Nov
9
2019

LAST CALL for the AMAZING Scarlett Cabernets


Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.

Scarlett 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Rutherford Napa Valley
GGWC 71.99
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The wine’s aroma is AMAZING! The color STUNNING! The flavors MINDBOGGLING! The wine is loaded with black stone fruit and chocolate aromas. On the palate the wine gushes with more chocolate, black currant, jam and some delicate Rutherford dust. The wine is full in body, yet elegant and refined! Gorgeous from start to finish Only 200 cases of this gem were produced, so better jump on this now! Massively scaled for a Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.  Great effort from Mike Smith!

Scarlett 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Estate Rutherford Napa Valley
GGWC 129.99
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A total knock-out, stunner Cab.  The wine is loaded with dark, black stone fruit, offering up hints of licorice, a touch of smoke a good whiff of spice. Offering an extraordinary equilibrium between acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood, stunning purity, a finish that goes on for close to a minute, and a dazzling palate presence from what appears to be an incredible terroir make this an amazing effort in Cabernet Sauvignon Very well balanced with the right acid/fruit ratios.  This is a wine for the ages.  VERY LIMITED

Also check out:
SCARLETT 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC, RUTHERFORD NAPA VALLEY
SCARLETT 2015 PETIT VERDOT ESTATE RUTHERFORD NAPA VALLEY
SCARLETT 2016 ZINFANDEL “ESTATE” RUTHERFORD

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Nov
6
2019

A Great Napa Cab Catch & FREE SHIPPING

Again, a superb, well-made Coho Headwaters. This vintage is a blend of 54%  Cabernet Sauvignon with 35% Merlot from the astounding Michael Black Vineyard add 11% Petit Verdot from the Coombsville area in southern Napa Valley and we have the ingredients for what I believe is one of the best Coho Headwater blends ever produced!

Coho 2015 Headwaters Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
GGWC 54.99
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On the nose this wine shows gorgeous aromas of black and red stone fruit.  On the palate one encounters a well-balanced, cohesive wine that is flashy and opulent showcasing stellar black and red stone fruit with a touch of chocolate and a whiff of toastiness, it has great vibrancy and an amazing balance of beautiful fruit and subtle acidity.  This is a wine that will age nicely.  The finish is gorgeous and lasts a good thirty seconds. This wine is drinking well now, and should cellar well for 7-10 years.

Winemaker Notes: “A vibrant, richly flavored wine.  With its proximity to the  Bay it imparts spicy aromatic and flavor complexities, while the gravel and volcanic-rock strewn soils contribute to the mineral notes that rolls on the palate and gorgeous long finish.  A focused purity of gorgeous red and blue fruits infuse a core of currant and pomegranate flavors.  This is an elegant wine that despite its early approachability will continue to reveal additional complexities for the next  6-10 years.  The wine is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 19% Petite Verdot”

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Nov
5
2019

Post Parade … the latest HOT Cabernet from Thomas Rivers Brown

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and their idea was born.  At the helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers. (FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.)

Post Parade 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 104.99
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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact. This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  Only 400 cases produced.

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “Made by superstar winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Post Parade is a ripe, decadent 2016 that makes the most of the vintage. Tons of ripe black raspberries and cassis flow to a wine that has full-bodied richness, a sumptuous, exuberant texture, no sensation of weight or heaviness, and terrific purity. This wine is all Cabernet Sauvignon and was brought up in 90% new French oak. It’s a pleasure-bent beauty to enjoy over the coming 15-20 years.”

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Nov
4
2019

Napa BARGAIN Cabernet of the Year!

Husband and wife (Sean Garvery and Lindsay Buehler) grew up in Napa Valley and with this Field Guide are paying tribute to what their parents contributed in the early days to the Napa Valley.  This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the Kairos Vineyard (south of Stag’s Leap) offers up bright red and black fruit on the nose, and bold, juicy and bright fruit on the palate. This wine is a real crowd pleaser and value! Sadly the production is ONLY 150 cases, so hurry!

Revival “Field Guide” 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 49.99
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Winemaker Notes: “Natives to Napa Valley, we know the hand shake, the haunts, and where the good grapes hang out. Field Guide is just as comfortable in a tumbler sitting on a workbench as it is in crystal on a white table cloth. We believe that a wine should be an expression of the vintage, the site, the grape and nothing more. We call it honest winemaking. In 2015 our Cabernet grapes already tasted rich, with ripe dark fruit flavors before we harvested in October. Our job in the cellar was easy – we just got out of the way!”

