May
1
2015

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 points form Parker and Spectator and has an amazing “cult” following with thousands of people trying to get on his mailing list. The 2013 vintage Spring releases are spectacular but very limited!
Herman Story 2013  “On The Road” Grenache – 94 Points!
Retail 53.00 – GGWC 48.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use coupon code HERMAN during checkout
Can mix and match with other Herman Story Wines!
More than any other varietal I work with Grenache reminds me of myself. It can be elegant and refined, or just as easily it can be a raucous party animal. Some people try to make it one or the other, but I think it’s best when you can get it to have a little of each. This year’s On the Road is just that, it’s got class and will doff its cap for the ladies, but won’t hesitate to start a brawl if needed. The wine’s got some serious muscle under that tucked in cowboy shirt. Smells like a fourth of July party by the pool: raspberry sorbet, fresh orange zest, licorice, fresh rubber rafts, chocolate brownie batter and vanilla whipped cream. On the palate the 2013 On the Road does a cannonball off the high dive, bringing an explosion of brambly blackberry, pomegranate, oiled leather, cherry cola and charcoal briquettes all with teeth staining color, it’ll leave you soaked and smiling.

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “The Herman Story Grenache On the Road is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Fresh, vibrant and chiseled, the OTR is laced with bright red cherries, plums, crushed rocks, mint and cinnamon. The flavors are a bit on the dark side for Grenache, but all the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes, cinnamon and mint add nuance on the seriously beautiful, vivid finish. The OTR is a great example of winemaker Russell From’s very personal approach”

Make sure to check out the other AMAZING:
HERMAN STORY 2013 “NUTS AND BOLTS” SYRAH – 95 POINTS
HERMAN STORY 2012 “CASUAL ENCOUNTER” GSM

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Apr
29
2015

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 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!  We have had five vintages and had great success among our customers
Alta Colina 2012 Petite Sirah “Ann’s Block” Estate Paso Robles 
Retail $62.00 GGWC $57.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six
Use code AC12PS upon checkout.
Only 4 barrels of this gentle giant were produced!  Stunning color and breath taking aromas jump out of the glass – aromas of blue and blackberry intertwined with hints of pepper, spice and a touch of meatiness. On the palate, this full-bodied, enormous yet elegantly structure estate “Ann’s Block 2012 Petite Sirah will wow you from start to finish!  This wine is loaded will bold, forward fruit, that is lush yet silky, bold yet elegant and concentrated yet approachable.  It has an amazingly long but silky finish.  This is the real McCoy!

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Apr
27
2015

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 “Pere de Famille” construed (94 Galloni)
  • Seavey (94 Galloni)
  • Trespass “Intrigue”
Trespass is a small 5 acre all estate property in northwestern St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. The wines are hand-crafted by Kirk Venge who has been making wine since he was a little child under the tutelage of his dad Nils Vegne (the first 100 point winemaker in the US with his 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet).  Kirk has wowed us with many great wines (Beau Vigne, Macauley, Honeycutt, Igneous, Venge, etc). Nils told me that at pre-school age Kirk knew he was going to be winemaker.

Trespass 2012 “Intrigue” Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley 
Retail 78.00 –  GGWC 74.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6+, use code TRES12 upon checkout
Mix & match with other Trespass wines OK

The Trespass Intrigue is a fine Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon married with 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from their Estate property.  This wine is known for its devout approachability.  Already drinking nicely, it starts with a generous wafting of raspberry covered with a smooth milk chocolate and finishing with a creamy vanilla.  This generous wine produces full flavors of kirsch, currant, plum, black cherry and a touch of cedary tannin for spice. The Merlot possesses the velvety charm to tame the strength and more powerful ego of the Cabernet. Only 180 cases were produced.

Make sure to check out their other great wine Trespass Cab Franc 2012 “Estate” andTrespass 2012 “Old Vine” Zinfandel

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Apr
24
2015

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 extraordinary. It’s born from an estate that rests upon a sloping hillside high above the beauty of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey – its vineyards, carved from the steep terrain and planted in four blocks, each possess their own distinct personality.

The site of Gandona Estate had its beginnings just a few years earlier, when in 1862 Daniel K. Dille homesteaded the property, located just downhill from Pritchard’s future home. California had just experienced the silver rush and Napa County had recently been formed. Here, Dille worked as a laborer and maintained the land. The property sold several times throughout the years until the Bob Long family purchased it in 1966 and planted the site’s first vineyard.In 1977, they entered the wine business in earnest and founded a small winery called Long Vineyards. Sandi Belcher (Arns) produced great Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a late harvest Johannisberg Riesling.

Gandona 2012 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Napa Valley
GGWC 225.00 – FREE SHIPPING on 3+
Use code GAND12EST upon checkout

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Living up to the potential predicted last year, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is fabulous. One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 80% new French oak, there are 500 cases of this terrific wine. With its inky purple color, a glorious nose of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, full-bodied mouthfeel, dense, pure notes interwoven with camphor, charcoal embers and spring flowers, this is stunning stuff and a great example of the Estate’s potential. Drink now-2025+.”

Also check out their other amazing wines:

GANDONA 2012 “ENCOSTA” CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY (94 Parker)

GANDONA 2011 “ESTATE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750 ML – 95 POINTS ANTHONY GALLONI

GANDONA 2011 “ENCOSTA” CABERNET SAUVIGNON ETCHED MAGNUM

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Apr
22
2015

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 at both labels. Taking 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. The rest….is history!Chanin 2013 Pinot Noir “Los Alamos” Santa Maria
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code CHAN13PN upon checkout

Stunning aromas of crushed red fruit, raspberry and ripe strawberries jump out of the glass on impact.  The wine is medium to full in body laced with beautifully balanced flavors of red fruits with a touch of cinnamon and earthiness (from the darker clonal seletions).  Refreshing, energetic mouthfeel with a long, graceful silky finish that screams of lush Pinot fruit with a touch a spiciness.  This wine will be a good ager! (Alc. 13.4%)

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Apr
20
2015

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 and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later!Walter Hansel 2012 ESTATE Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Retail 29.00 – GGWC 26.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 12
Use code WH12ESTCH upon checkout
# 1 Quality/Value Rated Chardonnay

Robert Parker 93 Points: “The 2012 Chardonnay Estate, from a vineyard planted in 1976 and 1989, was aged in 38% new Francois Freres barrels, and goes through malolactic with lees stirring for about 6-8 weeks. Another terrific value, this 1,000-case beauty exhibits lots of white peach, honeyed citrus, brioche and pineapple notes enhanced by a gentle seasoning of wood spice, a full-bodied mouthfeel and loads of fruit as well as exuberance. There is a heavy underpinning of minerality running through this attractive Chardonnay. Consume it over the next 5-7 years.”

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Apr
17
2015

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 bottles of this uniquely crafted wine were produced, and you can own some of them if you jump on our offer.

Coup de Foudre 2012 “Lightning Bolt” Cabernet
“Premiere Napa Valley Auction Lot”* 
Retail 375.00 – GGWC 325.00
FREE SHIPPING on 3+
Use code CDF12PNV upon checkout

The wine was sourced from the Coup de Foudre Estate Vineyard in Calistoga.  This is truly an amazing quality wine. Although still young this one will turn heads!  Only a very small amount of this wine is available. This wine is bottled and labeled under the exclusive label of Premiere Napa Valley. Each bottle is numbered and signed by the owner.  The wine offers stunning aromatics and an amazing flavor laced palate and stunning body and depth.   Bright black stone aromas jump out of the glass on impact.  This full-bodied, concentrated, yet well-balanced youngster offers great structure, lush fruit and the right touch of acidity.  The wine ends with fine grained, silky tannins.  This is a wine that will cellar nicely. If you decide to drink a bottle now, I suggest decanting it a good 2 hours in advance.

*THIS WINE IS A 100% GOLDEN GATE WINE CELLARS EXCLUSIVE!

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Apr
15
2015

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 Galloni)
  • Limerick Lane (94 Galloni)
  • Scarlett “Estate”
Our group of 12 tasters gave Scarlett 7 First, 2 Second and 3 Third place votes, Limerick Lane garnered 3 First, 5 second place votes and Outpost reaped  2 First and 2 Second place votes, making Scarlett the BIG WINNER!
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+ 
Use code SCARZIN upon checkout OK to mix with Petit Verdot
The wine is crafted by ace-winemaker Mike Smith (Schrader, Maybach, Rivers Marie, Carter, 12C, etc. This old-vine zin is a real stunner.  It possesses amazing aromatics and flavors and is full with charisma.  This is a Zin for Cab lovers!  On the nose large gobs of black stone fruit and pomegranate jump out of the glass!  This youngster is full-bodied and extremely well-balanced.  The palate is loaded with bright black currants, black cherries, chocolate, spice and a touch of tobacco.  The finish is long and intense and does not seem to end.  Only 4 barrels produced ~ 5 cases allocated!! Make sure to check out their very limited (50 cases) produced SCARLETT 2012 PETIT VERDOT, ESTATE, NAPA VALLEY
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Apr
13
2015

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 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.Sanguis 2012 Luminous Flux Proprietary Red 
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Mix & match with Sanguis/Loner wines
Use code SANGUIS upon checkout

This amazingly complex wine offers up stunning aromatics and flavors that jump out of the glass!  This wine offers up classic Cab Franc aromatics and spice notes on the nose. On the palate this youngster is loaded with bright complex black stone fruit, a touch anise and spice.  Full in body, this wine is amazingly well-balanced with the right touch of acidity.  Lush, bold, complex and in-your-face this wine shows well after breathing for about 90 minutes.  The 2012 Luminous Flux is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Grenache.  Sadly, only 140 cases were produced and only 48 bottles were allocated to me!

Serve this wine with a roast rack of lamb with roasted root vegetables; braised pork belly over  herbed beans and sautéed kale would be another choice and of course if you are vegetarian and stew of eggplant and root veggies would go well with this puppy too.
Make sure to check out their strikingly good white “Floral Study #2” which is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Roussanne.

Sanguis 2012 Floral Study # 2 
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99 ~ 
FREE SHIPPING on 6+
(only 36 bottles allocated)
Mix & match with Sanguis/Loner wines
Use code SANGUIS upon checkout

This 125 case production wine offers up vibrant aromatics of honeysuckle, pear, apple and lemon that leap out of the glass. On the palate this blend of Chardonnay and Roussanne balance each other very nicely.  Medium to full in body, this beauty is dense, rich and opulent yet extremely well-balanced and a touch delicate. The palate is laced with white peach, spring flowers some white currant and butterscotch.   The finish is gorgeous, complex and long.

Also, don’t miss:

Loner by Sanguis 2012 Pinot Noir r12b 
Mix & match with Sanguis/Loner wines
Use code SANGUIS upon checkout

Crafted from the great John Sebastiano vineyard (Paul Lato, etc.) The wine is equal parts animal and purity of fruit, there is a nervy quality to this one and the freshness of a crisp ocean breeze.  In coming years, more elegance will take the place of current spry youthfulness (read: give it some time, I love it now but will love it more later).  Vibrant red currant and dark blueberry aromas and flavors are joined with a touch a real Burgundian (Pommard) like flavors and qualities.  The wine is full, yet extremely well-balanced with the right amounts of fruit and acid intertwined.   This is a Pinot that screams for food – Lamb, beef, hearty stew.  Only 5 barrels produced!

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Apr
10
2015

Bubbly Blind Tasting Winner

We had never done a blind Champagne tasting before, and to “celebrate” my return from surgery, my group wanted to do it with some “sparkle”. We lined up some well-regarded bubblies, among them:
The winner – Pierre Morlet “Grande Reserve” Champagne

FYI: Pierre Morlet is the father of Luc Morlet, Napa winemaker extraordinaire!

Pierre Morlet “Grande Reserve” Champagne 
Retail 56.00 – GGWC 52.99  Free Shipping on 6+
Use code PMCHAM upon checkout

The Grande Réserve blend is modeled after the classic base of the Cuvée Suivie, also representing all of the Morlet familyʼs terroirs of Premiers Crus Avenay-Val-dʼOr, Bisseuil and Mutigny and of Grand Cru Aÿ. Partially fermented in French oak “Demi-Muids” barrels – a rarity in Champagne – the Grande Réserve also aged one additional year in their caves. More mature flavors and aromas characterized the Grande Réserve which has built the Pierre Morlet reputation. Amazing perfumed aroma (this wine is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay) jumps out of the glass on impact. Very elegant, crisp fruit dances on the palate and lingers on the gorgeously long finish.

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