2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard (157 cases)
We are pleased to be working with this eleven year old vineyard from the truest sense of the appellation, just a quarter mile from the Russian River. The vineyard is situated midway between the cooler environs of Forestville to the south and the warmer Healdsburg to the north. It is a welcomed first opportunity to work with clone # 115. The nose offers cherries and chocolate. On the palate of this thick viscous wine are flavors of concentrated black cherry and black plum with mild oak notes. Integrated tannins coupled with ample acidity provide a moderate structure to this fruit first wine. Pairs well with hearty dishes.
2006 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Balletto Vineyard (291 cases)
Fragrant intense aromas of dark fruits, with hints of vanilla and cooking spices. A harmonious sweet entry of red plums, raspberries, subtle blueberry undertones coupled with black tea and a tease of white pepper. You will enjoy a wine with cloying tannins, spirited acidity, a mouth enveloping viscosity with a lingering finish. Pairs well with meat or game.
2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard (261 cases)
Aromatic and alluring nose of red berries, citrus and blossom. Bursting flavors of strawberries and cherries followed by hints of citrus, with an accent of baking spices. These flavors are supported by complimentary tannins, lively acidity with a viscous body. The smooth and complex finish is ever lasting. We are calling this the “New Oehlman” as we have seen the fruit profile of this wine change over the last two years. Due perhaps in part to more vine maturity and in part to the fruit being harvested over a larger percent of the vineyard, exuding a different terroir. This “New Oehlman” fruit profile is more in the vein of a traditional Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. A true crowd pleaser. Pairs well with lighter meats, fish and fowl.
2006 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (355 cases)
Aromas of Stone fruits. Flavors of red cherries with a background of apricots and some mint highlights surround a structured core of tannins with a wonderfully brisk acidity. The flavors linger long after the sip is gone. This wine delivers itself cautiously at this early stage of development. Those who have the patience to lay it down or wait for it to open will be rewarded. This wine will be very popular among burgundy fans. Pairs well with lighter meats.
2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley (322 cases)
An invitingly forward nose of sweet red fruits, maple with a subtle oak accent. This rich wine offers a mouthful of sweet strawberries and a dash of cinnamon on the entry, with a lush mid palate, supported by medium strength tannins and framed with moderate acidity. This beautiful wine offers bursting flavors on entry with lasting flavors in the finish that will pair with a wide spectrum of cuisine.
2006 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley (183 cases)
Aromas of spice, and berry fruits. The mouth offers a sweet blackberry entry followed by wild berries, anise, chocolate, cola with minimal oak. This is a fun medium bodied zinfandel with a medium length finish that is vinous and well balanced.