This Howell Mountain Cabernet ROCKS!

Spence Wines

I am very excited to work with Spence again, this little winery has become a real commodity and many among you have been asking for the next release.  It is here!  Finally.  Another one of the “great” 2007 vintage wines!  As you know, Spence is very small in quantity, but great in quality.  This Mountain (thus Rock and the wine itself Rocks) winery will sell out by month’s end!

Spence 2007 Cabernet SauvignonSpence 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain “Estate”
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99 – (FREE SHIPPING on SIX or MORE)

Many think that Howell Mountain is synonymous with Dunn’s big, tannic wines – wrong!  Our friends at Spence have again produced another gem of a (elegant) wine.  The 2007 vintage was sourced from their “tiny” 3 acre vineyard on Howell Mountain.

It is 100% Howell Mountain, but not a 100% tannic monster!  The aromatics and flavors are delicious at impact!  Black stone fruit with a hint on minerality jumps out of the glass.  At impact one is greeted by (almost) sweet black currant fruit which are powerful, yet extremely elegant and refined.  Winemaker Marco DiGiulio at his best!  Very well-structured and balanced, with the right touch of acid meeting the right balance fruit at its equinox.  This is a stunning vineyard, a stunning wine and with a production of 200 cases it will be gone in no time!

La Rue Pinot Noir, the NEXT Romanee Conti from California!

La Rue Wines

La Rue is an up and coming winery that I was introduced to recently, and after tasting through this wine I was sold! The grapes are sourced from three stunning Sonoma Coast properties (all of which are sources for some great wineries).

La Rue 2009 Pinot NoirLA RUE 2009 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 61.50 – BUY SIX OR MORE 56.00

This wine is intensely aromatic. I t has aromas of cranberry and cream that evolve into cola and black tea and blueberry.  Subtle barrel notes of cinnamon and nutmeg round off the aroma. The mouthfeel is lush with the  right amount fruit and acid carrying the mid-palate. This wine has a solid structure with a clean, creamy vanilla finish.

Screaming Eagle Winemaker does it again at a “bargain” price!

Leviathan Wines

Andy EricksonAndy Erickson does not need an intro.  His resume is well-known, but for those who are not familiar he is and has been responsible for Screaming Eagle, Favia, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Arietta, Dancing Hares, Mad Hatter,  Staglin, and others.  The fruit for the 2009 Leviathan is sourced from the Favia family vineyards (Andy’s wife Annie’s family).  I can honestly say that 2009 will “rock-your-world!”  As always, jump on the train now as it will leave the station soon!

Leviathan 2009 Proprietary Red
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 47.99
– *FREE SHIPPING on a full case.

Andy Erickson is tLeviathan 2009 Proprietary Redhe winemaker for Screaming Eagle, Favia, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Arietta, Dancing Hares, and others.  Leviathan is a family venture between Andy and his wife Annie Favia-Erikson and her family—- The 2009 is a blend of almost equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah —- Leviathan means “something unusually large or formidable.   I can say that this latest release is just that! —- Perfumes of star anise, paprika, and thyme draw into the glass. Flavors of cherries and blackberry jam rush over the palate, with smooth,silky tannins and intense fruit lingering on a lengthy finish.  A sizable wine, the newest incarnation of Leviathan is a hedonistic delight now, and should provide added excitement in years to come – but why wait?

Scarecrow winemaker driving source behind another Bad Boy!

Rocca Family Vineyards

Celia does not need an introduction and for those who bought the 2006 Bad Boy Red, this one will blow 2006 away! The Rocca’s purchased their vineyards in 1999 and hired Celia to “put them on the map.” I can say she has done just that.  All wines coming from the Rocca property are first class and this “entry” wine is not just another gimmick, but a very serious wine that in a recent blind tasting it stood up nicely against wines 2 to 3 times its price.

Rocca 2007 Bad Boy Red
Rocca 2007 Bad Boy Red, Yountville Napa
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 36.00, buy 12 only 32.99

Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Corra, etal) put together a real value gem from the Rocca Estate in Yountville. Rocca Family Vineyards Bad Boy Red is a fun, whimsical blend of Bordeaux varietals. The ripe dark cherry and vanilla tones of Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon marry seamlessly with the warm blueberry notes of the Cabernet Franc. The blend is topped off with Petit Verdot. Soft and silky at entry, the wine shows intensity of fruit flavor throughout the palate, while maintaining a sense of finesse. The complexity of fresh fruits, vanilla along with a bit of spice and a touch of toasty oak, linger in a finish that slowly fades to an impression of fresh summer cherries.

A 94 Point Zinful Wine!

Gamba Vineyards and Winery

Gamba Vineyards is a small, family owned vineyard and winery in Sonoma County. The  110 year old 27 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on the Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley on gently rolling bench land above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily of Old Vine Zinfandel, as well as small separate blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. With ideal Southern exposure, the vineyard is bathed in sunlight during the growing season. On average the yield is small, in part due to nature, but also by design-approximately one half ton, and occasionally up to one ton per acre is harvested, depending on the vigor of vineyard block and severity of pruning.

