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Pinot Noir

2015 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley

2015 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley    New!

Pommard, Clone 37 (also known as the Merry Edwards clone, (Romanee Conte), 35+ YEAR OLD VINES

Harvest Date: September 17, 2015

Bottled: May 15, 2017

PH 3.52

TA .614g/100ml

Alcohol: 13.4%

Unfined and Unfiltered

Light medium blood ruby in color. Aromatics of toasty oak and spices, some milk oolong tea herbality, red fruits and some florals reminiscent of rose and pennyroyal. Solid structure on the palate, bright acidity, firm medium tannins, a little barky but still sensuous. Quite drinkable, although I believe cellaring will further develop the feminity of this wine. Raspberry and red plum characteristics that are quite satisfying without being a fruit bomb. Some earthiness that accentuates the complexity. A medium long finish. Rosemary lamb whether a roast or chops with a side of umami rich herb and garlic tossed cremini mushrooms. Yum!


300 cases produced

$60.00

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2014 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, "Cinder Cone", RRV

2014 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, "Cinder Cone", RRV    New!

Harvested August 25th, 2014

Nine double rows of 910 vines of Pommard and Martini Clones, 34 years of age on volcanic soil

PH 3.43

TA .615g/100ml

13.05% Alcohol

Unfined and Unfiltered

Bottled May 20, 2016

A dark ruby color. The first time we’ve used whole cluster in this wine. My harvest notes mention the color of the juice being the darkest ever! Extraordinary wine, nothing like it in Russian River; it has to do with it’s particular terroir. Black fruited, complex, deep, rich and a mysterious nose. I would say the wine is still tight aromatically, but the nuances are there for those who pay attention. Palate is definitely black fruit, blackberry, dark plum, mulberry with a slight spice back. Elegant and substantial, grows in the glass. Cellaring some will reward even more. Nice balance to the acidity and tannin with earthtones, weaving it all together. Hearty, wintry warm meaty comfort food, such as a beef bourguignon ot stew would pair exquisitely!

 


198 cases produced

$65.00

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2017 Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

2017 Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge    New!

Mariah Vineyard, September 15, 2017 Dijon Clone 115/777

Piper Ranch, September 29, 2017 Dijon Clone 114

PH 3.49

TA .587g/100ml

Alcohol: 13.9%

Blend of 33.3% Mariah Vineyard, 66.6% Piper Ranch,

Bottled: May 14, 2018

Bottled in a fresher, younger (9 months to bottle) version than our regular portfolio. More fruit driven and youthful. Millennial style. Both vineyards are high up on the coastal range, remote, with clean air and surrounding forest and woodland vibe. 2600’ and 2400’ in elevation. A light dusty ruby color, true pinot with strawberry and cherry cream essences, framed by herbal notes and some toasty oak. The palate is vibrant and fresh, with creamy cherry and citrus rind nuances. Finishes with tarragon and spice notes. Very approachable and food friendly. Drink now.

 


300 cases produced

$42.00

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2015 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115, RRV

2015 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115, RRV    New!

AN EXTRAORDINARY WINE!

Solid medium ruby in color. Crème de Cerise, a bit of toastiness on the nose with red raspberry, plum and framboise with black tea undertone. Changes in the glass rapidly and becomes more sauvage like with herbal and brushy tones. Rich and explosive on the palate, juiciness wrapped in satin. Cherries, cherries and plums galore, with a lovely long finish. Fruit driven. Great acidity, soft tannins. Cellar or drink now. One of a kind in a lifetime! For me, pairs well with well-made gourmet pot stickers.

Gold Medal winner at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal winner at the 2018 SF International Wine Competition


172 cases produced

$75.00

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2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

A clear medium ruby, with medium extraction and a medium viscosity. A clean moderate intensity on the nose with definite red fruit characteristics bordering on black and blue fruit as well. Aromas of dried cherry fruits and warm spices lofting out of the glass. Some compost and mint nuances as well. Palate is warm, fruity and dry, dominated by cherry, black cherry and black raspberry flavors and acidity. Medium plus acidity. Spice and toasty French oak rounds out the richness of this classic Pinot Noir. Balanced and a medium long finish. How about a juniper rubbed roast duck with cherry jus?

DOUBLE GOLD winner at the 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair! Cool

BRONZE Medal at the 2018 SF International Wine Competition


476 cases produced

$47.00

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2014 Pinot Noir, Wet Kiss, Russian River Valley

2014 Pinot Noir, Wet Kiss, Russian River Valley

Medium bright and clear ruby. Poured from the bottle, it’s effusive with aromas of red berries, beeswax and a touch of herbs. Palate is full, cola, cherry, the nuttiness of stone fruit pits with a hint of cardomom. Bright juicy acidity with a touch of tannin. Finishes long. Salivzating for more! A lovers wine. I’m thinking of star anise brined roast duck here…

DOUBLE GOLD medal winner at the 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair! Kiss


330 cases produced

$52.00

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2014 Pinot Noir, Kent Berry Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

2014 Pinot Noir, Kent Berry Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

One thing about the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation is its diversity, from near the coast to the summit of the mountains, from the chaparral to the trees.  Unique is the word.  Stylistically, these wines are light and lean, highly perfumed and complex. A Pinot Noir aficionado's delight!

In color, the wine is clear, ruby bright and translucent. The aromatics are moderate to highly perfumed with red fruits dominating.  There are floral notes of rose, orange peel, and spice, and mineral tones of slate.  The palate is dry and flinty, with a medium-plus tannin level and high acidity.  This is a mountain wine for sure, with earth characteristics.  Planted by David Bruce and Martin Ray at an elevation of 2,100 feet, it's one of a kind and shows you what Pinot Noir in a different kind of terroir can do.  This wine should age well and reward even more with time.  Try decanting. Pair it with butternut squash soup with curry and ginger!


120 cases produced

$46.00

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2013 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, Cinder Cone, RRV

2013 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, Cinder Cone, RRV

An extraordinary wine! A clear bright medium ruby color. A smoky, complex, dark fruited masculine nose, filled with underbrush, black licorice, mulberry and faint violet tones. The palate is elegant and substantial. Black fruit predominates the fruit profile, with forest floor, mushrooms and minerality sharing the limelight. Complexity grows in the glass. Well balanced acidity and tannin. Rich and flavorful. Contemplative. I drink this wine on it’s own. Wild game dishes however do come to mind.

*GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


120 cases produced

$65.00

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2013 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley

2013 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley

Rich ruby red in color, bright and clean. The wine literally jumps out of the glass upon pouring, with notes of violets, coriander, spices and red and black fruits. Perfumed to say the least in an elegant and understated sexy way. Complex and writhing in the heat of passion.

The palate runs juicy with red and black fruits, plums and cherries with hint s of pomegranate ad citrus rind. A touch of Earl Grey tea, a tannin that moderates the fruitiness and lends structure. Beautifully balanced.

Will grow richer and more luxuriant in time, but if I were you or you were me, drink now!

Well spiced Asian duck comes to mind. As always, one of my personal favorites.


286 cases produced

$60.00

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Zinfandel

2015 Zinfandel, Leras Ranches, Bertoli Vineyard, RRV

2015 Zinfandel, Leras Ranches, Bertoli Vineyard, RRV    New!

Harvested September 10, 2015

pH 3.62

TA .743

Alcohol 15.6%

70+ year old vines

Unfined and Unfiltered

Bottled May 16, 2017

A clear, very dark ruby color. This being a drought year and a dry farmed vineyard, sits on an aquifer, that supplies all the water the vines need. This contributed to the most evenly ripened fruit I’ve had since 2010.

Deep aromatics of plums, black licorice, musk rose, spice and toasty oak. A monster wine. Mouthfuls of boysenberries, black tea and dark plum flavors. Fruit forward, almost nuclear! A zin fanatics zin. This one will wow you. Deep, big, ripe and juicy. The flavors go on and on. Sometimes these vines are simply amazing, this being one of thoe years. Acid and tannin balance is perfect, at least to my taste. Don’t wait on this one, buy now, drink now. I predict it will sell out fast!!! Burgers, steaks, nachos! Enjoy!

 


223 cases produced

$38.00

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2015 Zinfandel, Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile AVA

2015 Zinfandel, Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile AVA

Harvest Date: September 2, 2015

Bottling Date: May 16, 2017

pH 3.84

ta .663

Alcohol 14.2%

Unfined & Unfiltered

151 cases produced

From the Rockpile AVA above Lake Sonoma at an elevation of 1800’. This AVA is known for a very warm climate with no fog to speak of. High in the hills on Josephine soils which gives it a uniqueness of terroir. Color of dark deep ruby, smells of brush and bramble, black raspberry, to the dark fruit side and a hint or rose. A touch of pepper for a nose tickle as well. Mouth filling without the weight of a heavy alcohol bruiser, light on its feet. With cranberry, raspberries and mulberry mid palate with fairly soft tannins and long piquantness and saltiness reminiscent of dried cured black olives. Unusual in my stable of Zins. Drink now with a buttered piece of dark organic rye bread and your favorite artisan hot or fennel salumi on the side.

Silver Medal winner 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


250 cases produced

$42.00

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2014 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

2014 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

This wine is clear and deep ruby in color, with a medium-dark concentration, a medium-plus extract, and a medium viscosity.  Moderately intense, it has aromatics of bramble, dark cherry, anise, and cream.

The palate is off-dry, with medium tannin.  It's full-bodied, mouth-filling, and juicy!  A warm and soothing wine, it's dark-fruited with hints of fir trees, cedar, tobacco, toasty oak, and spice.  It's well balanced for as big as it is-a Zin lover's delight.  Pair this with all kinds of BBQ sausage.

*GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


250 cases produced

$42.00

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2014 Zinfandel, Guido Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino Co

2014 Zinfandel, Guido Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino Co

The nose hints of sage, wood, cassis, violets and dried herbs. Complex. The typicity of the Guido Venturi Vineyard thru the years is unmistakeable.

Now it may not be the monster that 2013 was, this one shows a little restraint on the palate (as well as some on the alcohol). Flavors of dark cherry, plum, and huckleberry framed by some black tea notes. A medium tannin structure with a hint of black licorice.

Drinking great now, but will reward with cellaring. One to put away for a while if you're able. A Filet Mignon with roasted rosemary potatoes would be my choice. A drinker and a keeper!

Silver medal winner 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


300 cases produced

$38.00

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Other Wines

2013 Blanc de Blanc, Methode Champenoise

2013 Blanc de Blanc, Methode Champenoise    New!

100% Chardonnay Sparkling Wine


200 cases produced

$54.00

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2011 Sparkling Naturale Methode Champenoise

2011 Sparkling Naturale Methode Champenoise    New!

Another dazzler!

Bronze medal winner 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


200 cases produced

$42.00

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2016 French Colombard, "Halfshell White"

2016 French Colombard, "Halfshell White"

A light, pale straw color, crystalline. Aromatics of white blossoms, elderflower and lemon rind. Tart and snappy on the palate, holds a nice tension, then rounds out. A hint of guava, gooseberries and chalk. A nice finish of lemon and kumquat rind, rather long. I used to say drink it ice cold, but now I prefer it just off the ice bucket. Enjoy this rare single varietal gem!

French Colombard

The Story

 

A wine created originally from Nick and Zina’s love of oysters. After drinking countless Muscadet, Gruner, Vouvray and Sancerre, we wanted to bring something local to our portfolio which would pair with the beloved bi-valve. Our oyster runs on Tomales Bay always included Drakes Bay Oysters, Marshall Store and Hog Island. Nick had been a customer of Drake’s Bay Oyster Co (now gone) for over 40 years. Along came the discovery of French Colombard, a high acid, moderately aromatic white which needs no acid addition and naturally makes itself.

 

Mostly made in the sixties and seventies as a sweet wine, and also used extensively for blending to low acid varietals, some sparkling and brandy. Never respected much, but here we find it made in the dry, crisp style as a single varietal, (which by the way is very rare now on the North coast), and makes it suitable not only for oysters, but all seafood, crab especially, and cheeses. Over the years, we’ve made many experimental versions of this wine: no oak, all oak, etc. We’ve settled on about 20% neutral oak in the blend to give it a little complexity. This is not Central Valley French Colombard which is flabby and vapid. This one is local as local can be from the floor of the Russian River Valley at Cameron Ranch. I only know of one other vineyard in Sonoma County which produces this varietal. A rare gem that is worthy of recognintion both for it’s rarity and uniqueness in viticulture on the North Coast.


291 cases produced

$23.00

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2017 Chardonnay, Piper Ranch, Manchester Ridge, Mendocino Ridge

2017 Chardonnay, Piper Ranch, Manchester Ridge, Mendocino Ridge    New!

Harvested: September 27, 2016 (clones 809, Wente 4, Dijon 76)

pH: 3.45

TA: .572g/100ml

Alcohol by Volume 14.2%

Cases produced: 187

 

A remote coastal vineyard on Manchester Ridge overlooking the ocean and the town of Manchester in the distance below. The vineyard itself is on a mesa about 7 miles off of pavement in a wild and scenic spot. Clean air, ocean breezes, ridge heat and Ornbaum-Zeni complex loam soils are the characteristics of this terroir.

This wine was made for a gal I used to know who loved Chardonnay. It’s character being floral, lively, expressive and rich, reminding me of her.

Aromatics of honeysuckle, white flowers, pineapple and citrus. The palate is lemony, with a slice of lime-kumquat rind character, tropical fruit, soft tannins and a hint of vanilla and butterscotch. A light treatment of French oak with perfect acidity. A nice rounded and long finish. Well balanced and delicious! Would pair well with any seafood drenched with butter or a cream bechamel. Enjoy!

 


187 cases produced

$42.00

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All tasting notes subject to change!


A note on my notes, I write these descriptors at the time of release, when you taste these wines, you'll probably taste other things as these wines continue to change and evolve. Hold these notes only as far as you can throw them, the wine plays by its own rules. Everything is released unfined and unfiltered. Sediment does accumulate with age. Stand up these bottles a day before opening, if you can. Enjoy the power, the beauty and the elegance of these wines as I do.


Cheers, Nikolai