Happy New Year from all of us!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!The new year is just around the corner. We survived the end of the world this past month so the next year should be a piece of cake! Have you got your resolutions written up and ready to go?

Personally, I am very much looking forward to the upcoming year. Not only for seeing my own resolutions come to fulfillment but for all of the new releases that are on their way. We are coming off of a few challenging growing seasons, and that usually means a crop of elegant and complex wines. Napa’s greatest winemakers have been working overtime and I cannot wait to sample the results.

So, here’s to you and your wishes for the new year, and to those we have in common. May you all have a very Happy New Year!

Chanin Top 100 Chardonnay, great value

Chanin Wines

This wine has tremendous focus and energy. There is a great paprika and spice component on the nose as well as  green apple skin and ripe apricot. The palate is mineral, and finishes with great viscous concentration and length. In typical form of Los Alamos Vineyard, which is planted on an ancient sand dune, the palate has a unique saline quality that waters the mouth and lasts for minutes.

Chanin 2010 ChardonnayChanin 2010 Chardonnay “Los Alamos”
Retail 36.00 – GGWC 31.99  – FREE SHIPPING on six or more
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2010 Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay ($36) Gavin Chanin likes to say he doesn’t pick early — he picks on time. Based on his results from a vineyard that has defined California for nearly four decades, he’s making a good point. A profound, benchmark expression of Bien Nacido, with ripe aromas of pineapple and Buddha’s hand, plus that toasted-oat richness of Chardonnay on its lees, matched by intense mineral power.

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Alexana Revana!

Alexana Revana

For those familiar with the great Cabernet crafted from their Napa vineyard, this Pinot Noir does not need any intro.  The wines are made by Oregon’s top winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash, who has garnered plenty of fame and accolades in her career. Lynn started her career at Stag’s Leap in the Napa Valley before settling in Oregon in 1988 as the winemaker for Rex Hill. In 2002 she started her own winery, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars.  In 2005 Dr. Revana purchased the “Revana” Vineyard in the Dundee Hills and in 2006 they crafted the first Alexana.

Alexana 2010 Revana Pinot NoirAlexana 2010 Revana Vineyard, Dundee Hills
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 42.99  – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2010 Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir is an excellent representation of both the vintage and the Revana Vineyard site.  The 2010 vintage produced an intense, complex and balanced wine.  Bright, forward aromas of black cherry, dried herbal and floral notes are lifted by molasses and anise blossom.  Massive black cherry flavors are decadent and integrate well with spice, cola and cocoa tones.  The texture is lush and rich, finishing with round soft tannins that provide perfect structure for cellaring.

Wine Spectator Insider gives this wine 94 Points:

“Tangy, focused and juicy, with blackberry, currant and subtle spice flavors, finishing with an open feel to the expressive finish. Shows impressive purity, clarity and length. Drink now through 2020. —H.S.”

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Best Bistro Wine of the year

Bacio Divino Cellars

Claus Janzen was born in Germany, but moved to Canada as a child. Later, he moved back to Europe, working at a number of high-end hotels. It was during that time his interest in wine began to really grow. He returned to Canada to get a business degree and during the beginning of a professional real estate career, he became more involved in the world of food and wine. His passion even earned him the award of Best Wine Taster of Canada! After more visits to Europe’s wine country he eventually was introduced to Chuck Wagner of Caymus. Long story short, in 1988, he started a wine career from scratch with the help of the Wagner family and eventually started Bacio Divino in 1993 and stayed at Caymus for the next decade as a marketing manager.  Bacio Divino owns a 10 acre vineyard in Napa, and also sources from some very reputable vineyards such as To-Kalon!

Retail 35.00 – GGWC 31.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use discount shipping code Pazzo09 during check out

Pazzo is,a very unpretentious and thoroughly enjoyable, fun wine ready to be consumed over the holidays.  Although Pazzo ages quite well,  I encourage early consumption so you’ll enjoy the fresh strawberry component that is more evident when at an early bottle age. The Sangiovese fruit is redolent of sweet berry fruit, and the underlying acid component begs for simpe, flavorful food – tomatoes, garlic, herbs and spices.  It is no coincidence that Robert Parker calls Pazzo the “Best Bistro styled” wine in the country!

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DuMOL wins the last battle of the whites for 2012

In our last head-to-head line-up of the year we picked some of our top favorites of the year and the big winner was DuMOL CHLOE 2010 Chardonnay.  We had some of the most amazing wines in this 10 winery head banger – It included

  • Evening Land 2010 Summum (96 WS $90.00)
  • Tor “Durrell” (95 WS)
  • Lewis Reserve (94 WS)
  • Aubert “Ritchie” (94+ Parker)
  • Domaine William Fevre Chablis 1er Vaulorent (94 Parker)
  • Calera Mt. Harlan (93+ Parker)
  • Big Basin (93 Parker)
  • La Follette Sangiacomo (93 Parker)
  • Pahlmeyer (94 WS)
  • DuMOL “CHLOE”

The DuMOL Chloe came in first with a  horse length to spare!

