Jun
15
2018

95 Point Mark Herold Gem!

Kevin Carriker started out in a wine store in San Francisco, making his way via some Napa and Bordeaux wineries where he did everything from working the tasting room, cleaning and topping barrels to participating in the harvest.  In 1990 he worked a crush at Grgich Hills and from here he decided it was time for the big leagues. In 1994 he made his first wine and in 1998 he purchased the Coombsville property.  With the help of “ace winemaker” Mark Herold he has  been producing killer Cabs for years. Mark does not need any intro, but for those who don’t know him, he worked at Phelps, Hestan before creating Merus (he sold this years ago) and becoming the full-time winemaker at Kamen in 2001 where he has made amazing high-scoring wines and of course his own well-regarded Mark Herold label.

Kobalt 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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Robert Parker 95 Points:  “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is profoundly scented of black cherries, warm blackberries, black plums and licorice with touches of cedar chest, Indian spices and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, rich, opulent and full-on seductive with its plush tannins, layered ripe fruits and exotic spices, it finishes long and perfumed.”

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Jun
14
2018

Heidi Barrett’s ONLY White Wine is Back!

The only white wine from La Sirena, this Moscato is an unusual, delicious dry (not sweet) expression of Muscat Canelli. In its signature blue bottle, Moscato Azul has become a fan favorite for its drinkability, perfumey aroma, crisp acidity, and ability to pair well with many different dishes. It’s especially perfect during the spring and summer time on warm days.

Actor Alan Rickman, of Bottle Shock fame, once remarked that “it was the most delicious thing ever to pass through my lips.” Can’t argue with that!

La Sirena 2017 Moscato Azul (Dry), Napa Valley
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The 2017 Moscato Azul is a clear white-gold color, with vibrant clean aromas of bright tropical fruit and jasmine -honeysuckle floral notes. Crisp and round across the palate, with flavors of pineapple, lychee fruit, and white nectarine. It has a clean finish with bright acidity, and an elegant, polished profile. The 2017 marks the 15th release of Moscato Azul, our proprietary white wine recognizable by its unique style and consistency each year. Reminiscent of dry Riesling with a bit of minerality and lime peel in the finish when served very chilled. It has tons of flavor without weightiness, enticingly fresh and lively, crisp and dry in the finish.

Robert Parker says: ”A wine that Heidi Barrett does better than just about anybody in California is her unbelievably fun Moscato Azul… .. Reminiscent of northern Italy’s famous Moscatos. A slow cold fermentation renders a wine with an explosive perfume of spring flowers and tropical fruits. This is an ideal aperitif or breakfast wine, or it can be enjoyed at the end of a meal ”. And… ”Barrett has hit pay dirt with a lively, consumer-friendly dry Muscat… It’s a shame more California wineries don’t produce these wines.. It is fresh, light bodied, and crisp… seductive aromatics”.

Also check out:
LA SIRENA 2014 PIRATE TREASURRED, NAPA VALLEY
LA SIRENA 2015 MALBEC, KNIGHT’S VALLEY
LA SIRENA 2014 GRENACHE, NAPA VALLEY

BARRETT & BARRETT 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 97+ POINTS (FREE SHIPPING)

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Jun
13
2018

A MUST HAVE 95+ Rated 125 case “Delicate Red”

Founded by husband and wife team Sarah and Chris Pittenger in 2009, Gros Ventre is a small, family-owned winery operating out of the Sierra Foothills. They produce less than 1,000 cases of vineyard-designated wines such as Pinot Noir from the True Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley, along with several new wines from the burgeoning wine region of El Dorado, where Chris is also the winemaker for “Rhone-varietal” winery Skinner Vineyards.

Gros Ventre 2015 “First Born” Pinot Noir
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Robert Parker 95+ Points: “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir First Born has pronounced notes of crushed black cherries, fresh raspberries and pomegranate with touches of roses, menthol, black soil and fungi. Medium-bodied and delicately crafted with a firm frame of very ripe, very fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, the red fruit and earthy layers give way to a good, long, perfumed finish. 118 cases produced.”

Winemaker Notes:First Born is Gros Ventre’s flagship cuvée – a barrel selection of the best lots in a given vintage. The 2015 is comprised of 5 barrels sourced from an undisclosed vineyard in the Fort-Ross Seaview AVA, plus a single barrel of Campbell Ranch Vineyard (Annapolis). First Born is typically the boldest, most fruit-laden wine, but also shows some of the brightest acidity. This is the first year we’ve ever put 60% new oak in any wine, but this dense and structured beast called for it and is reveling in our decision. It chews up the new French oak and subtly integrates it with dark red and blue fruit notes, plus Asian 5-spice, orange peel, clove, and vanilla bean. The palate is flooded with fruit tannins, and finishes with a mouth-watering acidity.

Also check out their very limited production Gros Ventre 2017 Vermentino

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Jun
12
2018

Former Spottswoode Winemaker “Stars” in her own Cabernet “Role”

Named for the variations of rock, loam, and clay soils found throughout the St. Helena based Crocker Estate Vineyard, RLC is the embodiment of Crocker & Starr as a concept. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr had the idea for RLC when she realized that the blocks of vines that made up the periphery of the vineyard were too unique to play a mere supporting role in her flagship ‘Stone Place’ Cabernet Sauvignon. Pam likes to say, “I don’t drive life, life drives me,” and thus was born an entirely new bottling –one that is more approachable to the palate and the wallet.

Made using the exact same techniques as Crocker & Starr’s estate flagship Cabernet bottlings, RLC is a study in unique terroir. Fans familiar with Stone Place’s signature dark, brooding palate will enjoy RLC’s supple tannic structure, red cherry fruit, and lasting finish. RLC is a Cabernet to enjoy over the next few years while waiting for Stone Place to mature in the cellar

Crocker & Starr 2014 RLC Cabernet, Napa Valley
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The 2014 RLC jumps out of the glass with stunning aromas of cherry pie, vanilla, pomegranates, anise and toasted walnut. On the palate this lush well-made Napa Cabernet offers up flavors of black stone fruit, chocoalate, black & red cherry fruit, and a hint of toasty vanilla. The wine is well-structured and nicely balanced offering up a long lasting finish with light grained tannins, making this a great wine that could cellar but also could be drunk right now. (decant about 60-90 minutes before serving)

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Jun
11
2018

Araujo / Reuling winemaker’s 175 case Chardonnay Jewel!

Chamboulé was founded in 2011 by Matt Taylor (winemaker at Araujo & Reuling) who acquired three estate parcels in Napa Valley and at the Sonoma Coast. These wines have a unique vision and express Matt’s desire to showcase the beauty of the sites he is proud to work with in the most traditional ways possible. These are expressive, mind-blowing wines.

Chamboulé 2014 Chardonnay, Estate Sonoma Coast
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The 2014 Chamboulé Chardonnay offers up honeyed orchard fruits on the nose. Dense, balanced structured in the mouth, flavors of  baked apple tart, cream, freshness. The wine builds in flavor across the palate then explodes on the finish, very clean and bright. The fruit is sourced from Heintz Vineyard and was harvested by hand based on skin maturity.  Only 175 cases were produced!

Robert Parker 94+ Points: “Coming from the Heintz Vineyard, the 2014 Chardonnay Y.T.E. reveals an oxidative style, which really works for this wine, with plenty of brioche, ginger and baker’s yeast notes over a core of baked peaches, pineapple pastry and praline. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has a very elegant silkiness to the texture while maintaining a great intensity of warm stone fruit and spicy flavors, plus a long and savory finish. 175 cases were produced.”

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Jun
9
2018

Red Wine and Mental Illness

Study finds red wine and forest fruits
could prevent mental illness

Researchers at the Centre for Research in Health Technologies and Services (Cintesis) in the northern Portuguese city of Porto have found that substances in red fruits and red wine improve intestinal flora, reduce inflammation and may contribute to the prevention of depression and neurodegenerative diseases.

“Regular consumption of red fruits or red wine may play an important role in regulating the intestinal microbiota, reducing inflammation, preventing depression, and combating dementia and other neurodeg-enerative diseases through the presence of a particular class of compounds in these foods (anthocyanins)”, the study, released on Tuesday, concluded.

Led by Conceição Calhau, a researcher at Cintesis and professor at Nova Medical School, the team conducted a series of studies to evaluate the relationship between the type of diet, the composition of intestinal microbiota, that is, the set of microbes that inhabit the intestine, and the brain itself.

Scientists found that in animals, a diet rich in saturated fat negatively alters the composition of the intestinal microbiota and leads to inflammation in the brain.

In animals it was found that  the continuous intake of blackberry extract rich in anthocyanins is able to improve the intestinal microbiota and reduce the inflammation in the brain that underlies the neurological complications associated with obesity.

In humans, a clinical trial also compared the impact of a blackberry ‘purée’ when ingested in the presence or absence of alcohol.

“The results suggest that the consumption of blackberry ‘puree’ with alcohol increases the levels of anthocyanins in the blood. However, further studies are needed to see if overweight or obese individuals can effectively benefit from the consumption of foods containing both anthocyanins and alcohol, as is the case with red wine”, researchers explained.



I am not much of a scientist, but I know that a glass of red at the end of a busy day sure helps with my mental health! Give me a call or visit our website at GoldenGateWineCellars.com and let us help you out as well!

Jun
8
2018

97 Point LIMITED production Pinot Gem! Edit Subject

The history of Bien Nacido can be traced back to the year 1837, when a Spanish land grant of some two square leagues was secured by Tomas Olivera from Juan Bautista Alvarado, then Gobernador (Governor) of Alta California.

In 1969, the Millers, a fifth-generation California farming family purchased a stretch of land in California’s then-nascent Santa Maria Valley wine country. By the early 1970’s, the Miller Family had planted the vineyard land, and christened it Bien Nacido Vineyards.

Since that time, winemakers throughout California coveted the fruit from this singular piece of land. Heavily influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean, pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah have found great expression here.

