Jan
20
2017

3 Barrel, Kick-Ass wine

The name Apsara comes from the Sanskrit word for a celestial dancer whose movements represent the key elements in our wine, balance, purity & expression.  Robin Akhurst learned from some of the best in industry – Anne Claude Leflaive at Dom. Leflaive in Burgundy, Matt Wenk at Two Hands in the Barossa Valley, Thomas Rivers Brown at Schrader & Outpost and Mike Smith at Myriad, 12C & Carter Cellars in the Napa Valley.  Working alongside these Hall of Fame winemakers he gained valuable experience to kick-start his own dream, “Apsara”

Apsara 2015 Sauvignon Blanc “Kick-Ranch” Sonoma
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99
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Only 3 barrels (75 cases) were produced of this great SB from Apsara.  The fruit for this bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from Kick Ranch Vineyard on the western flank of Spring Mountain, where Sonoma meets Napa.

The wines offers up a gorgeously perfumed and exotic aromas that jump out of the glass on impact.  Hints of lemon-lime, tropical fruit, orange blossom and exotic flowers intertwine on nose and palate. The result is a layered and rich Sauvignon Blanc that boasts a beautifully textured mid palate with exquisite flavor, balanced acidity and a great quality finish. Too bad they only produced 75 cases, as the wine will be gone in no time!

Also, be sure to check out the Apsara 2013 “Kenefick Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon

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Jan
19
2017

Chardonnay of the Month!

Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche it again! Only 700 of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! 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!

Hudson 2014 Chardonnay “Estate” Carneros Napa Valley
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.94
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Winemaker Notes: “2014 was another early harvest, with pick dates between Sept 3rd and 8th. The fruit was ripe and without sunburn, leading to an incredible freshness and balance of flavors. The “Shot Wente” Heritage Selection Chardonnay fruit whole cluster pressing went longer than usual to extract full flavors.  The juice went directly to 85% new French Oak barrels for natural “Wild” yeast fermentation. Fermentation started quickly but still took an average of 12 months to finish. During this time we stirred the barrels weekly until the following November. Bottling was in mid May 2016. The 2014 is a rich and complex vintage.”

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Chardonnay is a special heritage selection Hudson made from the Wente clone, which is probably the most popular clone of Chardonnay in all of California. This wine was aged in 85% new French oak and fermented with indigenous yeasts. He never seems to be in any hurry to get his Chardonnay bottled, but this was in bottle, which offers classic white peach, pineapple, honeysuckle and apple blossom, some crushed rock and additional floral notes. It is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and just a top-flight Chardonnay to drink over the next 4-5 years.”

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Jan
17
2017

Another Smash Hit for Sans Liege

 

Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high quality Rhone varietals at a very respectable price level for years.  Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about over a decade ago, and with a very strong showing in his Sans Liege and Groundwork productions, and the rest as they say is history.  His latest Prophetess XII/XIII received rave reviews from press and consumers alike – HURRY for this one!

Sans Liege Prophetess XII/XIII  Syrah Blend
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 47.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “Made from 73% Syrah & 27% Mourvedre that’s from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, the Prophetess saw 22-34 months in 41% new French oak. This inky colored blockbuster has tons of ripe, sexy notes of blackberry jam, licorice and smoked meats in a full-bodied, plush and luxuriously textured package. It’s one of the top wines I’ve tasted from winemaker Curt Schalchlin and should drink nicely over the coming 4-5 years, and I’m sure it will evolve beyond that as well. Readers looking for rich, textured, character filled wines that won’t break the bank need to check out these latest releases from winemaker Curt Schalchlin.”

Winemaker Notes: “The fire cracks and his gaze follows the twirling smoke upward. Through the twisted juniper overhead there is a glimpse starlight in the indigo sky. Scents of confectionery, blue fruit, cinnamon graham cracker, fennel, smoked meat, dark chocolate and plum hang in the air. Turning the spice covered rabbit on the spit he bites off a piece of venison jerky and follows it with a big gulp of cola from the molded glass bottle in his weathered hand. It took nearly the whole day to ascend to this spot, but it was worth it.”

Don’t miss the other Sans Liege releases as well!

