Mark Herold does it again with this 2009 MUST-HAVE Cabernet

Maze Wines PeopleMaze Wines is the product of Paul McSharry & Mark Herold’s passion for creating incredible wines. Merus was a labor of love that Mark started in 1998—a Cult Cabernet Sauvignon that he made in his garage in downtown Napa. His first vintage, the 1998 Merus, received 93 points from Robert Parker. Mark started his consulting business soon after with a client list that has included Buccella, Kobalt, and The Vineyardist.

Maze 2009 Cabernet SauvignonMaze 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 66.00 – GGWC 62.00 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use the discount code “Maze09Cab” during checkout.

This stunning 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from five high-end Napa Valley sites.  The wins is rich purple in color, and offers up a nice of sexy black cherries, chocolate, espresso and a whiff of lavender. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster is rich with supple tannins that provide a nice structure to this well-crafted wine.  Flavors of boysenberries, blackberries and plums coat the rich palate of this expressive wine.  Incredible well-balanced at such a young age.  This wine should age nicely for 10-15 years to come.  Only 240 cases produced.

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Brewer-Clifton and Diatom ROCK!

Greg Brewer I enjoyed tasting with Greg Brewer the other day as we reminisced about our first tasting ever in 1996.  At that time he was the assistant winemaker at a small Santa Barbara winery and had 2 barrels of his first Brewer-Clifton wine.  A lot has happened since that day.   We have all grown up, and Brewer-Clifton and Diatom have become two amazing brands!  We tasted four wines, and all four got a solid 5 Star rating in my book!

Diatom 2011 Chardonnay Hana Shinobu
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 38.00 FREE SHIPPING on 12 (mix and match OK)
Use the discount code “BrewerDiatom12″ during checkout

Hana Shinobu means to reflecton a loved one! Only 3000 bottles (267 cases) were produced.

This wine offers intense aromatics of lemongrass, papaya and white blossom followed by flavors of minerals, rain water and lychee.  White the palate impression is initially quite concise and compact, the finish yields an unexpected creaminess.

Diatom 2011 Chardonnay Hamon
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 44.00 FREE SHIPPING on 12 (mix and match OK)
Use the discount code “BrewerDiatom12″ during checkout

Hamon makes reference to the ripple from dropping a pebble in standing water. It also means smoke, fog and a term to define the cloud-like pattern on samurai swords.

The wine has explosive aromatics marked by honey suckle, papaya and pineapple followed by mandarin orange (unshu mikan) and other ripe citrus flavors.  Very dense and expansive on the palate with tremendous drive and persistence on the the finish.

Brewer Clifton 10 Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 32.00 FREE SHIPPING on 12 (mix & match OK)

Use the discount code “BrewerDiatom12″ during checkout

This wine is a comprehensive expression of the appellation – it is a blend of five unique vineyard sites (designated vineyards). comprised of Mount Carmel, 3-D, Gnesa, Sea Smoke and Zotovich.  While each lot is handled separately and in a completely uniform fashion in the winery, each contributes vastly different expressions which ultimately harmonize in the finished wine. Rich aromas of lemon, kiwi, orange blossom and sweet basil are followed by a more precise flavor profile of jasmine, lime and ginger.  Extremely taut, focused and dry palate impression

Brewer Clifton 10 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 38.00 FREE SHIPPING on 12 (mix & match OK)
Use the discount code “BrewerDiatom12″ during checkout

This bottling is a veritable symphony of diverse pinot noir vineyards from within the AVA. Mount Carmel, 3-D, Machado, Ampelos, Zotovich and Sebastiano all contribute to the wine which exhibits a drive, richness and pedigree expressive of our special growing area coupled with the purity of fruit and firm structure which have been the trademark of Brewer-Clifton. Dark plum, anise, and Pu-erh tea aromatics set the stage for the flavors of dried cherries, dried wild mushroom and baker’s cocoa flavors that follow. Tender and cohesive in the mouth with a very firm and savory palate impression and finish.

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July 4th The Patriot Case. Six great wines for $177.6

Independence Day
Summer is now in full swing and time has come for gathering with family and friends to enjoy the weather and celebrate being together.

