Monday, June 26, 2017

part 2/4TH of July BIG CABS/new 2014 Dominus cab 98/100.New 2014 Napanook-by Dominus-cab 95/100

Happy Monday
 
 
#1) DOMINUS ESTATE, super high end Napa cab meritage 2014-98/100 and 97+/100-is coming Wednesday, and they have lowered the price too as this is the FIRST TRANCHE pricing, $223/btl.
 inside track for you, the new 2014 Dominus, 97+ points by Parker  and 98+/100 by Laube /is being released tomorrow, as always the first tranche (means first slice in French) / pre release price is around $40-50 less PER BOTTLE than the second tranche price, so please let me know.
 
 10-only 10- 6 bottle wood crates available at the first tranche price

Winemaker's Notes

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

  • JS98+
    James Suckling - "Loads of dark tobacco aromas with blackcurrants and black olives. Boysenberries, too. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and lots of flavors of smoke, dried roasted chillis, black truffles, mushrooms and fruit. Bright acidity on the finish. Sexy, refined and subtle  austerity. Alluring. Very approachable now but better in 2021. "
  • RP97+
    Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2014s, where the production of Napanook was only 2,200 cases and Dominus slightly more than the 2015 at 4,000 cases, was another early harvest, although somewhat later than 2015. The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueix's belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf , spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously – as most 2014s are – and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years. " see pdf  

Dominus

Dominus Winery
In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix(Who has become a personal friend of ours and is super fun/jolly fellow) fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.

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#2) 2014 NAPANOOK(second label of Dominus)Estate Napa CAB, one their best ever, 95/100, $68.95/btl.
14x 12 bottles pretty wood crates available
 
Same ultra high end ownership (Christian Moueix of DOMINUS and CHATEAU PETRUS)
Same fabulous land in Napa (DOMINUS)
Same winemaking dream team (DOMINUS)
1/3rd the cost of Dominus! 
 
see pdf 
 
Enjoy both ALL AMERICAN winners, just on time for the Fourth of July! 

 

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO., INC.
210-828-2222 PH
Oliver@gwineco.com
Gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio 

 
Monica  Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
210-828-2222
Monica@gwineco.com
Celebrating 33 years in business. 1984-2017

 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GWC and RESSEL SUPER FAVORITE has ARRIVED: 2015 Latour Montagny 1st cru white Burgundy/90/100 and BEST BUY of ALL white Burgundies

 
 
 
 This 2015 French beauty just released now:
 
An excellent effort, 90/100 it should drink well for 8+ years."
We say it's got value, class and style written all over it.
 
How can you go wrong? Drink now through 2025, we drink this wine ALL THE TIME, it's LIKE DRINKING A NICE CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET FOR HALF THE PRICE!
 
We CRAVE this Montagny when it is out of stock, FOR REAL! 
THE WHITE BURGUNDY from LOUIS LATOUR: 2015 LATOUR MONTAGNY 1ST CRU "LA GRANDE ROCHE" ONLY $19.95!!! (was $25.95 )
 
see pdf
 
NICE CRISP and SUPER REFINED...perfect white Burgundy at the PERFECT price! 
 
 Amazing VALUE, you get a 1st cru single vineyard white Burgundy UNDER $20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
The expression of the Chardonnay grape reaches incredible levels of complexity in Burgundy, I call white BURGUNDIES "RED WINE DRINKER'S WHITE WINE". Latour Montagny is full-bodied without being heavy displaying gorgeous meyer lemon, herb, straw and mineral flavors that race through the smooth rich, lengthy finish. Think slightly buttery croissant or brioche feel/YUM!YUM!There is NO better wine in the world with fish and seafood, of course chicken CORDON BLEU or bacon wrapped quail work well too! DRINK NOW-2025-90/100-
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Merci bien! Sante! Have a nice week.
Latour Montagny PREMIER CRU La Grande Roche 2015  $19.95/btl. 

Will be advertised soon, 15 cases will be available.  
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE COMPANY,INC.
210-828-2222
Gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
                                                                                             Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio-1984-2017
 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Friday!favorite B duo IS back:Spanish WINNER:90/100(Parker)BARAHONDA Carro meritage beauty/ch.BOISSON wh.Bordeaux from France.

TWO GRAPE WINE CO FAVORITE EUROPEAN BARGAINS ARE FINALLY BACK AFTER OVER A YEAR(and they both start with the letter B), THE BARAHONDA CARRO TINTO FROM SPAIN AND THE CH BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX FROM FRANCE, JUST ON TIME FOR ALL YOUR SUMMER PARTIES!
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1) BARAHONDA CARRO TINTO 2014/$14.95
 
 Viva Espana!!!
 