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Nov
3
2019

HOLIDAY “DRINK” BOOK GIVING IDEAS

HOLIDAY “DRINK” BOOK GIVING IDEAS

Grasping the Grape: Demystifying Grape Varieties to Help You Discover the Wines You Love
by M Chevriere

If you’ve ever been baffled by wine descriptions like “tightly coiled” or “fast, slippery, sappy,” then Maryse Chevriere is the wine writer for you. A sommelier and James Beard Award-winning humorist for her Instagram account @freshcutgardenhose, Chevriere brings her signature levity and whimsical illustrations to her new book, which breaks down 30-plus of the most prominent grape varietals from Albariño to Zinfandel with a brief history and fun facts for each, plus tips for finding your new favorite wine.

Cocktails with a Twist
by Kara Newman

With five cocktail books under her belt, including Shake Stir Sip and Nightcap, Kara Newman’s newest is right in line with her style of playful approachability. Cocktails with a Twist presents the concept of cocktail branches—riffs that can be created by building upon a classic. Flip to the section on the Gimlet, for example, to get the drink’s history and classic recipe. Then, open up the fold-out pages to reveal relatives like the Southside, Last Word and Corpse Reviver #2. Expand your repertoire with 21 classic recipes and 141 drinks total.

The Cider Revival: Dispatches from the Orchard
by Jason Wilson

Keeping in line with the same signature storytelling style that made Boozehound and Godforsaken Grapes entertaining travelogues, Jason Wilson makes a clear case for why cider is back and better than ever. For cider nerds, it’s an enjoyable meander through the who’s-who of the cider world, and for novices, Wilson does a fine job of explaining the drink’s idiosyncrasies in an easily digestible manner.

The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes
by Robert Simonson

Following up his 2014 book, Old Fashioned, Imbibe contributor Robert Simonson has tackled the single-topic drinks exploration again with The Martini Cocktail. The book is as beautiful as it is insightful, and Simonson does an excellent job of tracing the obscure roots of the Martini and offers a well-rounded collection of both historic and modern recipes.

Drink Better Beer: Discover the Secrets of the Brewing Experts
by Joshua M. Bernstein

Imbibe contributing editor and all-around beer authority Joshua Bernstein returns to press in September with a new book on his beverage of choice. Gathering insight from more than 100 beer experts, Drink Better Beer shares the basics of navigating your local beer store like a pro, and how best to enjoy your brewed haul.

Vignette: Stories of Life and Wine in 100 Bottles
by Jane Lopes

Jane Lopes’ beverage career has taken her across the world, from Catbird Seat in Nashville to Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan to Attica in Melbourne, Australia. Along the way she became a Master Sommelier, and her first book is as much personal storytelling as it is a guide to wine. In Vignette, Lopes weaves her personal narrative together with educational passages through 100 bottles of (mostly) wine and charming illustrations that depict, for example, the vine fungus botrytis as explained by the sweet-rotten behavior of Botrytis the cat.

How to Cocktail
by America’s Test Kitchen

As their name suggests, the folks at America’s Test Kitchen are sticklers about testing recipes, and their first-ever cocktail book takes the same rigorous approach. Organized by method of mixing, How to Cocktail not only offers up a slew of classic recipes and a handful of originals, but also explains how to properly use bar tools, breaks down the most common base spirits and mixers, and provides instructions for DIY syrups and infusions. It’s a perfect beginner’s guide for the cocktail-curious.

Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink & the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time
by Brad Thomas

Cocktail books typically lean in the direction of fun and entertainment—and while the latest book from Parsons (Bitters, Amaro) certainly doesn’t skip out on the good times, he strikes a tone more elegiac with Last Call, asking bartenders heavy questions about mortality and legacy. In 23 cities across the country, Parsons inquires about what their final drink would be—and the question opens a wider discussion into bar rituals, cocktail culture, and the inherent appeal of these welcoming rooms in the wee hours of the night.