With Independence Day right around the corner, I have put together a great six-bottle, celebration, party, BBQ, whatever-you-want-to-call-it pack to share with your friends, family, and loved-ones.  All of these selections are small, hard-to-find producers and of course a bottle of bubbly is a must on July 4th!  Order NOW so I can get them to you in-time for the 4th of July celebrations.

The Fourth-of-July Six pack includes one bottle each of:

  • Detert Cabernet Franc ($60.00)
  • Ancien Pinot Noir ($38.00)
  • Monthuys Champagne ($34.00)
  • Jaffurs Viognier ($30.00)
  • Atrea White ($22.00)
  • Luli Chardonnay ($22.50)

The total value is $206.50, but in the spirit of July 4th only $177.6 (as in 1776), excluding shipping. I would suggest you have this shipped via 2 or 3 DAY so it arrives in time for Independence Day!

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Best in class Grenache

Our friends at Sans Liege have been on a roll for some years now.  In New York this wine (and their …) blew the minds of many of the attendees.  I even got comments like: “This is better than many Rhone wines!” or “wow, amazing quality for the value!” Do I need to say more, this is a winery that  puts a $mile on your face while  keeping $ in your wallet!

Sans Liege 09 Pickpocket Grenache, Templeton Gap
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Enter coupon code SansLiege6PRO/PIC during check out

Sourced from the Amazing Alta Colina (50%), Derby (30%) and Pipestone (20%) vineyards, the 2009 Pickpocket is more like a thoroughbred that jumps out of the starting blocks without looking back.   The wine is a combination of intensity and elegance, power and grace!  On the nose one encounters intense cherries, figs and a touch of cinnamon.  The luscious palate is loaded with bright red stone fruit, kirsch, a touch of minced meat, and a whiff of minerality.  The elegance surrounds a bold center palate, that leads into a very intense yet long finish loaded with silky tannins. Only 250 cases produced!

Also take a look at:

Sans Liege 2010 Cotes du Coast, Central Coast
Retail 30.00– GGWC 26.99  – FREE SHIPPING on TWELVE
Enter coupon code SansLiege12CDC during check out

The 2010 Cotes du Coast is a Proprietary White blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc sourced from the Bien Nacido and Alta Colina vineyards.  This latest release is an incredibly well-balanced master piece.  A wine to drink during the spring and summer.  On the nose you’ll drift away with aromas (memories of a romantic picnic) of cherry blossom, mango, a touch of mint and fresh peaches.  On the well-structured palate this full-bodied, yet extremely elegant youngster offers up touches of tangerines, lime, amaretto and a whiff of minerality.  The finish is long and pleasant.  I would say this might be the best CdC ever produced!  Only 300 cases produced!

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The Most Amazing White of the Summer

Grey Stack

Grey Stack Cellars is located in Bennett Valley—one of the newest, smallest appellations on the West Coast. The home ranch Dry Stack Vineyard is equal to some of the best vineyards in Bordeaux! Colder than most areas of the Russian River and Green Valley, Bennett Valley is perfectly suited to growing cool climate varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache. The cool, marine-influenced climate and rich, volcanic soils produce luxurious wines with amazing depth and character.

Grey Stack 2011 Sauvignon Blanc “Rosemary’s Block”
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 33.00 FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use the discount code “GreyRosemary12″ during checkout

The cool climate of Dry Stack Vineyard lets the grapes ripen slowly and the heacy soil of Rosemary’s Block tempers Sauvignon Blanc’s typical vigor. Candied lemons, guava and tropical flavors, ripe honeydew melon all burst from the glass. The big fresh and intense fruit exhibits terrific structure and depth. Crisp acidity helps keep it focused and showcases the cool growing conditions. We recommend serving the wine cold, then taking the time to taste and smell how it evolves as it warms and opens with exposure to air. Bottled unfined & unfiltered to preserve its fresh character, this wine may throw a slight haze and should be kept cool and consumed in the next 12-18 months. Only 900 Cases produced.

