Premiere Release of new “CULT” Napa Cabernet

For the better part of the last 19 years Anthony Biagi has been crafting wines in Napa Valley for Paraduxx, Neal Family Vineyards, PlumpJack, and Cade Wineries and currently for Hourglass, Sinegal Estate, and Amici his own label. Following his parent’s sage advice “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life,” he finds himself extremely fortunate that he has been able to do what he loves from the day he graduated from college. Following a dream he set decades ago, Anthony founded Patria (homeland) in 2013 with Kimberly Jones.

Patria 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99
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A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Cabernet Franc. The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of spice jump out of the glass upon impact. This full-bodied youngster is layered with lush black stone fruit gushing with intensity and a whiff of toasty vanilla. This fan-favorite can be enjoyed immediately (decant for 60 minutes) and should drink well for 10+years. It finishes with structured, but silky tannins.

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100 POINT WINEMAKER’S KILLER NEW PINOT NOIR

 

Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California. It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop their estate vineyard and also “gave” Russell 1 ton of his estate Cabernet and the rest…. is history.  From their on out Russell has produced a bunch of 100 point and many more 94-99 pointers!  I am proud to introduce 2 new Pinot Noirs from his portfolio that will wow your senses!!

Bevan Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir “Rita’s Crown” Santa Rita Hills
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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Winemaker’s Notes: “If you have opened one of our 2013 Rita’s you know how unique this wine is. The nose is all about roasted meats, dark cherry and sassafras. Plush and round, the tannins are very refined, but always present. The incredibly steep hills that this wine comes from, produces only 1 to 1 ½ tons per acre. The vines are so stressed, that each cluster weighs less than half of what our Sonoma County clusters weight. The resulting wine ends up having an amazing intensity because of it.”

Parker Review of the 2013 – 95 Points: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is made from Clones 777, 115 and 667. This is a spicy, earthy Pinot Noir with notes of pomegranate, raspberry jam, loamy soil and sassafras. It is medium to full-bodied and completely different than the North Coast Pinots. Nevertheless, it is complex, but more Côtes de Beaune in orientation than his other offerings. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.”

Also check out this other amazing Bevan Pinot
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “PETALUMA GAP” SONOMA

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96 Points – 86 case Red Blend stunner by Screaming Eagle winemaker

 
Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is yet another gem in the rough.

Arietta 2013 Variation One, Napa Valley
Retail 110.00 – GGWC 99.99
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A blend of 52% Syrah and 48% Merlot from Hudson Vineyards, the 2013 Variation One is a powerhouse. But for all its dark, brooding character and solid build, this wine is surprisingly bright and fresh on the palate, with flavors of red cherries, roasted meat, and orange liqueur and chocolate. It continues to open and reveal notes of campfire, baked fruits, and wet gravel. Tannins are dry and firm, helping to bolster the broad, expansive impression.

Galloni 96 Points: “The 2013 Variation One, a blend of old-vine Merlot and Syrah from Hudson, is just as fabulous today as it was from barrel. An exuberant, flashy wine, the 2013 captures the intensity of the year in spades. The flavors are dark and bold, with aromatic overtones from the Syrah and voluptuousness from the Merlot. What a gorgeous wine this is.“

Make sure to check out these other 95 & 96 point rated Arietta wines
Arietta 2013 Merlot “Hudson Vineyard” Napa Valley – 96 Points
Arietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 95 Points
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96 Point Merlot by Screaming Eagle Winemaker!

 

Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is yet another gem in the rough.

Arietta 2013 Merlot “Hudson Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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This rare single block, single vineyard Merlot offers a persistent vibrancy, a blue-purple hue, a fresh, mouthwatering acidity, and a lingering finish with notes of raspberry tart and confectioner’s sugar. The bright, complex, fruit-focused aromas reveal layers of marzipan, blackberry, leather, lavender and musk. The flavors are focused, rich and emboldened by chewy, medium-grain tannins. A wine of power and sophistication, the Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards 2013 is the finest possible expression of the thirty year old vines planted on its singular site in Carneros. Only 220 cases produced!

Also check out the 95 Point rated Arietta 2013 Cabernet:

Arietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Retail 130.00 – GGWC 124.99
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Coming from the Coombsville southeastern corner, the 2013 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the best attributes of this heralded variety. Aromas of mint, smoke, dark black fruits and sandalwood rise from the glass even as the wine is poured. Notes of black tea, vanilla bean and forest floor follow on the palate. This is a highly perfumed, complex red wine, with firm tannins that build on the finish – a good sign for long aging.

Galloni 95 Points: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and juicy from the very first taste. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and rose petal meld together in the glass. Ripe, succulent and forward, this flashy Cabernet Sauvignon has enough softness in its contours to drink well with minimal cellaring, although it also clearly has enough depth and density to age well. The 2013 is a super-expressive Coombsville Cabernet from Arietta.”

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Tax Relief Day!

Today is TAX RELIEF DAY and we want to say thank you!

Today is OUR DAY to give you 25-30% off on almost 100 wines in our store, including wines like Araujo (98 Points), Harlan Estate, Amuse Bouche (Heidi Barrett), Paul Lato, Keever (95 Points), Byrant Family (96 Points), Tyler (96 Points), etc.

Offer Good While Supplies Last!
April 15-18!

Visit http://www.GoldenGateWineCellars.com for the full list.

Don’t hesitate to call if you need any assistance with your selections!

Chardonnay of the Week

 

Roar Winery is the brain child of the “other” Gary – Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella.  Gary who also owns the GARYS’ vineyard with Gary Pisoni, planted various vineyards in 1996 (Sierra Mar, Rosella, Soberanos and Garys’).  The Franscioni family sells over 80% of its fruit to various wineries, retaining only a small amount for themselves.  That said, the Roar wines are heavily allocated and very limited.  The 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands is a blend of all the vineyards Gary owns and farms.

