Oct
20
2017

A Scintillating Five Star wine, Top on the French Laundry 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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Oct
19
2017

Value Still “Happens”

 
Pied-à-Terre is the realization of many years Richard Luftig put in working in the restaurant and wine industry and grasping that you should be able to find a well-priced bottle of Cabernet under $30.00!  He again succeeded with the 2014 Pied à Terre Cabernet which he sourced from various amazing Sonoma vineyards – Clajeaux, Wild Iris, Grable, Rockpile, Mauritson and Grable.  A well-made, wallet friendly wine!

Pied-à-Terre 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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The 2014 vintage was exceptional, one of the best vintages in Sonoma in recent memory.  The wine offers up gorgeous aromas of vibrant red stone fruit — Bing cherry, black cherry — with a touch of spice, dark chocolate and white pepper notes.  On the palate this medium bodied wine offers up great intensity and freshness.  You’ll encounter flavors of red currants, chocolate, a whiff of toasty vanilla.  This youngster finishes with subtle, mature tannins; a perfect complement to hearty meat dishes

Also check out their AMAZING Sauvignon Blanc!

Pied-à-Terre 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma
Retail 28.00 – GGWC 24.99
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The fruit is sourced from two vineyards in Bennett Valley: Frostwatch and Denmark Street; The vineyard work ensures that the fruit will not be have excessive pyrazines while the meticulous work in the cellar ensures that the wine will be without those reductive passion fruit / grapefruit flavors. I love wines with great energy and texture, and wines that express the varietal characteristics of the grape(s) and the grapes’ respective terroir.

In order to maintain brightness and freshness, Pied à Terre Sauvignon Blanc does not undergo malolactic fermentation — Given that, the wine is fermented and subsequently aged in 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old, used French barrels for 7 months to augment the wine’s texture and complement the wine’s acidity (full disclosure: 10 percent of the barrels are new). In the end, I am proud to say that PAT accomplished its goal: I love drinking my Sauvignon Blanc. I hope you will, too.

Tasting Notes: An enticing, restrained aroma when initially opened, giving way to an ethereal and exotic mix of fennel, pineapple, quince. Light and fresh!

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Oct
18
2017

Beckstoffer “Champagne” Yes, you read it right!

When you think you’ve seen (tasted) it all, something else “pops” up.  The Beckstoffer family has been growing some of the most amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros for years and my old friend Don Baumhefner owner of the Elusive Chateau Beaux Hauts Bubbly produced one of the best bubblies to ever come from California.  He just released his recently disgorged 2010 En Tirage “Blanc de Blancs” sparkling wine, sorry cannot call it “Champagne” here, but hey, this is worthy of being called Champagne in my book!

Only 322 cases produced, so this one will go very quick!  For those sensitive ones, only 12% ABV

En Tirage 2010 Blanc de Blancs, Beckstoffer Vineyard, Carneros
GGWC 49.99
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“The pale straw color and very subtle sparkling appearance of this wine, veil what lies beneath. Aromas of warm butter croissant, lemon curd, baked apple, and dried honeycomb give the impression you just walked into a French bakery. Toasty and doughy flavors paired with tart citrus fruit and subtle nuttiness convey the maturity and complexity of a wine developing though lees aging. On the palate, these rich flavors are layered upon each other in a savory mille-feuille of structured decadence. Silky effervescence provides the textural background for an elevated acidity to pierce through the gravity of this wine which perfectly expresses the ethos of En Tirage.”
– Desmond Echavarrie, Master Sommelier

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Oct
16
2017

A REAL NAPA DISCIPLE

In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time… they picked the grapes the next morning.

GB Crane 2015 Disciples Red, Napa Valley 
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 47.99
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Dark crimson in color, the strong, classic Zinfandel aromas of briar fruit and wild strawberries jump out of the glass and are complemented by hints of wet forest floor and high mountain forest. The entry gives way to a rich and textured mid palate of Mexican chocolate, brambly raspberry and a lengthy, caramelized crème Anglaise finish. This wine is a unique expression of old vine Zinfandel grown in the gravel-rich alluvial soils at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range.

Winemaker Notes: “Complex and evolving from first taste, unique aromas of hot granite, brambly fruit, mixed berry cobbler, forest floor and smoke open from the glass. More aromas abound—black plums, boysenberry compote—that carry through to the palate that is lush, rich, big and brawny. The finish is lingering and persistent, and the wine is definitely addictive.”

Also check out these other highly rated Dave Phinney wines:
G. B. CRANE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 98 POINTS ROBERT PARKER
G.B. CRANE 2014 “EL COCO” PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY 95 POINTS PARKER

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Oct
14
2017

Knock-Out Scarlett Cab by Mike Smith 2.0



Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.

Scarlett 2015 Cabernet, Napa Valley 
Retail 72.00 – GGWC 69.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: ‘As for the 2015s, as you might expect from this high-quality vintage in Northern California, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon McGah Family Vineyard is a fruit bomb. Blackcurrants, blackberry, spring flowers and pen ink, in a full-bodied, in-your-face and rather flamboyant, dramatic style, are all part of its appeal and personality. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.”

Make sure to check out Scarlett’s other equally stunning offerings:
Scarlett Reserve Cabernet
Scarlett Petit Verdot
Scarlett Zinfandel
Scarlett Sauvignon Blanc


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Oct
13
2017

“Textbook” Napa wine at bargain price

It doesn’t always need to cost a ton of money to be very good!  Our friends at Textbook created two bargain priced wines (Cabernet and Merlot), both of which taste a lot more expensive than their price tag reveals.  As always, small production, so don’t wait too long!

