Estate Wines

Our wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown at the vineyard. The lean, rocky, volcanic soils produce grapes with smaller berries and more intense flavors. Grapes are fermented in open-top bins with a cold soak of several days, manual punch-downs, and extended maceration. We seek to produce wines that demonstrate a consistent style while reflecting the nuances of every vintage.

Red Wines

Mountain Cuvée Zinfandel

Harvest: September 28th, 2017
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slopes
Soil: chunky Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 72.5% Zinfandel, 2.5% Syrah and ~20% Petite Sirah (co-fermented)
Aging: 16 Months French and American Oak, 25% New
Alcohol: 13.8%
Total Production: 621 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2019
Retail Price: $28.00


Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage will be most remembered for a return of soaking winter rains to much of the Golden State. The wet, cold (for California!) and lengthy winter saw an accumulation of 109.4 inches of rain fall on our tiny corner of Sonoma County. Our vines enjoyed the cool immersion and slumbered into early spring, with the first new buds popping on March 12th. The growing season was marked by a cool spring and early summer that quickly gave way to one of the hottest Augusts on record. The late season heat spike push sugars forward and created a scramble to get grapes off the vine. A hurried harvest followed as most of our estate fruit was harvested in early September, nearly 3 weeks earlier than average. The wines of the 2017 vintage are fully ripe and will serve as a testament to the power and structure of California wine growing.

Winemaking Notes: After surviving the late August heat wave, the grapes in our lower zinfandel block stayed on the vine an additional three weeks. The extra hang-time allowed for the development of rich red fruit notes to complement the tannic broadside of the co-fermented Petite Sirah. The co-fermentation allows for early mingling and favor cohesion between the two varietals. The resulting wine is aged on 25% new French oak for 16 months. This light addition of oak allows for the bright cherry notes of the zinfandel to shine, while providing additional depth to the lingering finish.

Tasting Notes: The 2017 Mountain Cuvée is continuously a delightful wine, a blend consisting of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah grapes, our cuvée is always a crowd pleaser. The aroma boasts clear notes of juicy cherry and strawberry followed by a surprising savory note of sage, sweet tobacco and a hint of caramel. The palate opens with similar notes of rich red fruits, sweet and savory plum sauce, complimented by a smokey flavor reminiscent of your favorite foods straight off the barbecue. Beautifully balanced with a smooth, lingering finish, enjoy our Mountain Cuvée with your favorite pizza or anything off the grill.

Harvest: September 28th, 2016
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slopes
Soil: chunky Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 87.5% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah & 2.5% Syrah
Aging: 15 Months French & American Oak, 35% New
Alcohol: 15.3%
Total Production: 462 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2018
Retail Price: $28.00


Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to parched regions of California. Heralded as an “El Nino” year, the expectations for significant winter rains were quite high with hopes of breaking the five year drought. Though falling short of lofty expectations, we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined. The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st. Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler-than-usual summer. These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine. Harvested at peak maturity, the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality and a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest.

Winemaking Notes: Our “Old Vineyard” block is an ideal growing spot for Zinfandel. Lightly shaded in the afternoon, this exposure allows for slow ripening and good retention of natural acidity. Our Mountain Cuvée was harvested in the early morning hours of September 28th. The clusters were destemmed and mixed with roughly 10% Petite Sirah and co-fermented to allow for integration in the wine. A slow and steady fermentation produced wonderful complexity to complement the wine’s strong backbone of tannin and acidity. The wine was blended post fermentation with 2.5% Syrah to increase complexity and create an immensely approachable and easy drinking wine.

Tasting Notes: A fine expression of our sun-drenched mountain-top reds, the 2016 Mountain Cuvée Zinfandel features aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, and ripe plums with nuances of toasty vanilla, violets, and toffee. The palate opens with bittersweet chocolate, blackberry jam, and black cherry, melting into a woodsy expression of charcuterie and earth. This balanced Zinfandel features well-structured tannin complemented by bright acidity, making for the perfect pizza or barbecue wine.

Harvest: September 14th, 2015
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slopes
Soil: Chunky Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah
Aging: 15 Months French & American Oak, 35% New
Alcohol: 14.8%
Total Production: 58 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2017
Retail Price: $24.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth and most brutal year, of the current California drought. An extremely dry and warm winter lead to the earliest bud break in our records, our vines started the growing season on February 10th which is a full month earlier than normal. Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set. The overall effect being a lighter than average crop, this lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season precipitated the earliest harvest on record. The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production sizes but tremendous quality!

Winemaking & Tasting Notes:
Harvested in early September our Mountain Cuvee was co-fermented with 20% petite Sirah from our East Ridge block. This co-fermentation allowed for the wine to develop complex flavors early on in the aging process. Our 2015 Cuvee opens with notes bright strawberry, ripe Bing cherries, enticing hints of sweet vanilla, and a delicate floral note that contributes to the wine’s delightful softness. A wonderful wine for almost any meal our Mountain Cuvee is a “go to” with lamb, pork, and tomato-based pasta dishes, like pizzas & pastas or it goes great will anything on the grill.

Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slopes
Soil: chunky Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah and 5%Petite Sirah
Aging: 14 Months French & American Oak, 33% New
Alcohol: 15.5%
Total Production: 530 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2016
Retail Price: $24.00


Winemaker Notes:
Our “Old Vineyard” block is an ideal growing site for Zinfandel. Lightly shaded in the afternoon, this exposure allows for slow ripening and good retention of natural acidity. Our Mountain Cuvee was harvested in the early morning hours of October 10th. The clusters were destemmed and mixed with roughly 10% Petite Sirah and co-fermented to allow for integration in the wine. A slow and ponderous fermentation produced wonderful complexity to compliment the wine’s strong backbone of tannin and acidity. The wine was blended post fermentation with 5% Syrah to increase complexity and create an immediately approachable and easy drinking wine.

Tasting Notes:
Blueberry, Black Cherry, and Cardamom spiciness greets you with good texture and up-front fruit complimented by vanilla and cherry with a classic spicy zin finish. This is an easy-drinking wine with a very soft lingering finish that would pair well with a lighter fare, and tomato based pastas.

Harvest: October 25, 2013
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard Block
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slopes
Soil: chunky Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah
Aging: 14 Months French & American Oak, 35% New
Alcohol: 15.5%
Total Production: 750 cases
Release Date: Spring 2015
Retail Price: $24.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The Old Vineyard block gets a little more afternoon shade than the other Zin on our Estate, and it’s often a bit of a struggle to get it ripe before the fall rains. The 2013 vintage was blessed with very late fall rains that allowed our entire vineyard to get fully ripe before harvest, which is a true luxury in the world of viticulture. The warm days and cool nights helped maintain a healthy acidic balance in the grapes and yielded fruit that was both qualitatively (physiological) and quantitatively (brix) ripe.

