Another generation GEM!

Stone Edge Farm

This winery has stunned me the last couple of years, but the 2007 tops it all! Selected from two organically farmed estate vineyards. The first, Stone Edge Farm, is located on the west side of the Sonoma Valley, in soils studded with rounded stones left over from the ancient floods of Carriger Creek as it plunged from the steep mountains above. The second, Mount Pisgah Vineyard, is situated some 1300 feet above the Sonoma valley floor in the ruggedly volcanic Mayacamas Mountains that define the eastern side of the valley. The 2007 Vintage has been referred to as the vintage of the decade and this wine elaborates on that idea!

I had a chance to attend a blind tasting of Sonoma Mountain wineries and this was the BIG surprise.  The line up Chalk Hill Proprietary Red (95 Parker),  Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Clajeux  (95 Parker, $100), Kamen (93 Parker $75), Pride Mountain Vintners Select (95 Parker $85), Fisher Cabernet Mountain Estate, Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota (94 Parker), Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge (94 Parker), Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso  (95  Parker), Prevail Wines Back 40 Cabernet (94 Parker, $80) and Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall (95 Parker $100).

 The RESULT:  1. STONE EDGE,  2. KAMEN, 3. PRIDE

Stone Edge 2007 Cabernet SauvignonStone Edge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Sonoma
Retail $60.00 – GGWC$49.99

This wine (81% Cabernet and 19% Merlot)  is rich, dark, deep, mysterious, complex! A purple hue is the lead for an intense blackberry, cassis, chocolate aroma that jumps out of the glass.  The wine is lush and full in body with intense but balanced concentration and texture.  This wine has purity written all over.  The wine finishes with supple tannins–you’ll have to taste it to believe it. It is a collector’s wine, suitable for extended cellar aging where it should peak in balanced fruit at about 12 years of age, but increase in nuanced complexity for decades more.

Wine of the year winemaker has the wind in his sails! 3 HOT new releases!

32 Winds Wines

With Ehren Jordan  (Turley Cellars and Failla winery) as your winemaker and a top sommelier as your founding partner it is no surprise that you create some of the best wines money can buy!  This venture really has a lot of wind in its sails and is cruising along nicely, but if snooze you will miss this boat as the productions are very small.

32 Winds 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Napa
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99

The fruit for this amazing Cabernet was sourced from one of the most spectacular single vineyard sites atop Diamond Mountain.  I was stunned when I took my first sip, and it only got better with the second….and third sip!   This well-crafted, full-bodied gem displays notes of wild blackberries and blueberries, crème de cassis, licorice, and gorgeous chocolate notes.  On the palate, one will encounter more well-balanced black-stone fruit with the right amount of acidic backbone a wine of this caliber should possess.  On the finish it demonstrates wonderful grippy fine-grained tannins that will enable this youngster to age nicely in the cellar.

32 Winds Wine32 Winds 2009 Pinot Noir “Maestro” Anderson Valley
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 44.99

The Maestro comes from the (biodynamic and organic) Roma’s Vineyard – at 1850 feet atop a mountain ridge overlooking  the Anderson Valley.  It is perfectly situated to take full advantage of the warm sun and cooler night temperatures; this combination allows the grapes an extended period of time to develop their intense flavors whilst preserving their great natural acidity.  This well-made wine showcases gorgeous aromatics and flavors of wild berries, Bing cherries, rose petals, and a touch of earthy minerality, underlain by great natural acidity and silky fine tannins.  A real winner!

32 Winds 2009 Chardonnay “Monument Tree” Anderson Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 36.99

The organically farmed Monument Tree Vineyard is a wonderful cool climate site at an elevation of 300 feet on the eastern edge of the Anderson Valley.  The alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation occurred naturally in the barrel and the resulting wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine has great natural acidity reminiscent of a “Premier Cru” Chablis or Meursault, an underlying minerality and a lovely creamy mouth-feel. The predominant flavors are of baked apples, lemon curd and quince.

Free tickets to our Wine Tasting and a new release from Ric Forman

Get a change to WIN FREE TICKETS for our VALENTINE’S DAY (FEB 11) tasting when you place an order between today and Jan 28th! You will automatically be entered to win a set of tickets (meet 10 winemakers, taste 30 wines!) for our monthly wine tasting event.

