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It started in 1914 when Eliza & Mads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted numerous farm animals.  Not until the 1990s was the orchard replaced by vines again. The current Peterson generation has been growing Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Merlot on the property. Under the guidance of ace-winemaker Robert Foley, the Petersons have been producing amazing wine from the property called “Switchback Ridge” named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy that began with her great-grandfather, Mads 105 years ago.  Her daughter Ashley is being groomed to take over the reins one of these days as well.

Switchback Ridge 2018 Estate Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
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Mix & match OK with other Switchback Ridge Wines

This might be the BEST Petite Sirah to come from the Napa Valley in decades.  The wine offers up a very dark blue/purple color, almost crude oil-like.  On the nose you’ll encounter gorgeous aromas of black stone fruit, dark chocolate, espresso bean and a hint of minerality.  On the palate this lush, full-bodied gem offers bright, bold yet extremely well-balanced fruit.  Very opulent, yet extremely well-refined, this youngster can be enjoyed now, but will be able to cellar for a good 10-15 years.  LIMITED PRODUCTION!
 
Winemaker Notes: “An immensely dark and delicious wine that instantly floods the senses with aromas of classic berry pie, candied fruit, and a kiss of briar. The palate is thick and rich, boasting decadent black fruit flavors that coat the entire tongue like peanut butter! The tannins are bold and gripping, yet surprisingly soft and silky for a wine of its stature”

Also check out these other Switchback Gems:
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2018 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2018 MERLOT “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
 

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To the Moon & Back, a fun summer wine! And you FLY FREE! That is cheaper than what Bezos or Branson would charge you…


There was a man named Ernest. He was an entrepreneur, a risk-taker and a role model for his grandson, Todd Gottula, who founded the Ernest Winery with his wife, Erin Brooks, back in 2012.  Todd’s grandmother, Joanne, is The Artist in the family. Her path as an artist revealed itself later in life, but her talent shines through. Today her beautiful works grace their lives daily—she is the source of the portrait of Ernest that appears on all of the Ernest bottles. Todd’s maternal grandfather, Ray, joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Inside the family, they called him “The Engineer”. After returning to the U.S., Ray joined the team that built the Saturn V rocket that took us to the moon. He always had the big picture in mind.

2018 Ernest Winery Aligoté “The Aviator” Henry David Bennett Valley
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The 2018 The Aviator Aligoté has delicate scents of white peach and matcha powder with earthy notions of hay and beeswax. The light-bodied palate is crisp and textural, with restrained fruits and a juicy finish. 135 cases produced.

Winery Notes: “Bright and clear, hinting at white gold in color, with an exuberant nose of orchard blossoms, Meyer lemon, and abundant minerality. Refreshingly light on the palate with citrus, textural apple, a hint of fresh herbs & bright acidity.”

Vinous 93 Points: “The Ernest Aligoté Henry David Vineyard, from a site in Bennett Valley, is fabulous. This relatively warm, sunny, hillside site yields an Aligoté built on texture. Even so, there is plenty of the energy that makes this Burgundian variety so compelling. Lemon oil, almond, white flowers and mint shape the super-expressive finish. The wine was aged in neutral French oak, with full malolactic fermentation. This is such a delicious wine and another terrific example of how stellar the year is for whites.”  

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This Golden Oldie still has it!

When sampling grapes in the vineyard, hand pruning her cherished roses, preparing dinner for her family, practicing Bikram yoga – in whatever she does, Merry balances intellect with intuition. Each wine she makes benefits from her precision and perception of subtlety and elegance.

Merry Edwards approaches life with graceful intensity. Now in the fifth decade of her winemaking career, Merry has earned the universal respect of winemaking peers, grape growers and academicians. A self-described perfectionist, she has constantly refined her vineyard practices, wines and techniques. Merry does not rest on her laurels ― she grows. “People frequently ask what is the best wine she has ever made. She replies, “It’s not made yet!”


 
Merry Edwards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley
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The light-hued 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley offers a pretty, perfumed, incredibly juicy and fruit-forward style as well as lots of peach, citrus, and honeyed flower aromas and flavors. It’s clean and has good acidity, medium body, and a great finish. It’s certainly an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and is geared for drinking over the coming year or so.

Vinous 94 Points: “The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a jewel of a wine. Bright, aromatic and chiseled, the 2019 bristles with energy. This translucent Sauvignon Blanc has so much to offer. Lemon confit, white flowers, crushed rocks and mint extend the intense, mineral finish beautifully.”

Wine Spectator 94 Points: “This white offers a complex mix of lime sherbet, makrut lime leaf, lemon curd and orange blossom flavors that are fragrant and complex on a fleshy, succulent frame, with notes of nectarine and ripe Crenshaw melon. Harmonious, with a fresh thread of acidity on the finish.”

Parker 93 Points: “The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc opens from youthful yeasty tones to fresh citrus and green tropical fruits. The medium-bodied palate is notable for the intensity of its spicy fruits and bright freshness, and it finishes with an anchoring touch of texture.”

Winery Notes: “Abundant aromas of tropical fruit leap from the glass, white pineapple, ripe passion fruit, mango and guava, and a hint of banana cream pie. The palate is round and open, with accents of ruby red grapefruit, honeysuckle and melon married with a burst of crisp, refreshing acidity.”

Merry Edwards 2018 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
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Winery Notes: “The wine possesses a deep ruby opaque color with a garnet red rim. On the nose, it offers aromas of bright Bing cherry with hints of licorice, subtle forest floor and open inviting notes of rose petal, vanilla and baking spices. Rich and lively upon entry, the mouth begins with fruit forward notes of crunchy raspberries and red cherries. Silky tannins are supported by well-balanced acidity and mocha notes throughout a long finish.”

Wine Spectator 94 Points: “Jammy plum, strawberry and dark cherry ooze from the core of this beautifully coastal wine, seasoned in dried herb, clove and black tea. Expressive and varietal, with a thick tannin structure, it has room to open further and unwind, its oak well integrated and its tannins structured.” 


Vinous 93 Points: “The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another hugely appealing entry-level wine in this range. Freshly cut flowers, mint, white pepper and red cherry fruit give the Sonoma Coast Pinot a brilliant upper register to play off its midweight personality. Next to the Russian River Pinot, the Sonoma Coast is more linear and a bit less exuberant, but every bit as appealing.”

Merry Edwards 2018 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley
GGWC 51.99
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Winery Notes: “This wine’s concentrated, yellow-gold color shimmers in the glass as fragrant aromas entice. Honeysuckle, candied ginger, toasted almonds and lemon meringue tease the senses on the nose. Dense and lush on the palate, the mouth explodes with honeyed pears and pineapple, orange blossom, apricot and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Surprisingly fresh and clean for a late harvest wine, the luscious flavors linger on the finish without being cloying.”

Vinous 93 Points: “The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest is laced with the essence of tangerine peel, crystallized ginger, dried flowers, spice and mint. Beautifully perfumed and light on its feet, the Late Harvest is classy, refreshing and impossible to resist.” 

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AN UNDER $30 WHITE GEM THAT WILL PLEASE PALATE & WALLET!

Winery Notes: “Returning from a stroll in the early ocean air you smell the honeysuckle and lilac which delicately climb the front wall of the cottage. White strawberries emerge from their calyxes along the pathway made of river rock which leads you to the door. You are met with aromas of vanilla bean, melon, lime zest & guava as you approach and take pause, beholden to this wonderful space on the coast.”

Sans Liege 2020 Côtes du Coast, White Blend Paso Robles
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The Côtes du Coast offers more exotic pineapple, tangerine, marmalade, and honeyed notes, with a pure, medium to full-bodied, elegant, incredibly pure style on the palate. This is a sensational white that is underpriced in today’s market.  The wine is aged in 26% New French oak, 54% neutral French oak, and 20% stainless steel.
 
