Black Friday Deal and a FREE Gift!


We just finished the last work on our new website,
just in time for Black Friday.

Not only will you get 10% OFF all your wine purchases,
we are offering a FREE GIFT for the first 10 people placing an order
on our NEW SITE!

 

TODAY ONLY, receive 10% OFF on ALL wines* in stock!
(excluding sale items)

ENTER code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive your 10% discount
THE FIRST 10 BUYERS WILL RECEIVE A FREE GIFT
 
Visit https://GoldenGateWineCellars.com now!
 

*discount code not applicable on “sale” wines
Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for select availability and priority allocations.

Happy Thanksgiving!


 

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of love, sharing and giving thanks. So take some time away from your work, responsibilities and everyday life for a moment. Thanksgiving comes only once each year.

We have a lot to be thankful for as well. We’re especially thankful for you, our loyal customers. You are the ones who make it possible for this industry to exist. Without you, none of the wonderful wines that we all enjoy together would be crafted at all. It makes us want to work even harder so that the New Year can be filled with more discovery, enjoyment, and zest for life!

So, here’s to you and yours. Carve the turkey and give your loved ones a hug! Thank you for everything, and may your holiday be filled with gratitude and the love of your family and friends!

2020 Holiday Gift Cases!

Holiday Gift Cases
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Bubbles in a Box - 6 Pack
Bubbles in a Box - 3 Pack
Cal-Du-Rhone Six Bottle Gift Case
California Myth Full Case
California Myth 1/2 Case
Franks Holiday Sampler Case
Pinot Envy Six Bottle Case
Sixth Sense Gift Pack
A Threesome... of Wine
Holiday Bargain Gift Case
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CARTER CELLARS PERFECT PORTFOLIO 98-99 POINT CABERNETS!

The 2018 Carter Cellars Cabernets just arrived and they are stunning!

Late fall is always a time of excitement, many great Cabernets reach the “shores” of Golden Gate Wine Cellars. Among them Carter Cellars, crafted by my friend and ace-winemaker Mike Smith. The current “stash” of 2018 although amazing in quality, are unfortunately very small in the quantity department Please don’t take it out on the messenger! Mother nature yielded way less for Carter, so I got less! Most of the 2018 Carter wines scored 98-99 points, a few 95-97 so not a bad run!  
HURRY AS THEY ARE SELLING FAST!!!

FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more, mix & match OK – use code CARTER during checkout

Carter Cellars 2018 Cabernet Beckstoffer To Kalon “The Grand Daddy” 98+ Points
Retail 190 – GGWC 184.99

Jeb Dunnuck 98+ Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Grand Daddy is just about pure magic in a glass, and it will probably merit a triple-digit rating in another 4-5 years. A stunning array of blueberries, melted licorice, cassis, scorched earth, violets, and tobacco soar from the glass of this deep, saturated purple (almost blue) 2018. Gorgeously concentrated, full-bodied, packed with sweet fruit, yet still weightless and elegant on the palate, it’s another magical wine from Carter Cellars. Drink bottles any time over the coming 25+ years or more.”

Carter Cellars 2018 CS Beckstoffer To Kalon “The O.G.” 99 Points
Retail 199.99 – GGWC 194.99

Jeb Dunnuck 99 Points: “In the same realm as the 2016, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The O.G. is a magical wine and reveals a deep purple color as well as incredible cassis and blackberry fruits, loads of violets, spice, and floral nuances, building yet sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a monster of a finish. It shows the purity and elegance that are the hallmarks of the 2018 vintage yet backs it up with stunning concentration, a multidimensional, layered mouthfeel, and an incredible, singular personality. I kept coming back to this wine in my tastings and followed the bottle for two days, at which point we just drank it. It should evolve for 25-30 years.”
 
Carter Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Weitz” 96 Points
Retail 154.99 GGWC 149.99

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard comes from a site in the northern part of the valley and more red, volcanic soils. It reminds me of the 2016 with its iron/iodine-like character as well as beautiful mulled red and black fruits, Asian spices, chocolate, and loamy earthy aromas and flavors. This big, rich, opulent beauty has sweet tannins, a rocking mid-palate, and a great finish. It’s already impossible to resist yet has two decades of longevity ahead of it.”
 
Carter Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon “Three Kings” 98 Points
Retail 189.99  GGWC 184.99

Jeb Dunnuck  98 Points: “Another release from this great vineyard, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings comes from a single block and is all clone 7. This rocking wine is pure To Kalon with its huge, monster bouquet of crème de cassis, spiced plums, flowery incense, tobacco, and cedar pencil notes. It’s always a big, rich wine, yet it still shows balance, elegant, fine tannins, and a blockbuster styled finish. It’s another magical Cabernet from this team that can be enjoyed any time over the coming 25 years or more.”
 
Carter Cellars 2018 Cabernet Blend “Hossfeld Coliseum” 97 Points
Retail 94.00 GGWC 89.99

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “A Merlot-dominated blend, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hossfeld Coliseum offers a gorgeous, “Vieux Château Certain-like” sexiness in its blackcurrant and macerated black cherry fruit as well as notes of chocolate, smoke tobacco, cigar, and spice. This full-bodied beauty has no hard edges, a beautiful blend of richness and freshness, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It’s a beautiful, powerful wine that stays light and graceful. Drink it over the coming 15 years or more.”

Carter Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Fortuna” 95 Points
Retail 114.99 GGWC 109.99

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “One of the more forward wines in the lineup, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard sports a deep purple hue as well a big bouquet of ripe plums, Asian spices, leafy herbs, and a touch of flowers. Full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and silky on the palate, it delivers plenty of richness and depth yet has a terrific weightless style. It picks up more structure with time in the glass, so don’t let its upfront charm fool you, it’s going to keep for 15+ years.”
 
Carter Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Carter” 99 Points
Retail 174.99 GGWC 169.99

Jeb Dunnuck 99 Points: “A killer effort, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Carter offers that rare, magical mix of opulence, power, elegant, and freshness that you rarely come across, offering a kaleidoscope-like array of crème de cassis, toasted spice, dried violets, blackberries, smoked tobacco, and a distinct sense of minerality, it’s a beast of a wine on the palate that somehow stays beautifully balanced, elegant, and seamless. It’s impossible to resist today yet should cruise for two decades.”

Also check out: 
Scarlett 2018 Cabernet

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Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for priority allocation.

One of the few remaining Old-Vine Zinfandel Producers… Still Rocks!


 

Shepherded by a family heritage of over six generations of grape farming – it is a firm belief at Gamba that wines are made in the vineyard. Every Gamba made wine is an individual expression of the vineyard with each unique vintage. 

The limited production, handcrafted wines are a tribute to the art of farming, as much as they are to generations of old world, traditional winemaking. As the few remaining old vine vineyards slowly continue to disappear from the landscape, Gamba holds dear and strives to preserve what is quickly becoming a limited commodity – truly Old Vine Zinfandel.

Gamba 2018 Family Ranches Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
RETAIL $40.00 Now Only $36.99!
FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
Use code GAMBA during checkout

Tasting Notes: The 2018 Family Ranches Zinfandel displays an alluring deep ruby color in the glass. Deliciously fresh and balanced, this wine offers ripe berries, Asian spice, and cedar tones in the nose. The wine is medium-bodied and lively on the palate, offing raspberries, and cherry cola with a lifting spicy note. The wine is solid in structure, yet packed with vibrant fruit, textured with polished tannins, that offer potential for cellaring. Enjoy now, or opt for additional aging for future rewards. 

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Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for priority allocation.

NEWS FLASH: Wine “Pirates” celebrate their 10th Anniversary – RECEIVE 15% OFF!

 

Not fake news here , you read it right – Pirates have invaded the Napa Valley.  Although only a small section of Napa was captured, I am happy to report that Heidi Barrett fought them and was able to fight off the savage invaders.  But it was here that she created the idea of making a “Pirate” style wine, or in English “out-of-the-box”…

Heidi Barrett does not need any intro, but for those who do not know her – she is “Lady” Napa Valley, even better the “Queen” of the Valley! Heidi just released two new wines from her La Sirena portfolio; 2016 Pirate (her multi varietal  Cabernet based blend) and a stunning (bone dry) 2019 Moscato Azul (a wine for ABC fans  – “Anything But Chardonnay” lovers).

The true treasure of the seven seas – Pirate TreasuRed.  A hearty blend of seven varieties with full ripeness and big flavors from the stellar 2016 weather. The aromatics show layers of fruit; berry, cherry, plum, black raspberry, and pomegranate with smoky, spicy, meaty tones as well, complemented by sweet caramel, vanilla, toasty French oak. It’s a mouth coating yet silky structural wine with flavors that mirror the aromas. This is a big lush red that’s fun and delicious while also being quite versatile and age worthy to boot. Drink up all ye pirates!

La Sirena 2016 Pirate TreasurRed, Napa Valley
Regularly $69.99
Only $59.99 on SIX or more
Use coupon code TREASUREANNIV at check out

The 2016 Pirate offers up a deep black-ruby colored wine with intense aromatics of sweet ripe fruit layered with toasty vanilla nuances, and hints of caramel. Layers of flavor coat the palate with broad appeal, wonderful cherry texture and seamless tannins. Bold, intense fruit flavors of dense blue and black berries are laced with a touch of chocolate and spice, and a whiff of vanilla. These flavors persist a long time in a lengthy and powerful finish. A great example of the magic of Heidi Barrett’s art of blending!
Suggested pairings: BBQ ribs, pulled pork, jerk chicken, wood-fired pizza, hearty red sauce, brisket, gourmet burgers, chorizo/spicy sausage, and many others – quite a versatile wine.
 
