Artezin Petite Sirah Is A Winner

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Once used primarily as a blending grape to provide color
and structure, Petite Sirah has proven it can stand on its own,
yielding complex, intense and ageworthy wines. Mendocino
County, with its warmer Mediterranean climate, is an ideal location
for this varietal. Warm days allow the fruit to ripen fully, producing
powerful, richly flavored wines. This Petite Sirah comes from several
vineyards in eastern Ukiah Valley, near Lake Mendocino.

The color is dark red, almost black, with violet hues. Bright aromas
with dark and brooding fruit of blackberries, dry forest and exotic
spices with nuances of leather and tar. Flavors of black cherry,
cassis, nutmeg and allspice with a mouthfeel that is highly textured,
like velvet, and a very slight grip that is beneficial for aging. This
reflects the mature tannin profile gained by extra “hang time” on
the vine, a hallmark of “new era” Petite Sirahs. This wine pairs with
hearty fare such as grilled meats, osso bucco, venison and red pasta
sauces. It also goes well with blue cheeses like Stilton and Gorgonzola
and other strong cheeses. For fun, try it with chocolate truffles or a variety of nuts.

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MENDOCINO
Appellation: Mendocino
Blend: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel
TA: 0.64 gms/100ml
Harvest Dates: October 21-22, 2010
Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling Date: March 7, 2012
Aging: 100% French Oak, once
used
pH: 3.67
2010
Mendocino
Mendocino’s Mediterranean climate is notable
for warmer days, which provide optimal ripening
conditions, producing powerful, richly flavored
wines, while cool evenings help Petite Sirah retain
balanced acidity and good structure.
MENDOCINO

Really lovely and elegant with a subtle finish and good nose. Can be found for around $25, depending on where you live and shop.

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2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir From River Road Is A Holiday Delight

rIVER rOAD-2013_Rose-Of-Pinot-NoirThe 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir is a
Nouveau-style wine produced from
hand-selected Pinot Noir grapes.
We harvested the Pinot from our lovely
Russian River Valley vineyards, when
the flavors of the berries were juicy
and ripe. The grapes were then gently
pressed during the winemaking process.
The free-run juice from this method has
created the hallmark characteristics for
our Rosé of Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES:
Beautiful bouquet of raspberry and
cantaloupe with a hint of peppermint
and trailing aromas of honeysuckle.
Palate follows bouquet with more ripe
raspberry flavors upfront, a touch of
rosehips mid-palate and a long finish
of blood orange and strawberry jam.
Delicate and easy to enjoy with vibrant
fruit flavors.

FOOD PAIRINGS:
This wine will pair perfectly with
Grilled Eggplant, Chicken Tetrazzini,
or Vegetarian Taro Egg Rolls.

APPELLATION DETAILS
Russian River Valley
PRIMARY FERMENTATION
DETAILS
HARVEST DATES
September 5th – 19th, 2013
TYPE/SIZE OF
FERMENTATION VESSEL
Stainless Steel Tanks
FINISHED WINE DETAILS
ALCOHOL 13.2% PH 3.43
TITRATABLE ACIDITY 5.1g/L
BOTTLING DATE Nov. 20, 2013
PRODUCTION 212 cases
SUGGESTED RETAIL $14.99
RESERVE ROSÉ
OF PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN
RIVER VALLEY
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The  2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir is a
Nouveau-style wine produced from
hand-selected Pinot Noir grapes.
We harvested the Pinot from our lovely
Russian River Valley vineyards, when
the flavors of the berries were juicy
and ripe. The grapes were then gently
pressed during the winemaking process.
The free-run juice from this method has
created the hallmark characteristics for
our Rosé of Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES:
Beautiful bouquet of raspberry and
cantaloupe with a hint of peppermint
and trailing aromas of honeysuckle.
Palate follows bouquet with more ripe
raspberry flavors upfront, a touch of
rosehips mid-palate and a long finish
of blood orange and strawberry jam.
Delicate and easy to enjoy with vibrant
fruit flavors.

FOOD PAIRINGS:
This wine will pair perfectly with
Grilled Eggplant, Chicken Tetrazzini,
or Vegetarian Taro Egg Rolls.

APPELLATION DETAILS
Russian River Valley
PRIMARY FERMENTATION
DETAILS
HARVEST DATES
September 5th – 19th, 2013
TYPE/SIZE OF
FERMENTATION VESSEL
Stainless Steel Tanks
FINISHED WINE DETAILS
ALCOHOL 13.2% PH 3.43
TITRATABLE ACIDITY 5.1g/L
BOTTLING DATE Nov. 20, 2013
PRODUCTION 212 cases

SUGGESTED RETAIL $14.99
RESERVE ROSÉ
OF PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN
RIVER VALLEY
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Gustafson Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Petite Sirah

2009 Estate Petite Sirah

2009 Estate Petite SirahHarvest: October 12, 2009
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Aging:18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 14.38%
Total Production: 450 cases
Release Date: Fall 2011

 

Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2009 vintage marked the beginning of a new challenge for the vineyard. A cold and wet spring delayed the onset of bud break in many of our vineyards, and these conditions necessitated a later than normal harvest for our Petite Sirah. The extended hang time brought us precariously close to winter rains, but allowed for full development of flavors and an opportunity to harvest at optimum physical maturity.

Winemaking Notes:
Petite Sirah grapes create a dreamy opportunity for winemakers, with steady, low heat fermentations that always seem to finish easily and at moderate alcohols. This wine was no exception, a near perfect fermentation created a clean expression of fruit and tannin. These pure flavors allowed us to experiment with different levels of toasting in the barrel ageing process; by utilizing a slightly higher amount of heavy toasted oak, the tannins were rounded and softened to create a unique expression of our vineyard.

Tasting Notes:
Rich, deep purple in the glass, with aromas of lavender and dark fruit balanced by meaty, earthy undertones. This wine bucks the stereotype of Petite Sirah being all finish and no flavor, and really begins to shine after an hour of decanting, revealing luscious aromas of fruit, cocoa, tobacco and a hint of molasses. The finish is strong but not abrupt, giving you the desired “oomph” of a Petite Sirah without being dry or abrasive. A truly delicious wine that will only get better with time.

The perfect dinner wine. We loved this elegant, food friendly P.S. with roasts, pasta, cheese and just about anything. A real surprise.

SRP: $32

 

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J Vineyards Sets The Standard For California’s Finest Sparkling Wines.

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While no one can deny the fact that only France truly claims the right to call sparkling wines, grown in the Champagne district Champagne, sparklers around the world can be a viable alternative and in some cases, compete with their French cousins.

Such is the case of the following two from J Vineyards and Winery. Truth be told, the 2003 Late Disgorged Vintage Brut deserves mention with the finest Sparkling Wines California makes. Subtle, elegant, attention grabbing and gorgeous, it is worth its $90 price tag and would be a jewel in the crown of any New Years celebration.

The 2005 is not to be neglected. It too is a superb example is this vineyard’s class act at about half the cost.

Both can be ordered from the J Website by clicking here.

2003 J Vintage Brut, LD
The vineyards

The 2003 Russian River Valley growing season was a bit of a rollercoaster. Warm periods turned to weeks of cool fog, and a damp April gave way to a warm May. The late spring bloom pushed the harvest into September, which was a few weeks later than normal. Overall there was a favorable yield of grapes, proving once again that the Russian River Valley is exceptional terroir for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Processing

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented and kept separately until the final blending decision, which took place in November. The cuvée (blend) was assembled the next month, cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, and then bottled in July of 2004.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the wine was aged on tiragefor seven years in our cellars. In early 2012, the wine was carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of oak-aged reserve wine was added to balance acidity. An additional five months of aging on the cork was added before release.

Tasting Notes

The 2003 J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut exhibits an enticing array of aromas, including toasted almond, citrus, caramel, and baked bread. A sophisticated mélange of pear and lime notes follow savory lemon and delicate cinnamon flavors. This wine is perfect for a Sunday brunch that might include strawberries with Meyer lemon curd and Cow Girl Creamery Red Hawk triple-cream cheese lightly spread over toasted cracked wheat bread.

APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATE:August 21 – September 4, 2003

WINE ALCOHOL:12.5% by volume

WINE ACID:8.3 grams per liter

WINE pH:3.14

RESIDUAL SUGAR:1.0%

FINAL BLEND:49% Pinot Noir, 49 % Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier

PRODUCTION:500 cas

SRP: $90


2005 J Vintage Brut
The vineyards

The 2005 Russian River Valley growing season was cooler than average, though July was a bit warmer. The cool weather delayed the sparkling wine harvest to mid-August, and a spike in temperatures gently pushed the grapes to their proper balance of pH and acidity.

Processing

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented and kept separately until the final blending decision, which took place in November. The cuvée was assembled the next month, cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, then bottled in May of 2006.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the
wine was aged on tirage for nearly five years in our cellars. In early October 2011, the wine was carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of barrel-aged reserve wine was added for balance. An additional three months of aging on the cork was added before release.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
I love the fine, persistent bubbles in this Vintage Brut. The 2005 vintage features luscious aromas of ripe citrus, pear, and honeysuckle. A noticeable yeasty brioche and butterscotch aroma lures you in for the first sip. Slight toasted almond characters add to the layers in the mouth with pear, taffy apple, and citrus flavors. An excellent balance of toast and rich fruit flavors is the hallmark of this vintage brut. It is the perfect apéritif or first-course accompaniment to a potato leek purée drizzled over curly endive with a dash of truffled caviar.

APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATE:August 15 – September 16, 2005

FINAL BLEND:54% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier

SRP: $48

 

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Pinot Noir Nouveau, a Rosé of Pinot Noir produced by River Road Family Vineyards and Winery… the beginning of a family tradition

2012 Nouveau Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

This 2012 Nouveau (nuvo), a Rosé of Pinot Noir, is produced from hand-selected Pinot Noir grapes. We harvested the grapes from our lovely Russian River Valley vineyards, with only 240 cases of this very special wine being produced. Pinot Noir grapes were gently pressed during the winemaking process, with the free-run juice now being the hallmark of this Nouveau. Harvested in September of 2012, this Rosé was released on the first Monday of December 2012, marking our inaugural tradition… And, hopefully yours too, for any of your celebrations ahead.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 Nouveau is very light bodied, and has refreshing aromas and flavors of juicy strawberries and delicious plums. A soft Rosé of Pinot Noir, this wine is intended to be enjoyed as a young, uncomplicated beverage, with great everyday appeal.

Food Pairings

This wine will pair perfectly with Grilled Eggplant, Chicken Tetrazzini, or Vegetarian Taro Egg Rolls

$14.99 btl

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Absolutely delightful and better than many  Nouveaus from France.

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Beaujolais Nouveau, the delicious and much sought after wine made
from Gamay grapes, is the most popular vin de primeur. Fermented for just a few weeks before being released on the third Thursday of November, this "Beaujolais Nouveau Day" enjoys heavy marketing while Nouveau producers race to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe.

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Rutherford Grove Petite Sirah Excels

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PETITE SIRAH

SPRING CREEK VINEYARD

ST. HELENA

2007 NAPA VALLEY

VINEYARD NOTES:

The  2007 vintage of Petite Sirah was made in much the same style as the previous four vintages producing a luscious, fruit forward, delicious wine from Spring Creek Vineyard, located in the St. Helena appellation.

The vineyard is on the west side of the Valley floor and benefits from copious direct sunlight during the growing season as well as cool breezes in the afternoon, a perfect situation for Petite Sirah.

The 2007 Petite Sirah exhibits the typical deep black and purple hues that, amazingly, come from only 10 days of skin contact. 10 months of oak aging contribute rich aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla that are well balanced with the characteristic plum, boysenberry and hints of roasted game. The entry is rich and concentrated, the structure and weight are big and the finish is silky and very approachable early on for this varietal.

Absolutely delicious now. Tastes like a $100 wine.

100% PETITE SIRAH

BARREL AGING:
10 Months
50% French Oak, 50% American Oak
50% new, 30% one-year old,
20% two-year old.

APPELLATION:
Saint Helena

PRODUCTION:
330 Cases

ALCOHOL:
14.2%

 

SRP: $37.00 / per bottle

 

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3 For The Road: RIVER ROAD FAMILY VINEYARDS AND WINERY Bring Value and Quality To The Holidays

RIVER ROAD FAMILY VINEYARDS AND WINERY

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River Road Family Vineyards and Winery Adding Incredible Value to Your Russian River Valley Options

River Road Family Vineyards and Winery is a small-production wine
company, located in Russian River Valley’s sub appellation of Green Valley. They offer a tremendous value experience through our commitment to producing wines of the highest  quality, yet offering them to the public at the most affordable of prices.

For Example:

2011 Un-Oaked Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ $13.99 SRP
2011 Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ $18.99 SRP
2011 Reserve Pinot Noir Sonoma County ~ $18.99 SRP

Cool Green Valley climate in Russian River Valley is known for producing expressive,
fruit-forward wines that capture the unique personality of each variety. River Road
Family Vineyards and Winery offers distinctive wine styles, and embodies the character and versatility of each region and vineyard.

2011 Un-Oaked Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ 100 percent stainless steel
fermented, this Sonoma County Chardonnay is a classic everyday Chard.
Well balanced, it offers light, exciting, and refreshing fruit flavors of tart
apples and lemons.

We are fans of the Un-Oaked style and this is  a charmer.

2011 Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ A delicate, caramel-apple
nose has this reserve, barrel selection bringing forward the most appealing
characteristics of Chardonnay. With its bold and balanced peach and
toasty flavors with almond notes,

The balance is the secret. Excellent!

2011 Reserve Pinot Noir Sonoma County ~ Handcrafted from vine to
wine, this vibrant Reserve Pinot Noir has a beautiful depth of color.
Aromas and flavors of strawberry, Bing cherries, and luscious plums are
enjoyed on the mid-palate, with a lingering finish, suggestive of mulling
spices, anise, and molasses.

Not your standard Pinot Noir. Real elegance. Love it with turkey.

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Concannon Petite Sirahs Shine

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2008 RESERVE PETITE SIRAH, POLO FIELD VINEYARD

The 2008 Polo Field Vineyard Petite Sirah, Reserve is a smooth, intricate wine with blackberry pie and currant aromas on the nose lead to a hint of leather. Pair with rich fudge cake.

$36.00/Bottle, SRP

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Wine Profile:

Vintage:
2008

Wine Type:
Red Wine

Varietal:
Petite Sirah

Appellation:
Livermore Valley

Acid:
0.62 g/100ml

PH:
3.62

Residual Sugar:
0.03 g/100ml

Alcohol %:
14.6

Tasting Notes:

The 2008 Polo Field Vineyard Petite Sirah, Reserve is an intricate, finely structured wine. Blackberry pie and currant aromas on the nose lead to a hint of leather in the background. The finish is silky, smoky, and long which will only get smoother as the wine matures over time. While ready to drink now, this wine is age-worthy and can be held for upwards of five years.

Awards:

Gold, Best of Class, California State Fair 2012 Gold, Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2012

Vineyard Notes:

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Petite Sirah, Concannon’s winemaking team has crafted this excellently structured wine from a single vineyard block that’s known for producing wine with concentrated flavors and rich, supple tannins. Reminiscent of sunny afternoons watching a polo game, this elegant wine has a complex palate of blackberry pie and leather that will stand the test of time.

Food Pairing:

Filet mignon with a béarnaise sauce or rich fudge cake.

Production:

260 cases

Absolutely outstanding and tastes much more expensive than it’s price. Would love to taste it in 3 years. Rich, but not overpowering.


2008 CONSERVANCY PETITE SIRAH

The 2008 Petite Sirah, Conservancy exhibits a rich nose of fresh blackberries, cassis and has a flavorful palate of cherries, plums and mocha. Subtle notes of cedar, cocoa and earth tone lead to a smooth, silky finish. Pair with barbecued chicken.

$18.00/Bottle

Subtotal:  $0.00

Wine Profile:

Vintage:
2008

 

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