The 2013 vintage (like the 2012 vintage) was fantastic in Bennett Valley. The growing season was long with moderate temperatures and very low disease pressure in the vineyard. As with other Frostwatch Chardonnays, this wine is a blend of two different clonal selections. Clone 4 contributes a full mouthfeel with loads of red apple fruit, while fruit from the Platt-Wente Block contributes vibrant citrus notes and a touch of minerality. This wine continues to improve with additional bottle aging and still has yet to reach its full potential. The wine pairs well with a variety of foods but is rich and complex enough to drink on its own. 92pts “Two Puffs” Connoisseurs’ Guide
Highest vineyard in Sta Rita Hills, Sauvignon Blanc from Vogelzang Vineyard highly sought after spot in Happy Canyon and Grenache Blanc from Tierra Alta Vineyard, a great Rhone focused vineyard in Ballard Canyon where many great Grenache Blanc originate.
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Bright and brambly raspberry & black cherry with black pepper, sweet vanilla and mocha. Soft and chocolately in the mouth with a lively fruit filled finish. Touches of spice and mineral linger on the palate. A tasty, easy-drinking wine for everyday and all occasions.
We use neutral barrels for all our Sangiovese lots so as not to
overpower the delicate fruit. We can’t say enough about the Stolpman vineyard
and we feel lucky to be able to source this great Sangiovese. During the
destemming we threw in a little Viogner and Syrah fruit, less the 3%, into the
fermenter for fun and maybe some added complexity. This wine was gently
destemmed then cold soaked for 4 days and fermented with gentle punchdowns.
Aged in neutral tight-grained French barrels for 19 months
Chianti DOCG "produced with Organic grapes"
Varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Vinification Traditional style.
Maturation in oak casks.Alcohol: 13.50% Organoleptic Characteristics: color
deep ruby red, bouquet bursting with black cherry, violet, tobacco and earth
aromas. The flavor is intense, supple, warm, persistent, well balanced fruit by
lively acidity, cherries, firm tannins, elegant and well structured.
Very pure and chiseled, with gooseberry, straw and flint flavors tightly
coiled, driven by a mouthwatering fleur de sel note through the long, bone-dry
finish, which is built on minerality.Press 92 Points Wine
SpectatorTop 20 Sauvignon Blancs Decanter
67% Grenache - 33% Zinfandel- The nose is full of
berries and spices, and is warm and inviting. The palate is lush and
soft, revealing brambly vine fruits, cranberry and vanilla spice
Organoleptic characteristics: ruby red colour with dark red sparkling
reflections, Intense and vanilla speckled fragrance, persistent, warm, rich and
harmonious. Serve with: pasta, mushrooms and truffles, with beef and game, with
mature cheese, salami and ham.
Red berries, tangerine, marzipan and touch of earth in the
nose. In the mouth the red fruits are accented with wet stone
minerality and subtle fern and citrus notes. Finishes fresh, crisp and lively. Blend: 91% Pinot Noir, 9% Grenache
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault
Nearly dense very dark garnet with purple rim. The warm, generous aroma
displays mature black cherry with a suggestion of jam and spice. In the mouth,
this Gigondas is far more restrained and less expressive at this stage. The
moderately full taste is not dense and offers underlying ripe black cherry
matched by notable acidity and ripe tannin which come up at the conclusion.
Our Syrah is from 4 different blocks we have had in this vineyard for over 10
years. Located in the cool climate area of Alisos Canyon Road, these vines have
consistently delivered for us. We chose
to co ferment Viognier at 3% for additional nuisance in the style of Côte-Rôtie. The wine was gently
destemmed then cold soaked for 4 days and fermented with gentle punchdowns.
Aged in all tight grained French oak barrels with 40% new for 18 months
Colour: vivid, radiant garnet Bouquet: fresh and full of character, with aromas of spiced, alcohol-steeped fruit and classic mineral undertones. In the mouth: rounded, but full and rich, with refined, elegant tannins and a gentle acidity. Food pairings: Red meats, game
White peach, star jasmine and gardenia aromasmingle with a trace of vanilla. Bright fresh flavorsevolve on the mid-palate and vibrantly burst in adelicious framework of fresh natural acidity. Thisis crafted in the style that we prefer, which avoidsthe heavy hands of malo-lactic fermentation andexcessive oak, creating a delightful Chablis-stylewine rather than a ‘typical’ buttery Chardonnay
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo Provenance: Dogliani (Cuneo) 11 days at
28° using pumping over technique, 30 months in big barrel (30Hl) and following
3 month bottle, unfiltered. This full bodied wine is garnet red in color and is
complex to the nose; ethereal, dry flowers and spices. Elegant in taste,
persistent with spices and red berries.
original cuttings were imported to Calistoga in the Napa Valley from the Savoie
region in the French Alps in about 1880. Its original name was Doux Noir, or
“soft black,” later called Charbonneau (carbon water). Subsequently, Charbono
was wiped out in Europe by the Phylloxera root louse infestation. Ripe aromas suggest
dried cherries, cranberries, rose petals, and a suggestion of white pepper. A
gentle mid-palate with flavors of black cherry candy is framed with soft tannin
and bright acidity, which provides the long lingering finish.
fruit aromas and flavors evenly coat the palate and linger long in the finish.