The NoMad Cocktail Book
by Leo Robitschek

Classy and compact, the new cocktail book from the famed New York hotel bar The NoMad is a stately addition to the world of bar-focused recipe books. Ideal for folks who are comfortable making advanced drinks at home, there’s no lengthy explanations of how to make cocktails, just a whopping collection of 300 recipes (more than 100 are new to the book) paired with elegant illustrations.

A Brief History of Lager: 500 Years of the World’s Favourite Beer
by Mark Dredge

The lager family tree, which includes styles ranging from Pilsner to Dunkel, and its historic emergence is charted with carbonation-sharp precision in the latest from bestselling beer author Mark Dredge. He defines the basics (what’s a lager?) in addition to excavating the beer’s ancestors & exploring the transformation of a style once it reached American shores. Full of shareable tidbits, Dredge’s book explains it all in an entertaining fashion, weaving in personal stories to keep the tale of the centuries-old lager fresh as ever.

Vineyards
by Fred Lyon

In the 1940s, Fred Lyon was an amateur photographer and wine lover living in San Francisco. Combining his interests, Lyon spent the next seven decades photographing vineyards across the globe, all while running his own small vineyard in Napa. His new book, the coffee-table style Vineyards, is a gorgeous retrospective of his photography, illustrating the nature, history and humanity found among the vines.

Nov
2
2019

LAST CALL 4 The Titans are back – A 97 Point, Perfectly structured Syrah!

Just from the color you can tell the 2016 Les Titans Syrah will be magnificent; it has an electric psychedelic purplish glow hinting at the energy present in the wine. The nose is a complete knockout with iron, grilled meat, hickory smoke, ink, and pain grillé aromas. The mouth is consistent with the nose combining power and precision. The finish is long and clean with great acidity and lingering notes of violets and squid ink. The Les Titans has everything you could hope for in cold climate Syrah with grace and focus and none of the one dimensional, heavy, leaden quality found in lesser wines. I suggest you drink a bottle upon release to see what is so exciting and then open a few every few years to watch it evolve into the single best Les Titans – and maybe even Syrah

Peay 2016 Syrah “Les Titans” Estate, Sonoma Coast
GGWC 59.99
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Vinous 97 Points:Peay’s 2016 Syrah Estate Les Titans is utterly magnificent. Black cherry, plum, crème de cassis, graphite, black pepper and licorice marry perfectly with the wine’s vertical feel and sense of structure. A super-classic, cool-climate wine, the 2016 Titans dazzles from start to finish. I loved it.”

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Nov
1
2019

“THE” Best under $100 Napa Cabernet

It started in 1914 when Eliza & Mads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted  numerous farm animals.  Not until the 1990s was the orchard replaced by vines again. The current Peterson generation has been growing Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Merlot on the property.

Under the guidance of ace-winemaker Robert Foley, the Petersons have been producing amazing wine from the property called “Switchback Ridge” named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy that began with her great-grandfather, Mads 105 years ago.  Her daughter Ashley is being groomed to take over the reins one of these days as well.

2016 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard
GGWC 99.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 96+ Points: “The 100% varietal 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard comes from a site in Calistoga and was raised in 50% new French oak. It offers impressive amounts of cassis and blueberry fruits intermixed with lots of sappy herbs, incense, and California bay leaf-like nuances. Full-bodied, rockingly concentrated and powerful, yet still elegant and seamless, it’s a seriously good Napa Cabernet that might just be one of the best at the under 100-dollar price point.” 

Winemaker Notes: “Intense dark fruit aromas of black cherry and black currant indicate the ripeness and purity of this beautiful Cabernet. The structural framework is sturdy, while tannin grips very gently, carrying the fruit flavors with a trace of vanilla into a long, graceful finish. ~ Bob Foley, Winemaker”

Also check out these other amazing Switcback Ridge  wines:
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2016 PETITE SIRAH “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2016 MERLOT “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY – 95 POINTS

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Oct
31
2019

A Modern Day California Bubbly that will “tickle” the palate, and not hurt your wallet!

Carboniste” is a new, very exciting sparkling wine project by husband and wife duo, Jacqueline and Dan Person.   Dan was the longtime assistant winemaker Schramsberg (Napa Valley’s oldest & premium Sparkling wine producer) and quite some years at Larkmead.  His wife worked  as an invested consultant for a large winery.  Together they decided to start something on their own, and handcraft some “modern-day” Sparkling wines.  The packaging alone is innovative and fun!