DuMol 2010 "Chloe" ChardonnayDuMOL 2010 “Chloe” Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or MORE
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Brilliant pale yellow gold color. Richly aromatic: Nectarine, orange marmalade, mango, a subtle edge of fragrant lilies. Broad intense fruit richness, white peach, citrus oil, toasted nuts, almond paste, brioche. Real sense of thrusting power, but perfect balance between pulsating fruit and precise acidity. Lemon zest finish. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees and drink between 2012 and 2018.

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Got Malk? Napa’s best Cab of 2012

Malk Winery

Winemaker Robbie Meyer (L’Angevin, Pierson Meyer) has crafted yet another amazing wine from Malk’s Griffin Vineyard in Stag’s Leap. The 2009 Vintage of the Malk Estate property is by far the best wine from this estate  —  I would say it even better than the great 2007 vintage!

Malk 2009 Estate Cabernet SauvignonMalk 2009 Estate Cabernet  Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99 – Buy SIX only 74.99 with FREE SHIPING
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The color is a gorgeous dark puple hue.  On the nose this youngster shjows of internee aromatics of black currant and chocolate.  This 2009 vintage’s body is amazingly intense, yet gorgeously proportioned and well-balanced.   In line with its aromatics this wine is loaded with black currants, plums and rich chocolate flavors.   Full in body, with nice extraction of flavors, this wine shows balanced acidity and fruit ratios and lingers on into a long lasting finish.  Unfortunately only 192 cases of this wine were produced, and with the success of 2007 and 2008 I foresee this one to be sold out in no time at all.

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The Best Grenache of 2012

Sans Liege

Curt Schalchlin has amassed a reputation of producing high-quality Rhone varietals a respectable price level.  Having worked for some of the best in the industry Curt decided to try his luck, and the rest is history.  Today he has a following that stretches well beyond the US borders, including some of my clients in Europe, Japan and Canada.

Sans Liege 2010 Grenache "En Gedi"Sans Liege 2010 “En Gedi” Grenache – Santa Barbara
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99  - FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Sourced from the  Alta Mesa block of the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. This is in many ways the heart of Sans Liege, it is far-off, unknown and alluring.  The 2010 is a  blend  of 67% Grenache from Alta Mesa Block, 24% Alban Clone Grenache from River Bed Block, 9% 99 clone Syrah from Alta Mesa Block. A dark, penetrating and dancing wine the 2010 En Gedi isa testament to the deep power the vineyard holds. Scents of violet, soft leather, raspberry coulis and fresh hewn redwood circle around a velveteen palate of dried cherry, Chambord, thyme and seared bread with brooding, black tannins. A wine to be had at the moment of insight into a lifelong riddle.  Less than 500 cases of this gem were produced!

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2012 Holiday Tasting Update

Our Holiday Wine Tasting this weekend was a great success. Thank you to all of the winemakers and wineries that came out to share their creations with us. And thank you to all of our guests who made the night a truly memorable event.

We had a full house with more than 120 people in attendance, some coming from as far away as Michigan!

A few of the “hits” of the evening getting the most buzz included:

Stay tuned for more information on our next tasting event along with an announcement of tastings in other parts of the country. And remember, that I am available to conduct private tastings for you and your group of 2 to 500 friends or associates as well.

A $30 gift certificate for you!

Since it seems to be getting colder around the country and the wine shipping days are getting limited, I just wanted to help you get a head start on your Holiday Wine Gifts.

As a token of our appreciation of you as a Golden Gate Wine Cellars customer, we are giving you a one-time $20.00 coupon that is worth $30.00 if you use it before December 15 on any online purchase of $250 or more. (Coupon expires January 31, 2013).

Simply enter the coupon code “2012HolidaySavings” on the payment page during checkout at http://GoldenGateWineCellars.com to receive your discount.

If you ship sooner rather than you can save a bundle on shipping charges, even take advantage of FREE SHIPPING* options. Why not spend LESS on shipping and MORE on wine, rather than MORE on shipping and LESS on wine (translates to you wait, you pay more, so don’t procrastinate)

If you need any assistance selecting a gift or have any other questions, pleas don’t hesitate to call! We are here Monday – Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM PST and Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Kindest Regards and Holiday Wishes,
Frank

PS: Our December 8 Wine Tasting is almost sold out, so hurry to get the last couple of tickets (15% OFF until Friday Dec 7)

A seductive Petite Sirah

Aratas Wines

Aratás, is an extraordinary statement as to the potential of this “American Heritage Varietal” and an absolute and uncompromising commitment to produce the finest artisanal Petite Sirah possible using organic farming methods and sustainable practices. Paying tribute to co-founding brothers John & Mickey Chohany’s Hungarian roots, Aratás translates to a ‘harvest of gold’ and represents the best of old world tradition and new world viticulture though boutique lot, single vineyard, sustainable winemaking. This is the second vintage of Aratás’ vineyard planted to just 1.6 acres in the Oak Knoll AVA.

Aratas 2009 Petit SirahAratás 2009 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
Retail 49.00 – GGWC 45.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2009 Aratás is both massive and seductive. At its core, it possesses an opaque purple-colored density, an excellent representation of a pure Petite Sirah. It is tremendously perfumed, offering up scents of white flowers, licorice, cassis, blackberries, and sweet dark roasted espresso. This is a dense, full-bodied and evolved wine that has the ability to age for decades. Drink or hold until 2030. (94WS)

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