Thursday, December 7, 2017

95/100 MARQUES DE MURRIETA RESERVA RIOJA, 8 cases available...AMAZING and we were there last year! Stunning yet affordable Spanish beauty

 
PERFECT for ALL YOUR HOLIDAY MEALS and FANCY GIFTS(Cool/classy/colorful cases and bottles) ! 95/100 BY SUCKLING, 92+/100 BY PARKER....WOW...DOUBLE WOW!
 
MARQUES DE MURRIETTA RESERVA 2012, $27.95        95/100/....Even better than the 2010-see below-only 8X 12 BOTTLE cases available...
 

Winemaker Notes

Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja is the wine that best expresses our style, combining plots, varieties, training methods, soils, aspects, and attitudes of our Finca Ygay. They aim insistently at freshness and elegance, keeping the foundations of our style: Mediterranean character, American oak, finesse and balance, fruit and structure.

Sure wish we could take this delivery truck back to San Antonio

Pair with red meats, Iberian ham, grilled fish, stews, etc.

Blend: 77% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 8% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Critical Acclaim

JS 95/100
James Suckling
Terrific aromas of currants, berries, cinnamon and perfume. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a dense palate. Superb length and refinement. Compact. Super length. Superb quality considering the price. More delicate and refined than the 2010. Precise.
 
RP 92/100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The blend of the 2012 Rioja Reserva is significantly different from previous vintages, with more Graciano and Garnacha. The blend was approximately 77% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 8% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. After a very dry growing season, the harvest was saved by some rains at the end of September, which allowed the grapes to reach perfect ripeness. The wine also had a slightly longer upbringing, 23 months in American oak barrels and at least nine of those months were in new oak barrels. However, it seems like the oak is better integrated than in the 2011, and the fruit is fresher. The palate has one extra point in depth, with very fine tannins and especially good freshness that gives it a sense of great harmony.
 
 
Marqués de Murrieta breaks its own records of international growth

2017 has been a fantastic year for Marqués de Murrieta internationally. In addition to expanding into new markets in different continents, reaching agreements with distributors in Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, China, the Caribbean and Honduras where, there has been a sustained growth that we estimate will be around 15% at the year's end. This growth improves the 2016 figures, which reflected a growth of 10% over the previous year.

These data make us proud as Rioja ambassadors worldwide and motivate us to continue working to maintain this path of growth and international expansion without neglecting the quality that characterizes our products. Without a doubt, we owe all our thanks to our distributors and customers all over the world, since these good results would not be possible without them.

 
María Vargas: Best Winemaker of 2017
 

María Vargas, considered for years as one of the best winemakers in the world, has been named Best Enologist of the Year 2017. Marqués de Murrieta, the first winery in Rioja and considered the Best Winery in the World, continues to be successful: in its highly anticipated Rioja 2017 Special Report, the prestigious critic Tim Atkin not only chose Vargas -enologist of Marqués de Murrieta for 20 years- as Best Winemaker of 2017, but also gives the winery another recognition: the Best White Wine of the Year, for Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986. Their Reserva Rioja continues as a top shelf-yet affordable-flagship that is the ultimate in consistency, especially considering the price point.

 
 
 
 
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MONICA RESSEL
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

finally here: 96/100 superb Brunello:2012 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova/8X6 PACKS for the whole SA market and we have them! 21 BOTTLES LEFT NOW

96/100(PARKER, now a 96+/100)superb Brunello:2012 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova/8X6 PACKS for the whole SA market and we have them! Only $109/btl. 3X 6 PACKS +3 loose BOTTLES NOT SPOKEN FOR NOW...

 

Subject: 2012 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova / 

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MONICA RESSEL

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DON'T MISS OUT:Great French baby Meursault wh burg+great Cali VALUES, 1 CAB and 1 PINOT NOIR

HAPPY BEAUTIFUL DAY! 
 
3 major WINNERS!
 
WINE #1)ONE CALI CAB
 
WINE #2)ONE CALI PINOT NOIR
WINE #3)ONE FRENCH WHITE BURGUNDY- MATROT BOURGOGNE BLANC- A "BABY MEURSAULT"WHICH IS SECOND TO NONE FOR THE PRICE, MONICA AND I DRINK IT ALL THE TIME!!! Imagine that!!!
 
