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

Monday, March 20, 2017

SUPER HIGH END MARGAUX arriving from Bordeaux,France this week/Prieure-Lichine 12 + Giscours 10 + Palmer 06 = Margaux Offer

Those are FABULOUS DIs (direct import) from Bordeaux, ie no middle men except the "clearing house" and true MARGAUX LEGENDS, they will be here Thursday, all in ORIGINAL WOOD CRATES, Sante!
 
 
This IS very VERY exciting: PERFECT FOR THE CELLAR....OR....THE DINNER TABLE!
5 cases of each three winners from MARGAUX are arriving next week from Bordeaux, the GORGEOUS 2006 PALMER (great/classy/famous black label too) is SECOND TO NONE!
 
Each gives you a different price point in the world of wonderful Margaux to add to the cellar...or drink with special friends and family!

 


1)   2012 Château Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux $50.95 btl  (12pk/750ml)
92 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"The 2012 Prieuré-Lichine is soft, open-knit and totally inviting. Sweet floral notes meld into the typical Prieuré Lichine red stone fruits. Already quite expressive and totally delicious, the 2012 should offer readers a long and broad window of pure pleasure. The silky, persistent finish points to a bright future. The 2012 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu are the consulting winemakers."





2)   2010 Château Giscours, Margaux, 3rd Growth $99.95 btl /  (12pk/750ml)
93 points WA - Parker
"I contrasted this directly against the superb 2009, but I still maintain that this has the upper hand, albeit in a different style. The aromatics are very focused with black fruit, violets, fig and mineral scents that are very well defined. But you need patience - this is not as immediate as the previous vintage. The palate delivers, delivers and delivers brilliant delineation and poise, more freshness than it knows what to do with, an intensity that is supremely well focused and length in the mouth. There is even a dab of mint chocolate making a surprise appearance on the aftertaste. This is a very impressive Giscours. Tasted June 2015."





3)   2006 Château Palmer, Margaux, 3rd Growth $299 btl /  (12pk/750ml)
94 Points WA-Parker/96 Points Galloni
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Palmer was wonderful out of barrel ten years ago and now in bottle, it fulfills its promise with a stunning, precise bouquet of maraschino, iodine, cassis and tobacco scents that seem a few years younger than its Margaux peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that cloak its sweet core of cassis and blackcurrant fruit. However, what is so striking is the fineness of the tannin and just how well that oak is subsumed into the fabric of the wine. This is a long-term proposition: a great Margaux from Thomas Duroux. Tasted January 2016."

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

 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

FINALLY BACK IN :WONDERFUL CHATEAU GILLET WHITE BORDEAUX IS FINALLY BACK

 
And now...the MAJOR WINNER FROM BORDEAUX/FRANCE is FINALLY BACK:

2014 CHATEAU GILLET-WHITE BORDEAUX-$13.95/BTL.

 

Our favorite-ALWAYS-white Bordeaux in a long time, finally back! 

 

Chateau Gillet produces estate grown Bordeaux wines with an ecological and terroir driven philosophy. Their offerings combine tradition and authenticity with an approach that makes Bordeaux accessible.  

Grape – 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semilion

Color - Light straw with hints of green

Aroma - Subtle floral bouquet; well-balanced and full of character.

Taste - Crisp, yet soft. Very round and fruity with a touch of citrus. Super crisp and clean, A DANGEROUS WINE!

Pairings – Light salade Nicoise, wonderful with a nice seafood paella too, superb with Sushi and mussels!

 

 

 

Only 15 cases (ORIGINAL WOOD CRATES, AMAZING FOR A WINE UNDER $14) , DON'T MISS OUT! Have a nice  weekend. What a beautiful day!

 

  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!

 
Sante!
 
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  1984-2017
 
 
MONICA . RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC
210-828-2222
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio