Jul
7
2014

DuMOL’s 2012 SPECTACULAR NEW RELEASES

2012 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were up slightly, so that always helps when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand.I would say that this might be the best ever release from this winery, and I hear from Kerry and Andy that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it rave reviews!

DuMol 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Retail 60.00 – GGWC 56.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code DUMOL12 upon checkout


This might be the best Chardonnays DuMol has ever produced. The wine offers up youthful aromas, at first quite savory – sea shells, honeydew melon, grapefruit intensity. Floral lilies, beeswax and white peach develop the richness, Lime sherbet, slate and mineral are constantly appearing (one would think you are drinking a great Montrachet). Very classic Russian River Valley, long and piercing. Intensely mouthwatering finish. Honey and lemon richness lingers. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees to allow the wine’s full texture to sing! Sourced from 6 vineyards – 48% Dutton Ranch, 22% DuMOL Estate, 10% Hyde, 10% Lorenzo, 6% Ritchie, & 4% Barlow.

DuMol 2012 Syrah, Russian River Valley
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code DUMOL12 upon checkout

The 2012 Syrah RRV is by far the best effort to date from Andy Smith. Sourced from three great vineyards (Greywackle, Gregori and Hoppe-Kelly). This wine offers soaring mutli-dimensional aromatic complexity that is really quite dramatic. Violet, dark cassis, graphite and espresso. Bright peppery component with hints of mint and red volcanic character. Simultaneously fragrant and red-fruited but with a brooding inner dark power. Focussed and granular tannins that are long but never edgy. Lingering complexity – espresso, dusty cocoa and mixed black fruits. Decant for an hour in its youth. You can easily age this wine for 10 to 15 years!

DuMol 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Retail 74.00 – GGWC 71.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code DUMOL12 upon checkout


Truly the best RRV Pinot Noir DuMOL has ever produced! This wine is brilliant in the glass. Lovely purity of Russian River Pinot Noir aromas: juicy black cherry, black raspberry, sassafras and rosehip. As it opens, cassis and smoke then savory fennel emerge. Full in body, this wine is layered with bright red fruits on the lush palate, then broad and chewy with real depth of flavor and deep resonant texture. Firms up with air to a lingering mouthwashing savory finish. This truly is a real gem by Andy Smith – Sourced from some stunning vineyards in the Valley. Dutton (36%) DuMOL Estate (24%), Gunsalus ( 14%), Hanna (12%), Barlow (6%), Abbott (4%) and Sonoma Stage (4%).

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Jul
4
2014

Happy 4th of July!

Golden Gate Wine Cellars

Happy Independence Day to all of you that allow me the opportunity to share my love and findings of the world’s greatest wines.

On a more important note – Thank you to everyone that has fought for the United States of America, and for those that still do so today. Having Golden Gate Wine Cellars here is a privilege that I hope is never lost.

In honor of the 4th, share a bottle of your favorite American Wine with friends. We are lucky to be able to share our favorite wines with all of you.

Happy 4th of July to you all.

Jul
3
2014

FREE WINE when signing up for our Wine Club

Dear Friends,

Thank You for your many years of support — it would not have been possible without you.

We have recently re-branded our wine club by creating a loyalty program where you can earn points that convert to FREE WINE (sorry, not completely free, the law makes me charge you $0.01).  If you stay a member for a least one year, you will receive bonus points that you can convert to FREE products.

Refer someone, and when they sign up for one year, you will receive EXTRA points towards FREE WINE!

We have created THREE CLUB LEVELS - APPRENTICEEXTREME & CUTTING-EDGE.

Do you have a hard time selecting wines when walking into your local store? Or do you say to yourself, I really want to try a bottle before I buy a whole case? We have the answer for you. Our Wine Club will send you a shipment of six bottles of hand-selected wines throughout the course of the year, along with extra features such as elaborate wine and food pairing notes.

The formats of the three clubs are the same, but each club has a different price point for the wines you will receive.

APPRENTICE, our beginner package features wines at around $35 and starts at $199.99 per shipment.

EXTREME, for the advanced vinophile showcases some of the best wines in the $35-$50 range for only $249.99 per shipment.

CUTTING-EDGE, for the most discerning premium wine lover features the most exclusive boutique wines in the $45- $75 range at an unbelievable $299.99 per shipment.

Every other month we will ship you six bottles of hard-to-find wines.  All you need to do is to commit to a one year minimum membership and with each shipment you will receive CREDIT POINTS that you can use towards FREE WINE ($0.01)!

