Diamond Creek’s neighbor Cabernet at 1/3 the price

Michael Klopka purchased the 150 acre estate in 1998 atop Diamond Mountain, but it wasn’t a palatial estate – even a “Diamond in the rough” was an understatement.  It was densely forested, nearly inaccessible woodland tract that choked sunlight.  It took a while to clear, and create 2 parcels (Cori and Sophie) totaling six acres of Bordeaux varietals.  Most of the fruit is sold, but a special section is kept for the SVR wines – only 150 cases are produced! The first harvest was 2004, so with 10 year old till their first (Inaugural offering was the 2013 vintage) release they had the time to experiment and release a great wine from the get go.

SummitVine 2014 Cabernet “Estate’ Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00  – GGWC 79.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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The second release from this estate offers up amazing aromatics that jump out of the glass – red and black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of volcanic and anise.  On the palate this full bodied Cab shows of its great body and opulence that is very complex, rich and loaded with lush flavors of black currant, fig, crème de cassis and a whiff of dark chocolate. This well-balanced wine finishes with more bold flavors and well-integrated, silky tannins.  Only 149 cases produced!

Wine Spectator says: “Ten High-Altitude Napa Cabernet Sauvignons: Add SummitVine to your list of wineries to watch”

Wine Spectator 93 Points: “Brimming with rich, lively dark berry and earth tones, this delivers a mix of currant, raspberry, red licorice, espresso and spicy oak notes.  Best of all, this glides along on the aftertaste.  Drink now through 2028.  149 cases made.”

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A Runaway Bride… Needs Wine!

Cloaked in mystery and unable to divulge secrets, Bridesmaid Wines are serious wines for bona fide wine drinkers. Just like her namesake and inspiration, Bridesmaid Wines are available, alluring, important and very sexy.

Bridesmaid is an Appellation Napa Valley white blend framed in the Bordeaux classic grape varieties. This wine is all about the talent of blending and lead blender is Pam Starr one of Napa Valley’s premier winemakers. Before starting Bridesmaid and Crocker & Starr Wines, Pam was the consulting winemaker for Gemstone and the winemaker for Spottswoode.

Bridesmaid 2016 Proprietary White, Napa Valley
Retail 27.00 – GGWC 24.99
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OK to mix with Bridesmaid Red

The Bridesmaid White is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.  On the both the nose and palate you might think the numbers are wrong, as you experience the unctuousness of the Semillon, the density, the flavors the body. The wine greets you with gorgeous and bright aromas of hibiscus flowers, kumquat and green apples.  On the palate you’ll encounter the lusciousness of the Semillon with its bold, dense somewhat creamy texture.  The Sauvignon Blanc flavors add a hint of minerality, honey suckle and a hint of tropical (not sweet) fruit. Well-balanced, and a great value!

Also check out the “big, bold” Bridesmaid 2014 Proprietary Cab Blend, Napa Valley

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Wine Spectator 2017 Restaurant Awards

Wine Spectator 2017 Restaurant Awards

Every year Wine Spectator lists their “Wine” award winning restaurants from around the country and across
the globe. We thought that you might like to know which ones made the list near you.
Click the city names below to find out!


The Grand Award Recipients
New York City
Dallas / Fort Worth
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Washington, DC
Hong Kong
Cruise Ships
Napa Valley

DuMol’s fabulous 2015 releases!

DuMOL and Frank Melis go back to the 1996 vintage, the first one released, so a long and happy marriage, that has never been on the rocks!  I am proud to share that 2015 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were down a lot from the previous vintage, so that might be a problem, especially when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand. I would say that this might one of the best releases ever from this winery. I hear from winemaker Andy Smith that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it rave reviews!

Winemaker Andy SmithDUMOL 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99
Use discount code DUMOL15 upon checkout

This might be one of the best Chardonnays DuMol has ever produced. The wine offers focused, piercing aromas of pear, lemon zest and cut grass with a flinty, chalky mineral edge. Crisp apple and lime juice on the palate broadens to ripe melon and white peach. Linear entry expands to layers of ripe stone fruits, almond and nutmeg. Electric acidity brings focus and balance to the persistent and intensely mouthwatering finish. Honey and lemon richness lingers. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees to allow the wine’s full texture to sing! The 2015 was sourced from 5 amazing  vineyards – Dutton Ranch, DuMOL Estate, Lorenzo, Heintz &  Ritchie.

