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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

2013 Estate Mountain Cuvée Zinfandel

Harvest: late October, 2015
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard Block
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 33% 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.

2013 Estate Mountain Cuvée Zinfandel

Harvest: October 25, 2014
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard Block
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 33% 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.

2013 Estate Mountain Cuvée Zinfandel

Harvest: October 25, 2013
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard Block
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 33% 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.

2012 Estate Mountain Cuvée Zinfandel

Harvest: October 20th, 2012
Vineyard Block: Old Vineyard Block
Blend: 75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 33% New
Alcohol: 15.5%
Total Production: 840 cases
Release Date: Spring 2014
Retail Price: $24.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2010 and 2011 were challenging, stressful vintages for Emmett, and he surprised us all by making a selection of fantastic vintages in the face of adversity. But by 2012 he was ready for a cake-walk, and boy, did he get one. The 2012 season started early, and mild weather through bloom, fruit set, and most of the growing season turned out a record harvest—in both quality and quantity, which is quite rare. With a bountiful crop of extremely high quality, this vintage may go down as one of the finest in the post "oh" decade.

Winemaking Notes:
Our Mountain Cuvée is always a Zinfandel-based blend, usually with a decent dose of Petite Sirah for added backbone and color. In 2012, we took the process a step further by co-fermenting our Zin from the Old Vineyard Block with 15% Petite Sirah from our Knob Hill Block. Co-fermentation is a throwback to the old red wine blends of Sonoma County, where all the different grape varietals from a particular vineyard were fermented together and simply called "California Burgundy." We took it a step further by blending in a small amount of Syrah for depth and complexity, producing a vibrant and fruit-forward wine that is the perfect companion for your next dinner party.

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 Cuvée is a delightfully inviting wine, displaying an elegance and balance not usually associated with Zinfandel. The nose opens with bright notes of raspberry and strawberry jam, drifting over a background of blackberry, plum, and semi-sweet chocolate. The wine is smooth and relatively light on the palate, with soft but "perky" tannins and a pleasantly lingering finish. The Cuvée's well-integrated tannins and remarkable balance make it an exceptional food pairing wine, and it shines with lamb, pork, and tomato-based pasta dishes. And just in case you didn't notice, the 2012 Cuvee is by far our largest single bottling to date—a whopping 840 cases. So drink up folks, this one's a biggie.

Awards & Reviews:
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: October 9, 2012
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite 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.

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: October 9, 2012
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite 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.

2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: October 31, 2011
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot
Aging: 24 Months French Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Production: 300 cases
Release Date: Fall 2014
Retail Price: $38.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2011 growing season was one of the toughest in recent memory, with rain in early October forcing winemakers to choose between under-ripe fruit or the possibility of rot. We decided to let our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes hang through the storm, and we mitigated the damage by dropping a record amount of fruit from the vines. Dropping fruit allowed our vines to focus all their intensity into a single cluster, ensuring that our Cab met the high standards set with the 2007 & 2009 vintages--albeit at much lower yields. This was truly a year of quality over quantity.

Winemaking Notes:
After crying ourselves to sleep for most of the 2011 vintage, we finally got around to making some Estate Cab. We harvested on Halloween and the small but high quality crop was thankfully free of rot. The clusters were gently destemmed and whole berry fermented, and the fermentation itself was slow, steady, and generally hassle free, with the wine going dry just before Thanksgiving. The finished wine spent two years in barrel to help highlight the dark fruit notes, and has been bottled aged for 9 months to soften the well-developed tannins.

Tasting Notes:
The 2011 Cabernet is lighter than most of our past vintages, but it's a very refreshing lightness, marked by a sense of buoyancy on the palate and a delicate cool-climate bouquet. The nose opens with bright red cherry and plum, a hint of woodsy forest floor, and a reassuring background of vanilla and toasted almonds. The palate is firm, with a brisk acidity and well-structured tannins that contribute to this wine's excellent aging potential.

Awards & Reviews:
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015
- Silver – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2015

2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: October 27, 2010
Vineyard Block: Watchtower Vineyard
Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot
Aging: 24 Months French Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Production: 400 cases
Release Date: Fall 2013
Retail Price: $38.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2010 growing season was one of the coolest in recent memory. Late spring rains and chilly conditions through June and July delayed the harvest until mid-October. Growing grapes under these strenuous conditions was a test of patience and fortitude in the vineyard, and understanding our vineyard was instrumental in planning crop levels and preparing for a delayed harvest. The longer hang time produced wonderful complexity in the fruit, allowing for the development of deep and delicious flavors.

Winemaking Notes:
Creating two Zinfandels each year has allowed us to select the most ripe and perfect fruit for our Heritage Tree selection. Created in a "reserve" style, this wine is designed to showcase the power and full throttle nature that Zinfandel can possess. Fruit was selected from our most mature vineyard blocks, and owing to the cool weather, the additional hang time allowed these blocks to produce fruit of exceptional quality. Deeper flavors allowed for the addition of a larger amount of French oak, which complements the wine's robust tones.