Roar 2014 Chardonnay SLH
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99
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Winemaker Tasting Notes: “Our 2014 Chardonnay brings hints of lemon, banana, and honeysuckle to the lush, dense aromatics of ripe melon. Over time, scents of straw and graphite mingle with the fruit to draw the overall experience into a sweet, viscous minerality. The palate tends more toward more stone fruit than tropical – mainly white peach – with citrus zest, creamy oak, and crispness forming the perfect counterbalance.”

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MUST HAVE SPRING WHITE

 

Halter Ranch is a small, family-owned winery located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida district.  The “pulse’ of Rhone Varietals in California.  All the wines produced by this small winery are 100% Estate-grown.

Halter Ranch 2014 “Estate” Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99
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This is definitely a great Spring/Summer wine, a blend of 77% Grenache Blanc 19% Picpoul Blanc 2% Roussanne 2% Viognier.  The Grenache Blanc (blend) is grown on the north facing slopes of the vineyard atop the limestone rich “Adelaida Stone” that underlies the property. Reminiscent of the wines of Southern France, this Grenache Blanc has aromas and flavors of honey, white flowers, melons and pear. Delicious on its own, this wine also pairs beautifully with hearty salads, prosciutto & melon, and anything from the sea.

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Under the Radar 94 Point Napa Cabernet

 

The Snowden Ranch lies on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley overlooking the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena.  Premium wine grapes have been farmed on the property since it was homesteaded in 1878.  The Snowdens came to the ranch in 1955 and since then four generations of the Snowden family have walked its sunlit vineyards and shadowed woods.  The vineyards are within a few hundred yards of the Rutherford and St. Helena appellations.  The Howell Mountain appellation lies a few miles to the north.  The terroir-driven wines reflect the confluence of these appellations – the perfume of St. Helena, the leather of Rutherford, the structure and depth of mountain fruit.  The wines are made by the Diana Snowden Seyses, who is also the winemaker for famed Domaine Dujac, which her in-laws own.  She spends her time between France and the Napa Valley, where she lives with her husband and their two children

Snowden 2013 Cabernet “The Ranch” Estate, Napa Valley
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99
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The 2013 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon “The Ranch”  is a blend of 75% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.  The wine greets you with a bouquet of blueberries, blackberry, and hints of seasonded aromas (probably from the Cab Franc). On the palate this lush, medium to full-bodied youngster offers flavors of black chocolate, cherries and anise, with a plush chalky texture.  The wine is elegant and finishes with soft silky tannins. As always, the Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Ranch’ can be enjoyed immediately and for the next decade.

Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “Snowden’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is bold, delicious and juicy. Black cherry, plum, licorice and smoke all meld together effortlessly. The tannins could use another year or two to soften, but the Ranch Cabernet is going to drink well with minimal cellaring next to most wines of the vintage.

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94 Point Rated “Budget” Pinot Noir

 

Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, the “True Sonoma Coast” vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. The vineyard’s high elevation above the coastal fog and its proximity to the ocean provide a gentle, sunny and temperate climate that has proved to be very favorable for the slow and even ripening of Burgundian varietals. Fort Ross Vineyard has just received wonderful news — the establishment of the FORT ROSS-SEAVIEW AVA, a limited mountainous area overlooking the Pacific Ocean, north of the Russian River that was carved out of the expansive Sonoma Coast AVA. This all-estate grown property has been on fire ever since Ace Winemaker Jeff Pisoni took over the winemaking reins in 2008.  The vines are close to 20 years old, so the maturity is paying off dividends for this great property.

 

Fort Ross 2012 Pinot Noir “Estate” Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99
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The dense garnet hue is prelude to the depth and complexity of this generous, full-bodied Pinot Noir. Enticing aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry harmoniously mingle with facets of violet, lavender and savory hints of sage. Exuberant black cherry, raspberry and bramble berries greet the palate followed by subtle notes of wild strawberry and spice. Refined, supple tannins and the Fort Ross Vineyard signature minerality are revealed through the layered, velvety finish. With its lively acidity and extraordinary balance this seductive Pinot Noir will elegantly evolve nicely.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2012 Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard has notes of black raspberries, kirsch, baking spices, subtle earth and a hint of gravel-like minerality. The wine has terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, medium to full body, and a long finish. This is a beauty to drink over the next decade. Early – Drink 2016-2026.”

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French Laundry & Meadowood’s Favorite Sauv Blanc

After decades of cultivating the Napa Valley’s most celebrated industry, the Belli and Cybulski families created Agnitio Wines to pay tribute to the land and honor their devoted farming team.  With the help of a great winemaker they have been crafting some amazing wines, including the Agnito Sauvigon Blanc.

Agnito Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Napa Valley
Retail 32.00 – GGWC 29.99
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Aromas of bright citrus, grapefruit, orange peel and kiwi are expressed on the nose, while hints of anise and limestone suggest an elegant minerality. The palate is driven by its extraordinary acidity, giving this wine a refined crispness and long lasting finish.  This is  a “Sancerre style” Napa Valey Sauvignon Blanc! ONLY 200 cases produced

Dan Berger: “The wine was utterly pristine. It was a Sauvignon Blanc like almost no other. And you can get it. It is a classic example of a Concept Wine that has to be tasted to be believed. This wine is styled a bit like Dagueneau’s Pur Sang. The Pur Sang sells for $90+; The Agnitiois only $33 and worth it. Pressed very gently, aged in mostly used oak on lees, the wine has high acid, a great modest pH and only 13% alcohol. Sauvignon Blanc purists and fans of great Pouilly-Fumé will adore this wine. It is listed on the French Laundry’s wine list.”

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