Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Picture Yourself(If You will) In Front Of The Secret Door/ Donald Patz

Of course you want to seek out the key to the lock of the secret door?INDEED! first Let's introduce you to a fabled vintner From Napa Valley and Sonoma ,Mr.Donald Patz! We have the amazing bottle of the Cabernet in front of us, What is the Secret Inside The Secret Door in Napa Valley’s Wine Country? March 19, 2018 · by Amy Lieberfarb · I bet it’s wine. He is well known for opening one of California’s most highly regarded wineries, creating an acclaimed portfolio of single-vineyard wines. With an equally well know reputation for quality, consistency and excellence in the bottle spanning two decades, I couldn’t be more excited about his newest endeavor. The Secret Door. wines. Patz had promised Jung Min that if she would move to California from Virginia to be with him he would – someday – make a Cabernet Sauvignon wine for her. Secret Door Winery Paying homage to her. A tribute label. Promise Kept. The fruit is sourced from vineyards of exceptional quality. Each Cabernet site brings something different to the bottle by virtue of its location. A true sense of place. Inspired by Napa. All from various Napa appellations. Incredibly varied characteristics depending on where the grapes were grown. Most of these vineyards have low yields, which is oftentimes seen as a hallmark of higher-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, and a key element to success as a new Napa vintner. From Hirondelle Vineyard in Stags Leap District to Sage Ridge on the hillsides just east of St Helena. If you take the history and talent of a wine making legend like Patz, take into account the current trends in the industry and combine this with the right vineyard location and conditions… you get a very desirable bottle of wine. The result here is pure Napa Valley… complex, densely structured, and equally beautiful to sip or to cellar for a special moment later. Everyone is talking. Similar to any speculative frenzy, The Secret Door Cabernet, is one to get before it’s too late. These are just a few of the secrets behind the secret door.So let's get it started!!Sit down and relax and click on the link below!Join Donald Patz and I as we discover The Secret door!Cabernet! Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Donald Patz .

Monday, August 13, 2018

Terminin /First Vintage Collaboration Between Donald Patz And Francois Villard Of Northern Rhone Valley/2017

I recently stopped off to visit an old friend at Sugarloaf Crush.Donald Patz has been a great friend for many years. Formerly of Patz and Hall fame,this fabled vintner now has a number of new projects.We start with his smallest production,Terminim. This is the 2017 "Cepage"s d'Or",which Translate "Grapes Of Gold". The fruit is sourced from Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino County.Donald has sourced grapes from this amazing vineyard for 20 years,and this is a blend of Marsanne(66%) and Roussanne (34%)..give or take a little.The results are a white wine of near perfection. How to buy the new 2017 TERMINIM "Cépages d'Or" Marsanne/Roussanne white wine? IM us - or email Donald Patz... donald.patz@gmail.com .We have a great feature on this wine,and please click on the link below,and enjoy a visit with Vintner Donald Patz.But first Let's open this great wine and sit down,as I have prepared a couple dishes to go with this very special wine. François Villard is one of the stars of the northern Rhône. He came to winegrowing after a career in restaurants, where he caught the wine bug and moved from chef to sommelier. He went full time as a winegrower in 1991, and was entirely self taught, although he has a close friendship with Yves Cuilleron. His domaine has gradually grown, as has the range he offers, and he now owns and sources from 30 hectares across five crus. François Villard was also one of the three winemakers involved with the Vins de Vienne project, who planted vines on the wrong side of the Rhône in Seyssuel, which has a Côte-Rôtie-like terroir and had been planted in ancient times. Cook training, I am passionate about wine at the age of 20 years. Not knowing how to integrate the world of wine, I did a year of professional patent sommelier at Tain l'Hermitage. The meetings were decisive and gave me the desire to become a winemaker. Subsequently, I enrolled in Davayé, in order to obtain the Professional Agricultural Certificate, viticulture and oenology option. In parallel, I began to acquire my first undeveloped land on the commune of Saint Michel (place called Poncins) in the Condrieu appellation. The first vine was planted in the spring of 1989, when my BP was obtained. The vineyard they sourced the fruit from is very special,and a vineyard that Donald Patz has sourced fruit from for close to 20years. Alder Springs, however, flourishes in splendid isolation, an hour by car from the nearest vineyard. But the grapes grown here have attracted a who’s who of contemporary California winemakers. Arnot-Roberts bought grapes from Alder Springs, as has Rhys Vineyards for its Alesia négociant label. Jason Kesner of Kistler Vineyards bought chardonnay for his Kesner label. Dirty & Rowdy, Pax Mahle, Patz & Hall, Y. Rousseau, Bedrock, Flowers and Cruse Wine Company are among those that also bought grapes. The winemakers are drawn by the quality of the grapes, naturally, but also by the astounding breadth of Alder Springs: Its proprietor, Stuart Bewley, grows 39 varieties at last count. Some may not be surprising, like the syrah and other Rhône reds for which the vineyard is best known, or the pinot noir and chardonnay. Other grapes may require a trip to the textbooks, like petite arvine and picpoul, furmint and falanghina, counoise and tannat. Patz & Hall was founded in 1988 by four talented individuals - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, they have turned Patz & Hall into one of California's most highly regarded wineries, with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Donald Patz now has a few new labels and we will explore all these world class wines in the very near future.For now let's join Donald and enjoy a glass of this amazing wine!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Donald Patz .

