I can’t believe it but White Rock is approaching 25 years in business! I fondly recall their 1987 Claret, which was their second release. This vintage could have been a claret as well, but since it has 75% Cabernet (as well as 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, the Laureate was born. The Vandendriesche’s have an amazing property, it is nestled on and between a few mountain slopes, this estate has been able to produce old-world-style wines from its property for nearly two decades now. I would say that the 2004 is one for the books! It exhibits powerful, dark fruit aromas and a rich, broad mouth-feel. Ripe blackberry and currant are complemented by undertones of coffee and vanilla bean. Notes of chocolate and a hint of licorice linger through a finish of lush tannins and dark plum.
The Santa Ynez Syrah is deep ruby-purple in color with beautiful aromatics of black currant and jammy fruit, rose petal and spice. It is rich and ripe in the mouth, yet vibrant and lively at the same time chalked full of spicy, mouth bursting layers of flavor. I love the textural element on the palate. Beautifully balanced pure, and textured with good length, a wine to enjoy with a variety of savory or spicy foods. Robert Parker Says: “Barrett does a superb job with Syrah! The 2004 Syrah Santa Ynez is a more elegant version of the 2003 … Plenty of French oak was used in its upbringing. An impeccably well-made, finesse-styled wine to enjoy over the next 4-5 years. It bears a remarkable resemblance to a St.-Joseph or Croze-Hermitage from the northern Rhone.”
The color combines deep purple and reddish hues. On the nose is an enticing floral aroma of red roses, along with an attractive earthiness. The palate is alive with cherry, currant, red plums, sweet vanilla bean and an intriguing blood orange zest. This wine’s finish is lengthy and delicious. Serve with roasted pork loin with a caramelized, sweet onion red wine reduction sauce.
This is a lot of Pinot! Oodles of wild berries, black stone fruit and a touch of minerality. This is a full bodied wine made by Brian Loring (a.k.a. Rocket Man, really he worked on various missile related programs for the U.S. government), that is complex and concentrated yet showing the right amounts of depth and flavor. The wine is balanced and finishes with great nuances and structure. Only 500 cases produced. This wine got some press as well (WS 93 Points – Pinot Report 95 Points!)
This wine has an inky, almost black hue, and displays ripe aromas of black current, cherry and plum. It is full in body with tons of intensity, but the right amount of balanced acidity. The integrated tannins in this wine show off flavors of ripe black fruits while displaying its fine acidity on the mid-palate. The wine finishes long and gorgeous!
Looking for something truly unique? Referred to by TIME magazine as “The Wine Diva of Napa”, Heidi Barrett has crafted some of the most elegant Reds to come from the region. We only have a few remaining bottles of the fantastic Amuse Bouche ’05, ’06, and ’07 vintages.
Capping the list is the very special Vin Perdu. Vin Perdu can be translated from French as “lost wine”. But it is also a reference to one of the great French culinary contributions to the world: Pain Perdu (literally, lost bread). When a baguette is a day old (and quite state), it becomes eligible for transformation into a wonderful breakfast – thick slices of bread soaked in an egg/sugar batter, then fried into “French Toast”! The sizzling butter and toasty caramel aromas revive the lost art of cooking from scratch.
Each year, when the opportunity arises, Vin Perdu will be blended from scratch. Heidi will be at liberty to create something completely unique and undoubtedly exceptional, using a variable palette of ingredients. So we do not get lost in translation, Heidi will only produce Vin Perdu when she can produce wine to be proud of. Amuse Bouche has created a remarkable label for this wine and are confident that Vin Perdu will decorate your wine cellars and enliven your dinner parties. Each bottle has been signed by Heidi Barrett.
Ken Bernard’s who started his career at Truchard has been turning out stellar wines under his own “Ancien” label. This latest release offers power and opulence.
Melon, clementine, nectarine, yellow peach, figs, key lime, and lemon cream aromas are layered above brioche, cloves, cardamom, and crème brulleé. Powerful, ripe apple, pear, and citrus flavors coupled with minerality and lush textures of fruit tannins and lees present a palate that is both mouth-filling and lengthy. The fruit flavors and rich textures continue through the finish, uplifted by bright citrus notes and acidity. As the finish lingers, the wine strikes a compelling balance between texture, minerality, and acidity.
Ancien 2007 Chardonnay Carneros
Retail $35.00 – Golden Gate Wine Cellars $29.99
Robert Parker gives this one 94+ Points: “The 2007 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is sensational.”
Named after Stephen Hansel’s recently deceased 90-year-old mother, the wine has admirable minerality, plenty of honeysuckle, hints of pear, white peach, and pineapple, a deep, full-bodied mouthfeel with subtle smokiness from oak, very good acidity, and a long, concentrated finish.
This is likely to be the longest-lived of the Chardonnays and capable of lasting for up to 7-10 years.
Robert Parker gives this wine 95 Points: “The 2007 Syrah Cinematique from the outstanding Larner Vineyard was cropped at less than two tons of fruit per acre, and was aged in one-third new French oak.
It exhibits Burgundian-like sensitivities in its raspberry, cherry, and blueberry scents interwoven with notions of spring flowers and earth. Inky/purple-tinged, full-bodied, pure, and dense, but light on its feet, with unmistakable minerality, it should drink beautifully for 10-12 years.
Paul Lato continues to go from strength to strength with both his Pinot Noir and Syrah programs. He had fabulous raw materials to work with in 2007, and he hit home runs with these two offerings.”
We are excited to announce our next wine tasting event! On March 13, Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ Spring Wine Tasting Extravaganza, Wine Country in the City, will be held at the Lakeside Cafe in San Francisco.
Taste the newest releases and meet the winemakers of: Chronicle, Page, AP Vin, Copain, Dutton Estate, Stone Edge, Costa de Oro, Sean Thackrey, Hidden Ridge, Paul Lato, Field Recordings, and more! Delicious hors d’oeuvres provided.
Clear your calendar for Saturday March 13, 2010 from 5 to 8pm. Tickets are $40.00 per person or $60.00 for two. To RSVP call 415-337-4083 or visit our website at http://www.GoldenGateWineCellars.com
Lakeside Cafe 2529 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA