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Rosé

2017 Rose of Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valley$24
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2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: The Russian River Valley appellation, with its cooler summer temperatures, is a great area for growing very flavorful Pinot Noir grapes. A long, cool ripening period allows for a slow and complete maturation of flavor compounds in the fruit. A perfect vintage results in wines showing intense varietal character.

In The Winery: Juice used to craft this elegant Rosé was obtained via the saignée process. Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at night, at the peak of ripeness, and immediately delivered to the winery. There they were gently destemmed and the must moved to tank. After about 20 hours of soaking the juice on the skins to extract just the right amount of color and flavor, juice was separated from the skins and fermented at 50oF. The result is a light pink colored, fruit-forward zesty wine best enjoyed chilled.

Tasting Notes: This delicate, very aromatic wine offers notes reminiscent of violets, ripe watermelon and wild strawberries. Very fruity on the palate, the crisp acidity offers a refreshing finish and a perfect pairing for foods. Try this Reserve Rosé with a fresh goat cheese salad or with shrimp, crab and lobster. Be careful, though . . . it’s so refreshing that on a hot day you’ll be reaching for that second bottle in no time!

   
2016 Rose of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley$24
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2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: The Russian River Valley appellation, with its cooler summer temperatures, is a great area for growing very flavorful Pinot Noir grapes. A long, cool ripening period allows for a slow and complete maturation of flavor compounds in the fruit. A perfect vintage results in wines showing intense varietal character.

In The Winery: Juice used to craft this elegant Rosé was obtained via the saignée process. Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at night, at the peak of ripeness, and immediately delivered to the winery. There they were gently destemmed and the must moved to tank. After about 20 hours of soaking the juice on the skins to extract just the right amount of color and flavor, juice was separated from the skins and fermented at 50oF. The result is a light pink colored, fruit-forward zesty wine best enjoyed chilled.

Tasting Notes: This delicate, very aromatic wine offers notes reminiscent of violets, ripe watermelon and wild strawberries. Very fruity on the palate, the crisp acidity offers a refreshing finish and a perfect pairing for foods. Try this Reserve Rosé with a fresh goat cheese salad or with shrimp, crab and lobster. Be careful, though . . . it’s so refreshing that on a hot day you’ll be reaching for that second bottle in no time!


 

Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc$18
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2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard:The Russian River Valley appellation, with its cooler summer temperatures, is a great area for growing the very aromatic Sauvignon Blanc grape.  A long, cool ripening period allows for a slow and complete maturation of flavor compounds in the fruit. A perfect vintage results in wines showing intense varietal character.

In The Winery: Sauvignon Blanc benefits from hand harvesting.  Gently hand-picking into half-ton bins with immediate delivery to the winery discourages early juicing and therefore avoids oxidation and concomitant extraction of bitter components from skins prior to pressing the grapes.  Harvesting is done at night when temperatures can drop to as low as 50o Fahrenheit to further protect the fruit.
At the winery, the grapes are quickly destemmed and sent directly to the press as whole berries.  Cold juice from the press pan is immediately pumped to tanks where it is chilled and settled for several days.  At that point the clear juice is racked off solids and yeasted.
Yeast choice can have a great influence on white wine character, allowing for development of more aromatic compounds in the juice and resulting wine.  A slow, cold fermentation at 50o Fahrenheit helps preserve these aromas and flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is bottled early in the New Year and by April, when spring is in the air, Sauvignon Blanc is ready to sip and enjoy.

Tasting Notes:Fresh aromas of lemon, grapefruit and orange blossom leap from the glass and carry onto the rich, refreshing palate and creamy finish of this wine. The citrusy fruit and bright acidity makes our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc an excellent complement to lighter fish dishes and other seafood all the way to exotic, spicy Thai foods.

   
2016 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc$24
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2017 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: The Russian River Valley appellation, with its cooler summer temperatures, is a great area for growing the very aromatic Sauvignon Blanc grape.  A long, cool ripening period allows for a slow and complete maturation of flavor compounds in the fruit. A perfect vintage results in wines showing intense varietal character.

In The Winery: Sauvignon Blanc grapes were gently hand-picked in the cool of the night into half-ton bins with immediate delivery to the winery. 
At the winery, the grapes were quickly destemmed and sent directly to the press as whole berries.  Cold juice from the press pan was immediately pumped to tanks where it was chilled and settled for several days.  At that point the clear juice was racked off solids and the juice moved to barrels (10% new French) for fermentation.
A slow, cool fermentation helps preserve these aromas and flavors while the barrel fermentation added richness and a creamy finish to the wine.

