Stunning Cabernet under $40.00

Top Secret This is one of those secretively made wines – we cannot tell you the name of the winemaker nor where he sourced the fruit as it is top secret.  I can tell you that it is a Top notch individual that has gotten big scores over the years and the source is equally sought after by many wineries.  What I will share with you is that it is a Napa Valley blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc

Ultra Violet 2010 CabernetUltra Violet 2010 Cabernet Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 36.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “ULTRA10CS” during check out

This wine features a uniform dark ruby red color. Nose of black cherries, cassis, tobacco and pencil lead. Mouthfeel is rich and opulent without being heavy and leads to flavors of black cherries and plums. Well balanced, with smooth tannins and earthiness. Fermented for 20 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new). 400 cases made.

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Penche Cab wins the battle of Napa Cabs!

Penche Wines

Over Thanksgiving, I was still working, we had the “Battle of Napa Cabs” at my house.  My group of wine snob friends had selected their best Napa Cab or Blend (2008 vintage) for Frank’s Thanksgiving Battle. No one got killed, only a little embarrassed when their gem did not act as one!  The line-up was impressive:

  • Abreu Madrona (97 Parker – $600)
  • Chimney Rock “Tomahawk” (94 Parker – $ 125)
  • Alpha Omega To-Kalon (93 Parker – $130 )
  • Hall “Segassia” (96 Pasrker – $150)
  • Tor “Mast” (94 WS – $75)
  • Anderson Conn Valley Reserve (98 Parker – $125)
  • Barnett Rattlesnake (94 Parker – $130)
  • Paul Hobbs “To-Kalon (97 Parker – $ 175)
  • Coup de Foudre (94 Parker – $125)
  • Corison “Kronos” (94 Parker – $ 95)
  • Mondavi Reserve (95 Parker – $130)
  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace (94 WS $175)
  • Andrew Will “Sorella” (95 WS – $75)
  • and of course Penche Estate Cabernet

THE WINNER – 2008 PENCHE CABERNET!

This estate has been quietly producing some of the best wines in the Napa Valley.  The 2008 is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon Penché Estate,  1% Cabernet Franc Saunders Vineyard, Oakville Hillside 5% Malbec Stagecoach Vineyards 1% Merlot Larry Hyde, Carneros Vineyard 2% Petit Verdot Saunders Vineyard, Oakville Hillside and Penché Estate Vineyard

Penche 2008 Cabernet SauvignonPenche 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 64.99 — FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “PENC08CS” during check out

Dark garnet hue; Deeply layered aromas of ultra ripe cassis, boysenberry, anise, dark chocolate, toasty French oak, sweet vanilla, cedar, floral perfume, white pepper, sage, anise, and caramel chews. Expect a big, round, full and rich mid palate density laced with intense flavors of ripe blackberries, black cherry, integrated toasty oak, and mouth-coating chocolate. The persistent yet balanced finish exhibits excellent depth, purity, and elegance.

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Holiday Gift Cases!

The holidays are rapidly approaching and festivities are in the air.  We have put together a selection of fantastic Gift Cases to fit every taste, budget, and occasion.

Frank’s Holiday Sampler Case – Retail $460 – GGWC $399.99
A mixed case of spectacular hard-to-find wines from premium local producers, as well as a stellar quality Champagne. This case is intended for those on your list who enjoys wine and is exploring the different regions and top producers.

The Holiday Bargain Case – Retail $315 – GGWG $249.99
A case of superb wines from small producers at a very reasonable price point!

Pinot Envy Six-Bottle Gift Case – Retail $475 – GGWC $449.99
For the wine geeks, collectors, wine-lovers and beginners alike. This six-bottle Pinot-Envy case (I hate to call it a six-pack) is a true example of California Pinot Noirs, the ideal holiday wine.

California Myth (Full Case) – Regularly $1650 – Sale $1299.99
A collectors dream, a must have, all unique, hard-to-find cult, boutique, artisan producers that you usually only read in the press. Now you get to taste them! All of these wines are highly rated by Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Tanzer, etc.

California Myth (Half Case) – Regularly $875 – Sale $699.99
A collectors dream, a must have, all unique, hard-to-find cult, boutique, artisan producers that you usually only read in the press. Now you get to taste them! All of these wines are highly rated by Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Tanzer, etc.

Cal-du-Rhone Six-Bottle Gift Case – Retail $395 – GGWC $349.99
Rhone varietals are no longer “forgotten” grapes – This assortment of high-scoring wines will impress you! Includes wines such as Charles Smith, DuMOL “Eddie’s Patch”, Keplinger, Sans Liege, Anthill Farms and Alta Colina.