Vineyard Sources: The Cotes du Coast is a blend of 45% Viognier, 33% Marsanne, 13% Roussanne, 6% Grenache Blanc, 3% Clairette and were sourced from the Bien Nacido, White Hawk, Alta Colina, Last Frontier, Watch Hill and Kopack vineyards
 
Also check out these other great Sans Liege wines:
SANS LIEGE 2018 “THE OFFERING” SANTA BARBARA
SANS LIEGE PROPHETESS XVII SANTA BARBARA
GROUNDWORK 2019 GRENACHE BLANC
GROUNDWORK 2017 SYRAH

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LAST DAY FOR DUMOL SPECIAL PRICING!!

Time flies, as this is the 24nd  release of DUMOL!  I remember meeting Kerry Murphy (who sadly passed away last year in July) way back when he started DuMOL and tasting through the first bottles of what has now turned into a real success story. Andy Smith, his longtime winemaker, rolled up his sleeves and produced what can turn into the best vintage for Dumol ever!.

With still lower than normal production levels this vintage will sell out in no time! The 2019 DuMol releases are turning out to be quite spectacular! I would say that several of these may be the best ever from this winery. Look for some rave reviews from the wine critics! As you know DuMOL is always in high demand, you can bet that this means the allocation will sell out quickly.

Dumol 2019 Chardonnay  “Wester Reach” Russian River Valley
98 Points!!
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The Dumol 2019 Chardonnay Wester Reach comes from various great vineyards in the Russian River Valley, it has terrific notes of citrus and Meyer lemon, and hints of tart pineapple as well a medium-bodied, fresh, focused, incredibly pretty style on the palate. With bright acidity and plenty of vibrancy, it’s slightly more forward and fruit-driven compared to some of the other releases here. It’s a great introduction into the wines of this terrific estate.

Winemaker Notes: “Aromas are rich with oily intensity: white peach, tangerine, crystallized ginger, and hazelnut underpinned by an edge of steely mineral freshness. Stone fruits and deep citrus oil dominate the palate, broad and layered, full of intricate nuances. Tangy lemon curd and grapefruit notes combine with fresh acidity to bring energy and focus to the long, vibrant finish. Drink between Summer 2021 and 2025.”

Vineyard Sources: 30% Dumol Estate, 22% Morelli, 16% Flax estate 16% Charles Heintz, 16% Ritchie

Dumol 2019 Pinot Noir “Wester Reach” Russian River Valley
96 Points!!
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Incredibly aromatic and complex, the 2019 Pinot Noir Wester Reach offers loads of spiced red fruits, incense, wood smoke, and forest floor notes as well as a medium-bodied, fresh, focused, yet still pleasure bent style. It’s a classic DuMol Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 5-7 years. This cuvée comes all from the Russian River Valley, from multiple clones, and spent a year in 40% new French oak.

Winemaker Notes: ”This beautiful, lilting, dynamic wine is the essence of coastal Russian River Pinot Noir. The wine’s aromas and flavors encompass the entire spectrum of red and black fruits, savory spices, and earthy undertones: black cherry, wild berries, dried thyme, orange zest, sandalwood, and black tea. The palate is supple, broad, and lively, flowing seamlessly to a crunchy vibrant finish with rising red-mineral lift and silky structure. Drink from Summer 2021 to 2030.”

Vineyard Sources: 26% Dumol Estate, 22% Flax Estate, 20% Widdoes, 16% Upp Road & 16% Hanna

Dumol 2019 Syrah “Mountainside” Russian River Valley
96 Points!!
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Black cherry, boysenberry, lavender, violet and green peppercorn are all present in the aroma. There’s lovely clarity of flavor and purity of cool climate fruit: cassis and blackberry offset by thyme, tobacco and cocoa nib. A lushness of texture takes over with lingering black fruits and lilac on the peppery, extended finish. Drink this soon after release or enjoy the reward of 10+ years of aging.

