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Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2016 Pinot Noir “Cahill Lane” Russian River Valley
GGWC 44.99
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Parker 94 Points: “Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane gives up a beautifully earthy nose of truffles, black soil and mossy bark with a core of warm cherries, black raspberries and red plums. Medium to full-bodied, it coats the palate with red berries and plum-inspired layers, framed by fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy.”

Vinous 94 Points: “The 2016 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is quite closed today, but that is very typical of this wine. There is good depth and persistence but the elements need time to come together. I very much like the sense of energy and drive here.”

Walter Hansel 2016 Chardonnay “Cahill Lane” Russian River Valley
GGWC 35.99
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2016 Chardonnay Cahill Lane gives up loads of honeyed peaches and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg, baking bread and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with layer upon layer of bread, nut and stone fruit flavors, supported by bright, refreshing acid and a creamy texture, finishing with fantastic length.”

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$100.00 CAB at ½ the PRICE by Winemaker of the Year

The 2014 Convexity is an amazing bottle of wine from start to finish. It is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot. On impact, plenty of dark/purple fruit jumps out of the glass. The wine is full in body with a host of stunning flavors on the palate – Savory, floral, chocolate and a hint of spice for all-around complexity. Nicely balanced and forward, this youngster is very intense, yet extremely elegant on impact, and loaded with gorgeous fruit, well-balanced acidity that runs into a long, juicy, silky finish.  Limited production!

Convexity by Matthiasson 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 59.99
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Steve Matthiasson (winemaker) Notes: “The 2014 Convexity has aromatics of black currant, raspberry, star anise & cedar box. On the palate, robust tannins intertwine with luscious fruit flavors of berries and plum to create masterful complexity. Drink now or over the next two decades.

FYI: Steve Matthiasson was the 2014 Winemaker of the Year and was recently nominated for the prestigious 2017 James Beard Award!

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THE NEW WINE DISCIPLE…. FROM NAPA

In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred-year-old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time… they picked the grapes the next morning.

GB Crane 2017 Disciples Proprietary Red Napa Valley
GGWC 45.99
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Dark crimson in color, the strong, classic Zinfandel aromas of briar fruit and wild strawberries jump out of the glass and are complemented by hints of wet forest floor and high mountain forest. The entry gives way to a rich and textured mid-palate of Mexican chocolate, brambly raspberry, and a lengthy, caramelized crème Anglaise finish. This wine is a unique expression of old vine Zinfandel grown in the gravel-rich alluvial soils at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range.

Winemaker Notes: Energetic aromas abound with Rainier cherry, briar blackberry and overripe loganberry flanked by hints of tomato leaf, green tobacco, white pepper and sweet Thai basil. Smooth and enveloping, flavors of bramble fruits, a dark stone fruit core, and vanilla crème emerge. Effortlessly, the wine transitions into a soft finish of blackberry, lavender and just a shadow of tannin.

Varietals: The 2017 is a blend of 64% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 13% Grenache, 5% Syrah

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Stellar “Kitchen Sink” Red Blend Under $40 WITH FREE SHIPPING!

Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for over a decade now (Bryant Family, Carte Blanche, Grace Family, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars etc.) She has worked with the Napa Elite (Heidi Barrett & David Abreu) and gained other valuable experience in France and Australia.  She can stand her own in this demanding wine world and her expertise is showcased in all the wines she produces.  Her main brand, Keplinger, sells for $75 and the Vermillion label is sourced from many of the same vineyards’ younger blocks, so a real bargain!

Vermillion 2016 Proprietary Red
GGWC 39.99
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A kitchen sink blend based mostly on Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah (there’s some Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Counoise) made by Helen Keplinger, the 2016 Vermillion is about as charming and delicious as it gets. Black raspberries, cherries, strawberries, spice, some garrigue and leafy herbs all flow to a medium-bodied, balanced wine that delivers tons of pleasure. It’s a great value and I’d be thrilled to drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years.

Winemaker Notes: “The 2016 Vermillion is a gorgeous red wine blend with layers of blackberry, raspberry, coriander, black licorice, aromatic herbs, slate, mandarin oil, and black tea. The palate is juicy and plush, with red and black fruit, medium weight, and a long finish. This is a wine for every night, every dish, any time. Vermillion is made by us from small lots sourced from different vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and the Sierra Foothills. It is aged in 100% french oak barrels in a cold cellar for 16 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.”

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LAST 3 CASES – 97 Point Napa Cab Gem under $80!

Always fun to find a hidden gem – Leto is one of them!  The wine is made by Brad Warner, a longtime Napa veteran (50 years).  The name Leto has Greek origins meaning, “the hidden one,” which speaks to Brad’s decades of experience behind-the-scenes for other producers.

The 2015 Leto Cabernet, is sourced from a Saint Helena vineyard. Only 143 of this gem were produced, so jump on it as it will sell out fast!

