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2017 Contra Costa County Zinfandel 2017 Contra Costa County Zinfandel

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.

Winemaking
We took about 20% of this Zinfandel and dumped the whole clusters into big T-bin fermenters before destemming the remaining grapes over the top. The Zinfandel then underwent a two week native open-air fermentation before being pressed off into old French Oak barrels, where it aged for 11 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Our Price: $25.00
2014 Dry Creek Valley Syrah 2014 Dry Creek Valley Syrah

Our Syrah vineyard produces such great fruit that I made a few changes in production of the ’14 in order to let the vineyard speak for itself. This vintage was fermented 15% whole cluster and aged in 100% neutral French Oak, so you’ll get more of the essence of the volcanic soils of the vineyard (terrior) in the wine.
Blackberry, blueberry, olive, bacon fat and herbs highlight the flavors of this wine with a structured, yet finessed finish.
Pair with peppery grilled meats (especially lamb and steak) and root vegetables.


Winemaking

Our '14 Syrah was about 15% whole cluster and 85% destemmed whole berry before undergoing a ten day native fermentation with twice daily punchdowns, the grapes were pressed off the skins and the juice was barreled into five neutral French Oak barrels where it aged for 13 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Our Price: $28.00
2014 Russian River Valley "Ted Williams Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2014 Russian River Valley "Ted Williams Vineyard" Pinot Noir

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!)


Winemaking

Our Russian River Pinot Noir was destemmed whole berry and fermentation started spontaneously. After a seven day fermentation with twice daily punchdowns, the grapes were pressed off the skins and the juice was barreled into old French Oak barrels where they aged for 14 months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Our Price: $28.00
2014 Russian River Valley "Alegria Vineyard" Cabernet Franc 2014 Russian River Valley "Alegria Vineyard" Cabernet Franc

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% desteemed, not crushed. This light-handed treatment of the fruit leads to subtle hints of bell pepper, forrest floor, herbs, raspberries and Santa Rosa plum.
Pairs with many foods, including game hens, crispy skin trout, burgers, and turkey + cranberry sauce

Winemaking

Grapes were destemmed whole berry and cold soaked for four days prior to letting the temperature rise and natural fermentation starting. After a 10-day fermentation with twice daily punchdowns, the grapes were pressed off and the juice was barreled into four neutral French Oak barrels where they aged for 13 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Our Price: $28.00
2014 Los Carneros - Sonoma "Coplan Vineyard" Merlot 2014 Los Carneros - Sonoma "Coplan Vineyard" Merlot

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.

Winemaking
Grapes were destemmed whole berry and cold soaked for four days prior to letting the temperature rise and natural fermentation starting. After a 12-day fermentation with twice daily punchdowns, the grapes were pressed off and the juice was barreled into four neutral French Oak barrels where they aged for 14 months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Our Price: $28.00
Conduit 2014 Sonoma County Red Wine Conduit 2014 Sonoma County Red Wine

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.

Winemaking
After the 2014 harvest, it occurred to me that for the first time, I had produced both Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was inspired to create my first red wine blend as an homage to (one of my favorite wine styles) the classic Right Bank Bordeaux wine made using these same grape varietals.
But that wasn't enough...
It's with great pleasure to announce that this one-time only, red wax-capped, Sonoma County Red Wine Blend is now available for purchase while supplies last. This is a wine that I plan on drinking for a VERY long time. It's great now with food, but I would recommend getting a few bottles and aging them for several years, opening one occasionally to see how it's aging.

I selected my favorite barrel of both Merlot and Cab Franc and aged them separately for a year in once-used French Oak barrels before blending them together using 55% Merlot and 45% Cab Franc. I loved the combination of flavors, but the acidity and signifiant tannin in my young blend needed more time to come together. Two more years, in fact.

We finally bottled the two barrels of this wine (unfined and unfiltered) in early August 2017 yielding 43 cases plus 12 bottles of 1.5L magnums and let it sit for months and months and months before we finally decided a few weeks ago that the wine is, at long last, ready to be released.

Our Price: $40.00
2014 Red Wine Blend 1.5L MAGNUM 2014 Red Wine Blend 1.5L MAGNUM

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.

Winemaking
After the 2014 harvest, it occurred to me that for the first time, I had produced both Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was inspired to create my first red wine blend as an homage to (one of my favorite wine styles) the classic Right Bank Bordeaux wine made using these same grape varietals.

I selected my favorite barrel of both Merlot and Cab Franc and aged them separately for a year in once-used French Oak barrels before blending them together using 55% Merlot and 45% Cab Franc. I loved the combination of flavors, but the acidity and signifiant tannin in my young blend needed more time to come together. Two more years, in fact.

But that wasn't enough...

We finally bottled the two barrels of this wine (unfined and unfiltered) in early August 2017 yielding 43 cases plus 12 bottles of 1.5L magnums and let it sit for months and months and months before we finally decided a few weeks ago that the wine is, at long last, ready to be released.
It's with great pleasure to announce that this one-time only, red wax-capped, Sonoma County Red Wine Blend is now available for purchase while supplies last. This is a wine that I plan on drinking for a VERY long time. It's great now with food, but I would recommend getting a few bottles and aging them for several years, opening one occasionally to see how it's aging.

Our Price: $85.00
2014 Bordeaux-Varietal 3 Pack 2014 Bordeaux-Varietal 3 Pack

Get a sense for the individual wines that went into our limited 2014 Red Wine Blend + FREE SHIPPING with this three pack!
The Cabernet Franc is from the Algeria Vineyard on the Eastern Bench of the Russian River Valley, where the alluvial soils combined with the warm days and cool nights allow for slow, even ripening of the grapes and a beautiful, balanced wine.
The Merlot comes from the Coplan Vineyard on the Sonoma side of the Los Carneros AVA, where the clay soils and maritime influence of the San Pablo Bay create growing conditions similar to the Right Bank of Bordeaux...in California!

A Personal Note from the Winemaker about the 2014 Red Wine Blend
After the 2014 harvest, it occurred to me that for the first time, I had produced both Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was inspired to create my first red wine blend as an homage to (one of my favorite wine styles) the classic Right Bank Bordeaux wine made using these same grape varietals.
But that wasn't enough...
It's with great pleasure to announce that this one-time only, red wax-capped, Sonoma County Red Wine Blend is now available for purchase while supplies last. This is a wine that I plan on drinking for a VERY long time. It's great now with food, but I would recommend getting a few bottles and aging them for several years, opening one occasionally to see how it's aging.

I selected my favorite barrel of both Merlot and Cab Franc and aged them separately for a year in once-used French Oak barrels before blending them together using 55% Merlot and 45% Cab Franc. I loved the combination of flavors, but the acidity and signifiant tannin in my young blend needed more time to come together. Two more years, in fact.

We finally bottled the two barrels of this wine (unfined and unfiltered) in early August 2017 yielding 43 cases plus 12 bottles of 1.5L magnums and let it sit for months and months and months before we finally decided a few weeks ago that the wine is, at long last, ready to be released.

Our Price: $100.00