“BETZER” THAN THE REST THIS 95 POINT CAB BLEND

 

Bob Betz MW (Master of Wine, only a few hundred of those in the whole world), has had a long career in the wine industry, going back to 1974 when he received his first “training” in France.  Fast forward to 28 years at the helm of a prominent winery, and creating Betz Winery with his wife in 1997, to building a state-of-the-art winery in 2005.  His path has crossed many regions of the world, and it shows in his winemaking skills!

BETZ 2013 “Clos de Betz” Proprietary Red
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Winemaker Notes: “In the glass, the 2013 Clos de Betz displays a deep ruby hue, but the real excitement begins with the aromatics: black cherry, damson plum, and cocoa bean lead the charge, while leather, tobacco, sage, and truffle all show up with time in the glass. The palate offers merlot’s weight and density, yet faithfully expresses the freshness and detail of the vintage. This is further enhanced by the highest percentage ever of Petit Verdot in this blend (20%): dried thyme and pencil lead nuances add stunning complexity. This vintage of Clos de Betz reminds me of a classic, warmer, Right Bank wine, with both readiness and structure, and notable cellaring capacity.”  Just shy of 900 cases were produced, so it will not be around for a long time!”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Inky colored, it has terrific and classic notes of plums, black raspberry, violets, espresso and scorched earth to go with full-bodied richness, lots of fruit and mid-palate depth, and an overriding sense of elegance and purity that carries through the finish. I wrote “classic” about three time in the note, and this is a beautiful 2013 that will cruise for 15 years or more in the cellar.”

Also check out Bob Betz’ amazing but limited production “old vine” white:
BETZ 2015 QUINTA ESSENTIA “OLD VINE”

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Hidden Secret Cabernet Turns Heads

 

Steven Kent has slowly been building a reputation of great quality wines, but many of use are very partial to Napa and Bordeaux and forget to look at other appellations and regions.  That said, this 2013 “Ghielmetti” Cabernet bottling will proof that good Cabernet is not just grown in Napa!

Livermore Valley has a long, dedicated history of growing the “Bordeaux” varietals, and in particular Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 1880s, pioneering winegrowers began to discover the potential of the Livermore Valley region. Then, as today, L.V.’s climate and soils closely resemble those of Bordeaux’s famed left bank of the Gironde. By the turn of the last century, Livermore Valley was already far ahead of its Napa Valley neighbor in specializing in the Bordeaux varieties.  Steven Kent is the seventh generation producing wine from this appellation.

Steven Kent 2013 “Ghielmetti” Cabernet Sauvignon
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This latest release is a real beauty.  The wine offers an intense aroma of crème de cassis, black currant, and floral notes jumping out of the glass. The wine is intense and full in body with gorgeous flavors coating the palate.  Extraordinarily elegant and pure, this wine tastes a lot more expensive than its pricetag!

 

Winemaker Notes: “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard is the finest example of multi-clone Cabernet yet from the site. From an immediately attractive and rich nose of dark plum, black cherry, cocoa and very subtle oak to an entry with opulence of fruit and concision of acidity and tannin, to a mid-palate and finish with both length and balance, this Cabernet is a stunner. Where the Lencioni Vineyard Cabernet offering was red this wine is very dark in fruit; where Lencioni was polished and relatively soft, this wine shows some hardness of tannin in its youth.  Mouthfilling and grippy now, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard will mature beautifully, softening in tannin, over the next 15-20 years. We believe this wine showcases a vision for Cabernet Sauvignon that is in keeping with the world-class potential of the Livermore Valley.”

