Jul
23
2014

Crowd pleasing under $40 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet. A small production winery in the Napa Valley. Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here. I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!” The owners are third generation winery owners and winemakers so expertise is key here..

Petit Batard 2009 Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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On the nose you are greeted by gorgeous aromas of black currant, anise and chocolate. This medium to full bodied Proprietary Red blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 1% Malbec tastes a lot more expensive than its price tag! The wine is rich in body and juicy in flavor, with the right balance of fruit and acid on the mid-palate. The wine is supple and silky and easy to drink now with a good 10 years of cellar potential left.

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Jul
21
2014

Merlot of the Month

Mia Klein goes way back in the food and wine industry. She was a chef, got her Enology degree at UC Davis and worked with Tony Soter, Cathy Corison at Chappellet. She followed with stints as the winemaker at Araujo, Spottswoode, Dalla Valle, Viader and Cimarossa.

The Selene name comes from Greek mythology. There are three goddesses associated with the moon in this mythology; Artemis, the maiden goddess of the waxing moon, Selene, the mother goddess of the full moon, and Hecate, the wise crone goddess of the waning moon. The moon carries a lot of meaning and symbolism for Mia Klein: “Not the least of which is following its phases. By knowing whether the moon is new, first quarter, full, second quarter, new, etc., I know where to find it in the sky, when it rises, and when it sets. For me, it’s another anchor that connects me to the workings of nature, like the fall and spring equinox and the winter and summer solstice. Besides, like my label depicts, there are few sights more beautiful in Napa Valley than the moonrise over hillside vineyards.”

Selene 2012 Merlot “Frediani Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 41.00 – GGWC 38.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code SEL12 upon checkout

Amazing aromas jump out of the glass of this single vineyard youngster. From the start you are greeted by lush black raspberries, slightly toasted vanilla bean, dark chocolate and espresso. Full in body, yet very elegant this wine displays a gorgeous mid-palate of black and red stone fruits, a touch of floral minerality, violet and jasmine. Lots of intensity and mouth-watering quality. The tannins are there, but not overpowering and even providing a sweet chewy texture that lingers nicely into a long last finish. Only 387 cases were produced.

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Jul
18
2014

Cabernet “IS” what the Doctor ordered

When a heart surgeon tells you to drink a bottle of red wine, listen to him! Dr. Ramzi Deeik (owner of GrapeHeart Winery) dedicated his life fighting heart disease through surgery in his career as a cardiac surgeon,educating patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; moderate exercise, a Mediterranean diet… and RED WINE! Dr. Deeik is of the belief that resveratrol might be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, assists in reducing “bad” cholesterol, and may prevent blood clots. Resveratrol resides in the skin and seeds of the grape, thus GrapeHeart wines are very “extracted” to enhance the beneficial effects. Dr Ramzi and his wife Isabel planted a vineyard and the rest, as they say, is history.

GrapeHeart 2010 Cabernet “Estate”
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code GP10CS upon checkout

This is an amazingly well-crafted wine by French winemaker Frederic Delivert (Plumpjack, Cade, Far Niente, Clark Claudon, Sodaro,etc) will turn many heads. Out of the glass this rich and full well-structured wine shows gobs of intensity, bright black stone fruit, hints of chocolate, anise and espresso. Full in body, yet well delineated and extremely fine-tuned with elegance and great harmony between fruit and acid. On the palate you’ll encounter black currant, chocolate, licorice and espresso flavors that are beautifully balanced. This is a real classic and will age nicely for 10- 12 years. Very limited production.

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Jul
16
2014

Quality & Great Value Red (200 cases produced / 10 allocated)

Carignane is the quiet Rhone Ranger varietal, the little brother of Syrah and Grenache. The wine most wineries use as a blending grape, but I can tell that this small production Trinafour Carignane will surprise you in both the quality as well as the pocket book department.

Trinafour 2012 Carignane
Retail 26.99 – GGWC 24.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
Use discount code TRIN12 upon checkout

This 200 case production offers up an amazing aroma of lush cherries with exotic characters of black berries. The wine is mouthwatering good. On the expansive and full mid-palate one is greeted by lush black stone fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a whiff of lively acidity. This layered and complex wine will surprise many, even the big Cabernet lovers! Dense concentrated, lush and ripe fruit dominate this wine from start to finish where you crescendo into a long silky finish.

