Monday, May 11, 2015

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino ...10CS AVAIL. 95 pts GALLONI, 95 pts SUCKLING AND 94+ PARKER!!!

Time again to have fun with  "special" or "highly rated" or "higher-end" or "limited availability" wines. The idea is to mete out emails from time-to-time that focus on the "gem" aspect of a particular wine that we love.
 
  First come, first serve, as you know, 2010 is a HISTORICAL/ULTIMATE CLASSIC vintage in TUSCANY! ONE OF THE BEST OF THE BEST OF VINTAGES!!!

 

 

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino (check out the great press below):

 

One of the first of the highly anticipated 2010 Brunellos to hit the Texas market!!. Approximately 27 cases (12-packs) came to Texas, we got 10 cases. And then, it will likely be gone forever. Please contact us ASAP!!! A bargain for the buck …

 

$53.95 per bottle

 

95 points Antonio Galloni

        La Gerla's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is absolutely delicious. Dark red cherries, plums, mint, smoke, tobacco and licorice flesh out in a wine that offers notable depth, structure and power. The 2010 is medium in body and also quite polished, yet there is a level of inner sweetness and perfume that makes the wine incredibly appealing, even today. Ideally, though, readers should give the 2010 at least a few years in the cellar. The precise, delicate finish is a thing of beauty. (AG)  (2/2014)

 

94 points James Suckling

        Aromas of dried chili and salt with hints of oyster shell. Dried berry and cherry. Sweet cherry. Full body, chewy and very intense, very dried fruit character. Opens to a beautifully silky textured finish. Better in 2017. (12/2014)

 

94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 94+: Dark spice and dried cherry aromas open the bouquet of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. This may be the best base Brunello I have tasted from La Gerla. The wine is distinguished by a heightened sense of uniformity, especially where the bouquet is concerned. You can easily identify tones of cherry, spice, leather cola and licorice that are typical of the Sangiovese grape. Wait a few minutes, and the wine begins to shows finely etched tones of grilled Mediterranean herb, ash and dried ginger. The nose is penetrating and deep with etched mineral tones at the back. This lovely wine also exhibits silky, long tannins on the smooth finish. 94+ (ML)  (2/2015) 

 

 

All our Best, 

 

 

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

 

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

Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cali quartet:BUEHLER CAB 2013 on deal, MEOMI(By Caymus)CHARD, F/CARANO MERLOT/WHITE OAK S BLC

TREMENDOUS CALIFORNIA QUARTET, ONE CAB, ONE CHARD, ONE SAUVIGNON BLANC,  ONE MERLOT : ALL FOUR MAJOR VALUES:

1) 2013 BUEHLER NAPA CAB- was $27.95/btl. now $22.95/BTL. for the LAST 15 cases BEST BUY FOR REDS IN CALI !!!
(TREMENDOUS CALIFORNIA VALUE FOR CALIFORNIA CAB in the Wine Spectator and "BEST BUY" too)
 
To me, this is a decadent red from NAPA THAT TASTES MORE LIKE A $30-40 CABERNET, talk about MAJOR VALUE, a long time Grape Wine Company favorite:
I personally love all the different fruit flavors that are so easy to pick up in this full-bodied classic Napa cab:Dark plum, fig and blueberry fruit supported by dark cocoa and bacony toast. Stays fresh and open through the finish. Solid. Drink now through 2022+.
This is QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR A RED UNDER $25, DENSE, SMOOTH AND FULL-BODIED WITH A FOCUSED BAND OF SPICY CURRANT,  BLACKBERRY, CEDAR, CHOCOLATE AND PLUM FLAVORS...THIS CABERNET BEGS FOR STEAK, GAME OR RACK OF LAMB, PERFECT FOR PARTIES TOO!!!  
 
 15 CASES AVAILABLE AT that great price of $22.95/BTL. 
 

"Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is brimming with aromas of plums, blackberry, black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, our Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age."

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2) BELLE GLOS - MEIOMI CHARDONNAY 2013 91/100 $20.95---Made by Caymus---first time EVER OFFERED! SSee pdf
 
Meiomi Chardonnay embodies the character of California's most notable coastal wine regions. Unifying the unique characters from each region allows this Chardonnay to distinguish itself as an elegant, balanced Chardonnay fully formed. 91 Score - Wine Spectator. ($20.95) 

3) WHITE OAK  - 2013 RUSSIAN RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC $15.95---Deliciously refreshing!    See pdf
 
GOLD Medal Monterey Wine Festival Competition
Lead by aromatic notes of nectarine and citrus zest with a hint of cotton candy, the flavors develop into Asian pear and Mandarin orange with an integrated bit of flinty minerality on the palette. The wine finishes with bright fruit and firm acidity. 88 Points Robert Parker. ($15.95)

4) 2012 FERRARI-CARANO MERLOT - SONOMA COUNTY $20.95---Doesn't get more velvety/chocolaty, yum!    See pdf 
 
This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of fresh-picked raspberry, plum, blueberry pie, cedar and dark cocoa. A fleshy and generous mouthfeel is followed by flavorful notes of red cherry, smoky caramel cinnamon, mocha, espresso and toasty vanilla. With full, generous tannins that coat the palate, this wine has impressive length, lasting acidity and a soft, elegant finish. ($20.95)

 

 Enjoy ALL FOUR WINNERS!!! 