Leto 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99
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97 Points by a Master Sommelier: “The 2015 Leto is a classically styled Napa Valley Cabernet with aromas of ripe black currant, red plum, graphite and wild rose.  These aromatics beautifully complement a mouth coating palate of black raspberry, Bing cherry and crushed granite, dark chocolate and liquid floral. The tannins are finely grained and well integrated with beautifully expansive, opulent flavors. A nice lingering acidity keep the palate lively all the way through the exceptionally long, plush finish.  A truly exceptional effort and a stunning example of Napa Cabernet!”

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SADLY, LAST CALL 4 MELIS FAMILY G3 BECKSTOFFER CAB (FREE SHIPPING)

I am very proud that we did so well with of our first Melis Family G3 Cabernet bottling. The grape were sourced from the famed Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford.

The Vineyard Story: Historical records show that a portion of this vineyard was planted in 1895 by Mrs. Thomas Rutherford. This 300-acre parcel first purchased by Beaulieu founder Georges de Latour in 1928 and called Beaulieu Vineyard Number 3, was the home to BV’s Rutherford Cabernets made by the renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. These wines achieved wide acclaim in the 1960’s and 70’s, establishing BV’s pre-eminence in the making of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1988, the vineyard has since been replanted using new Cabernet Sauvignon clones with tighter spacing and advanced trellising systems, enhancing both quality and grape tonnage. In 2009, 181 acres were placed under a land conservation easement that forever prohibits non-agricultural development.  Vineyard Georges III is today home to the main offices of Beckstoffer Vineyards.

Melis Family 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer G3 Vineyard Napa Valley
GGWC 114.99
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Our Melis Family 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III offers intense aromatic notes of chocolate, black currant and a touch of licorice.  The wine is full in body with remarkable  richness, great length and a complex long but silky grained finish.  This is a wine that should cellar well for 10+ years.  Those who like to enjoy it now, I highly recommend to decanting a few hours in advance.

Also check out our MELIS FAMILY 2018 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR, SANTA RITA HILLS made by Paul Lato

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The Last C-Beck Ever!

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!  Sadly this is the last vintage of C-Beck ever.  Corey is now the CEO for Francis Ford Copolla’s entire winery venture and has no time for his own brand anymore, which is very sad to see this one go. Another reason to jump on this wine and stock up!  It is value & quality in a bottle!

C-Beck 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00- GGWC 49.99
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The wine’s aromas jump out of the glass upon impact.  Gobs of black stone fruit with hints of sweet vanilla greet you on the gorgeous nose.  This full-bodied wine is big and bold, yet silky and luscious loaded with extremely well-balanced black stone fruits (black currant, dark plum and blackberry) and the right touch of acid that will allow this wine to age nicely.  The wine finishes long with soft and supple tannins.  Only 264 cases of this great wine were produced.

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Wine Color

How important is the color of red wine?

By Toni Paterson MW
In The Real Review

 

Color can sway our sensory perceptions of a wine.
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Color can be an indicator of many things about a wine though it needs to be considered in parallel with other parameters to draw the appropriate conclusions about wine quality.

It is essential to view color in the context of the grape variety, age, and style of the wine.

For example, a red/brown tinge is to be expected with a very old red wine, though it could be a sign of oxidation on a young new release.

People often use color as a sign of quality; however, it is essential to view color in the context of the grape variety, age and style of the wine.

For example, Nebbiolo is comparatively light in color compared with other red grape varieties, and it has a characteristic orange-red hue. This color is entirely appropriate for a Nebbiolo but would be worrying in a young Shiraz.

Color is a rather poor indicator of Pinot Noir’s quality. This is because people often associate light-colored wines with low flavor. But this is an incorrect assumption with pinot noir as it can be pale and highly flavorsome at the same time.

In high-colored varieties such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, I look for good color depth and intensity. In a young wine, purple hues are generally a good sign. Though the darkest wines are not necessarily the highest in quality; there is no absolute correlation.

Fashion also plays a role in what we consider acceptable in wine color. Just look at Australian Rosé. It was once praised for its bright crimson hue, though today the fashion is pink and pale, with rose-gold shades an acceptable variation rather than a sign of development.

Color can also sway our sensory perceptions of a wine. To test this out, try distinguishing between red and white wines using a black glass to mask the color. You may discover that some red wines smell like nectarines and white wines of strawberries. This is counter-intuitive to what you might have expected should you have seen the color beforehand.

So, when you are assessing a red wine, by all means, observe the color. But use it to confirm what your palate is telling you rather than allowing it to bias your overall view of the wine before tasting it.


Want some more tasting tips? Please join us every Saturday from 1-5 PM at our in-store tasting room where we will sample some of the best wines that Napa has to offer! Check out the full tasting schedule below or at GoldenGateWineCellars.com.

SORRY…. LAST CALL 4 DuMOL 2017 releases!