Heidi Barrrett’s Notes: “The 10th anniversary vintage of our fan favorite red blend! The 2016 Pirate delivers a deep ruby colored wine with lush, ripe aromas of black and red fruit like plum and berry, accompanied by notes of fine leather, toast and spice. A complex blend with lots of interesting layers playing off of each other. Flavors persist as does the texture of the wine. Extracted and big but not heavy, with moderate silky structural tannins and a round, well-balanced finish that lingers. A versatile wine that, above all else, is fun to drink! 2016 marks our 10th release of this blend – a picture-perfect vintage known for producing classic expressions of Napa Valley wines.”
 
Make sure to  check out Heidi’s other excellent new release:
LA SIRENA 2019 MOSCATO AZUL, NAPA VALLEY (BONE DRY)
LA SIRENA 2016 MALBEC, KNIGHT’S VALLEY
LA SIRENA 2016 CHARDONNAY, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
LA SIRENA 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
VIN PERDU 2018 PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY

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Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for priority allocation.

Phoenix Rising over Napa – 96 Points, Under $65!

Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred cases of the stunning, very Bordeaux-like Hudson Phoenix Red were produced! If this vineyard would be in Bordeaux, it would have the First-Growth designation! Lee Hudson is probably one of the best winegrowers in the valley. Many great wineries (Aubert, Kongsgaard, Kistler, etc.) have been sourcing from this vineyard for decades!

Hudson 2018 Phoenix “Bordeaux-Blend” Estate, Carneros Napa
RETAIL $69.99 NOW $64.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
Use code HUDSON During checkout

FMW 96 Points: “Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the Phoenix has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and springs from the glass with vivacious black cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves notes plus wafts of red currants, garrigue, menthol, pencil shavings and wild sage. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely freshness and soft tannins supporting the red and black fruit layers, finishing with a minty kick.”

Tasting Notes: The 2018 Hudson Phoenix checks in as 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, all from the estate Hudson Vineyard and aged 20 months in 90% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a deep purple color as well as an old-school vibe in its black cherry, currant, dried earth, pine, and chocolate-driven aromas and flavors. It has sweet tannins, a great texture, and should continue drinking nicely for another decade or more.

Check out the great 96 Point rated HUDSON CHARDONNAY as well (combines for FREE SHIPPING)

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Frank’s Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

If you want your Turkey Dinner to be accompanied by some great wines, today is the last day to order those Thanksgiving Wine goodies, ang get them out to you in time!
Dear Friends,It is that time of year – The Holidays are around the corner, we will have a time to reflect on things and hope for the best for everyone and continue to live the dream! A time to say “Thank You” and spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. Remember and cherish the ones that aren’t among us, the ones that are, and especially those serving our country locally and abroad.

On that note, here are a few suggestions for your Thanksgiving Dinner:

Don’t wait too long to order up your vino, as you don’t want turkey without it!

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A 98 Point Cabernet by Bibiana! ONLY 150 cases produced!

The Nathan Coombs vineyard has been “the” source for some of the best and highest rated Cabernets.  Bibiana Gonzalez Rave-Pisoni was able to source a small amount from this amazing vineyard source and craft it into an amazing wine. As you might remember, she has made some 100 Point Cabernets when she was the Pahlmeyer winemaker, so it is no surprise that she made another almost perfect Cabernet… 98 Points!

Cattleya 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Meeting with the Mentor” Coombsville, Napa
GGWC 189.99
FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more
Use code CATTLEYA during checkout

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: Coming from a site in Coombsville, which is a cooler region of the valley, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Meeting With The Mentor reveals a vivid purple color as well as an Haut-Brion-like bouquet of cassis, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, gravelly earth, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, incredibly elegant Cabernet that, again, has a Pessac-like elegance and purity, with ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a beautiful sense of elegance paired with richness. It reminds me of some of the old school Cabernets from Napa Valley and is going to evolve for upwards of 30 years or more.

Tasting Notes: Born from prehistoric volcanic soils of the Coombsville AVA, this wine showcases motes of blackcurrant, mocha, and cigar box encapsulated in an inky core.  Well-structured, and incredibly fresh in its youth, the wine envelops the palate with dense, concentrated flavors of macerated blackberry, dark chocolate, and coffee.  Persistent, fine-grained tannin and focused acidity create an impossible long, lingering finish that suggest this will reward the senses into the coming decades.

VERY LIMITED, ONLY 150 CASES PRODUCED!!

The meaning behind the name (by Bibiana): “The Meeting with the Mentor is the crucial turning point in the hero’s journey. Our hero seeks guidance and knowledge at the beginning of the quest to overcome the many obstacles blocking the path towards the ultimate reward.  This wine is an homage to the mentors I had over many years of training and education in Bordeaux. Their sage advice has given me the strength and confidence to become the winemaker I am today.”

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

To the veterans of all branches;
To all those who have served, and those who continue to serve,

We salute you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Let us raise a toast to our veterans.
Happy Veteran’s Day!

All veterans receive 10% off today.
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