Posts tagged: Beckstoffer


By winemaker Jennifer Williams, former winemaker at Spottswoode. She was named one of the rising stars of Napa Valley winemaking. The 2016 Black Label is produced with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Lewelling, Criscione, and Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyards. This wine took spot number 8 in our annual list of the best wines Napa has […]


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 […]


Kata is the culmination of many years of combined experience and practice in the art of grape growing and winemaking.  In its creation, we have patiently employed highly selective artisanal farming and winemaking practices to produce a wine of balance and elegance. A wine that is worthy of the legacy of Napa Valley’s historic Beckstoffer […]

2105 Carter Cellars new releases now in stock!!

  The much anticipated releases of the 2015 Carter Cellars wines are finally here! But the stock is extremely limited. As you might know, 2015 was the worst year in regards to output (yield) in California. Many were down 60+%, so that means that much less for me.  To make everyone happy, I have a […]

Beckstoffer “Champagne” Yes, you read it right!

When you think you’ve seen (tasted) it all, something else “pops” up.  The Beckstoffer family has been growing some of the most amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros for years and my old friend Don Baumhefner owner of the Elusive Chateau Beaux Hauts Bubbly produced one of the best bubblies to ever come from […]

Peter Michael & Carte Blanche winemaker ROCKS again! 95+ Points Parker!

Luc Morlet has an amazing portfolio.  Replacing John Kongsgaard at Newton at one point, winemaker at Staglin, and of course Peter Michael was the big “ticket” on his portfolio.  Today he acutually consults at Peter Michael for his brother Nicholas Morlet.  Today he of course is known as the winemaker for Carte Blanche,  Vineyard 7 […]

Stewart Cabernet – Turning Heads

This little winery has been turning a lot of heads as of late. Of course it helps when Paul Hobbs is your winemaker and your source from some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley, many that have produced 100 Point wines! Stewart 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Retail 68.99 – GGWC 55.99 With Paul […]

Happy Holidays – And a special “gift” pre-sale!

Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars, I just want to give you a sincere thank you for all your support over the past year. My family and I value that tremendously. Just the other day, I arrived home from work and ask my youngest daughter how her day was. She replies: “Fine Daddy, but […]

Sojourn kicks up some dirt! Big scores on ALL fronts.

Hailing from the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is establishing a reputation for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. They have just released some great new wines that have been very well received, and as was the case with its previous vintages, they are very limited. #1 – Sojourn Cellars 2009 Sangiacomo Vineyard […]

Stewart 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Hobbs has turned this little winery into a real gem.  This release was sourced from three top Napa Valley vineyards (45% Stagecoach, 29% Beckstoffer IV and 26% State Lane). This wine is firm, dense and powerful, yet very elegant!  The wines aromas jump out of the glass for this well-textured Cabernet!  The nose opens […]