Tuesday, January 10, 2017

1st time EVER offered,super SUPER CULT cab from Bryant Family and Bettina Bryant meritage

THE PRIDE AND JOY OF A BEAUTIFUL WINE CELLAR:

Great news, if you want some of the very best of what is out there. Both BRYANT have not been in our market before and were only available-by the bottle-on a  LONG waitlist from the winery's private club, quantities made are TINY.  Both are BEYOND what we call cult cabs.

 

We have been allocated 4 cases of the Bettina Bryant and 3 cases of the Bryant family. All are 6 pack cases and are currently in Austin, but will be on the way soon.

 

2013 Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red                        $749 a bottle

97 pts James Suckling

There's a phenomenal nose to this wine with crushed berry, wet earth, wet slate and hints of flowers. Full body with a chewy tannic structure, yet soft and polished. Powerful and rich. Muscular and toned. Has form. Slightly austere tannins. This needs at least four to seven years of bottle age. The high percentage of merlot from Howell Mountain gives this wine a real edge and beauty. A blend of 62.3% cabernet sauvignon, 30.2% merlot and 7.5% petit verdot. Try in 2020.

 

2013 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon                $879 a bottle     

96 pts James Suckling

The purity of fruit here is terrific with licorice, black currant and oyster shell. Blackberry too. Full body. The finish is overwhelming with such great intensity and grip. High-tensioned austerity. Energetic and intense. Tannins are austere. Drink in 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers,

 

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 CO, INC
210-828-2222
monica@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year/CRAZY dealS on BOTH Faust cabS 2013 AND 2014, 13 off PER BTL.

 
HAPPY  NEW YEAR!
 
There is NOTHING LIKE CUTTING DEALS with importers and wineries ON THE VERY LAST DAY OF THE YEAR (which happens to also be the very last day of the busiest of ALL months in the wine business)
Make NO MISTAKE about it, those two CRAZY FAUST deals below are ONLY AVAILABLE on the quantities left(UPDATED IN REAL TIME) below:
 
Crazy-CRAZY DEALs on 2013  double 92/100 rated FAUST NAPA CAB ONLY $36.95(VS.THE USUAL $49.99 RETAIL)
 
                                                 2014 released last week FAUST NAPA CAB, also ONLY $36.95(average retail price in the US: $52)
 
 
Only 8 cases of the 2013 and 7 cases of the 2014 to be "STOLEN" NOW... SELLING OUT VERY QUICKLY, FOR SURE!
 
 
 AT THAT PRICE, MAKE SURE TO GET AT LEAST TWO CASES, YOU ARE BASICALLY SAVING $155 PER CASE! You buy a case of the 2013 and a case of the 2014, ESSENTIALLY TREATING YOURSELF to a MINI VERTICAL!
 
 
 
1)2013 Faust Napa cab WAS $49.95   crazy deal $36.95!!!
 
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE  NAPA CAB AND FAVORITE WINERY AND UNDER $50 TOO, A WONDERFUL "BARGAIN" and ONE of the BEST FAUST CAB WE HAVE EVER HAD (Along with the 2012 AND THE NEWLY RELEASED 2014...THESE "GUYS" AT QUINTESSA KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, FOR SURE!) and I HAVE BEEN "PUSHING" FAUST and QUINTESSA from the "trenches" since their INCEPTIONS, A TRUE POWEHOUSE NAPA GIANT for UNDER $50:
2013 FAUST ( Second label of QUINTESSA, Q sells for over $120 )Napa Cabernet Sauvignon  92/100....From the GREAT/CLASSIC 2013 vintage in Napa. GREAT CLASSY LABEL!
 
Outstanding 2013 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!
 
 
STOCK UP AT $36.95/BTL.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
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 2013 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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2)2014 FAUST NAPA CAB  $36.95 average retail price around the country $52!!!
 
Just NOW released! Not yet rated but when you taste it, it's a NO BRAINER, it will GET 91/100 or 92/100 or BETTER like ALL THE FAUST cabs in the past 7 years! 
Wow! This gorgeous cab is so rich, muscular, concentrated and dark in the glass, it looks more black than red!

"Faust is the epitome of the style that has made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon world renowned: bold and powerful, yet elegant and concentrated. Dense and inky, the core is a beautiful, rich ruby color. The aromas lift out of the glass with blackberry, black cherry, ripe raspberry and tea leaf. The entry is impressive with a fleshy mouthfeel and notes of cassis, dark chocolate and ripe berries. The layers continue to unfold throughout a long finish." - Winemaker's notes-

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Faust is designed as a second wine of Quintessa. It exhibits a very dense dark/ruby/purple color, cassis fruit,  blackberry, chocolate, coffee in a delicious, very rich , fruit-forward, open-knit style. Enjoy it now through 2028+.
 
 
Happy New Year! TREAT YOURSELF TO A MINI VERTICAL (2013 and 2014) AND SAVE $155 PER EACH CASE OF EACH VINTAGE 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 33 years in business in San Antonio
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Part 2/GERARD BERTRAND GRENACHE/SYRAH meritage,90 POINTS as well and UNDER 13/8 cs avail.

Here is another MAJOR EUROPEAN WINNER, THIS TIME FROM FRANCE-90/100 Wine Spectator as well...-
...from SOUTH OF FRANCE SUPERSTAR GERARD BERTRAND, but we only got 10 cases, so it WILL BE GONE VERY SOON. ONLY $12.95!!!
 
2011 GERARD BERTRAND SYRAH-GRENACHE-LANGUEDOC ---$12.95/BTL.
 
Flavor profile, think of a "POOR MAN'S CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE"...
 
See pdf
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Friday!SPANISH RED BEAUTIES THAT ARE HIGHLY RATED BUT AT RIDICULOUS LOW PRICES:true STEALS

 
WINE #1) Ludovicus Tinto 2013-100% Garnacha-90 Points Robert Parker $13.95, YES...YOU READ CORRECTLY, UNDER $14!!!

"Oliver & Monica have done it again. Another great find & great Value from 
Our Friends at Ole Imports. Please purchase now, product is going fast!!!!!Here is a 
Brief History of our Delicious 100% Garnacha(one of the same grapes used in CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE),organically grown from Terra Alta-Spain."


A Brief History of Terra Alta, Spain:

This mineral, rich, spicy Mediterranean red drinks like a wine two times its price. It is produced from organically grown grapes in the high elevation Terra Alta region. These high lands are located just 45 minutes south of Barcelona in the mountains of Tarragona overlooking the Mediterranean.

Ludovicus pays tribute to the roman heritage of this region. The Romans planted vineyards in this
area during the 3rd century. Terra Alta neighbors the acclaimed Priorat region. Just like in Priorat,
Garnacha and Mazuelo (aka Cariñena, or Samsó) are the most commonly planted grapes. The
Garnachas that grow in Terra Alta are among the finest in Spain due to three factors: the elevation,
the limestone soil and the plethora of old vine that Terra Alta possesses.
 
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?: 
Ludovicus is a wine that appeals to both new world and old world palates. People who like Cab, Syrah, 
Malbec and Zinfandel love Ludovicus. Produced from dry-farmed grapes that are organically grown.


PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This ripe, juicy, vibrantly big-fruited red wine is a real crowd pleaser, and Ludovicus's easy
drinking nature makes it a versatile wine, either with meat and pork main courses or with more casual tapas or small plates.
Of course, this wine is also a great sipper on its own. Try with Flank Steak-Grilled and topped off with a Pablano-Cilantro Pesto,  
Bring on the rich grilled meats, sausages, PERFECT WITH GAME ...we have been DELICIOUSLY enjoying this gorgeous RED ON A REGULAR BASIS with rich, extremely spicy pork Thai curry (At Thai Dee) , yes IT STANDS UP TO EVERYTHING! Don't take our word for it, Parker AGAIN: "a killer wine...delivers flavor and value in incredible proportions"

Here is what Robert Parker Says about this wine:
90 points Robert Parker Ludovicus Tinto 2013-100% Garnacha from Terra Alta, Spain

"An amazing wine made from 100% Grenache organically farmed. The 2013 Tinto
shows boisterous and exuberant black cherry/kirsch liqueur notes, medium to full body,
terrific purity and exuberance. This is a delicious bistro-style rich fruit bomb that is pure and
succulent. Talk about hedonism!" Drink 2016-2022— Robert Parker
 
These wines are among my favorite from this motivated company. Sensational Values from a Viticulture regions from Espana-Spain." 
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. 
 
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WINE #2)    Breca Tinto 2013-Aragon-100% Garnacha 91/100  ....AND  RIDICULOUSLY PRICED AT $14.95!!!

