DEAR GROEZINGER CUSTOMER,
Trick, or Treat? That is the question. Here at Groezinger’s we’ve been turning tricks all year so we can continue to offer you the treat of booze delivered to your home or office. Halloween is the time of year when we revel in all things macabre, like ghosts, mummies, monsters and masked boogie-men. And this year one ghoulish entity incorporates all these: the floating spectral image that was Michael Jackson. As a child I remember being horrified by the being that wore only one glove, sang a song called “Beat It”, owned his own petting zoo containing llamas, sheep, and snakes, wouldn’t do Brooke Shields, and spent most of his time hanging out with kids. Not to mention the guy could apparently defy gravity, had a face that looked like a skull, and dangled babies from balconies. That’s why this year the Halloween costume was an obvious choice. I’m even getting one of my friend’s kids to go as Macauley Culkin. Here’s a free piece of advice, never practice your moon-walk on a shag carpet, especially if you own pets or anything metal. If you’re not scared of the paparazzi or Michael Jackson, then sit alone in Neverland’s pumpkin patch all night long and ask yourself this question . . . Does Groezinger’s really still have that phenomenal 3 case shipping deal? You bet your great pumpkin we do!! $70 ships three cases anywhere in the continental United States!! That’s a mere $23.33 a box when you ship three of ‘em. $15 per case ships wine to our good neighbors in California, Oregon, and Washington. WE SHIP ANYWHERE-except Utah. $30-$45 ships one case via UPS to most states and if you live in one of the few states still suffering from Prohibition era restrictions, we’ll bootleg it to you for $60 on one case, $90 for two, and only $70 for three!!! These prices make it CHEAP and EASY to get great wine where ever you may be. Moon-walk over to your phone and dial 800-356-3970.
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FEATURED RED WINES
1.) 2005 SHAFER, Hillside Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley-$225.00
2.) 2006 SPOTTSWOODE, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 25th Anniversary-$120.00
3.) 2006 PAUL HOBBS, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley-$75.00 A great wine from a legendary winemaker.
4.) 2007 CHAPPELLET, Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley-$40.00 Super scary. This wine always gets scores in the nineties from the critics and last year it sold out in ninety days. Secure yours now.
5.) 2005 VALANCE, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley-$75.00 From just outside the Howell Mountain AVA, this is the newest and best vintage yet from one of our favorite micro-producers. Ripe, structured, and very Howelley.
6.) 2005 DOMAINE CHARBAY, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley-$25.00 Our best selling wine ever!! We’ve sold over three hundred cases of this. The supply won’t last forever, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Stock up.
7.) 2005 SAGE, “Veedercrest”, Cab/Merlot/Franc Blend, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley-$30.00 Formerly $40.00
8.) 2006 JACK QUINN, Cabernet Sauvignon, Agaverose Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley-$75.00 Andy Erickson and Benoit Touquette, winemaking team at Screaming Eagle, tag-teamed in making this dense and powerful yet elegant and highly expressive version of classic Rutherford Cabernet. We don’t get much, so call us now.
9.) 2007 PALOMA, Merlot, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley-$50.00 Here’s the best example of Paloma since their cult-making 2001 vintage and they were nice enough not to quadruple their price like most other wineries would have. Show your appreciation and pick up a case of this spectacular and ground-breaking Spring Mountain Merlot.
10.) 2007 PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS, Merlot, Spring Mountain, Napa-$60.00 Another mountain beauty.
11.) 2007 CEP, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast-$26.00 We are not at liberty to disclose the origin of this beautiful and expensive tasting Pinot or Andy Peay will kill us. What we can say is that it’s a sexy, lively, Californigundian Pinot Noir from one of our favorite vineyards that over performs like nobody’s business. Drinking this is like eating black truffle infused smothered ripe strawberries and blackberries off the tight belly of a French super model. Giggidy.
12.) 2007 CEP, Syrah, Sonoma Coast-$22.00 As good as the Cep Pinot, only it’s Syrah. These are both super steals.
13.) 2006 HANZELL, Pinot Noir, Estate, Sonoma-$75.00 Normally $95, a great vintage from a classic winery.
14.) 2006 DEHLINGER, Pinot Noir, Estate, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley-$44.00 Yet another classic.
15.) 2007 THREE SAINTS, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley-$23.00 Dierberg’s 2nd label. Tastes like their estate PN
16.) 2005 PETER FRANUS, Mourvedre, Brandlin Ranch, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley-$38.00 Just because you can’t say Mourvedre is no reason to skip one of the best wines of ’05. Just call it Mataro if it’s easier for you.
