Aug
7
2015

Exquisite under $50 Napa Cab

Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby the Hourglass, 3 Palms and Switchback Ridge vineyards. This wine’s quality is much higher than its price tag!C-Beck 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00- GGWC 49.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on SIX
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The wine’s aromas jump out of the glass upon impact.  Gobs of black stone fruit with hints of sweet vanilla greet you on the gorgeous nose.  This full-bodied wine is big and bold, yet silky and luscious loaded with extremely well-balanced black stone fruits (black currant, dark plum and blackberry) and the right touch of acid that will allow this wine to age nicely.  The wine finishes long with soft and supple tannins.  Only 264 cases of this great wine were produced.

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Aug
5
2015

Top Notch Pinot Noir (250 cases produced)

Bill Hunter (Chasseur in French), started his winemaking career in 1987 after graduating from UC Davis.  He worked at Rombauer, Bonny Doon, Chaffe Eau and in 1994 he created Chasseur.  His first vintage he made 2 barrels of Dutton Chardonnay from the original shop block and a barrel of Carneros Pinot Noir, and the rest as they say is history.  Bill went on to source from many other great vineyards and has received great accolades along the way.

 

Chasseur 2012 Pinot Noir “Freestone Station” Russian River Valley
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The aromas of this wonderfully elegant Pinot are all at once deep, ripe and intensely varietal. Pouring forth in a cascade of hazel nut, red raspberry, vanilla cream scents over quieter notes of white pepper and lead pencil/minerality. It proves nearly as forthcoming on the palate, with a luxurious elegance, texture and polished feel of juniper berry, allspice, red raspberry, vanilla and floral spices. Picks up weight and becomes more intense as it airs, this is going to be a truly memorable Pinot.

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Aug
3
2015

Screaming Eagle winemaker’s Syrah (Includes $0 Shipping)

Andy Erickson, winemaker extraordinaire with labels under his belt like Screaming Eagle, Arietta,Dalla Valle, Harlan, Ovid, Dancing Hares, Spottswoode, and Staglin does not any intro. He knows the game! He is the game!

The eighth offering of the Syrah, Quarzo, hails from Ann Kraemer’s Shake Ridge Ranch. It is a rugged, hilly landscape, imbued with lore of the Gold Rush—with the same rich volcanic soils that once revealed a precious element and now produce beautifully nuanced fruit. The intermixed quartz crystals, whittled down from large boulders throughout the vineyard, inspired the name Quarzo, Italian for “quartz.” Much has been said of the potential to produce world-class Rhône varietals in this area, and after eight years of production, we confidently agree. 

Favia “Quarzo” 2012 Syrah
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The opaque ruby-violet 2012 blend is a complex, balanced wine. Five different clones of Syrah bathed in the sun all summer long, adding their individual character to create a layered, complete wine. The 2012 Quarzo is beautifully textured, with notes of sous bois, Tellicherry peppercorns, fresh thyme and graphite upon first encounter. It then delivers intense Mirabelle plums, coastal Californian bay laurel, tasso, sarsparilla and gravelly minerality on the palate. Judging from the trajectory of our earlier bottlings, this most recent offering should continue to develop for the next 15 years conservatively.
 

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Jul
31
2015

Coho’s Magnificent 2012 releases

Sumitvine
We introduced the 2012 vintage of Coho during our 10th Anniversary Event in New York City.  As it was the case with previous vintages Coho wowed the crowd.  The 2012 vintage does not need any intro, just that it is very good!  We are also proud to add a new bottling and winemaker to the Coho lineup.  Chappellett winemaker Philip Titus is now at the helm and you’ll see Coho reach new heights under this tutelage. The newest addition is the 2012 C2 of which only 286 cases were produced.Coho 2012 “C-2″ Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
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The 2012 Coho C-2 is a Cabernet/Merlot blend from the Summit Vine and Michael Black vineyards.  The best blocks and barrels were selected to create this latest wine.  The C2 is a wine with striking elegance. A graceful wine offering a smooth transition of flavors that include deep black cherry and black jam backed by blueberry notes. The 2012 has a very sexy feel about her. C-2 elegance is very exposed deep fruit that broads on the palate. Chocolate, spice and espresso background marry together a wine of grace and taste sourced from the two of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley. Very limited production.

