Rick's Wine Cellar Selections - G
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Gabilan Cellars Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004 Label
Gabilan Estate Cellars
Chalone Appellation
Brosseau Vineyard
Pinot Noir
Gabilan Cellars Broussou Vineyards Pinot Noir 2004 Label  
Appellation: Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C.
Varieties: 94% Nebbiolo, 6% Barbera
Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2002
  Ca' Marcanda
  2002 - Sept 14, 2005, April 9, 2009
  Pieve Santa Restituta
  Brunello di Montalcino


  Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2003 - September 24, 2008   
Gallo Family Laguna Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 label
Laguna Vineyard
Russian River Valley
Chateau De La Gardine
Chateauneuf du Pape
1998 - July 11, 2001, Dec 18, 2001, May 1, 04, May 11, 2006
1997 - May 19, 2001
Garric GRX Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  2007
Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Garreau
Grand vin de Bordeaux
Laboure Roi Gevrey Chambertin 1996
Chevalier du Gastevin
Gevrey Chambertin


Gemstone Facets Napa Red Wine Blend 2005
Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
Rene Geoffrey Brut Premier Cru Champagne
Rene Geoffroy
Premier Cru
Gibson Barossa Vale Shiraz 2003 Label
Barossa Vale
Napa Valley
Petit Syrah
2004 - January 13, 2007, February 4, 2007


Chateau Giscours Margaux 2004 label
Chateau Giscours
  Grand Cru Classe
2004 - September 30, 2008 - RM 88 - $35 -  Deep dark purple ink color, medium bodied, subtle floral bouquet and flavor, black fruit, slight tar and a hint of licorice becoming more open and revealing more fruit into the evening. Tasted w/ L, BYOB at Angeli's, our favorite neighborhood bistro. 
May 28, 2011
Ben Glaetzer Winery
Barossa Valley
Amon Ra
2005 - March 27, 2007
  2005 - January 14, 2009
Robert Parker (WA 96-98) says "This nearly perfect wine,... (60- to 90-year-old vines)...Its gorgeously sweet, pure nose of crushed rocks, blueberries, cassis, and minerals soars from the glass. Floral-like black and blue fruits, an inky/purple color, and nearly endless depth and persistence on the palate are the stuff of legends. With extraordinary equilibrium, precision, and purity, it represents the apogee of Ben Glaetzer’s winemaking talents."
Glaymond Winery
Barossa Valley
Glen Eldon
  Dry Bore Shiraz
Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot  Noir 2006 label
Goldeneye (by Duckhorn)
  North Coast
  Anderson Valley
  Pinot Noir
Goosecross Cellars Napa Valley Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  Napa Valley
  Howell Mountain
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1996 - June 18, 2006
  Syrah 1997 - May 11, 2002
Goosecross Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
  Pauillac Bordeaux
  Grand Cru Classe
  1982 - July 9, 2005
Domaine Grand Veneur Les Origins CDP 2007

Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf Du Pape 2005 label
Domaine Grand Veneur
  Chateauneuf Du Pape Rhone
  Alain Jaume & Fils
  Les Origines
  96 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines (50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah aged in small new oak barrels) is somewhat of an anomaly with such an amount of new oak, but it never seems to show given the wine-s concentration and richness. This may be the estate-s finest example of this cuvee, which generally represents 1,200-1,500 cases, all from their holdings in the northern sector of the appellation. A saturated purple color is accompanied by aromas of smoke, camphor, creme de cassis, licorice, and blueberries, amazing concentration, a full-bodied texture, and a stunningly long finish. The tannins are present, but silky, and the vintage-s freshness and vibrant fruit are evident. Powerful and loaded with substance, but at the same time endearingly elegant and ethereal, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 15+." (10/09) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Pungent aromas of blackberry, blueberry, incense and potpourri. Offers brighter red fruits on the palate, with sweet floral pastille and smoky mineral qualities adding complexity. Becomes more energetic on the sappy, precise, very long finish." (Jan/Feb '09)

95 Pts., Robert Parker/Wine Advocate. - Showing fabulously well, and better than I predicted, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is one of the vintage's great successes, and still very reasonably priced for a wine of such quality. Dense saturated ruby/purple in color, it offers up a nose of melted licorice, roasted meat, tar, graphite, and oodles of blackberry and sweet cherry fruit. Quite full-bodied, with good acidity, moderate tannins, and a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, the wine has superb balance, fabulous concentration, and a long, long finish.

The tannins suggest 2-3 years of bottle age would be appropriate, but the wine can be drunk now, although it should also evolve for up to two decades. This is definitely a modernist take on Chateauneuf du Pape, but the wines never lose the soul and typicity of Provence. They are impeccably well-made, pure, and deeply colored.
Grahams Vintage Port 1985 Label
  Graham's wine label library
  Vintage Port
  1991- November 21, 2009
Grassi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Grgich Hills
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2004 - October 5, 2008
  1996 - Aug 20, 2005
  1994  - Jan 12, 2001
  Grgich Hills Napa Valley Merlot 2003 - October 5, 2008  
  Grgich Hills Napa Valley Chardonnay 2004 - June 6, 2007
  Barossa Valley
  2003 - Wine Spectator 91 -   'Smoky black cherry and tar flavors, mingling with licorice notes on the fine-grained finish. '

Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Groth Vineyards
Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
  2007 - January 7, 2011
  2005 - July 30, 2009
  2004 - January 15, 2007 - RM 93 - Wow, this is good! Full forward fruit filled, lush, delicious now. Loads of ripe berry, plum, raspberry and currant flavors. Get some and you will be rewarded now and wish later you had bought more! Tasted w/ JK and LC at Delmonico's in Tysons Corner. $45.
October 15, 2009
1997 - July 26, 2000
1993 - March 29, 2006
1991 - Sept 21, 2002
1990 - August 28, 2008 - Earthy, leather, black cherry, hint of smoke, anise and licorice. ATM birth-year wine tasted BYOB at Angelis' w/ L commemorating ATM's departure to IU and our new empty-nest lifestyle!
  Groth Napa Valley Chardonnay 1997 - Sept 3, 2005  
  Groth Napa Valley Merlot Napa Valley 1998 - June 5, 2002  
  Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
  Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007
  Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - September 23, 2008
  Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2005 - July 6, 2006  
  Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2001- March 28, 2005

Chateau Gruaud Larose
St Julien
  1999 Note 1855 : Parker : 89/100Wine Spectator : 90/100
  1989 93 points Wine Spectator: "Exceedingly well-made and classy, with very focused blackberry and cedar flavors and a compact fruit and tannin structure. Try after 1997." (05/92) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Brilliant and youthful raspberry color. Subtle aromas of raspberries and spices. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and long, silky-textured, minty, berry finish. Not the longest-lived Gruaud, but who cares? Very fine. Drink now through 2010." (05/99) 
RP - 89 - "...a deep ruby/purple color (but not the opaqueness of the 1990), more obvious tannin, without the mid-palate and sweet inner-core of fruit exhibited by the 1990. It is a big, tannic, spicy wine, with plenty of potential..." (89 points) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #109, February 1997 (Robert Parker, 02/01/1997)
Rick's Journal -
May 27, 2007,
Aug 21, 2004, June 25, 2001, Sept 30, 2000, May, 1993
1988 WS 92 - May, 1993
Wine Spectator - This tight and powerful red has lots of tannin and fruit concentration. Full-bodied, with lovely violet and berry aromas and flavors. Built for aging.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2002__. Score: 92. —James Suckling, November 30, 1998.
1986 "...mammoth structure, a fabulous wealth of fruit, and a finish that seems to last several minutes...first-growth quality...enormous structure, impressive concentration, and massive tannin..." (94 points) Robert Parker, Bordeaux, 3rd Edition (1998) (Robert Parker
WS 89 - "Tight, flat, closed nose, with a cedary, tobacco nuance. Firm, dense structure, dusty with tannins. Fruit suppressed but roundness emerges, with a hint of cassis. Should be a big wine.--Gruaud-Larose vertical." Wine Spectator (Wine Spectator, 02/28/1991)
1985 June 7, 2003, May 18, 2003, Feb 7, 2001 - RP 90- Wine Advocate - The dark ruby/garnet-colored 1985 Gruaud-Larose has evolved beautifully. It exhibits a lovely, sweet, fragrant bouquet of berry fruit, truffles, earth, and smoky oak. On the palate, the wine is fat, long, forward for Gruaud, medium to full bodied, and deep. This is one of the few Gruauds to drink well from bottle. Anticipated maturity: Now-2005. Score: 90. —Robert Parker, January 1998.
1982 Oct 19, 2001 - "...an explosive nose of new saddle leather, plums, prunes, black cherry jam, chocolate, steak tartare, and roasted espresso. Unbelievably powerful, thick, and intense...a monster, blockbuster 1982..." (96 points) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #129, June 2000 (Robert Parker, 06/01/2000)
WS 94 - "Superb Bordeaux, perhaps one of the best ever from this estate. Deeply colored, with wonderful berry and violet aromas and similar flavors. Shows great restraint and style. Better in 1996 or '97.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal." Wine Spectator (Wine Spectator, 08/31/1992)
"Very dark, blackish crimson. Ah, well, Bisto! Only Brits wil understand this reference but just one smell is enough to establish this wine as an absolute stonker compared with everything that has gone before. Fantastic complex bouquet wth ripeness, gunshot, game, mellow sweetness on the front palate. Enormous charm. Great succulence and delicacy. Long and layered. Just so neat and complex ? the very finest Indian ink. Long and gorgeous." (19 points) JancisRobinson.com, October 27 2006 (JR, 10/27/2006)
"...complex, perfumed aromas of plum, leather, meat and minerals. Sweet, lush and young; really stuffed with fat, meaty fruit. Broad without being really thick, with impressive precision of fruit...Finishes with big, ripe tannins and palate-staining sweet fruit..." (94 points) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2002 (Steven Tanzer, 07/01/2002)
750, 1500, 3000
Guada Al Tasso
  Bolgheri Superiore

Guenoc Guenoc Valley Vintage Port 2000 label
  Lake County
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  750, 6000
  Lake County
  Vintage Port
2000 - February 11, 2011
  Cote Rotie
  Brune et Blonde
  1995 - Dec 11, 2001
2003 - November 5, 2006
  Croze-Hermitage Rhone
2000 - Aug 12, 2004
  Cote du Rhone
  Chateau du Ampuis
  1993 - Dec 22, 2005
Chateau Guiraud Sauterne 1998 label
Chateau Guiraud
  1er Cru Classe
  January 14, 2008
Gundlach Bundsch Rheinfarm Vineyards Sonoma Valley Vintage Reserve 1985
Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1983 labels
Gundlach Bundschu
  Sonoma Valley
  Rheinfarm Vineyards
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1999 - Dec 21, 2004
  1997 - Sept 25, 2004
  Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  Gundlach Bundschu Rhinefarm Vineyard Sonoma Chardonnay 2002 - Dec 21, 2004, Feb 8, 2005  
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Merlot 2006 - June 12, 2009  
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Merlot 2004 - February 22, 2008  
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Merlot 2002 - Feb 8, 2005
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Merlot 2001 - Oct 15, 2004  
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinto Noir 2002 - Feb 8, 2005
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Mountain Cuvée Meritage 2002 - Dec 14, 2005  
  Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Valley Meritage 2001 - June 29, 2005
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