Philippe Melka’s ONLY Sonoma Cabernet

Fahri & Constance Diner created Skipstone after successful careers as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  The vineyard is sits like an amphitheater carved into a horseshoe-shaped mountain hidden high above Alexander Valley. With their European roots Fahri & Constance strive to create the best wines to rival the quality and artistry of California’s most highly regarded wine estates.  Add Philippe Melka, winemaker extra-ordinaire and you see where this is going….

Skipstone 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Oliver’s Blend Estate, Alexander Valley
Retail 125.00 – GGWC 119.99
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The 2013 Oliver’s Blend is rich and masculine; hints of allspice and lovely notes of juicy black currant, plum and coffee are at the center of the aroma. The palate is layered with berries, cocoa, spice and tobacco. Fine, rounded yet pronounced tannins lend a satisfying strength to the palate and mouthfeel, followed by a smooth long, lingering finish that is consistent of Skipstone wines.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oliver’s Blend, which has 12% Merlot, is gorgeous stuff and showcases just how brilliant the Bordeaux varietals can be from the hillsides of Alexander Valley. The wine has an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of dusty, loamy soil scents interwoven with floral nuances, blackberry, licorice and dark, dark cherry. Very spicy and earthy, with a hint of new saddle leather, this wine spent 18 months in French oak, of which 72% was new. This is a terrific, full-throttle, beautifully balanced and pure wine that should drink well for at least two decades.”

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LAST CALL Thomas Rivers Brown’s Amazing Cabernet

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and their idea was born.  At the helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers.(FYI: Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk onto the racetrack minutes before stepping into the starting gate.)

Post Parade 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 89.99
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Amazingly intense wine from start to finish. Dark purple hue and stunning aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of toastiness greet you on impact. This is an extraordinarily well-crafted wine that is lush on the palate, loaded with gorgeous jammy black stone fruits, chocolate, a touch of espresso and toasty vanilla that are in-sync with the right touch of acid.  The wine lingers on the finish for a good 30 seconds!  Only 250 cases produced.

2013 Tasting Notes from Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown:

“2013 encapsulated all the good points of the previous growing season and then took it up a notch. The transition from budbreak to bloom to veraison to harvest was extremely well spaced out.  Temperatures stayed mild, with only one heat spike above 100 degrees in late June, and there was zero rain until November once all the fruit had been brought into the winery.  There’s always an element of mystery when it comes to how a wine will turn out in the end, but right from the beginning, the 2013 vintage wines showed so well.  Undoubtedly the best vintage since 2007, the 2013 Post Parade resonates with light airy aromatic notes, a complex and intricate fruit core, mouth coating concentration and a finish that lingers and leaves you wanting more before it’s gone away.”—Thomas Rivers Brown Winemaker

Robert Parker 93 Points: “Thomas Brown makes the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from two well-known vineyards, the Tench Vineyard in Oakville, which is located on Oakville Bench (and made famous by Russell Bevan), and the Redhead Vineyard, which is back on Soda Springs Road. There are 425 cases of this beauty, which displays a dense ruby/purple color and notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, cassis and a touch of toasty oak in a full-bodied, layered, concentrated style. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.”

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Pinot Noir of the Month

Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic site in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The old ranch property was first settled in the late 1800s. Wine grape cultivation had been started by French immigrants by the early 1900s and continued until 1965 when the property was sold by Justin Lacau, who had named the property “Frenchy’s Ranch”, to a timber company. By the 1990s, all that remained of the vineyards were redwood stakes and scattered vines hidden by brush and poison oak bushes.  Bradley Brown’s mission was to restore the historic vineyard site using modern, organic viticultural methods.  The entire property is now certified organic.

Big Basin 2013 Pinot Noir “Alfaro” Santa Cruz Mountains
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 56.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “A more pretty, elegant and seamless effort than the Lester Vineyard, the 2013 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard is a rock star Pinot Noir that does everything right. Offering up classic red and black raspberry fruits, crushed flowers, peppery spice and wet rock like minerality, it’s perfectly balanced on the palate, with a lively, ethereal texture, vibrant, yet integrated acidity and a great finish. This is pure class, and while it saw a similar level of whole cluster inclusion to the Lester Vineyard Pinot Noir, it’s much more integrated here.”

