John Kongsgaard’s other Amazing Chardonnay

Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche it again! Only 700 of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! This is a very sophisticated wine. Slightly nutty on the nose with hints of citrus and minerality. The wine is lush on impact, slightly oily, full in body with an amazing elegance and lively green apples and Anjou pear flavors. This wine is round and bold, but oh-so stunningly balanced with a finish that does not seems to end!

Hudson 2014 Chardonnay “Estate” Carneros Napa Valley
Retail 70.00 – GGWC 64.94
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Winemaker Notes: “2014 was another early harvest, with pick dates between Sept 3rd and 8th. The fruit was ripe and without sunburn, leading to an incredible freshness and balance of flavors. The “Shot Wente” Heritage Selection Chardonnay fruit whole cluster pressing went longer than usual to extract full flavors.  The juice went directly to 85% new French Oak barrels for natural “Wild” yeast fermentation. Fermentation started quickly but still took an average of 12 months to finish. During this time we stirred the barrels weekly until the following November. Bottling was in mid May 2016. The 2014 is a rich and complex vintage.”

Robert Parker 94 Points Review 2013 vintage: “The 2013 Chardonnay was aged for 19 months in 80% new French oak but never reveals that it spent that length of time in so much oak. Crisp, elegant white peach, honeysuckle, and lemon honey are all present in this full-bodied, lovely, pure wine that only shows a whiff of vanillin. It is full-bodied, beautifully fresh, pure and vibrant. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (My longevity curve on the top California Chardonnays continues to move to longer windows, which is certainly good news.)”

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Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Winner!

In one of my tasting group last get-togethers for the year we decided to blind taste some 2013 Pinot Noirs – all very good ones! The line-up included:

  • Tyler “N-Block” 95 PT RP
  • Peter Michael “Clos du Ciel” 94 RP
  • Aubert “U-V” 96 RP
  • Brewer-Clifton Acin 95 RP
  • Wenzlau 93 RP
  • Mount Eden 96 RP
  • Argot “Bastard Tongue” 93+ RP
  • Merry Edwards “Meredith” 94 RP
  • Kistler 94 RP
  • Cattleya “Donum”

Cattleya “Donum” 2013 came out shining on top! With 95 Points from Robert Parker, I am not entirely surprised. However, rising from a field of other highly rated wines, it is a testament to the quality of this wine.

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 owns the “Shared Notes” wine venture with husband Jeff Pisoni.

Cattleya 2013 “Donum” Pinot Noir Carneros
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 71.99
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “From a vineyard in Carneros and not harvested until the middle of October, the 2013 Pinot Noir Donum Vineyard is a thrilling Pinot Noir that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Mostly destemmed (there were 35% whole clusters) and aged 11 months in 50% new French oak, its deeper violet/purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, crushed violets, wet rock, toasted spice and sage brush. Medium to full-bodied, layered, and beautifully textured and concentrated, it has impeccable purity, ripe tannin and ample, juicy acidity that shows on the palate and finish. It’s good now in a youthful, vibrant style, but will be better with bottle age.”

Winemaker Notes: “Clear ruby-red color with beautiful depth. The nose starts with a combination of raspberries and violets evolving into a spicy blend full of cinnamon, cloves and lightly-roasted coffee. After a few minutes in the glass, the red fruit aromas take over the nose and flirt with vanilla beans and pomegranate.  Intense tannin content indicates aging potential while the acidity focuses the wine texture to the middle – giving a long finish.”

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Zin 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
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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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Screaming Eagle’s Neighbor KILLER CAB

 

 

This close neighbor of Screaming Eagle has been producing some gems of their own. And remember … A full case of this “textbook” perfect wine won’t even buy you a bottle of Screaming Eagle! The production of Textbook is about the same as it was last year, so it is equally limited, does not come in a fancy wood box and I have it available TODAY for you to buy and taste and enjoy. You can even buy cases of it!. This wine is loaded with black currant and chocolate from the start to the finish. The wine is opulent, full in body and has layers of elegant fruit. This stunning Cabernet has a multi-faceted finish that goes on forever. As its predecessor this release is limited and will sell out fast!

Textbook 2014 “La Poussiere” Cabernet Sauvignon
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The 2014 Textbook La Poussiere garners a inky/purple hue. This wine, sourced from a Cabernet vineyard next door to Screaming Eagle shows of amazing aromas of bright black stone fruit with a  hint of anise, chocolate and espresso beans that jump out of the glass on impact.  On the palate this wine is loaded with black currant, chocolate, a hint of pencil shavings. The wine is powerful, lush and full bodied offering up a tremendous aging potential as it shows a good dose of silky grained tannins on the long complex finish.  If you want to enjoy this wine young, I suggest double decanting it a good 2-3 hours in advance to serving.  This youngster will only improve with time in the cellar.  If you give it a good 2 years you’ll be happily surprised., and should drink well for 10+ years!

Be sure to check out Textbook’s other incredible wines such as the 2013 Mise en Place and the 2013 Merlot!

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Beaux Freres #3 WINE OF THE YEAR

 

Beaux Frères’ 2014 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir is our #3 Wine of the Year! And for good reason as well. Whether you are a seasoned Pinot Lover or a die-hard Cabernet fan, this is a wine that you do not want to miss! Quantities are very limited.

Winemaker Notes: “A bit darker, medium ruby to red. The nose is of fresh red Oregon fruits and berries, a cherry aromatic is supported by more cola spice and a touch of subtle oak. It is a finesse styled Beaux Freres. Medium bodied with light-sweet tannins, very good purity and depth. The texture here is beguiling as well.”

Beaux Frères 2014  Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge, The Beaux Frères Vineyard
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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Wine Spectator 95 Points: “Supple, expressive and multilayered, exhibiting flavors of plum, currant, pomegranate and violet that come together harmoniously, persisting into the long and exceptionally well-balanced finish. Drink now through 2024.”

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Scientists Uncover More Information About Resveratrol’s Anti-inflammatory Properties

ReservatrolResveratrol helps wine grapes protect themselves. It also holds medical promise. From fighting depression to curing cancer, the potential of resveratrol seems sky-high, spurring both excitement and skepticism. Much of the scientific research surrounding the polyphenolic compound, found in grape skins and red wine, has focused on its ability to relieve inflammation. But how it does that has remained largely unknown. Now, researchers at Georgia State University (GSU) have zeroed in on a specific function of resveratrol that could shed more light.

A team of four researchers at GSU’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences tested resveratrol against inflammation caused by nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi), a bacteria and major respiratory pathogen that can aggravate chronic inflammation linked with asthma, middle-ear infections and chronic obtrusive pulmonary diseases like bronchitis and emphysema. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to pathogens, but it can go too far, causing more damage.

The study found that resveratrol suppresses NTHi by increasing the production of a negative regulator called MyD88S (negative regulators are chemicals that instruct genes to cease their activity). Dr. Jian-Dong Li, a GSU professor and the director of the center, as well as lead researcher of the study, likened the process to driving a car. “When you have inflammation, it’s like you’re pressing on the gas pedal, and MyD88S is the negative regulator that acts as a brake pedal,” he told Wine Spectator. “For many people with an inflammatory disease, the brake pedal doesn’t fully function. What we want to do is increase the production of these brake-pedal proteins so that we can control inflammation.”

The study, published in the online journal Scientific Reports, tested resveratrol against NTHi in two ways. First, to prove resveratrol’s direct effects, the bacteria were added to human bronchial epithelial cells grown in the lab, followed by a concentration of resveratrol. Next, mice were exposed to inflammatory bacteria and then injected with a concentration of resveratrol. Both cases showed resveratrol’s effectiveness in “putting on the brakes” with MyD88S.

The authors hope their findings will help global efforts to develop non-antibiotic treatments for NTHi infections. An increasing number of bacterial strains are antibiotic-resistant, so the need for new treatment methods is urgent. And with asthma, emphysema and bronchitis affecting more than half a billion people globally, it’s likely that the compound found in your favorite wine could help you or someone you know.

Since the concentration of resveratrol used in the tests is much higher than what’s found in the amount of wine we would usually (or safely) drink, the findings don’t directly impact wine drinkers. But the research does add to efforts to understand the many compounds found in a glass of wine and how they may improve health.

“If you have acute inflammation, obviously we don’t encourage you to drink a lot of wine,” said Li. “But it has something beneficial… if you don’t drink too much, right?”

Article by Lexi Williams
Wine Spectator

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Dave Phinney’s 98 Point Cabernet Stunner!

The Crane Assembly is centered around a unique eight-acre vineyard located in the gravel rich soils of southern St. Helena. It is believed that George Beldon Crane, or simply G.B. Crane, first established grapes on this site in the year 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Although records are scarce, it was most likely planted as a field blend commonly known as “mixed blacks”. This field blend traditionally consisted of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, and a smattering of lesser-known grape varieties such as Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and Valdiguie.

Of the eight acres in production, approximately four acres are Crane’s original plantings. This four-acre block has been continuously farmed for nearly one hundred and thirty years by a number of different people…and now it is our turn to take on that responsibility. In addition to Crane’s old vine section, there is also a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot.

G. B. Crane 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 98 POINTS
Retail 230.00 – GGWC 225.00
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Winemaker Notes: “Stoic, the 2013 GB Crane Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a layered nose of ripe black plum, blackcurrants, allspice and fir. Massive upon entry, the textured palate floods with flavors of blackberry compote, ristretto and hints of pomegranate, complicated by strings of brambly fruit. Ever evolving on both the nose and palate, the baking chocolate structure has integrated tannins that will soften in time.”

Robert Parker 98 Points: “The 2013 G. B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon Composition is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Merlot. This is a big boy at 15.3% natural alcohol. Nevertheless, there’s no heat to it. It is a seamless classic from Napa, with copious quantities of blackberry and blackcurrant, some Asian spice and a full-bodied, nearly massive entry on the palate, with oodles of fruit, glycerin and extract. Tannins are present, but soft and well-integrated. This is a big, juicy, compelling effort from Dave Phinney that should drink well for 30 or more years.”

