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2009 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Malbec Schlumberger Bench
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There is a delightfully floral and chocolate truffle note in the nose – violets intertwined with a raspberry truffle. This translates beautifully into the flavor – chocolate and raspberry with a touch of all sorts of dark fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, and a few cherries thrown in for good measure. Wrap that all up in new car leather, a pinch of cocoa and pipe tobacco and you are golden. Spin some Argentine tango...

Winemaker’s Comments

Schlumberger Vineyards is located off the beaten track in the hillsides & benchlands high above Dry Creek Valley.  The ‘Schlumberger Bench’ is nestled in a natural amphitheatre situated in a small pocket canyon (Wine Creek Canyon) high up in the hills & planted mainly to Bordeaux varietals.  The grapes are influenced heavily by steep south-facing hillsides, wind from both the Russian River & the Pacific Ocean, superb exposure to the sun, and well-drained soils.   Low yielding Clone 9 fruit produces tiny little berries with intense flavors and well balanced structure.  There is a distinct flavor – a typicity to this ranch that is truly unique – and almost addictive.  If there were a comparison, it would be Right Bank Bordeaux – but with a little Sonoma juiciness thrown in for good measure.  Good mountain-grown Malbec is a rarity in California – this wine is simply stunning. 

Wine Description

There is a delightfully floral & chocolate truffle note in the nose – violets intertwined with a raspberry truffle.  That tasty nose translates beautifully into the flavor – chocolate & raspberry, with a touch of all sorts of dark fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, and a few cherries thrown in for good measure.  Wrap that all up in new car leather, a pinch of cocoa & pipe tobacco and you are golden!   

Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling Date: November 1, 2011
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley – ‘Schlumberger Bench’ 
Blend: 100% Dry Creek Valley Malbec
Vintage Notes: Harvested October 1, 2009    
Wood: 24 months Oak – 2 new French Oak barrels; 2 mature French Oak barrels
Note: Grapes are from organically farmed vineyards in transition & fermented on resident (native) yeast.

Limited Production - 92 Cases

2009 Humanitas 'Signum' Napa Valley
$ 75.00

There is an immediate sense of cigar wrapper & leather that opens to cocoa, cassis, cola and a bit of pomegranate juice mixed with warm blackberry purée...

Winemaker’s Comments

Sugarloaf Mountain offers a unique terroir for Bordeaux varietals in the Napa Valley. Unlike warmer vineyards up-valley, the climate of Sugarloaf naturally provides a longer hang-time resulting in profound color and flavor intensity. Combined with a southwestern exposure and a rock-laden soil harvesting the sun’s energy, this extraordinary terroir delivers the exceptional ripeness necessary for both the power and complexity required of great Cabernet- and Merlot-based wines.

The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard lies in the heart of the Napa Valley’s emerging Coombsville region. Recognized for its unique terroir for over 40 years, the Coombsville area is now the newest official AVA in Napa. Located on gently-sloping terrain, this site provides a micro-climate perfectly suited to growing muscular Bordeaux-varietal wines exhibiting the distinctive terroir of this cool growing region.

Wine Description

The wine is dense, dark and intense! There is an immediate sense of cigar wrapper & leather that opens to cocoa, cassis, cola and a bit of pomegranate juice mixed with warm blackberry purée. Let the wine sit in the glass and experience it change over time with several of these flavors moving to the forefront for a bit, then stepping back to let another take the lead. It is a muscular wine, no doubt, but with a hugely rewarding finish of vanilla, cocoa and almost a velvety texture.

Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling Date: July 8, 2011
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Blend: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon,  16% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Wood: 18 mo. New French Oak

Limited Production - 132 Cases

2011 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Cabernet Sauvignon Reid Vineyard
$ 60.00

Be the inner chef! Take a little white pepper, throw in some dark fruits like raspberries, blueberries and even some cranberries, toss in some chocolate, fresh Bing cherries, a little cola, and a dose of baseball glove leather (seriously!) and you’ve got the complex nose of the Reid Vineyards Cab. On one hand it's ‘classic’ Napa Cab, and on the other hand it's uniquely Reid with a tantalizing dose of winemaker Rob Lloyd. Think classic, yet dynamic and mysterious. It calls out for a classic steak dish or a bold roast. And music always completes the vibe. Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mozart, Beatles, Pearl Jam?

Winemaker’s Comments

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site. Reid Vineyards is quintessential Napa Cab…just plain ‘Up-Valley’ great stuff.

This vineyard is a) tiny; b) distinct; and c) consistently awesome.  There is a chocolate/cocoa quality mixed with dark cherries and a little cola that is intrinsic in the fruit.  You can’t ‘beat the terrroir’ out of those qualities out even if you wanted to (and why would you?).  The flavors come from the vineyard…as it should be.  All a winemaker can do is ‘deliver’ those attributes like a doctor delivers a baby…the mother (ie, the vineyard) really does all the work!