Winemaker Notes: “Complex aromatics soar from the glass: blueberry and cherry, violet and graphite, cocoa and lavender. Flavors of boysenberry and cassis dominate as the wine flows to a broad, supple center, with notes of anise, sweet tobacco, and cracked black peppercorn throughout. Tannins are chewy, broad and fine, framing the lovely interplay between brightness and power, the wine finishing with lingering notes of licorice and floral lift. Drink between late 2021 and 2030. As this is an incredibly versatile wine, I recommend pairing it with rich stews or grilled meats. In its youth, the wine is best when decanted for an hour, and it is delicious the next day from a partial re-corked bottle. “

Vineyard Sources:  53% GVR Estate & 47% Hoppe-Kelly

Also check out these other great DuMOL wines:
DuMOL 2018 Chardonnay “Chloe” Ritchie Vineyard, 96 Points
DuMOL 2018 Chardonnay “Isobel” Charles Heintz Vineyard, 96 Points
DuMOL 2018 Chardonnay “Estate” Russian River Valley, 96 Points
DuMOL 2018 Syrah “Eddie’s Patch” Russian River Valley, 96 Points

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Wine Gets Some Skin in the Game

Wine Gets Some Skin in the Game

 Contributed by Vicki Denig
in WineSearcher
 
Maceration is an everyday practice for reds, but more white wine producers are now using it.

 

Common in red winemaking, the idea of extended skin contact
is now on trend for whites, too.

Over the last decade, skin-contact wines have seen a renaissance like never before.

Not quite red, not quite white, and most definitely not made from oranges, these skin-macerated whites can offer the best of both worlds in the realms of texture, flavor, and quality – though not all skin-contact wines are one in the same. Grape varieties, regions, and vinification styles of these grippy wines fall all over the flavor profile spectrum.

From a winemaker’s perspective, the reason for diving into this style of winemaking is equally varied. For some, regional history, consumer interest, and simple curiosity have been the starting points. For others, saving stagnant fermentations and moving things along in the cellar were the driving force. Though regardless of the why, the how-to, learning processes, and consumer responses are equally varied. Six industry professionals around the globe have weighed in on their experiences with this unique style of vinification, here.

Honoring history – more than skin deep

In Sighnaghi, Georgia, American winemaker John Wurdeman made his first skin-contact white wine at Pheasant’s Tears back in 2008 to honor regional history.

“From the beginning, we wanted to offer unapologetically Georgian wines that were respectful of the heritage here, as well as distinct and different from international wine styles,” he says. Wurdeman notes that historically, most Georgian white wines were made with some level of skin contact. Today, the practice has since become synonymous with the country’s vinification regimen.

“From my experience Georgia is one of the only countries where orange/amber wines are the most common and celebrated style, but it’s not the only place,” he says, citing Spain and Italy as other countries that widely use this practice. “Though in Georgia, the process is unique, as it remains the dominating and most desirable style for Georgian supras [feasts] wines. Later, we realized many of our most coveted clients gravitated to putting orange wines on their lists, as it was distinctly Georgian!”

Wurdeman’s original skin-contact Rktasiteli spent three months on the lees with partial stem contact. Since then, the winery has experimented with varying maceration levels and indigenous grape varieties. Curiosity reigns For some, curiosity was the impetus. In Austria, Christina Netzl made her first skin-contact white wine back in 2015. “I was really fascinated by the different styles,” she says, adding that her extensive experience with red-wine production helped push her to experiment even further. Netzl chose to work with macerated Chardonnay, as she found that non-macerated styles from the region could at times be “a bit too sweetish or boring”. Netzl notes that she does not follow one strict regimen with her skin-contact whites, as every vintage is different and therefore brings different needs to the table. For Netzl, the normal maceration time generally falls between three and six weeks.

In South Australia, James Erskine of Jauma winery felt inspired to give skin-contact winemaking a go after tasting Stanislao Radikon’s iconic wines back in 2010.

“At the time, consumer interest was near non-existent in Australia,” he says, citing his curiosity as enough of a reason to give the practice a whirl. Today, Erskine uses destemmed Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Arneis to craft his skin-macerated whites in a barrel-fermented, non-oxidative style (he places the head back on the fill with juice before fermentation). “If you want a juicy wine, the skin contact is shorter, about 10 days,” explains Erskine, explaining that longer macerations will add texture and heighten aromatics.