And while you are at it, check out our WINE OF THE DAY –  Rossi Wallace 2010 Pinot Noir, Mt Veeder Napa Valley  (RIC FORMAN’s latest venture)

Rossi Wallace 2010Rossi Wallace (Ric Forman) 2010 Pinot Noir, Mt Veeder Napa Valley

Rossi-Wallace is a venture between husband and wife Ric Forman (Forman Winery) and Cheryl Emmolo (Emmolo Winery).   Annie ROSSI and Roz WALLACE are the mothers of Ric and Cheryl. And since a mother’s influence is undeniable, it made sense that they should honor their spirited (and red-headed) mothers. After all, the couple inherited their deep love and respect for the land from these passionate women.

It was a few years after Ric and Cheryl married that the couple began talking about making wine together as well as separately. Neither wanted to relinquish their own labels, but the chance to make another wine, side by side? It was too tempting to resist. There was almost no debate regarding the specifics. They would produce their favorite wine in their favorite style: a Burgundian-inspired Pinot Noir. And they would craft it the way their spirited, garden-loving mothers would have wanted: in small quantities that would express the brightness and freshness of the fruit without the complications of over-ripeness or excessive oak.  Ric and Cheryl said: “Pinot is the wine we like to drink, and we feel positive others will take pleasure in enjoying it as well!”

Rossi Wallace

 

Stewart Cabernet – Turning Heads

Stewart Cellars

This little winery has been turning a lot of heads as of late. Of course it helps when Paul Hobbs is your winemaker and your source from some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley, many that have produced 100 Point wines!

Malk 2008 Cabernet SauvignonStewart 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
Retail 68.99 – GGWC 55.99

With Paul Hobbs at the helm, this winery has produced some dazzling wines. The fruit is sourced from three amazing Napa vineyards: Stagecoach (45%), Beckstoffer IV (29%), and State Lane (26%). Paul Hobbs has been the winemaker for this small venture since day one. Those of you who purchased the previous vintages know the quality of this winery and the skills of its winemakers. The 2007 vintage is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon which offers an amazing hue and aroma that jumps out of the glass. A bright, harmonious array of berries, anise and vanilla. On the palate of this full-bodied wine one will encounter concentration and elegance – more black stone fruit and chocolate. The finish is long with fine tannins. This is a wine that will drink well into the next decade. As it was the case with the 2006 vintage – small production!

Malk 2008 Cabernet blows away the big names in a blind tasting!

Malk Family VineyardsFor those who bought the 2007 vintage I can tell you that you will be happily surprised by this latest release. Unfortunately this year’s production is much smaller (only 200 cases produced), but it is just as good.

We recently lined up 10 big Napa Valley (expensive and highly rated) Cabernets and the result was … Malk #1. The line up consisted of 2008 Spottswoode ($150.00), 2008 Ghost Block “Single Vineyard” ($110.00), 2008 Dancing Hares, 2008 Hourglass Estate Cabernet ($135.00), 2008 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace ($175.00), 2008 Casa Piena ($150.00), 2008 Cask 23 from Stag’s Leap ($175.00), 2008 Au Sommet ($250.00), 2008 David Arhur Elevation 1147 ($150.00) and 2008 Barnett Ralttlesnake Hill ($135.00). Being the only wine on the list under $100.00, I am even more excited to offer you the 2008 Malk Cabernet!

Malk 2008 Cabernet SauvignonMalk 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Napa Valley

Winemaker Robbie Meyer (L’Angevin, Pierson Meyer) has crafted an amazing wine from the Griffin Vineyard in Stag’s Leap. The 2008 Vintage of the Malk Family Vineyards is likely their best effort to date, I would say it equals and maybe surpasses the great 2007 vintage!

This wine greets you with gobs of black stone fruit right from the start. On the palate this youngster is loaded with more blackberry, currant and intense stone fruits. A whiff of spice spirals through on the mid palate of this full-bodied Cabernet, where we encounter a silky feel. The wine is and dense and well-extracted, but extremely balanced with the right touch of acidity. I would suggest to either put this wine in the cellar for a few years or at least decant it when brewing that early morning cup of Joe – so you can drink this one at day’s end! Only 200 cases produced.

2012 Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting

San Francisco February, 11 2012 — 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.

Tickets are limited and available in advance only! These will probably be gone before you know it!

Meet the winemakers from Hudson, Redmon, Stewart, Paloma, J. Moss, Passenger, Arbe Garbe, Coho, 32 Winds and others. Taste Champagnes from Stephane Coquilette, Clos de la Briderie & Diebolt Vallois.

Tickets $75.00 (ADMITS TWO)

Tickets may be purchased at GoldenGateWineCellars.com
or by calling 415-337-4083