See both attachments Enjoy this beautiful week.
 
 
 
 
 
WINE #1: 2014 Liberated Cab, North Coast

Liberated Wine has always been about taking chances. It's about leaving our comfort zones behind, taking on timeless

traditions and building new ones too. It's a wine that celebrates the individual—characters like you who seek to break boundaries, simply by virtue of being alive. You're precisely who we created Liberated for in the first place.

  The Cabernet Sauvignon trend of aggressive tannins and stewed fruits, this wine exhibits notes of black cherry and currant. Soft and rich on the palate, with great structure due to a minimalist regime of new French Oak.

Outstanding Value

$14.95  A LOT OF CAB FOR UNDER $15

An incredibly smooth VERY rich classic California CAB, the perfect ALL AMERICAN CAB

For the Holidays!!! GOOD WITH MEAT...MEAT and MEAT!

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2013  CARMEL ROAD DREW'S BLEND PINOT NOIR

 

  Drew Barrymore and winemaker Kris Kato set out to craft this wine, with the goal of offering a beautiful Pinot Noir featuring red fruit and warm spice notes, perfect for sharing with friends and family. These wines thrive in areas where the temperature doesn't get too hot during the day, and falls off rapidly at night. In fact, Monterey's weather would be too hot for these cool-climate grape varieties were it not for the maritime influence from Monterey Bay.

  The wine is  bright, crisp and silky, with a perfumed fragrance leading to complex flavors ranging from cherry pie filling to rhubarbs, pomegranates and dusty brown spices, all accented by smoky oak. Lush and vibrant highlighting fresh red fruit aromas and flavors with hints of spice and tobacco. It's a very pretty wine and has lots of subtle aromas and nuances.

 

Amazing Price $16.95

SELLS FOR $28.00 AT THE WINERY!!!! 91/100

WINE #2:

     SELLS FOR $28/OUR PRICE $16.95...AMAZING FOR A SINGLE VINEYARD MONTEREY P NOIR WITH A 91/100 RATING!
 
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WINE#3:
One VERY EXCITING  French temptation , THIS IS THE NEWLY RELEASED 2015 (Excellent vintage BUT tiny crop:
 
The "FRENCH CONNECTION" :  A chance to experience a very nice high end white Burgundy  without spending  A LOT OF $:
 
A CLASSIC FRENCH WHITE BURGUNDY from the big YET refined CLASSIC 2015 vintage, and it sure IS STILL PLENTY HOT in San Antonio for CHILLED WHITES, 92 degrees today! :
 
2015 MATROT BOURGOGNE BLANC $24.95/BTL.
 
Another GORGEOUS high QUALITY white burgundy ( 100% chardonnay ) from the very famous/reputable MATROT "house" in Meursault in the Cotes d' Or (=golden hills)...
 
Basically VIZUALIZE a "DECLASSIFIED MEURSAULT" from the MATROT FAMILY, THE CHAMPIONS OF MEURSAULT!!!
 A true RED WINE DRINKER'S WHITE WINE!!!
 
MATROT:"LA NOBLESSE DU TERROIR"
 
" ...deliciously rich, fresh, lemony, floral, elegant fruit, crisp, fine and lovely white..."
 
Expect a beautiful complex aromatic nose of almond and hazelnuts with a touch of honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied  with satiny texture, this wine is rich, packed with spiced pears and tangy minerals. Its long, supple finish displays additional layers of sweet ripe apples, butter and a hint of oak. Drink 2017-2025
 
6 cases left at $24.95/btl...AMAZING PRICE FOR THIS  GREAT WHITE, CLASSY BOTTLE AND LABEL TOO.

Winemaker Notes

A refined, fresh yet dry, crisp round wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to charcuterie, chicken and grilled fish. Delicious with creamy cheeses A great wine to enjoy with friends.
 
