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Oak Knoll 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay

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VINEYARD:
100% Dion Vineyard
Dijon 76 clone
GROWING SEASON:
2011 growing season was one of the
wettest in Oregon wine history. Many
winemakers shot the gun early out
of nervousness that the rain may keep
coming. Jeff took the risk to let the
grapes hang a bit longer, he knew the
brix of sugar would not rise in the cold
temperature but had hopes that with
more hang time that flavors would
develop. His risk paid off, in early
November there was about a week of
dry weather and we hit the crush pad
full steam ahead. Flavors developed
nicely, we were even impressed with
the results after such a cool weather
year.
FERMENTATION:
Fermented in stainless steel tanks
and stainless steel barrels.
MALO-LACTIC:
No
RESIDUAL SUGAR:
.87
TOTAL ACIDITY:
.81 g/100M
PH:
3.39
ALCOHOL %:
13% by volume
PRODUCTION:
1,623 cases
Oak Knoll Winery is one of
Oregon’s oldest wineries,
producing fine wines since 1970.
www.oakknollwinery.com

TASTING NOTES:
Citrus aromas upfront with added notes of gooseberry and lemon zest.
Star fruit and pineapple at the close of the nose. Grapefruit opens in the
mouth with tropical notes mid-palate of passion fruit and more pineapple.
Nectarines and a touch of basil in the finish. Great with seafood, nuts a, goat cheese.

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J PINOT GRIS, CALIFORNIA 2011

LabelPinot Gris comes in many different styles. At J,it is crisp, with bright fruit expression, and a touch of minerality. As always, it begins in the vineyard. The myriad of Russian River Valley estate vineyards provide fruit that comes from well-drained soils rich in nutrients. J’s  viticulturist works with each vineyard site to ensure that the soil type, vine canopy selection, natural pest management, and timing for the harvest pick are all aligned with our Winemaker’s vision for handcrafting Pinot Gris that is perfectly balanced with acidity and fruit. Not a small accomplishment given the fruit’s complexity.

Similar to their Chardonnays, they whole-cluster press the grapes utilizing our Coquard press minimizing harsh components from the grape skins mingling with the juice. The wine is fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the fruit’s integrity. No malolactic fermentation occurs during this process. After fermentation, aging in the stainless steel tanks begins for several months prior to bottling.Pinot Gris Sign

PROCESSING

Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, and then pressed gently to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins and seeds. The wine from each appellation was broken into multiple lots and exposed to a variety of yeasts. The wine was fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the freshness of the fruit. There was no malolactic fermentation in this process.

AGING

After fermentation the lots were aged separately in stainless steel tanks. Once the wine lots naturally settled and clarified, they were blended together. This allowed the development of a range of aromatic and flavor components that ultimately melded to create a layered, complex wine.

TASTING NOTES

This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe, and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.

APPELLATION: Clarksburg 62%; Monterey 16%; RRV 12%; Napa 10%

HARVEST DATE: August 31 – October 2, 2011

WINE ALCOHOL: 13.8 % by volume

WINE ACID: 6.3 grams per liter

WINE PH: 3.36

RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.35%

PRODUCTION: 36,000 cases

BOTTLING DATE: March 20 – April 10, 2012

RELEASE DATE: May 2012

SRP: $15

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2010 HERITAGE ZINFANDEL – SONOMA COUNTY

Dry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines 2010 Heritage Zinfandel

HISTORY
This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine
budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of
a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters.
GROWING SEASON
The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of
the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay
on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains,
a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the
challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.

The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma
profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low
alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and
a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black
cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and
satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler
hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering
desire for another sip.

More Like a Bordeaux than a Rhone, here is a lovely dinner wine to enjoy with game, beef, pork and pasta.

SRP: $19

RELEASE DATE December 2012
BLEND 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION Sonoma County
HARVEST DATES September-October 2010
ALCOHOL 13.5%
BRIX Average 24.8
FERMENTATION
Average 18 days in stainless steel fermenters; pumped over
twice daily during fermentation.
PH 3.75
TA 0.6g/100mL
BARREL AGING
14 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak;
15% new oak
SOILS
Varies with a combination of gravelly loam and clay loam
on rolling hills to steep hillsides.
VINE AGE Average vine age is 30 years
YIELDS Averages 3 to 6 tons per acre

 

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Gustafson Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Petite Sirah

2009 Estate Petite Sirah

2009 Estate Petite SirahHarvest: October 12, 2009
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Aging:18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 14.38%
Total Production: 450 cases
Release Date: Fall 2011

 

Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
The 2009 vintage marked the beginning of a new challenge for the vineyard. A cold and wet spring delayed the onset of bud break in many of our vineyards, and these conditions necessitated a later than normal harvest for our Petite Sirah. The extended hang time brought us precariously close to winter rains, but allowed for full development of flavors and an opportunity to harvest at optimum physical maturity.