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Jan
16
2017

Win FREE TICKETS to our 100 Point Cult Cabernet Wine Tasting!

~ Win FREE TICKETS ~ to our 100 Point Cult Cabernet Wine Tasting!

Colgin, Harlan, Verite, Spotswoode, and more! Jan 21, 2017 at 2:00pm Sharp!

Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime!  Frank will pour six Cult Cabernets including the 100 Point rated Colgin, Verite, Harlan and the “only” 99+ Rated Spottswoode.
 
The only way to attend this tasting is to RESERVE TICKETS IMMEDIATELY as the store will be closed for this private event. ~ No Walk In’s ~To enter the drawing – PLACE AN ORDER ON OUR WEBSITE GoldenGateWineCellars.com BY 4 PM PST ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 AND WE’LL PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT FOR THE FREE TICKETS.  RESULTS REVEALED ON OUR WEBSITE BY THURSDAY JANUARY 19! Click here or on the links above to order tickets to the tasting!
Jan
10
2017

The “BEST” Petite Sirah from Napa

 

Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby the Hourglass, 3 Palms and Switchback Ridge vineyards. This wine’s quality is much higher than its price tag!

C-Beck 2012 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99
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The 2012 C-Beck Petite Sirah looks as dark as night with its black/purple coloring.  The wine is dense, concentrated yet extremely elegant on the mid-palate.  The wine offers up stunning fruit – dense and ripe yet stunningly elegant and polished laced with black currant, dark plum and a touch of vanilla.  The palate has a silky entry which leads to a long, supple finish.

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Jan
9
2017

Thomas Rivers Brown’s NEW 95 Point Cab

 

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and their idea was born.  At the helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers. (FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.)

Post Parade 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 93.99
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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact. This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  Only 400 cases produced.

Robert Parker 95 Points:  “For a wine of this quality, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Post Parade is a fabulous bargain by Napa Valley standards. There are 430 cases of this wine, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 90% new French oak (50% of which was Taransaud and 40% Ermitage). Coming from the Tench Vineyard, an Oakville vineyard made famous by Russell Bevan, this wine has an opaque purple color and a glorious nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with charcoal, camphor, a touch of toast and plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. It is full-bodied and displays terrific intensity and purity as well as velvety tannins. This heady, multi-layered wine is already drinking beautifully but should continue to do so for another 15+ years.”

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Jan
3
2017

5 Barrel MUST HAVE “Rock & Roll” Red FREE SHIPPING

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the Rock & Roll scene.  Life took a different turn, as he had to make a living and  he eventually stumbled onto the L.A. food scene.  He worked as a waiter, and in time met Manfred Krankl, of La Brea Bakery fame, which whom he’d partner and work for several years.  Krankl, created the infamous Sine Qua Non label and that inspired Matthias to go a similar route and the rest is history.  Sanguis is not a quaffing wine, but complex and sophisticated.

Sanguis 2013 “Verve” Proprietary Red Blend, Santa Ynez
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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There’s this old trick of determining the depth of a well by dropping a stone and counting until you hear the sound.  2013 Verve reminds me of that – total darkness, the cool sensation of the mysterious world underground, and textural depth that can only be approximated.  The 2013 Verve consists of 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cab Franc and 4% Viognier – a compostion only possible  through the magical climate of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Verve yields the beautiful dark aromas of wild berries (not found in the grocery store) and the rest of aromatic picture composed of northern woods, a campfire, and someone grilling meat far off.  I love Verve’s strong but playful tannin and underlying freshness.  Only 125 cases produced!

Robert Parker 93 Points: “… the 2013 Verve checks in as 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc and 4% Viognier that saw 20% whole clusters and 26 months in 300-liter Cigar barrels and 500-liter neutral French oak. Charming, seamless and polished (as are all of Matthias’s wines), it has outstanding notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, spice and dried flowers in a medium to full-bodied, balanced and lengthy package. It should drink nicely through 2023.”

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Dec
30
2016

LAST CALL for the Zinfandel of the Year!

