A $100.00 Napa Valley stunner at $45.00!

Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon

Julien Fayard the right-hand man of Phillipe Melka worked at various grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Laffite.  He also crafts his own label, Azur, and has a great philosophy of making terroir accentuated wine.  He told me one time that the wine is really made while in the vineyard. This Le Pich bottling is just an example of great terroir and amazing flavors.  Very limited!!

Le Pich 2009 Cabernet SauvignonLe Pich 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail $50.00 – GGWC 44.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX!
Use the discount code “LEPICH09CS6” during check out.

A mindboggling wine, that tastes a lot more expensive than its $45.00 price tag!  A gorgeous purple hue. An extreme, intense aroma of chocolate, hints of floral and crushed rocks.  Full and dense in body with a creaminess coating the lush black currant, black berry flavors.  Well balanced from start to finish, with great acidity and lush flavors. This is a wine that will please those who like the big and bold, but also those who like the elegant and silky wines!  This wine has an explosive finish that lasts a good 30 seconds! Only 300 cases produced!

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Summer Tasting Nearly Sold Out

There are only 4 remaining ticket pairs for our Seventh Anniversary Tasting. We are offering these last tickets at a 25% discount, first come first serve. Call me at the store or click on this link to claim yours before they are gone! http://ggwctastingaugust11.eventbrite.com/?discount=GGWC25OFF

“We Bring Wine Country to the City!”

Celebrate our Seventh Anniversary and meet the winemakers, owners of many boutique wineries and taste their new releases. We will be pouring up to 30 new wines!

Confirmed wineries:

Milange, Coho, Redmon, Inherit The Sheep, Malk, Palazzo, Luli, Solitude, Paul Lato, Jemrose (Kosta Browne winemaker), Dragonette Cellars, B. Kosuge, Field Recordings, Grey Stack, Liquid Farm, Page, Knez, and others.

Saturday August 11 from 5 – 8 P.M.
Lakeside Cafe – 2529 Ocean Avenue
Generous hors d’oeuvres provided.
Tickets $45.00 per person or $75.00 for TWO

SORRY NO TICKETS at the door! RSVP required at 415-337-4083 or www.goldengatewinecellars.com

Score some 94+ Points Pott

Pott Wine

Aaron Pott has amassed a nice portfolio over the years and his own label has been on fire as of late.  This latest bottling the HMSS  or “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” comes from the famed Stagecoach Vineyard.  The legend has it that a notorious 19th century Englishman bandit robbed the daily Stagecoach here from St. Helena.  According to legend, he was excessively gallant, tipping his hat to the ladies as he calmly and elegantly extracted himself from the scene

As for the wine…The specific block M5 and M6 are rumored to be “Samsonite” clone from Chateau Latour – as in, one had visited Latour and “brought” back vine clippings from the famed estate.   A story collaborated by Jean –Louis Mandrau a former Director at Latour and mentor to Aaron Pott.  The M5 & 6 blocks are the cream of the crop of the Stagecoach vineyard (700 acres), and Jan Krupp was not willing to part quickly, but Aaron had been a great consultant to the vineyard that Krupp told him he could select any block he wanted for his HMSS project – without hesitation he picked M5 & M6.   The wine, incidentally, is named for famous gentleman spy – and some would say bandit – James Bond.  M(I)5 and M(I)6 being the secret intelligence agencies of Great Britain… thus the secretive clone ….

Pott 2009 Cabernet HMSS, Napa Valley
Retail 125.00 – GGWC 114.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more.
Use the discount code “POTT09HMMS4” during check out

This “royal” wine has an amazing purple hue and stunning aromatics and flavors that remind me of a First Growth.  This wine show cases what the hills of the Napa Valley are all about.  A lush wine with hints of anise, black currant and chocolate on both nose and palate.  Very full in body, yet extremely elegant and well-balanced.  This wine has great structure and class. Layers of fruit, a whiff of spice but an impressive body and tons of purity.  This is a wine that will age nicely.  I had a bottle open for 3 days and it got better day after day.  Very limited production.

Disclaimer: I am not suggesting that you purchase (pot), just a take on the last name (in case you did not notice)

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The BEST VALUE Pinot Noir on the market!

The 2011 Luli Pinot Noir (made by Jeff Pisoni, yes THAT Pisoni) was sourced from various sustainably-farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Sourcing from diverse locations within the appellation adds to the wine’s complexity and flavor profile.  This maritime appellation is known for its well-drained soils, morning fog,  afternoon winds and long growing season. These elements combine for a perfect place to grow Pinot Noir.

Luli 2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail $26.00 – GGWC $22.99

The deep color in the 2011 Luli Pinot Noir resulted from the low-yielding vintage and it was the cool season that developed the exuberant aromatics. The rich bouquet gives way to the depth of the wine, highlighted by notes of wild-strawberry, baking spice, and forest floor. On the palate the tannins from the 2011 vintage are very fine and velvety, while the acid is bright and gives much lift and focus to the palate.

Also check out their 2011 Chardonnay:

Luli 2011 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail $25.00 – GGWC $22.50

This fifth release of the Luli Chardonnay was sourced from vineyards next to Pisoni’s Ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The wine was fermented in 40% neutral barrels and 60% in stainless steel. By not undergoing any malolactic formation the wine showcases the vibrant and cool climate of the SLH fruit and aromas. It is medium in body, and could be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of dishes.

