“BETZER” THAN THE REST THIS 95 POINT CAB BLEND

 

Bob Betz MW (Master of Wine, only a few hundred of those in the whole world), has had a long career in the wine industry, going back to 1974 when he received his first “training” in France.  Fast forward to 28 years at the helm of a prominent winery, and creating Betz Winery with his wife in 1997, to building a state-of-the-art winery in 2005.  His path has crossed many regions of the world, and it shows in his winemaking skills!

BETZ 2013 “Clos de Betz” Proprietary Red
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 61.99
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Winemaker Notes: “In the glass, the 2013 Clos de Betz displays a deep ruby hue, but the real excitement begins with the aromatics: black cherry, damson plum, and cocoa bean lead the charge, while leather, tobacco, sage, and truffle all show up with time in the glass. The palate offers merlot’s weight and density, yet faithfully expresses the freshness and detail of the vintage. This is further enhanced by the highest percentage ever of Petit Verdot in this blend (20%): dried thyme and pencil lead nuances add stunning complexity. This vintage of Clos de Betz reminds me of a classic, warmer, Right Bank wine, with both readiness and structure, and notable cellaring capacity.”  Just shy of 900 cases were produced, so it will not be around for a long time!”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Inky colored, it has terrific and classic notes of plums, black raspberry, violets, espresso and scorched earth to go with full-bodied richness, lots of fruit and mid-palate depth, and an overriding sense of elegance and purity that carries through the finish. I wrote “classic” about three time in the note, and this is a beautiful 2013 that will cruise for 15 years or more in the cellar.”

Also check out Bob Betz’ amazing but limited production “old vine” white:
BETZ 2015 QUINTA ESSENTIA “OLD VINE”

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Hidden Secret Cabernet Turns Heads

 

Steven Kent has slowly been building a reputation of great quality wines, but many of use are very partial to Napa and Bordeaux and forget to look at other appellations and regions.  That said, this 2013 “Ghielmetti” Cabernet bottling will proof that good Cabernet is not just grown in Napa!

Livermore Valley has a long, dedicated history of growing the “Bordeaux” varietals, and in particular Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 1880s, pioneering winegrowers began to discover the potential of the Livermore Valley region. Then, as today, L.V.’s climate and soils closely resemble those of Bordeaux’s famed left bank of the Gironde. By the turn of the last century, Livermore Valley was already far ahead of its Napa Valley neighbor in specializing in the Bordeaux varieties.  Steven Kent is the seventh generation producing wine from this appellation.

Steven Kent 2013 “Ghielmetti” Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.99
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This latest release is a real beauty.  The wine offers an intense aroma of crème de cassis, black currant, and floral notes jumping out of the glass. The wine is intense and full in body with gorgeous flavors coating the palate.  Extraordinarily elegant and pure, this wine tastes a lot more expensive than its pricetag!

 

Winemaker Notes: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard is the finest example of multi-clone Cabernet yet from the site. From an immediately attractive and rich nose of dark plum, black cherry, cocoa and very subtle oak to an entry with opulence of fruit and concision of acidity and tannin, to a mid-palate and finish with both length and balance, this Cabernet is a stunner. Where the Lencioni Vineyard Cabernet offering was red this wine is very dark in fruit; where Lencioni was polished and relatively soft, this wine shows some hardness of tannin in its youth.  Mouthfilling and grippy now, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard will mature beautifully, softening in tannin, over the next 15-20 years. We believe this wine showcases a vision for Cabernet Sauvignon that is in keeping with the world-class potential of the Livermore Valley.”

Also check out Steven Kent 2013 “Premier” Cabernet Sauvigon “Estate”

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Cab Franc stunner

 

John Skupny gained tons of experience at wineries around the world before landing the National Sales Manager position at Francis Ford Copolla’s winery in the 1990s.  It was during that time his love for Cabernet Franc came more to the forefront and eventually came to fruition when he located an amazing vineyard on ideal rocky soils on a beautiful hillside slope in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley. The new world climate combined with this old world Loire Clone “214” provides the basis for a unique and immensely gratifying presentation of the Cabernet Franc grape. Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ expresses the highest achievement in creating a wine made exclusively from Cabernet Franc that represents the only known bottling of this unique clone “2-14” in California to date.

Lang & Reed 2013 Cabernet Franc “Two Fourteen” Sugarloaf Vineyard Napa Valley
Retail $55.00 – GGWC 49.99
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This is the seventh vintage of Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc, which displays a brilliant crimson color with a typical, youthful violet-blue edge. The aroma distills white and red cherry with an ethereal ‘sous bois’ (or forest floor) impression. On the palate, this wine possesses bright and pure Cabernet Franc flavors of firm black cherry, cassis and graphite, which are expansive and made mouthwatering by ample fresh fruit acidity. The finish is supported by solid, but not oppressive, tannins, which have flavor elements that provide memorable length. This is a fresh and exacting expression of Cabernet Franc, attributed to the 214 clone, that will serve well now or gain in complexity with additional bottle age.

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Paul Lato 2015 Releases Pre-Sale!

 

PAUL LATO has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96-98 point ratings.  All of his bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I’ve ever met.  Attention to detail from start to finish.  He is involved in the entire process from day one. From harvest into dormancy and pruning; all the way to dropping fruit during the growing season, hand-picking only the very best bunches his vines yield.  He’d rather only sell two barrels of amazing wine versus selling six of “OK” wine.

The 2015 Paul Lato wines are STUNNING but unfortunately VERY LIMITED, probably the smallest vintage on record! But amazing in quality. I wish I could say that I have a lot to offer, but I don’t.  As it has been the case in the past years, this wine will sell out within 72 hours of our offering! This is a “futures” offers, the wines should be in stock mid-April 2017, with the exception of the Syrah and Grenache a few months later.

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Paul Lato was born in Poland. He worked as a certified Sommelier in Toronto’s most exclusive restaurants and visited California for the first time in the early 1990′s. Jim Clendenen (ABC & Clendenen wines) told Paul to just pack up and move here, and he would show him the ropes – 14 years later he did make the move and took a job at Bien Nacido vineyards for just $10.00 per hour, he did get free “lodging” at the bunkhouse in the vineyard. The Bien Nacido owner pushed Paul to make his own wine. With some tutoring (he observed the best in the business for some years, asked a lot of questions and experimented a lot) he made his first wines and by chance met Robert Parker.  Parker asked him if “he” was the Polish Sommelier that makes wine and said that he wanted to taste it.  Parker told him that he would tell him immediately if the wine was the real McCoy or …. (slang for excrement) Parker was blown away and gave Paul Lato a rave review. From then on, Paul’s new career was born.

I met Paul in 2005 and have been a big fan since day one, and could say that we have become good friends along the way.  Paul is even making wine under my own “MilAnge” label!

Paul Lato 2015 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour”
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99

This bottling has created a real following.  I would be hard pressed, but I can tell you that this one is every bit as good as the ‘12 (95 Pt WA), ‘13 (96 Pt WA) & ‘14 (95 Pt WA) bottlings, maybe a touch more focused and more elegant! A real “skilled” winemaker gem! Due to the success with the previous vintages I have a lot of demand for this bottling and it will be sold out well before it arrives at my store!

Paul Lato Notes: “Duvarita is a biodynamic-in-the-making vineyard, with a purity, brightness, and provincial beauty to the fruit. Fresh aromas of yellow apple and lime rind arise on the clean and crisp nose, while fully-rounded tones of butterscotch and meyer lemon envelop the palate in juicy bliss. The finish is long and mouth-watering with toasted hazelnut and honeysuckle notes lingering.”

