Jul
13
2017

Phillippe Melka’s Smokin Hot New Cabernet


Apriori is the fruit of a collaboration between Patrice Breton & Georges Sabongui, two very passionate, focused and driven vintners who have been friends since high school. Both Patrice & Georges enjoyed successful careers in the technology industry before dedicating their attention to the craft of wine. They also co-founded and operate Champlain Group LLC, a Private Equity firm specialized in the wine industry. Patrice directs all production operations of Apriori. He also owns and operates Vice Versa Wines, a high-end boutique winery based in Saint Helena. Philippe Melka is the winemaker at the wheel of this small producer.

Arpiori 2014 Reserve Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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Beautiful pure ripe red and dark berries, plum, violets and spice. Pliant, pure and expansive on the palate offering a perfect balance between richness and refinement.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, whose fruit comes from both mountains (Howell Mountain) and the valley floor (Yountville) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. It is a tiny cuvée of 86 cases, but an outstanding wine in its lush, blackcurrant fruit, licorice, tobacco leaf, spice box and medium to full-bodied, round and generous personality. Drink it over the next 15 years.”

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Jul
12
2017

THE FRENCH PARADOX

~ THE FRENCH PARADOX ~
Wine may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

From the PlaidZebra.com 


It comes in many forms – red, white, sweet, sour, aged, fresh. Who doesn’t like to recline with a glass of wine after a hard day? Humans have been brewing and drinking alcohol for thousands of years, and you don’t cultivate a relationship with rotten grapes for that long without learning some unexpected side effects of imbibing. For instance, if you drink enough wine at any party you can inevitably turn even the primmest and most proper social gathering into a hot disaster faster than you can say “Dionysius.” More practically, wine has some interesting side effects on our minds — which you might already know – and our bodies, including some surprising evidence that wine consumption might sharpen our mental and physical acuity rather than dull them.

It’s a well-known fact that a glass of wine a day keeps your poison-filtering liver pumping at peak condition, helping you filter out various toxins from your body. Recent research, however, has revealed that wine has some effects on your brain as well that don’t end with you passed out in a gutter and married to a cocktail waitress. Now, before you jump to nay preliminary conclusions, know that downing a bottle of wine and hitting the town is invariably a poor idea under most circumstances. But researchers at the Food Science Research in Madrid recently published a new paper that suggests moderate amount of wine consumption in one’s lifetime provides some surprising new neurological benefits.

Scientists investigated the compounds left in the body after a moderate amount of wine consumption. They discovered that wine leaves behind “metabolites” the byproducts of human digestion of the various sugars and chemicals in your average glass of wine. These compounds stay in the body even after it expels waste. Scientists added these compounds into cell samples – then subjected the altered cells to stressful conditions that lead to dysfunction and death. Those cells with the compounds proved hardier and more versatile than those without. How do they do that? Metabolites spread throughout a cell as they’re consumed; protecting all parts of a cell from the systematic cascade that usually heralds the death of a cell.

What does this all mean, practically speaking? Many medical conditions involve cellular death or dysfunction. Most prominent of all is Alzheimer’s, a degenerative condition that affects the brain. Neurons – brain cells – die quickly; connections between their neighbors are severed, and as a result the afflicted individuals become unmoored from their memories and in some cases their sense of time and space. Though no permanent long-term cure has yet been found, this study offers a new, radical and comparatively cheap treatment for protecting cells longer: treat yourself to a glass.

So, if you’re ready to begin helping yourself to some of the tastiest cell-protecting wines around, or need to re-stock your supply, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 415-337-4083 or visit http://goldengatewinecellars.com

Jul
11
2017

“Down Under” Exclusive for Golden Gate Wine Cellars customers!

O’Dwyer 2013 Cabernet & 2014 Shiraz Pre-Sale Offer!

The Cabernet which I am sipping while writing this note will elevate you to other galaxies!  The nose is gorgeous, amazing black stone fruit jumps out of the glass.  The palate is mouth coating and teeth staining black stone fruit that is very well-balanced and extremely complex.   One would think Napa and Bordeaux visited the Clare Valley!

