The Biggest Boldest California Petite Sirah Ever!

It all started with 7 barrels stashed in his employer’s cellar. What started as a modest homage to his rancher grandfather has become a beacon to those seeking opulent, structured Syrah and Grenache. To maintain balance while giving flavor full stage, Russell works with 30 top-tier vineyards in over 7 distinct growing regions between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. Vineyards of particular note include: Bien Nacido, Slide Hill, Larner, Shadow Canyon, Chelle Mountain, Luna Matta and White Hawk. ­These are no nonsense, balls to the walls wines that are not for the faint of heart or the pinky raising set.

Herman Story 2019 Petite Sirah “First Time Caller” Santa Barbara
GGWC 55.99
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Winery Notes: See that first-chair flautist, the one really nailing a high E? Last weekend he got the largest gator in Razzor Ranch history. Didn’t shoot it, mind you, but wrestled the scaled beast into submission. Then kicked back with a slice of blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream, black licorice ropes, and a whole gallon of sun tea until the conservation folks showed up. Under that tux, he’s got claw marks head to toe, and he lost a couple ngers but wow, he’s ripping this third movement a new one.

Russell’s Notes: Ultra extracted by California sunshine and a bit of that classic Russell P. From “don’t pick it till you’ve finished your Christmas shopping” magic, this is the most dangerous wine I’ve made yet. For anyone who drinks French roast and likes their bacon extra crispy.

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “Coming all from sites in Paso Robles and 100% Petite Sirah, the purple, almost blue First Time Caller gives up a monster bouquet of blueberries, jammy blackberries, violets, ground pepper, and a touch of rocky minerality. A classic wine from this estate with its super plush, ripe, yet still balanced and pure style, it’s one hell of a steakhouse red to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so.“

Also check out these other great Herman Story Gems:
Herman Story 2019 Nuts & Bolts Syrah
Herman Story 2018 Casual Encounter GSM
Herman Story 2018 Tomboy Viognie
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Make sure to join us for the April 16 Herman Story Virtual Wine Tasting
with Russell From, “Chief Entertainment Officer” (a.k.a. owner/winemaker)
for a fun afternoon of Herman Story wines and stories.

 
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Remembering Steven Spurrier

 

Remembering Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier passed away March 9, 2021 but his legacy will live on forever.  I was fortunate to have met him in the Napa Valley about 15 years ago, just after starting Golden Gate Wine Cellars.  I was not the “star struck”, but I recall a nice chat with him on how I got into the business, and he gave me some pointers, one of them… believe in yourself!
  

 


 

Steven Spurrier blew up the wine world
with the Judgment of Paris. His legacy lives on.

Story contributed By Dave McIntyre
in The Washington Post

How and what we now drink is, in no small part, Spurrier’s influence.

 

People rush in at the Paris wine academy to sample wines from California at a tasting session of American wines on July 4, 1975, in Paris. Doing the servicing chores are Academy head Steven Spurrier and assistant Patricia Gallagher. (Jean Jacques Levy/AP)

To converse with Steven Spurrier was to feel as though you’d known him all your life. He was generous with his friendship, his wisdom of wine and art, his joy of life. Wine is a generous drink, and wine lovers tend to be generous people. Spurrier was wine’s generosity personified.

Spurrier died March 9 at his home in Dorset, England, at age 79. His life has been recounted in several tributes since, so I won’t repeat it here. His main fame stemmed from the middle 1970s, when he owned a small wine shop in Paris, Cave de la Madeleine, and the first private wine school in France, the Académie du Vin. To commemorate the American bicentennial, he organized a tasting of top California wines and invited some of Paris’s wine elite to score them blind — with labels concealed — along with some of France’s best. When California chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon topped Burgundy and Bordeaux, the wine world’s ancient hierarchy was shattered. Vintners around the world realized that with enough investment and work, they could make wines to rival the best of Europe. The tasting became known as the Judgment of Paris and was portrayed in the 2008 movie “Bottle Shock,” in which the jovial Spurrier was played by a dour Alan Rickman. Spurrier described the highly fictionalized film as “more bull—- than bottle shock.”

Nicolás Catena, who spearheaded Argentina’s wine renaissance, was inspired by the Paris tasting. Chastened by the tasting results, French wineries in Bordeaux and Burgundy improved quality in their own vineyards, and began investing in California, Chile, Argentina and elsewhere. Any new wine region striving to make a reputation for itself cites the 1976 Paris tasting as inspiration. That’s Spurrier’s legacy. Today’s oenophiles who revel in a pinot noir from Patagonia, a chardonnay from Tasmania, a riesling from Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula, even the traditional qvevri wines of Georgia now in vogue, should raise a glass and toast Spurrier. We live in a wine world that he in no small measure helped create.