Each club shipment you will receive 2 points, once you received 10 points you’ll receive one free bottle of wine (average value of your club level).

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Jul
2
2014

A spectacular 3 Barrel (80 case) white takes us by a Storm

Storm 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – “Presqu’ile Vineyard” Santa Maria Valley
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 34.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
Use discount code STORM12SB upon checkout

The Story: It all started in South Africa where the family had been making wine for some time, but it was not until Ernst Storm decided to move to California that his idea began to take shape, and the foundation for Storm Wines was formed. Lots of trials and tribulations let to making wine in 2006 from Jim Clendenen’s Le Bon Climat Vineyard, and the rest as they say is history. He discovered the joy of the Santa Maria Valley and continued to expand his portfolio. Today he makes a mere 500 cases total (6 wines), but he is slowly but surely putting his name on the forefront.

The Wine: On the nose, this stunning youngster offers up a magnificent bouquet of yellow plums, apricots and a whiff of minerality. This great Sauvignon Blanc showcases a full body that is amazingly well-balanced and textured. The exquisite Storm “Presqu’ile” Sauvignon Blanc exhibits touches of minerality, citrus and honeyed melon flavors that are vibrant and not overbearing. The wine finishes amazingly long! Only 80 cases produced!

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Jun
30
2014

KILLER CABERNET… A Photographer’s other Passion

GKG 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Llewellyn Vineyard, Napa Valley
Retail 115.00 – GGWC 109.99 FREE SHIPPING on FOUR or more
Use discount code GKG12 upon checkout

The Story: Greg Gorman is known as one of “the” top celebrity photographers in the world! He demands 20K and more per shoot! A few names, Marlon Brando, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, etc. Greg Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers’ of America, the Achievement in Portraiture Award from The Lucie Foundation and the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design award, etc. His passion started while getting his Master Degree in photography in Southern California when sipping on $7 bottles of Rioja. Fast forward to fame and he was asked to shoot the label for Dave Phinney’s “Papillon” label. Since Greg had been a fan of Dave’s Mercury Head Cabernet, that was a no-brainer. So over many glasses of wine and looking at various possible images for a wine label, Greg asked Dave to make a wine for him. He wanted it to be “top notch” just as his photography was. So Dave found a sweet spot on the Llewellyn vineyard, and the rest.. was history.

The Wine: As you know, 2012 was a great growing season with no frost, a mild Spring and a mellow Summer and Fall. The mild spring brought on a good fruit set. The warm summer and fall with no heat waves or excessive rains allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly producing fruit that is rich and dark in color and bearing firm but sweet tannins. The aromatics offer up a combination of black currant and espresso with an underlying hint of toasted oak. Full bodied with strong flavors of black fruit, currants and cherries flood your palate on entry with further hints of espresso, dark chocolate and plums playing on your mid palate-coating the roof of your mouth with elegant integrated flavors of blackberry and cassis. Great acidity and sweet firm tannins round out a long finish and certainly make this vintage very age worthy. The wine is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Malbec all sourced from the Llewellyn vineyard.

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Jun
28
2014

Birthday Wine Tasting!

Come help me celebrate my birthday with a special wine tasting today from 1-5 pm! 2337 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco.

Today’s lineup includes:

Gonet-Medeville Champagne, France
Malk 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
DuMol 2012 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
DuMol 2012 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Ziata 2010 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Barrelhead 2010 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Linked (Luc Morlet) 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

Birthday Lineup

Jun
27
2014

Gros Ventre 2012 Cerise Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

My tasting group reviewd a great selection of 2012 Pinot Noirs. The lineup included

  • Rochioli “West Block” (94 AG)
  • Pahlmeyer (94 AG)
  • AP Vin Garys (95 RP)
  • Purple Hands “Hosltein” (93 WS)
  • Crystallum “Bona Fide” (93 RP)
  • Siduri “Garys” (93 AG)
  • Ceritas (92 AG)
  • Littorai “Platt” (93 AG)
  • Comptche Ridge (94 AG)
  • Anthill “Tina Marie” (93 AG)
  • Sineann “Resonance” (93 WS)
  • Gros Ventre “Cerise”

The Winner: Gros Ventre “Cerise”

Gros Ventre 2012 Pinot Noir “Cerise” Anderson Valley
Retail 55.00 – GGWC 49.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code GV12CPN upon checkout

The Vineyard: This highly coveted vineyard sits high above the Anderson Valley floor – this rocky, wind and fog-swept source continues to impress. The warmer 2012 vintage created a more playful and approachable version than its colder 2011 counterpart (which is just now coming around). While each vintage is unique, there is a common style that is undeniably Cerise — a structured elegance that unfolds and reveals itself beautifully over time.