Robert Parker 2014 Review 96 Points: “Leading 2014 Chardonnay Belle de Jour comes from a cool site west of the Sta. Rita Hills and is from the Calera and Mt Eden clones. It’s the first wine from Paul from this site and there’s a scant six barrels to go around. Spending 14 months in 50% new French oak, it has a terrific bouquet of smoke, charcoal, stone and apple fruits, brioche and integrated oak. This gives way to a rich, layered Chardonnay that has bright acidity, a layered, seamless texture and a great finish. In short, it’s another sensational Chardonnay from a great winemaker.”

Paul Lato 2015 Chardonnay “Souvenir”
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99

This is a more than worthy follow-up to the 2012,13 & 14 bottlings which received 96-97 Point ratings from Robert Parker! This wine might be Paul’s boldest production, yet another gem in my book.  It is by far Paul’s smallest bottling, only 4 barrels produced.  The 2014 is a carbon copy of the 2011 that received rave reviews from my clients and critics alike! I’d be shocked not to see similar scores, or higher!

Paul Lato Notes: “23-year-old Wente clone vines contribute to the classic, precise nature of this naturally-pleasing Chardonnay. Golden straw-colored in the glass, notes of clover honey and roasted plantain notes emerge from the nose with great clarity. The mouthfeel is electric and buoyant, with wet limestone minerality and a stunning swell of lemon-like acidity that enlivens the palate.”

Robert Parker 2014 review 96 Points: “Made all from the Wente clone, the 2014 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw more new oak than most of the releases and spent 14 months in 70% new barrels. Paul has a two-acre parcel in this site, which is located in the Santa Maria Valley, and he first started working with fruit from this site in 2007. This 2014 is medium-bodied, ultra-fine and utterly seamless on the palate, with textbook notes of buttered apples, stone fruits, white flowers and hints of minerality. Every speck of new oak has been completely absorbed by this sensational Chardonnay, and it should drink gorgeously for 5-7 years. I don’t have any experience with aged examples of this cuvee, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep for longer either.”

Paul Lato 2015 Chardonnay “East of Eden” Pisoni Vineyard
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
 

This is the Fifth Release of the “East of Eden” Chardonnay from the famed Pisoni Vineyard. Only a few barrels were produced, and I was lucky to get a few cases from Paul as they were all earmarked for his mailing list and for restaurants like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, etc.  This is probably the best rendition of a 1er Cru Montrachet produced in California.  As you are well aware of Paul’s meticulous wine-making skills and strategy, nothing escapes this guru of precision! I’d say that this wine is very similar to the great 2013 vintage, which received 97 Points from Parker!

Paul Lato notes: “The low-yields of Pisoni Vineyard contribute to this muscular and delineated wine, which several Master Sommelier’s have compared to the legendary Corton of Burgundy. The unique aromatic profile shows alpine flower along with sea water elements and a touch of sweet almond paste. The palate has a textured, tannin-like structure with subdued mineral tones that allow for white floral and tropical qualities to lift up beautifully.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 96 Points: “From one of the top sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2014 Chardonnay East Of Eden Pisoni Vineyard is a tour de force in Chardonnay that will stand up with the best California offers. More masculine, rich and textured, with tons of caramelized orchard fruits, orange blossom, minerality and brioche, it has a great mid-palate, excellent acidity and shows serious length on the finish. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak, it should have a decade or more of longevity, although there’s no need to delay gratification too long.”

Paul Lato 2015 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit”
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99

This latest Zotovich “Seabiscuit” bottling is by far Paul’s best effort to date! I would say that it will rival his 97 Point rated 2013 version!  As it is the case with all of Paul’s wines, I get limited amounts of this great gems, so I can only remind you how great and limited they are!