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Napa’s First Growth White Bordeaux

In 1972 Jack and Mary Novak purchased the orginal “Spottswoode” property  In 1977, when Mary Weber Novak’s husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her with five young children and a newly replanted vineyard, she became one of the first women to run a major Napa Valley winegrowing estate. In the years since, through her hard work, insight and perseverance, she has established Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Wineryas one of the valley’s great family-owned wineries and first growth-caliber properties.  The first commercial wine was produced in 1982 by Tony Soter (Etude & Soter wines).  Many other great winemakers have passed the review, all making highly rated wines from this great estate. Today the winery is run by the daughters Beth & Lindy.

Spottswoode 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa/Sonoma
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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Made using grapes from a who’s who of the finest vineyards, including Hyde, Farina, Ink Grade, Pelkan and the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is a complex and richly textured wine, with vivacious acidity and dazzling aromas of white peach, passion fruit, lemongrass and wet stone. To accentuate its layered complexity, this blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sauvignon Musque was fermented in a combination of small stainless steel barrels, new and neutral French oak and concrete “cuvees.” Regrettably, there is less of this exciting wine to go around this year due to lower yields in the vineyards all over the valleys.

Winemaker Notes: Fresh and juicy, with great complexity. A powerful wine that’s layered and textured with citrus and stone fruits filling the palate. Fresh pear and white peach mingle with passion fruit and lemon meringue. The mouthwatering vivacious acidity and complex subtle vanilla and creaminess gives great length to this impressive wine.

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Summer Sale!

Summer Wine Sale!!



To start the summer on a positive note, I wanted to say THANK YOU and offer you 100’s of wines at a 20-30% DISCOUNT.

These are not the leftovers, but phenomenal highly demanded wines like HARLAN, COLGIN, ARAUJO, PAUL LATO, SPOTTSWOODE, O’SHAUGHNESSY, etc.

Check out the list below and CALL/EMAIL me ASAP as these wines will go very fast!
(Sorry, no free shipping on sale wines.)
 

