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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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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Two Winners From Rodney Strong For Around $20

2010 Chardonnay, Estate Vineyards, Chalk Hill

2010 Chardonnay, Estate Vineyards, Chalk Hill

In 1965, founder Rod Strong was the first to plant chardonnay in what would later be recognized as the Chalk Hill American Viticultural Area (AVA), established officially in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of Russian River Valley for its unique chalky white soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there.

The 2010 vintage started with a cool and fairly wet spring that remained mostly frost free. The late rains generated a healthy canopy, but one that required careful management to avoid green flavors. The cool spring evolved into an exceptionally cool summer, punctuated by a three day heat spike in August which reduced yields in many varieties. September started out warm and ended the same way, giving us the ripeness we were waiting for, and we harvested the last of our Chalk Hill chardonnay on October 8th.

Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 9 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which adds a creamy texture and increases richness on the palate. Encouraging secondary fermentation adds additional complexity, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with ripe apple, Meyer lemon, wet stone, and spiced vanilla flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.

SRP: $20 is excellent value. A lovely example of what California can do with Chardonnay. Loved the clean, fresh melon hints and food friendliness.


2010 Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyards, Russian River Valley

2010 Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyards, Russian River Valley

Rod Strong was among the first modern wine pioneers with a vision to plant pinot noir in the Russian River Valley. In 1968 he planted our heritage River East Vineyard in the alluvial clay-loam soils adjacent to the winery in Healdsburg. Today the Russian River Valley is well established as one of the premier pinot noir growing regions in the world, and we continue to rely on the original River East Vineyard as a core contributor to our estate vineyard bottling.

The 2010 vintage started with a cool and fairly wet spring that remained mostly frost free. The late rains generated a healthy canopy, but one that required careful management to avoid green flavors. The cool spring evolved into an exceptionally cool summer, punctuated by a three day heat spike in August which reduced yields in many varieties. September started out warm and ended the same way, giving us the ripeness we were waiting for, and we harvested the last of our Russian River pinot noir on October 7th.

Soft and silky, with intriguing floral and crushed pomegranate aromas, this medium bodied wine was aged for 11 months in small French oak barrels, which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity. Ideal for current enjoyment, this pinot noir will hold nicely over the next 2 to 4 years.

SRP: $20. Soft, easy going and perfect for chicken, light seafood and goat cheese.

 

 

 

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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 Does It again: 2 Delightful Wines

2008 J Pinot Noir, Russian River Valleyj pinot

The 2008 J Vineyards Pinot Noir is a lush, full wine exhibiting the expressive character of the Russian River Valley. An excellent growing season provided a wine of great depth, with elegantly composed layers. Aromas of milk chocolate, rose petals, and wild blackberry fill the glass. As the wine opens there are hints of caramel, cinnamon and cloves. The traditional Pinot Noir flavors of cherry and strawberry are fully integrated with the subtle oak tannins

Lovely with salmon, roasts, light cheese.

The vineyards

Fruit for our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from our estate vineyards as well as selected growers in the Russian River Valley appellation. J estate vineyards are planted with different clones of Pinot Noir, including Dijon (113, 115, 777, and 667) as well as native (Rochioli, 2A). These clones are spread across a range of soil types from rocky riverbed to Goldridge sandy loam, and when combined are a comprehensive expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Processing

The fruit was night harvested to preserve freshness, and hand-sorted before de-stemming into open- and closed-top fermenters. The must was cold soaked 3-10 days before going through natural, extended fermentation. As fermentation nears completion, the wine is drained freely from the tanks into 100% Burgundian oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place. This process allows us to craft a beautifully balanced wine that exhibits a layered complexity of flavors and aromas.
Aging
The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (30% new). Each lot was meticulously evaluated for blending. Once the final blends were created, the wine was returned to barrel to allow gentle integration before bottling. After bottling, the wine rested for at least six months.

Tasting Notes
The 2008 J Vineyards Pinot Noir is a lush, full wine exhibiting the expressive character of the Russian River Valley. An excellent growing season provided a wine of great depth, with elegantly composed layers. Aromas of milk chocolate, rose petals, and wild blackberry fill the glass. As the wine opens there are hints of caramel, cinnamon and cloves. The traditional Pinot Noir flavors of cherry and strawberry are fully integrated with the subtle oak tannins.
Winemaker:George Bursick
Appellation:Russian River Valley
Harvest Date:August 12 – October 2, 2009
Wine Alcohol:14.3% by volume
Wine Acid:5.5 grams per liter
Wine pH:3.73
Residual Sugar:0.15%
Production:18,000 cases
Bottling Date:March 2010
Release Date:January 2011

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J Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

j chardonnay
This Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from throughout our Russian River Valley vineyards. A sensual, creamy palate supports a complex mix of papaya, jasmine, and lemon-lime citrus characters over the long finish

The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay is a sublime combination of old world minimalist technique and new world fruit expression. Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey tickle the nose and mouth. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy texture reminiscent of crème brûlée. A long luxurious finish exhibits hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon

Good with shellfish, goat cheese, chicken and custards.

The vineyards

The grapes for 2008 Chardonnay come from several J estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley, as well as from select premium vineyard sites in the western region of the Russian River Valley.

Processing
Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested between 23 and 24 brix, and then pressed gently in our Coquard press to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins of the grapes; free-run and press fraction juices were fermented separately using a combination of indigenous and unique custom yeast strains from Burgundy. Long fermentations allowed the wine to develop slowly, maximizing its expression of terroir. Careful blending of more than 25 lots resulted in a beautiful expression of Chardonnay that is both powerful and refined and true to the Russian River Valley.

Aging
For this wine, the winery went to great lengths in finding unique French oak coopers selected from specific forests. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented and aged in 60-gallon Burgundian oak (40% new). A long, six-month malolactic fermentation was carried out resulting in automatic batonage, which produced exceptional sur lie character, as well as complex, layered aromas and flavors. Nearly a year of rest after bottling created a fully integrated and beautifully resolved wine that honors the traditions of Burgundy and is a true testament to the terroir of Russian River Valley.

Tasting Notes
The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay is a sublime combination of old world minimalist technique and new world fruit expression. Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey tickle the nose and mouth. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy texture reminiscent of crème brûlée. A long luxurious finish exhibits hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Winemaker:George Bursick
Appellation:Russian River Valley
Harvest Date:September 6 – October 2, 2008
Wine Alcohol:14.3 %
Wine Acid:6.00 grams per liter
Wine pH:3.50
Production:6,000 cases
Release Date:October 1, 2010
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Davis Bynum Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Davis Bynum is distinguished as the first winery to produce a single vineyard pinot noir from the 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 the hand crafted creation of pinot noir and chardonnay grown exclusively in Russian River Valley.

SRP: $35. Very Burgundian, lush and delicious. Perfect with lamb, game or runny cheese. A discovery.

 

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