Paul Lato Notes: “Robust and explosive, this is an exquisite expression of a previously-neglected vineyard that is now becoming a thoroughbred with the proper attention. The nose is huge, bursting with redcurrant, blueberry, and iodine in rich array. The strength of the aromatics is matched on the palate as sturdy, age-worthy tannins reveal wave after wave of dried fruit and hard spice.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 95 Points: “Showing the more savory, dried earth and sandy loam-like characteristics that are the hallmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is the 2014 Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard (aged 15 months in 70% new French oak). It has lots of bright cherry, forest floor, spice and dried flowers to go with a supple, gorgeously polished style on the palate. It still has a kiss of new oak, so give it a year in bottle.”

Paul Lato 2015 Pinot Noir “Suerte” Solomon Hills
Retail 92.00 – GGWC 86.99

Paul is not slowing down one bit, and this workhorse “Suerte” will amaze many Pinot lovers alike! It shows gorgeously young, and will even improve a lot more in the years to come!  Only a few barrels produced! This 2015 is any bit as good as the 96 point rated 2014 vintage!

Paul Lato Notes: “Solomon Hills is a Grand-Cru-in-the-making site of great character, arguably the most unique in the Santa Maria Valley. The aromatics show gunpowder, black cherry, and strawberry jam notes of deep intensity and generosity. The palate is pure velvet, seamlessly balancing rich, tarry earth tones that cling to the palate with a bright acid lift towards the finish. Striking in both beauty and intelligence.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 96 Points: “From a top site in the Santa Maria Valley that’s just to the southwest of Bien Nacido, the 2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte comes mostly from clone 115, but has 25% each from 667 and 777. Aged 15 months in 75% new French oak, it’s another lighter colored beauty that offers upfront, fresh and fruit-driven notes of strawberries, framboise, violets and spring flowers. Elegant, layered, pure and with good acidity and fine tannin, it’s already hard to resist, yet should evolve nicely on its balance.”

Paul Lato 2015  Pinot Noir “Lancelot” Pisoni Vineyard
Retail 105.00 – GGWC 99.99

The “flagship” wine of Paul’s Portfolio!  I don’t need to tell you that the Pisoni vineyard is often compared to the best (1er and Grand Cru) vineyards in Burgundy, and Paul puts a real Burgundian twist on this source!  This wine equals the best of the previous Lancelot bottlings and could even surpass it! VERY LIMITED!

Paul Lato Notes: “Deep red ruby in the glass, this voluptuous Pinot Noir has a dizzying aromatic profile bursting with lavender, warm asphalt, and salt-cured meats. The palate has great depth in fruit and earth qualities reflective of the one-of-a-kind Pisoni Vineyard. Planted over 30 years ago with what are rumored to be cuttings from one of the finest Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, this singular site continues to amaze in the balance, concentration, and ageability of fruit it delivers.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 96 Points: “Coming from a block that was recently replanted (this cuvee won’t be made after 2015), the 2014 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard is always one of the larger framed, mineral-laced wines from Paul. Offering lots of crushed rock and mineral nuances, with a core of red currants, raspberry, smoked earth and charcoal, it leans towards the blacker fruits, is medium to full-bodied, gorgeously textured and has a finish that won’t quit. Like all of Paul’s wines, it’s impeccably balanced. Give it a year and drink bottles through 2026.”

Paul Lato 2015 Pinot Noir “Contender” Drumm Canyon
Retail 94.00 – GGWC 89.99

This might be the best Contender bottling to date!  This rendition of the Drumm Canyon Vineyard “Contender” will make you (happily) dream of a 1er Cru Pommard at a much lower price point!  This latest release is Paul’s best effort to-date and I have only 5 cases of this wine to offer!

Paul Lato Notes: “A highly-perfumed nose of lavender and sweet tobacco alongside lush wild berry notes is beautifully indicative of the Drum Canyon site. The palate is an exotic mélange of hard spice, leather, and bramble fruit, with a surprising and welcome acidity that lends a levity to the muscularity at its core. Like Marlon Brando on the waterfront, it shows that intensity and gracefulness can be a part of the same package.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 95 Points: “Eclipsing the seriously good 2013, the 2014 Pinot Noir The Contender Drum Canyon Vineyard comes from Swan and Calera clones and spent 15 months in 75% new French oak. More structured and tannic (Paul says it’s the Gevrey of the lineup), with a darker edge to its black raspberry, blackberry, underbrush, red plum and spice aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with a big mouth full of fruit, a layered textured and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy through 2026.”

Paul Lato 2015 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99

This is in my book “THE” best Cinematique to-date bar-none! I believe strongly that is equal, to the great 2014, 2012, 2008 and 2007 vintages (97 Point rating).  I’d be surprised that this wine will not see very high 90 scores again!

Paul Lato Notes: “In just a few short years, this vineyard has become a holy grail for Rhône varietals in Santa Barbara County, receiving critical acclaim for the quality of the grapes and viticultural practices. Christine Larner and her son, Michael, also a winemaker, are ardent about the continued care and development of their vineyard. The natural beauty of the site with its rolling, sun-splashed hills creates an incredibly peaceful vibe. The Syrah clones of Estrella and 877 planted in this picturesque site produce a rich, intensely flavored wine that retains its elegance.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 97 Points: “More sweetly fruited and perfumed than the Bien Nacido Syrah, the 2014 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard is a gorgeously complex Syrah that offers tons of sweet black cherries, framboise, incense and olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, utterly seamless, impeccably balanced and insanely pure, this sensational Syrah needs a decant if drinking anytime soon, and will continue to drink brilliantly for another decade.”

Paul Lato 2015 Syrah “IL Padrino”
Retail 96.00 – GGWC 93.99

This is becoming Paul Lato’s BEST Syrah bottling numerous years in a row.  If one were in the Rhone Valley, it would put many of the big names to shame!  In a recent tasting Paul’s Il Padrino bottling beat out 100 point wines like Alban’s Reva, and others!  I only get 5 cases of this gem, so jump on it NOW, as this might be the year of a 100 Point Syrah from Lato! This wine gets 95-98 points every release!

Robert Parker 2014 – 97 Points: “Another sensational vintage for this cuvee, the 2014 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is slightly deeper colored than the Larner Vineyard and has a more earthy, gamey, savory characteristics in its black currants, damp earth, olive tapenade and sappy flower aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, rich, beautifully concentrated and layered, with good acidity and fine tannin, it needs short term cellaring to come together (the Larner is much more upfront) and will drink beautifully through 2026.”

Paul Lato 2015 Grenache Bien Nacido
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99

Paul Lato’s notes: “This is one of the most historic vineyards in Santa Maria Valley tracing its grape-growing history back to the days of the Spanish land grants. Vineyard Manager Chris Hammell and his dedicated crew continue to take this vineyard to even greater heights. Many of this region’s most acclaimed winemakers have enjoyed great success working with this internationally renowned site.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 95 Points: “A bigger, richer and more concentrated effort than the Larner Grenache, the 2013 Grenache Bien Nacido Vineyard offers lots of cassis and black raspberry fruit to go with underlying notes of wet gravel, shrimp broth, peppery herbs, licorice and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and multi-dimensional on the palate, with a weightless mouthfeel, it’s acidity is nicely integrated and it never puts a foot wrong. Given its balance and overall purity, it’s a killer drink today, but it will evolve beautifully.”

PS: VERY SMALL AMOUNTS OF 2014 PAUL LATO WINES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT 10% OFF ON ALL! (CALL or EMAIL ME DIRECTLY FOR AVAILABILITY AND DISCOUNT!)


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Surprise Cult Wine Tasting Outcome!

Dear Friends,

Saturday January 21 was probably one of the most memorable days at Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ tasting room.

100 Point Cult TastingWe conducted a “Cult” Cabernet Tasting of some of our most highly rated wines.  The line-up, Harlan Estate 2012 (99+ Points), Colgin 2013 IX Estate (100 Points), Verite “La Joie” (100 Points), Spottswoode 2013 Estate (99+ Points).  We also included two surprises (brown bag).  Before I reveal them here, the group of 20+ tasted through the six wines and the comments about the wines were amazing.  I had them “poll” who won the tasting, and the result was very surprising.

