Live large, drink VGS.

For years and years rumors have run rampant regarding the true meaning of VGS. Please, let us clarify any misconceptions you might have!

Winepedia defines VGS as: "A wine so pure and true, its virtues exude layers of pleasure to all who drink it". While we at VGS agree with the fictional winepedia about the "pleasure" part, they are still a bit off the mark!

The Wine Observer defines VGS as: "The highest level of wines you will encounter on this or any other planet, truly out of this world…VGS = Virtual Grape Superiority!"

Although we are humbled and honored to be included in the company of Chateau Saturn and Clos Venus, we feel our wines are best enjoyed on "terra firma"!

The Wine Campaigner defines VGS as: "I have tasted all the wines of the world and VGS wines are at the pinnacle of their industry. Quite honestly, in my most un-humble (and subsequently Latin opinion) VGS can only mean one thing, Vitis Grandus Selectus!"

Where do we begin with all this? Let's just say VGS means so much more, and at the same time, so much less.

VGS is an attitude: quality and elegance without pretention.
VGS is a pleasure: to enjoy and to share.

VGS: shhhhh! Don't listen to rumors. Good things speak for themselves.

15VGS Cabernet Sauvignon

A Classic Bordeaux inspired wine. Not only in its composition: a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, but also in its style. It is not the full, super ripe and big Napa style. Instead it is rich, dense and complex … all in nuances. I LOVE It!

The color is a beautiful young, deep and brilliant red. The first nose is vibrant, very rich, complex and multi layers. At this early stage, the bouquet is dominated by the exuberance of the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Both provide for raspberry, some pepper perfume, cassis and violets even some nuances of banana. With more air, and with age, the bouquet will become more powerful with stronger flavors of fresh red cherries, eucalyptus, toast and vanilla. I find also some really subtle aromas of cardamom and saffron, sage and bay leaf.

In the mouth…ahhhhhh! The Cabernet Sauvignon definitely conquers the space in its full dimensions and sits nicely on the palate. All the grapes are very well integrated and they complement each other perfectly. The mouthfeel is rich and luscious, full, round and ample yet delicate. Our soil, full of stones, produces smaller berries with more intense flavors and good tannins. The tannins are present but polished, supporting the expansiveness of the wine in its broad structure and very pure flavors.

This wine will develop into one of VGS finest. Enjoy now and then start drinking in 5 years.

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon 83%; Cabernet Franc 5%; Merlot 5%; Petite Verdot 7%
Aging
100% new French oak
Soils
Loamy with shale & volcanic rock
Appellation
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Bottle  $125.00
Elevation
2200 feet
Fermentation
Natural yeast
Cases Produced
700
What you are saying about this wine
In Texas, we say he has "a big hat but no cattle" - meaning he lacks substance. VGS Cab, however, contains the entire damn herd! What a full bodied, explosive taste.
Ted E., TX
VGS stands for what? No way! Then taste the 2005 VGS Cabernet. Oh, wow. Let the name stand.
Janet , CA
16VGS Chardonnay

Vibrant & Luscious!

The bouquet on this baby is so inviting, layer upon layer of tropical aromas
dominated by fresh pineapples, dried peaches, apricots and zesty fresh lime.
Floral notes of honeysuckle, vanilla and marzipan pull you in.
In the mouth this wine is so rich and full bodied. A mouthfilling creamy texture
nicely frames the vibrant acidity that make this wine a real pleasure.

Known as the "Queen" or Grand Dame of VGS, Chardonnay VGS
continues to be known as a unique and intensly individualistly styled chardonnay from
the Napa Valley. It delicately walks the balance between Burgundian minerailty and California
ripeness. She is beauty to behold, but better enjoyed by tasting!

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Chardonnay
Aging
10 months in French Oak barrels
Soils
gravelly loam and volcanic
Appellation
Mount Veeder
Bottle  $60.00
Elevation
1100 feet
Fermentation
Natural Yeasts up to 120 days
Harvest Date
October 2016
Cases Produced
497cases
16VGS Syrah

You’ve got to love these mountain grapes that deliver such intensity and character to produce blockbuster wine. Extremely extracted, the color is dark. The nose is full and complex with explosive aromas and flavors of blueberries, blackberries, vanilla, cedar, leather and a bit of tobacco. The wine’s weight fills your mouth and sits right there. It is dense and full. It is heavy in its body but does not taste heavy because the flavors and fruits are so powerful, aromatic and exuberant that they bring lightness. Very beautifully balanced, rich, round and intense, it shows great elegance at the same time. If you are lucky enough to be one who gets it, you are very envied!

RECIPE

Duck Burger with Foie Gras and Onion Marmelade

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Syrah
Aging
16 Months in French oak barrels
Soils
Loamy with shale & volcanic rock
Appellation
Mount Veeder
Bottle  $100.00
Elevation
1,600-1,800 ft.
Fermentation
30 days natural yeasts
Harvest Date
October 16th, 2016
Cases Produced
250 cases
What you are saying about this wine
Wow! I opened up a bottle of the VGS Syrah last night. Outstanding!! What a beautiful experience that was from the first whiff to the last drop!
Tony T., CA
16VGS Petite Sirah

The dark, inky color may mislead you! Oh yes, the wine is concentrated and dense but it is not as blockbuster and tannic as the color might let you think.