Donal O’Dwyer

O’Dwyer 2013 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley
Retail $80.00 – Retail 74.99
PRE-ORDER BEFORE JULY 15 for a TOTAL OF 15% OFF
ONLY $69.99 per bottle with FREE SHIPPING on 6
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Lush black currant, with a hint of chocolate and mocha notes lead into a 45 second long crescendo.  The tannins are there, and I suggest decanting this wine an hour or two before consuming.  The 2013 O’Dwyer Cabernet is drinking well now, but can benefit from a year or two in the cellar and will age gracefully for a good 10-12 years.  400 cases were produced and ONLY 50 are coming to the US.  Because of the big following, and the large orders at our Anniversary Event, I anticipate this wine to be sold out before it arrives here!

O’Dwyer 2014 Shiraz, Clare Valley
Retail $80.00 – Retail 74.99
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ONLY $69.99 per bottle with FREE SHIPPING on 6
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The 2014 O’Dwyer Shiraz offers a deep dark purple hue and intense aromatics of black berries and violets with a touch of pepper, tea and bacon fat character.  The wine oozes on the palate, full in body with rich and seductive flavors of black berries, chocolate, creme de cassis, and a whiff of smokiness that lingers on the back palate.  The wine is lush, yet very elegant and intense with silky tannins on the long lasting finish.   Only 100 cases produced, and only 10 are coming to the US!!

We are commencing the PRE-SALE offer today.

The wine is NOT YET in stock, but is scheduled to arrive late July, early August. Well worth waiting for, really!!

We poured these two wines at our New York Wine Event, with great success!

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Jul
10
2017

Colgin Cabernet source at 1/10 the price

A few weeks ago we had a retrospective tasting of the 2007 vintage, including the Colgin Herb Lamb vineyard – amazing wine!  Michael Trujilo is a smart guy to have a contract with this venerable Napa Valley vineyard.  Michael has been around the Napa Valley since 1982, and started his own label Karl Lawrence in 1991. A few years ago the Karl Lawrence partnership ended, and Michael created his “own” Trujillo label. Michael retained the most important part of the relationship, the vineyards, while his partner retained the Karl Lawrence name.  The vineyards, Herb Lamb (a longtime Colgin source), Morisoli, etc. are the integral part of Michael’s wines and have been since the inception (Karl Lawrence/Trujillo).

Trujillo 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 88.00 – GGWC 84.99
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Winemaker Notes: “I am very excited for our 2014 vintage wines. To me, the 2014 vintage shows the attributes of both the 2012 vintage and the 2013 vintage. – the structure of the 2012 vintage combined with the fineness of the 2013. Tasting these wines at this time, I sense all the same qualities, but can perceive the wine cocooned from the very recent bottling just 3 months ago. Today, the 2014 Trujillo Cab is showing a deep, rich, density in it aromatics. Notes of dark chocolate, black cherry and rich currant with a sweet vanilla spice. The flavors are big and bold with a mouth filling presence. Showing its youthfulness now and a bit shy upon opening of the bottle. But, with time, it generously opens up with expanding aromas and overflowing flavors of black cherry, black currant, then expanding within the mouth to a generous lingering and velvety finish. This 2014 Cabernet will age gracefully for many years to come and a bit more bottle aging will be well rewarding. Enjoy!”

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Jul
8
2017

LAST CALL PALOMA MERLOT

 
Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts, Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  I also want to let those Cabernet-philes know that one the most sought after, highly rated and probably (one of) the most expensive wines in the world is NOT Cabernet, but Merlot (i.e. Chateau Petrus)…. So Paloma, might be Napa Valley’s Petrus, but at a fraction the price!Paloma 2013 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 59.99
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The Paloma 2013 Merlot is mind boggling good! This is a Merlot that will give many Cabernets a run for their money as this is  not your wimpy, soft, silky wine, but a well-balanced, complex, dark, concentrated, full-bodied mountain-grown gem!  The wine’s aroma is amazing, and jumps right out of the glass on impact.  This 2013 is layered with dense black stone fruit laced with dark chocolate and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  It is a big, lush youngster that pleases from start to finish.  It is well-balanced and elegant at the same time. But I suggest to put this one down for 6-12 months prior to imbibing.  Very small production.