"Made from the property's oldest vines, which were planted between 1925 and 1945: Vivid ruby. Sexy, mineral-laced aromas of fresh red berries, candied flowers and Asian spices, with a hint of cola in the background. Super concentrated and seamless, offering intense raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of vanilla. Clings with impressive authority on the finish, which features supple tannins and lingering floral character. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then went through malolactic fermentation and 21 months of aging in used French oak barriques. Yields here were reportedly less than a ton per acre in this vintage." 91 points VINOUS
 
  Made from 100% OLD VINES GARNACHA, and  aged for 21 months in a combination of used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, chocolate, vanilla and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red (OVER 15.4% ) should drink beautifully for 7-10 years.

What a STEAL!!! Time to fire up the grill, this rich "monster" IS GOOD with meat, meat and meat! 

 

Only 10 cases at that RIDICULOUS PRICE. $14.95!!! A rich, gorgeous 91 rated Spanish beauty under $15!!!

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...MAKE SURE TO GET A CASE OF EACH, TWO "NO BRAINERS"!!! 

 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE COMPANY,INC.
210-828-2222
Gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Oliver@gwineco.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio-1984-2016

Monica  Ressel
Grape Wine Company, Inc.
210-828-2222
Monica@gwineco.com
 
Celebrating 32 years in business. 1984-2016

 

 

Monday, August 15, 2016

SNEAK PREVIEW/We did it again, THREE reasonable YET highly rated GUZZLER REDS from Cali,94 points

 
Enjoy your week. Nice to have rain and cooler weather!
 
MAKE SURE TO GRAB/"STEAL" A CASE OF EACH , both REDS ($12 to $37) ARE RATED 89/100 to 94/100, AMAZING FINDS:
 
We tasted and PERSONALLY picked the following  TWO CALI CAB GEMS among dozens of other choices:
 
 
 
1) 2012 TRIM CABERNET SAUVIGNON , ST HELENA- CALIFORNIA- $12.95 89/100
 
We have the last 15 cases of the 2012 (GREAT VINTAGE IN CALIFORNIA) Cabernet in the state and once these are gone we will be waiting for the winery to ship the next vintage in 4-5 months
 
Their Cabernet has been a focus brand of SUPERSTAR OWNER/WINEMAKER RAY SIGNARILLO, a top cult cab winemaker for  many years so we are happy that we get to continue to offer this as our favorite Cabernet under $13.00. Every vintage SIGNARILLO  produces a  "SECOND LABEL" Cabernet that tastes more like a $25+ Napa Cabernet. This is an all American style cabernet that does not hold back on bold black fruit flavors yet is still soft and silky on the finish. There is a slight hint of cherries covered in milk chocolate right at the end that makes this such a delight. It's a Cabernet that should please even the most finicky Cabernet drinker, especially at this price/rating ratio...
 
AMAZING, AN 89 RATED CAB UNDER $13!!!
 
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2) 2013 TREFETHEN FAMILY VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON-OAK KNOLL DISTRICT, NAPA-CALIFORNIA-$36.95...Normally $55-60, 94/100 and 93/100!!!
 
100% FAMILY OWNED and 100% ESTATE GROWN, this IS-BY FAR-an unbeliavable deal from this ICONIC FAMILY WINERY...THIS IS TRULY A NAPA MONSTER CAB!
If you like thin, wimpy, weedy reds, STAY AWAY FROM THIS ALL AMERICAN NAPA GIANT, as BIG AS TEXAS!
 
Big wine, big success, big taste and big rating....AND BIG BARGAIN"The cigar chomping, four wheel driving,  no excuse, steak eating  ALL AMERICAN beefy and juicy cab"  

Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California

  • red wine
  • Big & Bold
  • 14.8% alc.
  • WW94
  • JS93
  •  retail price $55.99
   
  • Winemaker's Notes

    Vibrant and deep ruby color. The very attractive nose has aromas of fresh blackberry, red currant and dried fruit. The palate is round and opens with earthy/herbal tones and finishes with silky flavors of cassis, chocolate and black pepper. Balanced and drinkable now, but also an excellent addition to the collector's cellar.

    Pair with a hearty red meat, duck, lamb, game or veal cut. To bring out the flavors in the wine, complement the entree with sides or sauces featuring mushrooms, roasted tomatoes or garden spices (oregano or thyme).

  • A TRUE CARNIVORE'S CAB!!!

    Critical Acclaim

    • WW 94 /100
      Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "The 2013 Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the brightest stars from one of the Napa Valley's best vintages in recent years. Beautiful from start to finish, the wine's impressive nose—bold black fruits, lively black currants, sweet oak—scripts a scene of delight. Serve with a Porterhouse steak topped with blue cheese. Starting to drink nicely. (Tasted: July 20, 2016, San Francisco, CA)"
    • JS 93 /100
      James Suckling - "Classic producer makes a beautiful red. Bright aromas of blueberries, raspberries and black licorice. Full-bodied, firm and silky. Wet earth, bark and mineral undertones. Fantastic now but better in 2018."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Have a nice week. 
 
