Pinot 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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
HARVEST DATES September 13, 2011
RESIDUAL SUGAR 0.6% (Dry)
FERMENTATION Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for
approximately 30 days
SOILS Flat, sandy delta soil
VINE AGE 10 years on average
YIELDS 6-7 tons per acre
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Here’s a red duo you’ll like. Both different; both delightful.
2009 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.00)
WINEMAKER Rick Sayre
ALCOHOL 13.5 .
APPELLATION Sonoma County
CELLAR & FERMENTATION 20 months in oak, 85 American, 15 French
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
82 cabernet sauvignon, blended
with merlot and cabernet franc for
roundness and additional complexity.
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.
A perfect steak wine!!
2009 Rodney Strong Estate, Knotty Vines Zinfandel ($18.50)
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$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.
This deeply pigmented wine contains sumptuous tannins which balance the plump blackberry and caramel sweetness providing the wine with a luscious, festive feel.
Harvest date: September 24, 2008
Bottled: August 27, 2010
Cases Produced: 285
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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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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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," […]