Dec
12
2017

Classic! Under $28 Petite Sirah!

 
Trinafour is a very small producer specializing in Rhone Varietals.  The latest Petite Sirah will knock your socks off!  Only 121 cases produced, so it will go fast! Sourced from the single vineyard “Niemi”

Trinafour 2013 Petite Sirah “Niemi”
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 27.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
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The wine offers up gorgeous aromas of ripe blackberry, violet and crushed rocks.  The mouthfeel is lush, with bright and bold purple hued fruit flavors dominating the spectrum.  The wine offers up amazing richness, yet well-balanced and smooth on the mid-palate, with a long-lasting silky grained finish.  Only 5 barrels produced!

Pairs exceptionally well with smoked barbeque, Cassoulet, and Parmigiano-reggiano.

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Dec
10
2017

THE BEST BLENDING KIT OF THE YEAR MAKES AN IDEAL HOLIDAY GIFT!

 
This is “the” holiday gift of the year!

A wooden gift box with 4 bottle GSM blending kit. The Offering is a GSM blend and the Journeyman wines are the Offering deconstructed -100% Grenache, 100% Syrah and 100% Mourvèdre. Drink them all separately, replicate The Offering, or create your own blend. Perfect to give as a gift or gather friends for a blending party.

Sans Liege 2014 “Blending Kit”
$199.99
FREE SHIPPING on 2 or more blending kits
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THE BLENDING KIT INCLUDES:

  • Engraved wood 4 bottle gift box – Offering image on lid & Sans Liege logo on side
  • 100 ml, glass graduated cylinder for blending
  • 1 bottle of 2014 Fool’s Errand – Grenache
  • 1 bottle of 2014 Long Way Home – Syrah
  • 1 bottle of 2014 Take the Pebble – Mourvèdre
  • 1 bottle of 2014 The Offering – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier
  • Tasting mat with technical and tasting notes. Letter from winemaker with suggestions on ways to use the kit
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Dec
9
2017

Food is my Religion, featuring GGWC!

We were excited to welcome Marie and Patrick, the “Vegan and the Beast” of the foodie blog “Food is my Religion” to our in-store wine tasting recently. Here is a video they put together of their visit. Take a look!

Dec
9
2017

Zinfandel of the year!

  
In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the infamous 1976 Paris Tasting was partially (40%) sourced from this vineyard.  The entire family works and manages the day-to-day operations.

Bacigalupi 2015 Zinfandel “Estate” Russian River Valley
Retail $55.00 – GGWC 49.99
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An inky black colored wine with amazing aromas of black cherry and currant are rounded out with vanilla and pepper notes jump out of the glass. The palate is loaded with jammy fruity characters, and a hint a white pepper and spice, and a high tone structure with good acidity on the finish. This wine should age well and improve over the next 5 years.  Only 200 cases produced

Winemaker Notes: “The aromas are instantly intriguing with notes of crushed cranberries, blackberry cobbler and fragrant lavender. Beneath the fruit are delicate notes of allspice and vanilla mingled with a soft sandalwood undertone. The palate showcases incredibly integrated tannins with judicious acidity throughout the finish.  This cool climate Zinfandel is at its best and can be enjoyed now, but will benefit from a few years of cellaring.”

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Dec
7
2017

95 Point under $80 MUST HAVE Napa Cab

  
Knighton Family Vineyards was founded in 2007 by Jim and Ann Knighton with their first commercial release. However the story of how they came to live in the Napa Valley begins a few years prior. Jim was living and working in San Francisco at the time – his home was located in the Sunset District, an often cold and foggy part of the city even in the summertime. In 1999 Jim decided he wanted to purchase a small weekend home in a location that offered a respite from urban life as well as a climate that delivered more of a ‘true’ summer. The next thing you know he buys a 50 acre property (3.9 acres planted), and the rest as they say is history.  Today wineries such Ramey and Vineyard 29 purchase grapes from this great vineyard.Knighton 2014 Cabernet “Ava Grace” Estate
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot coming from the northeastern hillsides of Napa Valley, this is quite a stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple, its notes of charcoal embers, crème de cassis, background oak and earth are followed by a full-bodied, super-concentrated wine with beautifully pure blackcurrant fruit, attractive spice and well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and new oak. This is a major sleeper of the vintage and actually a realistic price for something this grand. Drink it over the next 20 years.”

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Dec
6
2017

A Scintillating Five Star wine, Top on the French Laundry Wine List!

 
Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and Golden Gate Wine Cellars! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the rest as they say is history. Moreover, Jason has brought Kistler to new heights as well, where he has been in charge of winemaking since 2012.  The KESNER CHARDONNAYS are on the “Highly Recommended List” at the French Laundry for over 10+ years straight!

Kesner 2015 Chardonnay “Rockbreak” Sonoma Coast
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 61.99
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There’s always a compelling juxtaposition in this wine, between its depth and the liveliness of the natural acids. With the 2015 that inherent tension is at the forefront. Tones of lightly grilled Meyer lemons, green orchard fruit flesh, fresh crème and struck flint. A luxurious lush mouthfeel that at very first blush belies the verve of the natural acids. Then they take over and thread through the finish, which lasts, and lasts. Intriguing. Fulfilling!  This wine is round and creamy without being “syrupy” amazing flavors, one would think he was drinking a Montrachet!

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Dec
5
2017

96 Point Five Barrel Pinot Gem

 
Justin Harmon has been on a roll as of late, producing some of the most amazing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, and this latest release will not let you down either!  Unfortunately, the production is very limited.

Argot 2015 Pinot Noir “Bastard Tongue” Sonoma County 
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 72.99
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Robert Parker 96 Points: “Even better is the Bastard Tongue, from a blend of Swan, Pommard and Dijon 115 clones, which was aged 22 months in 85% new French oak. Dark raspberry, strawberry and cherry notes give the wine a dark-red-fruit character, but there are also loamy soil undertones, underbrush, spice box and a rich, medium to full-bodied, fleshy mouthfeel. This is a complex Pinot Noir to drink now and over the next decade.”

Winemaker Notes: “After becoming the portfolio’s breakout star in 2011, each successive vintage of ‘Bastard Tongue‘ has gone from strength to strength. The 2015 is no exception, reaching even more significant heights than ever before! As delicious and complex as ever, the 2015 is just packed with more of EVERYTHING — more fruit, more earth, more textures, more ‘Pinotosity’. Deep, profound and delicious, walking that razor’s edge of the fruit-laden glory of California Pinot Noir, with the variety’s inherent complexities. Overt deliciousness, complemented by significant intelligence, and demand for ponderance. Think all you want, just don’t forget to enjoy. Simply wonderful.”

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Dec
4
2017

Kongsgaard’s stunning Chardonnay 96+ Points

 
Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred cases of the stunning, very Burgundian-like Hudson Chardonnay were produced! If this vineyard would be in Burgundy, it would have the Premier-Cru designation! Lee Hudson is probably one of the best winegrowers in the valley.  Many great wineries (Kongsgaard, Kistler, etc.) have been sourcing from this vineyard for decades!Hudson 2015 Chardonnay “Estate” Carneros, Napa Valley
GGWC 69.99
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This is a very sophisticated wine. Slightly nutty on the nose with hints of citrus and minerality. The wine is lush on impact, slightly oily, full in body with an amazing elegance and lively green apples and Anjou pear flavors. This wine is round and bold, but oh-so stunningly balanced with a finish that does not seems to end!

Robert Parker 96+ Points: “Produced from the “Shot Wente” heritage selection clone and all naturally fermented in French oak, 85% new, where it was aged for 12 months, the 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard reveals intense grapefruit, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with hints of brioche, ginger and shaved almonds. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with spicy, tropical fruit flavors, framed by plenty of freshness and a satiny texture, finishing with great length and depth.”

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Dec
2
2017

Good Old Pinot still turns heads and scores another 94 Points!

 

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2014 Pinot Noir “Cuvee Alyce” Russian River Valley
GGWC 43.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “There are 810 cases of the 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce. This is another flamboyant beauty, with ostentatious notes of black cherry jam, kirsch, spice box, earth and loamy soil undertones. It is full-bodied, opulent and a total hedonistic, intellectual turn-on. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.”

Galloni 93+ Points: “The 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is one of the most open wines in this range. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon lift from the glass as this aromatic Pinot opens up in the glass. This site is heavy in clay and the berries are small, but those qualities aren’t especially evident today. It will be interesting to see if the wine fills out over the next year. The 2014 went through multiple stages of expression in just the time I was able to follow it. Although not fully formed just yet, the Alyce has considerable potential.”

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Dec
1
2017

The Top 25 Wines of 2017!

Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars,

It has been an amazing year of tasting, smelling & swishing wines. We tasted over 2400 wines this year, so to come up with our “own” Top 25 wines that are “the greatest” is not easy. But as always, we will do our best! My tasting group of 18 wine swishers, wine smellers, wine “evaluators”, and friends of Bacchus carefully evaluated the wines and came up with the following final list:

(Order $500.00 or more and we’ll pay the shipping – Enter code 500shipfree during checkout)

1 – Bench 2015 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap Napa Valley - 96 Points
2 – Sans Liege Prophetess XIII/XIV, Santa Barbara – 95 Points
3 – Hobel 2015 “The Grain” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 95 Points
4 – Shared Notes 2015 Sauvignon Blanc “Les Leçons des Maîtres” RRV - 96 Points
5 – Kesner Chardonnay 2015 “Rockbreak” Sonoma Coast – 94 Points
6 – Colgin 2014 IX Estate Proprietary Red, Napa Valley – 98 POINTS Parker
7 – Law Estate 2014 Audacious “Prop Red” Paso Robles – 96+ Points Parker
8 – En Tirage 2010 Blanc de Blancs, Beckstoffer Carneros – 95 Points
9 – Cavus 2104 Cabernet “Estate” Stag’s Leap – 94 Points
10 – (tied) Post Parade 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 94 Points
10 – (tied) Linked 2013 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight’s Valley – 94 Points
12 – Yount Ridge 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Estate, Oakville – 95 Points
13 – Peay 2014 Syrah “Les Titans” Estate, Sonoma Coast – 96 Points
14 - Paul Lato 2015 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard – 97-100 Points
15 – C-Beck 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 95 Points
16 – Switchback Ridge 2014 Merlot “Estate” Napa Valley – 94 Points
17 – Arbe Garbe 2016 Proprietary White, Russian River Valley – 94 Points
18 - Argot 2015 Pinot Noir “Bastard Tongue” Sonoma County  - 93 Points
19 – (tied) Y Rousseau 2014 Cabernet “Le Roi Soleil” Mt. Veeder – 93 Points
19 - (tied) Kamen 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Sonoma Valley – 93 Points
21 – DuMOL 2015 Chloe Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 95 Points
22 – Coho 2014 Pinot Noir “Stanly Ranch” Carneros Napa Valley – 93 Points
23 – Sans Liege 2014 “The Offering” Santa Barbara – 93 Points
24 – Bella 2014 Zinfandel “Lily Hill” Dry Creek – 93 Points
25 – Trujillo 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 93 Points

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