Tasting Notes:
Our Heritage Tree Zinfandel is a classic display of Zin's tendency toward ripe flavors and a full bodied finish. The nose opens with deep blackberry and currant supported by hints of clove and coffee. Following the wonderful aromas, the palate is treated to dark red fruit flavors and finished by a generous helping of oak which rounds out the pleasantly lingering tannins.

2013 Estate Cabernet Franc

Harvest: October 25, 2013
Vineyard Block: South Ridge
Blend: 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 20 Months French Oak, 25% New
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 40 cases
Release Date: Fall 2015
Retail Price: $38.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Our Estate vineyard has a small, unassuming block of Cabernet Franc tucked into our South Ridge Block, along with a small amount of Petite Verdot. These two unique varietals are hand harvested and processed with all the care and attention given to our better-known Estate wines, but they are solely intended as blending components for our Cabernet Sauvignon; in most years, we blend 100% of our yield from these vineyards into the Cab. In 2012 we had enough Cabernet Franc left over to create a varietal bottling, and in 2013 we achieved the same result--albeit at a lower volume.

Winemaking Notes:
The fully ripe clusters were sent through the crusher-destemmer and funneled into two small macrobins for fermentation. Emmett performed daily manual punchdowns to extract gentle tannins and the finished wine was racked into mostly neutral oak barrels for aging (the more expensive new oak is reserved for the Cabernet Sauvignon). We blended one full barrel into the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (will be bottled in 2016) and bottled the remaining 126 gallons on August 1st, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
Cabernet Franc is often seen as a feminine and flirtatious relative of the more masculine Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2013 is a perfect example of that bright, alluring feminine nature. It opens with summer strawberries, bright cherry, and savory hawthorne berry over a complex undercurrent of black tea, cedar, and rose petals. The palate is exceptionally rich and well-polished, with a deep graphite-like minerality that melts into a soft finish. Cellar or drink now.

2013 Estate Cabernet Franc

Harvest: October 25, 2013
Vineyard Block: South Ridge
Blend: 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 20 Months French Oak, 25% New
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 40 cases
Release Date: Fall 2015
Retail Price: $38.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Our Estate vineyard has a small, unassuming block of Cabernet Franc tucked into our South Ridge Block, along with a small amount of Petite Verdot. These two unique varietals are hand harvested and processed with all the care and attention given to our better-known Estate wines, but they are solely intended as blending components for our Cabernet Sauvignon; in most years, we blend 100% of our yield from these vineyards into the Cab. In 2012 we had enough Cabernet Franc left over to create a varietal bottling, and in 2013 we achieved the same result--albeit at a lower volume.

Winemaking Notes:
The fully ripe clusters were sent through the crusher-destemmer and funneled into two small macrobins for fermentation. Emmett performed daily manual punchdowns to extract gentle tannins and the finished wine was racked into mostly neutral oak barrels for aging (the more expensive new oak is reserved for the Cabernet Sauvignon). We blended one full barrel into the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (will be bottled in 2016) and bottled the remaining 126 gallons on August 1st, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
Cabernet Franc is often seen as a feminine and flirtatious relative of the more masculine Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2013 is a perfect example of that bright, alluring feminine nature. It opens with summer strawberries, bright cherry, and savory hawthorne berry over a complex undercurrent of black tea, cedar, and rose petals. The palate is exceptionally rich and well-polished, with a deep graphite-like minerality that melts into a soft finish. Cellar or drink now.

2013 Estate Syrah

Harvest: October 8, 2013
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Blend: 95% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 15%
Total Production: 200 cases
Retail Price: $32.00
Release Date: Fall 2015


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.

2013 Estate Syrah

Harvest: October 8, 2013
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Blend: 95% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 15%
Total Production: 200 cases
Retail Price: $32.00
Release Date: Fall 2015


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.

2012 Estate Syrah

Harvest: October 20, 2012
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Blend: 100% Syrah
Aging: 20 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 15.3%
Total Production: 200 cases
Retail Price: $32.00
Release Date: Fall 2014


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Our Logging Road block is situated on an eastern facing-slope, with a strand of healthy old madrone trees above it and a couple beautiful redwoods standing sentinel on its eastern flank. The mild aspect and neighboring forest help to protect our Syrah grapes from the afternoon sun, which contributes to the development unique flavors that straddle the broad gap between French "Syrah" and Australian "Shiraz"; the two are genetically identical, but (literally) worlds apart. We help our vines fine-tune these unique characteristics with some particularly aggressive pruning, dropping all but one cluster per cane throughout the entire vineyard.