Also check out their amazing Pinot Noir:

Grey Stack 2009 Pinot Noir “Fisherman” Bennett Valley

The clonal selection for this single vineyard is 100% Vosne Romanee!

The bouquet is a lovely mix of wild raspberry, strawberry and plumb, mixed with toasty graham cracker.  This wine is full of big rich fruit that is both intense and polished. On the palate it reveals layers of minerality mixed with cocoa and spice. Limited, only 100 cases produced!

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Seventh Anniversary Wine Tasting

“We Bring Wine Country to the City!”

Celebrate our Seventh Anniversary and meet the winemakers, owners of many boutique wineries and taste their new releases.  We will be pouring up to 30 new wines!

Confirmed wineries:

Milange, Coho, Redmon, Inherit The Sheep, Malk, Palazzo, Luli, Solitude, Paul Lato, Jemrose (Kosta Browne winemaker), Dragonette Cellars, B. Kosuge, Field Recordings, Grey Stack, Liquid Farm, Page, Knez, and others.

Saturday August 11 from 5 – 8 P.M.
Lakeside Cafe – 2529 Ocean Avenue
Generous hors d’oeuvres provided.
Tickets $45.00 per person or $75.00 for TWO

SORRY NO TICKETS at the door! RSVP required at 415-337-4083 or www.goldengatewinecellars.com

Redmon 2009 Estate Cabernet a MUST have!

Redmon is slowly, but surely building a reputation as one of the BEST Cabernet producers in the Napa Valley.  This 5th release might just be their best effort yet to-date.  Unfortunately, the quantities are very limited, so I suggest you jump on this one immediately.

RedmonRedmon 09 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa
Retail 85.00 GGWC 79.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more!
Use the discount code “RedmonECS09/6″ during checkout

This is an amazing follow-up to the successful 2008 vintage. The good news — the wine is equally amazing in quality. The bad news — only 300 cases were produced, and the price went up just a little bit. That happens; Mother Nature is not always on your side in the quantity department.

The 2009 Redmon Estate Cabernet is pure elegance showcasing an amazing integration of well-balanced fruit, silky tannins, the right touch of acidity as well as a complex bouquet of anise, sweet plums, sweet kirsch, black currant and bramble berries and a whiff of licorice. This is by far the best wine to come from this little estate.

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Small producer amazes at NY blind tasting

Last week while in New York I conducted a blind tasting of 10 amazing California, Oregon and French (Burgundy) Pinots that scored in the 93-96 point range and cost between $50 and $200!

  • Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs (95+ Parker, $200.00)
  • Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux (94 Parker, $120.00)
  • Bergstrom “Bergstrom Vineyard” (94 Parker $75.00)
  • L’Angevin (93 Parker, $50.00)
  • Archery Summit “Summit Estate” (93 Parker $150.00)
  • Brewer Clifton “Cargasacchi” (94 Parker $ 70.00)
  • Copain “Kiser en Haut” (94 Parker $ 75.00)
  • Argyle “Spirit House” (93 Parker $75.00)
  • Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges “Les St. Georges” (95 Parker, $ 115.00)

The WINNER as voted by our group of 30 hailed from a small, way-less expensive winery from Carneros: B Kosuge 2009 Pinot Noir “The Shop”

B Kosuge 2009 Pinot Noir "The Shop"B Kosuge 2009 Pinot Noir The Shop
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 33.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12 – use code BKOS09PNS12 during check out

The thing about this wine is: it’s got to be yummy. I don’t want to obsess about it, I just want to enjoy it and have a good time. This vintage is probably the most aromatic and delicious Pinot Noir vintage in years, with the possible exception of 1994, which was pretty tasty too. The Shop, in particular, really blossoms in the cooler vintages. In 2009 it achieved ripeness without sacrificing cut and precision, in pretty much every vineyard that I worked with. There’s quite a bit of dark fruit in this wine but with a little air the high notes start to emerge. On the nose you’ll encounter black cherry notes.  The full bodied palate is gorgeous and generous loaded with bright, flavorful Pinot fruit.  The finish is long and extremely elegant.