Winemaking Notes:
The 11 tons of Zinfandel from our Old Vineyard block was harvested in the early morning and crushed and destemmed shortly after sunrise. It was cold-soaked for 24 hours and then co-fermented with a small amount of Petite Sirah from our Knob Hill block to encourage an early integration between the two varietals. The finished wine spent 14 months in barrel (35% New, 55% American) and was blended with an additional 5% Syrah and 5% Petite Sirah to add complexity and tannin.

Tasting Notes:
The 2013 Cuvee opens with bright strawberry, ripe bing cherries, an enticing hint of sweet vanilla, and a delicate floral note that contributes to the wine’s delightful buoyancy. The palate is smooth with soft tannins and an inviting touch of spice, and the finish is clean and pleasantly lingering. These elements combine to create a highly quaffable wine that is sure to be a true crowd-pleaser.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: October 24th, 2015
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slope
Soil: Josephine Loam
Rootstock: Milliardet ed de Grasset 101-14
Clone: 07, 191, 337
Blend: 77.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 12.5% Petite Verdot
Aging: 28 Months French Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Production: 250 cases
Release Date: Fall 2018
Retail Price: $42.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth and most brutal year of the California drought. An extremely dry and warm winter led to the earliest bud break in our records. Our vines started the growing season on February 10th, a full month earlier than normal. Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set, the overall effect being a lighter-than -average crop. This lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season, precipitated the earliest harvest on record. The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production volumes of outstanding quality.

Winemaking Notes:
One upside to the extremely hot and dry summer is that it created nearly perfect growing conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon. Usually harvested near the end of October, the grapes came in nearly a whole month early on September 24th. Fully mature and packed with dense flavor the grapes looked to be nearly a textbook example of the varietal. Fermented on skins for three weeks to ensure full flavor extraction, this wine has been aged for 28 months in 45% new French oak. A classically bold Cabernet, our 2015 vintage is the perfect pairing for your favorite cut of red meat.

Tasting Notes:
Our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the classic Bordeaux style, blended with 10% Cabernet Franc and 12.5% Petite Verdot; it is full-bodied on the palate and complimented by a wonderful acidity that makes the fruit really shine through! With a bouquet of bright raspberry, cherry and holiday baking spices reminiscent of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon, the flavors on the palate are driven by notes of tart cranberry and sweet tobacco. A great addition to any cellar, this Cabernet has rounded, well-balanced tannins, giving this wine the potential to age for another ten plus years.

Harvest: October 13th, 2014
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slope
Soil: Josephine Loam
Rootstock: Milliardet ed de Grasset 101-14
Clone: 07, 191, 337
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
Aging: 26 Months 60% New Oak: 100% French
Alcohol: 14.8%
Total Production: 358 cases
Release Date: Fall 2017
Retail Price: $42.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2014 vintage marked the third year of the ongoing California drought. Lower than average winter rains and above average temperatures created an early start to the growing season with bud break occurring on February 24th. The lack of soaking winter rains was mitigated by well-timed rains in mid- March (10.8 inches) which provided the vines with much needed soil moisture. These spring rains allowed us to maintain our usual watering program and not put extra stress on our wells. Following record crops in the previous two years 2014 was a return to more normal crop sizes. Owing to the early bud break, our harvest was generally two weeks earlier for most varietals. The grapes from the 2014 vintage were of excellent quality and were harvested long before any threat of fall rains. The wines from this vintage are still exhibiting youthful exuberance and should age well for years to come.

Winemaking Notes:
Following our largest ever harvest at the estate, 2014 marked a return to more “normal” vineyard yields. Picked in mid-October the clusters showed classic Cab characteristics matched with firm and pleasant tannins. Breaking from our tradition of using only whole berry fermentation, we put roughly 20% of our Cab berries through the crush rollers to aid tannin extraction. The resulting wine shows dark red fruit notes backed by powerful tannins that linger on the palate. These increased tannins created an opportunity to use a larger amount of new French oak, which softens the tannins and adds depth to the wine.

Tasting Notes:
Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon once again delivers that full-bodied complexity we’ve come to expect out of the Watchtower Vineyard block. Opening with black peppercorn and holiday spices, the nose features secondary aromas of toasted nuts, bell pepper, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The first sip, however, is a full-bodied burst of big, savory flavors. Peppered salami and bell pepper flavors are tempered by nuances of black currant, nutmeg, and tart cranberry. The mouth-watering acidity on this wine balances out the concentrated tannin structure, leaving you thirsty for another sip.

Harvest: October 25th, 2013
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slope
Soil: Josephine Loam
Rootstock: Milliardet ed de Grasset 101-14
Clone: 07, 191, 337
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
Aging: 26 Months French Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 326 cases
Release Date: Fall 2016
Retail Price: $40.00


Winemaking:
The “Watchtower” block of Cabernet Sauvignon is almost always the final harvest from our estate vineyard. Late fall rains in 2013 allowed us leave the fruit on the vine for an extended period of time. This extra hang time favored the creation of dense character and structure in the grapes. The grapes were brought to the winery on October 25th, destemmed into bins and punched down manually over the course of three weeks. A steady and simple fermentation saw the wine go dry in 22 days. Barrel aged for 26 months and blended with 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc this wine is an excellent ambassador of the vineyard.

Tasting Notes:
Our 2013 Cabernet is a classic example of the “King of Grapes.” The wine exhibits lush dark fruit on the nose, with highlights of coffee and toasted nuts. The palate opens with silky notes of blueberries and spiced chocolate. The finish is elegant but firm with the tannins leaving a pleasant kiss on the tongue. An age worthy wine in every regard this wine will show increased complexity and finesse over the next ten years.

Harvest: October 9, 2012
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slope
Soil: Josephine Loam
Rootstock: Milliardet ed de Grasset 101-14
Clone: 07, 191, 337
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Aging: 24 Months French Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 14.7%
Total Production: 200 cases
Release Date: Fall 2015
Retail Price: $38.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2012 vintage brought a collective sigh of relief to all of us California growers who had struggled through the 2011 vintage, considered by many to be the most difficult vintage in the past twenty years. 2012 brought a warm summer and nearly perfect growing season that allowed for the rare combination of higher than average yields and excellent quality. We pruned our Cabernet Sauvignon down to one cluster per cane to develop deep vibrant flavors, and our vineyard rewarded us with a beautiful crop characterized by excellent aromatics and a healthy natural acidity.

Winemaking Notes:
The 4.5 tons of beautiful estate fruit was sent through the destemmer to remove the bitter green stems, and the remaining whole berries were crushed into small bins for fermentation. The long, slow fermentation lasted for just over a month and the finished wine spent two years in barrel to help highlight the dark fruit notes. The wine was bottled in March and has been Estate aged for 9 months to soften the well-developed tannins.

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 opens with plush aromatics of classic blackcurrant, dried cranberry, ripe mission figs and toasted pecans. The palate has subtle notes of soft licorice and minty chocolate that are balanced by well-structured graphite and sandalwood, and the tannins are assertive but exceptionally smooth. The 2012 Cab is an extremely pleasant bottle of wine that will show equally well on your table this holiday season or in your cellar for another 8+ years. Perhaps the best of the 2012 vintage.

Cabernet Franc

Harvest: October 6th, 2016
Vineyard Block: South Ridge
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slope
Soil: Boomer
Rootstock: Richter 110
Clone: 214
Blend: 95% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Petit Verdot & 2.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 16 Months – Mostly Neutral French Oak
Alcohol: 14.8%
Total Production: 98 cases
Release Date: Fall 2018
Retail Price: $45.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to parched regions of California. Heralded as an “El Nino” year, the expectations for significant winter rains were quite high with hopes of breaking the five-year drought. Though falling short of lofty expectations, we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined. The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st. Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler-than-usual summer. These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine. Harvested at peak maturity, the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality and a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest.

Winemaking Notes:
A consistently warm summer followed by a cool finish to the growing season allowed our Cabernet Franc to linger in the vineyard until October 6th. The extended time on the vine allowed for the development of darker red fruit notes paired with deeper tannins. Fermented in individual macro-bins with manual punch-downs, this wine enjoyed a steady and clean fermentation. Aged for 16 months in mostly neutral French oak our Cabernet Franc is a wine drinkers dream. Subtle fruitiness on the nose opens to a bright acidity on the palate with velvety tannins on the finish.

Tasting Notes:
The 2016 Cabernet Franc has a bright acidity and bold-grippy tannins, that are sure to mellow-out over time. Our Cabernet Franc is a wine that will age beautifully for 10-15 years in the cellar. Aromas of cranberry and raspberry are layered inside a frame of fresh-tilled earth with a subtle hint of leather. The bouquet is matched by a delicate yet vibrant mouthfeel with a palate defined by notes of cherry-cola, sour cherries, dark chocolate and a slight woodsy note suggestive of cedar trees. We love to pair our Cabernet Franc with grilled fish, lamb and other lighter meats. What’s your favorite Cabernet Franc pairing?

Harvest: September 24th, 2015
Vineyard Block: South Ridge
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Steep east-facing slope
Soil: Boomer
Rootstock: Richter 110
Clone: 214
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 18 Months – 50% New Oak: 100% French
Alcohol: 14.1%
Total Production: 48 cases
Release Date: Fall 2017
Retail Price: $42.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth, and most brutal, year of the current California drought. An extremely dry and warm winter lead to the earliest bud break on our records, our vines started the growing season on February 10th, a full month earlier than normal. Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set. The overall effect was therefore a lighter-than-average crop. This lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season, precipitated the earliest harvest on record. The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production volumes of tremendous quality.

Winemaking Notes:
Situated on a southeastern facing slope, our Cabernet Franc block soaks up some of the best sun exposure our estate offers. The extra sunlight and heat from the drought pushed the harvest of this block up nearly a month, coming into the winery on September 24th. Fully matured and loaded with flavors of ripe cherry balanced against lively acidity, it exhibits some classic Cab Franc characteristics. Manually punched down and fermented in half-ton bins, the fermentation was quick and determined with the wine going to barrel on October 14th.

Tasting Notes:
The 2015 Cabernet Franc opens with black pepper, dried tea leaves, and bell pepper over a canvas of ripe cherries and baking spices while subtle notes of leather and plums round out the nose. This is a classic Cabernet Franc in body and is smooth on the tongue with notes of cranberry, raspberry, fresh-tilled earth, and roasted jalapeño leading into a long finish.

Syrah

Harvest: October 7th, 2016
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Bowl-shaped, with the topmost portion facing north
Soil: Hugo Loam, with pockets of adversarial clay
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 174, 383 & 470
Blend: 97.5% Syrah & 2.5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 18 Months – 40% New Oak: 100% French
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 120 cases
Release Date: Fall 2018
Retail: $36.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to parched regions of California. Heralded as an “El Nino” year, the expectations for significant winter rains were quite high with hopes of breaking the five-year drought. Though falling short of lofty expectations, we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined. The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st. Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler-than-usual summer. These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine. Harvested at peak maturity, the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality and a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest.

Winemaking Notes:
Just under three tons of wonderfully ripe Syrah grapes were brought into the winery on October 7th. A concentrated crop with tremendous potential, the Syrah was fermented to dry over the course of the next three weeks. The resulting wine is a wonderful example of the complexity that high elevation vineyards can create. Dense and fruity on the nose and palate, this wine is best enjoyed with soft flavorful cheese and cured meats.

Tasting Notes:
A true expression of our bold mountain-top reds, our 2016 Syrah is full-bodied and bursting with flavor! This Syrah greets the nose with robust aromas of dried tea leaves, blackcurrant and juicy pomegranate, followed by notes of blueberries, sweet & sour plum-sauce and a hint of molasses on the palate. Finishing with a touch of spice reminiscent of green peppercorn and cloves, this wine is well balanced with smooth tannins than linger on the palate, enticing you to take another sip. Pair a bottle of Gustafson Syrah with rich-smoked meats or anything off the grill.

Harvest: September 19th, 2015
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Bowl-shaped, with the topmost portion facing north
Soil: Hugo Loam, with pockets of adversarial clay
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 174, 383 & 470
Blend: 92.5% Syrah, 5% Zinfandel, 2.5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 18 Months – 40% New Oak: 100% French
Alcohol: 14.08%
Total Production: 112 cases
Release Date: Fall 2017
Retail: $36.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth, and most brutal, year of the current California drought. An extremely dry and warm winter lead to the earliest bud break on our records, our vines started the growing season on February 10th, a full month earlier than normal. Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set. The overall effect was therefore a lighter-than-average crop. This lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season, precipitated the earliest harvest on record. The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production volumes of tremendous quality.

Winemaking Notes:
Following the trend of the 2015 vintage, our Logging Road Block was harvested in the morning hours of September 19th – our first pre-October harvest ever! The lighter-than-average crop resulted in rapid ripening and slightly lower-than-typical acids. The resulting grapes were plush and brimming with lush blueberry and black berry notes. Manually punched down during the three weeks of fermentation, the wine was sent to barrel in mid-October.

Tasting Notes:
This full-bodied Syrah draws you in with initial notes of cured meats, dried herbs, clove, a hint of powdered cocoa, and the delicate muskiness of tobacco leaves. A chewy wine on the palate, our 2015 Syrah bursts with blueberries, black cherries, vanilla, açaí berry and that characteristic earthy leather on the finish. The well-developed tannins give this wine great aging potential, making it a delightful addition to any cellar. 

Harvest: October 1, 2014
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Bowl-shaped, with the topmost portion facing almost due north
Soil: Hugo Loam, with pockets of adversarial clay
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 174, 383 & 470
Blend: 90% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel
Aging: 18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 14.4%
Total Production: 205 cases
Release Date: Fall 2016
Retail: $34.00


Winemaking:
The 2014 vintage was hurried along by an early bud break and very warm weather through the growing season. The resulting early harvest saw our Syrah grapes come to the winery on October 1st. Picked in the cool early morning the Logging Road Block again showcased it ability to produce the highest quality fruit. Fully mature and brimming with flavors the berries were destemmed to tank and fermented dry in 24 days. After fermentation we barreled the wine for 18 months in a combination American and French oak.

Tasting Notes:
Walking the line between two differing styles our Syrah is a great expression of an “Old World” grape with “New World” stylings. The nose opens with notes of briary blueberry and blackberry with hints of leather and spice. The palate follows suit closely with generous helping of dark fruit surrounded by notes of clove and allspice. The tannins are firm but velvety giving the finish excellent length and a firm grip. Always a wine for the cellar, this wine will show excellently for the next 10 years

Harvest: October 8th, 2013
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Planted: 2005
Aspect: Bowl-shaped, with the topmost portion facing almost due north
Soil: Hugo Loam, with pockets of adversarial clay
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 174, 383 & 470
Blend: 95% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 15%
Total Production: 200 cases
Release Date: Fall 2015
Retail: $32.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Following in the footsteps of the phenomenal 2012 vintage, 2013 looks to meet or exceed it in almost every way. The year began with an exceptionally early bud break that moved into a mild but warm growing season, where warm days and cool nights were the norm. Aggressive pruning and a fantastic growing season yielded a small but dreamy harvest of fully ripe and physiologically mature fruit. The very late fall rains allowed our grapes to be harvested when we wanted them, not when Mother Nature dictated—a phenomenon that produces happy winemakers and great wines.

Winemaking Notes:
Syrah is one of our smallest lots, and in 2013, the Logging Road Block yielded just over 4 tons of fruit for our Estate Syrah. This tiny crop necessitates the tools of small-scale winemaking: whole berries are fermented in small bins in our cellar, with manual punchdowns for a very gentle extraction of color and tannin. The wine is pressed off the skins at dryness and kept in barrel for 20 months to promote texture and length, and released a full two years after harvest.

Tasting Notes:
The 2013 Estate Syrah opens with classic notes of dried blueberry, soft violet, warm anise, toasted walnut and sweet vanilla. The palate has the characteristic earth and leather we’ve come to expect from our Estate Syrah, plus an intriguing bittersweet note akin to the dusting of raw cacao powder on a dark chocolate truffle. The warm vintage gave rise to exceptionally bold tannins that will carry this vintage well into the future, and if you’re a patient person, I highly recommend adding the 2013 Syrah to your cellar. It’s excellent now, but I think the best is yet to come.

Petite Sirah

Harvest: September 27th, 2016
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle north sloping hillside
Soil: Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 03
Blend: 95% Petite Sirah & 5% Zinfandel
Aging: 18 Months – 55% new oak 40% French, 15% American
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 400 cases
Release Date: Fall 2018
Retail: $32.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to parched regions of California. Heralded as an “El Nino” year, the expectations for significant winter rains were quite high with hopes of breaking the five-year drought. Though falling short of lofty expectations, we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined. The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st. Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler-than-usual summer. These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine. Harvested at peak maturity, the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality and a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest.

Winemaking Notes:
Harvested in the cool morning hours of September 27th, our East Ridge Block of Petite Sirah demonstrated classic varietal characteristics. A prolonged end to the growing season allowed the grapes to linger on the vine a bit longer than usual. This extra hang-time imparted additional depth and complexity to the wine. A smooth fermentation with manual punch downs allowed for the vineyard and season to truly express themselves through the wine. Big and bold with dark fruit notes leading to a solid tannic core, this wine pairs well with hearty winter meals and will age in the cellar for at least another ten years.

Tasting Notes:
Our flag-ship Petite Sirah is always a true crowd pleaser and the 2016 vintage is no exception. Consistently praised for high quality and value, our Petite Sirah is full-bodied matched by a beautiful smooth and velvety mouthfeel, with aromas of blackcurrant and violet followed by a touch of clove and sweet tobacco. Favorable growing conditions allowed for a wine with richly layered flavors of blackberry and blueberry alongside notes of toasty hazelnuts and a hint of leather. Our Petite Sirah pairs stunningly with rich braised meats, hearty soups and stews or a big juicy cheese burger.

Harvest: September 14th, 2015
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle north sloping hillside
Soil: Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 03
Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Aging: 18 Months – 55% new oak 40% French, 15% American
Alcohol: 15.2%
Total Production: 221 cases
Release Date: Fall 2017
Retail: $32.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth, and most brutal, year of the current California drought. An extremely dry and warm winter lead to the earliest bud break on our records, our vines started the growing season on February 10th, a full month earlier than normal. Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set. The overall effect was therefore a lighter-than-average crop. This lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season, precipitated the earliest harvest on record. The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production volumes of tremendous quality.

Winemaking Notes:
Harvested three full weeks early on September 14th, our petite clusters came to the crush pad fully ripe and tasting delicious. Smaller than average berry and cluster size pushed overall per acre tonnage to the lowest levels ever from our East Ridge site. This small and extremely concentrated harvest exhibited classic qualities of dark plum notes paired with chewy tannins. Following a swift fermentation with daily delestage the wine went dry and was barreled down in early October. Our barreling program was ramped up slightly this year owing to the concentrated nature of the wine and our desire for firm but approachable tannins.

Tasting Notes:
Our 2015 Petite Sirah features a delicately perfumed nose that swirls with notes of toffee, luscious blackberry, bay leaf, and the aromas of a sun-warmed herb garden. For such a full-bodied wine, the 2015 has a welcoming silkiness on the palate thanks to the small amount of Zinfandel in the blend. Flavors of blueberry pie, violets, ripe plums, and forest mushrooms combined with a certain resinous quality make for an opulent wine well-suited to a rich Boeuf Bourguignon, barbecue, or a meaty pasta dish.

Harvest: September 23, 2014
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle north sloping hillside
Soil: Hugo Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: 03
Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel
Aging: 20 Months French and American Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 15.1%
Total Production: 291 cases
Release Date: Fall 2016
Retail: $30.00


Winemaking:
The 2014 vintage was marked by an early and fast paced harvest. Grapes that were normally harvest in mid-October were ready for the tanks nearly a month early. Our Petite Sirah was no exception coming in three weeks early on the 23rd of September. Fermenting Petite Sirah is a winemakers dream. The process is always steady and deliberate, with the wine going dry in just 18 days. After fermentation the wine was gently pressed to avoid squeezing out any excessive tannins. Placed in a combination of French and American oak the wine was barrel aged for 18 months. An excellent expression of the varietal our Petite is always a crowd pleaser.

Tasting Notes:
Our 2014 Petite Sirah is a classic example of the varietal. Dark rich blueberry notes open on the nose with hints of leather and chocolate. A “full bodied” wine in every way the palate is rich and expressive striking an excellent balance between acidity and tannin structure. This is a wine built for food with grilled meats and rich red pastas being the perfect combination.

Heritage Tree Zinfandel

Harvest: September 5th, 2017
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle east-sloping hillside
Soil: Gravelly Josephine Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 97.5% Zinfandel and 2.5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 Months French and American Oak, 35% New
Alcohol: 15.9%
Total Production: 89 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2019
Retail Price: $35.00


Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage will be most remembered for a return of soaking winter rains to much of the Golden State. The wet, cold (for California!) and lengthy winter saw an accumulation of 109.4 inches of rain fall on our tiny corner of Sonoma County. Our vines enjoyed the cool immersion and slumbered into early spring, with the first new buds popping on March 12th. The growing season was marked by a cool spring and early summer that quickly gave way to one of the hottest Augusts on record. The late season heat spike push sugars forward and created a scramble to get grapes off the vine. A hurried harvest followed as most of our estate fruit was harvested in early September, nearly 3 weeks earlier than average. The wines of the 2017 vintage are fully ripe and will serve as a testament to the power and structure of California winegrowing.

Winemaking Notes: Record temperatures in late August pushed sugar content in our heritage tree block to nearly 30 degrees brix at harvest. Picked nearly two full weeks early, the super sweet grapes were brimming with flavor. A quick fermentation allowed the wine to spend nearly 16 full months in barrel. This additional barrel time helped to create complexity and fill out the finish on the wine. Blended with a small amount of Petite Sirah for structure, this zinfandel is a rustic take on a classic blend.

Tasting Notes: A true representation of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, our Heritage Tree Zinfandel marries fruit, oak, and tannin in a harmonious balance. A firm and powerful wine with aromas of blackberry and currant followed by pepper and an earthiness on the bouquet that speak to the complexity of this wine. The strong fruit flavors are framed by notes of dark chocolate, five-spice and a woodsy note on the palate, giving this wine a very rustic feel. Our 2017 Heritage Tree Zinfandel is a perfect companion at any table from your summer barbecue to grandma’s hearty tomato-based pasta dishes.

Harvest: September 7th, 2016
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle east-sloping hillside
Soil: gravelly Josephine Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 85% Zinfandel, 12.5% Petite Sirah & 2.5% Syrah
Aging: 16 Months French & American Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 15.3%
Total Production: 134 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2018
Retail Price: $35.00


Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to parched regions of California.  Heralded as an “El Nino” year, the expectations for significant winter rains were quite high with hopes of breaking the five year drought.  Though falling short of lofty expectations, we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined.  The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st.   Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler-than-usual summer.  These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine.  Harvested at peak maturity, the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality and a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest. 

Winemaking Notes: Harvested in early September, our Heritage Tree Zinfandel is a classic example of Dry Creek’s signature varietal.  Destemmed and crushed to tank within a few hours of harvest, the grapes were cold soaked for five days to extract additional color and flavor from the skins.  A short but determined fermentation saw the wine go dry in just 16 days.  Lightly pressed to barrel after fermentation, the wine was aged for 16 months on a combination of French and American oak, 45% new.  Blended with a healthy dose of Petite Sirah (12.5%) for increased structure, this wine displays lovely balance and a lingering finish.

Tasting Notes: This Zinfandel once again expresses the best of the Heritage Tree block. Briary and musky aromas of cedar, blackberry, caramel, and cloves swirl over blackstrap molasses, raspberry, and bright cherry on the nose. This Zinfandel delivers black currant and black pepper on the palate with notes of sage, dried tea leaves, and leather leading to a nutty finish reminiscent of toasted walnuts. The grippy tannin balanced by its fresh acidity makes our Heritage Tree Zinfandel a perfect wine to pair with hearty tomato-based dishes and anything off the grill.

Harvest: August 28th, 2015
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle east-sloping hillside
Soil: gravelly Josephine Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 Months French & American Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 15.8%
Total Production: 97 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2017
Retail Price: $32.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth and most brutal year, of the current California drought. An extremely dry and warm winter lead to the earliest bud break in our records, our vines started the growing season on February 10th which is a full month earlier than normal. Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set. The overall effect being a lighter than average crop, this lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season precipitated the earliest harvest on record. The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production sizes but tremendous quality!

Winemaking & Tasting Notes:
The 2015 vintage was our earliest on record with many of the grapes being pick a full month ahead of average. Harvested in the warm summer day of August the grapes from our Heritage Tree block were brimming with flavor. Fermented on skins for three weeks the wine was barreled down just as fall began at the end of September. Our Heritage Tree Zinfandel is a classic example of Dry Creek Zinfandel; opening with juicy notes of wild berry bramble, sweet nutmeg, spiced cherries, vanilla, and toasted almonds. This wine pairs beautifully with full bodied meat dishes and rich tomato-based pastas and is an excellent choice for summer BBQ’s and any food straight off the grill.

Harvest: September 19, 2014
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle east-sloping hillside
Soil: gravelly Josephine Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 97.5% Zinfandel, 2.5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 Months French & American Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 15.7%
Total Production: 170 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2016
Retail Price: $32.00


Winemaking Notes:
Early bud break and a warmer than average growing season lead to rapidly maturing grapes. Harvested in mid-September, our Heritage Tree Zin is a classic example of Dry Creek’s signature varietal. Destemmed and crushed to tank within a few hours of harvest, the grapes were cold soaked for 5 days to extract additional color and flavor from the skins. A short but determined fermentation saw the wine go dry in just 16 days. Lightly pressed to barrel after fermentation the wine was aged for 16 months on a combination of French and American oak, 35% new. Blended with a small amount (2.5%) of Petite Sirah for increased structure this wine displays lovely balance and a lingering finish.

Tasting Notes:
The nose leans toward floral notes of cinnamon, cherries, and spice. You will find a strong mouth feel with a well-balanced palate displaying a subtle graham crackery crust structure and American oak finish with the classic jamminess of a traditional zin. This wine finishes with firm but approachable tannin with good acidity to create a lingering and enjoyable finish. This wine is a great choice for meats on the grill and BBQ summer food.

Harvest: October 16th, 2013
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree
Planted: 2004
Aspect: Gentle east-sloping hillside
Soil: gravelly Josephine Loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: St. Peter’s Church
Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 Months French & American Oak, 35% New
Alcohol: 15.7%
Total Production: 450 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2015
Retail Price: $32.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2013 vintage looks to meet or exceed the phenomenal 2012 vintage in almost every way. An exceptionally early bud break and warm growing season gave the vines a few extra weeks to ripen the abundant crop, and that extended hang time helped push our grapes to full physiological ripeness. Warm days and cool nights were the norm, which is wonderful weather for growing grapes, and the very late fall rains allowed us to harvest when we wanted to. We brought in just under 10 tons of beautifully ripe fruit on October 16th, and the superb quality is sure to make this one of our best Zinfandels yet.

Winemaking Notes:
The exceptionally warm growing season created higher than normal brix in our Estate Zinfandel, and abundant sugars are notorious for creating fast, short fermentations. We prefer cool fermentations, especially for Zinfandel, so we crushed and destemmed the grapes into a glycol-jacketed tank to keep the fermentation cool. The wine underwent an initial cold soak and an extended maceration with daily punchdowns, and was aged in a combination of French and American oak (35% new and 25% American) for 16 months. The finished wine was blended with a splash of its best friend, Petite Sirah, and bottled on January 28th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
The 2013 Heritage Tree is a perfect example of the bold, luscious Zinfandel that put Dry Creek Valley on the map. It opens with bright red cherry, ripe raspberry, and spicy undertones of cinnamon and licorice, painted over an earthy background of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. The additional 12% Petite Sirah brings a beautiful weight to the palate and assertive tannins that contribute to the long finish, making this wine a fantastic pairing for tomato-based pastas and red meat.

Awards & Reviews:
91 PointsWine Enthusiast, February 2016

Late Harvest

Harvest: October 16th, 2016
Vineyard Block: East Ridge & Heritage Tree
Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel
Aging: 24 Months 100% New French Oak
Alcohol: 17.6%
Residual Sugar: 6.8% (68 grams/Liter)
Total Production: 76 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2019 
Retail Price: $26.00


Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to parched regions of California. Heralded as an “El Nino” year the expectations for significant winters rains were quite high with hopes of breaking the 5-year drought. Though falling short of lofty expectations, we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined. The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st. Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler than usual summer. These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine. Harvested at peak maturity the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest.

Winemaking Notes: Fully mature and packed with sugar these grapes came off the vine at 31 degrees brix in the early morning of October 16th. An 80-20 mix of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel was selected to create the desired blend of both fruity and full bodied. Arrested with a 12% addition of 168 proof grape brandy the wine was moved to barrel where it was aged for two full years. Using 100% new French oak in the process helped to create extra vanilla notes to complement the sweetness of the wine. Drier than many Late Harvests, this wine is the prefect after dinner degestivo or a surprising partner to blue cheese!  

Tasting Notes: A perfect wine for after-dinner sipping, our Port-style Late Harvest Red is full-bodied with a lush and rounded, tannin structure. With a complex bouquet of ripe blueberries, toasty vanilla and rich caramel, following by a dusting of cocoa on the nose. The palate shadows these scents with luxurious flavors of blueberry jam, bittersweet cocoa and notes toffee, hazelnut and warm baking spices. A beautiful blend of 80% Petite Sirah and 20% Zinfandel grapes this dessert wine is dessert in a glass all on its own or is an excellent pairing with anything chocolate or poured over creamy vanilla ice cream.

 

Harvest: September 23rd, 2015
Vineyard Block: East Ridge & Heritage Tree
Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel
Aging: 24 Months 100% New French Oak
Alcohol: 17.6%
Residual Sugar: 6.4% (64 grams/Liter)
Total Production: 100 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2018
Retail Price: $26.00


Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage was the fourth and most brutal year, of the California drought.  An extremely dry and warm winter led to the earliest bud break in our records.  Our vines started the growing season on February 10th, a full month earlier than normal.  Warm weather in January and February was followed by a cool spring which delayed flowering and led to poor berry set, the overall effect being a lighter-than -average crop.  This lighter crop, coupled with an early start to the growing season, precipitated the earliest harvest on record.  The wines of the 2015 vintage will be marked by small production volumes of tremendous quality.

Winemaking Notes:
A smaller-than-average crop in 2015 led to rapid sugar accumulation and quick ripening of our late harvest grapes. Picked on September 23rd, our Late Harvest Red is a blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.  The quick ripening allowed the grapes’ sugars to climb into the low 30s °Bx (Brix) which created extremely fruity and rich flavors.  The fermentation was halted at roughly 64 grams/liter (6.4%) sugar with the addition of grape brandy.  The brandy addition raised the alcohol level to create a sweet but not cloying wine.  The wine spent two full years in barrel to round out the palate and create depth on the finish.  Made in the true “Port” style, our Late Harvest is lower in sugar and higher in alcohol, creating a smooth and sippable after dinner treat.

Tasting Notes:
This full-bodied Port-style Late Harvest jumps out of the glass with the enveloping aroma of sweet tobacco and vanilla rounded out by notes of caramel mocha, blueberry pie, and toasted almond. The palate features engaging complexity as the brightly fruit-driven initial flavors of blackberry and huckleberry melt into a secondary wave of savory gingerbread, eucalyptus, toasted cedar, and sweet baking spices. This dessert wine features a phenomenal balance of tannin, acidity, and moderate sweetness with a velvety, polished mouthfeel that leaves one feeling surprisingly refreshed and unsurprisingly yearning for another sip.

Harvest: October 20th, 2014
Vineyard Block: East Ridge & Heritage Tree
Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel
Aging: 24 Months 100% New French Oak
Alcohol: 16.50%
Residual Sugar: 6.4% (64 grams/Liter)
Total Production: 350 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2017
Retail Price: $24.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2014 vintage marked the third year of California’s ongoing drought. Lower than average winter rains and above average temperatures created an early start to the growing season with bud break occurring on February 24th. The lack of soaking winter rains was mitigated by well-timed rains in mid- March (10.8 inches) which provided the vines much needed soil moisture. These spring rains allowed us to maintain our usual watering program and not put extra stress on our wells. Following record crops in the previous two years 2014 was a return to more normal crop sizes. Owing to the early bud break our harvest was on average two weeks earlier for most varietals. The grapes from the 2014 vintage were of excellent quality and were harvested long before any threat of fall rains. The wines from this vintage are still exhibiting youthful exuberance and should age well for years to come.

Winemaking & Tasting Notes:
Always our final harvest for the season our dessert wine is pick just after the first day of fall, coming into the winery on October 6th. A blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes are crushed and co-fermented to harmonize the flavors. Designed to be sweet the fermentation is stopped with the addition of brandy when the residual sugar reaches the desired level, usually around 50 grams per liter. Aged in 100% new oak for 24 months prior to bottling, the wine has a robust texture with a generous helping of toast. Our Late Harvest opens with a bouquet of blueberry pie and blackberry jam, followed by an undercurrent of bittersweet cocoa and brandy-soaked vanilla pods. The beautifully layered mid-palate is rich and velvety without being too syrupy. Usually poured as a digestivo’ this wine is the perfect accompaniment to ice cream or chocolates after a decadent meal. Enjoy on cold winter nights, preferably in your slippers near the fire.

WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information to go www.p65warnings.ca.gov/products/alcoholic-beverages

White Wines

Riesling

Harvest: September 27th, 2018
Vineyard Block: Meadow Ridge
Blend: 100% Riesling
Aging: Fermented & stored in stainless steel, Bottled January 31th, 2019
Alcohol: 13.0%
Residual Sugar: 0.68% (6.8 grams/Liter)
Total Production: 178 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2019
Retail Price: $24.00


Vintage Notes: The 2018 growing season started with a warmer and drier than average winter. These conditions enticed the slumbering vineyard to awaken early from its winter dormancy. Storms in March and April provided much need rain and gave the vines soil with enough moisture to delay irrigation until late June. The summer months provided abundant heat and sunshine which pushed the vines to create large canopies and a slightly above average crop load. The larger crop, coupled with below average temperatures in August and September, pushed harvest dates into early October. A speedy series of picking dates followed as the threat of early rains pushed harvesting into high gear. With almost all our vineyards harvested before the rains the resulting wines are elegant and complex.

Winemaking Notes: The Riesling harvest typically ushers in the final phase of a vintage with only the biggest and boldest reds remaining on the vine. This year was no exception as the grapes were harvested in the early morning of September 27th. After being soaked overnight and pressed off skins the juice was settled and racked prior to the beginning of fermentation. A lengthy and cool six-week fermentation followed with the yeast steadily consuming the sweet juice. Stopped with by cooling the juice, at just 6.8 grams per liter of residual sugar, this vintage will represent the driest Riesling we have made to date.

Tasting Notes: Our driest Riesling ever, coming in with only 0.68% residual sugar, this is the perfect wine to enjoy on a hot summer day or year-round with a multitude of foods. The 2018 Riesling greets the nose with subtle aromas of lime zest, pink grapefruit and white flowers suggestive of jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate displays a small amount of effervescence, that unfolds to reveal fresh and lively flavors of tart green apple, star fruit and lime followed by a subtle note of chamomile on the finish. We love to pair our Riesling with spicy cuisine such as Thai food, sushi with wasabi, or curry.

Harvest: September 25th, 2017  
Vineyard Block: Meadow Ridge
Blend: 100% Riesling
Aging: Fermented & stored in stainless steel, Bottled January 25th, 2018
Alcohol: 13.0%
Residual Sugar: 0.64% (6.4 grams/Liter)
Total Production: 405 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2018
Retail Price: $24.00


Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage will be most remembered for a return of soaking winter rains to much of the Golden State. The wet, cold (for California!) and lengthy winter saw an accumulation of 109.4 inches of rain fall on our tiny corner of Sonoma County. Our vines enjoyed the cool bath and slumbered into early spring, with the first new buds popping up on March 12th. The growing season was marked by a cool spring and early summer that quickly gave way to one of the hottest Augusts on record. The late season heat spike pushed sugars forward and created a scramble to get grapes off the vine. A hurried harvest followed as most of our estate fruit was harvested in early September, nearly three weeks earlier than average. The wines of the 2017 vintage are fully ripe and will serve as a testament to the power and structure of California winegrowing.

Winemaking Notes: Consistently one of my favorite wines to make, our 2017 Riesling follows in the footprints of our previous vintages with subtle improvements. Harvested on September 25th, the grapes showed an excellent balance of acidity and maturity. Following an overnight soak on skins, the juice was gently pressed and cold fermented for 46 days. The lengthy fermentation allowed for delicate aromatics to develop while preserving the crisp nuance of the wine. Fermentation was stopped with 6.4 grams of sugar remaining. This tiny amount of residual sugar gives the wine a hint of sweetness while allowing the zesty finish to envelop the palate. 

Tasting Notes: Notes of white peach and honeydew melon layer themselves over aromas of mandarin, white flowers, and a faint hint of wet slate and petrol, on the nose of this complex 2017 Riesling. On the palate, ripe pear and white nectarine wash over whispers of chamomile, lychee, and fresh herbs with an enveloping mouthfeel. The finish features bright minerality and acidity balanced by a conservative amount of residual sugar that ensures this Riesling is a perfect complement to a variety of spiced dishes.

Harvest: September 21st, 2016
Vineyard Block: Meadow Ridge
Planted: 2008
Aspect: Bowl-shaped with gentle slopes toward center
Soil: Boomer Loam with pockets of rich organic matter
Rootstock: Selection Oppenheim 4
Clone: 02, 09 & 12
Blend: 100% Riesling
Aging: Fermented & stored in stainless steel, bottled January 26th, 2017
Alcohol: 13.1%
Residual Sugar: 0.88% (8 grams/Liter)
Total Production: 422 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2017
Retail Price: $20.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2016 vintage was marked by the return of winter rains to dry regions of California. Heralded as an “El Nino” year the expectations for significant winter rains were quite high, with hopes of breaking the 5 year drought. Though falling short of lofty expectations we recorded 58.3 inches of rain at the estate, nearly equaling the last two winters combined. The soaking rains allowed our vines to sleep a little deeper than the previous two years, waking from their winter slumber on February 21st. Bud break was followed by a gentle spring and a cooler than usual summer. These cooler conditions allowed the grapes to linger on the vine and soak up the delicious flavors of California sunshine. Harvested at peak maturity the wines of the 2016 vintage are of excellent quality a prime example of California winegrowing at its finest.

Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
The 2016 Riesling is a classic example of the complexity that can shine though in a wine. Harvested in late September the small clusters were gently destemmed and soaked overnight on skins to draw out more nuanced flavors. Fermented at 52 degrees for almost 6 weeks the wine was allowed to keep a small amount of residual sugar to enhance the palate. Our 2016 Riesling opens with notes of juicy green apple, tangy nectarine, and a hint of floral mandarin, followed by a notes of flinty wet stone and sweet honeysuckle. A wonderful food pairing wine, our Riesling is great with fish and salads, but has the acidity to stand up to spicier foods as well.

Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest: September 13th, 2018
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block
Blend:100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel, Aged in Neutral French Oak for 3 months Bottled March 6th, 2019
Alcohol:14.2%
Total Production: 350 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2019
Retail Price: $26.00


Vintage Notes: The 2018 growing season started with a warmer and drier than average winter. These conditions enticed the slumbering vineyard to awaken early from its winter dormancy. Storms in March and April provided much need rain and gave the vines soil with enough moisture to delay irrigation until late June. The summer months provided abundant heat and sunshine which pushed the vines to create large canopies and a slightly above average crop load. The larger crop, coupled with below average temperatures in August and September, pushed harvest dates into early October. A speedy series of picking dates followed as the threat of early rains pushed harvesting into high gear. With almost all our vineyards harvested before the rains the resulting wines are elegant and complex.

Winemaking Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is usually the first grape to arrive on the crush pad here at the estate. However due to a cool finish to the summer and an above average yield in the vineyard this seasons Sauvignon Blanc was our third varietal to harvest, arriving in the early morning on September 13th. The additional time on the vine produced lovely tropical and melon notes in the wine, which stand up to the strong backbone of acidity. Aged for three months in neutral French oak to fill out the palate this wine represents a classic look at Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Notes: This wine cries for picnics and beach days during the summer time, although we love to enjoy our Sauvignon Blanc all year long! Our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc has a vibrant and crisp freshness matched with a well-rounded mouth feel due to the three months spent in neutral oak. The bouquet on this wine is extremely tropical and is filled with aromas of ripe pineapple and zesty citrus fruit, followed by a slight floral note reminiscent of lilies and hydrangeas. Complemented with a lively and bright palate dominated by notes of tart apple and lemon, lime flavors finishing with a faint note of lemon grass, this Sauvignon Blanc makes for a very refreshing wine.

Harvest: August 30th, 2017 
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block 
Blend: Field Blend – 97.5% Sauvignon Blanc & 2.5% Riesling
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel, Aged in Neutral French Oak Bottled March 15th, 2018
Alcohol:13.2%
Total Production: 250 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2018
Retail Price: $26.00


Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage will be most remembered for a return of soaking winter rains to much of the Golden State. The wet, cold (for California!) and lengthy winter saw an accumulation of 109.4 inches of rain fall on our tiny corner of Sonoma County. Our vines enjoyed the cool bath and slumbered into early spring, with the first new buds popping up on March 12th. The growing season was marked by a cool spring and early summer that quickly gave way to one of the hottest Augusts on record. The late season heat spike pushed sugars forward and created a scramble to get grapes off the vine. A hurried harvest followed as most of our estate fruit was harvested in early September, nearly three weeks earlier than average. The wines of the 2017 vintage are fully ripe and will serve as a testament to the power and structure of California winegrowing.

Winemaking Notes: Sonoma County endured a record heat wave over the final weekend of August. Wanting to preserve the delicate nature of the varietal, we harvested our Sauvignon Blanc on August 30th. The hot finish to the season coupled with a lighter-than-average crop led to concentrated flavors while retaining the grape’s signature acidity. Hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed, the juice was cool fermented at roughly 65 degrees. Upon completion of primary fermentation, the wine was racked to neutral oak barrels for 5 months of aging. Finished in stainless steel, this wine is a classic Sauvignon Blanc with bold tropical fruit notes and tingly acidity.

Tasting Notes: Granny Smith apple and lemon zest fairly jump out of the glass with this phenomenal iteration of our Sauvignon Blanc. With a bright nose featuring undertones of white flowers, ripe pineapple and lemon-lime, our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc delivers the ideal summer wine. Notes of yellow nectarine, ripe apricot, Meyer lemon, and pineapple-guava on the palate deliver a clean and crisp finish with all the flavor of zesty, sweet fruit without any of the saccharine quality. Four months in neutral oak have lent this wine a pleasingly round mouthfeel perfectly balanced by the acidity and ultimately creating a glass of wine you’ll wish would never end.

WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information to go www.p65warnings.ca.gov/products/alcoholic-beverages

Rose Wines

Rosé of Syrah

Harvest: September 17th, 2018
Vineyard Block: Picnic Slope Block
Blend: 100% Syrah
Aging: Fermented in neutral oak barrels, Aged in stainless steel and Bottled January, 31th 2019
Alcohol: 13.2%
Total Production: 244 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2019
Retail Price: $24.00


Vintage Notes: The 2018 growing season started with a warmer and drier than average winter. These conditions enticed the slumbering vineyard to awaken early from its winter dormancy. Storms in March and April provided much need rain and gave the vines soil with enough moisture to delay irrigation until late June. The summer months provided abundant heat and sunshine which pushed the vines to create large canopies and a slightly above average crop load. The larger crop, coupled with below average temperatures in August and September, pushed harvest dates into early October. A speedy series of picking dates followed as the threat of early rains pushed harvesting into high gear. With almost all our vineyards harvested before the rains the resulting wines are elegant and complex.

Winemaking Notes: Following the footprints of its predecessors our Rose was the second wine harvested from the estate. Harvested and sent directly to press, the juice was pumped to neutral French oak and fermented to dryness in just two weeks. The warm and quick fermentation changed the color profile of the resulting wine, which is lighter than pervious vintages. To preserve the delicate color and flavors the wine spent less time in oak, moving to stainless storage in early November. The subtle nuance of these changes has created a Rose that is more elegant and refined than some of its brawnier ancestors.

Tasting Notes: Our 2018 Rosé of Syrah may be slightly lighter in color than our previous vintages, but the flavor is all there! This juicy new rosé is elegant and refined with a beautiful floral bouquet matched with a great backbone of acidity that leaves you wanting another sip. Delicate notes of rose petals, peonies and ripe strawberries unfold from the glass, followed by notes of tart cranberries, dragon fruit and a faint hint of honeydew melon on the palate. Our refreshing Rosé of Syrah makes a lovely pairing with lighter dishes such as salads and seafood but can also stand up to heartier dishes, my favorite pairing is our rosé with a classic Thanksgiving dinner!

Harvest: September 6th, 2017
Vineyard Block: Picnic Slope Block
Blend: 100% Syrah
Aging: Fermented in neutral oak barrels, Aged in stainless steel & Bottled January, 25th 2018
Alcohol: 13.6%
Total Production: 308 Cases
Release Date: Spring 2018
Retail Price: $24.00


Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage will be most remembered for a return of soaking winter rains to much of the Golden State.  The wet, cold (for California!) and lengthy winter saw an accumulation of 109.4 inches of rain fall on our tiny corner of Sonoma County.  Our vines enjoyed the cool bath and slumbered into early spring, with the first new buds popping up on March 12th.  The growing season was marked by a cool spring and early summer that quickly gave way to one of the hottest Augusts on record.  The late season heat spike pushed sugars forward and created a scramble to get grapes off the vine.   A hurried harvest followed as most of our estate fruit was harvested in early September, nearly three weeks earlier than average.  The wines of the 2017 vintage are fully ripe and will serve as a testament to the power and structure of California winegrowing.  

Winemaking Notes: Our Rosé block is situated in a portion of the vineyard that receives afternoon sunshine from the surrounding trees.  This additional protection from the sun allows the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.  Harvested at the perfect intersection of ripeness and acidity, the grapes were gently crushed and pressed within four hours to extract a vibrant pink color.  Quick barrel fermentation followed with “sur lees” ageing, which helps to create structure and mouthfeel while preserving the delicate nature of the wine.  Held in stainless steel for the final month to maintain the bright floral notes, the wine was bottled young and is an excellent example of the classic spring time favorite.

Tasting Notes: The 2017 Rosé of Syrah simply sings with lively acidity and bright, fresh citrus flavors, inducing you to reach of another glass. Opening with orange blossoms, tangerine, and ruby grapefruit, this zesty summer wine offers up a wildflower garden and wild strawberries on the palate, this wine finishes with tart raspberry and sour cherry over nuances of white stone fruit. This neutral oak-fermented rosé retains its zingy acidity to make for a mouthwatering wine which pairs perfectly with seafood or any garden-fresh salad.

WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information to go www.p65warnings.ca.gov/products/alcoholic-beverages

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