Modus Operandi Cabernet

With only 175 cases of this Modus Operandi Cabernet produced, don’t blink or it will be sold out.

This wine displays aromas of blackcurrant and toasty vanilla. Full bodied with a lot of intensity. Chocolate tones, not overly acidic but with a strong backbone and nice tannin structure. This cabernet can be enjoyed young with some decanting but really should be cellared for a few more years to enjoy it fully.

As always, this wine is available on our website.

$50 Gift Certificate Winner!

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The winner of our Spring Giveaway of a $50 Gift Certificate to Golden Gate Wine Cellars is Gordon McCleary (@ASouthernYankee)! Gordon earned his entry by following us on Twitter. Congratulations!!

Thanks to everyone who entered this time around. Good luck next time and remember to Always Drink Good Wine!

Igneous 2006 Cabernet Napa Valley

(Pay only $79.99 and receive FREE SHIPPING* when you order six or more bottles BEFORE Sunday 5.23.10 – CALL or EMAIL ONLY!)

Only 200 cases of this stunning Igneous 2006 Cabernetnew release were made.  I had a bottle open for 3 days and it was still drinking very well after all that time. I was surprised by the low (91) rating Robert Parker gave it, it warranted a much higher score – but who am I to tell?  Robert Parker’s review:

“The dense purple-hued 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits beautiful aromas of scorched earth and black and blue fruits, graceful, medium to full-bodied flavors, high, but sweet tannin, plenty of glycerin, richness, purity, and intensity, and a multilayered mouthfeel. This beauty should hit its peak in 3-4 years, and last for 18-20. Kirk Venge, along with proprietors Don and Ann Huckfeld (also owners of one of the area’s leading water well drilling companies), are the powers behind these impressive Cabernet fashioned from two vineyards, the well-known Thorevilos, co-owned by David Abreu and Ric Forman, and the Huckfeld Ranch. They are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot included in the blend.”

On a side bar – I tasted this wine against some big names from Napa, and can tell you that Igneous put them to shame!  The wines were: Stag’s Leap Cask 23, Hartwell, Niebaum Coppola Rubicon, Caymus Special Selection, Staglin, Quintessa and Phelps Insignia.  This was a blind tasting and Igneous came in #1!!!

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Modus Operandi 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Today we will be reviewing a 2008 Modus Operandi Sauvignon Blanc by winemaker Jason Moore. This fabulous wine was poured as the first course wine at President Obama’s first State Dinner, hosting the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.

Sourced from a small vineyard in the Rutherford region of the Napa Valley, the aromas of this complex wine remind me a lot of the Sauvignon Blancs of New Zeland. Fresh and crisp on the palate, Pineapple, Lemon, Lime; Easy drinking with a nice dryness. A very sophisticated wine.

As always, this wine is available on our website.

Spring Gift Certificate Giveaway!

This Spring has been an exciting one and we have gotten many wonderful new wines from some absolutely outstanding wineries. We have been reviewing several of them on this blog and facebook over the past few months. Take a look and you are certain to find more than a few real gems.

To celebrate we have decided to give away a $50 Gift Certificate to Golden Gate Wine Cellars! Entering to win the Gift Certificate is easy. Just post a response on this blog before midnight on Monday, May 24 and we will enter you for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the internet’s best source for incredible rare and hard-to-find wines, Golden Gate Wine Cellars. We will put all the entries together and choose a winner at random on Tuesday, May 25th.

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So, there are a lot of ways to enter! Get creative and lets have some fun! The winner will be announced on May 25th!

Brewer Clifton 2008 “Sea smoke” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills

This stunning vineyard (mostly planted to Pinot Noir) offers up the amazing fruit that went into the 2008 release! On the nose I encountered some tangerine and lemon custard. The wine’s body is round and intense, I would say creamy but assertive with flavors of candied orange and luscious apricots. This wine is totally dry, but very flavorful and not as sweet as my description might portray. 3,456 bottles produced or 288 cases!

Brewer Clifton 2008 Chardonnay “Sea Smoke”

Melville 2009 Chardonnay “Inox Clone 76” Santa Rita Hills

Melville 2009 ChardonnayOn the nose tons of citrus, honeysuckle and a touch of lime. Intensely aromatic with hints of verbena and lemon oil. Good complexity on the mid-palate, with a nice balance of fruit and acid. Very small production.

Melville 2009 Chardonnay “Inox Clone 76” Santa Rita Hills

Our YouTube Channel

After much anticipation, our YouTube channel is live and operational. Our first video clip takes you on a brief trip through the Golden Gate Wine Cellars retail location at 2337 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco and some highlights from our March wine tasting event.

Over the next week we will be adding a few more and then making additional updates on an ongoing basis. The channel will be dedicated to wine education and news. Everything from tasting notes for exciting new wines to education on food pairing to the latest news or events in the wine world.

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