Archive for May, 2012

2006 Derbes Carneros Chardonnay

Vineyards: Double T Ranch
Appellation: Carneros Sonoma
Clone: 4
Rootstock: 3309C
Yield: 3 tons/acre
Harvest Date: September 22, 2006
Harvest Brix: 24.5
TA: 0.72%
pH: 3.43

 

Winemakeing

Hand harvested, sorted, whole cluster pressed.  Settled and racked to barrels for fermentation.  Inoculated with Champagne yeasts.  Barrel aged sur lies for 12 months with weekly batonnage in 100% French oak (30% new) until bouquet and flavors reached full balance.  Partially malolactic fermented.  Bottled unfined on August 28th 2007.

 

Winemaker Tasting Notes

This wine shows intense aromatics of tropical fruits, pineapple, papayas, dry apricots, along with pears melted with light floral notes.  This wine has a great balance between vibrancy and creaminess.  The mid-palate  is highlighted with hazelnut and finishes with butterscotch, giving richness to the wine.  Enjoy alone or with food.


2006 Derbes Russian River Chardonnay

 

Vineyards: Heintz Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Clone: 4
Rootstock: St. George
Yield: 2.5 tons/acre
Harvest Date: October 17th 2006
Harvest Brix: 23:1
TA: 0.79%
pH: 3.25

 

Winemaking
Hand harvested, sorted, whole cluster pressed.  Settled and racked to barrels for fermentation.  Inoculated with Champagne yeasts.  Barrel aged sur lies for 12 months with batonnage in 100% French oak (30% new) until bouquet and flavors reached full balance.  Partially malolactic fermented.  Bottled unfined on August 28th 2007.

 

Winemaker Tasting Notes
This wine shows aromatics of minerals, citrus, guava and green tea tones.  The palate is zesty and juicy, with some hints of vanilla, and has a long finish.  Enjoy alone or with food.


2008 Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc


The Carica 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sauvignon Musque, made in a classic French style. It pairs exceptionally well with composed salads, shellfish, and other seafood.

This wine has clean aromas, an intense mouth feel, and a prolonged refreshing finish.

Aromas: New-mown hay, papaya, pineapple
Flavors: Grapefruit, guava, mango, lime

 

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were harvested cold in the very early morning on August 29, 2008 — 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sauvignon Musque. We pressed the grapes as whole clusters and cold settled for 36 hours prior to racking and start of fermentation. Ninety percent of the wine was cold fermented for 50 days in stainless steel to dryness at an average temperature of 55 degrees. Ten percent of the wine was barrel fermented in new French oak with lees stirring, and then blended back into tank fermented wine prior to cold stabilization. Bottled in May 2009.

 

The Vineyard

Kick Ranch has become a premier Sonoma County vineyard, wonderfully sited on the western flank of Spring Mountain, north east of Santa Rosa, California. This 41-acre vineyard uses sustainable viticulture practices to produce outstanding Sauvignon Blanc grapes, as
well as highly sought-after Rhone varietals.

Winemaker

Charlie Dollbaum
593 cases produced


2007 Kitara Barrel Select Pinot Noir


St. JOSEF’S
Family Owned Estate Vineyards & Winery -since 1983
Willamette Valley, Oregon

100% Pinot Noir- Grown & Made on the Property

Estate Grown & Bottled

 

Winemaker’s Notes

This 2007 Barrel Select Pinot Noir is an elegant wine; with subtle red
currant & cherry fruit plus fragrant earth & tobacco characteristics. Named
for the winemaker’s son & daughter ; it was grown & made on our property
in the heart of the Willamette Valley and represents the four soil types
of our sloping hillside vineyards. 100% Pinot Noir from French Pommard
and 777 Clones this wine features light color, texture and red fruit. It was
made by hand selecting our favorite barrels from over two hundred barrels
of this vintage. We then aged it a bit longer in neutral French Oak and
one additional year in the bottle before releasing it. Enjoy – it’s one of only
a few hundred cases produced.

 

Technical Data

Brix @ harvest 22.7 85% Pommard Clone, 15% 777 clone.
Alcohol by volume 13.5% PH 3.63 TA 5.7


2009 Russian River Chardonnay

The Vineyard
Our family began its grape growing traditions in the Russian River Valley when Henry Rued planted a vineyard in the region in the 1880s. Today, we farm a small vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are cultivated. The fog that reliably covers the region during the morning hours of the growing season help to create time on the vine by slowing the Chardonnay’s ripening.

 

Tasting Notes and Observations
Our 2009 Chardonnay enjoys that singular quality that makes cool climate wine so desirable: balance. The bright straw color with a slight green tint introduces aromas of summer cantaloup, sweet vanilla and notes of five-spice. These intriguing aromas are wrapped up in refreshing notes of gravenstein apple and sweet citrus. On the palate this wine delivers a crisp attack that expands into rich flavors of yellow delicious apple, meyer lemon and sweet summer herbs. Let this wine evolve in your glass and you’ll be rewarded by even richer textures and uncover a core of butterscotch and peaches. The crisp acidity and intensity of flavor gives us every reason to believe it will continue to improve for three to four years.

 

Bottttling Date: April 2010
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Productction: 686 cases