Apr
20
2016

Stunning Sauvignon Blanc by Mike Smith

 

Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.

When you have one of the BEST winemakers in Napa (Mike Smith – known for honing his skills at Schrader, Maybach, Rivers Marie, Carter , 12C, etc.) at the helm, you can only wind up with a top-notch wine, and I can tell you this is a TOP NOTCH wine!  This wine, named after the winery founder’s great-granddaughter, is on the list of some of the most famous US restaurants (Gary Danko, Michael Mina, Valentino’s, Delmonico, SD26, etc), and of course at …. Golden Gate Wine Cellars.
Scarlett 2014 Sauvignon Blanc “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 27.00 – GGWC 24.99
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Amazing nose of honeysuckle, Meyer Lemons and lime blossoms on the nose.  This wine is fresh and sublime as the summer sunlight. The Scarlett Sauvignon Blanc is a medium to full-bodied wine that instantly captures the senses with aromas of honeysuckle, Meyer lemons and lime blossoms. This captivating California rendition showcases a creamy and smooth mid-palate framed by perfectly integrated acidity, carrying the trademark freshness throughout the finish.

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Apr
19
2016

96 Point Merlot by Screaming Eagle Winemaker!

 

Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is yet another gem in the rough.

Arietta 2013 Merlot “Hudson Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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This rare single block, single vineyard Merlot offers a persistent vibrancy, a blue-purple hue, a fresh, mouthwatering acidity, and a lingering finish with notes of raspberry tart and confectioner’s sugar. The bright, complex, fruit-focused aromas reveal layers of marzipan, blackberry, leather, lavender and musk. The flavors are focused, rich and emboldened by chewy, medium-grain tannins. A wine of power and sophistication, the Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards 2013 is the finest possible expression of the thirty year old vines planted on its singular site in Carneros. Only 220 cases produced!

Also check out the 95 Point rated Arietta 2013 Cabernet:

Arietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 124.99
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Coming from the Coombsville southeastern corner, the 2013 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the best attributes of this heralded variety. Aromas of mint, smoke, dark black fruits and sandalwood rise from the glass even as the wine is poured. Notes of black tea, vanilla bean and forest floor follow on the palate. This is a highly perfumed, complex red wine, with firm tannins that build on the finish – a good sign for long aging.

Galloni 95 Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and juicy from the very first taste. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and rose petal meld together in the glass. Ripe, succulent and forward, this flashy Cabernet Sauvignon has enough softness in its contours to drink well with minimal cellaring, although it also clearly has enough depth and density to age well. The 2013 is a super-expressive Coombsville Cabernet from Arietta.”

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Apr
18
2016

ZIN CENTRAL! COMPLETELY LEGAL!

Zin With A Ring to It!

“Hey Aldo, when you come by on Friday, bring me a couple pounds of walnuts, some fruit and vegetables, two dozen eggs and a black chicken.” And thus went one of the hundreds of inquiries during prohibition when selling wine was not legal. Aldo Biale called his jugs of Zinfandel a “Black Chicken” to avoid any unwanted attention from regulators.  Today Black Chicken is 100% Legal, but you can still get this legendary creation by name.

Aldo died in 2009, but in his memory the Black Chicken lives on!  If you visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History you can even see a image of Aldo with his old punch down stick and a picker’s box!

Biale 2014 Zinfandel Black Chicken  Napa Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99
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OK to mix & match with other Biale wines

Full of Blackberries, vibrant black cherry, dried berries, maple, brown and black spices, cinnamon and ginger bread. The entry is soft and gives way to supple round tannins with a delectable center and persistence of fruit. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant, surprisingly feminine, and remarkably balanced Zinfandel that is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

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Apr
16
2016

The Best Wine OFFERING Ever!

Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high quality Rhone varietals at a very respectable price level for years.  Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about a decade ago, and the rest is history.  Today Sans Liege has a worldwide fan base, even as far as Japan, Belgium and South America.
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12
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The 2013 Offering (a blend of 48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier) is a wine that captures the imagination and challenges expectations, it displays a beautiful purity and depth that is reminiscent of having a summer picnic in an ancient church. Resinous scents of black cherry cola, frankincense, fresh-peeled Clementine orange and vanilla extract lead to a well-structured and balanced palate of curried mix-berry cobbler, turmeric, dark chocolate cocoa nibs and black pepper with rocky, persistent tannins.
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Apr
15
2016

Tax Relief Day!

Today is TAX RELIEF DAY and we want to say thank you!

Today is OUR DAY to give you 25-30% off on almost 100 wines in our store, including wines like Araujo (98 Points), Harlan Estate, Amuse Bouche (Heidi Barrett), Paul Lato, Keever (95 Points), Byrant Family (96 Points), Tyler (96 Points), etc.

Offer Good While Supplies Last!
April 15-18!

Visit http://www.GoldenGateWineCellars.com for the full list.

Don’t hesitate to call if you need any assistance with your selections!

Apr
14
2016

Chardonnay of the Week

 

Roar Winery is the brain child of the “other” Gary – Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella.  Gary who also owns the GARYS’ vineyard with Gary Pisoni, planted various vineyards in 1996 (Sierra Mar, Rosella, Soberanos and Garys’).  The Franscioni family sells over 80% of its fruit to various wineries, retaining only a small amount for themselves.  That said, the Roar wines are heavily allocated and very limited.  The 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands is a blend of all the vineyards Gary owns and farms.

Roar 2014 Chardonnay SLH
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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Winemaker Tasting Notes: “Our 2014 Chardonnay brings hints of lemon, banana, and honeysuckle to the lush, dense aromatics of ripe melon. Over time, scents of straw and graphite mingle with the fruit to draw the overall experience into a sweet, viscous minerality. The palate tends more toward more stone fruit than tropical – mainly white peach – with citrus zest, creamy oak, and crispness forming the perfect counterbalance.”

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Apr
13
2016

MUST HAVE SPRING WHITE

 

Halter Ranch is a small, family-owned winery located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida district.  The “pulse’ of Rhone Varietals in California.  All the wines produced by this small winery are 100% Estate-grown.

Halter Ranch 2014 “Estate” Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99
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This is definitely a great Spring/Summer wine, a blend of 77% Grenache Blanc 19% Picpoul Blanc 2% Roussanne 2% Viognier.  The Grenache Blanc (blend) is grown on the north facing slopes of the vineyard atop the limestone rich “Adelaida Stone” that underlies the property. Reminiscent of the wines of Southern France, this Grenache Blanc has aromas and flavors of honey, white flowers, melons and pear. Delicious on its own, this wine also pairs beautifully with hearty salads, prosciutto & melon, and anything from the sea.

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Apr
12
2016

Under the Radar 94 Point Napa Cabernet

 

The Snowden Ranch lies on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley overlooking the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena.  Premium wine grapes have been farmed on the property since it was homesteaded in 1878.  The Snowdens came to the ranch in 1955 and since then four generations of the Snowden family have walked its sunlit vineyards and shadowed woods.  The vineyards are within a few hundred yards of the Rutherford and St. Helena appellations.  The Howell Mountain appellation lies a few miles to the north.  The terroir-driven wines reflect the confluence of these appellations – the perfume of St. Helena, the leather of Rutherford, the structure and depth of mountain fruit.  The wines are made by the Diana Snowden Seyses, who is also the winemaker for famed Domaine Dujac, which her in-laws own.  She spends her time between France and the Napa Valley, where she lives with her husband and their two children

Snowden 2013 Cabernet “The Ranch” Estate, Napa Valley
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99
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The 2013 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon “The Ranch”  is a blend of 75% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.  The wine greets you with a bouquet of blueberries, blackberry, and hints of seasonded aromas (probably from the Cab Franc). On the palate this lush, medium to full-bodied youngster offers flavors of black chocolate, cherries and anise, with a plush chalky texture.  The wine is elegant and finishes with soft silky tannins. As always, the Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Ranch’ can be enjoyed immediately and for the next decade.