Gamba 2009 "Old Vine" ZinfandelGamba 2009 Zinfandel “Old Vine” Moratto Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Carrying on the tradition of this legendary old vine vineyard, the 2009 vintage has a tremendously dense texture complemented by big fruit and great power. Stunningly rich and concentrated, the 2009 Gamba Old Vine Moratto Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel has incredibly deep, dark fruit and luscious tannins.

This old-vine Zinfandel provides captivating aromas of fresh blackberry, white pepper and anise on the nose. Characterized by its particularly dark inky opaque color, this wine is complemented by flavors reminiscent of ripe plum, blackberry and bittersweet chocolate – characteristics achieved by the co-fermentation of Old Vine Zinfandel and Old Vine Petite Sirah grapes. This wine is very round and full with hints of complex flavors, showcasing espresso, and silky, spicy dark chocolate notes on the finish. Enjoy its long, elegant, finish that engages the senses and fills the palate.

Redmon. Another 97 point in “the Next Round!”

Redmon WinesWe have created a great following with the Redmon Estate Cabernet for years now. Unfortunately, the estate is only 4 acres and 250 cases is about as much as the Redmons can produce – unless they start cutting corners.  Quality before Quantity is both Redmon and Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ motto.  That said year in year out, the demand for Redmon far outpaces its supply.  So a few years ago, the Redmons approached seasoned grower Pat Garvey and the rest is history as they say.  This Cabernet based blend is a little less expensive compared to the Estate bottling, but it still screams Redmon quality!

Redmon VineyardRedmon 2008 Cabernet (blend) Rutherford Napa Valley 97 Points
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.00
Buy one case only 45.00/bottle

A new chapter in the Redmon book was created.  From Pat Garvey’s ranch on the western hillside slope of Rutherford, the Redmons are sourcing this “new” wine.  A blend of 80% Cabernet, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc was crafted into a gorgeous, approachable wine.   This Cabernet (blend) offers a very welcoming aroma of anise, chocolate and dark berry stone fruit.  On the palate one is welcomed by dark chocolate, cassis, dark berries and a touch of vanilla.  The wine is medium to full in body, lush in texture, well-balanced with nice extraction and the right ratio of fruit to acid.  Its silky smooth tannins linger on for a good thirty seconds.  A mere 200 cases of this puppy were produced!

Redmon 2009 Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley 94 Points
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.00
Buy one case only 36.00
/bottle

This Chardonnay was sourced from an amazing vineyards located at the gateway to the Napa Valley. It is nestled at the top of a small knoll in the center of the Carneros Appellation. Bordered by some of the world’s finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers, the fruit from this unique vineyard enjoys a pedigree second to none. Only 200 cases of this little gem were produced.  The aromatics jumped out of the bottle while pouring my first glass.  Hints of melon, white peaches and green apple are prevalent on both the nose and palate, along with balanced notes of lychee nuttiness.  A touch of almond and vanilla dances across the mid-palate (courtesy of the great French oak barrels).  Medium to full in body, this wine is lush and finishes long with refined acidity.  Its silky mouth-feel   expresses the natural goodness captured from the warm days and cool nights that one comes to expect from the Carneros region in the Napa Valley.

A “Grand Cru” from the New World. Chronicle 2009 Pinot Noir

Chronicle Wines

Ted LemonWe are starting a new Chapter in the life of the Chronicle winery.  This winery was put on the map under the great tutelage of Ace Winemaker Ted Lemon (Littorai) and has turned many heads since its inception in 2006.  Having created a great following, I will shortly start allocating these much sought after wines.

I am proud to introduce two designated vineyards – Cerise and Savoy.  Both vineyards have an amazing amount of pedigree and many wineries have received great acclaim from these sites.   In a recent blind tasting (30 tasters) both Chronicle Pinot Noirs beat out big names such as Domaine Leroy, Williams Selyem, Rochiolli, Kosta Browne, Aubert, Auteur, Foxen, Martinelli, Spell and Talley!
2009 Chronicle Savoy Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99

Pinot Noir This vineyard is one of most recognized sources for Pinot Noir in the state of California!  The vineyard is 20 years out, so good maturity here!  A blend of 3 blocks (Pommard, 777 and Martini 15) – all bring amazing components to this wine.  At only 88 cases, I can tell you that this wine will be sold in a few hours as I was only allotted 15 cases of this gem!

I would call this a Grand-Cru new world wine, as it tastes and smells like one!  The alcohol levels are Burgundian too!  On the nose one is greeted by cherry and strawberry fruit with a touch of minerality and a whiff of game.  On the palate one encounters gorgeous well-balanced fruit, medium to full bodied flavors of red stone fruit that are expansive on the mid to end palate.  The finish is intense and long – it does not want to end!  LIMITED.

2009 Chronicle Cerise Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99

This is another well recognized vineyard source. Those who bought the previous Chronicle Cerise bottlings do not need an intro – this wine rocks!  This is a sexy wine.  The wine’s aromas jump out of the glass, the body is stunning, the legs are long – you see where I am going… no I am not.  Stay focused, the wine is gorgeous, well-crafted, a real winner!  The nose offers hints of dark cherries and plum.  On the palate this wine offers seductive (here we go again) flavors of black cherries and strawberries that are intertwined with a touch of minerality.  This youngster is elegant and intense without being overbearing.  The finish is long , complex and equally stunning as the rest of its  package.  Only 132 cases produced!