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Jul
7
2017

12th Anniversary Wine Event Recap

On June 17th we celebrated Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ 12th Anniversary.  For this occasion, we took our celebration on the road to the Big Apple and organized a Tasting Bash at the New York City Fire Museum, greeting 300 of our clients, some from as far away as Japan, Canada, Texas, Tennessee, California, Washington, and others closer, Connecticut, New Hampshire and the NY surrounding area. We poured 80 new releases with the help of 35 winery owners, winemakers, and winery representatives who all flew in from California (a big thank you to them as well!) The lineup of wineries was amazing and the quality of the wines top notch.

While not one wine disappointed, many did show amazingly well.  All wines are still available for sale (while supplies last).  Below are the Top 10 results of our tasting event.

The Top 10 wines were:

1.       MC4 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE, ST. HELENA NAPA VALLEY
2.       BENCH VINEYARD 2014 CABERNET BLEND, ESTATE STAG’S LEAP NAPA  (INAUGURAL RELEASE)
3.       YOUNT RIDGE 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC, ESTATE, OAKVILLE
4. (tied)  POST PARADE 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 95 POINTS PARKER
4. (tied)  QTR 2014 CABERNET, ESTATE – HOWELL MOUNTAIN, NAPA VALLEY
5.        DUMOL 2015 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
6.        MILANGE 2016 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR, SANTA BARBARA
7.        COHO 2012 “C-2″ NAPA VALLEY
8.        YOUNT RIDGE 2014 CABERNET “ESTATE” OAKVILLE,  NAPA VALLEY
9.        SHIBUMI KNOLL CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
10.      SHARED NOTES 2015 “LES PIERRES QUI DÉCIDENT” SAUVIGNON BLANC, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

I also wanted to say thank you to Bruno’s On The Boulevard (www.brunosontheblvd.com) for catering our event, which went of without a hitch.  Also to Riedel Glassware for assisting me with the great quality wine glasses I was able to rent, and to Murray’s Cheese  (www.murrayscheese.com).

I cannot forget the most important person, my wife Crystal, to whom I owe a big thank you and a lot more for supporting me in my endeavor and for all the assistance and love over all these years, and my daughters Milayna and Angelina for being great assistants handing out programs and glassware.

A very humbled,
Frank Melis

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Jul
6
2017

It’s all about Elevation & Location & Napa Valley

 
In the 1960’s the estate was merely raw land without access roads or utilities. On weekends Don and his wife Anne, would hike up roughly 1,000 feet from the Silverado Trail below to picnic under the large oak tree that still stands in the vineyard in front of the winery. While sitting on their blanket enjoying a glass of wine, Don would envision harnessing the hillsides potential to cultivate world-class grapevines.

In 1978, Don’s vision came to fruition when he and his 28-year-old son David Arthur Long built a small barn and began planting grapevines. After seeing the excellent quality of the fruit growing in the vineyards David received his father’s permission to convert the small barn into his own winery, naming it David Arthur Vineyards. The winery’s inaugural release was the 1985 vintage, which coincided with the birth year of David’s daughter Laura Annalyce Long.

David Arthur 2014 “1147” Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 224.99 per bottle
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Robert Parker 96 Points: “The flagship wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147, is all Cabernet Sauvignon compared to the Old Vine, which is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, and the Three Acre that is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is pedal-to-the-metal, seriously endowed, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon from Pritchard Hill. Chocolate, crème de cassis, incense, graphite and earth make for a complex, multidimensional set of aromatics. Full-bodied, round, juicy and, like so many 2014s, already showing complexity and easy appeal. This full-bodied, layered and rich Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for another 20-25 years, but there is no reason to defer gratification.”

Anthony Galloni 96 Points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 is subtle, nuanced and polished. Silky tannins give the 2014 much of its supple, inviting personality. The Elevation is the most accessible of the 2014 Cabernets. In 2014, the Elevation has a bit more density than normal, but the style is one of restraint, as is the case with all of the wines here. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, spice and leather add aromatic intrigue, while the 100% new French oak adds mid palate sweetness and depth.”

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Jul
5
2017

The Health Benefits of White Wine!

The Health Benefits Of White Wine,
Because There Actually Are Some!

By Julie R. Thomson, Huffington Post

“Summer is looking up!”

Red wine is often lauded for its positive health attributes, but no one stops to consider white.