Tasting Notes: Fresh aromas of lemon, grapefruit and orange blossom leap from the glass and carry onto the rich, refreshing palate and creamy finish of this wine. The citrusy fruit and bright acidity makes our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc an excellent complement to lighter fish dishes and other seafood all the way to exotic, spicy Thai foods.

 

   

 

Chardonnay

Balverne Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
$20

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2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: About 98% of the fruit for this wine is Clone 17 (also known as the “Robert Young” clone) while the remaining 2% is made up of Clone 809 (a musqué clone). Growing in the heavier clay soils typical of the Russian River Valley appellation, these vines offer Chardonnay rich in flavors reminiscent of baked apple and ripe pear. The “musqué” clone adds another level of complexity due to its natural muscat-like spiciness.

In The Winery: Fruit was hand-picked at night and delivered immediately to the winery while still cold. After hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, the juice sent to tank for settling. Clean juice was racked off, inoculated and moved to French oak barrels for fermentation. The wines were left sur-lie to complete malolactic fermentation and for aging, with monthly stirring.

Tasting Notes: Complex aromas of Bosc pear, baked apple, toast and cream, with subtle aromas of almonds and spice. On the palate the wine is multi-layered and smooth textured, showing great intensity and flavors of spicy ripe pear and apple along with notes of toasty French oak. The finish is long and satisfying, with complex notes of oak, spice and hints of minerality.

 

   
   
Balverne Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
$20

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2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: About 80% of the fruit for this wine is Clone 17 (also known as the “Robert Young” clone) while the remaining 20% is made up of Clone 809 (a musqué clone). Growing in the heavier clay soils typical of the Russian River Valley appellation, these vines offer Chardonnay rich in flavors reminiscent of baked apple and ripe pear. The “musqué” clone adds another level of complexity due to its natural muscat-like spiciness.

In The Winery: Fruit was hand-picked at night and delivered immediately to the winery while
still cold. After hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, the juice
sent to tank for settling. Clean juice was racked off, inoculated and moved to
French oak barrels for fermentation. The wines were left sur-lie to complete
malolactic fermentation and for aging, with monthly stirring.

Tasting Notes: Complex aromas of Bosc pear, toast and cream, with subtle aromas of exotic spice. On the palate, it is multi-layered and smooth textured, showing great intensity and flavors of ripe citrus, white peach and kiwi fruit. The finish is long and satisfying, with complex notes of oak, spice and great minerality..

   
2013 Russian River Chardonnay Reserve$33
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2015 Chardonnay Reserve, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: About 80% of the fruit for this wine is Clone 17 (also known as the “Robert Young” clone) while the remaining 20% is made up of Clone 809 (a musqué clone). Growing in the heavier clay soils typical of the Russian River Valley appellation, these vines offer Chardonnay rich in flavors reminiscent of baked apple and ripe pear. The “musqué” clone adds another level of complexity due to its natural muscat-like spiciness.

In The Winery: Fruit was hand-picked at night and delivered immediately to the winery while
still cold. After hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, the juice
sent to tank for settling. Clean juice was racked off, inoculated and moved to
50% new French oak, a blend of Remond and Francois Freres coopered barrels,
for fermentation. The wines were left sur-lie to complete malolactic
fermentation and for 15 months of aging with monthly stirring.

Tasting Notes:Beautiful Chardonnay fruit provides complex aromas reminiscent of of Bosc pear
and baked apple with subtle aromas of almonds and spice. Fifteen months of
aging in 50% new Remond and Francois Freres barrels adds an intensity of toasty
French oak perfume. On the palate the wine is multi-layered and smooth textured, showing great intensity and flavors of spicy ripe pear and apple along with notes of toasty
French oak. The finish of this big, powerful Chardonnay is persistent and
unusually satisfying, with complex notes of fruit, oak and spice. A perfect pairing
for lobster and for wild mushroom cream sauces, this wine will age gracefully
over the next 5 – 10 years.


 

Pinot Noir

2015 Reserve Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
$45

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2015 Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: The Pinot Noir grapes used in this wine came entirely from the Russian River appellation, a perfect place for growing this varietal due to its cooler temperatures and well-drained sandy, loamy soils. The blend is composed primarily of three Pinot clones: 114, 115 and 667. Each clone contributes unique sensory aspects to the blend. Clones 114 and 115 offer black cherry, rose petals and leather notes while clone 667 offers forward cherry fruit along with flavors reminiscent of nutmeg and clove.

In The Winery: Perfectly ripened grapes were harvested in the cool of the night and immediately delivered to the winery. There they were gently destemmed and sent to tank for a four-day cold soak. Daily punch-downs or delicate pump-overs extracted the rich color and flavor from the grape skins during fermentation. The resulting wine was aged for about twelve months in a variety of mostly French oak barrels. A “Reserve Blend” is a selection of the best of the best. Those lots with the richest, deepest color and most concentrated, complex aromas and flavors are chosen as the base. Careful blending of just the right amounts of these representative wines resulted in a balanced wine truly reflective of the complexity Pinot Noir offers when grown in the world-renowned Russian River appellation.

Tasting Notes: Aromatics reminiscent of strawberry, wild cherry, cola and black tea rise from a glass of this seductive Pinot Noir. Subtle notes of cloves and nutmeg follow. On the palate balanced acidity carries concentrated flavors of cherry and strawberry fruit enveloped in toasty French oak. A rich, long finish of spicy dark fruits and sweet oak make this wine a perfect pairing for BBQed salmon, grilled duck and roasted quail.

 

 

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
$26
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2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

In The Vineyard: The Pinot Noir grapes used in this wine came entirely from the Russian River appellation, a perfect place for growing this varietal due to its cooler temperatures and well-drained sandy, loamy soils. The blend is composed primarily of three Pinot clones: 114, 115, and 667. Each clone contributes unique sensory aspects to the blend. Clone 115 offers black cherry, rose petals and leather notes. Two of the most popular clones of Pinot Noir in the Russian River appellation are 667, known for its forward cherry fruit along with flavors reminiscent of nutmeg and clove.

In The Winery: Perfectly ripened grapes were harvested in the cool of the night and immediately delivered to the winery. There they were gently destemmed and sent to tank for a four-day cold soak. Daily punch-downs or delicate pump-overs extracted the rich color and flavor from the grape skins during fermentation. The resulting wine was aged for about twelve months in a variety of mostly French oak barrels. Careful blending of just the right amounts of each of the three major clones resulted in a balanced wine truly reflective of the complexity Pinot Noir offers when grown in the world-renowned Russian River appellation.

Tasting Notes: Aromatics reminiscent of strawberry, cherry, cola and black tea rise from a glass of this beautiful Pinot Noir. Subtle notes of leather and nutmeg follow. On the palate balanced acidity carries flavors of cherry and strawberry fruit enveloped in toasty French oak. A rich, long finish of spicy dark fruits and sweet oak make this wine a perfect pairing for BBQ’d salmon, grilled duck and roast pork.


 

Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill
$33
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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill

In The Vineyard: Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon has a well-deserved reputation as being a very big, tannic, deeply colored, and ultimately one of the most age worthy wines made from Sonoma County grapes. This 2014 Chalk Hill Cabernet is grown on the highest and steepest vineyard blocks. These grapes are also the last ones to ripen. The rocky, volcanic soils drain quickly and produce small, more intensely flavored and colored berries without aggressive canopies (leaves). Reaching almost 700 feet high, these blocks have excellent sun exposure. Afternoon temperatures are moderate due to cooling Pacific breezes from the Russian River Valley.

In The Winery: The Cabernet Sauvignon was handpicked in the cool of the night, brought to the winery and carefully cluster sorted, destemmed (but not crushed) and gently pumped to fermentors. The grapes are left to soak 24 hours. Yeast strains are chosen carefully for each varietal in the winery. For Cabernet and other red Bordeaux varietals, D254 is chosen to emphasize berry fruit, spice components. Following two years of aging in French oak, the wine was bottled and aged in bottle from 6-12 months before release.

Tasting Notes:This Cabernet is richly layered with flavors of spice; vanilla, allspice, cinnamon and cardamom blended with hints of berry, raspberry, and cassis flavors from the grapes. The lengthy finish is smooth and well balanced. This exotic mélange continues to develop during bottle aging. A noteworthy wine will change as you consume it; every swirl and sip will bring forth a new sensory aspect of the wine.