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “Snowden’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is bold, delicious and juicy. Black cherry, plum, licorice and smoke all meld together effortlessly. The tannins could use another year or two to soften, but the Ranch Cabernet is going to drink well with minimal cellaring next to most wines of the vintage.

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Apr
11
2016

Petite Sirah of the YEAR (only 5 cases allocated)

 

The new wave of Petite Sirah winemaking going on these days is drawing attention and changing the way this grape is regarded.  Surging forward is the recognition by winemakers, insiders, wine judges and critics that Petite Sirah is a time-tested noble grape that is truly deserving the status as a classic California varietal.  Robert Biale has been producing this varietal for years, and I would say that this might be the best one he has ever produced and for me it deserves the title of “Petite Sirah of the Year”!

A little word play, re-arrange the letters of Royal Punishers to learn the names of Petite Sirah’s parents: Syrah and Peloursin

SYRAH + PELOURSIN =  ROYAL PUNISHERS

Robert Biale 2014 Petite Sirah “Royal Punishers” Napa Valley
Retail 49.00 – GGWC 46.99
FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more.
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(Can mix & match with other Biale wines)

The 2014 vintage was a textbook season!  This 2014 Royal Punishers Petite Sirah is a plush, pure, and tempting example of Napa Valley red wine at its highest level:  deep, deep blackish blue opaque color, redolent of blueberry, blackberry liqueur, chocolate, dust and a touch of vanilla, with faint aromatics of black tea. Full bodied, intense yet extremely elegant on the mid-palate bursting with bright well-polished fruit that is extremely harmonious.  The firm and velvety tannins make for a gentle giant of a Petite Sirah that will age gracefully for a decade – or possibly two. Definitely a wine of which to stock some extra bottles away for long term gratification.

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Apr
9
2016

Paul Lato New Releases Now in Stock!!

PAUL LATO has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96-98 point ratings.  All of his bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I’ve ever met.  Attention to detail from start to finish.  He is involved in the entire process from day one. From harvest into dormancy and pruning; all the way to dropping fruit during the growing season, hand-picking only the very best bunches his vines yield.  He’d rather only sell two barrels of amazing wine versus selling six of “OK” wine.

The 2014 Paul Lato wines are STUNNING but unfortunately VERY LIMITED! I wish I could say that I have a lot to offer, but I don’t.  As it has been the case in the past years, this wine will sell out within 72 hours of our offering!

FREE SHIPPING on 6+ bottles (mix & match ok) within the 48 states
(HI & AK orders a surcharge for air shipping will apply)

USE CODE “PAULLATO″ during check out. 
The wines are now in stock, except for the Syrah and Grenache which will arrive in late summer.

Paul Lato was born in Poland. He worked as a certified Sommelier in Toronto’s most exclusive restaurants and visited California for the first time in the early 1990′s. Jim Clendenen (ABC & Clendenen wines) told Paul to just pack up and move here, and he would show him the ropes – 14 years later he did make the move and took a job at Bien Nacido vineyards for just $10.00 per hour, he did get free “lodging” at the bunkhouse in the vineyard. The Bien Nacido owner pushed Paul to make his own wine. With some tutoring (he observed the best in the business for some years, asked a lot of questions and experimented a lot) he made his first wines and by chance met Robert Parker.  Parker asked him if “he” was the Polish Sommelier that makes wine and said that he wanted to taste it.  Parker told him that he would tell him immediately if the wine was the real McCoy or …. (slang for excrement) Parker was blown away and gave Paul Lato a rave review. From then on, Paul’s new career was born.

I met Paul in 2005 and have been a big fan since day one, and could say that we have become good friends along the way.

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour” Hilliard Bruce Vineyard ~ Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
This is the fifth release from this vineyard and has created a real following.  I would be hard pressed, but I can tell you that this one is every bit as good as the 2012 (95 Pt WA) and 2013 (96 Pt WA) bottlings, maybe a touch more focused and more elegant! A real “skilled” winemaker gem! Due to the success with the 2012 & 2013 vintage I have a lot of demand for this bottling and it will be sold out well before it arrives at my store!

Paul Lato Notes: “Duvarita is a biodynamic-in-the-making vineyard, with a purity, brightness, and provincial beauty to the fruit. Fresh aromas of yellow apple and lime rind arise on the clean and crisp nose, while fully-rounded tones of butterscotch and meyer lemon envelop the palate in juicy bliss. The finish is long and mouth-watering with toasted hazelnut and honeysuckle notes lingering.”

Robert Parker 2013 Review 96 Points: “Reminding me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in Sonoma, Lato’s 2013 Chardonnay Belle du Jour has gorgeous richness and ripeness in its white flower, brioche, toasted nut and apple blossom-laced bouquet. This gives way to a fabulous Chardonnay that has bright acidity, a full, rich mid-palate, and a seamless texture that carries beautifully pure fruit. This is another wine that makes a mockery of all the low-alcohol, overly acidic Chardonnays that seem to be the rage these days. While the most elegant and silky of the Chardonnays, it has terrific fruit intensity and is a joy to drink. I’d lean toward drinking bottles over the coming 4-5 years, but I’m sure it will evolve nicely for longer.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ~ Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
This is a more than worthy follow-up to the 2011,12 & 13 bottlings which received 96-97 Point ratings! This wine might be Paul’s boldest production, yet another gem in my book.  It is by far Paul’s smallest bottling, only 4 barrels produced.  The 2014 is a carbon copy of the 2011 that received rave reviews from my clients and critics alike! I’d be shocked not to see similar scores, or higher!

Paul Lato Notes: “21-year-old Wente clone vines contribute to the classic, precise nature of this naturally-pleasing Chardonnay. Golden straw-colored in the glass, notes of clover honey and roasted plantain notes emerge from the nose with great clarity. The mouthfeel is electric and buoyant, with wet limestone minerality and a stunning swell of lemon-like acidity that enlivens the palate.”

Robert Parker 2013 review 96 Points: “From a tiny 4.5-acre block in one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw 14 months in 55% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, lively, full-flavored and with vibrant acidity, it offers up ample, mineral-laced notes of apple blossom, citrus, honeysuckle and classy oak. Still tight and backwards, it needs a year or so to come together and should be at its best from 2017-2023.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “East of Eden” Pisoni Vineyard ~ 82.00 – GGWC 77.99 
This is the Fourth Release of the “East of Eden” Chardonnay from the famed Pisoni Vineyard. Only a few barrels were produced, and I was lucky to get a few cases from Paul as they were all earmarked for his mailing list and for restaurants like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, etc.
This is probably the best rendition of a 1er Cru Montrachet produced in California.  As you are well aware of Paul’s meticulous wine-making skills and strategy, nothing escapes this guru of precision! I’d say that this wine is very similar to the great 2013 vintage, which received 97 Points from Parker!

Paul Lato notes: “The low-yields of Pisoni Vineyard contribute to this muscular and delineated wine, which several Master Sommelier’s have compared to the legendary Corton of Burgundy. The unique aromatic profile shows alpine flower along with sea water elements and a touch of sweet almond paste. The palate has a textured, tannin-like structure with subdued mineral tones that allow for white floral and tropical qualities to lift up beautifully.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 97 Points: “There are only six barrels of the extraordinary 2013 Chardonnay East of Eden Pisoni Vineyard and it comes from arguably the greatest vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Gary Pisoni’s Pisoni Vineyard. Aged 14 months in 67% new French oak and hitting 14.8% natural alcohol, it has incredible minerality (the soils here are granite) to go with classic stone fruits, flint, white flowers and classy oak on the nose. Full-bodied, beautifully textured, layered and pure, it’s always lively and graceful on the palate, with a crisp finish. It’s another wine that will have over a decade of longevity.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit” Zotovich Vineyard ~Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
This latest Zotovich “Seabiscuit” bottling is by far Paul’s best effort to date! I would say that it will rival his 97 Point rated 2013 version!  As it is the case with all of Paul’s wines, I get limited amounts of this great gems, so I can only remind you how great and limited they are!

