Monday, July 13, 2015

BEAT the HEAT:Blackbird cult cab Dry Rose , 90/100 to 92/100..on deal+Armas de Guerra Rose FINALLY back

 
Two GORGEOUS, rich, dry roses to beat the HEAT, one FROM A SUPER HIGH END NAPA CULT CAB producer (90 to 92 POINTS), one from SPAIN (89+points) and a LONG TIME GRAPE WINE CO. FAVORITE:
 
 

The Rosé Boom Shifts Into High Gear

Pink wine is in: Dry rosé has become one of the hottest trends in wine. The above-$8 rosé category was up 34% to $63 million in the 52 weeks ended May 23, according to Nielsen, with volume rising 29% to nearly half a million cases, about double the category's 2012 total.

Retailer Sherry-Lehmann in New York City is doing a brisk business in rosé year-round. "We've had years of double-digit growth from an already very strong base," says CEO Chris Adams. He adds that rosé tends to appeal to younger consumers with good wine knowledge.

 
 
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1) 2013 BLACKBIRD ARRIVISTE NAPA VALLEY ROSÉ, $8-10 OFF PER BTL.  $17.95


A CABERNET drinker's ROSE!

 

 

 

Bottle

 

GRAPE WINE CO SPECIAL PRICING

 

 

 

 

BLACKBIRD ROSE -ARRIVISTE- 2013

2013

$28.00

 

 

$17.95

 

240 btls

 

*Inventory is listed in bottles

 

The 2013 Arriviste is an elegant, salmon red-colored rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. On the

nose, strawberry and iris aromas meld with hints of tropical fruit. The wine showcases crisp flavors of tart cherry, red

apple and cool citrus on the mid-palate, carrying clean minerality and bright acidity on to the lingering finish. The 2013

Napa Valley growing season saw near-optimal conditions, allowing for an abundance of perfectly-ripe grapes with a

smooth balance of acids and sugars, producing this spectacular rosé. *The 2013 is 58% Cabernet where-as the 2014 will be much different in style as it has a greater portion of Cab Franc (will be a lighter bodied rose). This is the last vintage of its kind for the famous Blackbird Rose!

 

 

WINEMAKER: Aaron Pott

BLEND: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon - 22% Merlot - 20% Cabernet Franc

FERMENTATION: Saignée method, cold fermented for 6 weeks,

ALCOHOL: 14.5%

 

Arriviste

Inspired by "les gitanes," the gypsies of St. Emilion, Blackbird Vineyards' Arriviste captures the high-spirited nature of

winemaking. This vibrant, puckish rosé conjures images of summer twilights and harvest moons. While it hints at the

flavors of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that frame it, Arriviste is not a wine to demystify. It is simply a wine to enjoy.

 

2013 Vintage

Look at ALL the GREAT RATINGS and REVIEWS below:

 

90 Points

"An intense, structured wine thick in strawberry and raspberry flavor with just a hint of herbal amidst its complex layers."
— Wine Enthusiast

 

 

 

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92 Points

"2013 Arriviste was tasted close to room temperature. The nose is deeply chiseled graphite, strawberry and peach. The palate is bone dry with licorice, graphite, strawberry, and oyster shell-like mineral - crisp and clean. The finish is clean with notes of parsley, geranium, peach and salt. Arguably the best Arriviste I have reviewed. Drink 2015 - 2016."
— Doug Wilder, purely domestic wine report

 

 

 

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5/5 Stars - Exceptional

"Screw cap. Excellent rose: fragrant, dry, full bodied, moderately intense in flavor, it is medium long on the finish, with a hint of tannin, and tastes of strawberry, raspberry, herbs, and grapefruit."
Restaurant Wine
August 2014

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90 points (Very Good+)

"It opens with mild clementine and wet stone bouquet with a hint of red cherry. On the palate, this wine is initially medium bodied and freshly acidic."
Ken's Wine Guide

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Perfect to beat the HEAT!!!
 
Enjoy Summer, JUST RELEASED, their NEW and SPECTACULAR 2014 vintage:
 
2) Armas de Guerra Rosado 2014-Rose, this IS the BEST ROSE under $20 that we have tasted in a LONG TIME and the label/case is cool/unique too (the weapons of war) we ALWAYS keep not just ONE-but TWO bottles in the fridge by the pool on Sundays...so dry, crisp, clean and SUPER refreshing, yum!

Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

89 Points AGAIN (and Tanzer is a TOUGH rater)

 

 The Grape Wine Company Sale Price $13.95

Wine Maker Notes:  

 Pale pink. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, redcurrant and white pepper show very good clarity and energy. Concentrated flavors of a Rosado, with a nervy acid structure providing shape and lift. Finishes taut and minerality, with an echo of red berries.