Bien Nacido 2014 “The Captain” Pinot Noir “Estate”
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Galloni 97 Points: “The 2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard The Captain is one of the very finest wines I have tasted from Trey Fletcher and Bien Nacido Estate. Silky, floral and nuanced, the Captain is all finesse. The purity of the red-toned fruit is simply remarkable. As striking as the 2014 is today, it best drinking lies in the future.

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Jun
6
2018

FIREWORKS!! 95 POINT STUNNING LOW $30 RED

 
A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard. With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out to plant what has become a much regarded Rhone-varietal vineyard. Wells helped develop and maintain the vineyard. Under the tutelage of the great Roar winemaker (Scott Shapley) they have put some very good quality and well-priced wines on the wine map!

Halcon 2016 Syrah “Alturas” Estate, Mendocino
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2016 Syrah Alturas is a wonderful wine, offering up a youthful but superb bouquet of violets, cracked pepper, grilled meat and crunchy cassis. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated and tensile, with fine-grained tannins, a deep core of crunchy fruit and a long, sapid finish. While this is already delicious, it’s emphatically a young wine, and the real fireworks will begin when it has five years on the clock. Cropped at 1.25-tons per acre and fermented with 50% whole clusters, this lovely Syrah from Halcón wouldn’t be out of place in a flight of great Cornas. It’s also shockingly good value.”

Jeb Dunnuck  95 Points: ”I tasted two samples of the 2016 Syrah Alturas, one fermented with 100% whole clusters, and one with 50% whole clusters. Both were serious barrel samples possessing terrific notes of blackcurrants, cracked black peppercorns, meat and olives, full-bodied richness, solid density and ripe, yet certainly present, tannin. It’s loaded with potential, and is reminiscent of Côte Rôtie from the northern part of the appellation.”

Also check out these other great, limited produced Halcon Wines:
HALCON 2016 EQUISTO GSM, ESTATE, MENDOCINO
HALCON 2015 PINOT NOIR “WENTZEL VINEYARD” ANDERSON VALLEY

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Jun
5
2018

97 Point Cab Blend

 
The name “Booker” comes from the two orphan brothers, Claude and Dick Booker, who had purchased the land in the late 1920’s. By the turn of the century the Booker brothers had acquired over 1,200 acres on Paso’s Westside. The Booker brothers were Paso’s favorite sons, dedicating their lives to being great farmers and humanitarians. Aside from lending their farming knowledge and manual labor to neighbors and those in need, they were the area’s biggest philanthropists, leaving 100% of their estate to charity when they passed, Dick in 1990 and Claude in 2000.
Eric and Lisa Jensen purchased 100 acres of the property in 2001 with the intent of growing the best fruit for some of the best wineries in the area. After making wine with Justin Smith (of Saxum) for five years and Stephan Asseo (of L’Aventure Wines) for two years the Jensens decided it was time to create their own expression with Booker Vineyard. The 2005 Vintage was Booker Vineyard’s first release with the wines being made by owner Eric Jensen, and the rest… is history!

Booker 2016 “My Favorite Neighbor” Bordeaux-Blend, Paso Robles
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Crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, chalky minerality and hints of espresso all flow to a full-bodied polished, ripe, downright sexy Cabernet that has terrific density as well as elegance. A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Petit Verdot, brought up all in French oak, it’s an incredible wine that readers need to taste to believe. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades.

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “Still in barrel, the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2016 My Favorite Neighbor offers smokin’ notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice, smoke tobacco, and hints of violets. With full-bodied r still fresh, chalky, moderately tannic, elegant and lengthy red.”

Robert Parker 97 Points (2015): “This is the first vintage of this wine with no Syrah in the blend. Blended of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Petit Verdot, the 2015 My Favorite Neighbor Proprietary Blend sports a deep garnet-purple color and is scented of fresh, ripe black currants, black berries and preserved plums with hints of menthol, violets, cigar box and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a great core of ripe, bright, seductive black fruits supported by firm, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Mind-blowing.”

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Jun
4
2018

“Juicy, Concentrated” 95 Point 100 case Cabernet

Chuy Ordaz has hand tended the Montecillo Vineyard for over 40 years. These old Cabernet Sauvignon vines seem to nod in respect towards Chuy when he walks by them or when he stops to tuck a shoot or remove a leaf. Chuy remarked about the 2015 vintage, “2015 is classic Montecillo – very good year, very good wine”.

Camino 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon “Montecillo Vineyard”
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Winemaker Notes: “The character of these 54-year-old vines will not be deterred. Clinging to the hillside terraces high in the hills of Sonoma, the wild mountain personality and regal nature beg your attention. Concentrated and brooding in the glass, the wine is perfumy with lavender, violets, and graphite. The bold, dark fruit is emboldened by the fine, chalky tannins and the persistent mineral finish. Always bottled unfined and unfiltered after nearly 2 years in barrel.”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The Camino Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo from Moon Mountain emerges from a vineyard planted in 1964 on St. George rootstock, hence it was never prone to phylloxera. The vineyard is planted between 800 and 2,000 feet in elevation. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a fabulous nose of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blackberry and cassis with some forest floor and underbrush. It is a big, juicy, concentrated and beautifully textured Cabernet. It is a major sleeper of the vintage, and can be drunk over the next 20-25 years.”

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