“We were trying to bring wine back from the nadir of Prohibition and elevate it to national consciousness,” says Warren Winiarski, the founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley and producer of the 1973 cabernet sauvignon that topped the red wines in Paris. “That tasting was an affirmation that it could be done. The official hierarchy did not have the ability to keep people from making beauty wherever they were,” he told me.

Spurrier later opened wine schools in London, Canada and Japan, and for nearly three decades wrote a monthly column for Decanter, Britain’s leading wine magazine. In 2008, he and his wife, Bella, planted pinot noir and chardonnay vines on their farm in Dorset, near the English Channel, on the same geologic ridge of chalk as Champagne. Their Bride Valley label joined the nascent rise of English bubbly. In recent years, he became a publisher, founding the Académie du Vin Library to keep influential wine books in print as well as new works.

France was Spurrier’s first wine love, and his palate gravitated toward Italy later in life. But he never stopped rooting for underdog regions. I first met him in 2013, when he came to Richmond to keynote the Virginia Wine Summit. He became an advocate of Virginia wine, returning annually to judge the final round of the Governor’s Cup competition. In 2019, when the judging was held in Washington, my wife and I invited him to our house for dinner. He had never seen a smart speaker before, and kept walking into our kitchen to bellow, “Alexa! What’s the weather?” He’d cackle with delight when it responded. That was his boyish curiosity, his unbounded fascination with anything new.

Our paths crossed several times that year, including the International Pinot Noir Conference in Oregon and a Napa ceremony where the Smithsonian honored Winiarski. We traveled together through the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, a region making outstanding wines and ready for its moment on the world stage. Everywhere he went, Spurrier was treated as a rock star, but he always had time and a smile for friends old and new. His generosity and lack of pretense were forever evident.

“For all he achieved in wine, I admired Steven most for his gentleness, his kindness,” says Paul Draper, who made the 1971 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello cabernet that placed fifth in Paris but first in a reenactment 10 years later.

Last year, Spurrier’s Académie du Vin Library published his memoir, “A Life in Wine.” The cover photo shows a young Spurrier in the Cave de la Madeleine, surrounded by cases and bottles of France’s finest wines, a carefree Englishman inviting us to enjoy the good life. Turning the pages, I hear his voice relating anecdotes not just of his life, but of wine and life more broadly. It’s not simply a memoir, but a conversation. And in this conversation, we become friends all over again.

A single vineyard expression of Pinot Noir from the folks at Luli

The Pisoni family and Master Sommelier Sara Floyd make a great team. Mark Pisoni tends to the vines, while Jeff turns it into good wine that Sara brings to the table.  I am excited about two new releases, both just 100 case productions. The wines were sourced from the Monte Linda, and Lemoravo Vineyards, both located in the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Luli 2019 Pinot Noir Monte Linda (95 cases produced)
GGWC 42.99
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Residing high above the Salinas Valley at almost 715 feet in elevation, Monte Linda Vineyard is in the southern portion of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. This vineyard sits above the morning fog line, allowing for greater sun exposure, while at the same time seeing cooler nighttime temperatures, allowing the vines to rest and achieve a longer growing season. These conditions, along with the vineyard’s rocky soils, create deeply textured wines with notable structure

Tasting Notes by Jeff Pisoni: ”Hailing from a 15 acre vineyard nestled in the southern end of the narrow Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2019 Luli Monte Linda Vineyard Pinot Noir is brimming with notes of ripe plum, cherry liqueur, baking spice and fresh sage. Gentle extraction of color and structure through native fermentation and twice daily punchdowns has packed this medium ruby wine with concentrated flavors of juicy red cherry, Mission fig, and berry crisp, while savory notes of clove and spiced tea leaves create additional depth on the palate. This truly layered experience finishes with refreshing acidity and soft, elegant tannin that cannot be ignored”

Luli 2019 Pinot Noir Lemoravo (105 cases produced)
GGWC 42.99
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The Lemoravo Vineyard is set 400 feet in elevation in the southern hills of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The vineyard is planted among the decomposed granite alluvial fans that make up a series of isolated islands among the benchlands. This site places the vineyard in rugged soils and heavy fog. As a tribute to this land’s history, the name is a three-word portmanteau as a tribute to the region’s former crops: Lemons, Oranges and Avocados.

Tasting notes by Jeff Pisoni: “An homage to the groves of lemons, avocados, and oranges once grown on the same 26 acre site, the 2019 Luli Lemoravo Vineyard Pinot Noir is a beautiful representation of this varietal grown in the southern reaches of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Medium ruby in the glass, this wine boasts a profile of ripe plum and spiced red fruits on the nose. As this wine coats the palate, pure flavors of berry compote, red cherry, rhubarb, and baking spice lead the way before soft, velvety tannin, hints of toasty oak, and focused acidity complete the full sensory experience.” 

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COHO 2017 CABERNET NEW RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER 10% OFF!


 

I am excited to introduce the new Coho Cabernet Sauvignon from the (very small production) 2017 vintage. The wine is sourced from some boutique, family-owned vineyards located in the Napa Valley ( Perata, Michael Black & Sugarloaf East known from Bevan fame!). Winemaker Phil Titus (longtime “star” at Chappellet winery) produced an amazing, crowd-pleasing wine!  As always, the Coho production is limited and only 158 cases were produced of this great vintage – so don’t wait too long to jump on this wine!

Coho 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Regularly 77.99 –  TODAY ONLY 69.99!
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The majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in this wine was grown on the prestigious Sugarloaf East Vineyard on a hillside southeast of downtown Napa. The Petit Verdot and the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon are from two small family run vineyards in Coombsville. These fog cooled sites instill aromas of anise, dark berries, and sweet peas into the intriguing nose. Entry to the vibrant palate is noted by rich plum, cassis, and licorice flavors, supported by silky tannins. The wine is lush and full in body, yet flavorful and bright while very well-balanced. Too bad only 158 cases were produced.

Varietal Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot

Winery Notes: “The goal at COHO has always been to make balanced, supple wines that reflect the rich,
nuanced fruit and crisp acidity that are the hallmark characteristics of the cooler climate vineyards of Napa Valley. Our 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an aromatic, deeply flavored, elegant wine that reflects all our winemaking aspirations. The Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine was grown on the prestigious Sugarloaf East Vineyard on a hillside southeast of downtown Napa. The Petit Verdot and the Merlot are from two small family run vineyards in Coombsville. These fog cooled sites imbue aromas of lilac, dark berries, and delicate baking spices into the intriguing nose. Bright, rich flavors of blackberries and anise, with nuances of bitter-sweet chocolate fill the palate, and delightfully linger as the wine disappears.

Antonio Galloni wrote in Vinous: “This is one of the more open-knit, voluptuous wine(s) of the year… Readers looking for immediate gratification will find plenty of that here. Coho’s Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) offers quite a bit of immediacy and overall impact, with plenty of blackberry jam, chocolate, sweet spices and leather flavors.”

Be sure to check out Coho’s other new releases
COHO 2016 HEADWATERS PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
COHO 2015 MERLOT “MICHAEL BLACK” COOMBSVILLE, NAPA VALLEY
COHO 2017 PINOT NOIR “STANLY RANCH” CARNEROS NAPA VALLEY
COHO NV PETIT VERDOT “CHINN VINEYARD” COOMBSVILLE, NAPA VALLEY
COHO 2017 “PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY AUCTION LOT” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA  (A GGWC EXCLUSIVE!)

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The “Perfect” Cabernet has arrived!

This might be one of the very best Cabernets to come from Knight’s Valley (even better than Peter Michael, really!)  The venture is owned by Norma Hunt (wife of the late Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt – who pretty much invented the Super Bowl).  This gorgeous property is well-situated, and when you bring in the Quarterback – Wide Receiver duo of wine (Philippe Melka and Jim Barbour), you can only achieve one thing – SUPER BOWL-like fame with the accompanying quality.

Perfect Season 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Knight’s Valley
GGWC 154.99
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Only 239 cases of the PERFECT SEASON Cabernet were produced, so it won’t be around for a long time.  This 100% Estate Grown Cabernet is well-crafted and offers up amazing aromas of red and black stone fruits, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of spice cabinet as I call it.  Amazing, voluptuous body that is loaded with intense concentrated, yet very well-manicured and balanced fruit.  More black stone and espresso / mocha on the mid-palate merging into a long lasting and lingering finish of elegant tannins.  THIS IS  A MUST HAVE CABERNET FOR YOUR CELLAR!