SUMMER WINE  – 25-30%  OFF WINE SALE Retail TODAY
ALBATROSS RIDGE 2012 CHARDONNAY “BOWLUS ESTATE” CARMEL VALLEY 55.00 39.99
ALBATROSS RIDGE 2012 PINOT NOIR RESERVE “BOWLUS ESTATE” CARMEL VALLEY 54.99 39.99
ALMA FRIA 2013 CHARDONNAY, SONOMA COAST 42.99 32.99
AMUSE BOUCHE 2012 PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY 299.00 224.99
APSARA 2013 “KENEFICK RANCH” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CALISTOGA NAPA VALLEY 75.00 56.99
ARAUJO 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “EISELE” NAPA VALLEY 98 POINTS! 599.00 449.00
ARCUDI 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 149.99 124.99
ARROW & BRANCH 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 99.99 74.99
BANSHEE 2013 CHARDONNAY “BLAKEMAN” MENDOCINO 40.00 29.99
BARREL 27 2012 ZINFANDEL “POUND FOR POUND” PASO ROBLES 31.99 24.99
BARRELHEAD 2012 ZINFANDEL NAPA VALLEY 39.99 29.99
BARRETT & BARRETT 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY (97 POINTS) 299.99 239.99
BEDROCK EVANGELHO 2014 HERITAGE RED BLEND 35.99 28.99
BIALE 2013 “VAROZZA” ZINFANDEL, NAPA VALLEY 56.00 43.99
BODEGA RANCHO 2013 VIOGNIER, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 27.99 21.99
BRIDESMAID 12 PROPRIETARY WHITE 21.99 15.99
BRYANT 2012 “BETTINA” PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY (96 POINTS) 749.99 549.99
BUCCELLA 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 160.00 119.99
CAMINO 2012 CABERNET “MONTECILLO VINEYARD MOON MOUNTAIN 55.00 37.99
CAMINO 2013 CHARDONNAY “SOBERANOS” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 39.99 29.99
CAMPESINO 2013 GRENACHE “STEEL PLOW” SONOMA VALLEY 39.99 29.99
CAPIAUX 2013 PINOT NOIR GARYS’ VINEYARD, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 49.99 39.99
CAPIAUX 2013 PINOT NOIR, WIDDOES RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 44.99 39.99
CARLISLE 2013 “DERIVATIVE” PROPRIETARY WHITE SONOMA COUNTY 27.99 21.99
CARTER 2013 CABERNET COLISEUM BLOCK ESTATE, NAPA VALLEY 125.00 94.99
CARTER CELLARS 2013 CABERNET “WEITZ” – 93 POINTS 160.00 119.99
CATTLEYA 2012 PINOT NOIR “DONUM” CARNEROS SONOMA 84.99 64.99
CAYUSE 2011 GRENACHE “GOD ONLY KNOWS” 96 POINTS 149.99 119.99
COHO 2012 “COMBINATION OF THE TWO” PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY LOT 150.00 109.99
COLGIN 2012 IX ESTATE PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY (99 PT PARKER) 675.00 499.99
CORNERSTONE 2010 “PNV ” CABERNET SAUVIGNON (750 ML) 149.99 99.99
COUP DE FOUDRE 2012 “LIGHTNING BOLT” CABERNET ~ PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY 325.00 199.99
DOMAINE DE LA COTE 2013 “MEMORIOUS” ESTATE, SANTA RITA HILLS 56.99 42.99
DUMOL 13 VIOGNIER “LIA” ESTATE, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 94 POINTS 59.99 45.99
FAVIA “QUARZO” 2012 SYRAH 74.99 54.99
GHOST BLOCK 2012 CABERNET SAUVINGON OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY 64.99 48.99
GHOST BLOCK 2012 SINGLE VINEYARD CABERNET, YOUNTVILLE 104.99 78.99
GKG 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “LLEWELLYN VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY 119.99 94.99
HARLAN ESTATE 2011 CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY (94 POINTS) 975.00 699.99
HENDRY 2012 ESTATE MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 38.99 29.99
HIRSCH 2013 “EAST RIDGE” PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST 84.99 64.99
HIRSCH 2013 “ESTATE” CHARDONNAY, SONOMA COAST – 95 POINTS GALLONI 66.99 49.99
HIRSCH 2013 PINOT NOIR, ESTATE “SAN ANDREAS FAULT” SONOMA COAST 64.99 49.99
HOURGLASS 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BLUE LINE (MAGNUM) 299.99 199.99
HOURGLASS 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC, NAPA VALLEY 41.99 29.99
HYDE 2012 PINOT NOIR “ESTATE” CARNEROS 64.99 48.99
IDLE HOUR 2011 TEMPRANILLO, CLARKSBURG 29.99 22.99
INHERIT THE SHEEP 2012 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA  ~ MAGNUM (SIGNED) 184.99 139.99
JERICHO CANYON 2012 CABERNET “CHIMERA” NAPA VALLEY 109.99 84.99
KAMEN 2010 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM – 93+ POINTS PARKER 169.99 129.99
KAMEN 2012 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM – 96 POINTS PARKER 199.99 149.99
KAMEN 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANC, ESTATE SONOMA VALLEY 45.00 33.99
KAPCSANDY 2010 ENDRE PROPRIETARY RED, YOUNTVILLE NAPA VALLEY (95 POINTS) 74.99 57.99
KAPCSANDY 2011 ESTATE CUVEE NAPA VALLEY 95+ POINTS 109.99 84.99
KEN WRIGHT 2013 “SAVOYA” PINOT NOIR, YAMHILL-CARLTON 54.99 42.99
KENEFICK RANCH 2012 CABERNET FRANC “CAITLIN’S SELECT” ESTATE, NAPA VALLEY 49.99 37.99
LEWIS CELLARS 2013 “ETHAN” SYRAH NAPA VALLEY – 92 POINTS WS 44.99 34.99
LEWIS CELLARS 2014 CHARDONNAY “BARCGALIA” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 74.99 54.99
LIEU DIT 2013 CABERNET FRANC, SANTA YNEZ 33.99 26.99
LIEU DIT 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC, SANTA YNEZ 26.99 19.99