SexTet, A Family Affair of the Vine – Retail $250 – GGWC $199.99
A sampler pack that will make both donor and recipient very happy. It includes two reds, two whites and two excellent sparklers: G Rated!

Three-some…. of Wine! – Retail $130 – GGWC $99.99
If you don’t know what to give your colleague, relative or neighbor – A great selection of one Red, White and Bubbly that will not break the bank! G RATED!

Bubbles in a Box Three-Pack – Retail $160 – GGWC $139.99
Three great champagnes to ring in the new year!

Port-to-Port Gift Case – Retail $375 – GGWC $319.99
A mixed gift case of 3 stunning 2007 Vintage Ports, including the 100 Point rated DOW! The 3-pack includes one bottle each of Dow (100 Pts), Fonseca or Taylor (96 Pts), and 1 bottle of Niepoort (95 Pts.)

Kamen Vertical (2004-2009) Holiday Pack
Full Case, including shipping – $1150
Half Case, including shipping – $575
Robert Kamen has given me a few six and twelve pack verticals from his own cellar to sell to you! A rare opportunity to acquire a full six year vertical of Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignons.

Click on the links above to order. Some selections are subject to change without notice. Free shipping on all orders of $500 or more to a single address within the continental United States. Hawaii and Alaska residents will receive discounted air freight. Please call me at 415-337-4083 for details.

This Zin will “Rock your world”

Morgan Twain-Peterson reminds me of a scientist turned rock star or a rock star turned scientist.  Maybe he is “Rockientist”.  All I can say, he really knows what he’s stuff.  Since his childhood days at age 5 – he made his first wine in Kindergarten, when you and I were playing with dinky toys!  He went on the get degrees from top notch schools, including a PhD – the guy is not even 35 and he has 30 years of experience.  Worked around the globe in Australia and Bordeaux (Lynch Bages).  When he created Bedrock our Rockientist blossomed as he fell in love with many old-vine vineyards.  I don’t need to tell you, but Bedrock has a cult-like following.

Bedrock 2011 Old Vine ZinfandelBedrock Old Vine Zinfandel
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99 (FREE SHIPPING on 12)
Use discount shipping code “BEDOVZ11″ during check out

The 2011 Old Vine Zin shows a very intense sexy, spice nose with gobs of bright red and black stone fruit intertwined with a touch of white pepper.  On the palate, this gorgeous youngster teases the palate with hints of crushed rocks, chocolate and well-balanced black stone fruit.  .  The wine has an amazingly long finish.  The wine is young and could benefit from some time in the cellar, but if you really can’t wait, decant it and let it breathe for 2-3 hours.

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*Free ground shipping on qualifying orders to a single address within the continental US. Orders to HI & AK will receive reduced air freight shipping.

Winter has hit many parts of the country already! Don’t let your wine sit in a below-freezing delivery truck all day long. Give me a call and I will hold your wine for you, free of charge, until it is warm enough to ship safely.

2012 Holiday Newsletter

We invite you to view our
2012 Holiday Newsletter

Inside you will find information on some of the new releases that we have just gotten in and are expecting over the next few months, our 2013 tasting schedule and “educational” in-store tastings, Holiday gift selections, and more!

Click here to download the newsletter in PDF format or visit http://www.GoldenGateWineCellars.com

Stunning Cabernet under $40.00

Alta Wines

The Alta venture (founded by Fred and Nina Oliai) is located at an elevation of 1650 feet on the eastern slope of the Atlas Peak facing the Suisun Bay to the southeast and the Vaca mountains to the East. At this elevation, the 10 acre vineyard is cooler than Napa in the afternoons, but being above the fog, the vines enjoy sunshine as soon as dawn break. The vines are rooted in rocky volcanic soils. The impoverished soil limits the crop to just about 1 to 1.5 tons per acre of intense fruit. All these elements provide an ideal and uniform growing season. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the two main varietals.

Alta 2010 Estate Cabernet SauvignonAlta 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Retail 46.50 – GGWC 41.99
SPECIAL 39.99 on 12 with FREE SHIPPING
Use discount shipping code “ALTA10CS” during check out

This wine offers an amazing aroma of Crème de Cassis and black currant fruit that jump out of the glass. This intensely aromatic wine is full in body, loaded with more lush fruit on the mid palate, hints of black currant, coffee, chocolate and a touch of minerality (Atlas Peak soil). The wine runs over the palate like a prima ballerina in a linebacker body. The finish is equally impressive.