FEATURED RED WINES
2006 PHILIP TOGNI, TANBARK HILL, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mtn. Dist., Napa Valley–$37.00
As the current conditions of our economy fluctuate on a daily basis so do the prices of some of our favorite wines. This month’s wicked deal comes from winemaking legend, Philip Togni. If you’re not scared of huge discounts or world-class Cabernet then this should definitely be in your plastic pumpkin this Halloween. This Spring Mountain Cab is 100% estate grown and comprised of juice that would normally have been in the $90 estate Cab. A few enlightened wineries have changed their pricing to roll with the times while others sit on inventory and wait for an angel. The Togni winery, like great French producers, doesn’t mind fluctuating prices to accommodate the economy. Good job! At thirty seven bucks, this stuff cuts, slashes, and slays the competition. Nearly as awesome as the Togni Cab, the Tanbark Hill exhibits the classis Bordeauxesque characteristics this estate is famous for. Flavors of black cherry, graphite, earthy spice, clove, cassis, sweet tannin, and that trademarked streak of eucalyptus will reeducate you about what Cabernet is really supposed to taste like. It offers flavor, passion, edification, satisfaction and the potential to age fifteen years. I just finished my case of ’97 Tanbark Hill and truly wish I had more. I should have bought 3 cases. Let that be a lesson. Formerly $54.00, a seventeen dollar discount makes this a deal too good to pass up.
2004 MAYACAMAS VINEYARDS, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley–$50.00
WHAT THE @#%$*! Can you believe this? TWENTY FIVE BUCKS CHEAPER! Wassup?? What’s up is you better get some of this too. From another legendary producer comes this classically styled Cab from a stellar vintage and a great appellation. This muscle Cab fires on all cylinders and promises to run hard for another fifteen years if properly garaged. This is old school Cabernet like when Jacko was more blacko, like when you could participate in sports or music or be in a classroom with fewer than thirty five students and go to skule in a building that’s not falling apart and infested with roaches. These are some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the Napa, as big around as you are and producing phenomenal fruit expressive of this mountain appellation, full of earthy mineral flavors that are simply unattainable from younger vines and inferior terroirs. Be sure to decant and let this thing breathe when you crack it because it takes about an hour for the deep cassis and black cherry concentrate to creep out from under the candy coated shell of sweet mountain tannin and rock flavored acidity. Drink it or cellar it. Just be sure to get some. At this price you can pour Dixie cups of it for the trick-or-treaters or use it as fake blood to accessorize your costume. Normally $75.00
2006 DAVID FULTON, Estate Petit Sirah, St. Helena, Napa Valley–$45.00
Last year we described this wine as a giant fire-breathing mule with glowing red eyes and a giant harness of pig skulls on barbed wire pulling a huge Fulton plow. This year it’s even more ominous. It sprouted giant horns and fangs, replaced its mule shoes with two pairs of Gene Simmon’s boots, and grew Pterodactyl wings. We understand if you’re scared, but there comes a time when we all need to bend over and take it like a man. So if you’re tough enough to take on a beast of this magnitude, we’re here for you and will hold your hand when it gets scary, give you something to bite on when it hurts, and clean up the blood and guts when it’s over. This perfect textbook example of ultra-high-quality Petite Sirah epitomizes the varietal and exploits its full potential making other producer’s wines clearly inferior. Opaque as a mule’s pupil, the dark purple hue is almost black with the first whiff tipping you off that the stampede is a comin’. Flavors of the darkest sort are tied together with impeccable structure and balance. Blackberry, black cherry, black plum, black pepper, and raspberry are supported and amplified by perfectly integrated oak, bruising tannin, and spine tingling acidity. This is one of those wines that only pussies pass up. This wine is the reason why we drink red wine. Try pairing it with food, but you better get your big pans out, scorch fat, and shake your flavor shakers. Don’t be a pussy.
2007 L’ANGEVIN, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley–$41.00
2007 PIERSON MEYER, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Stage Vineyard, Sonoma Coast–$55.00
These two guys used to work at Peter Michael until they decided to show people how to make Pinot Noir. 2007 turned out some of the best Sonoma Pinot in years and these are the cream of the crop. These are stylistically similar wines with the Pierson Meyer representing the reserve offering. The P.M. Pinot is from Swan and Calera clones near Petaluma in a cool and windy vineyard. It blasts flavors of strawberry, boysenberry, orange zest, vanilla, cola, and anise down your cakehole causing a chugging sort of behavior. The L’Angevin is a bit softer with spicy black cherry, sandalwood, rose petal, and black tea. Even the pickiest of connoisseurs will be impressed and amazed at the quality of these Pinots.
2006 PIERSON MEYER, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley–$77.00
This is the crown jewel of the Pierson Meyer lineup. It is exactly what EVERY Cabernet fanatic really wants. Exactly. The question is, “Do want to pay $77 for sheer perfection or do you want to dick around in the forties and fifties hoping for a miracle or a pricing error at the local liquor barn?” I can’t answer that for you, but if you want the best damn Cabernet from Pritchard Hill (Versant Vineyard) then this is your $77 answer to Bryants overpriced and underwhelming wallet/ass raper. It makes the Chappellet’s P.H. Cab seem like a good old fashioned mugging. Blackberry concentrate dominates over nuances of spice, mocha, tobacco and coffee bean. It received a 25 day maceration prior to and during fermentation making the color extremely dark. This is Cabernet Nirvana, cellarable for many years and perfect for a mind blowing thrill today. 190
FEATURED NEW RED WINERY
INTRODUCING CHRONICLE WINES IN A ZINFANDEL AND PINOT NOIR BATTLE ROYALE!!
We are very pleased to introduce you to wine visionary Mike Hengehold and his new project, Chronicle Wines. Mike is one of the good guys, sharing our enthusiasm for small production terroir driven wine, in this case focusing on the soil varieties and old vines of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. To this end, he has assembled the vine wrestling tag-team of Ted Lemon (founder of Littorai and Pinot Noir God) and Dan Cederquist (unparalleled old vine Zin Guru of Sonoma County) to craft wines of great character and class. These wines rock and you need to pay attention here . . .
2006 CHRONICLE, Zinfandel, One Hundred Year Old Vines, Russian River Valley, Sonoma-$33.00
Dan “The Crusher” Cederquist was brought into the ring to face off against four and a half tons of bruising and bone crushing gnarly old vine Zin hailing from the 100 year old vines of Gaddis and Gambogi vineyards. Having dealt with these Gambogis many times in the past, he knew what to expect from this fight, first man handling the Zin’s ripe clusters until his hands were blood red then slamming them into small open tank containers. “The Crusher” didn’t only punch down the grapes, he beat them down, diving from the top rope into the fermentation tanks Super-Fly Snuka style, then put them in a vice-like press until the grapes bled their intense blackberry, tobacco, and cocoa powder tinged life’s blood into American oak casks. The bottled essence of victory will survive 10 years of nostalgia.
2006 CHRONICLE, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast-$32.00
Pinot Noir can be a tricky adversary, so Dan “The Crusher” tagged out in the second round to Ted “The Squeeze” Lemon, whose Kung-Fu is legendary in the world of Burgundian-class cage fighting. These grapes came out of top rate vineyards, yet proved no match for Ted’s mad skills. After first verbally taunting the grapes, “The Squeeze” easily beat these grapes into submission Joe Louis style, the resulting nectar reeking of raspberry jam, wild strawberry, baking spice, dried rosehips, sandalwood incense, and cherry pie. The finish on this wine is superb, showing off velvety tannins and flavors that linger for days on end. Cellar this sucker for a few years.
2006 CHRONICLE, Pinot Noir, Cerise Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Mendocino-$45.00
Ted Lemon’s face off with the massive and muscular grapes of this Battling Boontling from Anderson Valley’s Cerise Vineyard required him to delve deep into his training days at his Dijon Dojo. Wild yeast fermentation, Matrix style slow motion fermentation, and the utmost concentration on his technique allowed him to tame this raging bull of a wine, transforming the grapes into the bottled equivalent of total enlightenment. Even Bruce Lee couldn’t have pulled this one off as well. Aromas and flavors of creamy stewed strawberry, blackberry, smoked cherry pits, vanilla bean, espresso, dark chocolate, white peppercorn, mace, and wild mushrooms emanate from the hole Ted punched into the heart of this Pinot. If you want total enlightenment, buy a case of this and drink one bottle a year for the next 12 years.
2006 TIERRA ROJA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Oakville, Napa Valley-$115.00
Billie Jean was not my lover, but this wine is our baby. We are one of the only retail shops in the world able to offer you this Cult Cab since the beginning of it’s run. For those of you not in the know, this is a vineyard surrounded by the likes of Bacchus, Screaming Eagle, Dalle Valle “Maya”, and Rudd Estate, but this is without a doubt the starchild of the appellation. Because we sell so much of T.R.’s winemaker’s wine, DeSante, and because Justin would eagerly sacrifice the pinky of his right hand to be proprietor Linda Neal’s love slave, we get a hefty allocation of this lofty and luscious Cabernet. The ’06 Tierra Roja shows all of the flavors associated with this world class vineyard, which include but are not limited to crème de cassis, black cherry, mocha, crushed mint flowers, caramel, spice, and everything nice. More medium bodied than this estates previous efforts, this wine will require several more years of bottle age to show its true character. These vines are organic and sustainably farmed, which makes this a no brainer.
FEATURED WHITE WINES
1) 2006 MAYACAMAS, Estate Chardonnay, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley–$25.00 Ultra-bright, minerally, built to last, and $10 cheaper this month. Zero% malo-lactic, neutral oak, great with food and a screaming deal at $25.
2) 2006 TANDEM, Chardonnay, Rithcie Vineyard, Russian River Valley–$28.50 Normally $50 Yet another sweet discount on a killer wine. Citrus, pear, and a hint of oak are ignited by electrifying acidity and Sonoma minerality.
3) 2008 LAIRD, Pinot Grigio, Cold Creek Ranch, Carneros–$17.00 Want something for the masses at Thanksgiving
even the kids will like? This stuff is soft and juicy with a hint of melon and pairs perfect with turkey and in-laws.
4) 2007 PORTER BASS, Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma–$28.00 My favorite Chard of the year.
This could fool you for a good white Burgundy, used to be $45, and only 175 cases were produced. Last call.
5) 2003 TOPAZ, Special Select, Late Harvest, California Dessert Wine–$36.00 (66%SB,34%Semillon. 10.2% r.s.)
Simply the best Sauterne this side of Sauterne. Honey, peach, pear, apricot, 100% botrytised goodness for dessert.