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Milange, the next “collectible” – Frank’s own wine label

Milange Wine

I don’t want to be partial to my own label, but I am proud!  Milange is named after my daughters (MILayna and ANGElina).  It has been in the works for some years now, and now it is finally here! Our inaugural release of 100 cases was poured at our New York wine event last week to great success!  25 cases of the first 100 flew out the door in just 3 hours!  At this rate I will be sold out by next week (I hope). I could not have done it without the help from my great friend Perry, and of course my wife and two daughters!

Milayna & Angelina Milange 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from two of Napa Valley’s most famous vineyard sites. These vineyards must stay nameless in print – If you ask nicely I may tell you what they are when I talk to you in person, but I can tell you that they are two of the most sought after sites in the Napa Valley.

This inaugural vintage is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in high-end Chateau barrels for 30 months (65% new 35% 1 year old). A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the best vintages of this 21st century that will impress you! I am proud and impressed myself. The aroma are gorgeous right out of the glass. Full in body, layered with ripe black stone fruit, spices and a touch of anise and chocolate on the mid-palate. Well-balanced with the right amount of acidity, and finesse leading into a long silky finish. Only 100 cases were produced.

Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99 – Release SPECIAL 69.99 on six with FREE SHIPPING!
use code Milange07/6 during check out

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Eagle’s Neighbor does it again!

My friends from Textbook have been producing stunning wines at a palatable price point for years now! These latest releases might be there best ever!  As always limited productions across the board.  This release is even more special with the addition of a 100 case production Stag’s Leap bottling (the fruit from this source fetches $150.00 from other wineries using this vineyard)

Textbook 2009 "Mise en Place"Textbook 2009 “Mis en Place” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 49.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Use discount code “Text09MEP6″ during check out.

This close neighbor of Screaming Eagle will put the Eagle to shame. A full case of this “textbook” perfect wine won’t even buy you a bottle of Screaming Eagle! The production of Textbook is about the same as it was last year, so it is equally limited, does not come in a fancy wood box and I have it available TODAY for you to buy and taste and enjoy. You can even buy cases of it!. This wine is loaded with black currant and chocolate from the start to the finish. The wine is opulent, full in body and has layers of elegant fruit. This stunning Cabernet has a multi-faceted finish that goes on forever. As its predecessor this release is limited and will sell out fast!

Textbook 2008 "Saut de Cerf"Textbook 2008 “Saut de Cerf” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 42.99  – FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Use discount code “Text09SDC6″ during check out.

This 99 case production is a powerful wine, loaded with  rich dark fruit, flowers, spices, and licorice.  Full in body, with layers of fruit on the mid-palate.  The wine is intense, yet extremely well-balanced and gorgeously crafted.  The aromatics are in sync with the flavors as they linger for a long time.  This huge, concentrated wine is bold but surprisingly elegant with an amazingly long finish.

Spicerack 2010 SyrahSpicerack 2010 Syrah “Punchdown” Sonoma Coast
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 22.99
FREE SHIPPING on TWELVE (mix and match OK)
Use discount code “SPICE10S12″ during check out.

The 2010 Spicerack “Punchdown” Syrah was sourced from The “Rogers Creek” hillside vineyard, a source for David Ramey and other critically-acclaimed Syrahs. This wine offers superb meatiness and white pepper notes, cracked pepper and smoky bacon reminiscent of Rhone Valley Syrah.  On the palate you’ll encounter juicy blackberry and brambleberry flavors and a touch of coffee and chocolate.  The wine finishes with a touch of nutty smokiness.

Textbook 2010 Chardonnay "Fin de Journee"Textbook 2010 Chardonnay “Fin de Journee” Napa
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 22.99
FREE SHIPPING on TWELVE (mix & match OK)
Use discount code “TEXTCHD12″ during check out.

A blend of two great vineyards (60% Carneros and 40% Yountville) It reveals gorgeous aromas and flavors of citrus, minerality  and a touch of tropical fruit, all of which blend nicely on the rich palate. It is a subtle wine with great finesse and detail.  Gorgeous finish!