2017 Contra Costa County Marsanne/Roussanne - current release
Waxy and citrusy aromas with flavors of Meyer lemon, lychee, and honey come together beautifully in this structured, medium-bodied white wine. Aged and fermented in old French Oak barrels for 11 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Pair with shellfish, roasted chicken, veal, and pork dishes.
2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir- "Deep Cuts" Library Wine
This light and food-friendly Pinot Noir delivers elevated floral notes and restrained fruit flavors of pomagranate, raspberries, bing cherries, and cola in a velvety textured wine with great structure.
Pairs great with moth anything, we like to drink it with grilled chicken, duck breast, and mushrooms (especially mushroom risotto!)
2017 Contra Costa Co. Old Vine Zinfandel - current release
Wow. This might be the best wine we have ever made. Lifted floral aromas give way to silky smooth mouthfeel and flavors of fresh picked wild berries, licorice and underripe plum in this unique take on California Zinfandel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 11 months aging in old French Oak barrels. Drink on it's own or pair with just about anything, including turkey, pork, BBQ chicken, and vegetables reduced in red wine or balsamic sauces.
2018 El Dorado County Viognier - current release
I think of this wine as the lighter side of Viognier, but don't mistake that for a wine lacking in beautiful aromatic characteristics. Our 2018 Viognier comes from 2,100' elevation planted in decomposed granite soils, which both lead to beautiful aromatics of rose petal and stone fruit and playful mid-palate of peaches, nectarine, and white flowers. This is a playful, fun wine with structural integrity is great on its own, but also pairs well with fatty cheeses, shellfish, and traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
2015 Sierra Foothills "Cerca Trova" Vermentino - current release
Circa Trova is Italian for "seek and you will find," which is what we did (for three years) before finding a great vineyard for this rarely (California) grown grape. You'll typically find Vermentino produced on the island of Corsica, western/central Italy or in southern France under the name "Rolle." Our Vermentino comes from the schist and limestone soils of Calaveras County in the Sierra Foothills. These soils paired with the high elevation give this wine mineralogy and bright acidity, along with notes of daffodil, grapefruit pith, subtle almond and lime zest.
2017 Dry Creek Valley Syrah- current release - 90 points Wine Enthusiast
We foot stomped the 2017 Syrah and natively fermented 80% whole cluster and 20% whole berry. We then pressed the dry juice in 100% neutral French Oak and aged it for 15 months before bottling unfined and unfilered. We believe this is the best expression of this special block of Benchland Dry Creek Syrah we have produced to date. Aromas of black olive, savory meat and violets lead into a finessed and silky mouthfeel framed by flavors of blackberries, currants and acai which seamlessly lead into a structured finish of zippy acid and soft tannin. Pair with peppery grilled meats (especially lamb and steak) and root vegetables.
2013 Amador County Alicante Bouschet - "Deep Cuts" library wine
This very rare grape is called a teinturier, meaning that both the grape skins and flesh are red, which make this wine both full bodied and very intense in color (also very high in antioxidants!). The wine was aged in 20% new French Oak, 20% three-times used American oak, and 60% neutral French Oak barrels, which lend its sweet, smokey aromas, roasted fennel, and black fruit characteristics. The thick skins and early harvesting give this wine amazing structure of both tannin and acid.
Pair with spiced and herb-heavy dishes, such as roasted meats and vegetables.
2014 Los Carneros - Sonoma "Coplan Vineyard" Merlot - "Deep Cuts" library wine
This Merlot comes from the Los Carneros - Sonoma region located a few miles north of the great San Francisco Bay. The maritime influences and clay soils of this region mimic the growing conditions of Bordeaux, making this area outstanding for growing Bordeaux varietals like Merlot. This wine opens with aromas of dusty earth, currants, and boysenberry, followed by flavors of strawberry, cherry, and underripe plum, that lead into grippy tannins laced in a bright, fresh finish. I recommend opening the bottle and hour or so before serving to let this young wine open up.
While traditional Merlot pairs well with lighter meats and vegetables, the tannins and structure in this wine will pair best with fatty red meat, portobello or porcini mushrooms, blue cheese, and braised short ribs.
2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - "Deep Cuts" library wine
2012 was an outstanding vintage for Pinot in Northern California and this wine will show why. Anderson Valley is known for it’s wild Penny Royal plants, giving this wine early notes of eucalyptus, mint, which have recently began to integrate as cedar wood notes with the five years of aging. Dark cherries, vanilla, and subtle baking spices are followed by a light and smooth finish.
Pair with duck breast and a balsamic cherry reduction sauce, and mushroom risotto.
2014 Russian River Valley Cabernet Franc- "Deep Cuts" library wine
A wine buyer once described this wine as, "a shy dude with great hair.” I think what he meant is the wine has characteristics of a certain restrained elegance. I fermented this wine about 10% whole-cluster, meaning I added the best whole clusters of fruit (including the stems) into the fermentation with the remaining 90% de-steemed, not crushed. This light-handed treatment of the fruit leads to subtle hints of bell pepper, forest floor, herbs, raspberries and Santa Rosa plum.
Pairs with many foods, including game hens, crispy skin trout, burgers, and turkey + cranberry sauce
2014 Sonoma County Red Wine - Merlot/Cabernet Franc Blend - current release
This wine (released December 2018) was over four years in the making! We blended this wine together 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc after and year of aging in one-year-old French Oak barrels, then aged it an additional two years in neutral French Oak before bottling unfined and unfiltered. This blend of cool-climate Bordeaux varietals grown in Los Carneros - Sonoma and the Russian River Valley come together in harmonious Santa Rosa plum, cassis, violet and slight herbal and cedar notes bathed in significant acid and tannin structure. Pair with steak (especially Prime Rib or NY Strip), lamb, and hamburgers. We recommend you decant for at least 45 minutes prior to enjoying.
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