The two “brown bag” wines came in 1 and 2!

First place was POST PARADE 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (95 POINTS PARKER), Second was KEEVER 2013 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA (94 POINTS)  followed by 2013 Colgin IX Estate (3rd), Spottswoode 2013 Estate (4th), Verite 2013 La Joie (5th) and 2012 Harlan Estate (6th).

That said, the “modestly” priced wines were any bit as good, actually better than the (very) high-priced ones!  Not to downplay the great quality of ALL of THEM!!

Because of the outcome, POST PARADE and KEEVER were purchased liked it was the last bottle of wine you’d ever consume in your life.
 
I have a just few cases remaining of both POST PARADE and KEEVER, in case you are interested.  

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Your Humbled Wine Servant,
Saint Frank
The Patron Saint of Tannins.

100 Point Cult Tasting
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Former Turley winemaker’s AMAZING 95 POINT offer


Eschewing traditional routes to a winemaking education, Ehren Jordan worked his way up the vertical integration ladder. After graduating from college in 1989, he left for Denver, Colorado where he worked briefly as a sales rep for a large wine distributor. But the siren song of ski season in the Rockies grew louder as winter approached and Ehren headed for the restaurant scene in Aspen.

Schussing by day and bussing by night, our 21-year-old would-be winemaker went from wine steward to sommelier/manager by the end of the season. As the snows and drinking crowds melted, Ehren headed to the Napa Valley with a posse of associates from the restaurant on the first leg of what was to be an extended journey during the Aspen off-season. However, finding the funds low, our hapless hero presented himself on the doorstep of Joseph Phelps Vineyards looking for a temporary job as a tour guide…

Three years later, after stints giving tours, working in the cellar, making sales calls with then VP Bruce Neyers, and managing retail sales, Ehren finally left Phelps to try his hand at winemaking in the venerable vineyards of the Rhône Valley. Celebrated oenologist Jean-Luc Columbo took a chance on the erstwhile Ehren, whom he had met the prior year. A Francophile since adolescence, Ehren threw himself into all aspects of what seemed like turn-of-the-century winemaking in age-old caves and endurance-sport viticulture on the terraced hillsides of Cornas. During the sodden 1992 and 1993 vintages Ehren helped make Les Ruchets, Columbo’s own label, and visited many of Columbo’s clients, among some of France’s most esteemed wine brains. After this of course he worked as the head winemaker of Turley and Neyers wineries, along the way starting his own “Failla” label with his wife Anne-Marie.

Failla 2014 “Hirsch” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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Galloni 95 Points: “The 2014 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is a total knock-out. Dark, rich and explosive, the 2014 possesses magnificent depth and pedigree to burn. The flavors are dense, sweet and wonderfully nuanced throughout. A wine of extraordinary, almost Nebbiolo-like aromatic intensity and firm tannin, the Hirsch is going to need at least a few years to unwind, but it is very clearly a special wine. Hints of rose petal, mint and sweet red berry linger on the long, enticing finish.”

Also, check out the 2014 Failla “Haynes” Chardonnay

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Another Smash Hit for Sans Liege

 

Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high quality Rhone varietals at a very respectable price level for years.  Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about over a decade ago, and with a very strong showing in his Sans Liege and Groundwork productions, and the rest as they say is history.  His latest Prophetess XII/XIII received rave reviews from press and consumers alike – HURRY for this one!

Sans Liege Prophetess XII/XIII  Syrah Blend
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 47.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “Made from 73% Syrah & 27% Mourvedre that’s from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, the Prophetess saw 22-34 months in 41% new French oak. This inky colored blockbuster has tons of ripe, sexy notes of blackberry jam, licorice and smoked meats in a full-bodied, plush and luxuriously textured package. It’s one of the top wines I’ve tasted from winemaker Curt Schalchlin and should drink nicely over the coming 4-5 years, and I’m sure it will evolve beyond that as well. Readers looking for rich, textured, character filled wines that won’t break the bank need to check out these latest releases from winemaker Curt Schalchlin.”