DUMOL 2015 Syrah, Russian River Valley 
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99
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The 2014 Syrah RRV is by far the best effort to date from Andy Smith. Sourced from three great vineyards (Greywackle, Gregori and Hoppe-Kelly). This wine offers soaring mutli-dimensional aromatic complexity that is really quite dramatic. Violet, dark cassis, graphite and espresso. Bright peppery component with hints of mint and red volcanic character. Simultaneously fragrant and red-fruited but with a brooding inner dark power. Focussed and granular tannins that are long but never edgy. Lingering complexity – espresso, dusty cocoa and mixed black fruits. Decant for an hour in its youth. You can easily age this wine for 10 to 15 years!

DUMOL 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Retail 74.00 – GGWC 71.99
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One of the best RRV Pinot Noir DuMOL has ever produced! This wine is brilliant in the glass. Lovely purity of Russian River Pinot Noir aromas: juicy black cherry, black raspberry, sassafras and rosehip. As it opens, cassis and smoke then savory fennel emerge. Full in body, this wine is layered with bright red fruits on the lush palate, then broad and chewy with real depth of flavor and deep resonant texture. Firms up with air to a lingering mouthwashing savory finish. This truly is a real gem by Andy Smith – Sourced from some stunning vineyards in the Valley.

FYI: DuMOL’s owner is pouring these wines at our New York Wine Tasting June 17 and we will have a special tasting in our store on July 15!

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Phillippe Melka’s Smokin Hot New Cabernet

Apriori is the fruit of a collaboration between Patrice Breton & Georges Sabongui, two very passionate, focused and driven vintners who have been friends since high school. Both Patrice & Georges enjoyed successful careers in the technology industry before dedicating their attention to the craft of wine. They also co-founded and operate Champlain Group LLC, a Private Equity firm specialized in the wine industry. Patrice directs all production operations of Apriori. He also owns and operates Vice Versa Wines, a high-end boutique winery based in Saint Helena. Philippe Melka is the winemaker at the wheel of this small producer.

Arpiori 2014 Reserve Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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Beautiful pure ripe red and dark berries, plum, violets and spice. Pliant, pure and expansive on the palate offering a perfect balance between richness and refinement.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, whose fruit comes from both mountains (Howell Mountain) and the valley floor (Yountville) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. It is a tiny cuvée of 86 cases, but an outstanding wine in its lush, blackcurrant fruit, licorice, tobacco leaf, spice box and medium to full-bodied, round and generous personality. Drink it over the next 15 years.”

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Wine may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

From the PlaidZebra.com 

It comes in many forms – red, white, sweet, sour, aged, fresh. Who doesn’t like to recline with a glass of wine after a hard day? Humans have been brewing and drinking alcohol for thousands of years, and you don’t cultivate a relationship with rotten grapes for that long without learning some unexpected side effects of imbibing. For instance, if you drink enough wine at any party you can inevitably turn even the primmest and most proper social gathering into a hot disaster faster than you can say “Dionysius.” More practically, wine has some interesting side effects on our minds — which you might already know – and our bodies, including some surprising evidence that wine consumption might sharpen our mental and physical acuity rather than dull them.

It’s a well-known fact that a glass of wine a day keeps your poison-filtering liver pumping at peak condition, helping you filter out various toxins from your body. Recent research, however, has revealed that wine has some effects on your brain as well that don’t end with you passed out in a gutter and married to a cocktail waitress. Now, before you jump to nay preliminary conclusions, know that downing a bottle of wine and hitting the town is invariably a poor idea under most circumstances. But researchers at the Food Science Research in Madrid recently published a new paper that suggests moderate amount of wine consumption in one’s lifetime provides some surprising new neurological benefits.

Scientists investigated the compounds left in the body after a moderate amount of wine consumption. They discovered that wine leaves behind “metabolites” the byproducts of human digestion of the various sugars and chemicals in your average glass of wine. These compounds stay in the body even after it expels waste. Scientists added these compounds into cell samples – then subjected the altered cells to stressful conditions that lead to dysfunction and death. Those cells with the compounds proved hardier and more versatile than those without. How do they do that? Metabolites spread throughout a cell as they’re consumed; protecting all parts of a cell from the systematic cascade that usually heralds the death of a cell.

What does this all mean, practically speaking? Many medical conditions involve cellular death or dysfunction. Most prominent of all is Alzheimer’s, a degenerative condition that affects the brain. Neurons – brain cells – die quickly; connections between their neighbors are severed, and as a result the afflicted individuals become unmoored from their memories and in some cases their sense of time and space. Though no permanent long-term cure has yet been found, this study offers a new, radical and comparatively cheap treatment for protecting cells longer: treat yourself to a glass.

So, if you’re ready to begin helping yourself to some of the tastiest cell-protecting wines around, or need to re-stock your supply, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 415-337-4083 or visit http://goldengatewinecellars.com

“Down Under” Exclusive for Golden Gate Wine Cellars customers!

O’Dwyer 2013 Cabernet & 2014 Shiraz Pre-Sale Offer!

The Cabernet which I am sipping while writing this note will elevate you to other galaxies!  The nose is gorgeous, amazing black stone fruit jumps out of the glass.  The palate is mouth coating and teeth staining black stone fruit that is very well-balanced and extremely complex.   One would think Napa and Bordeaux visited the Clare Valley!

Donal O’Dwyer

O’Dwyer 2013 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley
Retail $80.00 – Retail 74.99
ONLY $69.99 per bottle with FREE SHIPPING on 6

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OK to mix & match with O’Dwyer Shiraz

Lush black currant, with a hint of chocolate and mocha notes lead into a 45 second long crescendo.  The tannins are there, and I suggest decanting this wine an hour or two before consuming.  The 2013 O’Dwyer Cabernet is drinking well now, but can benefit from a year or two in the cellar and will age gracefully for a good 10-12 years.  400 cases were produced and ONLY 50 are coming to the US.  Because of the big following, and the large orders at our Anniversary Event, I anticipate this wine to be sold out before it arrives here!

O’Dwyer 2014 Shiraz, Clare Valley
Retail $80.00 – Retail 74.99
ONLY $69.99 per bottle with FREE SHIPPING on 6

Use code ODW during checkout
OK to mix & match with O’Dwyer Cabernet

The 2014 O’Dwyer Shiraz offers a deep dark purple hue and intense aromatics of black berries and violets with a touch of pepper, tea and bacon fat character.  The wine oozes on the palate, full in body with rich and seductive flavors of black berries, chocolate, creme de cassis, and a whiff of smokiness that lingers on the back palate.  The wine is lush, yet very elegant and intense with silky tannins on the long lasting finish.   Only 100 cases produced, and only 10 are coming to the US!!

We are commencing the PRE-SALE offer today.

The wine is NOT YET in stock, but is scheduled to arrive late July, early August. Well worth waiting for, really!!

We poured these two wines at our New York Wine Event, with great success!

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Colgin Cabernet source at 1/10 the price

A few weeks ago we had a retrospective tasting of the 2007 vintage, including the Colgin Herb Lamb vineyard – amazing wine!  Michael Trujilo is a smart guy to have a contract with this venerable Napa Valley vineyard.  Michael has been around the Napa Valley since 1982, and started his own label Karl Lawrence in 1991. A few years ago the Karl Lawrence partnership ended, and Michael created his “own” Trujillo label. Michael retained the most important part of the relationship, the vineyards, while his partner retained the Karl Lawrence name.  The vineyards, Herb Lamb (a longtime Colgin source), Morisoli, etc. are the integral part of Michael’s wines and have been since the inception (Karl Lawrence/Trujillo).

