Winery Owner & writer of Karate Kid, etc!)
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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
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code MORG17PN during checkout

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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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
Free shipping on 6 bottles or more
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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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Melka does not “skip” a beat


 

Preface Prorprietary Red from Skipstone is made by ace-winemaker Philippe Melka. The grapes are sourced from hillside vineyards on the Mayacamas range located in the southeast portion of the Alexander Valley. Farmed sustainably and certified organic, grapes were all hand farmed and hand-harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity of the grapes.

Skipstone Preface 2017 Proprietary Red, Alexander Valley
GGWC 69.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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Preface is a new Skipstone wine made by Philippe Melka. The grapes are sourced from hillside vineyards on the Mayacamas range, located in the southeast portion of the Alexander Valley. Farmed sustainably and certified organic, grapes were all handfarmed, hand-harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity of the grapes.

Tasting Notes: The 2017 Preface Proprietary Red blend offers up a gorgeous scents of preserves, blueberries with hints of cloves, star anise, and roses. The bright palate is lush and full-bodied, rich and captivating with an appealing structure of well balanced fruit culminating with silky grained tannins and pleasing flavors that finish very long and pleasantly. Preface is a Merlot-dominated Bordeaux Blend made by Philippe Melka, rounded with the addition of both Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)  for structure and aromatic expression.  Only 175 cases were produced.
 
Winery Notes: The warm 2017 vintage overall produced wines that are expressive and aromatic on the nose, with enjoyable freshness, lower alcohol, beautifully structured and layered on the palate.  Our unwavering commitment to only bottling the very best from our estate means that every single drop of wine in a bottle of Skipstone is not only from grapes harvested prior to the fires that burned across Napa and Sonoma, and thus, free from any potential smoke-taint concerns. This 2017 Preface Proprietary Red exudes the character of the vintage immediately upon opening, revealing a burst of bright red fruit, framed by savory aromas and flavors.

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VERY LAST CALL FOR THIS UNDER $55 Thomas Rivers Brown 95 Point Napa Cab

The farmer works to produce the best crop possible, knowing once it leaves their hands, they no longer have control. The winemaker, regardless of skill and ability, can only work with what comes through the winery doors.

Matt Hardin, a 6th generation Napa resident and farmer, is a partner in Barbour Vineyards, one of the most renowned vineyard management companies in Northern California.

Thomas Rivers Brown, winemaker for some of Napa and Sonoma’s most iconic labels (Schrader Cellars, Outpost and his own Rivers-Marie), has more than 20+ 100-point wines on his resume.

Working together for many years on many different projects, a friendship was developed. Out of that friendship the idea of working together to make a wine, utilizing the strengths of the other, Caterwaul was born.

Caterwaul 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 54.99
FREE SHIPPING ON 12  or more

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This Cabernet was sourced from one of the most historic and pedigreed sites in Stags Leap. An alluring wine that is dense, plush and beautifully layered in the glass. Bright aromatics play off the super-ripe, racy fruit in a wine that conveys the essence of the vintage and this site to great effect. Hints of pomegranate and white flowers add a decidedly exotic touch to the explosive finish.

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon should be snatched up by savvy readers. Sporting a deep purple hue as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of cassis, violets, and tobacco, it’s a step up over the 2017 and has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a terrific sense of opulence as well as freshness.”  

Winemaker Notes: “With the majority of grapes hailing from St. Helena, the 2018 Caterwaul Napa Valley is very expressive upon first pour. A tantalizing perfume of fresh blackberry and dark cherry jump from the glass with notes of cedar and burnt tobacco rounding out the nose. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied with creme de cassis and dark berry tones giving way to velvety tannins that lead into a bright and refreshing finish. This Vintage of the Napa Valley bottling is an excellent showcase of the optimal 2018 growing season and will be difficult to cellar as it is drinking so well right now.”

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Syrah: Rich And Spicy!