Philippe Melka Winemaker notes: “The 2018 Vintage of Perfect Season represents the best of our estate vineyard.  A beautiful nose of freshly-baked blackberry tart, juicy dark currants, red plums, cherry compote, and warm baking spice builds excitement for what’s to come.  On the palate, the wine is full and broad and includes touches of dusty cocoa, graphite, and dried lavender.  The finish is long and lingering and dominated by dark fruits.”

A few other Cabs worth checking out in the same quality category:
Bevan 2018 Ontogeny Proprietary Red, Napa Valley – 99 Points – OFF THE CHART!
Barbour 2018 “Estate” Cabernet, Napa Valley – G.O.A.T!!
Castiel 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Howell Mountain 95 POINTS
Rewa 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Coombsville, Napa Valley VERY LIMITED

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Superb, Powerful, & Resonating 96 Point Red!


 

Chris and his wife JoAnn Cherry moved to Paso Robles in 1996 to open a restaurant, partake in the burgeoning wine scene and raise their children in the country. In 2001 they purchased their first grapes to make wine for their restaurant. And so began Villa Creek Cellars, a real expression of west Paso Robles’ Rhone grape varieties. A sort of “farm-to-table” i.e farm-to-bottle venture.

The James Berry Vineyard from Saxum fame is a little bit the Chateau Margaux of Paso Robles – Chris said:  ”If you cannot make spectacular wine from this source, you should stay out of the kitchen.”

Villa Creek  2018 GSM High Road – James Berry Vineyard 96 Points
GGWC 84.99
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Vinous 96 Points: “Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black/blue fruit and floral oil aromas pick up exotic spice and pipe tobacco nuances with air. Fleshy, juicy and impressively concentrated, offering ripe boysenberry, black raspberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with resonating florality, gently gripping tannins and superb persistence.”

Winemaker Notes:2018 High Road is our 16th vintage crafted with grapes from James Berry Vineyard. Justin Smith of Saxum fame grew up on the property and took the reins from his parents Pebble and Teri several years ago. This is a stunning family owned and farmed vineyard in west Paso Robles’ esteemed Willow Creek District. This wine has texture, finesse, and approachability along with weight, complexity and the ability to cellar. Deep garnet in color, it offers amazing aromatics of black and red fruits, cured meats, west Paso lupine and spice. Its palate is sexy, rich and textural with just enough verve to have you salivating for more. While enjoyable now it will deliver in spades with a few years of patience in your cellar. Drink 2021-2035.”

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Paul Hobbs disciple’s HOT new Pinot from “Grand Cru” grower

Brycen Hill runs the vineyard operations for Paul Hobbs, and recently started his own label called Keltom Roots in appreciation of all that has formed and enhanced his life.  The Keltom Roots name is portmanteau of Brycen’s parents’ names: Kelly and Tom (pronounced kel·tum).  The  label features an illustration of an organism in field guide-style that matches the characteristics and qualities of the vineyard & variety.  Brycen’s focus is making small-lot, single-vineyard wines that match the beauty of the natural world, with balance and purity.  

This inaugural bottling is sourced from famed famer Jim Pratt’s Morchella vineyard in the Russian River Valley.

KELTOM ROOTS 2019 Pinot Noir “Morchella” Lakeview Vineyard, Russian River Valley
GGWC 39.99
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Sourced from a single vineyard farmed by famed grower Jim Pratt, the 2019 Morchella Pinot Noir is a vibrant, fresh style of Pinot Noir made primarily from Dijon clone 114 grown in the cooler Green Valley sub-AVA of Russian River Valley. The wine has an energetic medium-pale ruby color. Aromas of bright cherries, dried rose petals, clove, and violet develop in glass. Naturally balanced acidity brings out elements of cranberry, raspberry, hibiscus, black tea, and rosemary. 

Winemaker Notes: “This youngster will improve in the bottle over time, and can be served now through 2027. The 2019 was an excellent vintage to launch Keltom Roots’ inaugural release. We had plenty of rain in the early part of 2019 that was followed by warming temperatures that led to a very succinct bloom period and excellent fruit set. Gentle warm weather continued throughout the year allowing for even ripening. Harvest arrived unhurried, allowing for ideal acidity retention and expressive maturity.”

Only 125 cases were produced!