 

From the winery: “Our flagship wine, Benchmark Zinfandel is sourced from vines originally planted by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. Seamless, with unparalleled clarity of flavor and aromas, this wine is a testament to the hands that have tended these vines for over a century. This little lane is undeniably special, undeniably unique. Varieties now all but extinct except where they are inter-planted in a few old Zinfandel vineyards–Peloursin, Negrette, and Petite Sirah– add structure, color, and acid. The rocks, the dirt, the morning fog and the afternoon sun form an ideal microclimate that exists nowhere else. These special characteristics allow us to create wines of gravity and depth balanced by bright acidity, redolent of both the grit and the grace of our long history.”

Limerick Lane 2014 Estate Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Zinfandel Estate is primarily Zinfandel, but there are other grapes in this mixed black field blend, including Peloursin, Négrette, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignan. This is a sensational Zinfandel, with an explosive nose of pepper, raw meat, blackberry, black raspberry and cherry. Deep, chewy and dense, it finishes at 14.8% natural alcohol. The lusty, exuberant style of this wine makes it irresistible already, and it should continue to drink well for another 5-8 years.”

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Dec
28
2016

EXCLUSIVE CHAMPAGNE OFFER!

The André Robert is a great bubbly!  Sourced from two Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil (mostly 2009 and 2010 vintage). 100% Chardonnay with a dosage from 8-9 g/l, which translates to medium on the “Brut” rating scale.  This wine has gorgeous aromas of pie and citrus and white stone fruit.  On the palate pleasant fruit and the right acidity, amazingly balanced, a real crowd-pleaser.

André Robert Champagne Brut “Reserve” Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs, Le Mesnil
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99
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Winemaker Notes: “Light yellow color. Expressive nose of white flesh fruit, pastries with overriding mineral touches. The mouth is both structured and refreshing with ever-present minerality, finishing on a slightly toasted register.”

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Also, be sure to check out these other fine Champagnes and Sparkling Wines:

My best selling Champagne below $35.00
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, CHAMPAGNE FRANCE

My best selling Rose Champagne
DIEBOLT VALLOIS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT ROSE

My best selling Champagne below $45.00
GONET-MEDEVILLE 1ER CRU CUVEE TRADITION

Also check out these other bubbly suggestions:

DUVAL LEROY NV 750 ML CHAMPAGNE
PIERRE MORLET “GRANDE RESERVE” CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

STEPHANE COQUILLETTE CARTE D’OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE
BROCARD PIERRE 1ER CUVEE “BLANC DE NOIRS” BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
ANDRE ROBERT CHAMPAGNE BRUT RESERVE GRAND CRU

 

Sparkling Wines:

ALLIMANT LAUGNER CREMANT ROSE LOIRE VALLEY
CLOS DE LA BRIDERIE CUVEE SILEX

LARGE FORMAT:

MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV IN MAGNUM
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, 3 LITER

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Dec
27
2016

HEIDI BARRETT’s 97+ RATED CAB GEM = FREE SHIPPING

Two of Napa’s best known faces, Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle, La Sirena, Amuse Bouche, etc) and Bo Barrett (Chateau Montelena) have been married for almost 30 years, but it took them almost that long before they put their winemaking heads together and created Barrett & Barrett.

Barrett & Barrett 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC $299.99
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Anthony Galloni 97+ Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon hits the senses with power and intensity. Vertical, structured and remarkably vivid in the glass, the 2013 is simply fabulous. A host of crushed rocks, game, smoke, black cherry and crème de cassis come to life as this massive, vertically built Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its personality. Virile and imposing, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to fully come together, but it is magnificent, even at this early stage.”

Heidi & Bo Barrett Notes: “This 2013 is a huge expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from this vintage, an absolutely gorgeous example of powerful Napa Valley fruit. A deep, dark black ruby in color, it gives layers of rich, perfumed aromas that continue to develop in the glass over time. Deep, intense notes of cassis, mocha, blackberry pie, and toasty sweet French oak. Explosive flavors follow the amazing aromatics. Luscious and dense texture across the palate with moderate, chewy tannins and great length in the finish. It’s the best possible combination of power and elegance. Extremely concentrated, voluptuous, and certain to be a great bottle for your cellar for years to come. Don’t miss it!”

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