Last year we sold out IMMEDIATLEY!

 DON'T MISS out on this RIDICULOUSLY PRICED GEM. 8 CASES LEFT NOW...

"Oliver & Monica have done it again. Another great find & great Value from 

Spain. Please purchase now, product is going fast!!!!!Here is a History of our 

Delicious Wine."



Barahonda Carro Tinto 2014-Spanish Red Blend, 90/100 AND ONLY $14.95!!!ONLY 8 CS LEFT NOW



Carro, made by Bodegas Señorío de Barahonda in the DO of Yecla, is a perfect example of how

Spain offers the best wine values in the world! The wine is made with grapes from vines that were

planted in 1977 and are tended in limestone soil which receives a mere 8-10 inches of rainfall each

year. The state-of-the-art winery is a perfect "kitchen" to transmit this unique terroir. Carro is

100% un-oaked made with organically grown grapes. With a wine making heritage that dates back

to 1925, the Candela family owns about 340 hectares (840 acres) of vineyards. Yecla is one of only

a few wine regions in Spain(South East Spain near the MED) that has remained unaffected by phylloxera. Carro's richness, depth

and profound earthy flavors will transport you to the arid, rugged and tranquil terrain of Yecla.



WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE: 

The winery has used estate-owned grapes since 1925. The wine is organically

grown and the grapes are from 35-year-old vines. Carro is a 100% un-oaked wine, made using a Rhone-like blend of

grape varieties. The amount of care and the quality of the grapes that go into Carro are the same used to make more

expensive cuvées. This great value offers high quality for price.



 

GRAPE: 

50% Monastrell (Cousin grape to cab-Bordeaux style), 20% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 10% Tempranillo. 


PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: 

This simple, unpretentious, easy-to-drink and juicy red will pair well with most any flavorful,

casual dishes—summer or otherwise—you're likely to see it on the backyard deck , at the beach, or at a picnic. Grilled

cheddar burgers with bacon or BBQ brisket are perfect. Try with Monica's Grilled Chicken with Red & Yellow peppers, served on a 

Monica's soon to be famous Jasmine Rice . 




TASTING NOTES FROM ROBERT PARKER*(see below)

Carro is a ridiculous value in a full-bodied, complex, rich and savory dry red wine. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, licorice and camphor, the wine is totally un oaked and naked. This is a beauty of purity and richness and just goes to show what one can buy if careful with researching importers. Drink it over the next several years. Decant or put in a big wine glass 30 minutes before drinking it..YUM!


2014 Senorio de Barahonda Carro
Senorio de Barahonda 
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Spain, Yecla, Spain
         

       
Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
eRobertParker.com #Interim - November 2015
Nov 2015
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 2016 - 2019
The 2014 Carro is a ridiculous value in a full-bodied, complex, rich and savory dry red wine. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, licorice and camphor, the wine is totally unoaked and naked. This is a beauty of purity and richness and just goes to show what one can buy if careful with researching importers. Drink it over the next several years.

These six remarkable wines are from proprietor and winemaker Antonio Candela, who runs this estate in the backwater appellation of Yecla, sandwiched in Southeastern Spain between Alicante on the coast and neighboring Jumilla further inland. All of these are beautifully crafted and just fabulous values!
CARROs are the carts used to carry the grapes by hand, this poem is in the front of each bottle (in Spanish, of course!)
 
Avanza ligera en cada surco,                   Advancing light in each groove,slight
timidamente el polvo del                         road dust rises to my step,
camino se levanta a mi paso.                  The load is heavy, but it is
La carga es pesada, pero es un                a triumph, a conquest. At every
triunfo, una conquista.A cada                 step the vintage flourishes....
paso la vendimia prospera....                 every moment, the wine comes alive....
a cada instante, el vino va tomando vida....
 


only 8 cases left NOW at this RIDICULOUS $14.95 PRICE!!!



 

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2) CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX 2015/$13.95
 
CHATEAU BOISSON WHITE BORDEAUX 2015  Boisson means drink in French.
 
                                                              90% Sauvignon Blanc 10% Semillon

WOW - $13.95/BTL.!!!!

At Grape Wine Company we are always on the lookout for an exceptional White Bordeaux and we have found another one yet again several years ago, it has been out of stock for over a year and a lot of customers have been "crying" waiting for the new release...well, it IS FINALLY HERE! 

