Artezin Petite Sirah Is A Winner

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. […]

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

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 […]

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.

  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 […]

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.


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

rutherford grove petite sirah






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.


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

Saint Helena

330 Cases



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 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 […]