Winemaking Notes:
Aggressive pruning and a fantastic growing season yielded a dreamy harvest of fully ripe and physiologically mature fruit, which is the perfect starting point for a well-balanced Syrah. The Estate Syrah is one of our smallest lots, and it necessitates the tools of small-scale winemaking: the whole berries are fermented in small bins that are kept in our barrel cellar, with manual punchdowns for a very gentle extraction. 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 2012 Estate Syrah strikes a fantastic balance between the Old World and the New. Our warm California climate brings out the chocolate richness and dark fruit of an Australian Shiraz, but the unique microclimate of our Logging Road block brings out the spice, earth, and faint pepper of a Rhone Syrah. This unique bouquet is bolstered by underlying aromatics of leather and smoked meats, which melt into a particularly voluptuous palate layered with rich oak and notes of clove and spice. The broad finish is conducive to hearty food pairings, and if you're a patient person, perhaps a couple of years in the cellar.

Awards & Reviews:
- 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

2011 Estate Syrah

Harvest: October 23, 2011
Vineyard Block: Logging Road Block
Blend: 100% Syrah
Aging: 18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 13.07%
Total Production: 150 cases
Retail Price: $32.00
Release Date: Fall 2013


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Syrah is always one of our smallest lots, owing to the dedicated fruit Rosé that we produce every year. The difficult 2010 vintage had forced us to forego our Syrah entirely, instead using all of our Syrah grapes for the production of our 2010 Rosé. To avoid that issue, we decided early in the growing season to implement a very aggressive pruning strategy. We had carried two clusters per cane in 2010, so in 2011, we went down to one cluster. That aggressive pruning, implemented very early in the growing season, made our Syrah one of our best performing lots in the 2011 vintage.

Winemaking Notes:
Harvested late in the season, our Syrah grapes displayed great natural acidity and wonderfully bright flavors, reminiscent of a truly Rhone-style Syrah. It was fermented in 1-ton bins with manual punchdowns, allowing us to monitor tannin extraction and achieve the soft tannin profile we desire in all our wines. The finished wine spent 18 months in oak, with a slightly different barrel selection designed to complement its higher acid and lower alcohol than previous years.

Tasting Notes:
The 2011 is bright and inviting, with a nose of white pepper, tart wild blueberry, and sweet vanilla. There is an intriguing convergence of sweet, floral, and woody notes, like the freshly snapped twig of a mission fig tree, and an almost graphite-like minerality. The palate is firm, with a brisk acidity and well-structured tannins that contribute to this wine’s excellent aging potential.

2013 Estate Petite Sirah

Harvest: October 9, 2013
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel
Aging: 20 months French and American Oak, 45% new
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 375 Cases
Retail Price: $28.00
Release Date: Fall 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Petite Sirah is has a very tight cluster structure that is extremely susceptible to moisture, and this vulnerability often dictates that we harvest before the onset of 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; color and flavor) and quantitatively (brix; sugar content) ripe.

Winemaking Notes:
Petite Sirah is our largest vineyard planting, and in 2013, we harvested a healthy 9.3 tons of beautiful fruit from the East Ridge Vineyard. The grapes were gently destemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with manual punchdowns from our pneumatic punchdown device. The finished wine spent 20 months in barrel and was blended with a small component of Zinfandel to heighten its aromatic appeal.

Tasting Notes:
The 2013 Petite Sirah is probably my favorite of the new releases for its exceptional "drink now" appeal. It opens with ripe blackberry, mulled cherry, warm toffee and sweet vanilla wafting over savory notes of sage, leather, molasses and pipe tobacco. The silky palate is far more integrated than one would expect for a young Petite, and it melts into the full tannins and long finish that help put Petite Sirah on the map.

2013 Estate Petite Sirah

Harvest: October 9, 2013
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel
Aging: 20 months French and American Oak, 45% new
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Production: 375 Cases
Retail Price: $28.00
Release Date: Fall 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Petite Sirah is has a very tight cluster structure that is extremely susceptible to moisture, and this vulnerability often dictates that we harvest before the onset of 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; color and flavor) and quantitatively (brix; sugar content) ripe.

Winemaking Notes:
Petite Sirah is our largest vineyard planting, and in 2013, we harvested a healthy 9.3 tons of beautiful fruit from the East Ridge Vineyard. The grapes were gently destemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with manual punchdowns from our pneumatic punchdown device. The finished wine spent 20 months in barrel and was blended with a small component of Zinfandel to heighten its aromatic appeal.

Tasting Notes:
The 2013 Petite Sirah is probably my favorite of the new releases for its exceptional "drink now" appeal. It opens with ripe blackberry, mulled cherry, warm toffee and sweet vanilla wafting over savory notes of sage, leather, molasses and pipe tobacco. The silky palate is far more integrated than one would expect for a young Petite, and it melts into the full tannins and long finish that help put Petite Sirah on the map.

2012 Estate Petite Sirah

Harvest: October 20, 2012
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel
Aging: 20 months French and American Oak, 45% new
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Production: 400 Cases
Retail Price: $28.00
Release Date: Fall 2014


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2010 and 2011 were challenging, stressful vintages for Emmett, and he surprised us all by making a selection of fantastic vintages in the face of adversity. But by 2012 he was ready for a cake-walk, and boy, did he get one. The 2012 season started early, and mild weather through bloom, fruit set, and most of the growing season turned out a record harvest in both quality and quantity, which is quite rare. With a bountiful crop of extremely high quality, this vintage may go down as one of the finest in the post "oh" decade.

Winemaking Notes:
With the right growing season, Petite Sirah really seems to make itself. The grapes have a particularly tight cluster structure that makes them susceptible to disease pressure, but in the absence of moisture, we were able to harvest an unprecedented amount of good, clean fruit for our 2012 Petite. The grapes were gently destemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with "manual" punchdowns from our pneumatic punchdown device. The finished wine spent 20 months in barrel and was blended with a small component of Zinfandel to heighten its aromatic appeal.

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 is another fantastic Petite, a perfect embodiment of the quality we have come to expect from our estate vineyard. It opens with a concentrated bouquet of chocolate and spice, intriguing notes of licorice and lavender, and the alluring aroma of those tiny little wild blueberries that you can only find on a late summer trip to Maine. The palate is full bodied and all-encompassing, with fresh acidity and a long, well-structured finish.

Awards & Reviews:
- 92 Points and Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

2013 Heritage Tree Zinfandel

Harvest: October 16, 2015
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree Vineyard and Ridge Top Vineyard
Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 45% 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 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

2013 Heritage Tree Zinfandel

Harvest: October 16, 2014
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree Vineyard and Ridge Top Vineyard
Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 45% 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 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

2013 Heritage Tree Zinfandel

Harvest: October 16, 2013
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree Vineyard and Ridge Top Vineyard
Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 45% 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 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

2012 Heritage Tree Zinfandel

Harvest: October 5th, 2012
Vineyard Block: Heritage Tree Vineyard and Ridge Top Vineyard
Blend: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
Aging: 16 months French and American Oak, 45% New
Alcohol: 15.1%
Total Production: 450 cases
Release Date: Spring 2014
Retail Price: $32.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Following the 2011 harvest, which was considered by many to be the worst harvest in the past twenty years, the 2012 vintage was a breath of fresh air. A warm summer and nearly perfect growing conditions allowed for the rare combination of higher than average yields and excellent quality. As usual, we selected the two top performing Zinfandel blocks to create the Heritage Tree Zinfandel, and subjected them to additional pruning to develop deeper, more vibrant flavors in the fruit. The season’s early start and mild conditions drastically limited the "shrivel" usually associated with Zinfandel, yielding a beautiful crop with excellent aromatics and a healthy natural acidity.

Winemaking Notes:
The usual winemaking philosophy dictates that high yield vineyards and high quality wines are mutually exclusive—-hence the drive to limit crop size in premium vineyards--but the fruit from this vintage has challenged that old idiom. With yields averaging over four tons to the acre and wines of superb quality, the 2012 vintage has flown in the face of almost all conventional thinking. So we filled up our fermentation tanks and allowed the wine to take its own course (with strict supervision, of course), and the finished product is a fantastic example of high quality, high elevation, high expectation Sonoma County Zinfandel.

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 Zinfandel is reminiscent of our excellent 2007 vintage, with an elegance and subtlety that is usually reserved for more expensive wines. The 2012 is briary and alluring, opening with juicy notes of wild berry bramble (minus the thorns), sweet nutmeg, spiced cherries, vanilla, and toasted almonds. The tannins are very well integrated, yielding a rich mid-palate and an extra-long finish. This wine stands up to full bodied meat dishes and rich tomato-based pastas, and pairs exceptionally well with chocolate.

2014 Late Harvest Red

Harvest: October 20th, 2014
Vineyard Block: East Ridge & Heritage Tree
Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel
Aging: 24 months French Oak, 100% new, bottled January 9th, 2015
Alcohol: 18.1%
Residual Sugar: 7.9%
Total Production: 200 Cases
Retail Price: $24.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2012 season started early, with warm days and sunshine through most of January and February. Mild weather through bloom, fruit set, and most of the growing season turned out a record harvest in both quality and quantity, which is quite rare. Emmett designated a portion of our East Ridge Petite Sirah for this late harvest red, and left fruit on the vine about two weeks longer than normal to develop high brix and deep flavors. Petite Sirah has a particularly tight cluster structure that makes is susceptible to disease pressure, but in the absence of moisture, we were able to harvest an unprecedented amount of good, clean fruit for our 2012 Estate Late Harvest Red.

Winemaking Notes:
Our previous Late Harvest wines have been Zinfandel-based, but this year we decided to bring Petite Sirah's natural richness and viscosity to the palate. We harvested just over a ton of fully ripe fruit and crushed it into small macro-bins for fermentation, where it was treated to daily manual punchdowns. When the fermentation had about 8% residual sugar remaining, we added high proof grape brandy to arrest the fermentation and preserve the natural sweetness. The finished wine was pressed off the skins and barrel aged in new French oak for a full two years to ensure a voluptuous mouth feel. It was blended with a small component of Estate Zinfandel to elevate the bright fruit aromatics, and bottled on January 29th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
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 syrupy, and the finish is lengthened by a healthy dose of Petite Sirah's characteristic tannin. Enjoy on cold winter nights, preferably in your slippers near the fire. If you see Vanessa, our production assistant, make sure to thank her for the hand-dipped wax; she dipped almost all of the 2,400 bottles we produced.

2013 Late Harvest Red

Harvest: October 20th, 2013
Vineyard Block: East Ridge & Heritage Tree
Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel
Aging: 24 months French Oak, 100% new, bottled January 9th, 2015
Alcohol: 18.1%
Residual Sugar: 7.9%
Total Production: 200 Cases
Retail Price: $24.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2012 season started early, with warm days and sunshine through most of January and February. Mild weather through bloom, fruit set, and most of the growing season turned out a record harvest in both quality and quantity, which is quite rare. Emmett designated a portion of our East Ridge Petite Sirah for this late harvest red, and left fruit on the vine about two weeks longer than normal to develop high brix and deep flavors. Petite Sirah has a particularly tight cluster structure that makes is susceptible to disease pressure, but in the absence of moisture, we were able to harvest an unprecedented amount of good, clean fruit for our 2012 Estate Late Harvest Red.

Winemaking Notes:
Our previous Late Harvest wines have been Zinfandel-based, but this year we decided to bring Petite Sirah's natural richness and viscosity to the palate. We harvested just over a ton of fully ripe fruit and crushed it into small macro-bins for fermentation, where it was treated to daily manual punchdowns. When the fermentation had about 8% residual sugar remaining, we added high proof grape brandy to arrest the fermentation and preserve the natural sweetness. The finished wine was pressed off the skins and barrel aged in new French oak for a full two years to ensure a voluptuous mouth feel. It was blended with a small component of Estate Zinfandel to elevate the bright fruit aromatics, and bottled on January 29th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
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 syrupy, and the finish is lengthened by a healthy dose of Petite Sirah's characteristic tannin. Enjoy on cold winter nights, preferably in your slippers near the fire. If you see Vanessa, our production assistant, make sure to thank her for the hand-dipped wax; she dipped almost all of the 2,400 bottles we produced.

2012 Late Harvest Red

Harvest: October 20th, 2012
Vineyard Block: East Ridge & Heritage Tree
Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel
Aging: 24 months French Oak, 100% new, bottled January 9th, 2015
Alcohol: 18.1%
Residual Sugar: 7.9%
Total Production: 200 Cases
Retail Price: $24.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2012 season started early, with warm days and sunshine through most of January and February. Mild weather through bloom, fruit set, and most of the growing season turned out a record harvest in both quality and quantity, which is quite rare. Emmett designated a portion of our East Ridge Petite Sirah for this late harvest red, and left fruit on the vine about two weeks longer than normal to develop high brix and deep flavors. Petite Sirah has a particularly tight cluster structure that makes is susceptible to disease pressure, but in the absence of moisture, we were able to harvest an unprecedented amount of good, clean fruit for our 2012 Estate Late Harvest Red.

Winemaking Notes:
Our previous Late Harvest wines have been Zinfandel-based, but this year we decided to bring Petite Sirah’s natural richness and viscosity to the palate. We harvested just over a ton of fully ripe fruit and crushed it into small macro-bins for fermentation, where it was treated to daily manual punchdowns. When the fermentation had about 8% residual sugar remaining, we added high proof grape brandy to arrest the fermentation and preserve the natural sweetness. The finished wine was pressed off the skins and barrel aged in new French oak for a full two years to ensure a voluptuous mouth feel. It was blended with a small component of Estate Zinfandel to elevate the bright fruit aromatics, and bottled on January 29th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
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 syrupy, and the finish is lengthened by a healthy dose of Petite Sirah’s characteristic tannin. Enjoy on cold winter nights, preferably in your slippers near the fire. If you see Vanessa, our production assistant, make sure to thank her for the hand-dipped wax; she dipped almost all of the 2,400 bottles we produced.

White Wines

2014 Estate Riesling

Harvest: September 21st, 2016
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block
Blend: 100% Riesling
Aging: Fermented and Stored in Stainless Steel, Bottled January 28th, 2015
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 0.85% (8.5 grams per liter)
Total Production: 450 cases
Retail Price: $20.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Our Meadow Ridge Vineyard (formerly Sheep Barn block) has some of the heaviest soils on the property, and the rich loam can retain water longer than most of our hilltop soils. We accumulated 10.8 inches of rain between late March and early April, and that thorough soaking allowed us to forego irrigation until July 4th. The combination of minimal water and extremely warm weather greatly accelerated sugar accumulation, allowing our grapes to reach optimal brix a little bit before their physiological ripeness. This can be problematic for red varietals, but it's perfect for maintaining the healthy natural acidity of our Estate Riesling.

Winemaking Notes:
All 8.3 tons were sent through the crusher-destemmer to separate whole berries from the bitter stems. The resulting juice was macerated with the skins for 24 hours to extract aroma and mouthfeel, and was pressed on September 22nd. The juice was inoculated with Steinberger yeast, which initiated a cool 36-day fermentation that stayed between 52° and 55°F until we reached our target residual sugar. The wine was racked off the lees (yeast cells) on October 28th and stored in stainless steel, and bottled on January 28th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy green apple, tangy nectarine, and a hint of floral mandarin, painted over a background of flinty wet stone and sweet honeysuckle. The bright acidity is perfectly balanced by the minimal residual sugar, and leads you into a clean finish that will pair well with spicy foods and exotic flavors. If you loved our double-gold-medal-winning 2013 Riesling, you'll be happy to now what this wine is virtually identical, and perhaps even more enjoyable.

2014 Estate Riesling

Harvest: September 21st, 2014
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block
Blend: 100% Riesling
Aging: Fermented and Stored in Stainless Steel, Bottled January 28th, 2015
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 0.85% (8.5 grams per liter)
Total Production: 450 cases
Retail Price: $20.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Our Meadow Ridge Vineyard (formerly Sheep Barn block) has some of the heaviest soils on the property, and the rich loam can retain water longer than most of our hilltop soils. We accumulated 10.8 inches of rain between late March and early April, and that thorough soaking allowed us to forego irrigation until July 4th. The combination of minimal water and extremely warm weather greatly accelerated sugar accumulation, allowing our grapes to reach optimal brix a little bit before their physiological ripeness. This can be problematic for red varietals, but it's perfect for maintaining the healthy natural acidity of our Estate Riesling.

Winemaking Notes:
All 8.3 tons were sent through the crusher-destemmer to separate whole berries from the bitter stems. The resulting juice was macerated with the skins for 24 hours to extract aroma and mouthfeel, and was pressed on September 22nd. The juice was inoculated with Steinberger yeast, which initiated a cool 36-day fermentation that stayed between 52° and 55°F until we reached our target residual sugar. The wine was racked off the lees (yeast cells) on October 28th and stored in stainless steel, and bottled on January 28th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy green apple, tangy nectarine, and a hint of floral mandarin, painted over a background of flinty wet stone and sweet honeysuckle. The bright acidity is perfectly balanced by the minimal residual sugar, and leads you into a clean finish that will pair well with spicy foods and exotic flavors. If you loved our double-gold-medal-winning 2013 Riesling, you'll be happy to now what this wine is virtually identical, and perhaps even more enjoyable.

2014 Estate Riesling

Harvest: September 21st, 2014
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block
Blend: 100% Riesling
Aging: Fermented and Stored in Stainless Steel, Bottled January 28th, 2015
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 0.85% (8.5 grams per liter)
Total Production: 450 cases
Retail Price: $20.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
Our Meadow Ridge Vineyard (formerly Sheep Barn block) has some of the heaviest soils on the property, and the rich loam can retain water longer than most of our hilltop soils. We accumulated 10.8 inches of rain between late March and early April, and that thorough soaking allowed us to forego irrigation until July 4th. The combination of minimal water and extremely warm weather greatly accelerated sugar accumulation, allowing our grapes to reach optimal brix a little bit before their physiological ripeness. This can be problematic for red varietals, but it’s perfect for maintaining the healthy natural acidity of our Estate Riesling.

Winemaking Notes:
All 8.3 tons were sent through the crusher-destemmer to separate whole berries from the bitter stems. The resulting juice was macerated with the skins for 24 hours to extract aroma and mouthfeel, and was pressed on September 22nd. The juice was inoculated with Steinberger yeast, which initiated a cool 36-day fermentation that stayed between 52° and 55°F until we reached our target residual sugar. The wine was racked off the lees (yeast cells) on October 28th and stored in stainless steel, and bottled on January 28th, 2015.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy green apple, tangy nectarine, and a hint of floral mandarin, painted over a background of flinty wet stone and sweet honeysuckle. The bright acidity is perfectly balanced by the minimal residual sugar, and leads you into a clean finish that will pair well with spicy foods and exotic flavors. If you loved our double-gold-medal-winning 2013 Riesling, you’ll be happy to now what this wine is virtually identical, and perhaps even more enjoyable.

2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest: September 2016
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block
Blend: Field Blend - 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Musque
Aging: Fermented in Stainless Steel and aged in French Oak Immersion Barrels, 20% New
Alcohol: 14.1%
Total Production: 350 cases
Release Date: Spring 2015

Retail Price: $22.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2014 was our earliest harvest on record; we harvested Sauvignon Blanc a full two weeks earlier than our usual date of September 20th (or later). In light of California's ongoing drought, we chose to irrigate this vineyard for only 8 weeks through the hottest part of the summer. The combination of minimal water and extremely warm weather greatly accelerated sugar accumulation, allowing our grapes to reach optimal brix a little bit before their physiological ripeness. This can be problematic for red varietals, but it's perfect for maintaining the target natural acidity and delicate aromatics of our Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaking Notes:
We started our earliest-ever harvest with just under 8 tons of this gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was pressed whole-cluster to capture natural acidity and phenolic compounds from the stems, and the resulting juice enjoyed a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel. The finished wine was barreled in mid-October and spent the holidays in water-bent (immersion) French oak barrels, 20% new, to heighten the aromatics and soften the palate. It was transferred to stainless steel in January to prevent malolactic fermentation (ML) and preserve its bright aromatics, and bottled on March 30th.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy d'anjou pear, ripe white peach, a hint of zesty meyer lemon, and a faint alyssum-like sweetness. The bright bouquet is rounded by the soft influence of water-bent oak barrels, which also provide a nice weight to the palate that balances the lively acidity. The finish is clean and brisk, and will pair well with simply prepared fish, poultry, and salads.

Awards & Reviews:
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

Awards & Reviews:
- 90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest: September 4th, 2015
Vineyard Block: Old Sheep Barn Block
Blend: Field Blend - 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Musque
Aging: Fermented in Stainless Steel and aged in French Oak Immersion Barrels, 20% New
Alcohol: 14.1%
Total Production: 350 cases
Release Date: Spring 2015

Retail Price: $22.00


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2014 was our earliest harvest on record; we harvested Sauvignon Blanc a full two weeks earlier than our usual date of September 20th (or later). In light of California's ongoing drought, we chose to irrigate this vineyard for only 8 weeks through the hottest part of the summer. The combination of minimal water and extremely warm weather greatly accelerated sugar accumulation, allowing our grapes to reach optimal brix a little bit before their physiological ripeness. This can be problematic for red varietals, but it's perfect for maintaining the target natural acidity and delicate aromatics of our Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaking Notes:
We started our earliest-ever harvest with just under 8 tons of this gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was pressed whole-cluster to capture natural acidity and phenolic compounds from the stems, and the resulting juice enjoyed a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel. The finished wine was barreled in mid-October and spent the holidays in water-bent (immersion) French oak barrels, 20% new, to heighten the aromatics and soften the palate. It was transferred to stainless steel in January to prevent malolactic fermentation (ML) and preserve its bright aromatics, and bottled on March 30th.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy d'anjou pear, ripe white peach, a hint of zesty meyer lemon, and a faint alyssum-like sweetness. The bright bouquet is rounded by the soft influence of water-bent oak barrels, which also provide a nice weight to the palate that balances the lively acidity. The finish is clean and brisk, and will pair well with simply prepared fish, poultry, and salads.

Awards & Reviews:
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

Awards & Reviews:
- 90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

Rose Wines

2014 Estate Rosé of Syrah

Harvest: September 11th, 2016
Vineyard Block: Picnic Ridge
Blend: 100% Syrah
Aging: Fermented in Neutral French Oak, stored in Stainless Steel and bottled March 30th, 2015
Alcohol: 13.6%
Total Production: 250 cases
Retail Price: $20.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2014 was a long, hot year that brought the earliest crush on record for our ranch, and for most of the state. The drought also contributed to a slightly smaller crop than 2012 and 2013—we brought in about 12% less fruit than the previous year—but the quality was excellent. 2014 marked our second year harvesting only from the replanted western slopes of the Picnic Ridge block, and the cool, shaded micro-climate yielded Syrah with high natural acid and low brix; the perfect starting point for our dedicated-fruit Rosé.

Winemaking Notes:
The 4.5 tons of Syrah was picked shortly after sunrise and sent through the crusher-destemmer less than an hour after it left the vine. The juice enjoyed about 4 hours of skin contact before being pressed and racked to neutral barrels for fermentation. The finished wine was transferred to stainless steel and bottled on March 30th. This is our first year using screw caps for the Rosé, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc; now these fantastic summer wines are more picnic-friendly than ever before.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy watermelon, guava, and a hint of bubblegum, balanced by tangy pomegranate, fresh cherry blossom, and sour cherry. There is a delightful minerality that stands somewhere between wet stone and spring rain, which is followed by the characteristic mid-palate creaminess that comes from fermenting in barrel. The finish is clean, crisp, and perhaps even a tiny bit drier than pervious vintages, and it definitely leaves you hankering for another sip.

Awards & Reviews:
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

- Gold Medal – The Rosé Competition, April 2015
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

2015 Estate Rosé of Syrah

Harvest: September, 2015
Vineyard Block: Picnic Ridge
Blend: 100% Syrah
Aging: Fermented in Neutral French Oak, stored in Stainless Steel and bottled March 30th, 2015
Alcohol: 13.6%
Total Production: 250 cases
Retail Price: $20.00
Release Date: Spring 2015


Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2014 was a long, hot year that brought the earliest crush on record for our ranch, and for most of the state. The drought also contributed to a slightly smaller crop than 2012 and 2013—we brought in about 12% less fruit than the previous year—but the quality was excellent. 2014 marked our second year harvesting only from the replanted western slopes of the Picnic Ridge block, and the cool, shaded micro-climate yielded Syrah with high natural acid and low brix; the perfect starting point for our dedicated-fruit Rosé.

Winemaking Notes:
The 4.5 tons of Syrah was picked shortly after sunrise and sent through the crusher-destemmer less than an hour after it left the vine. The juice enjoyed about 4 hours of skin contact before being pressed and racked to neutral barrels for fermentation. The finished wine was transferred to stainless steel and bottled on March 30th. This is our first year using screw caps for the Rosé, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc; now these fantastic summer wines are more picnic-friendly than ever before.

Tasting Notes:
Opens with juicy watermelon, guava, and a hint of bubblegum, balanced by tangy pomegranate, fresh cherry blossom, and sour cherry. There is a delightful minerality that stands somewhere between wet stone and spring rain, which is followed by the characteristic mid-palate creaminess that comes from fermenting in barrel. The finish is clean, crisp, and perhaps even a tiny bit drier than pervious vintages, and it definitely leaves you hankering for another sip.

Awards & Reviews:
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015

- Gold Medal – The Rosé Competition, April 2015
- Silver – Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, October 2015


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Healdsburg Tasting Room

Healdsburg

Open Thursday - Monday: Our downtown Healdsburg Tasting Room & Wine Bar is located at 34 North Street, across from The Healdsburg SHED. We are open Thursdays – Mondays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., no appointment necessary.

Guests may enjoy a tasting of our limited production Estate wines. Tasting fees are refunded with a bottle purchase. Wines are also available by the glass in our cozy lounge and wine & food pairings are NOW available! Please see our Events page for seasonal winery events and valley-wide functions.

Address & Contact: 34 North St. Healdsburg, CA 95448 | 707-433-2371

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Estate Tasting Room & Picnic Area

Estate

"If you think you've gone too far, you're probably almost here" - Winemaker Emmett Reed

Open Hours: Our Estate Tasting Room is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., no appointment necessary. See our Events page for seasonal winery events and valley-wide functions.

*Our picnic area is reserved for Tasting Room customers & Wine Club Members only.

**No outside alcoholic beverages allowed.

Appointments: Appointments are available on Friday, Sunday, and Monday between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. We encourage you to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our amazing views. Please contact our Tasting Room to schedule your appointment.

Group Reservations: For groups over 8, please contact our tasting room in advance for availability.

Directions from Healdsburg

  • From Healdsburg Ave, turn left onto Dry Creek Valley Rd.
  • Pass Sbragia Winery and the Lake Sonoma Dam, continue uphill.
  • Turn left onto Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Rd. (signs for Highway 1/Lake Sonoma Marina). Do not go over the Lake Sonoma Bridge; if you cross the bridge, you've gone too far.
  • Continue on Skaggs Springs Rd. for about 7 miles, entrance is on the right.

Directions from 101 Northbound

  • Take the Canyon Rd. exit, just north of Geyserville.
  • Turn left off the exit ramp onto Canyon Rd. Turn right onto Dry Creek Valley Rd. (Canyon dead-ends at Dry Creek). Pass Sbragia Winery and the Lake Sonoma Dam, continue uphill.
  • Turn left onto Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Rd. (signs for Highway 1/Lake Sonoma Marina). Do not go over the Lake Sonoma Bridge; if you cross the bridge, you've gone too far.
  • Continue on Skaggs Springs Rd. for about 7 miles, entrance is on the right.

Contact & Address: 9100 Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Rd. Geyserville, CA 95441.

Phone: 707-433-2371

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NEW Tour, Tasting & Lunch Experience!

Tours Tours 2

The BEST way to Experience Gustafson Family Vineyards' Dry Creek Mountain Estate!

Let one of our wine educators take you on a guided tour of our Dry Creek Mountain vineyards and winery while tasting through a flight of our estate wines! Explore the history of Gustafson Family Vineyards as you learn about our viticulture practices and winemaking techniques. The experience will conclude with a glass of your favorite Gustafson wine and boxed lunch provided by our friends at Healdsburg SHED as you enjoy our panoramic view of Lake Sonoma and the Dry Creek Valley below.

Reserve your full Gustafson experience today!

  • Offered by appointment ONLY,  Fridays – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at our Dry Creek Valley Estate
  • 48-hour notice required for ALL reservations
  • $45 per person; Club Member pricing $30 per person
  • Offered May – October (weather permitting)
  • Maximum 8 guests per tour
  • Please wear/bring closed-toed shoes and sun protection
  • Please call us at (707) 433-2371 or email us at info@gfvineyard.com with questions or for more information on this experience!
  • Lunch includes: choice of sandwich, small side salad, seasonal fruit, and a cookie (sandwich options are emailed at the time of booking)

Gustafson Family Vineyards and Healdsburg SHED Wine & Food Pairing

SHED

Come eat & drink your way through Gustafson Family Vineyards latest releases paired with specially crafted delicacies from The Healdsburg SHED.


  • NOW available at BOTH of our tasting rooms!
  • Offered Thursday – Monday between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., by appointment ONLY, at our Healdsburg Tasting Room
  • Available at our Estate Tasting Room, by appointment ONLY, on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays between 11:00am and 1:00pm
  • 24 hour notice required for all bookings
  • 30 per person, Club Member pricing $15 per person
  • Please call us at (707) 433-2371 or email us at info@gfvineyard.com for questions or more information on our Wine and Food Parings!
  • Maximum of 8 guests per appointment
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