Winemaker Notes: “The fire cracks and his gaze follows the twirling smoke upward. Through the twisted juniper overhead there is a glimpse starlight in the indigo sky. Scents of confectionery, blue fruit, cinnamon graham cracker, fennel, smoked meat, dark chocolate and plum hang in the air. Turning the spice covered rabbit on the spit he bites off a piece of venison jerky and follows it with a big gulp of cola from the molded glass bottle in his weathered hand. It took nearly the whole day to ascend to this spot, but it was worth it.”

Don’t miss the other Sans Liege releases as well!

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Win FREE TICKETS to our 100 Point Cult Cabernet Wine Tasting!

~ Win FREE TICKETS ~ to our 100 Point Cult Cabernet Wine Tasting!

Colgin, Harlan, Verite, Spotswoode, and more! Jan 21, 2017 at 2:00pm Sharp!

Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime!  Frank will pour six Cult Cabernets including the 100 Point rated Colgin, Verite, Harlan and the “only” 99+ Rated Spottswoode.
 
The only way to attend this tasting is to RESERVE TICKETS IMMEDIATELY as the store will be closed for this private event. ~ No Walk In’s ~To enter the drawing – PLACE AN ORDER ON OUR WEBSITE GoldenGateWineCellars.com BY 4 PM PST ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 AND WE’LL PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT FOR THE FREE TICKETS.  RESULTS REVEALED ON OUR WEBSITE BY THURSDAY JANUARY 19! Click here or on the links above to order tickets to the tasting!

The “BEST” Petite Sirah from Napa

 

Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby the Hourglass, 3 Palms and Switchback Ridge vineyards. This wine’s quality is much higher than its price tag!

C-Beck 2012 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99
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The 2012 C-Beck Petite Sirah looks as dark as night with its black/purple coloring.  The wine is dense, concentrated yet extremely elegant on the mid-palate.  The wine offers up stunning fruit – dense and ripe yet stunningly elegant and polished laced with black currant, dark plum and a touch of vanilla.  The palate has a silky entry which leads to a long, supple finish.

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5 Barrel MUST HAVE “Rock & Roll” Red FREE SHIPPING

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the Rock & Roll scene.  Life took a different turn, as he had to make a living and  he eventually stumbled onto the L.A. food scene.  He worked as a waiter, and in time met Manfred Krankl, of La Brea Bakery fame, which whom he’d partner and work for several years.  Krankl, created the infamous Sine Qua Non label and that inspired Matthias to go a similar route and the rest is history.  Sanguis is not a quaffing wine, but complex and sophisticated.

Sanguis 2013 “Verve” Proprietary Red Blend, Santa Ynez
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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There’s this old trick of determining the depth of a well by dropping a stone and counting until you hear the sound.  2013 Verve reminds me of that – total darkness, the cool sensation of the mysterious world underground, and textural depth that can only be approximated.  The 2013 Verve consists of 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cab Franc and 4% Viognier – a compostion only possible  through the magical climate of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Verve yields the beautiful dark aromas of wild berries (not found in the grocery store) and the rest of aromatic picture composed of northern woods, a campfire, and someone grilling meat far off.  I love Verve’s strong but playful tannin and underlying freshness.  Only 125 cases produced!

Robert Parker 93 Points: “… the 2013 Verve checks in as 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc and 4% Viognier that saw 20% whole clusters and 26 months in 300-liter Cigar barrels and 500-liter neutral French oak. Charming, seamless and polished (as are all of Matthias’s wines), it has outstanding notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, spice and dried flowers in a medium to full-bodied, balanced and lengthy package. It should drink nicely through 2023.”

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