Current Releases – Summer 2017

Here is the list of available wines:

NEW RELEASES – these wines are drinkable upon release although have plenty of aging potential. Our wines are unfiltered to preserve aromatics and fresh flavors. As a result, natural sediment may develop in the bottle.

2014 Mourvédre ($42) – NEW RELEASE!!! SILVER MEDAL – SF Chronicle Wine Competition – Mourvedre plays an important role in many of our red wines. It contributes an earthy complexity and tannic structure. Until 2014, we never considered it as a varietal bottling. The growing conditions in 2014 were ideal for ripening Mourvedre to perfection, so we seized the opportunity to make a small lot as a varietal wine. This wine has a nose of rose petals and a core of soft red fruit. The tannins are balanced and the finish is long. We don’t expect to make a varietal Mourvedre every year but we hope it’s not too long before we get to do it again.

2014 Zinfandel ($34) – COMING SOON!

2014 Grenache ($42) – COMING SOON!

2014 GSM Red Wine ($42) – COMING SOON!

2015 SBV ($26) – COMING SOON!

CURRENT RELEASES – these wines are drinkable upon release although have plenty of aging potential. Our wines are unfiltered to preserve aromatics and fresh flavors. As a result, natural sediment may develop in the bottle.

2015 Grenache Blanc ($28) – Our 2015 Grenache Blanc is sourced from Catie’s Corner Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, possibly the only Grenache Blanc in the AVA. The aroma of orange blossoms is complemented by flavors of green apple and peach. It has bright natural acidity with a lingering finish.

2014 SBV ($26) – Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is blended with Viognier for added complexity.  The result is an aromatic wine with crisp, clean flavors of citrus, gooseberry, and pear.  This wine is perfect choice for crisp fall days and lighter foods.

2014 Viognier ($28) –  GOLD MEDAL WINNER – North Coast Wine Challenge – “Classic, Beautiful Viognier!” – The 2014 Viognier has wafting floral aromatics with hints of stonefruit. It’s crisp acidity melts into a long, mouth coating finish. The lingering flavors are honey and pear. Fresh goat cheese is a dynamite pairing. We blend in a small amount of Grenache Blanc for the acidity and structure this varietal provides.

2015 GSM Rose ($24) – 90 POINTS – WINE ENTHUSIAST, SILVER MEDAL – SF Chronicle Wine Competition – Our 2015 Rosé is a saignée style wine from each component of our GSM red wine. The Grenache dominates the nose with fresh strawberry aromas. The Syrah and Mourvedre bring cherries, watermelon rind, and a little black pepper to the mix. Versatile when paired with food, this fun wine is also great on its own. Our wines are unfiltered to preserve aromatics and fresh flavor. As a result, natural sediment may develop in the bottle.

2013 Grenache ($42) – SOLD OUT – We love the aromatics of Russian River Valley Grenache. While it has the classic strawberry nose, herbs and forest floor aromas combine for a fragrant bouquet. We added small amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre for weight and spice to go with the fresh and lively Grenache flavors. It was aged in neutral cooperage to preserve its natural flavors with minimal handling from harvest to bottle.

2013 GSM ($42) – GOLD MEDAL – SF Chronicle Wine Competition – The 2013 vintage was another excellent year with moderate temperatures and a long growing season. The first lot of Grenache was harvested September 28th and the last lot of Mourvedre came in on October 27th. Each was picked in perfect conditions without threat of rain. As usual, this wine pairs with a wide variety of foods and will continue to develop in the bottle for the next several years.

2013 Syrah ($38) – 93 Points – Tastings.com, 90 POINTS – WINE ENTHUSIAST, SILVER MEDAL – SF Chronicle Wine Competition – Our Russian River Valley Syrah always does a great job of reflecting the growing season of each vintage. In 2013, plenty of sun has given us a big, rich Syrah with good structure for aging. We use 20% new French oak with the remaining in neutral cooperage. A little Mourvédre and Petite Sirah add complexity and length. This wine may be aged for a very long time (1o years or more) in the cellar, if you are able to resist.

2013 Petite Sirah ($42) – SILVER MEDAL – SF Chronicle Wine Competition – Our 2013 Petite Sirah has blackberry fruit on the nose and the palette, which is typical for this varietal. We like a little Zinfandel and Syrah in the blend to make it more approachable at a younger age. As usual, it’s a big, tannic wine that will last for a very long time yet has a smooth, lush mouth feel that keeps you coming back for more. This wine pairs well with roasted meats or all by itself.

LIBRARY WINES – these wines have a little extra age to them and many years of great drinking ahead…

2012 GSM ($45) – 91 POINTS from the Wine Enthusiast – The 2012 vintage was warm, dry, and relaxed compared to the previous cool seasons.  We brought in each varietal at its optimum maturity over a three week period in October.  It was aged in mostly neutral French oak with a portion of the Grenache in large format 500L puncheon barrels to reduce barrel impact.  As usual, this wine pairs with a wide variety of foods and will continue to develop in the bottle for 5 to 7 years.

2012 Petite Sirah ($45) – 2x GOLD MEDAL WINNER (93 Points) – North Coast Wine Challenge and SF Chronicle Wine Competition – The 2012 vintage is the first time we purchased fruit to supplement our own vineyard production. The goal was to stay as close as possible to the profile of our own Petite Sirah and we are very pleased with the result. As usual, it’s a big, tannic wine that will last for a very long time yet has a smooth, lush mouth feel that keeps you coming back for more. Drink this wine when more of a good thing is almost enough.

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