OLIVER-PIERRE RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO., INC.
210-828-2222 PH
Oliver@gwineco.com
Gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio  1984-2016
 

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

Celebrating 32 years in business in San Antonio

 

 

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

102 DEGREES outside:Miraval Provence Rose ,93/100 and G BERTRAND gorgeous rose/bottle, both on deals for the "canicule"!

Happy Monday!
 
it IS  making our mouth water….HIGH 102 today..."C'est la canicule"! Have a nice week . Stay COOL! Remember, August will BE EVEN HOTTER!
 
 
Both PRE SELECTED DRY ROSES from  France have been thoroughly enjoyed by the pool at the Casa Ressel this Summer,reminds us of my parents' house in Provence by the Med-WELL KIND OF.......
Those EXTREMEY REFRESHING dry roses are all made out of red wine grapes, see below and pdf:
 
 
1) GERARD BERTRAND COTES DE ROSES ROSE-Sud de France- 2015 $16.95
It's HOT, want to save $2 per btl. by buying 2x6 packs-SEE PDF- $16.95/BTL BUT $14.95 if you buy 12 bottles, ie 2x6 packs...
Blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah(same grapes used in Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape)   /////     Gorgeous rose and... gorgeous glass-etched and polished BOTTLE FEATURING THE FAMOUS SAHARA DESERT ROCK FORMATION-LOOKING LIKE A ROSE-ALSO CALLED "ROSE DES SABLES"(=flower of the sand dunes in the Sahara, English translation desert rose)!
GORGEOUS ROSE/PACKAGE/BOTTLE, only 15 X 6 packs available-see pdf- 

WHAT A CLASSY BLEND OF GRENACHE, SYRAH, CINSAULT......only $16.95/btl,but buy 2x6 packs...$14.95..WOW! A very SPECIAL promotion thanks to Monsieur Bertrand HIMSELF. 

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2) MIRAVAL ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE 2015, $21.95 (Normally $26/$27)  Blend of Syrah, Grenache and Roussane(again, your classic Chateauneuf du Pape grapes)---see pdf---with a STUNNING 93/100 RATING, THEIR HIGHEST EVER!
 
 The famous joint venture of PERRIN(owner and winemaker of the superb CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE) BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIEBy far the most refined of all, what do you expect with "Perrin's hands in/on it". Was on  the COVER OF WINE SPECTATOR twice now.
 
 Enjoy a couple of chilled glasses with a refreshing salade Nicoise in a cold plate, yum!
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Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com or oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a CASE of these

majestic  French rose wines, SANTE!

 


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

it's hot/15 cases-LAST OF IT-just came in/ Côtes du Rhône Parallele 45 Rosé - Jaboulet PDF

major winner from France for our hot AND long Summers,
 
oulalal!!  
 
 

 

                           JABOULET AINE COTES DU RHONE ROSE PARALLELE 45 2014 $10.95((  normally $14-15

See pdf

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The "buck stops here" and as the label says "the South starts here" (=ici commence le Sud) 

we stole-STOLE-the last 30 cases 6 weeks ago of that classy/classic COTES DU RHONE ROSE that NORMALLY SELLS FOR $14+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE SOLD OUT IN TWO DAYS BUT FOUND THE LAST 15 CASES IN ANOTHER MARKET, UNFORTUNATELY BEING THIS HOT TIME OF THE YEAR, WE HAD TO PAY A LITTLE EXTRA FOR REFRIGERATED CONTAINER SPACE, STILL A GREAT DEAL THOUGH!!! 

THIS CLASSIC BLEND OF GRENACHE, CINSAULT AND SYRAH is going to a different importer, their LOSS, your GAIN!

Dry and peppery like a Chateauneuf du Pape (SAME REGION), complex, super crisp and clean, soooooooooo REFRESHING, we ARE keeping TWO bottles in the fridge by the pool and the hot tub , it's French ROSE SUNDAY at Chateau Ressel ALL YEAR ROUND! 
 
This IS A RICH/ROBUST RHONE ROSE, TRULY A RED WINE DRINKER'S ROSE! 10   CASES -ONLY- LEFT NOW!!!
DELICIOUS and DANGEROUSmake sure to buy not JUST ONE, but TWO CASES at that INSANE $10.95 PRICE!!!

 

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Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a CASE of this

majestic  French wine, SANTE!