Paul Lato Notes: “Robust and explosive, this is an exquisite expression of a previously-neglected vineyard that is now becoming a thoroughbred with the proper attention. The nose is huge, bursting with redcurrant, blueberry, and iodine in rich array. The strength of the aromatics is matched on the palate as sturdy, age-worthy tannins reveal wave after wave of dried fruit and hard spice.”

Robert Parker 2013- 97 Points: “One of the standouts in this stacked lineup was the 2013 Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard. Aged 16 months in 70% new French oak and the greatest Pinot Noir I’ve tasted from this vineyard, it offers incredible notes of cassis, raspberries, dried earth, spice and that classic saltiness that’s so common from the Sta. Rita Hills. Full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional and elegant, with perfectly integrated acidity and polished tannin, it’s a fabulous Pinot Noir that will have more than a decade of longevity. Unfortunately, there were on eight barrels produced.”

Paul Lato Pinot Noir “Suerte” Solomon Hills ~Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
Paul is not slowing down one bit, and this workhorse “Suerte” will amaze many Pinot lovers alike! It shows gorgeously young, and will even improve a lot more in the years to come!  Only a few barrels produced! This 2014 is any bit as good as the 97 point rated 2013 vintage!

Paul Lato Notes: “Solomon Hills is a Grand-Cru-in-the-making site of great character, arguably the most unique in the Santa Maria Valley. The aromatics show gunpowder, black cherry, and strawberry jam notes of deep intensity and generosity. The palate is pure velvet, seamlessly balancing rich, tarry earth tones that cling to the palate with a bright acid lift towards the finish. Striking in both beauty and intelligence.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 97 Points: “Possibly the greatest wine to date from this incredible site that’s located just south of Santa Maria, Lato’s 2013 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte offers sensational levels of sweet red fruits, currants, forest floor, spring flowers and salty minerality on both the nose and palate. Sexy, seamless and elegant, with its acidity perfectly integrated into its core of sweet fruit, it doesn’t put a foot wrong, has fine tannin and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, it should be better in another 1-2 years and drink well through 2023+.

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Lancelot” Pisoni Vineyard ~ Retail 97.00 – GGWC 94.99
The “flagship” wine of Paul’s Portfolio!  I don’t need to tell you that the Pisoni vineyard is often compared to the best (1er and Grand Cru) vineyards in Burgundy, and Paul puts a real Burgundian twist on this source!  This wine equals the best of the previous Lancelot bottlings and could even surpass it!  VERY LIMITED!

Paul Lato Notes: “Deep red ruby in the glass, this voluptuous Pinot Noir has a dizzying aromatic profile bursting with lavender, warm asphalt, and salt-cured meats. The palate has great depth in fruit and earth qualities reflective of the one-of-a-kind Pisoni Vineyard. Planted over 30 years ago with what are rumored to be cuttings from one of the finest Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, this singular site continues to amaze in the balance, concentration, and ageability of fruit it delivers.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 95+ Points: “One of the tighter and backward efforts in the vintage, the 2013 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard has a focused, pure and edgy style in its sweet black cherry, blackberry, spring flowers and distinct wet rock-like minerality. It shows more rose petal and floral notes with air, but also closed down slightly, so give bottles another year or two in the cellar. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir that’s a solid step up from the 2012.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Contender” Drumm Canyon ~ Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99
This might be the best Contender bottling to date!  This rendition of the Drumm Canyon Vineyard “Contender” will make you (happily) dream of a 1er Cru Pommard at a much lower price point!  This latest release is Paul’s best effort to-date and I have only 5 cases of this wine to offer!

Paul Lato Notes: “A highly-perfumed nose of lavender and sweet tobacco alongside lush wild berry notes is beautifully indicative of the Drum Canyon site. The palate is an exotic mélange of hard spice, leather, and bramble fruit, with a surprising and welcome acidity that lends a levity to the muscularity at its core. Like Marlon Brando on the waterfront, it shows that intensity and gracefulness can be a part of the same package.”