LINDSTROM 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 124.99 94.99
LINDSTROM 2013 PINOT NOIR “DUTTON RANCH, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 59.99 45.99
LINKED 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, KNIGHT’S VALLEY (93 PT PARKER) 119.99 89.99
LINKED 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, KNIGHT’S VALLEY (94 PT. PARKER) 119.99 89.99
LINKED 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, KNIGHT’S VALLEY 119.99 84.99
LUCIA 2013 GARYS’ SYRAH SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – 49.95 39.99
LUCIA 2013 SYRAH “SUSAN’S HILL” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 49.95 39.99
MARTINELLI 2012 ZINFANDEL “VIGNETTO DI EVO” 29.99 23.99
MARTINELLI 2013 ZINFANDEL “LOLITA RANCH” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 94 POINTS 64.99 49.99
MEMENTO MORI 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY – 97 POINTS PARKER 175.00 139.99
MIRROR 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 74.99 57.99
O’SHAUGHNESSY 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON HOWELL MOUNTAIN – 95 POINTS 94.99 69.99
OVID 2013 “EXPERIMENT” R8.3 NAPA VALLEY 174.99 134.99
PALAZZO 2012 CABERNET FRANC NAPA VALLEY (94 POINTS) 94.99 74.99
PALERMO 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 43.99 34.99
PAPILLON 2012 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY 750 ML 64.99 49.99
PAPILLON 2012 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND, NAPA VALLEY MAGNUM 149.99 114.99
PARADIGM 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE NAPA VALLEY MAGNUM 160.00 119.99
PAUL LATO 2013 CHARDONNAY “KOKORO” SANTA BARBARA (96 POINTS) 79.99 59.99
PAUL LATO 2013 CHARDONNAY “LE SOUVENIR” SANTA MARIA VALLEY MAGNUM 180.00 149.99
PAUL LATO 2013 GRENACHE “ORA DE LABORA” BIEN NACIDO, SANTA BARBARA MAGNUM 199.99 149.99
PAUL LATO 2013 SYRAH IL PADRINO “BIEN NACIDO” MAGNUM (96 POINTS) 249.99 199.99
PEAY 2013 PINOT NOIR “AMA” ESTATE SONOMA COAST 64.99 48.99
PELLET 2012 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ST. HELENA 100.00 74.99
PEY MARIN 2013 RIESLING, MARIN COUNTY 19.99 14.99
PIERRE MORLET “GRANDE RESERVE” CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 52.99 39.99
POST PARADE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 89.99 71.99
QTR 2013 CABERNET “ESTATE” HOWELL MOUNTAIN, NAPA VALLEY 130.00 104.99
RAMIAN 2010 CHAPTER 10, CABERNET BLEND – NAPA VALLEY 75.00 54.99
ROAR 2014 CHARDONNAY “SLH” SANTA LUCIA HIGHALNDS 35.99 29.99
ROBERT FOLEY 2010 MERLOT - 53.99 39.99
SARACINA 2012 ZINFANDEL PICK & SHOVEL ESTATE, MENDOCINO 29.99 21.99
SAXON BROWN 2012 PINOT NOIR “DURRELL” 94 POINTS 46.99 35.99
SCRIBE 2010 CABERNET (SIGNED MAGNUM) “OUTPOST EAST” ATLAS PEAK, NAPA 175.00 129.99
SEABISCUIT 2011 SUPERFECTA PROPRIETARY RED, MENDOCINO 26.99 20.99
SENSES 2013 PINOT NOIR “HILLCREST” SONOMA COAST 55.99 42.99
SEVEN STONES 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA  – 96 PTS PARKER 189.99 149.99
SKINNER 2014 GRENACHE BLANC EL DORADO 21.99 16.99
SKIPSTONE 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ALEXANDER VALLEY 119.99 89.99
SKYLARK 2013 “RED BELLY” SGC 23.99 17.99
SNOWDEN 2013 PETIT VERDOT “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY 54.99 39.99
SOLISTE 2013 LUNE ET SOLEIL SAUVIGNON BLANC 29.99 23.99
SPENCE 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, HOWELL MOUNTAIN 74.99 59.99
SPOTTSWOODE 2012 CABERNET “LYNDENHURST” NAPA 74.99 54.99
SPOTTSWOODE 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY 96 POINTS 165.00 134.99
STEWART 2013 CHARDONNAY “MOON MOUNTAIN” SONOMA 43.99 32.99
TERRACES 2013 ZINFANDEL, NAPA VALLEY 33.99 24.99
TRINAFOUR 2012 CARIGNANE, MENDOCINO 24.99 18.99
TRINAFOUR 2012 PETITE SIRAH, NIEMI MENDOCINO 27.99 20.99
VERITE 2012 “LA MUSE” PROPRIETARY RED, SONOMA – 97 POINTS! 399.99 319.99
WALKER STATION 2013 CHARDONNAY “THE ORIGINAL” SONOMA COAST 69.99 52.99
WALTER HANSEL 2012 CAHILL LANE PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER (93 PT PARKER) 41.99 31.99
WALTER HANSEL 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC, LAKE COUNTY 19.99 15.99
WENZLAU 2012 ESTATE PINOT NOIR, SANTA RITA HILLS 62.99 49.99
WENZLAU 2013 CHARDONNAY “ESTATE” SANTA RITA HILLS 49.99 39.99
WHITE ROCK 2010 “LAUREATE” CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY 59.99 44.99
WHITE ROCK 2012 “ESTATE” CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY 59.99 44.99
WHITE ROCK 2013 “ESTATE” CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY 35.99 26.99
WOLF 2012 CABERNET FRANC “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY 74.99 59.99
WOLF 2012 PHAEDRUS CABERNET SAUVINGON, NAPA VALLEY 46.99 35.99
ZEPALTAS 2013 CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 29.99 23.99
ZIATA 2012 CABERNET FRANC, NAPA VALLEY 66.99 49.99
ZIATA 2012 CABERNET FRANC, OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY SIGNED MAGNUM

