2018 KEPLINGER NEW RELEASES 10% OFF PLUS FREE SHIPPING & VIRTUAL WINE TASTING

 

The MUCH anticipated 2018 (Helen) Keplinger releases are finally in stock!  I received the new Sumo, Lithic & Caldera designated bottlings from Helen.  As always the production of her wines are miniscule, so I don’t receive huge allocations.  Let me know if you are interested, as these wines sell out quickly.

A little Helen Keplinger FYI – Helen is the current winemaker at Carte Blanche & Grace Family, She also worked at Bryant Family, Arrow & Branch, Paradigm & Kenzo.  Everywhere she worked with the elite, like Heidi Barrett & David Abreu.  She also gained valuable experience in France and Australia.  The 2018 vintage is finger-licking-empty-that-glass-quick-good!

Keplinger Lithic  2018 Lithic GSM “Shake Ridge Vineyard”
Regular 81.99 NOW 74.99 
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more!
Use code KEPLINGER during checkout

Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines

The 2018 Lithic is a blend of 46% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, and 19% Syrah – all coming from Ann Kraemer’s incredible Shake Ridge Vineyard, situated at 1700’ in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. Organically farmed to perfection, the extraordinary Sierra uplift soils, loaded with quartz, basalt, soapstone, and shale always combine to create wines of great purity, richness, and minerality. The Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah blocks are all on rock-filled slopes with excellent exposure and drainage. The hillside blocks were harvested in partial picks for optimal ripeness on four different dates, and combined into small co-fermentations, each with a different percentage of whole cluster grapes. The wine was aged in a combination of new (15%), once-used and neutral French Demi Muids for 18 months before being bottled without fining or filtration. The 2018 Lithic pulls you into a deep dive of ever-evolving aromatics – violets, blackberry, blood orange rind, black cherry, allspice, blue fruit, rosemary, pipe tobacco, black pepper…on and on. The silky entry opens to a broad midpalate, with fine tannins underpinning the entirety of the long, pipe tobacco-raspberry finish. Still young in its development, yet already very impressive, endlessly complex. 240 cases produced.

Keplinger  2018 Sumo Petite Sirah “Shake Ridge Vineyard”
Regular 81.99 NOW 74.99 
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more!
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Mix & match OK with other Keplinger wines

Sumo is a Cote Rotie twist on Petite Sirah – Petite Sirah co-fermented with Viognier, and blended with a small amount of Syrah. The 2018 Sumo is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah, 11% Syrah, and 4% Viognier, all from the rocky, volcanic, impeccably-and-organically-farmed Shake Ridge Vineyard. The Petite comes from three blocks, one is 80% rock and produces small, thick-skinned berries with intense aromatics and dense structure. The second Petite block also has very rocky soil with a western exposure – the berries are ever so slightly larger and the skins slightly thinner (remember this is still Petite!), bringing a juicy elegance to the blend. The third Petite block is at the bottom of a north-facing block, and is all about vibrant, fresh fruit – the lifter of the trio. The 2018 Sumo is a show-stopper. Aromas of ink, mixed berry cobbler, resin, lilies, carob, asphalt, boysenberry, blueberry, black peppercorn. The ultra silky, mouth-filling palate is broad and plush, with sweet blue and black fruit, savory black peppercorn, flowers, tar, and graphite persisting through the very end of the super-long finish. 295 cases produced.
 

DON’T FORGET TO RSVP FOR THE KEPLINGER VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
Oct 23 – 3 pm PST
KEPLINGER VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
Taste with Helen Keplinger & DJ Warner

~ wines need to be purchased by no later than Oct 16 in order to participate ~

Click here or on the links above to order!
Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for availability and priority allocation!

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