 

Vinos Guerra, founded in 1879, is the oldest winery in the Bierzo region in NW Spain, close to Portugal. The founder Don

Antonio Guerra was a pioneer in many ways. Mr. Guerra was one of the first producers to bottle

Methode champanoise wines in Spain. In addition to wine, Don Antonio also produced a variety of

Spirits from Agua Ardiente, to Vermouth and Anisettes. Today the Guerra winery farms 1/3 of all the vineyards of the Bierzo region. Out of the 3,000ha (7,413 acres) of vineyard land in Bierzo, Guerra takes care of 1,000ha (2,471 acres), however they only make wine with the best 10% of grapes. This rigorous selective process allows the Guerra wines to show, consistently, extraordinary quality. In addition to been so selective, Guerra possesses among the oldest and most precious Mencia (Mehn-cee-ah) and Dona Blanca vines in the Bierzo region. The average age of these vines is 50 years making wines that are able to communicate an impressive sense of depth and flavor. In summary Guerra is one of the most historic wineries in Spain focus in making wine with the best selection of grapes coming from old vines that are 50+ years old. All these vineyards are organic and dry farmed. 

WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?: An historic winery founded in 1879, making wines with old vines 50+ years old, from organically grown dry-farmed vineyards. In addition Guerra controls 1/3 of all the vineyard land in Bierzo (1,000ha 2,471 acres) and only makes wine with the best 10% of the grapes harvested. 

GRAPE: 100% Mencia. Vines planted from 1958-1968. MENCIA IS A "COUSIN GRAPE"OF SYRAH

Tended in river stone and clay soil at 450-600 m (1,476 - 1,968 ft.) elevation

 

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This light dry rose is perfect for light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish and goats' cheeses. Monica & Oliver suggest a Salade Nicoise! Very cool label too with the wicked fighting knife!


 

 

 

Have a nice weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2010(best vintage there in 25 years)winners from Tuscany:CAPARZO Brunello 2010,BEST buy for classic 2010 Brunello,BIG rating(95/100),LITTLE price, 2010 90/100 VOLANO ROSSO, yum!

 
WINNER #1:
See pdf
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Normale 2010, best buy for classic 2010 Brunello, BIG ratings,LITTLE price. A long time GRAPE WINE CO. favorite FOR THREE DECADES, super consistent and VERY VERY fairly priced!
 
2010 CAPARZO BRUNELLO $39.95 92/100 and 93/100 and 95/100
6 cases  in our San Antonio warehouse . More available in a week or two. $39.95.00/bottle.
 
 THREE nice reviews. Best priced 2010 (Best vintage in Tuscany in 25 years) Brunello in the market.
 
Let us know if interested. There is a nice little SURPRISE from the winery in each case to celebrate 40 years of making  super consistent, always highly rated Brunellos.
 
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 WINNER #2:
See pdf
 
Another GREAT FIND from TUSCANY:
 
 the LAST and ONLY 20 cases of the GREAT 2010 vintage (best vintage in Tuscany in the last 25 YEARS!!!) , $15/btl. 90/100...a "baby" Super Tuscan.
 
A dangerous red! Only 5000 cases made back then in 2010, we were able to secure 20 cases, 13 cases NOT SPOKEN FOR YET.
 

il Volano Rosso di Toscana IGT Grace 2010
Location: Panzano in Chianti Enologist: Franco Bernabei Estate Owner: Frank & Tim Grace Estate Director: Gerhard Hirmer Vinification: 100% Sustainable Farming
Wine Spectator- 90 Points!!! The Grape Wine Company Sale Price $15.00
 
Wine Spectator Notes: 
Showing depth to the cherry, raspberry, licorice and spice , this red is balanced and well-structured, with a lingering finish with lot's of fruit and spice."-B.S., Wine Spectator   
 
American-born, London-based Frank Grace purchased the 19th-century windmill ("molino"), adjacent barn, villa (Villa di Castagnoli) and vineyards in 1995. He carefully picked their geographic and microclimatic situation, ensconced in the heart of the Panzano zone of Chianti Classico. Mr. Grace restored the ancient barn close to the villa and filled it with sculptures, paintings, contemporary installations, and artifacts that spilled out into the surrounding land. In fact, he transformed it into a combination art gallery and state-of-the-art winery, completing it in 1998. The Panzano estate has seen grape-growing for the past 350 years, though Frank Grace has decidedly awoken the sleeping beauty and propelled it into the third millennium. At the same time, Il Molino di Grace is profoundly rooted in local heritage. In the words of Frank Grace's son, Tim: "The Grace family philosophy is simple: being true to the rich tradition of Tuscan winemaking and its unique terroir."

It will remind you of your last trip to Tuscany!!  

This delicious wine sell for $15 a bottle.  Please call us at (210) 828-2222 or email us at oliver@gwineco.com or monica@gwineco.com to reserve a case before it is gone FOREVER

Cheers

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Thanks, have a nice week.


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

 

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.