For others, the impetus for skin-contact vinification was found in the need to kickstart struggling wines. Tracey Brandt of Donkey & Goat Winery produced her first skin-contact white from Roussanne back in 2007, after sluggish native fermentations were slowing down operations at the winery. Like Erskine, Brandt notes that there was really no consumer interest for this style of wine back in 2010, though things have certainly changed over the past decade. Today, Brandt makes  a full range of 100-percent destemmed skin-contact “white” wines that see 4-16 days of contact each. (Stems are not included, as Brandt notes that stems increase pH and reduce natural acidity.)

Skins: pros and cons

According to Netzl, one of the drawbacks of creating skin-macerated wines is that it requires more winery space and time, though the results are worth it. “Due to the tannin structure, the wines are more stable concerning oxidation,” she explains, which helps with the preservation of the wine.
 

Consumer interest in skin-contact whites has grown in the past decade.
© Donkey & Goat Winery

 
Wurdeman notes that the skin-contact whites offer the best of both worlds: the freshness of white wine and the backbone/structure of a red wine. He notes that this unique marriage of character traits renders these wines extremely versatile on the table, making them perfect matches for Georgian, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Lebanese, and other cuisines. “I can’t think of any real drawbacks except if it is quite tannic it can take a few years to have the tannins integrate well in the rest of the wine.”

Brandt notes that skin contact can encourage a stronger fermentation, which, as Wurdeman mentioned, adds texture and savory notes to a wine. “However, terroir purists may feel that skin contact masks the expression of terroir, and depending on varietal and length of contact, the two styles can be as different as night and day,” she explains. For Erskine, vinification is simply vinification. “[With skin-contact winemaking], there are really no extra challenges or benefits or risks, it’s really just like making a red wine. Do everything by taste, numbers are irrelevant,” he says.

Getting under the skin

Milan Nestarec made her first skin-contact wine in 2009, after returning from Slovenia and Italy. After four years of making it for personal consumption, Nestarec commercially launched the wine in 2013. She found that after years of experimentation, local Czech varieties, such as Neuburger, worked best. Though for Nestarec, phenolic ripeness is more important than maceration time. “In 2009, we started with six months of maceration. Now the length of our maceration is 4-5 days maximum, and we shorten it every year,” she says, acknowledging these changes as a direct reflection of her family’s ever-changing palates. “Less is more in this regard. We want to make wine that is more elegant, drinkable, and with good energy. That is important to us.”

Though in her opinion, skin-contact winemaking isn’t a forever affair. “As my vineyards age and so do I, I think I will use skin contact less and less,” she reveals, citing a quest for more elegance and harmony in her wines, which can often be lost in overly macerated wines.
Additionally, she reveals that nature dictates the end game. “In 2020, we made a minimum amount of macerated white wines, as the vintage was simply not suitable,” she says. “You can project a lot of things in your head, but nature has the last word. If you understand and respect it, you win.”

Consumer feedback

Netzl reveals that at first, her skin-contact wines were not at all well-received by her family. “I run the winery with my parents, and at the beginning, they didn’t like the wine at all – they thought it was a shame to vinify good grapes as such!” However, a few short years later, Netzl notes that they became fascinated by the wines and the science behind it. “It took a few years for people to embrace our skin contact and pet-nat wines, though it wasn’t really negative feedback, just confusion,” explains Erskine, liking the experience of tasting a unique flavor, such as fish sauce, for the first time. Brandt has found that in general, the feedback has been positive, though of course she can’t please everybody. “I’d say we have far fewer negative responses to skin-contact wines, but of course they are not for everyone,” she says.

In 2019, New York-based sommelier Doreen Winkler founded Orange Glou, the industry’s first skin-contact exclusive wine club. “Orange wine has deeper flavors, texture and is just more fun and delicious [than other wines] if you get the good stuff,” she explains. Winkler notes that the style may not be for everyone, but reveals that she has turned many people onto orange wines who are all now hooked. In curating the club’s selection, Winkler selects skin-contact wines from all over the world made from a diverse array of varieties and maceration times.

Wurdeman recalls that in the beginning, conservative markets were “quite startled” by his skin-contact wines’ uniqueness. “Sarah Abbott, a great Master of Wine from London once said: ‘Orange wines of Georgia are not the mean sisters of whites, but the introspective cousins of reds’, and I think she is right on,” he says, declaring that preconceptions about wines can often interfere with genuine aesthetic experiences.

“If we don’t see amber wines as a rustic version of whites, but rather as light, refreshing kin of reds, it changes our perspective,” he says. “Now it’s definitely a hip and very celebrated style – somehow the ancient has become cutting edge again.”
 

IT’S UNWRITTEN, ITS CABERNET, IT’S VERY LIMITED

Sourced from one of the most historic vineyard sites in Napa Valley, the Lewelling Ranch in Saint Helena, the Unwritten Cabernet Sauvignon has complex and inviting aromatics. The wine is an opaque purple in the glass, visually demonstrating the wine’s youthfulness. The nose erupts with floral aromas of clove, sandalwood, and baking spice. This wine is not shy; it covers your palate with red and black fruits and is replete with succulent flavors of black cherry, creme de cassis and plum compote. Gorgeous, taut tannins give the wine definition and weight, elongating its already lengthy finish. The 2017 will evolve slowly into a more subtle and nuanced experience; but is lusciously bold at the time of its release.

Unwritten 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley 94+ Points
GGWC 149.99
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Robert Parker 94+ Points: “The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with alluring scents of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves and warm cassis plus hints of rose oil, cedar chest and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with juicy black fruits and loads of spicy accents, framed by plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing on a soft-spoken earthy note. Nice newbie!”

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Meet the “Margaux Pavillon Rouge” from Napa, an UNDER $50 Napa Cab!

Château La Grande Roche is a brand within the Forman family of wines. The name was derived in recognition of the presence of the gravel nature of the Forman Vineyard which is surrounded by massive boulders (Grande Roche) in a true Clos-like fashion. It is 100% estate grown and is generally and predominantly made up of Cabernet Sauvignon but, depending on the vintage, can also have Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot in the blend. It was created in 1984 to ensure that the Forman Cabernet would consistently meet the exacting standards that the wine maintains. One could analogize the brand; “Château La Grande Roche” is to Forman what Pavillon Rouge is to Margaux.

Forman 2019 “Château La Grande Roche” Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Napa Valley
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A classic Forman Napa Cabernet this “Château La Grande Roche” offers up a gorgeous nose of bright cherries, cassis, flowers, and a touch of herbal elements. This lush wine is medium to full-bodied with great richness offering some floral elements, silky grained tannins, and unbelievable elegance.  This youngster can be enjoyed now and should cellar well for 5-8 years.

Winemaker Notes: “A wonderfully deep color leads into expectations of an impressive wine. Medoc or Napa? (Hard to tell). All of the spiciness of Bordeaux, yet lusciousness of the Napa Valley make this wine so intriguing.  Great extraction, great balance, superb fruit, yet not a fruit bomb, and  superb long finish — A REAL CROWD PLEASER! The wine is a blend of 76% Cabernet, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot all Sourced 100% from the Forman Vineyard Estate.”

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Former Spottswoode winemaker brings Spain to California!

 

Rosemary Cakebread is among the seasoned winemakers who have been instrumental in bringing Napa Valley Cabernet to prominence. After earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery, where she took her first winery job right after college. She has enjoyed varied experiences during her many years of experience in the production of wines, which include harvests in Bordeaux and with some Champagne producers.  A love for Cabernet Sauvignon was nurtured as winemaker for Spottswoode from 1997 through the 2005 vintage, where she divided her time between winemaking and overseeing the organically farmed estate vineyard. Rosemary celebrated her thirtieth vintage in 2009, which coincided with the bottling of her first release under her own label: the 2007 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon.  A few years ago she expanded the portfolio to include a fun Albarino, and I have to stay it created 

Gallica 2019 Albariño “Rorick Heritage Vineyard”
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Gallica’s only white wine emphasizes the sublime limestone signature found on this high elevation site. Tropical fruit and white flowers emerge from the mineral backbone. Summer is a time of relaxed days and spontaneous occasions- the ease of creating a meal right off the boat or just picked from the garden. We love Albariño for its purity, complementing a vast array of summer foods. A faithful companion to shellfish, curries, sushi, and anything saffron. Fermented in a combination of stainless and neutral oak barrels, we practice low intervention winemaking with the goal of accurately representing the beauty of this white grape in California. Almost weightless, we find lime peel, white rose, even a hint of savory in the glass. Partial malo-lactic fermentation polish the crisp acidity so noted in Albariño

Winery Notes: “We picked Albariño early in 2019 to retain the gorgeous attributes of this lovely varietal. Hailing from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, the wine is entirely Albariño fermented in a combination of large stainless barrels and neutral oak cooperage. The cooperage choices are made so the fruit shines without nary a trace of oak. Dry and round, showing off mineral notes, beeswax, salt air, and notes of green melon. Albariño remains a house favorite when it comes to choosing food pairings- really anything goes. The epitome of summer, we appreciate most when served just cool enough to enjoy the compelling aromatics. 12.5% alcohol.”

Vinous 93 Points: “The Gallica Albariño is such a pretty, expressive white with lovely textural depth to balance the natural acidity of Albariño. Citrus peel, jasmine, mint and almond notes all grace this exquisite, refreshing white from Gallica and Rosemary Cakebread.”

Food pairing: Oysters, Fresh white crab, Fresh prawns or shrimp, Mixed shellfish platters
Steamed mussels or clams, Simply grilled fish such as sea bass, squid or sardines,
Ceviche (marinated raw fish), Sushi and sashimi

Also, check out their  96 Point Rated Cabernet: GALLICA 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY

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The VERY BEST white ever by Thomas Rivers Brown, and it’s a bargain!

Riverain is the vision of three close friends who share a love of wine, the wine country, and a passion for developing wines that reflect the character of the prestigious sites from which they are grown.

After more than a decade of “visits” to the wine country to purchase hand crafted boutique wines, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery, Steve Nordhoff, Laurie Gray and Dean Gray decided to start the journey of creating a wine project that reflects their passion, past experiences, and love for the valley.

If you have ever been to Napa, their story needs very little explanation as most visitors catch “the fever” upon arrival. Our personal experiences were no different. After much time spent, and a wedding held in  a small vineyard off of Silverado Trail between Dean and Laurie in the mid 2000’s, significant friendships with others in the area began to develop for the three of us.

Over the next several years, Steve, an attorney by profession, but a wine geek at heart, continued to coordinate countless wine tasting trips for the three of them and many of their friends. During these visits, they gained an appreciation and working knowledge of what it takes to make consistently great wine.

In 2010, Napa became further embedded in their souls as the Gray’s purchased a home in Rutherford, not far from the Napa River. The intention of this home was to welcome family and friends, thus allowing them to enjoy the Napa experience firsthand. Riverain is a historical French term meaning “near the river” and also refers to a “local”, and could not be a stronger reflection of how their partnership and lives have evolved over the past decade.

They hope that through their wines, you will feel the passion, care, and tremendous effort that has gone into each bottle by their winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, and his fabulous team.

After a 10+ year friendship with Tom Gamble of Gamble Family Vineyards, the Riverain folks finally convinced Tom to sell them some highly sought after fruit from his beautiful vineyard in Yountville. Having the best fruit combined with Thomas Brown’s wine making skills, we are thrilled to introduce you to our third vintage of Riverain Sauvignon Blanc!

Riverain 2020 Sauvignon Blanc “Riverbound Vineyard” Yountville, Napa
GGWC 41.99
FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
Use code RIVER20 during checkout

The wine speaks for itself with a great nose and a beautiful structure laced with green apple, melon mellowed by over 10 months in new French oak barrels (25%)  and stainless steel (75%). Enjoy now before this limited supply is gone for good!

The wine aromas of exotic mango, orange blossoms, honeysuckle, ripe melon jump and  wet-rock scented fragrance jump out of the glass.  On the palette the wine offers a medium to full body with lush  intense citrus and mineral notes, as well fresh grapefruit and crushed stones. The wine finishes long and perfumed.

Also check out these other Thomas River Brown made wines

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