Also check out Steven Kent 2013 “Premier” Cabernet Sauvigon “Estate”

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Cab Franc stunner

 

John Skupny gained tons of experience at wineries around the world before landing the National Sales Manager position at Francis Ford Copolla’s winery in the 1990s.  It was during that time his love for Cabernet Franc came more to the forefront and eventually came to fruition when he located an amazing vineyard on ideal rocky soils on a beautiful hillside slope in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley. The new world climate combined with this old world Loire Clone “214” provides the basis for a unique and immensely gratifying presentation of the Cabernet Franc grape. Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ expresses the highest achievement in creating a wine made exclusively from Cabernet Franc that represents the only known bottling of this unique clone “2-14” in California to date.

Lang & Reed 2013 Cabernet Franc “Two Fourteen” Sugarloaf Vineyard Napa Valley
Retail $55.00 – GGWC 49.99
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This is the seventh vintage of Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc, which displays a brilliant crimson color with a typical, youthful violet-blue edge. The aroma distills white and red cherry with an ethereal ‘sous bois’ (or forest floor) impression. On the palate, this wine possesses bright and pure Cabernet Franc flavors of firm black cherry, cassis and graphite, which are expansive and made mouthwatering by ample fresh fruit acidity. The finish is supported by solid, but not oppressive, tannins, which have flavor elements that provide memorable length. This is a fresh and exacting expression of Cabernet Franc, attributed to the 214 clone, that will serve well now or gain in complexity with additional bottle age.

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Surprise Cult Wine Tasting Outcome!

Dear Friends,

Saturday January 21 was probably one of the most memorable days at Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ tasting room.

100 Point Cult TastingWe conducted a “Cult” Cabernet Tasting of some of our most highly rated wines.  The line-up, Harlan Estate 2012 (99+ Points), Colgin 2013 IX Estate (100 Points), Verite “La Joie” (100 Points), Spottswoode 2013 Estate (99+ Points).  We also included two surprises (brown bag).  Before I reveal them here, the group of 20+ tasted through the six wines and the comments about the wines were amazing.  I had them “poll” who won the tasting, and the result was very surprising.

The two “brown bag” wines came in 1 and 2!

First place was POST PARADE 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (95 POINTS PARKER), Second was KEEVER 2013 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA (94 POINTS)  followed by 2013 Colgin IX Estate (3rd), Spottswoode 2013 Estate (4th), Verite 2013 La Joie (5th) and 2012 Harlan Estate (6th).

That said, the “modestly” priced wines were any bit as good, actually better than the (very) high-priced ones!  Not to downplay the great quality of ALL of THEM!!

Because of the outcome, POST PARADE and KEEVER were purchased liked it was the last bottle of wine you’d ever consume in your life.
 
I have a just few cases remaining of both POST PARADE and KEEVER, in case you are interested.  

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Your Humbled Wine Servant,
Saint Frank
The Patron Saint of Tannins.

100 Point Cult Tasting
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Former Turley winemaker’s AMAZING 95 POINT offer


Eschewing traditional routes to a winemaking education, Ehren Jordan worked his way up the vertical integration ladder. After graduating from college in 1989, he left for Denver, Colorado where he worked briefly as a sales rep for a large wine distributor. But the siren song of ski season in the Rockies grew louder as winter approached and Ehren headed for the restaurant scene in Aspen.

Schussing by day and bussing by night, our 21-year-old would-be winemaker went from wine steward to sommelier/manager by the end of the season. As the snows and drinking crowds melted, Ehren headed to the Napa Valley with a posse of associates from the restaurant on the first leg of what was to be an extended journey during the Aspen off-season. However, finding the funds low, our hapless hero presented himself on the doorstep of Joseph Phelps Vineyards looking for a temporary job as a tour guide…

Three years later, after stints giving tours, working in the cellar, making sales calls with then VP Bruce Neyers, and managing retail sales, Ehren finally left Phelps to try his hand at winemaking in the venerable vineyards of the Rhône Valley. Celebrated oenologist Jean-Luc Columbo took a chance on the erstwhile Ehren, whom he had met the prior year. A Francophile since adolescence, Ehren threw himself into all aspects of what seemed like turn-of-the-century winemaking in age-old caves and endurance-sport viticulture on the terraced hillsides of Cornas. During the sodden 1992 and 1993 vintages Ehren helped make Les Ruchets, Columbo’s own label, and visited many of Columbo’s clients, among some of France’s most esteemed wine brains. After this of course he worked as the head winemaker of Turley and Neyers wineries, along the way starting his own “Failla” label with his wife Anne-Marie.