From the southern region of Bordeaux where the clay-limestone soil is ideal to produce world renowned Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This is a well-rounded wine with delightful volume, richness and yet is still crisp and super clean. There are pleasant notes of white daisies on the nose with the presence of lime and grapefruit on the palate. There is a hint of smokiness on the finish due to the Semillon. It is a delightful classy drink for both light meals and casual sipping.. perfect for parties too, WE ALWAYS KEEP TWO BOTTLES, NOT JUST ONE IN THE FRIDGE BY THE POOL, FOR REAL!

 

A favorite at Chateau Ressel with cold refreshing ceviche or moules marinieres or shrimp cocktail!

 
14 cases left...
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Enjoy TWO MAJOR WINNERS/VALUES .
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 

 

MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO. INC.
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com

Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Temptation 4CS LEFT/Stone Street cab 91/100 SUPERSTAR CAB/Their best EVER!

 
Viva Fiesta!!! Last month, we SOLD OUT IMMEDIATELY, a superb-sold out-Alexander valley cab beauty...well, four more cases just showed up at that great discounted price:
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 2013 STONESTREET ESTATE ALEXANDER VALLEY-MONUMENT RIDGE- CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $39.95/BTL...TRIPLE 91/100 (WW/WS/WE) AND 90/100(PARKER)....see attachment
 
 
iF YOU ARE A BIG, SMOOTH RICH CALI CAB FAN, PLEASE LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS DELICIOUS TAMED BEAST! WE CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH THIS 2013 STONESTREET CAB OVERDELIVERS FOR UNDER $40!!!!!! WE BLIND TASTED IT (for real!) NEXT TO $100 NAPA and ALEXANDER VALLEY CABS and  WOW!!!
 
"VERY full-bodied (14.5 %), rich, very concentrated wine with soft velvety tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol , chocolate and wood. This beauty is one of the top STONESTREET  cab EVER and from the classic 2013 vintage. It drinks great now and should age easily for 15+ years. "

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As mentioned earlier, thIS wine  IS available in limited quantities so please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com or oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a case or two....you WILL not regret it.

 

 


 


 

 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hobbs Single Vyds cabs arriving next week, 95/100 to 98/100

 
 
 
 

Here is what is on order...all ratings from Parker's Wine Advocate...SUPER HIGH END SINGLE VINEYARD PAUL HOBBS CULT CAB:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottles soon to be in stock AND still not spoken for:

114586

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER DR CRANE- 2012

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98 WA

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$266.00

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15

115937

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS- 2012

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95 WA

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$254.00

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60

116657

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -NATHAN COOMBS ESTATE- 2013

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96 WA

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$399.50

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8

117878

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS- 2013

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98 WA

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$269.00

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30

115938

PAUL HOBBS CABERNET SAUVIGNON -BECKSTOFFER TO KALON- 2012

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97 WA

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$433.00

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OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

La Gerla Brunello single vineyard RIS. Vigna Angeli 2010 (6/750ml)-17 Bottles in Texas,95 and 96/100

Happy Easter!
 
They areFINALLY here, 2x6 packs and 5 loose bottles (THE ONLY 17 BOTTLES IN TEXAS AND WE OWN THEM!), have a great weekend.
  
$89/btl. for a SUPERB 2010(INCREDIBLE VINTAGE IN TUSCANY) SINGLE VINEYARD BRUNELLO RISERVA -LA GERLA VIGNA ANGELI-, 2x6 packs and 5 loose bottles in the whole State,  ALL those high end 2010 Tuscans are close to impossible to find now...
 

Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red tending to garnet. Dry, warm, velvety, harmonious, steady body and character. Evolved that crumbles into shades of Parma violet and gladiolus, likens the humble fruits of the forest floor. Superb!

Critical Acclaim

  • JS96
    James Suckling - "Very fresh and aromatic with flowers, blueberries, dried cherries, oyster shell and seaweed. Full-bodied, tight and poised. Compressed palate. Very long and powerful yet very fine and fresh. This is getting better and better in the bottle. Drink or hold."
  • WS95
    Wine Spectator - "Pure cherry, rose and raspberry aromas and flavors are expressive in this complex, ripe Brunello. Hints of leather, tobacco, mineral and spice lay in wait, but this is all about the fresh fruit at this stage. Very harmonious, yet with plenty of structure. Long on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2032. "

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Yum!BURGUNDY 92-96 points, gorgeous Latour CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET/ WOW! 5CS only available.

 
There is an old saying in France that: "Si Paris est le coeur de la France, la Bourgogne est l'estomac" =  "If Paris is the heart of France, Burgundy is the stomach"...so true, the finest wines and-arguably-finest meals are in Burgundy! Experience the MAGIC OF BURGUNDY, where the wines are so ROBUST yet so REFINED.
 
