Category: Tasting Notes

97 Point Rated Thomas Brown Cabernet

Thomas Rivers Brown (Schrader, Revana, Pulido Walker, Post Parade etc. – Winemaker of the Year) does not need any intro, as his name is synonymous with perfect, amazing, stunning, outrageously good wines!The Grade 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Winfield” Napa Valley GGWC $109.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 3 bottles Use code GRADE12 upon checkoutThe vineyard dates back […]

Monday May 4th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

94 Point Grenache Shocker ~ Only 200 cases Produced

Herman Story is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created just a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications. Herman Story regularly scores 93 – 95 […]

Friday May 1st, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

96 Point Petite Sirah – 4 barrels produced, Only 5 cases allocated!

Alta Colina is slowly but surely becoming a real player in the “Rhone Ranger” field.  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 […]

Wednesday April 29th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

180 case production wins blind tasting!

Our tasting group lined up some big hitters for a  tasting: Arrow & Branch “Proprietary Red” (94 Parker) De Lille “Grand Ciel” (96 Parker) Barnett “Rattlesnake Hill” (96 Parker) Cabaud (96 Parker) Pahlmeyer “Proprietary Red” (94 Parker) Robert Craig Howell Mountain (95 Parker) Brand (96 Galloni) Passenger (92 Parker) Black Bird “Paramour” (94 Parker) Betz […]

Monday April 27th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

96 Point Rated Napa Cab Stunner

When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from days past?).  Gandona is rooted in tradition and a passion for transforming land into something […]

Friday April 24th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The Pinot Noir of the Month

Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine and a “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 […]

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

93 Point Rated under $27 Chardonnay

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]

Monday April 20th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

98 POINT EXCLUSIVE, ONE-OF-A-KIND “Premiere Napa Valley Auction Lot” CABERNET

(koo dah foo drah) – The moment when “lightning strikes” or something unforgettable occurs that you want to capture forever. This amazing 2012 Cabernet (a venture of John Schwartz/Heidi Barrett) was specially crafted for the 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Wine Auction, and Golden Gate Wine Cellars is the EXCLUSIVE OWNER of this one-of-a-kind offering!  Only 60 […]

Friday April 17th, 2015 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

MUST HAVE ZINFANDEL by 100 point winemaker

In a recent Zinfandel line up between some amazing producers we had some surprises.  The lineup included: Bedrock “Monte Rosso” (94 WA) Harford (95 WA) Ridge “Geyserville” (93 Galloni) Carlisle Montafi (94 WA) Martinelli “G&L” (94 Galloni) Novy “Papera” (93 Galloni) William Selyem “Papera” (93 Galloni) Scherrer (94 Galloni) Outpost (94 Galloni) Turley “101” (94 […]

Wednesday April 15th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Outrageous 140 cases produced Prop Red

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 […]

Monday April 13th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »