Dec
23
2016

95+ Cab Gem by former Spottswoode winemaker = FREE SHIPPING

 

Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets, Rhone Blends and Albarino.  The 2013 Cabernet might be here best offer yet to date.  STUNNING I’d say!

Gallica 2013 Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 170.00 – GGWC 164.99
$0.01 or almost FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more
Use code GALLICA13 @ checkout

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Gallica’s beautiful 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has velvety tannins, loads of plum, blackberry and cassis fruit and a floral component. It has a medium to full-bodied personality that would suggest a suave complex wine from a Bordeaux or Margaux appellation. The wine is quite beautiful with purity, richness and an overall charm that make this an endearing effort in 2013. Moreover, it should drink well for another 20+ years.”

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Dec
22
2016

Chardonnay of the Year!

 

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  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

The Pratt Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, a world-renowned AVA in California. The appellation benefits from a coastal influence and a cold climate, both favorable for making outstanding wines from Burgundian varieties. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Jim Pratt. Only four rows of clone 15 were planted and are farmed carefully for Cattleya, to produce the best clusters of Chardonnay grapes. Thanks to the intensity and complexity of fruit produce from this site, the Cattleya Chardonnay reflects the typicity and exceptional quality of white wines we can produce in Sonoma County from this finicky variety.

Cattleya 2014 Chardonnay “Pratt Vineyard” Russian River Valley – 95 Points Parker
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
NEARLY FREE SHIPPING ($0.01) on SIX
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2014 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard is an exotic, lemon, honeycomb, hazelnut and toasty oak-scented beauty that has terrific mid-palate density, a supple, rich, layered texture, good acidity and additional minerality on the finish. This is a beautiful, rich, Burgundian-styled Chardonnay that will be better in a year, and evolve nicely through 2024.”

Winemaker Notes: “Four French oak barrels—2 of which were new—have been tenderly cared for throughout 15 months of aging. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and the juice was cold-settled overnight for barreling down the next day. The juice sat quietly in the barrel until the fermentation began several days later. By the end of the winter, all 4 barrels had finished both native fermentation as well as malolactic fermentation. A very gentle racking occurred prior to bottling using argon gas and the wine was bottled in January 2016.”

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Dec
20
2016

MAGNUM SALE 15% OFF ALL MAGNUMS!

A big bottle is always impressive on the table, and it also makes a nice gift! Even better if the bottle has been signed by the winemaker or owner!

Today ALL magnums are 15% OFF!

Use code MAGNUM at checkout

 

Check out these great magnum selections (click on the links for price and tasting info):

AMUSE BOUCHE 05 MERLOT MAGNUM (SIGNED)

CORNERSTONE 2010 “PNV ” CABERNET SAUVIGNON (MAGNUM)

GONET-MEDEVILLE 1ER CRU CUVEE TRADITION MAGNUM

HOURGLASS 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BLUE LINE (MAGNUM)

INHERIT THE SHEEP 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY ~ MAGNUM (SIGNED)

INHERIT THE SHEEP 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE COOMBSVILLE NAPA VALLEY MAGNUM

KAMEN 2010 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM – 93+ POINTS PARKER

KAMEN 2012 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM – 96 POINTS PARKER

MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV IN MAGNUM

PAUL LATO 2013 SYRAH IL PADRINO “BIEN NACIDO” MAGNUM (96 POINTS)

PAUL LATO 2013 GRENACHE “ORA DE LABORA” BIEN NACIDO, SANTA BARBARA MAGNUM 94 PT

PAUL LATO 2014 CHARDONNAY MAGNUM “BELLE DE JOUR” DUVARITA VYD – 96 POINTS

PAUL LATO 2014 PINOT NOIR MAGNUM “SEABISCUIT” ZOTOVICH VINEYARD 95 POINTS

PAUL LATO 2014 SYRAH MAGNUM “CINEMATIQUE” LARNER VINEYARD 97 POINTS

PHARAOH MOANS 2006 SYRAH, PASO ROBLES MAGNUM

PISONI 2014 “ESTATE” PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS MAGNUM 96+ Points Parker

POST PARADE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY MAGNUM

SCARECROW 2013 “ESTATE” JJ. COHN VINEYARD, CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM 100 POINTS

SCRIBE 2010 CABERNET (SIGNED MAGNUM) “OUTPOST EAST” ATLAS PEAK, NAPA

SPOTTSWOODE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAGNUM “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY (99+ POINTS)

TEXTBOOK 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON “MIS EN PLACE” OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY (SIGNED MAGUM)

ZIATA 2012 CABERNET FRANC, OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY SIGNED MAGNUM

I know that making a selection from this many choices can be intimidating, so as always, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 415-337-4083 if you need any assistance!

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Dec
19
2016

Frank’s Holiday Champagne Suggestions!

As the holiday season is in full swing, I needed to make sure there will be some SPARKS in your end-of-the-year festivities so I put together a few “bubbly” suggestions for you to choose from. And for those of you who like to make a bigger bang into the New Year, I also have a some large format bottles!

Click on the links below for the tasting notes and pricing: Use the code BUBBLY on checkout for FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more of ANY of the following!

My best selling Champagne below $35.00
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, CHAMPAGNE FRANCE

My best selling Rose Champagne
DIEBOLT VALLOIS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT ROSE

My best selling Champagne below $45.00
GONET-MEDEVILLE 1ER CRU CUVEE TRADITION

Also check out these other bubbly suggestions:

DUVAL LEROY NV 750 ML CHAMPAGNE
PIERRE MORLET “GRANDE RESERVE” CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

STEPHANE COQUILLETTE CARTE D’OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE
BROCARD PIERRE 1ER CUVEE “BLANC DE NOIRS” BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
ANDRE ROBERT CHAMPAGNE BRUT RESERVE GRAND CRU

Sparkling Wines:

ALLIMANT LAUGNER CREMANT ROSE LOIRE VALLEY
CLOS DE LA BRIDERIE CUVEE SILEX

LARGE FORMAT:

MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV IN MAGNUM
MONTHUYS CHAMPAGNE NV BRUT, 3 LITER

I know that making a selection from this many choices can be intimidating, so as always, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 415-337-4083 if you need any assistance!
Dec
17
2016

HURRY LAST MINUTE WINE SHOPPERS!

Dear Friends,

It really is crunch time now! Don’t forget that starting TODAY, only AIR FREIGHT packages will have your wine gifts arriving on time! (With the exception for California, Oregon and Washington state.)

If you haven’t found the perfect gift for the people on your list, be sure to check out our specially curated Gift Cases. With a selection of 3, 6, or 12 wines, you will be sure to find something perfect for every taste or budget.

And as always, if you don’t see a gift case selection on our list that seems just right, give me a call at 415-337-4083, we can always improvise and create one for you!

Lastly, as a “Thank You” for a great year and an early Holiday present from me to you, we are offering a 10% OFF on ALL of our wines today! Just use the discount code TENOFFDEC16 during checkout. Not only a great way to buy some great holiday wines for your favorite friends, but a great opportunity to stock up your own cellar at a nice discount.

Visit us at http://GoldenGateWineCellars.com

Happy Holidays,
Your Humble Servant
St. Frank, the Patron Saint of Tannins

Dec
16
2016

10% OFF ALL WINES TODAY ONLY!!

Dear Friends,

As a “Thank You” for a great year and an early Holiday present from me to you, we are offering a 10% OFF on ALL of our wines today! Just use the discount code TENOFFDEC16 during checkout. Not only a great way to buy some great holiday wines for your favorite friends, but a great opportunity to stock up your own cellar at a nice discount.

Visit us at http://GoldenGateWineCellars.com

Happy Holidays,
Your Humble Servant
St. Frank, the Patron Saint of Tannins

Dec
15
2016

4 Generations of Napa Cab in a bottle

Two cousins (Rob and Angelina Mondavi) created a high-end boutique wine perfectly named Fourth Leaf Wines (since they are the fourth generation of the Mondavi family).  The Mondavi 2013 vintage is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from (family) grapes from Rob’s Atlas Peak vineyard and grapes from  the Howell Mountain vineyard, which is Angelina’s side of the family.  Every year, they blend 50% of these two vineyards together.

Fourth Leaf 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 175.00 – GGWC 169.99
FREE SHIPPING on 4
Use code 4LEAF at checkout

The 2013 bottling is the sixth vintage of the Fourth Leaf Cabernet venture.  This youngster offers up amazing and complex mountainous Cabernet aromatics and flavors.  This youngster showcases gorgeous aromas of black and blue stone fruits with sutbtle nuances of chocolate, anise and exotic spice characters.  On the palate this bold, intense powerhouse shows some of its “soft” side – when you experience silky, sweet black stone fruits kissing the tongue.  The wine evolves into a long, silky and juicy tannic finish.  Only 6 barrels produced.

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Dec
14
2016

MUST HAVE CHAMPAGNE

The André Robert is a great bubbly!  Sourced from two Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil (mostly 2009 and 2010 vintage). 100% Chardonnay with a dosage from 8-9 g/l, which translates to medium on the “Brut” rating scale.  This wine has gorgeous aromas of pie and citrus and white stone fruit.  On the palate pleasant fruit and the right acidity, amazingly balanced, a real crowd-pleaser.

André Robert Champagne Brut “Reserve” Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs, Le Mesnil
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code ANDREROBERT at checkout

Winemaker Notes: “Light yellow color. Expressive nose of white flesh fruit, pastries with overriding mineral touches. The mouth is both structured and refreshing with ever-present minerality, finishing on a slightly toasted register.”

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Dec
13
2016

95 POINT KILLER 100 CASE SYRAH

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  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 Syrah “Soberanos Vineyard” ~ 95 Points
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 71.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6
Use code CATTLEYA at checkout

Mix & match with other Cattleya wines

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Tasting more like a barrel sample than a finished wine, the 2013 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard sports an inky, glass staining purple color to go with decadent plums, black raspberries, liquid flower, olive and background meatiness. Rich, full-bodied, nicely concentrated and textured, with sensational purity and elegance in its tannin structure, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will drink well for a decade or more after that.”

Also check out her amazing:
CATTLEYA 14 CHARDONNAY “PRATT VINEYARD” – 95 POINTS, PARKER WINE OF THE YEAR
CATTLEYA 2013 “DONUM” PINOT NOIR CARNEROS 95 POINTS

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Dec
12
2016

Big Napa Cab at a Price Worth Howling For

Since 1997, Jane and Doug Wolf have been stewards of the historic Inglewood Estate which is located at the base of the Mayacamas Range in the St. Helena appellation. The 30 acre property hosts just 6.75 acres planted to meticulously tended vines nurtured into wine of uncompromising quality. Karen Culler, winemaker, has led the wine program on the estate since the first vintage in 1997

Wolf 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Phaedrus”  Napa Valley
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 51.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6
Use code WOLF at checkout

The 2013 Wolf Family Vineyards Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon is the blend of two excellent vineyards. The new Wolf Family Estate on White Lane in St Helena is a stone’s throw away from their Inglewood Estate vineyard and offers all the same unctuous flavors that St Helena is known for…blackberry, stone fruits, tobacco and a rich but balanced texture.  The second vineyard is the Montgomery Vineyard in Calistoga and gives the wine more of the delicious dark fruit aroma,while the palate is full bodied and with a perfectly balanced acid- tannin profile.  The 20 month barrel aging in French Oak barrels (67% new) gives the wine a toasty and complex aroma that deserves a long cellaring. Very small production!

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