Also check out TRINAFOUR 2012 PETITE SIRAH, NIEMI MENDOCINO

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Jul
14
2014

97 case production wins blind tasting, only 6 allocated

The 2010 Cobb “Jack Hill” won our Pinot extravaganza tasting. The lineup included:

  • Anthill “Campbell Ranch” 94 WA
  • Talley “Rincon” 93 WA
  • Kosta Browne Kanzler 93 WA
  • Ayoub 95 WS
  • DuMOL “Finn” 94 WA
  • Patz & Hall “Hyde” 95 WS
  • Archery Summit “Arcus Estate” 93 WA
  • Shea “Homer” 93 WA
  • Brittan “Gestalt” 94 WA
  • COBB “Jack Hill”

This 2-acre vineyard overlooks Freestone Valley near Occidental, in far western Sonoma County. Jack Hill is planted to three clones of Pinot Noir grown in sandy loam soils on a west-facing slope. It’s a cool, steep vineyard that consistently produces a complex expression of Pinot Noir.

Cobb 2010 Jack Hill Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code COBB10JHPN during checkout

The 2010 Cobb will wow you! This wine is bursting with exotic fruit jumping out of the glass – red stone fruit, anise and a touch of spice. This wine will amaze you! Very impressive, well-crafted and well-balanced, loaded with lush red and blacks stone fruit. A touch of minerality and gorgeous, slightly perfumed fruit leads into a stunning body and amazingly long and powerful finish. Only 97 cases produced!!

Stephen Tanzer’s IWC “Red berry liqueur and potpourri on the nose, with complicating notes of Asian spices and smoky minerals. Sappy, sharply red fruit and floral pastille flavors show no rough edges, with zesty minerality adding energy and cut. Very precise and showing impressive depth, with strong finishing power and a persistent echo of raspberry.” 93 Points

Wine Advocate “A wine of pure impact. An intense, forward offering, the 2010 stands out for its overt juiciness for a Cobb Pinot, but there is a striking purity and inner perfume in the flavors. It will be interesting to see where the 2010 goes over the coming years. Today it is surprisingly big, rich and structured.” 93 Points

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Jul
11
2014

Sans Liege’ stunning new releases

Curt Schalchlin has been at for some years now and has created a real following among many Rhone varietal lovers. I have many clients that have standing orders for this winery. The record is one client in the Los Angeles area who buys over 15 cases of Sans Liege wines, he says that it is addictive! Why wouldn’t a great quality wine at a price not be something you’d want in your cellar. Using new-world techniques with the heritage of the Rhone Valley, Curt baffles us with every release, and these latest two releases are no different! You can mix & match these two releases for FREE SHIPPING!

Sans Liege 2011 En Gedi Grenache, Santa Barbara
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code SLFREE upon checkout


You finally found it. The box was at the very back of the museum, tucked in an exhibit near a wooly mammoth. The map wasn’t a fake after all. Eagerly, yet carefully you slowly open the black lacquered lid. A lush perfume of black currant rose petal, frankincense and raspberry liqueur envelopes you. Inside the box is a tiny clay pot. You pick it up and cautiously empty it into your hand. A fine dust peppered of what smells like ground spearmint, chocolate powder, black pepper and sage spills out. You simply must taste it. Flavors of sweet Madura tobacco, cinnamon, pineapple sage, tamarind, fig and fresh boysenberry burst forth. Sitting back, the experience washes over you. The formula has been found, and now the long work of building can finally begin. Only 400 cases produced.

Sans Liege “Groundwork” 2012 Viognier, White Hawk “Tablas Clone”
Retail 28.00 – GGWC 25.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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When the wind picks up and the storm clouds roll in and the sky turns orange, even though it is only 130 on an August afternoon, do not be surprised to find the scents of cinnamon bough, magnolia, lilac and orange blossom carried on the gale. There will come a time before the clouds break where the thickened air will collapse around you and you’ll find bees, broken terra cotta, sloughed off pear skin, and a subtle waft of white pepper. And that’s when it is time to leave the beach. Only 250 cases produced.

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Jul
9
2014

Remarkable Inaugural 3 barrel (70 cases) Napa Red Blend

Two wine industry friends got together they decided to make some great quality wines that would not break the bank. Due to the fact that they don’t have a “middle-man” we are able to offer you their wines at a price well-below where it should be. So don’t want too long to jump on this latest little gem!

Couteau 2010 “Kitchen Block” Red Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2010 “Kitchen Block” is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Sirah sourced from three great vineyards in the Napa Valley (Frediani a Turley source, Hossfeld a Carter Cellar source and a small Calistoga vineyard). Right from the start you’ll be enamored by the quality of this youngster. Bright black stone fruits greet you on impact. Lush and bright black currant, plums and chocolate jump out of the glass. Full in body, yet extremely elegant and well-balanced this Napa Valley Red blend is runs pleasingly over the palate loaded with gobs of high-quality fruit flavors and dark Belgian chocolate leading into a long, complex silky tannin finish. Only 3 barrels (70 cases) produced, so hurry to jump on this one!
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Jul
7
2014

DuMOL’s 2012 SPECTACULAR NEW RELEASES

2012 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were up slightly, so that always helps when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand.I would say that this might be the best ever release from this winery, and I hear from Kerry and Andy that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it rave reviews!

DuMol 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 56.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This might be the best Chardonnays DuMol has ever produced. The wine offers up youthful aromas, at first quite savory – sea shells, honeydew melon, grapefruit intensity. Floral lilies, beeswax and white peach develop the richness, Lime sherbet, slate and mineral are constantly appearing (one would think you are drinking a great Montrachet). Very classic Russian River Valley, long and piercing. Intensely mouthwatering finish. Honey and lemon richness lingers. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees to allow the wine’s full texture to sing! Sourced from 6 vineyards – 48% Dutton Ranch, 22% DuMOL Estate, 10% Hyde, 10% Lorenzo, 6% Ritchie, & 4% Barlow.

DuMol 2012 Syrah, Russian River Valley
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code DUMOL12 upon checkout

The 2012 Syrah RRV is by far the best effort to date from Andy Smith. Sourced from three great vineyards (Greywackle, Gregori and Hoppe-Kelly). This wine offers soaring mutli-dimensional aromatic complexity that is really quite dramatic. Violet, dark cassis, graphite and espresso. Bright peppery component with hints of mint and red volcanic character. Simultaneously fragrant and red-fruited but with a brooding inner dark power. Focussed and granular tannins that are long but never edgy. Lingering complexity – espresso, dusty cocoa and mixed black fruits. Decant for an hour in its youth. You can easily age this wine for 10 to 15 years!

DuMol 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Retail 74.00 – GGWC 71.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code DUMOL12 upon checkout


Truly the best RRV Pinot Noir DuMOL has ever produced! This wine is brilliant in the glass. Lovely purity of Russian River Pinot Noir aromas: juicy black cherry, black raspberry, sassafras and rosehip. As it opens, cassis and smoke then savory fennel emerge. Full in body, this wine is layered with bright red fruits on the lush palate, then broad and chewy with real depth of flavor and deep resonant texture. Firms up with air to a lingering mouthwashing savory finish. This truly is a real gem by Andy Smith – Sourced from some stunning vineyards in the Valley. Dutton (36%) DuMOL Estate (24%), Gunsalus ( 14%), Hanna (12%), Barlow (6%), Abbott (4%) and Sonoma Stage (4%).

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Jul
4
2014

Happy 4th of July!

Golden Gate Wine Cellars

Happy Independence Day to all of you that allow me the opportunity to share my love and findings of the world’s greatest wines.

On a more important note – Thank you to everyone that has fought for the United States of America, and for those that still do so today. Having Golden Gate Wine Cellars here is a privilege that I hope is never lost.

In honor of the 4th, share a bottle of your favorite American Wine with friends. We are lucky to be able to share our favorite wines with all of you.

Happy 4th of July to you all.

Jul
3
2014

FREE WINE when signing up for our Wine Club

Dear Friends,

Thank You for your many years of support — it would not have been possible without you.

We have recently re-branded our wine club by creating a loyalty program where you can earn points that convert to FREE WINE (sorry, not completely free, the law makes me charge you $0.01).  If you stay a member for a least one year, you will receive bonus points that you can convert to FREE products.

Refer someone, and when they sign up for one year, you will receive EXTRA points towards FREE WINE!

We have created THREE CLUB LEVELS - APPRENTICEEXTREME & CUTTING-EDGE.

Do you have a hard time selecting wines when walking into your local store? Or do you say to yourself, I really want to try a bottle before I buy a whole case? We have the answer for you. Our Wine Club will send you a shipment of six bottles of hand-selected wines throughout the course of the year, along with extra features such as elaborate wine and food pairing notes.

The formats of the three clubs are the same, but each club has a different price point for the wines you will receive.

APPRENTICE, our beginner package features wines at around $35 and starts at $199.99 per shipment.

EXTREME, for the advanced vinophile showcases some of the best wines in the $35-$50 range for only $249.99 per shipment.

CUTTING-EDGE, for the most discerning premium wine lover features the most exclusive boutique wines in the $45- $75 range at an unbelievable $299.99 per shipment.

Every other month we will ship you six bottles of hard-to-find wines.  All you need to do is to commit to a one year minimum membership and with each shipment you will receive CREDIT POINTS that you can use towards FREE WINE ($0.01)!

Each club shipment you will receive 2 points, once you received 10 points you’ll receive one free bottle of wine (average value of your club level).

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