Gently gripping tannins carry a hint of espresso character. A delicious blend
of bright fruit flavors. More than half of this blend are classic claret
varieties (Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot), which marry with
Rhone-rooted varieties (Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono). Delicious in its youth,
this red blend will age elegantly for many years. This year’s blend is 28% Merlot, 19% Petite Sirah, 14% Charbono,
12% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.
wine is predominantly Syrah from Watch Hill with the balance being Mourvedre
from Martian Vineyard and Grenache from Watch Hill. We separately produced and
barrel aged the components with the blend coming together just in advance of
bottling. The wines for this blend were
gently destemmed and then cold soaked for 4 days and fermented with gentle
punchdowns. Aged in all tight grained French oak barrels with 37% new for 19 months.
Our SRH Pinot Noir is a blend of 3
beautiful vineyards in the sta. Rita Hills AVA.Rio Vista Vineyard - Clone 2ABentrock Vineyard - Clone 115 Bouna Terra Vineyard - Clone 777 We selected 11 barrels from these 3 lots for
this blend, the vineyard distinctiveness of course is limited but the blend is
very approachable and definitely complex.
The wines for this blend were gently destemmed then cold soaked for 4
days and fermented with gentle punchdowns. Aged in all tight grained French oak
barrels with 35% new for 19 months.
Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Counoise with an average age of over 30 years. Very approachable with ripe fruit on nose. Spicy
flavors of pepper and ripe
cherries on the palate. A classic with steaks, barbecues, cheeses and hearty dishes.
The 2012 Pinot Noir is the product of a fantastic vintage in Bennett Valley. The wine has power yet exhibits the delicacy one expects in excellent Pinot. It exhibits bright cherry and plum flavors and shows good structure that promises additional development. Indeed, if this wine ages like the three previous Frostwatch Pinots, one can confidently expect further development in the bottle, both aromatically and on the palate.
Our Chardonnay offers aromatics of citrus and green apple which are complemented by a very slight butterscotch aroma and a subtle layer of oak creaminess. The wine is medium-bodied and a well- balanced finish of acidity.
Golden straw in color, with heady aromas of honeysuckle, Asian pear, honeycomb, ripe apple and brioche. A honeyed mid-palate showing crisp lemon tart, crème brûlée, toasted spices and a scintillating acidity that keeps this sultry wine in impeccable balance.
Big bold flavors with notes of cherry and currant with a smooth finish that keeps you wanting more.
Sangiovese Riserva DOC Variety: 100% Sangiovese Vinifica(on and Maturing: 100%
Sangiovese (small berry) Winemaking: Matured for two years in 30 hl. oak casks,
followed by a three month refining in the boJle. Alcohol: 13% Organolep(c
characteris(cs: ruby red color with garnet hints; on the nose it is very
delicate with an evident spicy note of deep and pleasant graphite, coffee and
chocolate, together with elegant and fine flowery tones of cherries, violet,
underbrush and pomegranate. On the palate the wine is thin yet powerful, elegant,
balanced and well backed by the right tannins; the finish is dry and very long,
always austere. Serve with: red
meat, wild fowl, game
DOCG Variety: 100% Nebbiolo Provenance: Dogliani (Cuneo) Vinification and maturing: Maceration for 15 days
at 28° using pumping over technique, 60 months in big barrel (30Hl) and
following 3 months in bottles, unfiltered. A warm and elegant with notes of raspberry, wild fruits and tobacco.
This wine will develop in the glass with flavors of cherry, spice and a
The 18 months of barrel aging and frequent lees stirring, coupled with the exceptional fruit from the Platt Wente Clone in 2014, give this wine the trademark laser-like focus, complexity and unctuous mouth feel expected from our Ophira reserve. The wine is drinking beautifully now but will get even better for several years at a minimum. The last vintage (2013) of the Ophira received excellent reviews (94 pts from the Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points from Connoisseurs Guide, 90 Points from The Wine Advocate and a Gold Medal at the Chronicle Wine Competition) but we feel that this vintage will be even better.
Petite Sirah dominates the blend (46%) and was first to be harvested. This was followed by Syrah (31%) a week later and added to the tank and kept cool awaiting the Zinfandel (23%) that followed a few days later. Petite Sirah continues to contribute a deep purple hue so typical of the varietal along with masculine notes of blue and black fruits on the nose and palate. Syrah contributes its typical beacon fat character on the nose and a sense of elegance on the palate while Zinfandel adds its characteristic red berries, pepper and spice.
Outrageous! Our Merlot displays intense aromatics of blue and red berries, black fruits, roasted nuts and toasted oak. Medium to full-bodied, it shows a luxurious richness of sweet fruit flavors that is accompanied by a suppleness that shows in the mouth-feel.