Trujillo 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 88.00 – GGWC 84.99
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Winemaker Notes: “I am very excited for our 2014 vintage wines. To me, the 2014 vintage shows the attributes of both the 2012 vintage and the 2013 vintage. – the structure of the 2012 vintage combined with the fineness of the 2013. Tasting these wines at this time, I sense all the same qualities, but can perceive the wine cocooned from the very recent bottling just 3 months ago. Today, the 2014 Trujillo Cab is showing a deep, rich, density in it aromatics. Notes of dark chocolate, black cherry and rich currant with a sweet vanilla spice. The flavors are big and bold with a mouth filling presence. Showing its youthfulness now and a bit shy upon opening of the bottle. But, with time, it generously opens up with expanding aromas and overflowing flavors of black cherry, black currant, then expanding within the mouth to a generous lingering and velvety finish. This 2014 Cabernet will age gracefully for many years to come and a bit more bottle aging will be well rewarding. Enjoy!”

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12th Anniversary Wine Event Recap

On June 17th we celebrated Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ 12th Anniversary.  For this occasion, we took our celebration on the road to the Big Apple and organized a Tasting Bash at the New York City Fire Museum, greeting 300 of our clients, some from as far away as Japan, Canada, Texas, Tennessee, California, Washington, and others closer, Connecticut, New Hampshire and the NY surrounding area. We poured 80 new releases with the help of 35 winery owners, winemakers, and winery representatives who all flew in from California (a big thank you to them as well!) The lineup of wineries was amazing and the quality of the wines top notch.

While not one wine disappointed, many did show amazingly well.  All wines are still available for sale (while supplies last).  Below are the Top 10 results of our tasting event.

The Top 10 wines were:

7.        COHO 2012 “C-2″ NAPA VALLEY

I also wanted to say thank you to Bruno’s On The Boulevard (www.brunosontheblvd.com) for catering our event, which went of without a hitch.  Also to Riedel Glassware for assisting me with the great quality wine glasses I was able to rent, and to Murray’s Cheese  (www.murrayscheese.com).

I cannot forget the most important person, my wife Crystal, to whom I owe a big thank you and a lot more for supporting me in my endeavor and for all the assistance and love over all these years, and my daughters Milayna and Angelina for being great assistants handing out programs and glassware.

A very humbled,
Frank Melis

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It’s all about Elevation & Location & Napa Valley

In the 1960’s the estate was merely raw land without access roads or utilities. On weekends Don and his wife Anne, would hike up roughly 1,000 feet from the Silverado Trail below to picnic under the large oak tree that still stands in the vineyard in front of the winery. While sitting on their blanket enjoying a glass of wine, Don would envision harnessing the hillsides potential to cultivate world-class grapevines.

In 1978, Don’s vision came to fruition when he and his 28-year-old son David Arthur Long built a small barn and began planting grapevines. After seeing the excellent quality of the fruit growing in the vineyards David received his father’s permission to convert the small barn into his own winery, naming it David Arthur Vineyards. The winery’s inaugural release was the 1985 vintage, which coincided with the birth year of David’s daughter Laura Annalyce Long.

David Arthur 2014 “1147” Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 224.99 per bottle
FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more,
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Robert Parker 96 Points: “The flagship wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147, is all Cabernet Sauvignon compared to the Old Vine, which is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, and the Three Acre that is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is pedal-to-the-metal, seriously endowed, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon from Pritchard Hill. Chocolate, crème de cassis, incense, graphite and earth make for a complex, multidimensional set of aromatics. Full-bodied, round, juicy and, like so many 2014s, already showing complexity and easy appeal. This full-bodied, layered and rich Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for another 20-25 years, but there is no reason to defer gratification.”

Anthony Galloni 96 Points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 is subtle, nuanced and polished. Silky tannins give the 2014 much of its supple, inviting personality. The Elevation is the most accessible of the 2014 Cabernets. In 2014, the Elevation has a bit more density than normal, but the style is one of restraint, as is the case with all of the wines here. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, spice and leather add aromatic intrigue, while the 100% new French oak adds mid palate sweetness and depth.”

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