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15% OFF! 2012 Holiday Wine Tasting

Get 15% OFF the price of tickets to our Holiday Wine Tasting
when you order before November 25th
by calling me at 415-337-4083!

(Applies to phone and email ticket orders only.)

2012 Holiday Wine Tasting

The Best Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley!

This is a wine that will make the French take a run for the hills!  In a recent line-up of the best of the best Napa Valley Cabernet Francs, the new release from World’s End came in first. This wine would make an ideal pairing for many meals during the holiday season.

The line up included:

  • Del Dotto (92 Pt Parker)
  • Macauley “To-Kalon” (93 Pt Parker)
  • Crocker Starr (93 Pt Parker)
  • Jasper Hill(96 Pt Parker)
  • Poggio de’ Colli (94 Pt Parker)
  • Lang & Reed 2-14 (95 Pt Decanter)
  • Constant (93 Pt Parker)
  • World’s End “AGTW”

- The winner WORLD’S END!

World's End 2010 "Against the Wind" Cabernet FrancWorld’s End 2010 “Against The Wind” Cabernet Franc
Retail $48.00 – GGWC 44.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “WE10ATW” during check out

Intense aroma of floral, raspberry and black cherries with a touch of spice.  This Saint Emillon style Cabernet Franc will please many wine lovers alike.  The wine is full in body and shows the true expression of its varietal and the terroir it was grown on.  Sourced from two of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley this gorgeous wine will be a true center piece during the 2012 Holiday season.  Loaded with stunning fruit from start to finish, it is the elegance that will wow you and the silky tannins on the finish will allow you to drink this young, although decanting will showcase the best side of this youngster some more!

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A 95 Point Cabernet Gem!

Hidden Ridge Wines This property is hidden amongst the great producers on Spring Mountain. Marco di Giulio has been at the helm since its inception and they have slowly created a loyal following of their mountain Cabernets.  The property is situated on a steep 55% slope, so not suitable for a whole lot – hard for the grapes and definitely makes maintenance a challenge all year around and during the harvest.  The final result though is a great quality wine.  This “Impassable Mountain” just received a 95 Point rating!

Hidden Ridge 2007 Impassable Mountain Cabernet SauvignonHidden Ridge 2007 “Impassable Mountain” Reserve Cabernet
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use discount shipping code “HR07IMP” during check out

The 2007 Hidden Ridge Vineyard “Impassable Mountain” Reserve is selected from the best barrels. “Impassable Mountain” harkens to the original name of the area that is home to Hidden Ridge Vineyard. Nineteenth-century surveyors were assigned to find a stagecoach route through the rugged terrain only to realize that it was, at the time, “impassable.” “Impassable Mountain” is a dense, complex wine revealing aromas of cocoa, black currant, pipe tobacco and clove on the nose and smoke, fall leaf, cherry, blueberry and vanilla on the palate. Rich and powerful, the wine remains well balanced with a long mint and clove-laced finish.

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Small Pinot producer steals the show in Pinot Envy tasting!

Wrath Wines

In a recent “bring your best Pinot to the table” throw down of 2010 Pinot Noirs, we had an amazing line-up of the who is who among Pinot Noir producers.

  • DuMol, Pisoni (93 Parker)
  • Hilliard Bruce (94 Parker)
  • Aubert (95 Parker)
  • Bergstrom (94 Parker)
  • Brewer Clifton “Mt Carmel (93 Parker)
  • Martinelli, Rochioli “3 Corner” (94 Parker)
  • Peter Michael (93 Parker)
  • Archery Summit (94 Parker)
  • Wrath “Boekenoogen”

– The WINNER = WRATH!

With a name like Wrath, one would think big, bold, intense, complicated, weird and over the top wines – wrong!  These guys are making very elegant, delicate, Burgundian like wines from this single vineyard. The Boekenoogen Vineyard is situated at 850 feet above sea level, grows some of the highest elevation grapes in the Santa Lucia Highlands

Wrath 2010 Pinot NoirWrath “Boekenoogen” 2010 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 45.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Use discount shipping code “WRATH10B” during check out

This is a very delicate, well-made Pinot Noir, sourced from a great vineyard high up the Santa Lucia Highlands.  On the nose this youngster shows of stunning pure fruit with aromas of flowers, red berries and a touch of earth.  This gorgeous wine shows how nice but full flavored a delicate wine can be and picks up density on the palate with focused flavors of raspberry, black cherry and plum that precede a long and lively finish.

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Small Pinot producer steels the show in Pinot Envy tasting