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Teira 2009 Woods Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaking Consultant

Bill Knuttel
(Saintsbury, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Vineyard)

Fruit Source

Dry Creek Valley: Woods Vineyard

Frank Woods, founder of Clos du Bois Winery, has owned this estate vineyard since 1972.  Located in the Southern end of the valley on benchland bordering Dry Creek and only a few miles from the Russian River Valley appellation, the vineyard is farmed sustainably and organically by legendary Sonoma County vineyard manager Duff Bevill of Bevill Vineyard Management (Merry Edwards, Nickel&Nickel, Dry Creek Vineyard and others).   Replanted after an extensive soil analysis, movement and drainage project in 2005, twenty acres are planted to Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc, oriented Southeast to Northwest.

Varietal

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Fermentation

100% stainless steel

Production

1,500 cases

Technical Data

Alcohol:         13.5%
pH             3.43
TA             5.7 g/L
VA            0.045 g/100 ml
RS            0.16%
Malic Acid        0.228 g/100 ml

Tasting Notes

The 2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc strikes a beautiful balance between new world and old world style on the nose and palate.  Classic Sancerre-like aromas of minerals, lemon zest, and citrus on the nose.  Light and crisp on the attack, the mid-palate shows strong tropical fruit notes of kiwi, grapefruit and tangerine.  Balance and elegance are key descriptors of this wine.  Light, crisp and dry, this wine finishes extremely clean with a bright acidity that begs for another sip.  Drink now through 2012.


Teira 2006 Sonoma County Zinfandel

Winemaking Consultant

Bill Knuttel
*Winemaker: Dry Creek Vineyard, Formerly: Chalk Hill Vineyards, Saintsbury Winery

Fruit Sources

Dry Creek & Russian River Valleys, Sonoma County
*Approximately 60% Dry Creek Valley (West Slope) and 40% Russian River Valley
*Sustainably and organically farmed by Sonoma County legend Duff Bevill of Bevill Vineyard Management (www.bevillvineyard.com). Clients include: Merry Edwards, Nickel & Nickel, Dry Creek Vineyard

Varietal

100% Zinfandel

Oak Program

25% new, 75% neutral (American)

Production

3,500 cases

Release Date

TBD

Technical Data

Alcohol:        13.5%
pH:            3.60
TA:            6.1 g/L
VA:            0.70 g/L

Tasting Notes

Ripe strawberry, black cherry, blueberry pie, with vanilla spice and a hint of espresso on the nose.  The palate follows with berry pie and a rich, ripe viscosity lending to a huge mouthfeel.  Soft tannins and good structure overall lead into a long  finish.  The wine is well integrated without being overpowered by alcohol, exhibiting our philosophy of balance and elegance in a wine!  Pairs well with short ribs, BBQ and many other hearty dishes.


Dios Triumph 2006 Zinfandel

Vineyard

Deaver Vineyards, Amador County

Harvest

September 24-28, 2006

Brix: 26.2

Alc.: 14.1%

R.S.: .06%

Notes

Lush fruit from Amador County in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada is the centerpiece for this smooth and approachable Zinfandel.  Balanced acidity finishes just off dry with a hint of blackberry and chocolate.  Dios Triumph Cellars is proud to present this fine Amador Zinfandel and the emphasis is on FUN.

Food Pairings

Ribs, pasta, French bread, heirloom tomatoes and cheese to name a few.


Sunce 2008 Zinfandel

Sonoma County ‑Bastoni Vinyard

Release Price: $30

Hand Picked and Crushed: Oct 15, 2008

Brix at Harvest: 26

Pressed: Nov 21, 2008

PH: 3.54

TA: .40

RS: .044

Alcohol: 15%

Aged: 13 months in 50% 2-year French oak,

50% new American Oak (Kelvin) oak

Bottled: November 12, 2009

Fountain Grove Area-Riebli Road, Sonoma County.

Notes

The bastion of big Zins! This monolith of a Zin, Suncé’s fourth from Bastoni is heavy-duty on the tarred raisin fruit, but the alcohol is well-cloaked and integrated with a plushness from its 13 months in French and American oak.


Sunce 2007 Meritage

Sonoma County Reserve

Release Price: $48
Hand Picked and Crushed: Sept. 20,
Oct 16, and Oct. 26, 2007
Brix at Harvest: 24-26
Pressed: Oct. 16, Oct. 24 Nov. 10, 2007
PH: 3.5
TA: .62
RS: .018
Alcohol: 13.9%
Aged: 21 months in 80% new Tonnellerie Loureiro
French Oak: 20% 1-year French
Bottled: July 25, 2009
Cellar for: as long as you can stand it!

Varietal

27% Cab Sauv 23% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc,
18% Malbec, 10% Petite Verdot
Only 20 Barrels Made

Notes

A great vintage!! They should’ve called it Fab Five—this wine is a testament to why these varietals are blended together.  Each vineyard block contributes its unique character; the Cabernet Sauvignon from Mazzocco-Bevill’s Clone 337 in Alexander Valley commands attention with lush, black berries and chalky tannins; the Merlot commemorates the late Truman King’s Sonoma Valley vineyard delivering a rich texture of mint and plum, filling the mid-palate, Mazzera’s Dry Creek Cab Franc brings in an assortment of chili pepper–like characteristics, St. Olof’s Clear Lake Malbec adds to the mouth-feel with black cherries and leather, and the Petite Verdot twists in with earthy undertones mixed with dried currants, while subtle, finer qualities illuminate the finish in Frane’s Meritage. It’s the apex of their Bordeaux-style wines.