Failla 2014 “Hirsch” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
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Galloni 95 Points: “The 2014 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is a total knock-out. Dark, rich and explosive, the 2014 possesses magnificent depth and pedigree to burn. The flavors are dense, sweet and wonderfully nuanced throughout. A wine of extraordinary, almost Nebbiolo-like aromatic intensity and firm tannin, the Hirsch is going to need at least a few years to unwind, but it is very clearly a special wine. Hints of rose petal, mint and sweet red berry linger on the long, enticing finish.”

Also, check out the 2014 Failla “Haynes” Chardonnay

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Win FREE TICKETS to our 100 Point Cult Cabernet Wine Tasting!

~ Win FREE TICKETS ~ to our 100 Point Cult Cabernet Wine Tasting!

Colgin, Harlan, Verite, Spotswoode, and more! Jan 21, 2017 at 2:00pm Sharp!

Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime!  Frank will pour six Cult Cabernets including the 100 Point rated Colgin, Verite, Harlan and the “only” 99+ Rated Spottswoode.
 
The only way to attend this tasting is to RESERVE TICKETS IMMEDIATELY as the store will be closed for this private event. ~ No Walk In’s ~To enter the drawing – PLACE AN ORDER ON OUR WEBSITE GoldenGateWineCellars.com BY 4 PM PST ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 AND WE’LL PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT FOR THE FREE TICKETS.  RESULTS REVEALED ON OUR WEBSITE BY THURSDAY JANUARY 19! Click here or on the links above to order tickets to the tasting!

The “BEST” Petite Sirah from Napa

 

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 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
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The 2012 C-Beck Petite Sirah looks as dark as night with its black/purple coloring.  The wine is dense, concentrated yet extremely elegant on the mid-palate.  The wine offers up stunning fruit – dense and ripe yet stunningly elegant and polished laced with black currant, dark plum and a touch of vanilla.  The palate has a silky entry which leads to a long, supple finish.

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5 Barrel MUST HAVE “Rock & Roll” Red FREE SHIPPING

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the Rock & Roll scene.  Life took a different turn, as he had to make a living and  he eventually stumbled onto the L.A. food scene.  He worked as a waiter, and in time met Manfred Krankl, of La Brea Bakery fame, which whom he’d partner and work for several years.  Krankl, created the infamous Sine Qua Non label and that inspired Matthias to go a similar route and the rest is history.  Sanguis is not a quaffing wine, but complex and sophisticated.

Sanguis 2013 “Verve” Proprietary Red Blend, Santa Ynez
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There’s this old trick of determining the depth of a well by dropping a stone and counting until you hear the sound.  2013 Verve reminds me of that – total darkness, the cool sensation of the mysterious world underground, and textural depth that can only be approximated.  The 2013 Verve consists of 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cab Franc and 4% Viognier – a compostion only possible  through the magical climate of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Verve yields the beautiful dark aromas of wild berries (not found in the grocery store) and the rest of aromatic picture composed of northern woods, a campfire, and someone grilling meat far off.  I love Verve’s strong but playful tannin and underlying freshness.  Only 125 cases produced!

Robert Parker 93 Points: “… the 2013 Verve checks in as 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc and 4% Viognier that saw 20% whole clusters and 26 months in 300-liter Cigar barrels and 500-liter neutral French oak. Charming, seamless and polished (as are all of Matthias’s wines), it has outstanding notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, spice and dried flowers in a medium to full-bodied, balanced and lengthy package. It should drink nicely through 2023.”

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