Syrah: Rich And Spicy Grape,
Getting More Popular By The Day

By Per & Britt Karlsson
In Forbes.com
 
Syrah is the fourth most planted red grape in the world after Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Tempranillo. Syrah is found on almost 470,000 acres across the globe. It is today a fashionable and popular grape that is expanding its territory in many countries. This is not surprising. Syrah is a grape full of character.

France is the largest Syrah country in the world with 158,000 acres. In second place is another famous Syrah country, Australia, with 99,000 acres. Spain is third with almost 50,000.
 


Syrah grapes in Hawke’s Bay, Unison Vineyards, Copyright BKWine Photography

It is the third most planted red grape variety in France, after Merlot and Grenache. Syrah first became known as the great grape in the northern Rhône Valley, in famous and quality regions such as Côte Rôtie, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. There has been a significant increase of Syrah in France in recent years, in the southern Rhône and the Languedoc. This is where the majority of Syrah is found today in France. Northern Rhône is actually very small. It has less than 7,500 acres of Syrah, so less than 5% of the total.

In Languedoc, Syrah became an “improvement grape” in the 1980s, which meant that the wine farmers down here were encouraged by the authorities to plant Syrah to increase the quality of their wines. Today there are 99,000 acres in Languedoc, and it is the most planted grape in the region. Since it almost didn’t even exist in the area in the late 1970s, it is a spectacular increase.

But it sometimes has problems with the hot and dry climate in Languedoc. But a large portion of the producers uses it. It is a prestigious grape, and they know that consumers like it. They often make a top-of-the-range wine with predominantly Syrah.

Syrah is a reasonably easy grape to grow. It will grow well in several different climates and soil types. But it is sensitive to drought and needs to be kept at a low yield so as not to lose the concentration.
 

Syrah grapes in the vineyard of Domaine Jolivet, Saint Joseph, copyright BKWine Photography

Syrah wines can be powerful and rich in tannins. They are always more or less full-bodied. The ageing potential is often excellent. But Syrah can also provide wonderfully juicy and fruity wines to drink young, with all fresh fruit still intact.

The Syrah aromas are spicy, sometimes peppery, sometimes with notes of violets, charcuterie and tar. There is always plenty of fruit, black currant, not least. The grape has a thick skin which gives the wine a dark color.

We get the most explicit grape character in wines from the northern Rhône. Down in the Languedoc, the Syrah gets a style that differs in part from the Rhône Valley. It is less charcuterie and tar and more intense fruit and spices.

Syrah is extremely popular in Australia, where it accounts for 28% of the total plantings.
 


A syrah vine in winter in the Rhone Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

But here in Australia it is, of course, called Shiraz. It emerged on the export market in the 1990s. But it was planted for the first time in Australia as early as the late 18th century. Barossa Valley has the country’s, and probably the world’s oldest Shiraz vines, planted in 1843.

Shiraz from Australia got an early reputation for being overabundant, with high alcohol and lacking in finesse. But Australia is a big country. So, of course, there are all kinds of Shiraz wines here. Climate and soil types vary. The winemaker is of great importance as always.

The mass-produced Shiraz wines sold in bulk are often in that big and bold style. But in Australia, smaller producers make wines with both elegance and nuanced flavors, wines more similar to the Rhone Valley. Australia’s most famous and most expensive wine, Penfolds Grange, is of course primarily Shiraz.

Shiraz in Australia is sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and sometimes with Grenache and Mourvèdre for a GSM blend.
 

Syrah vineyards in Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

Syrah is on the rise in many different countries. It is among the grapes that show the most significant upward trend in South Africa. In Chile, it is not yet so much planted, but winemakers like it, not least in Casablanca and San Antonio, in the slightly cooler climate on the coast. In the United States, Syrah is the fifth most planted red wine variety with 22,200 acres. The grape gained ground in California in the late 1990s with a group of producers who loved the Rhône Valley grapes and called themselves the Rhône Rangers. However, the movement lost momentum later-on, but a slight increase for Syrah can now be seen in the USA. The grape is already a star in Washington State.