Also, be sure to check out the:
G.B. Crane 2014 “El Coco” Proprietary Red ~ 95 Points
G.B. Crane 2014 “Disciples” Proprietary Red ~ 94 Points

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#1 Rising Star “94 Point” Cabernet

In 1999 Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages. The debut bottling was the 2000 Syrah, a varietal which to this day garners praise and awards for the Rocca family.

But Rocca really got on the map in 2002, when its Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet came in #1 in a blind tasting of 12 Rising Star Cabernets. Later, the wine was taken with a group of 12 other Cabernets to show in France’s 12 Best Cabernets from California. It came in #1 over there as well. Finally, those same 12 Cabs had another blind tasting competition in SF to see how they would rank by American consumers. It came in #1 again! Rocca’s star was rising fast. But so far they have been much under the radar, but I have a feeling that this will change soon. The current winemaker Paul Colantuoni worked for many years under Celia Welch and has taken a few pages out of her “note book” and it shows with the new wines.

Rocca 2013 Cabernet “Grigsby” Estate, Napa Valley 
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
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The  2013 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the deepest, richest, most complete and balanced version of this wine Rocca has ever produced.  It shows gorgeous weight and density, supported by the exquisitely resolved tannins of the extraordinary 2013 vintage.  The overall theme here is one of perfectly ripe dark red fruit, especially sweet black cherries, beautifully complemented by sophisticated spice and floral elements as well as prominent notes of vineyard dust and rock quarry dust.  The quality of the vintage is particularly evident on the mid-palate, where tremendous richness perfectly matches the luscious black cherry flavors, and on a highly polished, silky smooth finish that seems to last forever.  This is one that you can enjoy for a long, long time to come.

Robert Parker 94 Points: ”The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grigsby Vineyard from Yountville is a softer, almost Margaux-style of wine compared to the Coombsville. The wine offers Asian plum sauce, a touch of ripe, black cherries and blackcurrants, background smoky oak and a nice fleshy full-bodied mouthfeel with velvety tannins and well-integrated acidity, wood and alcohol. This is a beauty that can be drunk now, or cellared for another 15 years.”

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The Top 25 Wines of 2016!

Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars,

It has been an amazing year of tasting, smelling & swishing wines.  We must have tasted over 2000 wines this year, so to come up with our “own” Top 25 wines that are “the best” is not easy. But as always, we will do our best!

My tasting group of 18 wine swishers, wine smellers, wine “evaluators”, and friends of Bacchus carefully evaluated the wines and came up with the following list:

 

Golden Gate Wine Cellars 2016 – TOP 25 WINES

1 (TIED) ARGOT 2014 PINOT NOIR “BASTARD TONGUE” SONOMA COUNTY
96 POINTS PARKER
1 (TIED) CATTLEYA 14 CHARDONNAY “PRATT VINEYARD” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
95 POINTS PARKER
3 SPOTTSWOODE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
99+ POINTS
4 PAUL LATO 2014 SYRAH IL PADRINO BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD
97 POINTS PARKER
5 G. B. CRANE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
98 POINTS
6 HERMAN STORY 2013 SYRAH “BIEN NACIDO”
96 POINTS PARKER
7 DUMOL 2014 CHLOE CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
95 POINTS
8 POST PARADE 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
9 BEAU VIGNE 2014 “CULT” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
10 SANGUIS 2013 “BOSSMAN” SYRAH – SANTA YNEZ
97 POINTS PARKER
11 DUMOL 2014 “JACK ROBERTS” SYRAH, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
96 POINTS
12 SEAVEY 2013 ESTATE CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY
97 POINTS
13 MILANGE (PAUL LATO) 2014 SYRAH, SANTA BARBARA
14 JONATA 2013 TODOS PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, BALLARD CANYON
95 POINTS
15 GALLICA 2013 CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY
95+ POINT PARKER
16 KEPLINGER 2014 “SUMO” RHONE BLEND, SHAKE RIDGE VINEYARDS
95 POINTS
17 KAMEN 2013 “ESTATE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
96 POINTS
18 SANS LIEGE 2013 GRENACHE “EN GEDI” SANTA BARBARA
94 POINTS
19 COHO 2013 MERLOT “MICHAEL BLACK”, NAPA VALLEY
20 ARBE GARBE 2015 PROPRIETARY WHITE, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
21 SOMM BLANC 2015 PROPRIETARY WHITE
22 DUMOL 2014 RYAN PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
95 POINTS
23 CATTLEYA 2013 “DONUM” PINOT NOIR CARNEROS
95 POINTS
24 TYLER 2014 CHARDONNAY “LA RINCONADA” SANTA RITA HILLS
94 POINTS
25 BACIGALUPI 2014 ZINFANDEL “ESTATE” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

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