Announcing our 2017 East Coast Wine Tasting!

We are excited to announce that we will be coming back to New York City next year for another Tasting Extravaganza! Because of the successful turnout last year, I highly recommend that you get your tickets NOW!

Mark your calendar for June 17, 2017 and join us at the New York Fire Museum. We will be bringing 30+ wineries and 70+ wines. Don’t miss this chance to meet with the owners/winemakers and taste their latest releases. $149.99, includes generous buffet and “Murray’s” cheeses.

Any tickets purchased before September 30, 2016, will receive a 15% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com to reserve your spot!

Tickets also available online at: http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/643976/

Happy Father’s Day

 

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,
He called it … Dad

Happy Father’s Day!

LAST CALL FOR Great Pinot by SF Chronicle’s FIRST FEMALE EMPLOYEE

 
Being regarded as a pioneer in her field was business as usual for Nan McEvoy. Her grandfather, Michael De Young (as in the The Young’s Museum), founded the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865 and Nan started there as a cub reporter (a rare position for a female at the time), gradually working her way up and eventually serving as Chairwoman of the Board from 1981 to 1995. When a director’s bylaw forced her into retirement at age 72, Nan set about doing what she does best—making things happen—and McEvoy Ranch was born. Always an activist with a spirit of adventure, she was an early member of the Peace Corps and John D. Rockefeller’s Population Council. Nan was named Food Artisan of the Year by Bon Appetit in 2003. Nan passed away in March 2015 at the age of 95, and the reins of McEvoy Ranch have since been taken into the very capable hands of her son Nion.

McEvoy 2012 “Evening Standard” Pinot Noir, Estate – Petaluma Gap
Retail $48.00 – GGWC 44.99
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The 2012 McEvoy Pinot Noir “Evening Standard” is a wine of elegance and structure — a cool-climate coastal wine with a balanced, old-world style that embodies the pioneering spirit of Nan Tucker McEvoy. This vintage is brilliant ruby in color, with aromas of cherry, pomegranate and cranberry, along with notes of black plum, rose and a touch of anise. It’s full in body and lively in the mouth with flavors of complex red and black stone fruits, and anise, with additional savory notes and a slight touch of minerality. Ready to drink now and capable of aging many years.

