Feb
20
2021

Tofanelli Winery, burned in 2020 fire NEEDS (Y)OUR SUPPORT

Dear Friends,
You might know that many wineries and vineyards were lost in the 2020 fire, but one winery is very dear to my heart. It has been family owned for almost 100 years, and the vineyard is still tended to by the same family members (i.e. Vince Tofanelli) Sadly, the property burned down in 2020 – see video/link — (https://abc7news.com/glass-fire-calistoga-home-destroyed-napa-county-calistoga-properties-by/6725689/

Vince Tofanelli grew up in an Italian family – LOTS of food and WINE!  His grandfather introduced him at a very young age to wine (he would pour a little vino in his water), and that led to an early introduction, and later education as winemaker crafting great wines and tending to this amazing vineyard.  The historical vineyard stands as one of the last examples of pre-World War II grape growing. The methods Vince still uses were once prevalent throughout the valley; no irrigation (not even a drip line to be seen, with an organic philosophy – he never jumped on the ‘bandwagon’ of post-war pesticides).

Tofanelli 2017 Zinfandel “Estate” Calistoga, Napa
GGWC 49.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12
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Partial good news… 2017, 2018 and 2019 were stored off-site so we have some to sell, so let’s help Vince and his family!! Beautiful blue fruits, white flowers, and graphite notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied red that has fabulous elegance and class. With fine tannins and terrific balance, it’s a great wine, and I suspect it will keep for over a decade.

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points: “Coming from vines in Calistoga and a blend of 90% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, and 4% Grenache, the 2017 Zinfandel Tofanelli Family Vineyard boasts a big, boisterous bouquet of wild strawberries, dried flowers, cedarwood, and spice. These carry to a medium-bodied, elegant Zinfandel that has terrific balance, light tannins, and a silky texture. Made in a more elegant, lightly textured yet beautifully balanced style, drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years or so.”

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Feb
19
2021

Vibrant, Complex 96 Point Pinot Gem


 

Gary and Rosella Franscioni started ROAR Wines with the knowledge that Pinot Noir had a shining future in the Santa Lucia Highlands, and a dream that their farming know-how would translate amazing grapes into amazing wines. Rosella’s Vineyard was planted on their home ranch in 1996, followed by Garys’ Vineyard in 1997 in partnership with the Pisoni family. The first vintage of ROAR was released in 2001, made from these two vineyards. From the beginning, Gary and Rosella’s mission was to make wines that they themselves would love to drink. Their approach was met with critical recognition almost immediately. Two more beautiful vineyards were planted about a decade later: Sierra Mar and Soberanes. Today, Gary and his sons continue to improve and innovate in the vineyards and winery to produce the best quality their land can create.

Roar 2018 Pinot Noir “Rosella’s” Santa Lucia Highlands
GGWC 67.99
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Deep, glistening red. Expressive, spice-accented red and blue fruit, cola and floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering energetic raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors plus an alluring spicy flourish. Shows an impressive blend of depth and vivacity and finishes with solid thrust and silky, slow-building tannins that fold seamlessly into the intensely persistent fruit.

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “From one of the cooler sites they work with, the 2018 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard shines for its vibrant, pure yet complex style. Giving up lots of mulberry and black cherry fruit as well as ample sappy flower and spice notes, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has a juicy, elegant texture, perfectly integrated acidity, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming decade as well.”
 
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Feb
18
2021

Superb, Powerful, & Resonating 96 Point Red!


 

Chris and his wife JoAnn Cherry moved to Paso Robles in 1996 to open a restaurant, partake in the burgeoning wine scene and raise their children in the country. In 2001 they purchased their first grapes to make wine for their restaurant. And so began Villa Creek Cellars, a real expression of west Paso Robles’ Rhone grape varieties. A sort of “farm-to-table” i.e farm-to-bottle venture.

The James Berry Vineyard from Saxum fame is a little bit the Chateau Margaux of Paso Robles – Chris said:  ”If you cannot make spectacular wine from this source, you should stay out of the kitchen.”

Villa Creek  2018 GSM High Road – James Berry Vineyard 96 Points
GGWC 84.99
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Vinous 96 Points: “Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black/blue fruit and floral oil aromas pick up exotic spice and pipe tobacco nuances with air. Fleshy, juicy and impressively concentrated, offering ripe boysenberry, black raspberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with resonating florality, gently gripping tannins and superb persistence.”

Winemaker Notes:2018 High Road is our 16th vintage crafted with grapes from James Berry Vineyard. Justin Smith of Saxum fame grew up on the property and took the reins from his parents Pebble and Teri several years ago. This is a stunning family owned and farmed vineyard in west Paso Robles’ esteemed Willow Creek District. This wine has texture, finesse, and approachability along with weight, complexity and the ability to cellar. Deep garnet in color, it offers amazing aromatics of black and red fruits, cured meats, west Paso lupine and spice. Its palate is sexy, rich and textural with just enough verve to have you salivating for more. While enjoyable now it will deliver in spades with a few years of patience in your cellar. Drink 2021-2035.”

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Feb
17
2021

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE … Stunningly great value 94 Point Rated Napa Cabernet

 

Tether is a collaboration between two great friends ~ Wine Guru Kimberly Jones and winemaker Anna Monticelli. Tether is an enticing wine that represents a blend of Kimberly and Anna’s talents. Their goal is to craft a delicious and affordable Napa Valley Cabernet.  This is REAL Napa Valley VALUE in a bottle.

When I tasted the wine I figured it would be another $100 wine, but I was wrong , it was ½ that price!  That said, this wine will sell out fast, so you’ll have to act quick!

Tether 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 54.99
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The 2018 Tether Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with luscious aromas of black currants, blackberries, black cherries and blueberry compote. The gorgeous dark fruit core is complemented by layers of volcanic rock, spring flowers, graphite, mocha and well-integrated French oak. The wine possesses a rich texture that coats the palate in velvety tannins, sweet ripe fruit and elegant toasty oak. This wine showcases dazzling finesse and leaves you with an enduring finish.

Robert Parker 94 Points: “A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color. It leaps from the glass with warm cassis, baked plums and wild blueberries scents,plus hints of clove oil and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of crunchy fruit, framed by plush tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with a spicy kick.“

Also check out:
Tether 2017 Chardonnay, Napa Valley (94 Points)
Assorts for FREE SHIPPING

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Feb
16
2021

2 x 95 Point Superb Chardonnay by Ehren Jordan

Failla 2018 Chardonnay “Platt” Sonoma Coast
GGWC  59.99
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Vinous 95 Points: “ The 2018 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard shows just how magical this site is. Bright, lifted and wonderfully deep, the Platt has so much to offer. Green pear, mint, white flowers and sage open up in the glass, but it is the wine’s balance and exquisite harmony that elevate it into the realm of the truly sublime. A wine of crystalline tension and beauty, the Platt is impeccably refined from start to finish. Superb.”

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “Just as good, the 2018 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard, from a site in the Sonoma Coast, saw a similar élevage, spending 11 months in 15% new French oak. Rocking white peach, white currants, citrus, and floral notes all emerge from the glass, and while the Estate Vineyard is more mineral and savory, this leans more on its fruit and is medium to full-bodied, with wonderful purity, bright acidity, and a great finish. It’s another beautiful Chardonnay from this team.”

Winery Notes: “The Platt Vineyard is located in the western hills near Sebastopol, covering 31 acres ranging from 425-800 feet of elevation, and only five miles from the Pacific coastline. The climate is relatively mild, with cool marine weather passing through the region on its way to the Sacramento Delta. Fine, Goldridge sandy loams dominate the soil structure of the site’s southwestern-facing slope for Chardonnay vines to grow upon. The wine undergoes native yeast fermentation before full malolactic fermentation. The wine is left “sur-lie” for eleven months and aged in a combination of roughly 15% new French oak and 20% concrete egg. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering. Aromatically the wine has notes of barely bruised yellow apples, and a kiss of salinity. On the palate, there are flavors of fresh white peaches, candied lemon zest, as well as a full body that is balanced by a finishing note of bright acidity.“

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Feb
15
2021

Happy President’s Day!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday weekend
from all of us here at
Golden Gate Wine Cellars!

Feb
14
2021

Won’t you be my Valentine?


It’s great to do business with someone as nice as you,
and today seemed like the perfect day to let you know.
Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you!

Feb
13
2021

Compelling 95 Point Mountain Cabernet

Situated mid-slope on Diamond Mountain, this 2.3 acre vineyard is a real gem-in-the-rough.  At more than ⅓ the price of its esteemed neighbor “Diamond Creek”, this wine will blow your mind and not your wallet.  Dawnine & Bill Dyer have each 3 decades of wine experience under their belt working at various Napa wineries.  They are also partners at famed Meteor winery (Dawnine is the winemaker).  Only 280 cases of the 2016 Dyer Cabernet  (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) were produced, and will sell out fast!

Dyer 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Dyer Vineyard” Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley
GGWC 89.99
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“The 2016 showcases an amazing color and aroma!  Intense aromas of huckleberry and cassis with a touch of cocoa dust and a whiff of spice jump out of the glass.  On the palate, this harmoniously made 2016 Cabernet is lush and full in body and shows an amazing balance of great fruit and acid.  Coated with powerful layers of black stone fruit, chocolate, spice and a touch of toasty vanilla.  This full-bodied wine finishes with silky and supple tannins.  This is a wine that will drink and cellar well for 15+ years!”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has a compelling nose of fresh red and black currants, black berries and underbrush with touches of garrigue, lavender, cigar box and fertile loam. The palate is full-bodied and built like a brick house, with firm, ripe, grainy tannins and bold fruit complimented by lovely freshness, finishing long and crunchy. 280 cases produced.”