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rodney Strong Vineyards/Greg Morthole /Alexander Valley Cabernets

Alexander Valley is just one of the many AVAs that Rodney Strong Vineyards has great world class vineyards in.Today we will explore the three Cabernets made from the vineyards of Rodney Strong in this fabled valley.First we will tell you of the history and tasting notes from these amazing wines. An early pioneer in Sonoma County, our founder, Rod Strong, was the first to craft a Single Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley and the first to produce a Chalk Hill Chardonnay. Today, Winemaker Rick Sayre and the Klein family continue their drive for innovation and devotion to Sonoma County, with 14 exceptional estate vineyards representing an exquisite range of varietal selection and regional terroir. “Terroir” a French term which by definition includes an array of variables. Grape vines can be grown nearly anywhere in the world that offers soil and sunlight. Yet, it is more important to note that certain regions outshine all others. Why? Because grape vines establish an unusual symbiotic relationship with their environment. Deeply rooted in the soils, the vines respond to tiny changes in elevation, slope, sun exposure and weather patterns, absorbing all of these elements in endless combination and delivering them with an almost magical alchemy into the fruit they produce. This is terroir. Perhaps in more than any other agricultural product, when it comes to winegrowing - place matters. “Place is not everything. But place is the most important thing. When you discover a passion for something, whether it’s golf or jazz, politics or poetry, you want to live it and breathe it.” - Tom Klein, Proprietor The 2014 Alexander's Crown exhibits flavors of black and red cherry, blackberries, dried herbs and violets. The wine is elegant, with a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. HISTORY The Alexander Valley AVA is 22 miles long, ranging in elevation from 150 to 1500 feet above sea level, and is home to our three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Our winegrowers have found the very best grapes grow on higher elevated western slopes, or as they say, the “sweet spots”. Spread throughout our three vineyards, we’ve determined the best blocks are typically located just below the ridge tops with a western facing aspect to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun. In the northernmost hills near our Brothers vineyard, with average growing-season temperatures of 67 degrees, heat dominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. In the middle of the valley, Rockaway vineyard, with average temperatures of 62 degrees, balances heat and Pacifi c Ocean cooling breezes – allowing for classic structure development. The even cooler Alexander’s Crown vineyard, with average temperatures of 59 degrees in the southern valley, yields more delicate, “feminine” style Cabernet Sauvignon. In the distance of only 12 short miles, average temperatures change eight degrees among our vineyards during growing season, thereby allowing three very different expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. THE VINEYARDS Established in 1971 and recognized as the first vineyard in Alexander Valley to produce a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander’s Crown vineyard is perched on a hill in the south of the Alexander Valley just west of Jimtown. Encompassing 63 acres, the vineyard is in the first part of the valley to feel cool Pacific breezes each afternoon. We use Block 1, the top 15 acres of well drained red volcanic soil to craft this wine, resulting in intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Rockaway has wonderful concentrated flavors of black cherry, red currant and plum with a hint of sage and leather. The earthy minerality of the wine is balanced out by notes of baking spices with a rich, complex structure and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. THE VINEYARDS Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate. The 2014 Brothers is a deeply rich wine with complex dark fruit flavors. The wine is voluptuous and is bursting with blackberry, plum and wonderful chocolate notes followed by a round and seductive mid-palate and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. In the hills to the east of the small town of Cloverdale, Brothers spans 141 acres, nearly all planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of other Bordeaux varieties. The vineyard is on well-drained loam underlain by sandstone, shale, and ancient greenstone. Its elevations, surpassing 1,000 feet, and its primarily western aspect perfectly situate the vines to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun, ripening Cabernet well into the chocolate and black fruit profile, with exceptional richness. Please join us as we enjoy a great audio feature with Greg ,on these fabled vineyards. Click on the link below,and thanks for joining us!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Rodney Strong Vineyards .

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Rodney Strong Vineyards/Three Reserve Wines/Greg Morthole

We have decided to open three wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards,and We would love it if you could join us.We will start with Pinot Noir Reserve,go onto Malbec Reserve,and end our tasting with The Port from this fabled winery.Let's start with the tasting notes and history,and then sit down and relax as we enjoy our audio feature. Our story begins over 55 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. A trio of winemaking paths crossed when Rick Sayre joined the team as Winemaker in 1979, and again when the Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan winemaking. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines. The 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir has wonderful aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark raspberry accompanied by clove and cinnamon baking spice notes on the palate. The wine is lush and rich, with a silky textured mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity. Storms in late winter filled the soil with water that the vines would need in a few months. Warm days in late winter and early spring induced the Pinot Noir buds to swell during the third week of Feb, earlier than normal. The weather alternated between cool periods and warm through the summer, with a few heat spikes making the sugars climb at an accelerated pace. Harvest would yield a smaller crop than normal, averaging just over 2 tons per acre. This would be the first Reserve Pinot to come entirely off our Jane's Vineyard since the 2008 vintage, concentrating heavily on our oft favored Crinella block. Our 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir was aged in less new French oak barrels than past vintages, but also for a few months longer, in order to showcase the terroir to a higher degree, but still keep the richness that barrel aging imparts. We now will open the Reserve Malbec! A perfect wine for our next dish. Rich, lush and structured, the 2014 vintage displays intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, and crushed violet. It is velvety with a smooth, lingering finish of toasty baking spices, vanilla and cocoa. Visitors to the winery often ask what “Reserve” means to us. It’s simple. Reserve means the winemaker’s careful blend of individual Malbec lots made from time tested, meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best, hillside vineyards in Sonoma County. Malbec has proven to be particularly well suited to the unique climate and soil combinations of the Sonoma County regions. Over the last four years, we have added 60 acres of Malbec to our estate vineyard portfolio throughout Alexander Valley and Northern Sonoma County. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded and only the Malbec lots that display depth, richness, intensity, and age worthiness are considered for Reserve Malbec. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 18 to 24 months, depending on the vintage, before bottling. The exceptional 2014 vintage started with buds pushing a little early after a very dry winter. The rain came in earnest in late February and March, filling the root zone with much needed water for growth, but the rest of the spring season continued to be warm and dry, conditions favorable for optimum fruit set. Summer brought more warmth as the grapes acclimated to the sunshine, and we picked the Dry Creek Malbec block fully ripe on Sept 17. A heat wave in early October pushed the last blocks in Knight's Valley and southern Alexander Valley to full maturity several weeks later. We now will open the port,just for you! This dark ruby color Port wine is amazing!. It opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with a hint of raisin and faint rum. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and does a nice job controlling its 18.5% alcohol. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry and cocoa blend with notes rum and raisin cake. The finish is dry and it is nicely prolonged. I would serve this very good port with cherry pie. now it's time to pour a glass of each wine and listen to our audio feature with Greg Morthole !!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Rodney Strong Vineyards .

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rodney Strong Vineyards/ Rowen Red Blend/ Greg Morthole

I recently stopped by Rodney Strong Vineyards and enjoy a few wines with Greg Morthole. Today we are featuring a new wine for this fabled Sonoma County winery. The 2014 Rowen RED BLEND.CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MALBEC, SYRAH, VIOGNIER.This rich and vibrant red blend reveals good structure and firm tannins with layers of dark fruit, blackberry, cassis, baking spices and violet blossom integrated into a well-balanced finish. Greg was Raised in Sacramento, and attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned a B.S. in Natural Sciences. He entered the wine industry as a Laboratory Analyst at Vinquiry in Windsor, California, then moved to Chalk Hill Winery in 2003 to become an Enologist. Greg joined the Rodney Strong Vineyards team in 2005, when he accepted a position as Lab Director. His innate acumen for winemaking became immediately clear to his peers, and he quickly ascended to an appointment as Associate Winemaker in late 2007. In the spring of 2010, he was promoted to Winemaker, overseeing all aspects of operations and winemaking in our Artisan, “Winery Within the Winery.” With a quiet demeanor and a determined attitude, Greg’s energetic style illustrates how enjoyable he finds winemaking to be. “Making the Reserve and Single-Vineyard wines here is an honor,” he says. The 2014 ROWEN red blend is lush and elegant with aromas of dark fruit, baking spices and violet blossoms from the co-fermented Viognier. On the palate, the wine is balanced and structured with notes of blackberries, cassis, nutmeg and vanilla. Enjoy this wine now with sharp cheeses and charcuterie, braised lamb shanks or grilled filet mignon or cellar for enjoyment for years to come. Rodney Strong was one of the pioneers of Sonoma County’s modern wine industry, an acknowledged visionary who understood the potential that Sonoma County’s soil and climate held for producing world-class wines. A successful dancer before retiring and turning to his second love, winemaking, Rodney Strong established Sonoma County’s 13th bonded winery in 1959. It's time to open this special new release from Rodney Strong Vineyards.We saved you a seat,so join us as we click on the link below and listen to this great feature with Greg Morthole. Cheers! Oh and I hope you are hungry!! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Rodney Strong Vineyards .

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Navarro Vineyards/Zinfandel and Late Harvest/Great Food And Wines

We have another great feature for you!Today we will travel into the Anderson Valley and visit with Navarro Vineyards!We will feature a couple different vintages of Zinfandel and a late harvest wine.First let's check out their website and a little background on this fabled winery from Anderson Valley. Navarro Vineyards tasting room is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM in the winter and 9 AM to 6 PM in the summer. There is no charge for tasting and no reservations are required. We do not have regularly scheduled tours, however, with advance notice, tours can be arranged for small groups. Picnic tables are available in the summertime on the tasting room deck and in the adjacent vineyard under a grape trellis. We have simple picnic supplies in our deli case including artisan cheeses and locally smoked salmon or we can direct you to local stores where you can purchase more elaborate picnic supplies if you have not brought your own from home. One of the phenomena we've observed in wine production is that the first grapes harvested frequently make the best wine. This seems counter-intuitive as the ripening period for the earliest picking is the shortest. When we harvest Pinot Noir from the same microclimate, for example, we can frequently explain why a field of vines ripened their fruit sooner than adjacent fields. Vines with a light crop ripen faster than similar vines with a heavier crop. Healthy, virus-free vines ripen their crop quicker than vines that are virused and weak. Both of these conditions, a high ratio of leaves to fruit and lack of viruses, are also related to superior wine quality, which may explain why the first grapes can be the best. We have opened the 2014 Zinfandel and the 2015 Zinfandel. Navarro Vineyards produces Zinfandel from grapes grown mostly by two experienced growers, Al Tollini and Ed Berry. Since the youngest vines they farm are almost seventy years old, all the Zin Navarro produces certainly qualifies for "old vine" status. Each spring, we evaluate the wines from the prior vintage and in 2012, 2014 and 2015 the best Zinfandel wine was produced from the first Zinfandel grapes harvested from these two first-rate growers. Ed Berry's vines, planted in 1948, have good vigor and typically have a light crop which partially explains why this field is the first to ripen. The grapes were destemmed into two five-ton temperature-controlled fermentors where the skins were gently shoved into the fermenting must by hand to keep the tannins supple. After aging for eleven months in seasoned oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfiltered to preserve its strength. Gold Medal winner. We have a few courses to enjoy,and will not leave out dessert today! The '13 was picked a month earlier than the '12 with substantially more acidity and slightly more grape sugars. We decided to spotlight the grape's rare but desirable acidity by encouraging the fermentation to convert the extra sugars into alcohol, leaving the wine with 4% less sweetness and 52% more acidity than the 2012. The '12 is rich and unctuous, whereas the '13 flaunts a scintillating yin-yang of sweetness counter balanced with acidity. Both vintages produced exceptional wines with multiple Gold medals. Stock up since no Cluster Select Gewürztraminer was harvested in 2014. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class. Watch the seasons unfold with a tour of Navarro Vineyards. In spring the buds swell and burst out in leaf on the vines. The cover crop is abuzz with beneficial insects that enjoy the mustard flowers and wild calendulas as much as we do. By summer you can get an insider perspective on Navarro's chicken tractor and babydoll sheep projects which help minimize our use of fossil fuels. You may notice the steady click-clang of bottling in the winery as we get ready for the harvest. As the grapes ripen, the air becomes heavy with fermenting juice and the vines turn a luminous gold. Throughout the year we will be offering tours for Navarro's friends twice daily at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. Tours last about one hour and are limited to 15 people. You are welcome to bring your own picnic or pick up some local cheeses and meats from our deli case while you enjoy a glass of wine at Navarro's picnic tables after the tour. It's time,let's sit down and relax with a glass of wine from Navarro Vineyards.click on the link below and join us!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Navarro Vineyards .

Friday, July 6, 2018

Navarro Vineyards/Pinot Noir Festival/Anderson Valley

Anderson Valley is a very special place,and a couple times each year I visit some of the world class wineries in this amazing valley.Today we will stop in at Navarro Vineyards,and enjoy some of the best this fabled valley has to offer.We have a few wines in this feature.We will check out the tasting notes and some of the history of this great Anderson Valley winery. Navarro Vineyards has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-alcoholic grape juices in the Anderson Valley in coastal Mendocino since 1974. Since we are small, you probably will not find our wine in your local store, the majority of our production is sold directly out of our tasting room and through phone and web orders.. Our three wines today are two Pinot Noirs and the "Deep end Gverts." Harvest dates over the last two decades have slowly inched earlier and earlier, a phenomenon which understandably has us concerned as excess heat during ripening can greatly reduce the aromatics of delicate white grapes. Studies have revealed that when a darkly colored grape cluster is exposed to direct sunlight, the inside berries are over 60°F hotter than the outside air temperature. In wine country during harvest, that's sous vide temperature! In the late 1990s we planted two Gewürz vineyards using French trellis designs in which the shoots are trained in vertical panels so that rows of vines could grow closer together. Unfortunately many of the grape clusters in a VSP trellis (vertically shoot positioned) are exposed to direct sunlight, so in 2000 we began replanting what have historically been our three best Gewürz fields, this time incorporating a Navarro-designed triple-T trellis that keeps the clusters in the shade during the heat of the day. Grapes grown on Navarro's triple-T trellis proved to have fresher aromas and flavors than grapes grown on the VSP trellis. This was especially true in 2016, and this bottling was produced exclusively from grapes grown under the triple-T. The juice from each of six sub-blocks was cool-fermented, and aged sur lie for nine months in seasoned oak ovals. After a series of nine tastings the final blend was selected. We were dazzled by the freshness and crispness of this bone-dry cuvée; it's the driest Gewürz we've ever bottled but features a rounded mouthfeel, a result of Navarro's sur lie aging regime. Navarro Vineyards has been growing Pinot Noir grapes in Philo and making wine from these vineyards since 1978. Had someone told us forty years ago that we would still be experimenting on how to vinify estate Pinot Noir in 2017, we would have been dumbfounded. We frequently compare winemaking to cooking, which is a fair analogy if you're comparing cleanup to prep time. Winemaking however is focused almost entirely on a single ingredient; how the grapes are grown and processed becomes the ultimate variable. Weather has a noticeable effect on the fruit our vines produce, so each year many of Navarro's winemaking regimes are adjusted to nudge the outcome yet still capture the essence of the vineyard and the vintage. For example, we've learned that pumping over and saignée (removing some free-run juice to make a heavier wine) manipulate Pinot Noir too much, so we now avoid these practices. avarro's Deep End Pinot is stylistically different from the Méthode à l'Ancienne bottling, much the result of growing grapes up in the hills versus down in the valley. Navarro's regime for the Méthode style developed between 1983 and 1996; during that period we produced many experimental lots to figure out how to maximize wine quality produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown down on the valley floor. In the mid 90's we decided to expand our Pinot Noir production by creating new vineyards up on the hills. The microclimate in our upper vineyards is cooler than the valley floor, with a longer growing season; the vines bud out earlier and the crop is generally harvested later. We began our experimentation again. The regime that we developed for the Méthode wine was our starting point and over the years we've tweaked that recipe for the Deep End fruit. The first bottling from the upper vineyards was in 1998; we realized that the hillside fruit's flavor profile was best matched with exactly the same barrels and cooper as the valley fruit. The biggest change came several years later when we discovered that the wine produced from our hillside fruit was better after sixteen months of barrel aging rather than eleven months aging for Méthode à l'Ancienne wines. In addition, the Deep End Pinots are aged in a higher percentage of new barrels than the Méthode wines and are wholly bottled unfiltered. Get lost meandering down this wine's complex flavor paths: plum, strawberry, clove, pomegranate, vanilla, cocoa and chanterelles. It's time,let relax and click on the link below and enjoy a great feature with Navarro Vineyards!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Navarro Vineyards .