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Current & upcoming release wines

 
 

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2015 cabernet sauvignon | Oakville

Precocious and showy, the 2015 has striking similarity to young 2005 wines upon release. Graced with forward fruit, yet with great length and precision, ample pleasure and generosity can be found now with decanting. Cabernet Sauvignon from this rocky site is alluring and energetic with notes of white chocolate, pomegranate, and forest floor. 200 cases 750 ML | Magnums | 3 Liter  were  bottled without fining or filtration.

Released to Mailing List in February 2018

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2015 estate cabernet sauvignon | st. Helena

We are thrilled to offer our first estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted in 1990, these fully mature Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce wines which are elegant and harken back to the structure of Napa Valley red wines notable decades ago. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, tannins are gentle and refined. So little is made, we reserve these few barrels for local auctions, and in coveted vintages, for our mailing list customers. 2015 is such a year. Although approachable now, patience will be further rewarded.

Release to Mailing List Spring 2018

 

 

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2014 cabernet Franc | red wine | Oakville

Often overshadowed by its offspring, Cabernet Franc is beguiling. It was evident early on that this dazzling young wine, from one specific block at Oakville Ranch, was worthy of a separate bottling. Always an integral part of our Cabernet Sauvignon blend, selected barrels were nurtured and set aside for this solo release.  Adorned with floral notes, the tension between savory and delicacy, is what makes this variety unique and compelling.  111 cases 750ML bottled without fining or filtration.

Upcoming 2015 Vintage Release to Mailing List Fall 2018

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2014 estate Petite Sirah | st. helena

From our small estate planting of handsomely old vines, Petite Sirah ripens early on our Cortina well-drained soils.  Petite is a misnomer for these muscular and confounding wines.  Tannins are thick yet svelte with loads of aging potential.  Desert sage, black licorice, peat, and plum skin fill the glass.  Unique in Napa Valley, Petite Sirah represents about 2% of total acreage.  We relish the opportunity to farm and lavish attention on these amazing vines.  66 cases 750 ML + magnums bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Upcoming 2015 Vintage Release to Mailing List Fall 2018

 

 

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2015 grenache | sonoma valley

From Steel Plow Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, this charming valley floor site is expertly farmed by viticulturist extraordinaire Phil Coturri and his team. Our rendition of Steel Plow is primarily Grenache with a small contribution of both Mourvèdre and Syrah Noir. Aromatically complex, the wine is high-fidelity Grenache in presentation.  Approachable now for summer enjoyment, there is a tension between come -hither notes of strawberry ganache, hard candy, and a sensational ruby color with darker savory notes, brown apple skin, and even some road tar.     116 cases produced.

Upcoming 2017 Grenache from Rossi Ranch | Sonoma Valley -

Release to Mailing List Fall 2018

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2017 albariño

The 2017 vintage in California is not an easy one to navigate. Drought and savage wildfires will stand out as a signature events of the year but there are many gems if you look for them. Our third Albariño from Rorick Heritage Vineyard is such a wine.  The limestone influence from Calaveras brings out the fresh crunch and phenolic lift we love from this staggeringly beautiful site.  Albariño offers versatility and deliciousness for merely sipping or summer meals simple to extravagant. Fermented entirely in a combination of stainless and neutral oak barrels, the wine remained on its lees for six months prior to bottling. Decidedly free from malo-lactic fermentation attributes, the varietal character is pure and inviting.  Loaded with notes of lemon myrtle, brioche, and mandarin peel, simply put-this is a refreshingly complex wine. 221 cases 750 ML produced.

Release to Mailing List Spring 2018