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Feb
12
2021

Powerful, broad, complex 95 Point White = FREE SHIPPING

A childhood dream, let’s hook up when we are all grown up and start a winery together. That is the story of two brothers (John & Steve Dragonette) and their good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis. They teamed up to pursue their live-long dream to make wine. While working at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars before they gained valuable experiences in order to start this grand venture. Over the past decade the press has  (rightfully so) been generous to these three great guys. They source from some of the most sought after vineyards in Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills & Santa Ynez.

The Vogelzang Vineyard is situated on a gently sloping bed of well drained, gravelly loam soil with Serpentinite. The vineyard is well established and has been carefully pruned, leafed and deficit-irrigated to focus the plant’s energy on fruit development. We purchase these grapes from several distinct blocks in the vineyard and farm them on a per acre basis, so that we can control all farming practices, including pruning, canopy management, yield control, irrigation and differential harvesting of our blocks.

Dragonette 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard
GGWC 54.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “Possibly my favorite of the Sauvignon Blanc releases, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Vogelzang Vineyard has a more powerful, broad, concentrated style to go with lots of stone fruits, brioche, honeyed minerality, and sappy herbs. It’s possibly less complex than the Grimm’s Bluff release, but it’s simply beautifully balanced, layered, and textured on the palate.”


Vinous 95 Points: “The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Vogelzang Vineyard is another compelling wine in this range. Here rich orchard and tropical fruit flavors meld with brighter more citrus and mineral-driven nuances in a Sauvignon Blanc that is incredibly complex and delicious. The Vogelzang is another superb wine from Dragonette.”

Also check out these other great Dragonette Wines (they combine for FREE SHIPPING)
Dragonette Cellars 2018 “Grimm’s Bluff” Sauvignon Blanc ~ 95 Points
Dragonette Cellars 2018 Grassini Sauvignon Blanc ~ 95 Points
Dragonette 2018 Pinot Noir “Fiddlestix”  Santa Rita Hills ~ 96 Points
Dragonette 2019 Pinot Noir “Sanford & Benedict” Inaugural Release
Dragonette 2018 Syrah “Seven” ~ 94 Points

 

Don’t miss our Dragonette Virtual Wine Tasting
on March 26 with Winemaker/Partner
Brandon Sparks-Gillis

 

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Feb
11
2021

HOT FROM THE PRESS: A BIG WHITE WINE FOR RED WINE DRINKERS

Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in common. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kerouac, whispering incessantly in the back of their minds, they lift their deep roots and go. He picks up his guitar and she takes nothing but a flower in her hair and love in her eyes, and they come to California.

Those days are long gone, but they still have deep roots and their dreams. Never ceasing to work hard and with passion, they have eventually reconnected to their native culture through the winemaking tradition. All that they have seen and felt and envisioned they expressed in every step of the process that brings this wine to life. They’ve always been enamored with the big Friulian white blends (55% Malvasia, 25% Ribolla, 20% Tocai, sourced from three first-rate vineyards – Catie’s Corner, Tanya’s Vineyard & Pagani Ranch) and wanted to pay homage to their heroes and their dreamy creations. With the same hedonistic approach, they have created an ever-changing blend that embraces the melting pot they’re in and love, California, and the one they’ve left behind.

Arbe Garbe 2019 Proprietary White, Russian River
GGWC 41.99
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The Arbe Garbe White Blend (50% Malvasia, 30% Tocai, 20% Chardonnay) is absolutely gorgeous. The wine is medium to full in body, offering bright, floral aromatics that lead to apricot, lemon confit, jasmine and mint. Beautifully perfumed throughout, the wine offers a compelling interplay of exotic fruit, lifted aromatics and pliant texture. Not surprisingly, it has much in common with the white blends of Friuli. The latest Arbe Garbe White is all class.
 
Winery Notes: “The  White Wine from Arbe Garbe is an unusual—and fabulous—blend of 50% Malvasia Bianca, 30% Tocai Friulano and 20% Chardonnay, what winemaker Enrico Maria Bertoz calls “the Holy Trinity of Friuli,” where he was raised. The Malvasia is split into portions, with one portion whole-cluster pressed, a second portion on skins for 12 hours and a third portion on skins for 24 hours. These lots are then blind tasted to create the final blend. The nose explodes to musk, lychee, warm peaches, charcuterie and beeswax with high-toned notes of fresh green herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate has a gorgeous silken texture, ever-so-slightly creamy, with kaleidoscopic bursts of ripe fruit in the mouth. It’s concentrated while still incredibly light on its feet, addicting in its freshness and long, textured finish. What a gorgeous vintage for this wine!”
 
Also check out these other great Arbe Garbe Wine:
BENANDANTS 2018 MALVASIA BIANCA “CATIE’S CORNER” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 94 Points
ARBE GARBE 2018 MALVASIE LATE HARVEST “CATIE’S CORNER” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – 93 POINTS

 

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