J PINOT GRIS, CALIFORNIA 2011

LabelPinot Gris comes in many different styles. At J,it is crisp, with bright fruit expression, and a touch of minerality. As always, it begins in the vineyard. The myriad of Russian River Valley estate vineyards provide fruit that comes from well-drained soils rich in nutrients. J’s  viticulturist works with each vineyard site to ensure that the soil type, vine canopy selection, natural pest management, and timing for the harvest pick are all aligned with our Winemaker’s vision for handcrafting Pinot Gris that is perfectly balanced with acidity and fruit. Not a small accomplishment given the fruit’s complexity.

Similar to their Chardonnays, they whole-cluster press the grapes utilizing our Coquard press minimizing harsh components from the grape skins mingling with the juice. The wine is fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the fruit’s integrity. No malolactic fermentation occurs during this process. After fermentation, aging in the stainless steel tanks begins for several months prior to bottling.Pinot Gris Sign

PROCESSING

Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, and then pressed gently to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins and seeds. The wine from each appellation was broken into multiple lots and exposed to a variety of yeasts. The wine was fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the freshness of the fruit. There was no malolactic fermentation in this process.

AGING

After fermentation the lots were aged separately in stainless steel tanks. Once the wine lots naturally settled and clarified, they were blended together. This allowed the development of a range of aromatic and flavor components that ultimately melded to create a layered, complex wine.

TASTING NOTES

This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe, and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.

APPELLATION: Clarksburg 62%; Monterey 16%; RRV 12%; Napa 10%

HARVEST DATE: August 31 – October 2, 2011

WINE ALCOHOL: 13.8 % by volume

WINE ACID: 6.3 grams per liter

WINE PH: 3.36

RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.35%

PRODUCTION: 36,000 cases

BOTTLING DATE: March 20 – April 10, 2012

RELEASE DATE: May 2012

SRP: $15

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2010 HERITAGE ZINFANDEL – SONOMA COUNTY

Dry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines 2010 Heritage Zinfandel

HISTORY
This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine
budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of
a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters.
GROWING SEASON
The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of
the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay
on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains,
a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the
challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.

The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma
profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low
alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and
a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black
cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and
satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler
hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering
desire for another sip.

More Like a Bordeaux than a Rhone, here is a lovely dinner wine to enjoy with game, beef, pork and pasta.

SRP: $19

RELEASE DATE December 2012
BLEND 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION Sonoma County
HARVEST DATES September-October 2010
ALCOHOL 13.5%
BRIX Average 24.8
FERMENTATION
Average 18 days in stainless steel fermenters; pumped over
twice daily during fermentation.
PH 3.75
TA 0.6g/100mL
BARREL AGING
14 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak;
15% new oak
SOILS
Varies with a combination of gravelly loam and clay loam
on rolling hills to steep hillsides.
VINE AGE Average vine age is 30 years
YIELDS Averages 3 to 6 tons per acre

 

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DRY CREEK VINEYARD OFFERS QUALITY & VALUE

HISTORYDry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines 2011 Dry Chenin Blanc
For more than 25 years, we have sourced fruit from the Clarksburg appellation in the
Sacramento Delta. This area has provided us with delicious Chenin Blanc grapes that express our Loire Valley inspired roots. Most California vintners have given up on
Chenin Blanc. We believe this delicious varietal has a rightful place at the table. It is
the perfect aperitif wine, extremely versatile and food friendly, making it one of our
most beloved wines. 

GROWING SEASON
The 2011 season was fraught with many weather related challenges. Our viticulture
team however, was up to the task; carefully managing the vineyard and providing us
fruit with near perfect ripeness levels. Winter rains were plentiful and lasted well
into the late spring and early summer. The summer growing season was unseasonably cool. Harvest was temperate and canopy management was a key to achieve optimal ripeness in the grapes. Unwelcome rains came later into harvest – fortunately, much of our fruit was already picked and safely at the winery. 

WINEMAKER COMMENTS
Since our founding in 1972, we have produced a wonderfully crisp, incredibly
refreshing dry Chenin Blanc. The 2011 vintage perfectly represents our love for this
wonderful grape variety. Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus
leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky
notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft
apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle!

2011 DRY CHENIN BLANC – CLARKSBURG
DRY CREEK VINEYARD     3770 LAMBERT BRIDGE RD     HEALDSBURG, CA 95448     707.433.1000     FX 707.433.5329     DRYCREEKVINEYARD.COM
RELEASE DATE April 2012
BLEND 100% Chenin Blanc
APPELLATION Clarksburg
HARVEST DATES September 13, 2011
ALCOHOL 12.5%
RESIDUAL SUGAR  0.6% (Dry)
FERMENTATION  Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for
approximately 30 days
pH 3.53
TA 0.63g/100mL
SOILS Flat, sandy delta soil
VINE AGE 10 years on average
YIELDS 6-7 tons per acre

SRP: $12

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Rodney Strong Is The Name To Remember For Affordable Wines of Dependable Quality

Here’s a red duo you’ll like. Both different; both delightful.2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

2009 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.00)

WINEMAKER     Rick Sayre
ALCOHOL     13.5 .
TA     0.58gm/100ml
PH     3.66
APPELLATION     Sonoma County
CELLAR & FERMENTATION 20 months in oak, 85 American, 15 French

HISTORY
Over thirty years ago Rod Strong observed that the cool, foggy nights that
regularly enshrouded the winery, though crucial in the ripening process of
fine pinot noir and chardonnay, were less than ideal for growing cabernet
sauvignon. For that, Rod would have to look north, to the Alexander Valley,
where the days are warmer and the strong influence of the cool Pacific
Ocean is diminished. Today they farm their estate vineyards of prime cabernet
sauvignon in the well-drained alluvial, volcanic, and uplifted shale/sandstone
soils on the benches and hillsides of the celebrated Alexander Valley.

IN THE VINEYARDS

For the third year in a row, the 2009 vintage started off with a dry spring,
which typically produces smaller clusters, smaller berries, and less canopy
overall. Spring was mild enough to ward off frost this year, and vines
affected from the previous year seemed to rebound. The main growing
season was cool to warm and without incident. Picking commenced toward the end of September, and all of the cabernet was harvested by November 3rd.

The final blend was RODNEY STRONG
2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SONOMA COUNTY
82 cabernet sauvignon, blended
with merlot and cabernet franc for
roundness and additional complexity.

TASTING NOTES
Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and
currant lead to a rich, layered
mouthfeel, replete with black cherry,
cedar, and cassis, and structured
with lush, mature tannins. Enjoy this
seductive cabernet sauvignon now
and over the next several years.
2009 VINTAGE

A perfect steak wine!!

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2009 Rodney Strong Estate, Knotty Vines Zinfandel ($18.50)

 

2009 Zinfandel, Knotty Vines Estate Vineyards, Northern Sonoma

 

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Petite Sirah Series Part 1. Lava Cap’s Granite Hill Vineyard Excels

granite hill 2008

 

$30 per bottle

Discounts available on 6 bottles or more at the vineyard

Good Value and What a Surprise. Bravo California. You are getting it right. We can think of no better accompaniment to a Thanksgiving feast.

Not a lot of it, but worth the effort to locate. Order Here: Website

Petite Sirah 2008

Lava Cap’s Granite Hill vineyard has been part of our estate production since 1995. It consistently produces some of the most highly decorated Petite Sirahs in California. The wine has the iron-red soil character, black mineral depth and green conifer edge of the Sierra Foothills. Rich scents of berry, caramel and spice mingle with the fresh blackberry flavor. The tannins are sleek and juicy, wrapped in a plush blanket of French Oak. This wine is a perfect partner with grilled New York steak, braised short ribs, pepper-garlic crusted prime rib, cheese, and game dishes.

Tasting Notes

This deeply pigmented wine contains sumptuous tannins which balance the plump blackberry and caramel sweetness providing the wine with a luscious, festive feel.

Wine Facts
Harvest date: September 24, 2008
Bottled: August 27, 2010
Alcohol: 15.2%
pH: 3.76
Cases Produced: 285
Awards
Silver, Florida State Fair
Silver, Tasters’ Guild Int’l Wine Competition
Bronze, San Francisco Chronicle wine Competition
Bronze, Dallas Morning News Competition
Bronze, Grand Harvest Awards

 

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2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Offer Top Value and Unsurpassed Quality

The Story of the 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Davis Bynum is distinguished as the first winery to produce a single vineyard pinot noir from Russian River Valley.  The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochioli’s now prized vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through hand crafted pinot noir and chardonnay grown
exclusively from prime vineyards in Russian River Valley.Chardonnay is among the most transparent of grape varieties, clearly showing the soils and climate in which
it was grown. They follow time-honored methods, bringing in whole clusters of carefully selected Russian River Valley chardonnay during the coldest part of the morning, pressing gently one batch at a time, and fermenting slowly in my favorite French oak barrels.

Final choices are made lot by lot, based on aroma, flavor, overall
balance, and what is called “mouthfeel.”Russian River Valley chardonnay expresses itself differently depending on location, site specifics, and the nature of the vines themselves.The winemaker seeks out the “middle reach” region of the valley, which runs just southwest of Healdsburg to the Wohler Bridge in Forestville.  This area tends to be slightly warmer than the very cool south-western sub regions. Then he focuses  specific vineyards that show superior vine balance thanks to well-drained, inherently low vigor soils. Finally,I choosing a select variety of chardonnay “clones” to enhance complexity, while keeping to the food friendly flavor profile that has always been a hallmark of Davis Bynum: a little lighter, without being lean; a little crisper, without being tart; a little more aromatic, without being distracting; and balanced with less oak and alcohol than you often find in California chardonnays.

SRP: $25. A genuine bargain and a delicious treat

Wine Maker Greg Morthole Notes: Russian River Valley chardonnay expresses itself differently depending on location, site specifics, and the nature of the vines themselves. I seek out the "middle reach" region of the valley, which runs just southwest of Healdsburg to the Wohler Bridge in Forestville. This area tends to be slightly warmer than the very cool south-western sub regions. Then I focus on specific vineyards that show superior vine balance thanks to well-drained, inherently low vigor soils. Finally, I choose a select variety of chardonnay "clones" to enhance complexity, while keeping to the food friendly flavor profile that has always been a hallmark of Davis Bynum: a little lighter, without being lean; a little crisper, without being tart; a little more aromatic, without being distracting; and balanced with less oak and alcohol than you often find in California chardonnays.

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J Vineyards & Winery Launches Brut Rose in Sleek, Sexy New Package. Absolutely Lush and Exciting

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Coinciding with its 25th Anniversary Celebration, J Vineyards & Winery has introduced a non-vintage Brut Rose sparkling wine in a sleek, sexy new clear bottle. The bottle features a distinctive black version of its iconic brushstroke J logo.

"After a quarter century of crafting luxury wines, we still love introducing new wines and new packaging," said Judy Jordan, Founder and President of J Vineyards & Winery. "The eye-popping, rich, pink salmon hue of this pinot noir-based sparkling wine is now on full display for all to see.  It’s a real treat."

Although limited in production, the J Brut Rose can be found on many fine dining wine lists and independent retail stores throughout the country.  To find a retail store near you, or to purchase the wine directly, go to www.jwine.com.

TASTING NOTES

  • 100% Russian River Valley cool-climate grapes
  • 64% Pinot Noir; 34% Chardonnay; 2% Pinot Meunier
  • Traditional saignee methode champenoise techniques
  • Limited production, sleek new clear glass package
  • Elegant aromas of wild strawberry, nectarine, and fresh cut apples
  • Flavors of cherry, blood orange, citrus peel, and tropical fruit
  • The first thing you have to notice is the sexy bottle and the seductive wine color that grabs you. After that, when you’re tasting the wine, you think…crisp, red berries, blood orange, lemon peel, concentrated flavors, perfect balance, effervescent, elegant, and can I have another glass. For me, this wine is great with fruit or Hog Island oysters. Or a perfect way to start an evening out with friends.

    APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

    WINE ALCOHOL:12.5% by volume

    WINE ACID:7.3 grams per liter

    WINE pH:3.17

    RESIDUAL SUGAR:1.15%

    FINAL BLEND:64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier

    PRODUCTION:13,500

ABOUT J

Founded in 1986 by Judy Jordan, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery.  The Winery is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

J Vineyards & Winery focuses on non-vintage Brut, Vintage Brut, and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines, all produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation.

The J Vineyards & Winery Visitor Center and Bubble Room is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, south of Healdsburg. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, go to www.jwine.com

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William Hill® Estate 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Is A Radiant Example of Cab Quality.

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William Hill® Estate 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Nestled near the Silverado Trail, just minutes from some of the world’s most renowned vineyards, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and red Bordeaux varietals with rich, expressive flavors. Winemaker Ralf Holdenried makes William Hill’s extraordinary collection of elegant wines to showcase the other side of Napa – the side that is off the beaten path.

Wine Description:
The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas and flavors of bright red fruit, with hints of blueberry and red cherry. Undertones of brown spice and sweet vanilla create a plush mouthfeel of soft tannins that evolve into an extraordinary finish.

We were amazed by the extraordinary balance, depth and elegance of this wine. While it is delicious now, lay it away for a year or two and it will be worth the wait.
William His is quickly becoming one of our favorites in the affordable California arena. And they get the fruit right. It’s there, but it doesn’t scream at you.

Viticulture Notes:
The Napa Valley AVA is renowned for its long growing season, marked by warm, sunny days and cool evenings. These growing conditions are ideal for allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The 2008 growing season began dry and cool, leading up to an early frost that affected some vineyards during budbreak, reducing yields. The weather remained fairly mild through the summer, though some heat spikes occurred before harvest. Ultimately, the weather settled, allowing us to harvest each varietal at its optimal ripeness. Because yields were quite low compared to previous vintages, the harvest produced exceptional quality fruit, with great complexity and concentration.

Winemaking Notes:
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from the  premier vineyards in the Napa Valley. The grapes were cold soaked for three to five days to enhance color and flavor. After they were destemmed and crushed, the grapes were fermented in upright, closed top fermentors at a maximum temperature of 85°F. The wine remained in contact with the skins for approximately 18 days before undergoing malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel.
Varietal Origin: Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot,
4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Other
Titratable Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
pH: 3.75
Residual Sugar: 0.25 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.85%

Terrific. We loved it!

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