Winemaking Notes:
Petite Sirah grapes create a dreamy opportunity for winemakers, with steady, low heat fermentations that always seem to finish easily and at moderate alcohols. This wine was no exception, a near perfect fermentation created a clean expression of fruit and tannin. These pure flavors allowed us to experiment with different levels of toasting in the barrel ageing process; by utilizing a slightly higher amount of heavy toasted oak, the tannins were rounded and softened to create a unique expression of our vineyard.

Tasting Notes:
Rich, deep purple in the glass, with aromas of lavender and dark fruit balanced by meaty, earthy undertones. This wine bucks the stereotype of Petite Sirah being all finish and no flavor, and really begins to shine after an hour of decanting, revealing luscious aromas of fruit, cocoa, tobacco and a hint of molasses. The finish is strong but not abrupt, giving you the desired “oomph” of a Petite Sirah without being dry or abrasive. A truly delicious wine that will only get better with time.

The perfect dinner wine. We loved this elegant, food friendly P.S. with roasts, pasta, cheese and just about anything. A real surprise.

SRP: $32

 

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Owners Dan Gustafson with son Jeff
and daughter Kristen

The old sheep ranch, at an elevation of 1800 feet above sea level, has rich, red volcanic soil known for producing superb wine grapes.

In 2006 the estate property was expanded to 247 acres with the purchase of an adjacent property. Vineyard plantings are now complete at 20 acres; varieties include Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Rosé of Syrah. The balance of the land will remain as an ecological preserve.

Sonoma County Heritage Tree

Sonoma County Heritage Tree

When creating the vineyard great care was taken to preserve old groves of madrone, oak, and redwood trees, including the “Sonoma County Heritage Tree.” This 300-year-old madrone has a trunk diameter of eleven feet is thought to be the largest madrone tree in Sonoma County, and perhaps the entire state of California.

The integrated home and winery that Dan and his craftsman colleagues have created truly merge with the landscape. They offer a spectacular view of Lake Sonoma and have become both workplace and retreat for Dan, his wife Phyllis, the Gustafson family and their friends. The family intends to keep the vineyard property feeling like a private home. This is a place they enjoy hosting visitors and wine lovers from all over the world.


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J Vineyards Sets The Standard For California’s Finest Sparkling Wines.

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While no one can deny the fact that only France truly claims the right to call sparkling wines, grown in the Champagne district Champagne, sparklers around the world can be a viable alternative and in some cases, compete with their French cousins.

Such is the case of the following two from J Vineyards and Winery. Truth be told, the 2003 Late Disgorged Vintage Brut deserves mention with the finest Sparkling Wines California makes. Subtle, elegant, attention grabbing and gorgeous, it is worth its $90 price tag and would be a jewel in the crown of any New Years celebration.

The 2005 is not to be neglected. It too is a superb example is this vineyard’s class act at about half the cost.

Both can be ordered from the J Website by clicking here.

2003 J Vintage Brut, LD
The vineyards

The 2003 Russian River Valley growing season was a bit of a rollercoaster. Warm periods turned to weeks of cool fog, and a damp April gave way to a warm May. The late spring bloom pushed the harvest into September, which was a few weeks later than normal. Overall there was a favorable yield of grapes, proving once again that the Russian River Valley is exceptional terroir for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Processing

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented and kept separately until the final blending decision, which took place in November. The cuvée (blend) was assembled the next month, cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, and then bottled in July of 2004.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the wine was aged on tiragefor seven years in our cellars. In early 2012, the wine was carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of oak-aged reserve wine was added to balance acidity. An additional five months of aging on the cork was added before release.

Tasting Notes

The 2003 J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut exhibits an enticing array of aromas, including toasted almond, citrus, caramel, and baked bread. A sophisticated mélange of pear and lime notes follow savory lemon and delicate cinnamon flavors. This wine is perfect for a Sunday brunch that might include strawberries with Meyer lemon curd and Cow Girl Creamery Red Hawk triple-cream cheese lightly spread over toasted cracked wheat bread.

APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATE:August 21 – September 4, 2003

WINE ALCOHOL:12.5% by volume

WINE ACID:8.3 grams per liter

WINE pH:3.14

RESIDUAL SUGAR:1.0%

FINAL BLEND:49% Pinot Noir, 49 % Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier

PRODUCTION:500 cas

SRP: $90


2005 J Vintage Brut
The vineyards

The 2005 Russian River Valley growing season was cooler than average, though July was a bit warmer. The cool weather delayed the sparkling wine harvest to mid-August, and a spike in temperatures gently pushed the grapes to their proper balance of pH and acidity.

Processing

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented and kept separately until the final blending decision, which took place in November. The cuvée was assembled the next month, cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, then bottled in May of 2006.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the
wine was aged on tirage for nearly five years in our cellars. In early October 2011, the wine was carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of barrel-aged reserve wine was added for balance. An additional three months of aging on the cork was added before release.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
I love the fine, persistent bubbles in this Vintage Brut. The 2005 vintage features luscious aromas of ripe citrus, pear, and honeysuckle. A noticeable yeasty brioche and butterscotch aroma lures you in for the first sip. Slight toasted almond characters add to the layers in the mouth with pear, taffy apple, and citrus flavors. An excellent balance of toast and rich fruit flavors is the hallmark of this vintage brut. It is the perfect apéritif or first-course accompaniment to a potato leek purée drizzled over curly endive with a dash of truffled caviar.

APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATE:August 15 – September 16, 2005

FINAL BLEND:54% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier

SRP: $48

 

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3 For The Road: RIVER ROAD FAMILY VINEYARDS AND WINERY Bring Value and Quality To The Holidays

RIVER ROAD FAMILY VINEYARDS AND WINERY

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River Road Family Vineyards and Winery Adding Incredible Value to Your Russian River Valley Options

River Road Family Vineyards and Winery is a small-production wine
company, located in Russian River Valley’s sub appellation of Green Valley. They offer a tremendous value experience through our commitment to producing wines of the highest  quality, yet offering them to the public at the most affordable of prices.

For Example:

2011 Un-Oaked Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ $13.99 SRP
2011 Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ $18.99 SRP
2011 Reserve Pinot Noir Sonoma County ~ $18.99 SRP

Cool Green Valley climate in Russian River Valley is known for producing expressive,
fruit-forward wines that capture the unique personality of each variety. River Road
Family Vineyards and Winery offers distinctive wine styles, and embodies the character and versatility of each region and vineyard.

2011 Un-Oaked Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ 100 percent stainless steel
fermented, this Sonoma County Chardonnay is a classic everyday Chard.
Well balanced, it offers light, exciting, and refreshing fruit flavors of tart
apples and lemons.

We are fans of the Un-Oaked style and this is  a charmer.

2011 Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County ~ A delicate, caramel-apple
nose has this reserve, barrel selection bringing forward the most appealing
characteristics of Chardonnay. With its bold and balanced peach and
toasty flavors with almond notes,

The balance is the secret. Excellent!

2011 Reserve Pinot Noir Sonoma County ~ Handcrafted from vine to
wine, this vibrant Reserve Pinot Noir has a beautiful depth of color.
Aromas and flavors of strawberry, Bing cherries, and luscious plums are
enjoyed on the mid-palate, with a lingering finish, suggestive of mulling
spices, anise, and molasses.

Not your standard Pinot Noir. Real elegance. Love it with turkey.

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Vina Robles Sets The Right Price Point For California Class-Act Petite Sirah

 

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The Wine

$26 suggested retail, here is a wine that drinks like “over $50” and (with some breathing) is ready to enjoy with meats, game, chicken, cheese and fancy meals, as well as a hearty pasta or meatloaf.

The grapes for this vintage were hand picked and sorted for quality in the vineyard. The fruit was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and bins. Over four days, the must was allowed to “cold soak” to extract color and flavor prior to the start of fermentation. Pumpovers and punch-downs took place frequently over a ten-day period before the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) to complete malolactic fermentation.

The final blend was chosen after numerous tasting sessions. The Jardine Petite Sirah contributes dense, dark fruit with great tannin structure. The Creston Valley Vineyard adds touches of minerality, while Huerhuero adds dark color, fresh berry aromas and spicy characteristics. A percentage of Syrah from Cammatta Hills brings flesh and body to the blend. Together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure and balance.
Enjoy now through 2016.

Tasting Notes
  • Color: Opaque garnet
  • Aroma: Spicy, black fruit with notes of nutmeg
  • Taste: A full-bodied, balanced wine with notes of fresh plum and firm tannins

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2 Petite Sirahs For Under $20 That Will Please the Pocket and the Tongue

Pedroncelli 2009 Petite Sirah, SRP: $16

This richly flavored grape, long known for its intense characteristics, has been grown
side by side with Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley for over 100 years. Petite Sirah has been planted on this vineyard since the early 1900s and used in their Zinfandel production as an important part of the blend. The "Family Vineyard" connection is with Carol Bushnell who is John and Jim Pedroncelli’s niece; her vineyard has been a source of fruit since the 1940s. John blended this wine with half the fruit from estate vineyards and half from the Bushnell vineyard.

Harvested in late September, after a cool growing season, the slow ripening achieved great acidity, a high concentration of aromas and varietal flavors. The fruit was crushed into stainless steel tanks where frequent pumping-over of the juice during fermentation al-lowed the young wine a substantial increase in flavor. The color extracted from the skins turns the wine a very deep purple color. The wine was aged for seventeen months in American and French oak barrels, one third new oak balanced with seasoned barrels.

The result is opaque and deep purple in the glass. This  Petite Sirah offers rich aromas of ripe cherry, white pepper and chocolate. It contains very deep and complex flavors of red plum and warm spice with a lasting finish braced by full tannins. It has the structure to age well over many years. Decant if desired .

Here is the perfect house wine or enjoy it for special occasions..

APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley     ALCOHOL 14.3 
BARREL AGING 17 Months in French and American Oak     pH 3.67
TOTAL ACIDITY .600g/1OOml


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Crusher P.S. 2011, SRP: $18

Crusher Petite Sirah 2011

THE CRUSHER

For more than 115 years, the Sebastiani name has been synonymous with
quality winemaking in Sonoma County. likewise, the Wilson family has been
growing grapes in the Clarksburg region south of Sacramento since 1922.
Created in tribute to the multi-generational partnership these two well-
regarded wine families have enjoyed, The Crusher is fittingly named for the point
where the fruit of one family’s labors literally gives way to those of the other.

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Rich, dark aromas of blackberries, violets, and crushed white pepper invite one
into this Clarksburg appellation Petite Sirah. A jammy array of blackberry and
black cherry flavors dominate the palate, complemented by hints of vanilla,
sassafras, and exotic oaky notes that linger through the finish. Full-bodied, with
rich mouth-filling tannins, the wine displays a multi-layered depth and complexity that invites lingered contemplation and enjoyment. This wine will pair nicely
with grilled meats, savory pastas like butternut squash raviolis with a brown
butter sage sauce, or even dark chocolate.

Hint: Decant or open and chill for several hours, bringing back to cellar temperature will enhance the drinking experience if you can’t give it a bit of time to age.

APPELLATION
The Clarksburg AVA is an up and coming wine region located in California’s
Sacramento Delta. Originally known for row crops like the Sugar Beet, the area
was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a micro-climate which
closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of
poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning vines experience nutrient-rich, yet
sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to
cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures
down 30 to 40°F from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine
grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions.

VINTAGE
The 2011 vintage was a trying one for growers. It was an unusually cool year and
a late frost affected many vineyards cutting yields and pushing out harvest. The
weather remained unseasonably cool through much of the growing season, and
was devoid of any real grape ripening heat spikes until well into September. Rain
and lower temperature returned again in October further reducing yields and
bringing fears of botrytis. These early rain events gave way to the long-awaited
Indian summer, with the grapes finally getting ripe enough to pick. While the
harvest wasn’t abundant, the emerging crop displayed powerfully concentrated
flavors developed during the extended hang-time they enjoyed.

ALCOHOL l3.5
VINTAGE 2011
W!NEMAKER Greg Kitchens 


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2 Delightfully Different Petite Sirahs From MICHAEL DAVID

Petite Petit

Petite Petit
2010 I Petite Sirah
Petit Verdot

Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large! A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Offering a joyous explosion of color and fun, it is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. It reveals remarkable richness with a finish that is slightly dry and seems to linger.

DOUBLE GOLD – 98 points
Best of California, Best of Class – Lodi

2012 California State Fair

85% Petite Sirah

15% Petit Verdot

3.54

0.59

14.5%

With a blend of 85 Petite Sirah, 15 Petit Verdot this huge wine is with a SRP of $18 this wine will knock you over with its intensity and power, yet woo you with it complex tannins, subtle acid and affinity to hearty stews, BBQ and cheese.
Lodi, California
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MICHAEL DAVID

EARTHQUAKE
2010  Petite Sirah
Over the top and shattering to the veins, all varietals under the
Earthquake label are Michael and David’s reserve level wines.
These wines posses major concentration and daring flavor with
only a limited production offered each year.

The original is the Earthquake Zin that comes from an old Lodi vineyard planted
around the time of San Francisco’s great Earthquake in 1906.
While mulling over a label name in the vineyard, Michael
Phillips thought it only seemed fitting to relate this intense
wine with the historical quake. With over 15% alcohol and
bold tannins, these dark and voluminous wines will definitely
leave your senses quivering.

Big, juicy, in your face, and ultimately a fine, bold wine full
of intense black olive tapenade, chocolate, and tobacco, with
a tannic, peppery finish, a nod to its 19 months spent in
French oak. Unabashedly big, brash and bold efforts aimed at people who love lots of up-front fruit. (Deep dark, plum, black raspberry and cherry). All of those fruit flavors and spices carry through the finish along with bits of chocolate and earth.

Technical Data:
T.A.: 0.59
pH: 3.60
Alc.: 15.5
Winemakers: Adam Mettler
Derek Devries
Composition:
Petite Sirah blended
with a bit of Cabernet
Sauvignon
Bottled: May 18th, 2011
Time in barrel:
19 months in French oak
SRP: $26

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Pasternak Wine Imports Is A Sign Of Quality On The Label

MORRO BAY

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Morro Bay, developed and owned by Pasternak Wine Imports, is the culmination of over 30 year’s of expertise in the wine industry.

Morro Bay is sourced from several vineyards within the Lange Family estate. The Lange family, 4th generation of grape farmers dating back to the late 1800s, currently controls 7,600 acres in California spanning three appellations and four counties.
The location of the vineyard in the Delta region of Lodi provides for dramatic temperature shifts from day to night due to the influence of the delta breeze from San Francisco Bay.

THE VINEYARD
Morro Bay Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from several vineyards within the Lange Family estate. The Lange Family have been farming in the Lodi appellations for four generations dating back to the late 1800’s. The location of the vineyard in Lodi provides for dramatic temperature shifts from day to night due to the influence of the delta breeze from San Francisco Bay. This allows for a slower maturation of
the grapes resulting in a better balance of acidity and complexity in the taste profile.

HARVEST & AGING
The vineyards are hand-pruned by experienced work crews adept at spur selection. Green harvesting is determined based on the berry set for a particular vintage. In addition to green harvesting, shoot removal and leaf pulling are employed to further enhance flavor concentration. Machine harvesting is done at night allowing the grapes to cool and thus maximize the flavors/acidity and balance. All grapes are
sorted via a sorting belt prior to being crushed. The wine sees 21 days of extended maceration which allows forward fruit, extraction of
complex flavors balanced by integrated tannins.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
A swirl of the glass showcases this wines deep yet vibrant red color and releases its concentrated aroma of ripe cherry fruit.  Mingled with the fruit is traces of chocolate and spice from oak aging.  The soft tannins carry the palate through a long-finish.
Grape Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Alcohol Content: 13.9%

srp $11.99,  Certified Lodi Rules sustainable

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Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2011- Certified NZ Sustainable

THE VINEYARD
Great wine is so much more than just fermented grape juice; it is an alchemy in which unique terroir and skilled winemaking unite. Dashwood creates wines that are true reflections of New Zealand’s Marlborough region. They are as cool as the winds that whip through our valleys each day and as imposing as the towering mountains that frame the vineyards.  Marlborough is a special place for wine. Perhaps it’s our cloudless skies or mild temperatures or well-drained soils. It could be Dashwood’s long growing season or sustainably-farmed vineyards. Whatever the reason,
the result is wines that are marked by piercingly vibrant fruit flavors and lively acidity. Dashwood has been tending vineyards and making wine in Marlborough for over twenty years, striving to minimize or eliminate any activities that are wasteful or harmful to the environment so that future generations can continue to enjoy the extraordinary landscape.

HARVEST & AGEING
With every step of the winemaking process Dashwood’s goal is to preserve the incredible aromatics and scintillating structure of our wines. After harvesting, the fruit is kept as cool as possible to retain bright, fresh Marlborough fruit flavors. Gentle crushing and cold fermentations help to preserve the personality of the variety and the influence of the site. The Sauvignon Blanc is kept in stainless steel tanks to maintain zesty fruit characteristics.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in color. Our Sauvignon Blanc style is bright, forward and direct. Vivaciously crisp, it showcases gooseberry, citrus and fresh tropical fruit flavors that linger through the finish.
Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 12.5%
T/A 7.3 g/L
pH 3.21
Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Pasternak Wine Imports .  (800) 946-3110 . www.pasternak

srp $14.99


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