LAST CALL for the Zinfandel of the Year!

 

From the winery: “Our flagship wine, Benchmark Zinfandel is sourced from vines originally planted by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. Seamless, with unparalleled clarity of flavor and aromas, this wine is a testament to the hands that have tended these vines for over a century. This little lane is undeniably special, undeniably unique. Varieties now all but extinct except where they are inter-planted in a few old Zinfandel vineyards–Peloursin, Negrette, and Petite Sirah– add structure, color, and acid. The rocks, the dirt, the morning fog and the afternoon sun form an ideal microclimate that exists nowhere else. These special characteristics allow us to create wines of gravity and depth balanced by bright acidity, redolent of both the grit and the grace of our long history.”

Limerick Lane 2014 Estate Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Zinfandel Estate is primarily Zinfandel, but there are other grapes in this mixed black field blend, including Peloursin, Négrette, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignan. This is a sensational Zinfandel, with an explosive nose of pepper, raw meat, blackberry, black raspberry and cherry. Deep, chewy and dense, it finishes at 14.8% natural alcohol. The lusty, exuberant style of this wine makes it irresistible already, and it should continue to drink well for another 5-8 years.”

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The André Robert is a great bubbly!  Sourced from two Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil (mostly 2009 and 2010 vintage). 100% Chardonnay with a dosage from 8-9 g/l, which translates to medium on the “Brut” rating scale.  This wine has gorgeous aromas of pie and citrus and white stone fruit.  On the palate pleasant fruit and the right acidity, amazingly balanced, a real crowd-pleaser.

André Robert Champagne Brut “Reserve” Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs, Le Mesnil
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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Winemaker Notes: “Light yellow color. Expressive nose of white flesh fruit, pastries with overriding mineral touches. The mouth is both structured and refreshing with ever-present minerality, finishing on a slightly toasted register.”

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Also, be sure to check out these other fine Champagnes and Sparkling Wines:

My best selling Champagne below $35.00
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, CHAMPAGNE FRANCE

My best selling Rose Champagne
DIEBOLT VALLOIS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT ROSE

My best selling Champagne below $45.00
GONET-MEDEVILLE 1ER CRU CUVEE TRADITION

Also check out these other bubbly suggestions:

DUVAL LEROY NV 750 ML CHAMPAGNE
PIERRE MORLET “GRANDE RESERVE” CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

STEPHANE COQUILLETTE CARTE D’OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE
BROCARD PIERRE 1ER CUVEE “BLANC DE NOIRS” BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
ANDRE ROBERT CHAMPAGNE BRUT RESERVE GRAND CRU

 

Sparkling Wines:

ALLIMANT LAUGNER CREMANT ROSE LOIRE VALLEY
CLOS DE LA BRIDERIE CUVEE SILEX

LARGE FORMAT:

MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV IN MAGNUM
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, 3 LITER

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HEIDI BARRETT’s 97+ RATED CAB GEM = FREE SHIPPING

Two of Napa’s best known faces, Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle, La Sirena, Amuse Bouche, etc) and Bo Barrett (Chateau Montelena) have been married for almost 30 years, but it took them almost that long before they put their winemaking heads together and created Barrett & Barrett.

Barrett & Barrett 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC $299.99
FREE SHIPPING on 3
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Anthony Galloni 97+ Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon hits the senses with power and intensity. Vertical, structured and remarkably vivid in the glass, the 2013 is simply fabulous. A host of crushed rocks, game, smoke, black cherry and crème de cassis come to life as this massive, vertically built Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its personality. Virile and imposing, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to fully come together, but it is magnificent, even at this early stage.”

Heidi & Bo Barrett Notes: “This 2013 is a huge expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from this vintage, an absolutely gorgeous example of powerful Napa Valley fruit. A deep, dark black ruby in color, it gives layers of rich, perfumed aromas that continue to develop in the glass over time. Deep, intense notes of cassis, mocha, blackberry pie, and toasty sweet French oak. Explosive flavors follow the amazing aromatics. Luscious and dense texture across the palate with moderate, chewy tannins and great length in the finish. It’s the best possible combination of power and elegance. Extremely concentrated, voluptuous, and certain to be a great bottle for your cellar for years to come. Don’t miss it!”

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

We want wish you all Happy Holidays and the best wishes for the upcoming New Year!

95+ Cab Gem by former Spottswoode winemaker = FREE SHIPPING

 

Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets, Rhone Blends and Albarino.  The 2013 Cabernet might be here best offer yet to date.  STUNNING I’d say!

Gallica 2013 Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 170.00 – GGWC 164.99
$0.01 or almost FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “Gallica’s beautiful 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has velvety tannins, loads of plum, blackberry and cassis fruit and a floral component. It has a medium to full-bodied personality that would suggest a suave complex wine from a Bordeaux or Margaux appellation. The wine is quite beautiful with purity, richness and an overall charm that make this an endearing effort in 2013. Moreover, it should drink well for another 20+ years.”

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Chardonnay of the Year!

 

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to make wine. At a very young age I was fortunate enough to begin learning how to make wine in France. I trained myself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed me the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming itself, and to focus on the many details that go into making each drop of wine in each and every bottle.”  She also makes the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Pahlmeyer and owns the “Shared Notes” wine venture with husband Jeff Pisoni

The Pratt Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, a world-renowned AVA in California. The appellation benefits from a coastal influence and a cold climate, both favorable for making outstanding wines from Burgundian varieties. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Jim Pratt. Only four rows of clone 15 were planted and are farmed carefully for Cattleya, to produce the best clusters of Chardonnay grapes. Thanks to the intensity and complexity of fruit produce from this site, the Cattleya Chardonnay reflects the typicity and exceptional quality of white wines we can produce in Sonoma County from this finicky variety.

