2017 Release

About the AVA: 

Russian River Valley is within Sonoma County. Known worldwide for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With over 15,000 acres planted to grapevines, there is a broad range of wines from the Russian River Valley. Cool-climate-loving varietals thrive. Pinot-perfect climate combined with an amazing complexity of soil types, results in wines that reflect their individual sites but share a common thread. Aromas tend to be bright, with focused fruit, ranging from wild strawberries and raspberries to red and black cherries. Notes of cola and baking spices are common. In the mouth they are rich and velvety, with their high degree of ripeness, kept in check by bright acidity.

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About the AVA: 

Located on the Eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Livermore Valley appellation is within the larger Central Coast appellation. One of California's oldest wine regions, the Livermore Valley played a pivotal role in shaping California's wine industry in the late 19th century. Charles Wetmore’s dry Sauterne-style white captured America's first international Grand Prix medal for wine in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, putting California on the world wine map. Today, it has surpassed pre-prohibition numbers with over 60 wineries and over 5000 acres under vine. With up to 40 degree swings in daily temperatures, along with strong sun and a unique East-West oriented valley that funnels in marine fog, Livermore boasts great Rhone style varietals. Red wines grown here tend to be lush and spicy.

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About the AVA:

Santa Rita Hills is within the Santa Ynez Valley appellation, although its unique soils and climate distinguish the grapes grown there from the ones in the warmer vineyards to the east. A typical day in Santa Rita Hills starts with marine layer clouds and fog, which burn off by late morning; there is then two or three hours of calm sunshine until the on-shore winds pick up, cooling things down again. This maritime influence, combined with the sedimentary soils with patches of limestone is the perfect place to grow the AVA’'s hallmark whites and pinot noir.

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About the AVA:

Located between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies Lodi Wine Country. 100 miles Northeast of the San Francisco Bay at the edge of the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, cool “delta breezes” provide the region with a reliable, natural air conditioning throughout the growing season. Two major rivers originating in the Sierra Nevada mountain range feed the Lodi appellation – the Mokelumne and Cosumnes. These rivers have brought soils rich in granitic-based minerals that lend complex flavors to the wines of Lodi. It’s a region well suited for Rhone and Portugese varietals, although it most famous for its old vine Zinfandels (some planted more than 100 years ago), as well as its Zinfandel made from younger vines.

 

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