Robert Parker 2013- 94 Points: “Made from two suitcase clones (Swan and Calera) grown on a steep, south-facing slope in the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2013 Pinot Noir The Contender Drum Canyon Vineyard has discrete oak in its blackcurrant, black cherry, underbrush, rose petal and spice-laced bouquet. This gives way to a ripe, nicely concentrated and juicy Pinot Noir that has bright acidity and a taut, energetic texture. It’s currently lacking a touch of the integration found in the other releases, yet is still beautiful. Give it a year in bottle and enjoy through 2023.”

Paul Lato 2014 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard ~ Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
This is in my book “THE” best Cinematique to-date bar-none! I believe strongly that is equal, if not better than the great 2012, 2008 and 2007 vintages (97 Point rating).  I’d be surprised that this wine will not see very high 90 scores again!

Robert Parker 2012 – 97 Points: “On another level, the 2012 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard (92.5% Syrah, 5% Viognier and 2.5% Grenache aged in 50% new French oak) has an incredible perfume of sweet blackberry, raspberry, crushed violets, coffee bean and bay leaf to go with a medium to full-bodied, silky, seamless and ethereally textured profile on the palate. Picking up plenty of fine tannin with time in the glass, this is a gorgeously pure, layered and multi-dimensional Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring, and have 15 years or more of ultimate longevity. It’s not a blockbuster, yet excels on its balanced, seamlessness and purity.”

Paul Lato Notes: “In just a few short years, this vineyard has become a holy grail for Rhône varietals in Santa Barbara County, receiving critical acclaim for the quality of the grapes and viticultural practices. Christine Larner and her son, Michael, also a winemaker, are ardent about the continued care and development of their vineyard. The natural beauty of the site with its rolling, sun-splashed hills creates an incredibly peaceful vibe. The Syrah clones of Estrella and 877 planted in this picturesque site produce a rich, intensely flavored wine that retains its elegance.”

Paul Lato 2014 Syrah “IL Padrino” ~ Retail 95.00 – GGWC 92.99
This is becoming Paul Lato’s BEST Syrah bottling numerous years in a row.  If one were in the Rhone Valley, it would put many of the big names to shame!  In a recent tasting Paul’s Il Padrino bottling beat out 100 point wines like Alban’s Reva, and others!  I only get 5 cases of this gem, so jump on it NOW, as this might be the year of a 100 Point Syrah from Lato! This wine gets 95-98 points every release!

Robert Parker 2013 – 96 Points: “As with the Grenache releases, the 2013 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is a bigger, richer wine than the Larner Vineyard release. This inky, mostly opaque 2013 has an off-the-hook bouquet of smoked black fruits, ground black pepper, graphite, bacon fat and marine-like sea-breeze to go with a full-bodied, ultra-pure, elegant and seamless profile on the palate. Beautifully concentrated, multi-dimensional, layered, elegant and with blockbuster length, it’s another wine from Paul that has the pedigree to drink splendidly in its youth, yet age gracefully.”

Paul Lato 2014 Grenache Bien Nacido – Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99
Paul Lato’s notes: “This is one of the most historic vineyards in Santa Maria Valley tracing its grape-growing history back to the days of the Spanish land grants. Vineyard Manager Chris Hammell and his dedicated crew continue to take this vineyard to even greater heights. Many of this region’s most acclaimed winemakers have enjoyed great success working with this internationally renowned site.”

Robert Parker 2013 – 95 Points: “A bigger, richer and more concentrated effort than the Larner Grenache, the 2013 Grenache Bien Nacido Vineyard offers lots of cassis and black raspberry fruit to go with underlying notes of wet gravel, shrimp broth, peppery herbs, licorice and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and multi-dimensional on the palate, with a weightless mouthfeel, it’s acidity is nicely integrated and it never puts a foot wrong. Given its balance and overall purity, it’s a killer drink today, but it will evolve beautifully.”

FYI: SMALL AMOUNTS OF 2013 CHARDOANNY SYRAH and GRENACHE are still in stock, in 750ml and Magnum, also combine for FREE SHIPPING

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