 

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

 

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

Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

PART 2, WOW! 97/100-100/100 STAGS LEAP CASK 23, ONE OF THEIR BEST EVER, WE ARE ALLOCATED 5X6 PACKS

 

2012 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Napa Valley $225/BTL.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from

USA, Napa Valley, California, USA

 ONLY 3 X 6 PACKS LEFT, 97 TO 100 RATING...WOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source

Reviewer

Rating

Maturity

Current (Release) Cost

eRobertParker.com #215
Oct 2014

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

(97-100)

Drink: 2014 - 2038

(235)

The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 appears to be the finest Cask 23 since the glory years of the mid-eighties. It boasts a dense purple color, complex notes of spice box, Christmas fruitcake, blackcurrant jam, mulberries and spring flowers, as well as a full-bodied, opulent personality. It is a profound example of this iconic wine. Drink now-2038.

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 OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

 

MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC
210-828-2222
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

Thursday, March 19, 2015

all three NEW 90/100 rated NUGAN wines from down under, just in.

 
                    There's a new look at Nugan Estate…and some great wines as well!!!

We've pleased a lot of customers with Nugan Estate over the years and we have some exciting new wines from this outstanding Australian winery.  Each of these wines received 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(a very tough rater) and they represent fantastic values at $16.95/btl. Recently, Matthew Nugan paid us a visit here and we got to taste his new single vineyard "Personality Series" wines and we've put Tanzer's reviews by each wine.  The personalities are as interesting as the wines and Matthew tells the story on how each wine was named.

 

2012 Drover's Hut Chardonnay:  Stephen Tanzer – "Ripe nectarine, melon and tangerine on the fragrant nose and in the mouth.  In a lush, open-knit style, with a jolt of bracing acidity adding lift and focus.  Picks up a stony, almost Chablis-like hint of minerality on the finish, which lingers with very good intensity and focus."

 

Why "Drover's Hut?":  Back in the late 1800's, when men were men and sheep were scarce, the rugged outback of Australia was tamed by our drovers (cowboys).  Because of the vastness of the landscape and the size of cattle stations, these men would be away from home for months at a time, taking shelter along the way in these rugged little wooden shacks with tin roofs and bare floors.  Very few of these huts are left and we've been careful to take good care of the one on the edge of our Chardonnay vineyard, which sits on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.  We keep fishing tackle (and a pile of good booze) in it now, for our staff who want to fish from the river.

 

 

 

2012 Scruffy's Shiraz:  Stephen Tanzer – "Spicy blackcurrant and cherry aromas are complimented by Asian spices and floral oils.  Lively and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet, incisive dark fruit flavors and a hint of spice cake.  Finishes on a gentle tannic note, with very good clarity and an echo of candied flowers."

 

Why "Scruffy's Shiraz?":  Scruffy is the nickname of our Shiraz vineyard manager Brett – he's a mountain of a man (picture the Marlboro man on steroids) and always looks like he's been wrestling the local wildlife.  Despite constantly looking untidy and in desperate need of a shave, he's a real charmer with the ladies.  We excuse him for being so rough around the edges since he really knows what he's doing in our vineyards – and because we get to tell silly stories about him at our local pub.  On a side note, Scruffy is always ready in public moments with a "pre-emptive" comment.  When at wine tastings or dinner parties,  before Scruffy dives into the wine he created, he'll always apologize to everyone in the crowd on what he might say after the wine is opened.

 

 

 

2012 Stomper's Cabernet Sauvignon: Stephen Tanzer – "Tight, sharply focused nose displays scents of blackberry, cassis, graphite and mint, lifted by a lavender topnote.  Dense, yet lively on the palate, offering intense dark fruit flavors that become sweeter with air.  Supple tannins frame the incisive finish, which lingers with very good fruit-driven intensity."

 

Why "Stomper's Cabernet Sauvignon?":  My mom Michelle, is the matriarch of the family wine business and is a pretty tough customer (she was named Australia's business woman of the year in 2004).  That being said,  one of  her favorite winery workers is a vineyard manager named Stomper and my mother has never given him a harsh word (I wish I could say that myself).  Stomper has seemingly found a way to sidestep her wrath with his carefree attitude.  We call him Stomper because the whole building shakes when he walks in, and he leaves mud everywhere because he's too lazy to wipe his feet.  And he keeps doing it!

 

 

 

 

All of these wines sell for $16.95 a bottle.  Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a case of any of these wines.



Monday, February 23, 2015

It's "raining " VERY HIGH END CABS including-FINALLY-the newly releasd SUPERB FAUST CAB 2012

Happy MONDAY!
 
Faust cab $49.95 
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE  NAPA CAB AND FAVORITE WINERY AND UNDER $50 TOO, THE VERY BEST "BARGAIN"IN TODAY'S OFFER:
2012 FAUST ( Second label of QUINTESSA )Napa Cabernet Sauvignon  $49.95  90/100 AND 91/100....From the GREAT/CLASSIC 2012 vintage in Napa.
 
