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This 100% Syrah comes from 4 small vineyard blocks planted on our winery estate property in 1998. The clones are 174, 877, 383 and our Shiraz #1 clone planted near Dry Creek. the cool August weather in 2017 allowed us to make a Syrah in the style of a Crozes Hermitage or St. Joseph, meaning it has deep color, blueberry and blackberry fruit, with a hint of pepper and structure from tannin and acidity. It is an excellent example of how you can make compelling Syrah when you limit the yields in the vineyard. Don't let the expressive fruit fool you, this wine will age well for many years (4 to 7). Unfined and unfiltered.
470 cases produced.
73% Sangiovese, 27% Montepulciano.
2018 is another excellent vintage for this blend of Central Italian grapes. Thanks to better farming practices (more extensive crop thinning) and scrutiny of the vineyard blocks used, Segromigno is more complex in previous vintages. This "Lot 2" features Sangiovese in the lead, similar to our 2017 Segromigno. The cool August resulted in longer hang time for the grapes resulting in a deep colored and intensely fruity wine (cherry and blueberry) with great natural acidity and tannin structure. While this wine can be injoyed now, it will age gracefully fo several years (3 to 5) years to come much like vineyard designate Chianti.
380 cases produced.
This 100% Sangiovese comes from vineyard we planted in 2007. It is Sangiovese Grosso, the clone used for Brunello di Montalcino, planted to a low vigor rootstock called 420-A in high density (3' X 5'). We expect this vineyard to eventually produce fruit comparable to our hillside Sangiovese Grosso planted in 1992 (Sangiovese Riserva). In 2017, we decided to bottle a small amount from this younger vine Sangiovese. It has expressive classic cherry and dried herb character that will immedietely have you thinking of a Rosso Di Montalcino in a medium to full-bodied wine with bright acidity. It is an excellent choice for those wainting for the 2017 Sangiovese Riserva to age a few more years. I really love this wine.
100 % Sangiovese
50 cases produced.
The 2019 Vermentino will be bottled April 8th, 2020. In light of the current conditions, we will begin shipping this wine immediately upon bottling, in hopes you will give it a rest for a month or two before opening.
If there were such a thing as a Loire Valley style of Vermentino, this 2019 would be it. Vermentino is known for its expressive floral and fruity aromas and flavors. However, even the best Italian versions don't have this type of acidity, and we aren't afraid to show it. Fermented in stainless steel, aged in concrete and no malo-lactic this is an intense, yet well balanced white that will surely encourage others to plant in Dry Creek Valley.
2017 marks our 20th vintage making Zinfandel from our estate. This 2017 Zin embodies how much we have learned over the years. It comes from our Primitivo-clone vineyard planted next to the winery in 1998. Vine age, combined with our crop-thinning regimen renders a deep and structured Zin. Additionally, we blend Petite Sirah for body and structure, while we use Barbera to add freshness from acidity. I'm really proud of this wine and how far we have come since 1997.
80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera
1,094 cases produced.
Dry Creek Valley has a Mediterranean climate similar to Southern France and Spain where Grenache Blanc is commonly grown. We harvest our Grenache Blanc at moderate sugars to acheive a more mineral-driven version that we prefer over the opulent style of Grenache Blanc that is more prevalent in California, especially on the Central Coast. This wine was fermented and aged in concrete tanks which preserved bright aromas of green apple, lemon oil, and wet stone. It is crisp and textured on the palate with high natural acidity.
Vineyard block source - Grenache Blanc winery property, planted in 2004 and 2016.
This Southern Rhône-style wine is 79% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 6% Mourvedre The primary component of this blend comes from a 2.9 acre block, planted in 1998 to three selections of Grenache Noir, using budwood originally obtained from Tablas Creek and Alban Vineyards. These selections, originally from Châteauneuf-du-Pape give darker color and better structure than the majority of Grenache planted in California.
The 2016 growing season provided extra hang time for the fruit, thanks to a cooler-than-normal August. The vintage, combined with our aggressive crop-thinning regimen produced a Grenache that is dark, with intense aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, blackberry, tar, licorice, pepper and dried herbs (enough with the descriptors!). Our 2016 Grenache has plenty of body and structure to age at least 4 to 6 additional years.
650 cases produced.
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