Another 96 Point Philippe Melka Cab GEM

This might be one of the very best Cabernets to come from Knight’s Valley (better than Peter Michael, really!)  The venture is owned by Norma Hunt (wife of the late Kansas City Chiefs Lamar Hunt – who pretty much invented the Super Bowl).  This gorgeous property is well-situated, and when you bring in the Quarterback – Wide Receiver duo of wine (Philippe Melka and Jim Barbour), you can only achieve one thing – SUPERBOWL-like fame with the accompanying quality.

Retail 140.00 – GGWC price 134.99
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Only 400 cases of the 2014 PERFECT SEASON Cabernet were produced, so it won’t be around for a long time.  This 100% Estate Grown Cabernet is well-crafted and offers up amazing aromas of red and black stone fruits, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of spice cabinet as I call it.  Amazing, voluptuous body that is loaded with intense concentrated, yet very well-manicured and balanced fruit.  More black stone and espresso / mocha on the mid-palate merging into a long lasting lingering finish of elegant tannins.  A MUST HAVE!

Parker 96 Points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon stays 18 months in 78% new French oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. It is a beautiful Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with scorched earth and charcoal/barbecue smoke intermixed with crème de cassis, blackberry, espresso and maybe a hint of chocolate. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity, this full bodied, opulent wine is round, savory and generous. It is ideal for drinking over the next 15 – 20 years.”

Presidents’ Day Wine Sale!

No matter what your political persuasion, there is one thing that is for certain.
President’s day is a wonderful excuse to have a sale!

So, in honor of that great American tradition, we are excited to offer
10% OFF
on our entire inventory,

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In a recent blind tasting of 2014 Pinot Noirs, Attune beat out some big boys (and girls).  Our tasting group consisted out 15 wine professionals, and we meticulously (blind) tasted all wines twice.

The line-up included:

The Winner: ATTUNE

Attune 2014 Pinot Noir received 8 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 3 THIRD place votes, ahead of Paul Lato 4 FIRST, 5 SECOND and 5 THIRD place votes and ARGOT 2 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 4 THIRD place votes. Thus in nice company, and at a much lower price point!

Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Pinot planted 8.5 acres  to two Burgundy clones from the Cotes d’Or, clones 667 and 115.  Their winemaker is Ken Juhasz, who also owns and makes Auteur.  Emphasis at Attune is not quantiy, but quality. The 2014 is one of their “largest” vintage to date at a whopping 300 cases!  Still, not a lot!

Attune 2014 Pinot Noir “Estate” Sonoma 
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 49.99
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This is only the fifth vintage from this estate, but you’d believe they have been at it for years.  Out of the glass jump lush aromas of bright red stone fruit.  The wine is amazingly elegant and round with a perfect “pitch” balance, you’d think you are listening to a great opera singer.  A beautiful representation of the Attune estate vineyard terroir, the 2014 vintage is defined by big, complex flavors of bramble and pomegranate which stay bright and balanced with integrated acidity and ripe tannin structure. Aromas of cherry blossom and raspberry lead to darker flavors of violet and baked blackberry on the palate, all of which are carried into a surprisingly lengthy finish. Best enjoyed from 2017 to 2025.! Only 300 cases produced.

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Scarecrow 100 Point Winemaker’s Smashing CAB Release

Jim Barbour was raised on his family ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of framing, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success. After graduating from UC Davis, Jim returned to Napa to begin a career that would lead him to become on Napa Valley’s most sought-after and successful viticulturists.  He has been dedicated to his craft, producing premium wine grapes using traditional and contemporary hand-farming methods.  Jim has planted and managed many prominent vineyards in the valley, including Hundred Acre, Checkerboard, Blankiet, Revana, Gandona Estate, The Vineyardist, Keever, Pillar Rock, DR Stephens, Husic, Grace Family, and more.

In 1992 he planted his own vineyard and in 1995 produced his first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon of just 50 cases.

His winemaker is no other than Celia Welch (Miss 100 Point Winemaker), known for her great skills putting wineries on the map of success.  Her list is long, but in case you didn’t know – Scarecrow, Corra, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Lindstrom, Hollywood & Vine, etc. She took over from the “other” 100 point winemaker, Heidi Barrett and the rest… is history!

Barbour 2014 “Esate” Cabernet, Napa Valley 
Retail 140.00 – GGWC 134.99
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The 2014 Barbour Cabernet is amazingly opulent from start to finish.  The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, anise, mocha and chocolate jump out of the glass on impact.  This full-bodied wine is loaded with generously layered dark berry, plum, chocolate and exotic spices that tickle the lush concentrated palate.   This wine is extremely well balanced and the layers of flavors are all nicely in sync with just a little whiff over acidity which will allow this wine to be one for the ages. The wine finishes with a long complex finish that lasts a good 30 seconds! A MUST HAVE!!

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Superb Quality & Amazing Value Chardonnay by Winemaker of the Year!

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisoni.  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 makes “Shared Notes” wines with husband Jeff Pisoni.

Cattleya 2015 “Alma de Cattleya” Chardonnay 
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 24.99
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The 2015 Alma de Cattleya is sourced from a few rolling hillside vineyards in Sonoma County.  On the nose you’ll be greeted by tropical fruit, orange blossom and a whiff of popcorn. On the palate, this medium bodied wine pleasantly surprises you with lush, complex flavors of quince, green apples and a touch of crisp acidity (not overwhelming)  The wine finishes pleasantly with long lasting flavors.  SMALL PRODUCTION!

Be certain to check out Bibiana’s other phenomenal wines as well!

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In Memoriam…

Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars,

J.P. CullenI have known so many of you for many years to the point that we are almost family. In fact, some of you I met the year I graduated college almost 30 years ago. I have grown up with you, you have given me a chance and supported me when I started my own business in 2005. My business family has grown nicely and I am very proud to have all of you as friends in every corner of the US and many places around the globe.

So it is with sadness in my heart that I share the passing one of my longtime friends, Mr. JP Cullen, who passed away this Sunday. Mr. Cullen and his family (3 generations now) have been very supportive of my endeavors and I owe them a great deal of gratitude.

So please take a moment and help me remember JP and raise a glass to him and his family.

I am going to miss our monthly chats, JP, my regular updates on your Golden State Warriors (JP was a partner in the team some years ago), our chats about the Cullen and Melis Families. But you will not be forgotten. Thank you for your generosity and kindness.

Your friend,

French’s Laundry FAVORITE White-by-the-glass

Almost 15 years ago Scott Palazzo was asked by Thomas Keller, “Chef Extraordinaire” and owner of French Laundry and Per Se restaurants to craft a Cab Franc exclusively for him!  That resulted in amazing exposure for this small winery and the rest-as-they-say-is-history.

Palazzo 2013 Cuvee Blanc, Napa Valley 
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
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OK to assort with other Palazzo wines!

On the nose this youngster offers up a floral and seductive aromas of tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit, hints of pear Anjou, pink grapefruit and orange blossoms).  On the palate, this wine is round and silky with a very opulent and broad oil texture and weight.  Amazingly balanced with the right touch of zesty acidity and a touch of minerality rarely seen in domestic whites.  The delicious passion fruit with whiffs of nectarine and Meyer lemon tease the palate.  This is an amazingly complex and well-crafted wine with a stunning mouthfeel.  It finishes with excellent richness and weight and complex notes of slate.

I’d call this a White Wine for Cabernet lovers!  Pair this wine with oysters & shrimp salads . Halibut, salmon & chicken dishes to roast pork & suckling pig! A Very versatile Food Wine!

Robert Parker 94+ Points: “The 2013 Palazzo Cuvee Blanc, which got my highest score, is again nearly all Semillon with just a touch of Sauvignon Blanc. It offers notes of orange rind, lemon honey, caramelized grapefruit once again, and a touch of tropical fruit in a lovely, medium to full-bodied, beautifully layered and textured style. This is superb stuff to drink over the next decade or more.”

Scott Palazzo in his Semillon vineyard.  Scott is 6′ 3″ and makes these old-vine Semillon vines look more like an apple tree!  Yielding very little, but AMAZING FRUIT!

Make sure to check out Scott Palazzo’s HIGHLY rated 97+ Point CAB FRANC as well!


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Mark Herold’s HOT NEW 94 Point Cab Release

Kevin Carriker started out in a wine store in San Francisco, making his way via some Napa and Bordeaux wineries where he did everything from working the tasting room, cleaning and topping barrels to participating in the harvest.  In 1990 he worked a crush at Grgich Hills and from here he decided it was time for the big leagues. In 1994 he made his first wine and in 1998 he purchased the Coombsville property.  With the help of “ace winemaker” Mark Herold he has  been producing killer Cabs for years. Mark does not need any intro, but for those who don’t know him, he worked at Phelps, Hestan before creating Merus (he sold this years ago) and becoming the full-time winemaker at Kamen in 2001 where he has made amazing high-scoring wines and of course his own well-regarded Mark Herold label.

Kobalt 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 91.99
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Opaque black/purple in color, with nuances of cassis, blackberry, graphite and black cherry, which are framed by toasty vanilla oak. The deep berry flavors are lively on the palate, focusing on cherry and violet. The rich finish and ripe tannins lead to a pure balance of lively acids and focused fruit.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “Coming from the Stagecoach Vineyard and some other terroirs in Coombsville, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is made by Mark Herold, and his style obviously leans toward super-extraction. A dense purple color, with notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, blackcurrant, blackberry, new saddle leather and spice, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, opulent and best drunk over the next 15-20 years.”

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “Kobalt’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Mark Herold wine built on super-ripe, inky fruit, soft contours and notable concentration. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, lavender, bittersweet chocolate and sweet French oak are front and center in this full-throttle, unapologetically rich Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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Value Pinot Noir of the Month

A campfire, a marmot and a flask of whiskey…  These are the humble beginnings of Baker & Brain Wines. On a Yosemite backcountry camping trip in 2009, Josh Baker and Matt Brain discovered a common goal of creating a wine label that would showcase the hard work and responsible farming taking place at their favorite vineyards.

Baker & Brain 2014 Pinot Noir “Central Coast” 
Retail 37.00 – GGWC 34.99
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Bright red fruit and spicy aromatic oak characters fill the glass upon pouring, directing the drinker to thoughts of fresh cherry, rose petal and harvest-time spices. Hints of rhubarb and cranberry accent a nose that is distinctly Pinot Noir. In the mouth, the wine throws out its attractive lure of bracing acidity and voluptuous texture, begging for another sip. The finish shows lingering notes of silky, savory French oak and fine grained tannins.

Winemaker notes: “Our 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our favorite vineyard sites in Monterey, Cambria, and San Luis Obispo.  Small cluster fruit from Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands brings rich structure and intense cherry notes to the wine while representing the largest percentage of the blend.  The Edna Valley component promotes the fresh aromatic profile, balancing out the softer, richer Santa Lucia fruit.  Small amounts of Cambria’s Stolo Vineyard rounds out this blend with lifted floral and red berry notes, also bringing earthy perfume that our Central Coast Pinot Noir is known for.  All vineyards involved were harvested by hand in the early morning and delivered to the winery for de-stemming.  Fermentation took place, whole berry, in small ¾ ton bins.  After fermentation, the must was basket pressed to 30% new French Oak barrels to begin 11 months of aging.”

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Another Syrah Gem by Sanguis

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.

Those who purchased the 97 Point rated Bossman will not be disappointed with this latest Pilgrim botting!

Sanguis 2013 Syrah “Pilgrim” Santa Ynez 
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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Robert Parker: “Spice, garrigue, peppery herbs and mulled red and black fruits all emerge from the 2013 Syrah Pilgrim, which is 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache and 2% Viognier that spent 28 months in 300- and 400-liter barrels. This full-bodied, open, supple and lively red has bright acidity, good (not great) concentration and a clean finish. The acidity will keep this drinking nicely through 2024.”

Anthony Galloni: “Dark red cherry, plum, pomegranate, blood orange and apricot jam meld together in the Syrah-based 2013 Pilgrim. Beams of underlying tannin give the wine its energy and overall persistence. This is another rich, unctuous wine from Matthias Pippig. I very much like this wine’s energy in this style. Dollops of Grenache and Viognier round out the blend.”

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