 
 
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Monica Ressel
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

fabulous cult cab/2014 Melka CJ Cabernet, less than 10 cases arriving Friday ,94+ Parker

30 CASES ALLOCATED FOR THE WHOLE TEXAS MARKET. WE ARE GETTING 10 CASES FRIDAY, 4 CASES NOT SPOKEN FOR AT THIS POINT.
 
10 CASES ARRIVING FRIDAY, 4 CASES NOT SPOKEN FOR AT THIS POINT, MADE BY SUPERSTAR ICONIC WINE WIZZARD/WINEMAKER/OWNER PHILIPPE MELKA

2014 MelkaCJ

94+/100

$75

2016 - 2031

The 2014 CJ is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. It was aged 18 months in one-third new French oak. This is a beauty, coming from various Napa AVAs. Melka is fanatical about getting high but soft, silky tannins in his wines, and this wine certainly showcases that talent. Deep opaque ruby/purple in color, with notes of mulberry, licorice, a touch of lead pencil shavings, spice box, black cherries and cassis, the wine is rich, opulent, medium to full-bodied, and ideal for drinking over the next 15 or more years.

Philippe Melka and his wife Cherie have had their consulting business in the Napa Valley for nearly 25 years. He is certainly one of the many influential personalities who have led the way in the dramatic increase in quality of wines that he has assisted in producing. Several years ago he began producing wines under his own Melka label. Here's a look at some of the new wines, which are all of exceptional quality, as what one might expect from his brilliant resumé.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Two RED Steals:Tapiz"Alta Collection"Cabernet Sauvignon 2014/96 points and Chateau Tessenday red Bordx, 91/100 both UNDER 20

 
 
 
THE TWO RED STEALS, one from the old world, one from the new world:


 

 Steal #1) TAPIZ "ALTA COLLECTION" 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON-UCO VALLEY, MENDOZA-ARGENTINA  $19.95/BTL. 

 James Suckling 96 Points-


 

2nd Time  in our market.

Great Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina-Great Value, 96 Point RATING for $19.95...a "No brainer" 

Only 23 cases available/offered....so you KNOW what that means.

See below for ratings and tasting notes. Made by SUPERSTAR WINEMAKER JEAN CLAUDE BERROUET who made 40 vintages at CHATEAU PETRUS in POMEROL(The Most Famous and Most Expensive Bordeaux in the World!!!) and DOMINUS

 

Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries. Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela was joined by Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012. Jean Claude is the recently-retired winemaker of Petrus, having presided over 44 vintages at this revered Bordeaux winery. Tapiz is proud that Jean Claude chose to work with them exclusively in Argentina. To celebrate the addition of Jean Claude, Tapiz created a new "Alta Collection" line of wines. The "Alta Collection" fruit comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably-farmed estate San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.

 

Fabian and Jean Claude work together to create a beautiful Tapiz (tapestry) between the wine's unfiltered fruit and its oak aging. These full-bodied yet elegant wines have the acidity and complexity to drink on their own or complement food. As Restaurant Wine exclaimed: "Tapiz is a very consistent producer of excellent wines."

 

Wine Makers Notes:


 

"...Fat, ripe and sweet in the mouth, with a sexy leesy complexity to the deep flavors of blackberry, mocha, chocolate, herbs and licorice. Creamy, mouth coating wine with substantial ripe tannins and lingering notes of cassis, licorice and herbs. Legendary Pomerol winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet, who made more than 40 vintages at Chateau Petrus, is now involved at Dominus and Tapiz. An extraordinary value." 

 

 see other accolades below:.

 

James Suckling: 

Score: 96 Points

Release Price: $19.95

Country: Argentina

Region: Mendoza

 

Critical Acclaim

·        JS96

James Suckling - "A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine."

·        Notes From Luis Gutiérrez:  The Wine Advocate

·        The Wine Advocate called the Tapiz Alta Cabernet 2014 "fresh and subtle, with perfectly integrated oak...gravitating towards elegance and finesse. Very good for what it is." A 96 Point Cabernet Sauvignon from the former winemaker of Petrus & Dominus, we say this is EXCELLENT for what it is!

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Steal #2) CHATEAU TESSENDEY 2014 -FRONSAC-(Near Pomerol), 91/100...Normally $40...    HALF PRICE  at $19.95

 

 

STEAL #2 ) SEE VERY INTERESTING STORY and REVIEW BELOW: ONLY $19.95 -----crazy deal------HALF PRICE------ONLY 14 WOOD CRATES AVAILABLE AT THAT CRAZY PRICE!

 

 

GRAB A CASE OF EACH AND LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK, BOTH RED WINNERS UNDER $20!!!