Also check out the MCEVOY “ROSEBUD” ROSÉ

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Blind Tasting Winning GSM

 
In a recent “Rhone Varietal” blind tasting my tasting group awarded Alta Colina with a solid first place. We tasted the following wines:
  • Herman Story GSM (94 RP)
  • Booker “Vertigo” (95 RP)
  • Frequency (93 AG)
  • Tenet (95 RP)
  • Big Basin (93 AG)
  • DuMOL “Eddie’s Patch” (95 AG)
  • Keplinger “Sumo” (94 AG)
  • Keplinger Fuego (95 AG)
  • Herman Story “On the Road (94 AG)
  • Herman Story “Nuts & Bolts” (95 RP)
  • Alta Colina GSM
Alta Colina received 9 out of 12 first, 2 out 12 second and 1 third place votes, ahead of Keplinger Fuego with 2 first, 6 second place votes and Booker Vertigo 1 first, 4 second place votes.

So the BIG WINNNER = ALTA COLINA!

Since the 1970’s, Bob Tillman has looked for the site where he could plant a world-class vineyard. He didn’t find that property until he moved to the Central Coast of California and tasted Paso Robles wines. Finally, he and his wife Lynn knew they were in the place where they could produce the kind of wines they love to drink.  In 2000 they located this awesome hilltop property and the rest as they say is history!  Alta Colina has had five vintages and had great success among their customers.  I can tell you that the 2012 vintage will out perform the 2010 & 2011 vintage, but with the production so small and again some nice Robert Parker scores, you’ll have to hurry!

Alta Colina 2012 GSM “Estate” Paso Robles
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 49.99
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The Alta Colina GSM blend is traditionally dominated by Grenache, and the stunning 2011 is no exception. The blended wine offers a gorgeous and complex nose. Cherry, strawberry, and dried rose petal aromas combine with berry notes–leading to a bright, fruit-forward mouth. Smoky oak flavors emphasize the velvety tannins. The wine’s exceptional balance progresses nicely to a clean finish, both mineral and fruity.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “A beautiful wine that would stand nicely beside top quality Chateauneuf du Papes, the 2012 GSM (52% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 22% Mourvedre) was completely de-stemmed and spent 18 months in 67% new French oak (Syrah), 25% new French oak (Mourvedre) and 8% new (Grenache). It offers lots of wood smoke, plum, blackberry, olive and wild herbs characteristics in its plump, full-bodied, supple and sexy personality. While certainly a fruit-driven effort, it still has a pretty, elegant and lightly textured style and is always a joy to drink. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.”

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Forbes’ Winemaker To Watch!

 
Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine, and the “Winemaker to Watch” by San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at Au Bon Climat and Qupé, under the tutelage of winemakers Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, working his way up to assistant winemaker at both labels. Taking the fall quarter off each year from his studies at UCLA to work harvest in California, Gavin also worked harvest in South Africa and New Zealand. He then the traveled extensively in Burgundy and Italy before returning to launch Chanin Wine Co.in 2007.
Retail  58.00 – GGWC 55.99
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Winemaker’s Notes: This wine displays classic Los Alamos characteristics of crushed red fruit, raspberry and ripe strawberry on the nose. As the wine opens up, aromas of leather and cinnamon add depth. There’s a very linear focus to this wine, with a refreshing, energetic mouthfeel and long finish. We expect this wine to age quite well, though it’s tasting great right now. Robert Parker 93 Points: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Los Alamos was my favorite of the Pinot Noirs and its transparent ruby color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of subtle strawberries, Asian spices and crushed flowers. Medium-bodied, perfumed and elegant, with a seamless, fine texture, it shines for its purity and class more than for power or richness. Aged 16 months in 10% new French oak, it’s a Pinot Noir with class that will drink nicely over the coming 4-5+ years.”
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