Syrah facts:

Total worldwide surface: 470,000 acres
Main countries: France, Australia, Spain, Argentina, United States, Chile, Portugal
Characteristics: Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, aromatic, relatively soft tannins, black pepper, black currants, blackberries, even red fruits, sometimes 
violets, tar and charcuterie. Always a lovely fruit.

CHECK OUT THESE GREAT SYRAH SUGGESTIONS:

1. CATTLEYA 2017 SYRAH “INITIATION” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – 97 POINTS!
2. CAYUSE 2016 “EN CERISE” SYRAH, WALLA WALLA – 99 POINTS
3. DUMOL 2018 “WILD MOUNTAIN SIDE”  SYRAH RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
4. HERMAN STORY 2018 SYRAH “NUTS & BOLTS” SANTA BARBARA – 94 POINTS
5. HORSEPOWER 2017 SYRAH “HIGH CONTRAST” 95+ POINTS
6. KONGSGAARD 2017 SYRAH, NAPA VALLEY – 97 POINTS
7. DUMOL 2017 SYRAH “EDDIE’S PATCH” – 96 POINTS
8. SANGUIS 2017 SYRAH “BOSSMAN” SANTA BARBARA
9. SITE 2016 SYRAH, BIEN NACIDO SANTA BARBARA (3 X 95 POINTS!!)
10. SITE 2016 RED RHONE BLEND “LARNER VINEYARD” SANTA BARBARA 94 POINTS

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An Under $100 (96 Point) Napa Sensation by Bevan’s Right Hand

Kimberly Hatcher is the longtime assistant to Russell Bevan and has kept her eyes and ears wide open. 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 suspect Russell Bevan might be looking over her shoulder once in awhile (… or maybe not).

Morgado 2017 (SLM) Sugarloaf Red, Napa Valley
GGWC 99.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code MORG17SLM during checkout

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Deeply colored, the 2017 Sugarloaf Mountain Red Wine checks in as 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in new French oak. It has a killer bouquet of black cherries, currants, ground herbs, Asian spice and chocolate. Deep, full-bodied, and opulent on the palate, it displays beautiful fruit, some meaty, iron notes, no hard edges, and a great finish.”

Tasting Notes: The heart of the Morgado SLM Red Wine is deep and reverent, with ripe fresh fruit at its core, wrapped with sweet tobacco and kissed with cacao. The aromas of summer nectarines and tree ripened Bing cherries reach for you with elegance as you swirl this wine in the glass. Your mouth will water with anticipation at the thought of your first taste, and as the wine touches your tongue, you are rewarded with rich silky textures and a core of fruit that is fresh and luxurious.

Also check out:

MORGADO 2017 PINOT NOIR, RITA’S CROWN SANTA RITA HILLS – 95 POINTS
Mogado Pinot assorts for FREE SHIPPING

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Get a 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!
(To get your free tasting*, please PLEASE CALL ME DIRECTLY at 415.337.4083 to place your orders!)

I look forward to seeing you on one of our future sessions!

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

_____________________
 

Virtual Tasting Calendar

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July 17 – 3 PM PST
LULI VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
Master Sommelier Sara Floyd/Jeff Pisoni Winemaker
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July 24 – 3 PM PST 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! WITH THREE NEW RELEASES 
HERMAN STORY VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
Russell From Winemaker, Owner, Chief Entertainment Officer
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July 31 – 3 PM PST
MC4 VIRTUAL WINE TASTING and VINEYARD TOUR!
Paul Martin & Fred Croshaw/Owners 
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  ____________
 
Aug 7 – 3 PM PST
ARBE GARBE VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
Enrico Bertoz Winemaker/Owner
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Aug 14 – 3 PM PST
DuMol VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
Meet the DuMol Winemaker!
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Aug 21 – 3 PM PST
KAMEN VIRTUAL WINE TASTING 
Robert Kamen (Winery Owner & writer of Karate Kid, etc!)
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  ____________
 
To get your free tasting*, please PLEASE CALL ME DIRECTLY at 415.337.4083 to place your orders!
*The free tasting will be the one with the lesser total price.