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Hot NEW Thomas Rivers Brown 4 BARREL “Inaugural” Cabernet Release

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development of a wine auction site and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners and glasses of wine, where they discussed the prospect of finding a project that would allow them to work together in producing a world-class wine. The opportunity finally arose eleven years later, with the premier release of the 2009 Hobel Cabernet.  This is the TENTH release, the 2018 vintage crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown and will really wow you, it is AMAZING!  We also have an INAUGURAL RELEASE with the new “THE BURL” Cabernet Sauvgnon in the lineup.

Hobel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Burl” , Napa Valley – INAUGURAL RELEASE
RETAIL 114.99 ~ GGWC 109.99

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Vinous 97 Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Burl, emerges from Heritage School Vineyard, which is also in the Franz Valley School District. Inky, deep and super-expressive, the 2018 packs a serious punch. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, licorice, lavender and spice all race out of the glass. Sumptuous and exotic in its beauty the 2018 is positively stellar. I would give the 2018 vintage a few years to settle. It is another magnificent wine from proprietors Cameron and Bahaneh Hobel and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.”

Winery Notes: “2018 is our inaugural vintage for The Burl, sourced from the Heritage School Vineyard, which sits directly across the street from the vineyard for “The Grain” in Calistoga. Since we lost The Grain in 2018 and also The Arris (don’t worry it will be back in 2019!), we were excited to be able to add The Burl to our lineup.  The wine is produced from all Clone 337 and sourced from two different vineyard blocks: the steep Hillside block provides structure to the blend and the dry-farmed and gentle sloping Lakeview block provides depth and richness. The wine spent 20 months in Darnajou oak barrels, 75% of which were new.  The Burl exhibits a lifted nose of sandalwood, pine resin, baking spice and black walnut, interlaced with blue and black fruits. The palate is deep and lush, again highlighted by black fruit, milk chocolate and wood spice. Great freshness carries the finish on and on, enhancing the detail in this wine. Hobel fans will see a lot of familiar notes in this wine – dare we say, Grain 2.0?!”
 
Winemaker Notes: “With the exit of The Grain from the Hobel lineup, it just made perfect sense to source from Heritage School Vineyard, which lies just across the street. Our team has worked with the vineyard since 2008 and intimately knows the nuances of the different blocks. The vineyard delivered outstanding fruit in 2018. We chose to pair the very steep Hillside block, which gives the wine its structure and backbone, with the dry farmed Creekside block, to add depth and density. The Burl has a lot of parallels to those produced from its neighbor across the street, with the savory notes and fresh vibrant long finish.”
 
Also check out this other AMAZING Hobel release:

Hobel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Figure” Napa Valley
RETAIL 114.99 ~ GGWC 109.99

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Vinous 95 Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Figure emerges from the Pozzan Vineyard on Franz Valley School Road, just across the street from Engelhard, where this brand started. A wine of tremendous aromatic intrigue and complexity. The Figure has so much going on. Dried flowers, mint, iron, sage, blood orange and cedar give the 2018 striking aromatic layers to complement its dark red fruit. The Figure has a ton of potential. I get the impression things are just getting started with this site” 
 
Winery Notes:Figure: The distinctive pattern that results from various grain orientation and by annual growth rings, rays, knots or deviations from natural grain —  The 2018 Figure shows initially understated notes of earth, wood char and vanilla on the nose, which are quickly enveloped by aromas of warm blackberry compote. The palette is defined by dense dark fruit – blackberries and boysenberries – laced with a touch of salty brown sugar.  As we typically see with The Figure, there is an immediate suppleness, due to well-integrated tannins, but with 2018 there is another level of depth and it will benefit greatly with bottle age.”
 
Winemaker Notes: “ I may sound like a bit of a broken record but every year of vine age and added attention to farming in the Pozzan Vineyard is really paying off for The Figure bottling. Our predictions of what was to come for the 2018 Figure after early sampling from barrel have come true. The Figure is deeply colored, with layers of dense fruit and an exotic perfume. It still has plenty left in reserve to unwind with some cellar time. If you loved the 2016 Figure, the 2018 is several steps up and a great candidate for cellaring.”

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My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet is back, with a 96+ POINT rating!

I am thrilled to pass on outstanding news! Once again, Jeb Dunnuck & Robert Parker have reviewed My Favorite Neighbor 2018  as one the highest scoring wines in its price-point!

In fact, it outscores 99% of the wines in the world across its price-point! 

A very exciting time to be part of MFN’s growth as it continues to garner great accolades from Robert Parker, Anthony Galloni, and Jeb Dunnuck. And it tastes great too!

