Specials

Viognier

Viognier is a white wine grape. It is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhone valley. Viognier can be a difficult grape to grow because it is prone to powdery mildew. It has low and unpredictable yields and should be picked only when fully ripe. When picked too early, the grape fails to develop the full extent of its aromas and tastes. When picked too late, the grape produces wine that is oily and lacks perfume. Winemakers in the Condrieu often pick the grapes with a level of sugar that will produce wine with alcohol in the 13% range. When fully ripe the grapes have a deep yellow color and produce wine with a strong perfume and high in alcohol. The grape prefers warmer environments and a long growing season, but can grow in cooler areas as well.

In France, the Mistral has a distinct effect on the Viognier vineyards in the Northern Rhone. The wind tempers the Mediterranean climate of the region, and cools the vines down after the severe heat of summer.

Wine expert Remington Norman has identified two distinct strains of Viognier — an "Old World" strain, most common in Condrieu, and a "New World" strain, which is found in the Languedoc and other areas. Although made from the same grape, the two strains produce distinctly different wines.

The age of the vine also has an effect on the quality of the wine produced. Viognier vines start to hit their peak after 15–20 years. In the Rhone, there are vines at least 70 years old.


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Alta Colina 2014 Viognier "12 O'Clock High" Estate Paso Robles

Alta Colina 2014 Viognier "12 O'Clock High" Estate Paso Robles

Alta Colina 2014 Viognier "12 O'Clock High" Estate Paso Robles Winemaker Notes: "In early tasting, this Viognier showed lovely tropical fruit aromatics with a distinct toasty oakiness. Over time, the palate has integrated, with the fruit marrying well with the oak and rich, unctuous flavors filling the palate. This plushness carries through to the smooth, toasty tones of the finish." Robert Parker 90 Points : The 2014...
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Atrea 2015 The Choir White Blend

Atrea 2015 The Choir White Blend

Atrea 2015 The Choir White Blend Estate Mendocino  The Choir is a blend of 60% Roussanne, 39% Viognier and 1% Marsanne. The hugely aromatic nose, with complex notes of orange blossoms, Asian pear, ginger and jasmine, has become the hallmark of The Choir. The palate carries similar flavors with emphasis on stone fruits. It sports richness and bright acidity without excess weight or alcohol. Wine can be powerful and vibrant simultaneously when...
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DuMol 14 Viognier "LIA" Estate, Russian River Valley

DuMol 14 Viognier "LIA" Estate, Russian River Valley

DuMol 14 Viognier "LIA" Estate, Russian River Valley - 94 Points   Retail 65.00 –GGWC 59.99     Pale gold color; beautiful floral aromatics highlight apricot, citrus oil and honey with a chamomile, spearmint edge. Gently elegant palate with ripe peach and nectarine offset by clove and honeyed lemon notes. Gains richness wit aeration, but has enough buffering acidity to maintain focus and length. As with all our...
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Gallica 2013 Suzuri Red, Shaker Ridge Vineyard (94 Points Galloni)

Gallica 2013 Suzuri Red, Shaker Ridge Vineyard (94 Points Galloni)

Gallica 2013 Suzuri Red, Shaker Ridge Vineyard Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6, use code GALL13 at checkout The Story : Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets, but recently added the Suzuri series, high-quality, but well-priced Red blends.  The currnet release is a blend...
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Keplinger 2014 "SUMO" Rhone Blend, Shake Ridge Vineyards - 95 Points

Keplinger 2014 "SUMO" Rhone Blend, Shake Ridge Vineyards - 95 Points

KEPLINGER 2014 “SUMO” SHAKE RIDGE VINEYARDS – 95 POINTS! Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 ~ Use code KEP upon checkout Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines   Tasting Notes: The 2014 Sumo is an incredible wine. From start to finish – powerfull & intense fruit bursting out of the glass.  The wine is loaded with bold black stone fruit, a hint of mint, lush and concentrated...
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Sans Liege 2013 "The Offering" Santa Barbara

Sans Liege 2013 "The Offering" Santa Barbara

Sans Liege 2013 "The Offering" Santa Barbara   Retail 32.00 - GGWC 29.99    FREE SHIPPING on 12   Use code OFFERING13 upon check out   The Story :  Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high-quality Rhone blends at a very respectable price level for years.   Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about over a decade ago, and the rest is history....
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Skipstone 2014 Viognier “Estate”

Skipstone 2014 Viognier “Estate”

Skipstone 2014 Viognier “Estate” Retail 60.00 – GGWC 57.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6, use code SKIP @checkout   Winery Notes : “Five rows of Viognier span the top of the north ridge of our amphitheater shaped vineyard. Situated on steep mountain terraces, the thin rocky soils force the vines to struggle which in turn brings out intensity and complexity in the fruit. Steady sun exposure during the day followed by...
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