Carboniste 2018 Rose of Pinot Sparkling
GGWC 29.99
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The 2018 Sparkling Pinot Noir is a gorgeous blend of Pinot Noir fruit from two vineyards in Santa Cruz and in Marin, with 15% Chardonnay from Marin to boot. The resulting blend is a fun, very approachable bubbly. On the nose bright aromas of rose petals, strawberries, bright red cherries, and guava. This might be a perfect Thanksgiving wine.!

Winemaker Notes: “It’s a fun and fresh sparkling wine with notes of wild strawberries and guava. It pairs well with a wide range of fresh foods including uni, ginger stir fry, and summer barbeque.”

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Oct
29
2019

You must be kidding me… DuMOL Cabernet?

 
DuMOL has been synonymous  with great Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.  As you might (not) know, Andy Smith (winemaker and partner) made the wines at Larkmead in the Napa Valley for years.  That said, after 20+ vintages, DuMOL decided to add some Cabernet to its portfolio.

The 2016 Cabernet is a blend of some well-known and highly regarded Napa Valley vineyards – Meteor (59%), True Dog Knoll (30%)  and the balance Ballard on Spring Mountain.  The 2016 Cabernet is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Verdot.

DuMOL 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 104.99
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A ripe, friendly style, with a creamy-textured core of cassis and cherry preserve flavors underscored by anise and apple wood notes that stay nicely melded with the fruit on the finish. 

Winemaker Notes: “With its harmonious layers and textures, this wine reminds me of the 2012 Napa Valley vintage. Dark, inky and opaque, it presents aromas of plum, violets and graphite. Beautiful fruit cascades almost immediately to more savory flavors: crushed rock dustiness, cocoa and cedar. A good, firm mineral spine runs through to the long, bittersweet finish. Ever-evolving in the glass, this wine is poised now and will age beautifully over the next 10+ years.”  

Also check out the latest DuMOL “Designated” Pinots, Chardonnays & Syrah:
DUMOL 2017 CHARDONNAY CHARLES HEINTZ "ISOBEL" SONOMA COAST – 97 POINTS
DUMOL 2017 CHARDONNAY “CHLOE” RITCHIE VINEYARD ~ 95 POINTS
DUMOL 2017 PINOT NOIR ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 95 POINTS
DUMOL 2017 PINOT NOIR JENTOFT VINEYARD "RYAN" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 97 POINTS
DUMOL 2017 SYRAH "EDDIE'S PATCH" – 96 POINTS

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Oct
28
2019

Hedonistic, 97 Point Pinot Noir & “GRATIS” Shipping

“Inheriting an unbroken string of success — dating back to 2011 — the 2017 “Bastard Tongue” arrives fully-formed and ready to impress. Always a blend from multiple Pinot Noir vineyards, this iteration of “BT” was selected from three distinct sites, each making their own unique contribution of Sonoma County terroir to the wine’s character. Exploding forth on a tidal wave of high-toned, intense red and black fruits, this is a Pinot Noir that no stemware can contain. The palate’s profound depth is balanced by an inherent freshness, allowing the wine to crackle with brambly energy, while sustained by bass notes of underbrush, black tea, pie spice and bakers chocolate. A formidable rendition of “Bastard Tongue”, and deserving successor to its line.” ~Justin Harmon, Argot Winemaker

Argot 2017 “Bastard Tongue” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
GGWC 84.99
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The Bastard Tongue, a blend of Swan, Pommard and Dijon 115 clones, offers up dark raspberry, strawberry and cherry notes that give the wine a dark-red-fruit character, but there are also loamy soil undertones, underbrush, spice box and a rich, medium to full-bodied, fleshy mouthfeel. This is a complex Pinot Noir to drink now and over the next decade.

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “The Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir from Justin Harmon is thrilling stuff that reminds me of some old-school Kistler wines. Smoking notes of black raspberries, dried flowers, incense, and forest floor notes all emerge from this deep, rich, layered effort that has fabulous complexity, a hedonistic texture, and impeccable balance. It’s a rock star of a Sonoma County Pinot Noir that delivers the goods. Drink it any time over the coming 8-10 years.”

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