What started as an homage to Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery and his Bordeaux roots quickly became an obsession. Stretching wide across the Westside Hills of Paso Robles is clay soil amazingly similar to those found in Napa and Bordeaux. Today, these special sites are farmed meticulously by the farmers who have become My Favorite Neighbors. With their dedication to the land, we are able to craft a world-class wine without any shortcuts or compromises. Welcome to the Neighborhood.

My Favorite Neighbor 2018 Cabernet, Paso Robles
GGWC 64.99
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Winery Notes: “The 2018 vintage of My Favorite Neighbor is a crowd pleaser.  We think Jeb Dunnuck said it best with his tasting notes: “The 2018 My Favorite Neighbor is a step up, offering a more complex, elegant style in its crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spice, crushed flowers, and graphite aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, and incredibly textured on the palate, with silky tannins, it has no hard edges, a deep, opulent style, and a huge finish. It’s going to compete with just about anything coming out of Napa today.” Shipping is inclusive with the purchase of a case.”
 
Jeb Dunnuck 96+ Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is similarly deep purple/ruby-hued and has slightly more red fruits with lots of black raspberry, cassis, toasted spice, unsmoked tobacco, and incense aromas and flavors. It almost has a Margaux-like perfume and is medium to full-bodied, seamless, and wonderfully balanced on the palate. Some chalky minerality comes through with time in the glass, and it has plenty of tannins and a great finish. It’s not an over-the-top blockbuster and impresses just as much for its elegance as its richness.”
 
Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Syrah, aging in 70% new French oak. Deep ruby-black in color, it gives up luscious crème de cassis, blackberry pie, kirsch, mint chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee and grilled meats scents with touches of tobacco and sweet spices. Medium to full-bodied, it offers intense, expertly managed, ripe fruits and loads of spices with a firm, finely grained frame and great freshness, finishing long and spicy”

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HOT FROM THE PRESS: A BIG WHITE WINE FOR RED WINE DRINKERS

Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in common. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kerouac, whispering incessantly in the back of their minds, they lift their deep roots and go. He picks up his guitar and she takes nothing but a flower in her hair and love in her eyes, and they come to California.

Those days are long gone, but they still have deep roots and their dreams. Never ceasing to work hard and with passion, they have eventually reconnected to their native culture through the winemaking tradition. All that they have seen and felt and envisioned they expressed in every step of the process that brings this wine to life. They’ve always been enamored with the big Friulian white blends (55% Malvasia, 25% Ribolla, 20% Tocai, sourced from three first-rate vineyards – Catie’s Corner, Tanya’s Vineyard & Pagani Ranch) and wanted to pay homage to their heroes and their dreamy creations. With the same hedonistic approach, they have created an ever-changing blend that embraces the melting pot they’re in and love, California, and the one they’ve left behind.

Arbe Garbe 2019 Proprietary White, Russian River
GGWC 41.99
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The Arbe Garbe White Blend (50% Malvasia, 30% Tocai, 20% Chardonnay) is absolutely gorgeous. The wine is medium to full in body, offering bright, floral aromatics that lead to apricot, lemon confit, jasmine and mint. Beautifully perfumed throughout, the wine offers a compelling interplay of exotic fruit, lifted aromatics and pliant texture. Not surprisingly, it has much in common with the white blends of Friuli. The latest Arbe Garbe White is all class.
 
Winery Notes: “The  White Wine from Arbe Garbe is an unusual—and fabulous—blend of 50% Malvasia Bianca, 30% Tocai Friulano and 20% Chardonnay, what winemaker Enrico Maria Bertoz calls “the Holy Trinity of Friuli,” where he was raised. The Malvasia is split into portions, with one portion whole-cluster pressed, a second portion on skins for 12 hours and a third portion on skins for 24 hours. These lots are then blind tasted to create the final blend. The nose explodes to musk, lychee, warm peaches, charcuterie and beeswax with high-toned notes of fresh green herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate has a gorgeous silken texture, ever-so-slightly creamy, with kaleidoscopic bursts of ripe fruit in the mouth. It’s concentrated while still incredibly light on its feet, addicting in its freshness and long, textured finish. What a gorgeous vintage for this wine!”
 
Also check out these other great Arbe Garbe Wine:
BENANDANTS 2018 MALVASIA BIANCA “CATIE’S CORNER” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 94 Points
ARBE GARBE 2018 MALVASIE LATE HARVEST “CATIE’S CORNER” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 93 POINTS

 

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