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Vertical Selections

 

Periodically we find ourselves with the opportunity to showcase multiple vintages from the same vineyards side-by-side.

This is our favorite way to explore the effect that the climate of each vintage has on the wines produced on a vineyard by vineyard basis.

These vertical selections come in gift packaging and include two to three vintages, depending on what we still have in stock.

In all cases, the older vintages are limited in quantity, but still have years ahead to age gracefully if you choose to lay them down in your own cellar.

Enjoy!

 

2016 ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR

"Every wine I put in the bottle is made with the same approach – capture all the potential in the glass without having to augment or subtract. I believe less intervention in the cellar makes a better wine. My goal is to craft a seamless wine where every component is in balance. This Rose is a wonderful pale salmon in color and full of strawberries, rhubarb and a hint of rose water in the nose. I love the viscous entry this wine delivers in the mouth and takes the palate into layers of berries supported by a perfect thread of refreshing acidity on the finish.”  – Matt Courtney, Winemaker

 

2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

You might call it a Sonoma Coast survey, or a Tour de Sonoma (we do love our GranFondo here). With each vintage we select lots from eight or so vineyards to create a master cuvée featuring layers of flavors driven by 11 varied clones planted in our vineyards. Selections from the Petaluma Gap and Green Valley, southeastern Sonoma and the Sebastopol Hills drive the blend, which in this offering is quite simply pretty, with a medium body and floral notes leading to somewhat spicy, herbal, even earthy aromas followed by pomegranate, tart sour cherry and just a hint of sweet cherry jam. It’s a wine with a sense of purpose, and that purpose is pure enjoyment.

 

2014 Wildcat Vineyard Pinot Noir

Any discussion of this wine always focuses on the ‘are you kidding me?’ angle because this vineyard sits so close to San Pablo Bay in a rough, challenging environment where the vines are rarely out of the marine layer and a punishing wind. There’s a savage, feral character that’s easy to believe is the badge of a survivor. Dark fruits abound, as do spices, in a full-bodied wine that delivers a surprisingly lithe and elegant display of femininity, pretty in its own way with aromas and flavors tinged with strawberry, rhubarb and rich black tea.

 

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