COHO 2012 MERLOT “MICHAEL BLACK” NAPA VALLEY
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This might be the best Merlot Coho has produced yet to date.  A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the great Michael Black vineyard in Coombsville (which is now officially an Appellation).   On the nose this wine shows of its great character immediately.  One is greeted by lush black and red currants, hints of coffee and a touch of anise.  The palate of this multi-layered wine is amazingly polished and well-balanced.  Gobs of black currant and chocolate coat this intense sultry body, leading into a very complex and long fish.  This incredible undertaking turn lots of heads! 426 six pack cases produced.

COHO 2012 SUMMITVINE RANCH CABERNET – DIAMOND MOUNTAIN NAPA VALLEY
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Intense aromatics and profound flavors.  At impact this mountain-grown Cabernet shows bright black-stone fruit with hints of cassis and a whiff of minerality and terrroir. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster demonstrates bull-like intensity, yet ballerina-like elegance. Loaded with complex and luscious fruit that dance over the palate into a long-lasting, complex but velvety finish. This year’s blend consists out of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot all from the SummitVine Ranch high up Diamond Mountain (well above Diamond Creek). On that note, this wine retails at 1/3 of Diamond Creek and I would say offers a much better quality/price ratio. 834 six pack cases produced.

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Jul
29
2015

Chardonnay of the Month

Silverpoint is a precise and meticulous method of drawing that reached its peak during the Renaissance. Pre-dating the use of graphite, silverpoint was used by old masters such as Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. These and other Renaissance artists used silverpoint for underdrawings of their paintings and for separate studies on paper. Using silverpoint, tonal differences are built up very slowly. The characteristics of silverpoint include subtlety of tone, delicacy of line and a sensuous surface. The silverpoint drawing technique captures the essence of the wines we want to produce.  That said, the emphasis on this wine is elegance, flavor and perfection.

Silver Point 2012 “Estate” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Retail $50.00 – GGWC 46.99
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Only 6 barrels of this little gem were created. Sourced from one single vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, this wine offers up gorgeous aromas of poached pear and a touch of honey and citrus.  On the palate, this medium to full bodied gem showcases beautiful and well-balanced fruit, density and luscious body laced with the right touch of acidity.  Although opulent, this wine is silky and extremely elegant. The wine finishes long and complex. 152 cases produced!

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Jul
27
2015

94 Point Rhone Blend STUNNER

The 2013 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth is a blend of 79% Syrah, 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre sourced from some of the most amazing Paso Robles vineyards.  The 2013 vintage offers up gorgeous aromas.  On the palate this muscular, yet extremely elegant GSM offers up gobs of sweet fruit on the front end.  Luscious flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, anise, mint and of whiff of sweet tobacco.  The wine has a silky texture and an elevated mouth feel with fine grained tannins and a touch of cured meats at the long finish.

McPrice Myers 2013 Beautiful Earth, Paso Robles
Retail $46.00 – GGWC 42.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “Another great McPriceMyers, the Beautiful Earth (79% Syrah, 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre) has an inky purple color that-s followed by ample blackberry, blueberry, pepper, earth, mineral and hints of violets. This full-bodied, layered and seamless effort has awesome intensity and richness, notable purity of fruit and a big finish that stays focused and clean. Aged 16 months in 50% new French, give it a year and drink through 2024.”

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Jul
24
2015

Legendary Vineyard Cabernet by 100 point winemaker

Henry Pellet was one of the “engineers” of the Napa Valley. Planting one of the first vineyards in the 1850’s  He was hired in 1959 to make wine from his grapes by John Patchett, one year after Charles Krug started, becoming the second commercial winemaker in Napa!  The vineyard is situated next to the famous Dr. Crane and To-Kalon.  The label depicts the dawn of the age of electrification, the era when pioneer winemaker Henry Alphonse Pellet illuminated the path towards modern winemaking methodology and with it, high quality and age-worthy wines. This vineyard site has been producing grapes for over 150 years, essentially since the beginning of winemaking in Napa Valley.