The Wine: The steady and bountiful 2012 growing season produced a bigger crop and larger clusters and berries. This has made for a lush moutfeel, medium to full bodied wine. This wine, while quite young, exhibits aromas of cherry, strawberry, hard candy, green tea and sage, coupled with floral notes of rose petal and sweet alyssum. The fine tannins and lifted acids provide the architecture to support the wine’s dense and intricate long finish.

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Jun
25
2014

Killer Napa Cab 25% OFF ~ Made by Aaron Pott – Vineyard Managed by Jim Barbour

Adler Deutsch 2011 Cabernet “Estate” St. Helena, Napa
Retail 92.00 – GGWC 69.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code ADV11CS upon checkout

The Story: Adler Deutsch Vineyard is located on the edge of the acclaimed West Rutherford Bench. Its soils are composed of Bale loam, rounded gravel and cobbled stones, providing good water drainage. This 2.17 acre site was planted in 2004 to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is planted in three blocks to 5×8 spacing of low-trained vines. The vineyard is meticulously farmed by Jim Barbour and the team at Barbour Vineyards to maintain the health of the vines and preserve the integrity of the land.  Add winemaker Aaron Pott to the mix and you have a tandem winning winemaking team!

Tasting Notes: The 2011 Adler Deutsch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classically-styled Cabernet crafted from estate-grown fruit. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2011 vintage is a dense ruby color, verging on purple. On the nose, the wine reveals fresh, ripe red and black fruits, including Bing cherry, black cassis, and blackberry along with licorice, violet and dried lavender.  These follow through on the lush and full-bodied palate to combine with chocolate, vanilla and espresso.  The mid-palate is juicy and the finish is a blend of lingering dark fruits and espresso wrapped up in supple and seductive tannins. The 2011 Adler Deutsch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will age well for the next decade.

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Jun
23
2014

Stunning 48 case production (only 48 bottles allocated)

Barrelhead 2010 Cabernet Franc, “Knollwood Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 50.00 – GGWC 45.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code BARREL10CF upon checkout

The Story: Chris and Julianna (Jules) grew up in winemaking families in the Napa Valley. Chris made wine with his family for 24 years and decided that it was time to go out in the world and be his own boss. Jules started out at Mondavi and Opus One and moved on to William Selyem and Hourglass as well as managing some of the most prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. The Barrelhead label represents single varietal and single vineyards blocks that Chris an Jules thought would best represent their view of the valley and the expression of the terroir. The lots are very small and usually out in a few days.

The Wine: This 2 barrel production (48 cases) is a stunner right out of the starting blocks. The 2010 Barrelhead Cab Franc is laced with sweet spiciness, fresh flowers and jammy red stone fruit. This is an amazingly vibrant young wine that will please many palates alike. Multi-layered wine that expresses its through Cab Franc character and the fact that it benefited from a long growing season does not show any of the green flavors that sometimes accompany this varietal. The wine is full in body will layer upon layer of meticulously crafted fruit that is not overbearing and in-sync with well-integrated silky tannins. This is a wine that would surprise even our French counterparts! Hurry as there is a not a lot to go around!

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Jun
20
2014

Chardonnay of the month! (6 barrels produced only 10 cases allocated)

In the early 1930’s Garret Bowlus’ grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind “Albatross” sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today his family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge rising over 1250 feet. The vines are rooted in a rocky diatomaceous clay loam soil overlooking Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean only seven miles in the distance. They handcraft the wines from soil to bottle with the utmost care and consideration to unearth the unique terroir and reveal the elegance and complexity of the distinct coastal location.

Albatross Ridge 2011 “Estate” Chardonnay, Carmel Valley
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code ALBA11CHD upon checkout

This might be one of the biggest surprises of the 2014 Spring wine tasting season! This tiny production Chardonnay offers a bright display of stone fruit and white flowers that jump out of the glass on impact. This medium to full-bodied wine offers up amazing flavors of apple, pear, and a hint of apricot that are framed by lively acidity and minerality that leads to a layered richness that lingers on the finish. Only 160 cases produced!

Pairs well with: Oysters, Foie Gras, wild King Salmon and Smoked King Salmon, Sushi and Sashimi, Steak Tartar and Roasted Chicken.

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