The wine has a very intense and expressive nose, rich, deep, going and going. It is loaded with ripe dark fruits – boysenberry, black cherry and plums – with soft tones of vanilla, cedar and a nice earthiness. It is really a nice, well integrated bouquet.

Body weight and bright acidity immediately attacks the palate and you feel the concentration of flavors. Then you go through layers after layers delivering the ripe black fruits, fresh herbs and spicy black pepper flavors. The finish is long and firm with a strong, lasting tannic structure, ensuring a long life for this often misunderstood wine.

One thing is for certain … this “Petite” definitely is not very “petite.” Only 98 cases made.

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Petite Sirah
Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
Soils
Loamy with shale and volcanic rock
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottle  $75.00
Elevation
350-1,800 feet
Fermentation
Natural yeast
Harvest Date
October 8, 2016
Cases Produced
98 cases
16VGS Zinfandel

As a whole 2016 is a beautiful vintage. The wines show power and balance, and this zinfandel is certainly no exception. It has an attractive and rich nose of fully ripe raspberries, blackberries, a little bit of plum and fig which evolves into complex flavors of spices like sage, vanilla, black pepper, and nutmeg.

In the mouth the wine shows great weight with mild tannins. Even though it is fully ripe and loaded it does not make the wine heavy. The real beauty of our Mount Veeder location is that our elevation and cooler climate protects the acidity and makes the structure of the wine balanced with its richness. You will like it! The wine has great length on your palate. The French oak is fully integrated and fully contributes to the expression of the flavors and make it the wine feel full and round with a very long finish.

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Zinfandel
Aging
17 Months new Freck Oak barrels
Soils
Loamy with shale & volcanic rock
Appellation
Mount Veeder
Bottle  $75.00
Elevation
1400-1800 ft
Fermentation
27 days natural yeasts
Harvest Date
October 17-26, 2016
Cases Produced
550
What you are saying about this wine
My fondest memory of your fabulous VGS Zinfandel is a gathering at my home. What a hit! Ten years later, my friends still talk about the great wine I poured that night.
Don S. , IL
Chateau Potelle VGS Zinfandel is a wine that I am not afraid to serve to my friend.....a wine distributor.
Ed D.
When I discovered what VGS meant, I knew ours would be a long, fantastic relationship. That was in 2000. Thanks so much for all the great VGS I've had & all that's to come.
Kelly H., GA
16Potelle Two

The practice of establishing a “second wine” began in the 18th century as way for Bordeaux winemakers to be more selective of the wine going into their estate label. The goal was to increase the quality of the “Grand Vin” (i.e. VGS) and also create a very good second wine, which can typically be enjoyed, younger and costs less.

Since then, a lot of the top chateaux have added a third wine. That strict selection between the lots and the barrels, ensure the very best quality for the Grand Vin and a tremendous quality/value for the second vin.

At VGS, we have done that by having the VGS and the Illegitimate. Now, we are adding Potelle Two which makes our selection process even stricter. And The Illegitimate has become a separate brand.

Potelle Two, the second wine of Potelle, was born from this tradition.

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, 13% Zinfandel, 9% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Grenache.

In the mouth the wine has a nice structure, the weight is good, it sits well, it is round and ample but it also presents a nice suppleness that balances the structure and ensure earlier drinkability.  The finish is very long.

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 16% Syrah, 15% Zinfandel & 6% Petit Verdot
Aging
14 months in new French Oak
Soils
volcanic
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottle  $70.00
Elevation
1800-2400 ft
Fermentation
22 days with a 7 day cold soak
Harvest Date
October 7-23, 206
Cases Produced
400
00Silver Lining (non-vintage red blend

Our home, the Napa Valley, recently experienced devastating fires that affected us and many of our friends and neighbors. To assist those in need we have created this special wine. “Silver Lining” is inspired from the outpouring of love, kindness and support we received from you, our loyal customers, during this difficult and emotional time. In 35 years, VGS Chateau Potelle has survived a few challenges, but we move forward with high spirit and choosing to look on the bright side.

We are happy to donate 10% of the proceeds from Silver Lining sales directly to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
www.napavalleycf.org

Tasting Notes
Silver Lining is a delicious red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Petit Sirah. It is a blend of select barrels from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages. Juicy & exuberant joyful red fruit abounds: Strawberries, maraschino cherries and raspberries, gooseberries, fresh crushed cranberries explode from the glass. The massive fruit if nicely framed by warm baking spices (gingerbread, cinnamon, cloves and allspice) and delicious vanilla offered by the pure and subtle oak influences. In the mouth, the wine is medium bodied and finds its place easily. A very special character this Silver Lining....

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah,Petite Verdot
Aging
100% French Oak
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottle  $49.99
Harvest Date
2014-2015-2016
Cases Produced
486