Pellet 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
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Made by Nils Venge, Napa’s FIRST EVER 100 point winemaker, this 370 case production will wow you from start to finish!  The 2012 bottling is a blend of 91 Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from the historic Pellet Vineyard. The wine offers up a ruby dark color with astounding aromas of crème de cassis, chocolate and wild flowers. The wine is full in body, yet extremely elegant and gorgeously tailored. Lush, multi-dimensional and exciting wine! Black stone fruit, touches of dark chocolate and anise run across the broad palate. The wine finishes long with gorgeous integrated silky tannins.

VERY LIMITED!

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Jul
22
2015

French Laundry’s Top Chardonnay

Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the rest as they say is history. Moreover, Jason has brought Kistler to new heights as well, where he has been in charge of winemaking since 2012.  The Kesner Chardonnays are on the “Highly Recommended List” at the French Laundry for over 10 years straight.

Kesner 2013 Chardonnay “Heintz Vineyard” Sonoma Coast 
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From the sand driven soils of western Sonoma, deposited by the Pacific tens of thousands of years ago. Sourced from the Heintz Vineyard along the ridge of sandy hilltops just eest of Occidental, where the same family has been on the land since 1912. White flowers, flint, notes of golden stone fruit and a defining sense of minerallity, with a hint of whey. The wine is laced with a vibrant acidity and a liquid stone like earthen chord. This wine is taller than it is broad. Well structured, and has an elegant nature to it, but not without concentration.  This is by far one of the best ever Kesner Chardonnays at a fraction the cost of Kistler

Also check out their stunning KESNER 2013 PINOT NOIR “KING’S” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 

The second vintage Kesner made wine from this vineyard, a small patch of Pinot Noir in the midst of a sea of Chardonnay plantings on the lifted ancient sandy plains wanderings of the Russian River. An elegant bottling, that displays the delicate side of the varietal, and as this site is teaching me, that’s the highest meaning for this fruit. Redder, and more nuanced in its tones, lovely and pure. Decidedly not tannic, the structure comes from vibrant, sanguine natural acids. Lightly crushed rose petals, bright and lively deep red fleshed fruits, tones redolent of graphite shavings, and a slight dustiness on the nose giving hints of evolving to more forest floor like notes. A poised, high seated, yet well-structured wine that settles to rest mid palette .

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Jul
20
2015

MUST HAVE 252 case Napa Cab , 94 Points

Situated mid-slope on Diamond Mountain, this 2.3 acre vineyard is a real gem-in-the-rough.  At more than ½ the price of its esteemed neighbor “Diamond Creek”, this wine will blow your mind and not your wallet.  In a recent “Mountain Cabernet” tasting, Dyer stood its own against some big-boys (and girls).Remember, only 252 cases of this 2012 Cabernet (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) were produced! The 2012 Dyer received 94 Points Anthony Galloni!

Dyer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate 
Diamond Mountain Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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The 2012 showcases an amazing color and aroma!  Intense aromas of huckleberry and cassis with a touch of cocoa dust and a whiff of spice jump out of the glass.  On the palate, this harmoniously made 2012 Cabernet is lush and full in body and shows an amazing balance of great fruit and acid.  Coated with powerful layers of black stone fruit, chocolate, spice and a touch of toasty vanilla.  This full-bodied wine finishes with silky and supple tannins.  This is a wine that will drink and cellar well for 15+ years!

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more fascinating, nuanced wine of the vintage. Graphite, herbs, tobacco, cedar and incense are some of the many notes that add dimension in a firm, dark Cabernet Sauvignon full of complexity. The firm tannins need time to soften, but there is a lot to look forward to. Hints of iron, cedar and red stone fruits linger on the close.”

Jul
15
2015

10% OFF plus Free Shipping on ALL wines to celebrate our 10th Anniversary

We might only be a small family-owned wine retail store, but just like the giants we too have followers in every nook and cranny of the world. We owe our success to you! So we want to say “Thank you” to our clients and offer 10% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING*on all of our wines today!  Just go to www.GoldenGateWineCellars.com and use the discount shipping code “FREESHIPPINGJULY15″ during check out to receive FREE SHIPPING* on your purchase.

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