Cattleya 2014 Chardonnay “Pratt Vineyard” Russian River Valley – 95 Points Parker
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
NEARLY FREE SHIPPING ($0.01) on SIX
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2014 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard is an exotic, lemon, honeycomb, hazelnut and toasty oak-scented beauty that has terrific mid-palate density, a supple, rich, layered texture, good acidity and additional minerality on the finish. This is a beautiful, rich, Burgundian-styled Chardonnay that will be better in a year, and evolve nicely through 2024.”

Winemaker Notes: “Four French oak barrels—2 of which were new—have been tenderly cared for throughout 15 months of aging. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and the juice was cold-settled overnight for barreling down the next day. The juice sat quietly in the barrel until the fermentation began several days later. By the end of the winter, all 4 barrels had finished both native fermentation as well as malolactic fermentation. A very gentle racking occurred prior to bottling using argon gas and the wine was bottled in January 2016.”

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Frank’s Holiday Champagne Suggestions!

As the holiday season is in full swing, I needed to make sure there will be some SPARKS in your end-of-the-year festivities so I put together a few “bubbly” suggestions for you to choose from. And for those of you who like to make a bigger bang into the New Year, I also have a some large format bottles!

Click on the links below for the tasting notes and pricing: Use the code BUBBLY on checkout for FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more of ANY of the following!

My best selling Champagne below $35.00
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, CHAMPAGNE FRANCE

My best selling Rose Champagne
DIEBOLT VALLOIS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT ROSE

My best selling Champagne below $45.00
GONET-MEDEVILLE 1ER CRU CUVEE TRADITION

Also check out these other bubbly suggestions:

DUVAL LEROY NV 750 ML CHAMPAGNE
PIERRE MORLET “GRANDE RESERVE” CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

STEPHANE COQUILLETTE CARTE D’OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE
BROCARD PIERRE 1ER CUVEE “BLANC DE NOIRS” BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
ANDRE ROBERT CHAMPAGNE BRUT RESERVE GRAND CRU

Sparkling Wines:

ALLIMANT LAUGNER CREMANT ROSE LOIRE VALLEY
CLOS DE LA BRIDERIE CUVEE SILEX

LARGE FORMAT:

MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV IN MAGNUM
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, 3 LITER

I know that making a selection from this many choices can be intimidating, so as always, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 415-337-4083 if you need any assistance!

HURRY LAST MINUTE WINE SHOPPERS!

Dear Friends,

It really is crunch time now! Don’t forget that starting TODAY, only AIR FREIGHT packages will have your wine gifts arriving on time! (With the exception for California, Oregon and Washington state.)

If you haven’t found the perfect gift for the people on your list, be sure to check out our specially curated Gift Cases. With a selection of 3, 6, or 12 wines, you will be sure to find something perfect for every taste or budget.

And as always, if you don’t see a gift case selection on our list that seems just right, give me a call at 415-337-4083, we can always improvise and create one for you!

Lastly, as a “Thank You” for a great year and an early Holiday present from me to you, we are offering a 10% OFF on ALL of our wines today! Just use the discount code TENOFFDEC16 during checkout. Not only a great way to buy some great holiday wines for your favorite friends, but a great opportunity to stock up your own cellar at a nice discount.

Visit us at http://GoldenGateWineCellars.com

Happy Holidays,
Your Humble Servant
St. Frank, the Patron Saint of Tannins

10% OFF ALL WINES TODAY ONLY!!

Dear Friends,

As a “Thank You” for a great year and an early Holiday present from me to you, we are offering a 10% OFF on ALL of our wines today! Just use the discount code TENOFFDEC16 during checkout. Not only a great way to buy some great holiday wines for your favorite friends, but a great opportunity to stock up your own cellar at a nice discount.

Visit us at http://GoldenGateWineCellars.com

Happy Holidays,
Your Humble Servant
St. Frank, the Patron Saint of Tannins

4 Generations of Napa Cab in a bottle

Two cousins (Rob and Angelina Mondavi) created a high-end boutique wine perfectly named Fourth Leaf Wines (since they are the fourth generation of the Mondavi family).  The Mondavi 2013 vintage is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from (family) grapes from Rob’s Atlas Peak vineyard and grapes from  the Howell Mountain vineyard, which is Angelina’s side of the family.  Every year, they blend 50% of these two vineyards together.

Fourth Leaf 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 175.00 – GGWC 169.99
FREE SHIPPING on 4
Use code 4LEAF at checkout

The 2013 bottling is the sixth vintage of the Fourth Leaf Cabernet venture.  This youngster offers up amazing and complex mountainous Cabernet aromatics and flavors.  This youngster showcases gorgeous aromas of black and blue stone fruits with sutbtle nuances of chocolate, anise and exotic spice characters.  On the palate this bold, intense powerhouse shows some of its “soft” side – when you experience silky, sweet black stone fruits kissing the tongue.  The wine evolves into a long, silky and juicy tannic finish.  Only 6 barrels produced.

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