Now that warm weather is on the horizon, and the need for something refreshing is upon us, it’s time to take a closer look at white wine. Lucky for all you chardonnay and pinot grigio lovers, it actually comes with its own host of good health benefits.

Three of them, to be exact ― enough reason to pop a cork. Here’s what you can get out of a glass of white:

1. White wine can help with heart- and metabolism-related improvements. In a study published in 2015, researchers assigned people with type-2 diabetes to either drink red wine, white wine, or water with dinner for two years while follow a strict mediterranean diet. While red wine drinkers saw the most improvements in heart and metabolism-related improvements, those who drank white also saw improvements. And that’s better than none.

2. Just like red, white wine can help improve cholesterol levels. Another study tracked 146 people over a year, half who drank red and half who drank white. Researchers found that the participants who worked out twice a week and drank wine ― of either kind ― had a significant improvement in cholesterol levels.

3. White wine is good for lung function. Research from the University of Buffalo suggests that drinking white wine ― more so than red ― can help keep your lungs healthy. The link between the two is unclear ― it might be thanks to its antioxidant-rich content, which combat free radicals ― but more research still has to be done.

Of course, it should be noted that most varieties of white wine do have a little more sugar than red, so keep that in mind before you serve yourself a second glass.

And remember, the key to getting health benefits from wine at all is to drink it in moderation.
Cheers!

Here are some great white suggestions from Golden Gate Wine Cellars:

1. WALTER HANSEL 2014 CHARDONNAY “CUVEE ALYCE” ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY95 POINTS

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Jul
3
2017

Spottswoode’s HOT NEW Sauvignon Blanc

In 1972 Jack and Mary Novak purchased the orginal “Spottswoode” property  In 1977, when Mary Weber Novak’s husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her with five young children and a newly replanted vineyard, she became one of the first women to run a major Napa Valley winegrowing estate. In the years since, through her hard work, insight and perseverance, she has established Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery as one of the valley’s great family-owned wineries and first growth-caliber properties.  The first commercial wine was produced in 1982 by Tony Soter (Etude & Soter wines).  Many other great winemakers have passed the review, all making highly rated wines from this great estate. Today the winery is run by the daughters Beth & Lindy.

Spottswoode 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa/Sonoma
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 39.99
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This classically styled Sauvignon Blanc comes from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and on Sonoma Mountain such as Hyde, Stagecoach, Farnia, as well as grapes from the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard.

Winemaker Notes: “Layers of flavor and beauty—juicy and inviting, with a mélange of white peach, guava, and nectarine. A wine of great complexity—there is a sense of creaminess (lemon meringue comes to mind) juxtaposed with a bright freshness that offers lift and vivacity. This is a beautifully crafted wine—expressive, balanced, and sophisticated—displaying all that is best in Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc. A mouth-filling wine of great presence and breeding.”

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Jul
1
2017

100 Point Winemaker’s “Inaugural” HOT NEW CAB project

 

Bench Vineyards is a new family venture between the Sharp and Steltzner families.  The Estate consists of 30 acres and sits next door to Odette and some other great Stag’s Leap vineyards.  The name “Bench Vineyards” comes from its unique topography – a true “benchland” vineyard located on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, directly below the Stag’s Leap Palisades.

The vineyard was planted in 1964.  Fast forward to 2011.  The family hires vineyardist extraordinaire Jim Barbour and his team to “recultivate” the vineyard, and 100 point winemaker Mike Smith (Myriad, Carter, 12c,  Scarlett, Quivet, etc.).  Mike and Jim were very impressed with the potential and after trial blends in 2012 and 13 they officially released the first “commercial” wine in 2014.  Am all estate blend of Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Bench Vineyards 2014 “Circa 64” Cabernet-Blend Estate, Stag’s Leap Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 92.99
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Amazing color, somewhat inky which tells me intensity! On the nose this wine is bursting with bright black stone fruit and a hint of spice.  This gorgeous youngster offers up astounding flavors of crème de cassis, licorice, black stone fruits and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  The wine is full and lush in body, yet extremely well-balanced with the right balance of fruit/acid ratios.  The tannins are fine grained and well-integrated with a 30 second finish.   Only 250 of this inaugural release were produced!

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