Originally brought to the United States in the 1850’s from Pomerol by Antoine Delmas, Merlot is, at its best, a textured wine capable of great power and elegance. This Merlot comes from three blocks located within the famed Napa Valley AVA. Each site brings unique attributes and adds complexity. These sites showcase diverse gravelly and loam soils. The Oak Knoll lot brings backbone, sweet red fruit and tannins. The Oakville District Merlot lot showcases color and deeply textured, high-quality tannins. The small Cabernet fraction adds power and “grip”. Together, they all complete a wonderful package.

Textbook 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley
Retail 27.00 – GGWC 24.99
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Winemaker notes: “Hand-picked clusters were field sorted, and then hand-sorted at an average of 24.2 Brix. Cold soaking for 2 days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters developed color and flavor in the absence of alcohol. Fermentation began spontaneously with prevailing yeasts and two daily punch downs kept the cap immersed in must, extracting superb flavor and structure. After innoculation with cultured yeasts, fermentation completed and was followed by sixteen days on the skins. The must was gently pressed into French oak barriques where it slowly completed ML fermentation. The press fraction was not used. Barrels were of the highest quality; 100% French, 30% new, two-year air-dried, medium-plus toast and handbent by Cadus and Francois Freres in central France. Fourteen months barrel maturation with two rackings and one egg white fining integrated flavors and developed a silky mouth-feel.”

Textbook 2015 Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 27.99
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Winemaker Notes: “The 2015 Vintage followed the excellent 2012, 13 & 14 and led to debates as to which vintage was “better”. Our sense is they are all very, very high quality; had abundant sunshine, cool evenings and a dry harvest season. The even weather patterns in late September allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest to occur at a more relaxed pace, which is good for high-quality winemaking. While fermenting, our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon lots were deeply colored, richly textured and thus showed great promise.

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Oct
12
2017

A Casual Wine, A Casual Price

“All the fun of impressing your date with a clandestine tour of your rich uncle’s topsail schooner at Newport Harbor Yacht Club – forbidden blackberries, fl­intlock guns, fresh baked dark chocolate brownies, distant engine oil, rain wet sage, maduro cigars, 1000 leather bound books, raspberry coulis and the devilish pleasure of getting away with it all.”

Herman Story 2015 Casual Encounter GSM, Santa Barbara
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 49.99
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The 2015 Casual Encounter is a blend 33% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre, 21% Grenache, 10% Tannat, 3% Carignan.  This (not so) Casual (encounter) offers up an amazing aromas of chocolate, sweet red and black stone fruit and a touch of cigar box on the nose.  The wine is full in body, loaded with intense flavors of lush black stone fruits, hints of bitter chocolate, savory and spicy notes.  This big burly wine is intense, well-balanced yet shows great elegance  under its thick skin.  This is Russell From at his best!

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Oct
11
2017

Please consider assisting the wildfire victims

As the owner of Golden Gate Wine Cellars, specializing in boutique CA wineries, I feel it’s my duty to help those who allowed me to be successful the past 12 years.

Please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign that we have established to help those small Napa and Sonoma winery owners who have lost so much in these wildfires.

In addition, Golden Gate Wine Cellars will donate 5% of its October sales to wine country relief.

Your support is greatly appreciated!
Thank you.

https://www.gofundme.com/x9dz6-napa-sonoma-fire-relief

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Oct
11
2017

Looking for a way to help?

How to help Napa fire victims: 8 things you can do for California’s Wine Country right now

 

California’s Wine Country is in a state of emergency as more than a dozen wildfires burn through large swaths of land in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Yuba counties. The fires have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, caused at least 10 fatalities, and forced an estimated 20,000 North Bay residents to evacuate, with that number expected to rise.

If you’re local, the Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau has a list of hotels offering special rates for evacuees and the Sacramento Bee has a list of ways for local people to help.

If you’re far away from the fires and want to help, here are a few options:

Oct
11
2017

Cabernet Blind Tasting Winner!

In a recent blind tasting of 2014 vintage Napa Cabernets,  Switchback Ridge “Estate” Cabernet surprised a lot of people by winning the tasting!

The lineup was pretty impressive:

  • Dumol Cabernet Napa  (95  Galloni)
  • Seavey “Estate” (96 Galloni)
  • Favia “Oakville” (96 Galloni)
  • Patria “Avoyelles” (95+ Galloni)
  • O’Shaughnessy “Howell Mountain (95 Galloni)
  • Hobel “The Grain” (94 Galloni)
  • Hestan “Estate” (96 Parker)
  • Kobalt (94 Galloni)
  • Arnot Roberts “Fellom Ranch” (95 Parker)
  • Carte Blanche (95 Parker)
  • Switchback Ridge “Estate”

We tasted with 11 people,  Switchback Ridge received 7 first place votes, 2 second and 1 fourth place vote.  Carte Blance received 2 first, 6 second no third place votes and O’Shaughnessy received  1 first, 2 second and 5 third place votes.

SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2014 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
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A rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a beautiful expression of power and grace. Sweet black cherries and cassis aromas continue on the palate with a flood of mouth filling viscosity and gentle tannins. An incredibly lush mid-palate leaves an impression of berry, all-spice and chocolate covered cherries, leading to a long, velvety finish.

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