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Local boutique stocks hard-to-find wines

We were fortunate enough to be featured in today’s San Francisco Chronicle! Read the full article here…

Golden Gate Wine Cellars is a locally owned boutique wine store that carries hundreds of hard-to-find wines from California vineyards. The shop has close to a thousand labels in stock at any given time that are also available for shipping anywhere in the world.

“I’m of the firm belief that some of the best wine in the world comes from our backyard,” says owner Frank Melis.

“I have clientele in most of the 50 states and around the world. Where some of them live, they could buy French wine for less than California wine, but still they keep ordering from me.”

Melis believes that drinking wine should be an experience people appreciate, so he has developed extensive tasting notes on his website that accompany each type of wine available. He also hosts tasting nights every other month that typically consist of about 30 different wines for guests to try. The next event is slated for August 11. Tickets are available on the store’s website, but they frequently sell out in the first few days of a date being announced.

Melis also hosts tastings for private parties, such as birthdays or corporate events. “My next private tasting is for a couple’s anniversary. They met in the Napa Valley and fell in love over Sauvignon Blanc. So we’ll start the evening with that and move on from there.”

The variety of wines available at Golden Gate Wine Cellars ranges from $15 to $70 and on up to four figures. “I have something I call ‘Frank’s Palatable Price Point,'” Melis explains. “Ninety-five percent of my inventory is priced between $15 and $70, but of course we carry a few select high-end wines. Colgin, for example, is $500 per bottle.”

Melis carries a wine called Screaming Eagle that retails for $1,400 per bottle, but only a dozen are available each year.

Bring in this page to the store and receive a 10 percent discount on a $200.00 minimum purchase.


One of the best Chardonnays ever!

Owner/Winemaker, Kenneth Juhasz has worked in the industry over the last sixteen years with meticulous and unyielding standards and has become well respected in the industry. Along with AUTEUR, Kenneth is the consulting winemaker for several wineries consistently producing wines revered by critics, claiming California’s two Highest Rated Wine Spectator Pinot Noirs in 2008. Kenneth’s approach to each vintage varies with the qualities of the fruit that is captured each year and while always enjoying the praises from critics, the goal is to keep the wines in balance with power and grace.

Auteur 2010 “Durrell” Chardonnay, Carneros
Retail 48.00 – GGWC 43.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use the discount code “Auter106” during checkout.

The 2010 shows the rich golden straw color that we have come to expect from Durell Chardonnay. The nose is packed with intense aromas of lime, apple, lemon, honey, candlewax and flint. The palate is bright and rich, with a stunning depth of citrus and tropical fruit flavors, along with notes of apple pie, mineral, and anise. The finish resonates with spice and zingy lemon and nectarine. We expect this to open up fairly quickly after bottling, and it should show well for years to come.

Robert Parker 93 Points: “The 2010 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is a gorgeous, beautifully balanced wine layered with pineapple, mango, ripe yellow apricots, flowers and honey. It shows the weight and textural richness of these old Wente clones, but with more than enough minerality to give the wine its sense of backbone and drive. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.”

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Culler’s Casaeda Gewurztraminer adds a little spice to your life!

Karen Culler has been making wine in the Napa Valley for 20 years now and she is still going strong.  With labels like Wolf, Culler and Casaeda Karen continues to impress me.  It does not always have to cost a bundle to be very good, and this latest release will add some spice to your life while not breaking the bank!

Culler 2011 Casaeda GewurztraminerCuller 2011 “Casaeda” Gewurztraminer
Retail 18.00 – GGWC 15.99

Lots of orange, lychee, pear, lemon, mineral , all rounded out with a bone dry (no sugar here), and a refreshingly tart finish. Grown in cool Mendocino in a cool year… all the better to preserve everything that shouts Gewurztraminer. Perfect for Asian, Indian, and all American summer fare.

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Heidi Barrett’s Blockbuster Chardonnay

Fantesca Wines

Heidi does not need an intro, but for those of you who do not know her – Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Amuse Bouche, La Sirena, Paradigm, Kenzo, etc.  She has been at the helm at Fantesca for some years now with great success.

Fantesca ChardonnayFantesca 2010 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX!
Use the discount code “Fantesca106” during checkout.

Vibrant and lush aromas of green apples, citrus, tropical.  On the palate you are greeted by sweet, toasty, creamy notes with touches of minerality.  The wine is juicy, well-balanced with tropical, lychee, lemon custard and a whiff of white pepper racing across the palate.  The wine is well-crafted and will age nicely.  The transition to the finish is seamless – it is long and lingers for a good 30 seconds!

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Aurielle the next Napa Collectible – 94 Points (and counting)

Chad Alexander has been named one of the rising stars of the Napa Valley. At age 14 he started honing his skills at Hess. It was here that he discovered that winemaking would be his profession.  After graduating from college he soon landed a job at St. Clement winery before moving to Robert Craig where he received many great accollades and high-scores. He has been at the helm at Aurielle for some years now, and I would not say this lightly, but this could be the next Napa collectible!

Aurielle 2008 Cabernet SauvignonAurielle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Use the discount code “Aurielle08Cab” during checkout.

The 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon has a vibrant color and gorgeous clarity. Black stone fruit with a hint of cinnamon greets you upon impact, with touches of flowery aromas, cherries, plums and cassis lingering on.  Well-balanced and full-bodied flavors of black cherry, plum, chocolate and coffee meet across the sides of the tongue, with a whiff of toasty vanilla in the back of the mouth. The Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with firm, fine-grained tannins that provide excellent structure. While accessible now, the wine will reward those with the patience to cellar it with increasing complexity, smoothness and character for a decade or so. 350 cases produced!

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