Only 7 cases of this great wine in stock. 2014 LATOUR CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET///
And at $73.95/bottle a steal from The Grape Wine Company.  Tastes like a $150 grand cru white Burgundy!
 
4 CASES LEFT NOW, A BEAUTY!

Once again, challenging conditions along the Côte de Beaune in 2014 separated elite growers and winemakers from the rest. Yields were again down as much as 50 percent, but quality was STUNNING. 


Wine Spectator rated the vintage 93-96 points (possibly the finest for white Burgundy since 1985!)


Antonio Galloni's Vinous didn't mince words: "clearly a vintage to buy." 


James Suckling called it "beautiful" and "creamy" and lauded its "full body," rating it 92 points.


At Domaine Louis Latour, meticulous and rigorous vigor in the vineyards resulted in a "masterful vintage," according to Latour's winemaker, Jean Charles Thomas. 

We remember it like yesterday. When we visited Burgundy in June 2014 (SEE PICS), the mood in Puligny and Chassagne was buoyant. Flowering had gone off without a hitch. The Chardonnay set, while not copious, was above the norm. 2014 was shaping up to be an excellent vintage both quantitatively and qualitatively — if the weather held out.

Three consecutive short harvests (2011 to 2013) ravaged by hail and frost had the greatest names of Chassagne-Montrachet grimacing as they took stock of the value of their assets and their revenues. Even as land and bottle prices skyrocket on the limestone hillsides of the Côte de Beaune, it's hard to keep cash flowing when yields are down 30-80%.

The winter of 2013-2014 was mild and dry, as was early spring. By mid-April, the vines had gotten off to such a fast start that Louis Latour's winemaker Jean Charles Thomas had considered moving up his traditional August vacation plans. It was possible, he thought, that instead of hunting for wild boar in the vast Corbières forest of southern France, he'd actually need to be picking Chardonnay! 

But then Burgundy cooled off. Six weeks of chilly, wet weather set his mind at ease. The rains were welcome, and refreshing for the vines, and the cool weather suggested a normal harvest date, sometime in mid-September — Jean Charles would not have to cancel his hunting trip.

Right up until June 27th, Latour's plantings on the mid-center cut of hillside above the tiny town of Chassagne-Montrachet were bathed in warm sunshine, all but eliminating any early-season risk of mildew.

Then came the fateful evening of Saturday, June 28th.

Virtually the whole village of Chassagne-Montrachet came to a standstill as menacing black clouds rolled in. By the time lightning struck in the distance, lighting up the sky, the Latours, Ramonets, Leflaives, and Niellons already knew what was coming. The first drops of rain came, quickly saturating the cobblestone streets. Thunder grew closer, louder — and then the sky opened up. Once again, a massive thunderstorm pelted the Côte de Beaune, rain and hail ravaging vines. Up to half of the potential crop was lost in just a couple of hours.

That was the bad news. But, there's quite a silver lining. 

Despite a diminished crop, Jean Charles told us he still considered it a "masterful vintage." Grapes that remained on the vines in Chassagne-Montrachet were treated to a glorious stretch of bright, sunny days and cool, crisp nights from early August through to harvest. At Latour, workers began hand-picking grapes the third week in September. Chardonnay berries were loaded with sugar, yet acids were vivid and electrifying.

In small crop years like 2014, Domaine Louis Latour also integrates the wine of some of its better Premier Cru vineyards (such as Les Embazees, Les Vergers, and Les Baudines) to enhance the quantity — thereby also raising the bar on quality — of this already OVER-THE-TOP white Burgundy. 

 

It gets better. Wine Spectator rated the vintage 93-96 pointspossibly the best vintage for white Burgundy since 1985! Antonio Galloni's Vinous published a report that didn't mince words: "For lovers of classic white Burgundies, 2014 is clearly a vintage to buy."

The 2014 Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet is a pure pale-green-gold color, with aromas of lemon peel, white orchards, intense honey, and vanilla on the nose. Rich and weighty on the attack, infused with flavors of ripe citrus and pear. Beautifully balanced, finishing with vibrant minerality and backbone. Drink now to 2025. James Suckling called it "beautiful" and "creamy" and lauded its "full body," rating it 92 points.

Tasting Notes 

92 Points James Suckling

A beautiful, creamy white with sliced apples, lemon curd and hints of mangoes. Some sand, too. Medium to full body and a soft texture, but this is fresh and delicious. Drink now  and for 15-20 years.


 
 
 
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 
MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC
210-828-2222
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio