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Included in this pack:
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016
Sylvanus Estate Pinot Noir 2016
Estate Merlot 2016
Carsi Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2017
We source our Chardonnay from one of the crown jewels of the esteemed Sangiacomo winegrowing family: Roberts Road Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap AVA. Marked by coastal winds, foggy mornings, and well-draining gravel soils, this site enjoys a long, slow, and even growing season. Dijon clone 95 Chardonnay vines planted in 1998 impart minerality and vibrancy to full-bodied wine with impressive purity of flavor. Silky, expressive, and seamless.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Appellation: Sonoma Coast Vineyard: Sangiacomo - Roberts Road Vineyard Barrel-Aged: 20% New French Oak Alcohol: 14.0% Production: 185 Cases
WITH THE 2016 VINTAGE WE WERE ABLE TO PRODUCE TWO OUTSTANDING, STYLISTICALLY DISTINCT WINES:
SYLVANUS ESTATE YAMHILL-CARLTON PINOT NOIR 2016
Blended from Pommard, 115, 777 and Mt Eden clones.
All oak is medium toast or lower French oak, with only 25% new barrels; this restrained oak program ensures that the oak complements, rather than overpowers, this elegant wine.
Layered complexity, with bright notes of pie cherry and crushed violets giving way to earthy flavors of the forest floor.
Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.
Wine Enthusiast: 91 Points "A ripe supple wine, more approvable at this time that its excellent companion "The Cipher". Plum and cherry fruit carries a slightly salty note. Aging in one-quarter new French oak adds a whiff of chocolate and the finishing acidity brings a lick of citrus." -P.G. Publish 3/1/2019
James Suckling: 91 Points Some crushed roses and fresh violets on the nose here. A wealth of succulent tennis carries a fresh array of black-cherry and plum flavor into a slightly sinewy finish. Drink or hold.
The PinotFile: 93 Points Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Plenty of garrigue and forest on the nose along with black cherry aromas. Well-structured and well-endowed in a mid-weight plus style, with waves of purple and blackberry fruits. Almost numbing intensity, with a serious attack and purposeful and long finish. The wine has a Syrah-like countenance but is so well put together, it still speaks more of Pinot Noir. -PG 3/22/19
WINEMAKER: Ted Henry REGION: Napa Valley VARIETALS: Merlot (97%), Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5%), Petit Verdot (1.5%) MATURATION: 20 months in French and Hungarian oak barriques (40%new) ANALYSIS: 14.8% alc/vol | TA: 6.4 g/L | pH: 3.6
VINTAGE NOTES: The 2016 growing season started two to three weeks early and progressed perfectly through the ripening process. The lack of rain during ﬂ owering resulted in a plentiful crop and instead of having very warm temperatures over the summer, we had cooling patterns throughout the season that lengthened harvest. The longer growing season yielded high quality grapes with the last blocks arriving at the winery on October 14th which happened to be the ﬁ rst day we saw rain for the season
TASTING NOTES: The 2016 Estate Merlot opens with a holiday spice aroma that layers over a hint of menthol. Flavors of red cherry, graham cracker and candied fruit dance on the palate with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The wine’s solid tannin structure melts away slowly leaving a refreshing fruit ﬁ nish.
ABOUT CLOS DU VAL: Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the renowned Stags Leap District. The winery was ﬁ rst recognized for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976, establishing its place as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic winery estates. Still family-owned today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville sub-appellations. The winery also continues to craft wines of balance and complexity, showcasing the fruit from the outstanding terroir on which the estate lies.
Carsi Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2017
Anthem Winery Carsi Ranch Vineyard Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The 2017 Carsi Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the second vintage produced and only 280 cases were made. This exquisite white Bordeaux is comprised of 76.3% Sauvignon Blanc and 23.7% Semillon from the Carsi Ranch Vineyard, located on the border of the Yountville and Oak Knoll AVAs in Napa Valley.
This sophisticated style Sauvignon Blanc is smooth and lush, showing notes of lemon and spice, with mouthwatering acidity, and a long finish. The Semillon blended in helps to round out the tropical, zesty notes that Sauvignon Blanc naturally brings, resulting in a full-bodied and incredibly balanced white wine.
92pts Wine Spectator 90pts Wine Advocate
APPELLATION:Napa Valley WINEMAKER:Jeff Ames VINEYARD: Carsi Ranch, planted in 2009 COMPOSITION: 76.3% Sauvignon Blanc, 23.7% Semillon CLONE:SB 1 HARVEST DATE: September 1, 2017 CROP YIELD:5 tons/acre OAK:100% French, 30% new AGING:10 months in barrel, 10 months in bottle before release, unfined, filtered PRODUCTION:280cs ALCOHOL:14.7%
Theopolis Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2016:
Description: This Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a wine of beauty and elegance, with aromas of black cherries, raspberries and cranberries, along with subtle spicy oak notes. It is highlighted by undertones of forest floor with flavors of ripe, red fruits to round out the bouquet. On the palate, this Pinot Noir has an expansive mouthfeel with a soft and gentle finish.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir HarvestDate: September 22, 2016 BottlingDate: July 17, 2017 Vinification: This Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is fermented in 0.75-ton bins, manually punched down, aged in 40% one-year-old, and 60% neutral French oak barrels for 10 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Alcohol:14.6% Color: Maroon Claret Food Pairing Suggestions: This Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with pork, fowl, salmon, tuna, and roasted mushrooms Production: 110 Cases
"A stellar example of freshness from a richer region, this bottling offers buoyant and snappy raspberry fruit on, the nose alongside dewy forest floor, tangy juniper, soft rose petals and a hint of nutmeg. Fresh and invigorating on the palate, the sip shows tart raspberry, crushed thyme, green peppercorn, and tapenade flavors." - M. K.
92 POINTS - GRAPELIVE
"The 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot is a small batch wine, only 110 cases from select sites in the Highlands, and it’s a gem of a Pinot Noir with lush and youthful flavors that showcases the vintage perfectly. The sultry and soulful Theopolis Vineyard Pinot shines brightly in the glass with a ruby/claret hue and seductive red fruits, snappy spicy notes, subtle earthy elements, and ultra-smooth/luxurious textures, starting with raspberry, black cherry, wild strawberry, and plum fruits, light floral notes, briar/bramble, loam, baking spices, a touch of mocha and liquid rose petals. This wine should gain mouth feel and silkiness over the next year in bottle, but certainly, it will be a Pinot you’ll want to enjoy especially in its youth, I like it's juicy lift and open nature, it will be best between 2018 and 2022 and will be a good food wine, in particular ahi tuna tartare, cajun style blackened salmon and earthy mushroom dishes." - Kerry Winslow
2018 Bronze Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition
2018 Silver Medal - New Orleans International Wine Awards
The 2017 Estate Cabernet greets the palate with rich and robust flavors of black cherries, plums, and cassis, followed by oak notes of sandalwood and vanilla. These dark flavors produce a dense textured mouth feel that combines with soft sturdy tannins, followed by a long silky smooth finish.
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Farming Practices: Certified Sustainable Appellation: Moon Mountain District - Sonoma Valley Region: Estate Grown, Caton Vineyard Alcohol: 15.3% Production: 362Cases Vintage: 2017 Released: June 2019
90 pts - International Wine Report Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Growing season notes: As noted, 2014 was a dry and warm season. In an effort to achieve a more northern Rhone style, we picked the Seven Pillars Syrah earlier than Jess' Block, at the start of October at 23.5 Brix.
Winemaking notes: This block went through 100% whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel, open-top fermenter. We used the classic French pigeage a pied (foot-tread) treatment to extract color and to submerge the must into the wine during primary fermentation. Native yeasts initiated both the primary and malolactic fermentations. The wine was aged for ten months in neutral French oak barrels. 408 cases produced.
Tasting notes: This is the equally beautiful but more easy-going sister of Jess' Block. Black cherry, forest floor, and eucalyptus aromas repeat in the flavor profile along with blackberry, black tea, tobacco leaf, and grippy leather glove. Bright acids make this a perfect food-pairing wine. Wayne recommends drinking it right out of a water glass with a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Extremely versatile, it is cellar-worthy or accessible now. WS 90, WE 93
“Exquisitely made and worth seeking out.” -Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
The 2015 vintage was both hot and dry generally yielding wines of warm fruit and power. Since there was no weather or disease pressure, it was up to the terroir and the winemakers to produce what they felt should be the best possible outcomes. In retrospect, a lot of the Pinot Noirs are darker in fruit, spicy and warm on the palate. The better examples are perhaps a bit more structured when acidity could be preserved, showcasing fresher aromatics.
HARVEST & WINEMAKING NOTES
Every wine produced under the Angela Estate label is single vineyard, estate Pinot Noir. The vines are farmed nutritionally, which treats the microbiology in the vineyards section by section. Soil and stem samples are analyzed for nutritional value. It is the most specific grape farming imaginable. Our fruit is hand harvested in the early morning in small 14” buckets. It is then hand sorted and de-stemmed, deposited into one-ton bins for small-batch fermentations. After fermentation, the free-run juice is settled and put into barrel. The must is placed in specialized bladder presses for gentle pressing that do not exceed one atmosphere of pressure. The wine rests for 10 to 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. We have typically used Cadus barrels for their warm tonality.
APPELLATION: 100% Yamhill-Carlton AVA COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot Noir AGEING: 11 months in 30% NFO CASE PRODUCTION: 2500 cases (9L) TA: 5.7 G/L ALCOHOL: 13.9% pH: 3.76
ABBOTT CLAIM VINEYARD
Planted in 2001, the Abbott Claim Vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The soils are ancient marine sediment soils: Wellsdale, Peavine, Willakenzie & Melbourne. The elevation runs between 425’ – 475’. The clonal selection is: Pommard (4 acres) Dijon 777 (6.25 acres) and Dijon 115 (5 acres) on Riparia Gloire, 101-14 & 3309 rootstocks. Located on the Savannah Ridge, a unique outcropping of soil that leaves our site drier and accesses mother rock in 5 – 7 years.