Outstanding 2012 FAUST exhibits gorgeous breadth to its FULL bodied,very concentrated personality...This well-extracted wine has outstanding depth of fruit. Intense, juicy and powerful. It coats the taster's palate with blackberries, cassis and spices.
The second label of the super sought out, super premium producer QUINTESSA winery, this is a gorgeous, rich, fat wine that Parker-loving first labels would sell their souls for. A big, intoxicating aroma of ripe, plummy fruits and cedar knocks you back into your chair. There are cedary, sweet, rich, thick, black fruit flavors with a massive mouthfeel more typical of port than wine. Try with roast lamb or filet mignon or a grilled burger. DELICIOUS!
 
 ONLY 15 CASES AVAILABLE//////////////////////// 5 CASES OF MAGNUMS AVAILABLE TOO AT $129/MAG. Same fabulous 2012 vintage.

In the German legend, Dr. Faust trades his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and pleasure. It's moral lesson to all, as tempting as this is on many, many levels. Imagine the parties? But while you will trade about $50 for the Faust Cabernet, made by the legendary winemakers at Napa Valley's Quintessa winery, plenty of pleasures are found within the bottle.

Quintessa has made its reputation in Napa by showcasing the strengths of vineyard sites within this famed valley, but Faust reflects a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from AVA regions throughout Napa, namely Rutherford and Coombsville. This allows the winemakers to commingle subtle flavor differences and build a wine with rounded (yet challenged?) character. But it's not just one, flat note. They crafted a diabolical blend of many different Bordeaux grape varietals for our drinking delight: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

The Faust 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon offers layers of complexity. Aromas of dark fruits of black cherry, plum, tinged with green tobacco float from the glass and meet, then meld at the palate crossroads. Here, dusty tannins, menthol, lush black fruit and a hefty helping of vanilla oak complete the negotiation. Elegant yet masculine, seductive yet forceful, this Napa Cabernet would make Mephistopheles proud.

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It's "raining" very HIGH END cabs:
 
Dalle Valle cab-6 pack-2011-$194.00. On a hold but weI can get a few 6 packs if requested
 
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Silver oak Napa cab-2009-$106...NICE TREAT to be able to drink Silver Oak's flagship with 6 YEARS OF AGE!
 
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Plumpjack cab estate-2012-$106.00
On a hold but weI have a few cases

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Here are some other great options/temptations-

Darioush Signature cab-2011-$111.00
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Phelps cab-2012-$66.75  AMAZING BUY and from the GREAT 2012 VINTAGE!
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Staglin cab salus-2011-$85.00
Only 12bottles  in stock
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Stay WARM!
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio


MONICA A. RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO. INC.
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
 
210-828-2222
Celebrating 31 years in business. 1984-2014


 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Leonetti CULT reds FINALLY available for retail in TX, a few cases anyway.95 AND 94 POINTS

Here is what is available; the LEONETTI  FIGGINS FAMILY  ESTATE GIANTS, usually NEVER available except through their private wine club in Walla Walla WA:

Indulge yourself in the BEST of the BEST the entire Pacific NW has to offer!

 

 

95/100 (Parker) Cabernet 2011. $107 cost. 7X6 PACKS

 

 

94/100 (Parker and WS) Red Reserve BLEND 2011. $169 cost. 6X6 PACKS

 

Thank you very much.

 

OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

MASSIVE, HIGLY RATED(91 and 92 by Parker)SUPER REASONABLE REDS from SPAIN and CALI

Talk bout three MASSIVE WINNERS! Two reds from Spain (both rated 91/100 by Parker) and one California red "Rhone blend" from Sonoma County/Mendocino County (rated 92/100 by Parker),
super rich (all three over 15%), super smooth, super affordable ($15 to$19), especially when you consider the rating/price ratio! 
 
 
MARIETTA CELLARS CHRISTO LOT 1 -CALIFORNIA- 92/100, $19/BTL. (Blend of Syrah, Grenache and petite syrah) bring on the rich grilled meats, sausages, PERFECT WITH GAME as the wild boar on the label will hint...we have been DELICIOUSLY enjoying this gorgeous blend ON A REGULAR BASIS with rich, extremely spicy Thai curry (At Thai Dee) , yes IT STANDS UP TO EVERYTHING!   see pdf     don't take our word for it, Parker: "a killer wine...delivers flavor and value in incredible proportions"
 
 
and now...the two SPANISH BEAUTIES:
 
TARIMA HILL OLD VINES MONASTREL(=Mourvedre grape, the same one used in Chateauneuf du pape)-ALICANTE, SPAIN 2012- 91/100, $15.95     see pdf
 
 
BRECA OLD VINES GARNACHA(=Grenache grape, another grape used in Chateauneuf du Pape)-CALATAYUD, SPAIN 2012- 91/100, $16.95     see pdf
 
 
 
 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 31 years in business in San Antonio
 
Monica A. Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
210-828-2222
Monica@gwineco.com
Celebrating 31 years in business. 1984-2015