 

 

 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

it's HOT/Miraval rose IS IN,92/100! Domaine Figuiere rose IS IN/we were just there in Provence in June...

 
it IS  making our mouth water….HIGH 99 today..."C'est la canicule"! Have a nice week . Stay COOL! Remember, August will BE EVEN HOTTER! 
 
Both PRE SELECTED DRY ROSES from Provence in  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:
 
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1) MIRAVAL ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE $21.95///92/100///
 
 
What a  huge "ranch" in the middle of nowhere in wild and rugged Provence "hill country" near Brignoles, we were there last month...beautiful wild property (with wild boars everywhere...YUM, LUNCH TIME,see our pic below with a FEW bottles of MIRAVAL at the "ranch"!) Also it has an old recording studio-HUGE-where Pink Floyd recorded the WALL...followed by many Rock artists over many years like ACDC, the Cure..etc..
 
Also, security cameras everywhere, of course and about 30 employees on the property all year round! It is-after all-the home of BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE and all their children-see pic below-.
 
92/100
$21.95/btl. 
MIRAVAL ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE 2016, $21.95 (Normally $26/$27)  Blend of Syrah, Grenache and Roussane again, your classic Chateauneuf du Pape grapes
 
with a STUNNING 92/100 RATING-See pdf-
 
 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 on a very cold plate, yum!
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2) DOMAINE FIGUIERE LE SAINT ANDRE-FAMILLE COMBARD-COTES DE PROVENCE 2016  $15.95/BTL. 
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Good News, a GORGEOUS hand crafted rose-big and dry, truly a RED WINE DRINKER'S ROSE made by the COMBARD family in LA LONDE LES MAURES (a few hundred meters from the "MED." SEA) where my parents retired 25 years ago...
 
Bad News, only 10 cases are to be had...then THAT'S IT!
 
BLEND OF CABERNET-SYRAH-GRENACHE and CINSAULT
 
 Figuiere is located on the Mediterranean sea in La Londe Les Maures. "There is a five degree difference in temperature from our vineyards to those of the interior" says Magali, "the freshness found in our wines is very singular to La Londe region".

Alain Combard-her dad-passed away so she runs the estate with her sister and brother, the cool coastal climate and unique schist soils are keys to making robust yet easy to enjoy wines, a classic Provencal Rose!

Le Saint Andre has gorgeous aromas and flavors of peach, orange skin and white flowers, all accented by a super refreshing crisp acidity and salty minerality, thanks to the influence of the sea.

Domaine Figuiere-Provence-lunch with owner Magali Combard (on the far left) and a FEW bottles of her wines!
Oliver and Monica(on the right) with Magali Combard and her brother-winemaker-and sister...look behind us, it's all about the rocky soil(Schist)...
Domaine Figuiere in La Londe Les Maures, Provence
Stay COOL!
 
 
 
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MONICA RESSEL
GRAPE WINE CO, INC.
210-828-2222
oliver@gwineco.com
gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

CRAZY deal on Faust cab2014, 94/100-HIGHEST RATING EVER- 10 off PER BTL. 17 CS avail

 
Crazy-CRAZY DEAL on 
                                                 2014  FAUST NAPA CAB,  ONLY $39.95
$39.95(average retail price in the US: $52)
 
 
Only 17 cases of the 2014 to be "STOLEN" NOW... SELLING OUT VERY QUICKLY, FOR SURE!  Highest rating for Faust EVER...94/100!
 
 
 AT THAT PRICE, MAKE SURE TO GET AT LEAST TWO CASES, YOU ARE BASICALLY SAVING $120 PER CASE!  
 
 
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE  NAPA CAB AND FAVORITE WINERY AND UNDER $40 TOO, A WONDERFUL "BARGAIN" and ONE of the BEST FAUST CAB ,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:
 
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.

 

 

Critical Acclaim

  • JS94
    James Suckling - "This is very intense with blackberries, dark chocolate, fresh mushrooms and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, fine and fruity yet complex and intense. Structured and lightly austere. Beautiful."
  • RP90
    The Wine Advocate - "Another strong effort from Quintessa is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Faust. This has an inky blue/purple color and notes of Asian plums, blackcurrants, road tar, and charcoal embers in a deep, wonderfully fruited, rich and savory, lush style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years."
 
2014 FAUST NAPA CAB  $39.95 average retail price around the country $52!!!
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+.
 
 
 
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