The much-anticipated release of the 2017 DuMOL
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Syrah are finally here and SELLING FAST!

2017 Wester Reach Chardonnay
GGWC 61.99 net
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The 2017 Chardonnay Wester Reach comes from the Russian River Valley, it has terrific notes of citrus and Meyer lemon, and hints of tart pineapple as well a medium-bodied, fresh, focused, incredibly pretty style on the palate. With bright acidity and plenty of vibrancy, it’s slightly more forward and fruit-driven compared to some of the other releases here. It’s a great introduction into the wines of this terrific estate.

Winemaker Notes: “From the lowest-yielding vintage in twenty years, there’s inherent concentration here, a depth of flavor coming from the vines themselves rather than winemaking artifice. But there’s also a firmness and seriousness that offsets this mid-palate weight and extends its citrus-oil-infused finish.  The wine has great lines: focused, driven, mineral-laden and pithy, with a level of cool-climate fruit intensity that is very rare. This level of quality and distinctive character is hard to achieve in a larger-production blended wine, but is a testament to our pedigreed vineyards, precise farming, twenty years’ experience, and patient, sensitive craftsmanship.”

Vineyard sources: 32% Dutton-Hansen, 24% Dumol Estate, 20% Dutton Ranch “Jentoft”, 12% Charles Heintz, 12% Lorenzo

DuMol 2017 Wester Reach Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
GGWC 72.99 net
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Incredibly aromatic and complex, the 2017 Pinot Noir Wester Reach offers loads of spiced red fruits, incense, wood smoke, and forest floor notes as well as a medium-bodied, fresh, focused, yet still pleasure bent style. It’s a classic DuMol Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 5-7 years. This cuvée comes all from the Russian River Valley, from multiple clones, and spent a year in 40% new French oak.

Winemaker Notes: “The wine is dynamic, alive and precise. It begins in a coastal style–sleek, focused and linear. The deep entry expands along strong lines with good drive and detail to its red and black fruit flavors. As it fully opens, natural Russian River textures and volume takes hold – broad, supple and layered. Savory elements steer the wine toward complexity that will continue to build in bottle.”

Vineyard sources: 34% DuMOL Estate, 24% Dutton-Upp Road, 22% Widdoes, and 20% Occidental Road.

2017 Wild Mountainside Syrah,  Russian River Valley
GGWC 62.99 net
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Black cherry, boysenberry, lavender, violet and green peppercorn are all present in the aroma. There’s lovely clarity of flavor and purity of cool climate fruit: cassis and blackberry offset by thyme, tobacco and cocoa nib. A lushness of texture takes over with lingering black fruits and lilac on the peppery, extended finish. Drink this soon after release or enjoy the reward of 10+ years of aging.

Vineyard Sources:  57% Hoppe-Kelly, 36% Timbervine Ranche & 7% Greywackle

Winemaker Notes: “Black cherry, boysenberry, lavender, violet and green peppercorn are all present in the aroma. There’s lovely clarity of flavor and purity of cool climate fruit: cassis and blackberry offset by thyme, tobacco and cocoa nib. A lushness of texture takes over with lingering black fruits and lilac on the peppery, extended finish. Drink this soon after release or enjoy the reward of 10+ years of aging.”

94 Points Jeb Dunnuck: “There are three Syrahs from Smith. His 2017 Syrah Wild Mountainside comes from a handful of sites in the Russian River and spent 15 months in a mix of one-third new French oak, 20% amphora, and the balance in used barrels. This rocking effort offers classic cool-climate notes of blue fruits, violets, ground pepper, and game. With medium to full body, beautiful tannins, and a seamless texture, it’s going to keep for over a decade.”

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A Bride and … Free Shipping as a Wedding Present

After many years the Bridesmaid wines are being rebranded of sorts.  Pam Starr (fomer Spottswoode winemaker) has been producing the Crocker & Starr/Bridesmaid wines for many years now.  Crocker & Starr was always estate grown, Bridesmaid only partially.  That has changed and so has the pacakaging. Gorgeous new labels and the same stunning wines, sort of a new (married) life for the Bridesmaid…

Crocker & Starr 2018 “Bridesmaid” Proprietary White Blend Napa Valley
GGWC 27.99
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This brilliant Sauvignon Blanc blend is pale straw yellow in the glass and the aroma is loaded with honeysuckle, lychee, lime leaves, and laced with the slight salinity of oyster shell. Mouthwatering flavors of lemon meringue pie, key lime, honeydew melon, and white peach gleam on the palate. And the Semillon adds jelly richness to the wine’s medium-bodied, perfectly balanced center. The wine shines all the way through the savory finish, which is lined with crushed seashell. You will love this so much that a case simply won’t be enough!

Also check out:
CROCKER STARR 16 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC 96 Points (Best Cab Franc in the world)
CROCKER STARR “BRIDESMAID”  PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY

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