Wine Description

Be the inner chef!  Take a little white pepper, throw in some dark fruits like raspberries, blueberries and even some cranberries, toss in some chocolate, fresh Bing cherries, a little cola, and a dose of baseball glove leather (seriously!) and you’ve got the complex nose of the Reid Vineyards Cab.

In the mouth, the Reid Cabernet Sauvignon is something special.  On one hand it is ‘classic’ Napa Cab, and on the other hand it is uniquely Reid with a tantalizing dose of winemaker Rob Lloyd.  It is on one hand brooding & complex, and on the other fun and inviting (like Rob!).  Think classic, yet dynamic and mysterious.  It calls out for either a classic steak dish…or something bold, yet relevant.  How does a comfort food roast sound…or something like a short rib dish?  And music always completes the vibe.  Maybe a playlist of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mozart, the Beatles and Pearl Jam (yeah…we just said Pearl Jam was ‘that’ kind of classic!) is in order?

Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling Date: August 21, 2013
Appellation: Napa ‘Reid Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% Reid Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Wood: 18 months French Oak

Limited Production - 286 Cases

2011 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Zinfandel Willy's Vineyard
$ 45.00

Humanitas Willy's Vineyard Zinfandel from Chiles Valley has a nose on it that  is a cauldron of aromas. Try mixing up a cinnamon apple with toasted coconut, raspberry compote and a little cola and that might come close. And as the wine sits in the glass, it continues to morph into hints of orange zest, leather, white pepper... all really delightful scents. On the palate, the wine is intense It's like essence of Zinfandel - thick, rich, full-bodied. This is BBQ ribs wine or a good hearty tri-tip marinated and cooked over mesquite. Grab some of your more outgoing friends, grill up the ribs, blare some good old Southern Rock and settle in for the ride!

Winemaker’s Comments


The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site. Willy’s Vineyard in the Chiles Valley of Napa is quintessentially ‘unique’ with ancient ‘old soldier’ head pruned vines really on their last legs, but so expressive and wise in their old age.

Yields are anemic, the vines look like they need canes just to stand up, and several of the vines have simply given up the ghost. But those that remain have fruit is so intense & so in concert with their site that there is no other Zinfandel vineyard quite like it. This is more like Zinfandel extract than ‘regular’ Zin. It is a dazzling expression of the grape Napa used to be known for – the noble Zinfandel!

Wine Description


Willy’s Zinfandel has a nose on it that is a cauldron of smells. Try mixing up a cinnamon apple with toasted coconut, raspberry compote and a little cola and that might come close. And as the wine sits in the glass, it continues to morph into more & more hints of things like orange zest, leather, white pepper…all really delightful scents.

On the palate, the wine is…intense! It is like essence of Zinfandel – thick, rich, full-bodied…it is really a striking wine one can’t help but remember. Spices & raspberries; tobacco & leather; earth & toast…all things we love about this varietal. This is BBQ ribs wine…or a good hearty tri-tip marinated & cooked over mesquite. Nothing shy about this wine – grab some of your more outgoing friends, grill up the ribs, blare some good old Southern Rock (how ‘bout the Allman Bros or some vintage Marshall Tucker?) and settle in for the ride. Willy will deliver a wine experience you will cherish!

Alcohol: 14.9%
Bottling Date: August 21, 2013
Appellation: Napa ‘Willy’s Vineyard’ Designation Chiles Valley
Blend: 100% Napa Zinfandel
Wood: 10 months American & French Oak

Limited Production - 306 Cases 

2012 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard
$ 55.00

Our 'Rio Vista Vineyard' Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, begins on the nose with a mouth watering sensation of strawberry/rhubarb pie and delicious spices baked into the mix. Right behind the pie are some earthy elements and touches of pepper, tobacco, smoked meats and a hint of orange peel. This is duck wine - or perhaps a comfort food roast beef or fresh Alaskan salmon grilled over a wood plank with light herbs. It evolves so much in the glass, maybe a bite of all three! It is at once sultry and at the same time playful, so perhaps pair this with some Madeleine Peyroux and a few of your more quixotic friends!

Winemaker’s Comments

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site. In Santa Barbara County, there is a special piece of land nestled in a canyon amongst the Santa Rita Hills that is chalk full of…well…chalk (!). It gently ambles to the ocean…it is foggy, cool, sometimes brooding…and perfect for Pinot Noir.

The Rio Vista Vineyard is a star within the highly acclaimed Santa Rita Hills appellation. Betweenthe hillside plantings on chalky soils and the long, cool growing season, the wines off this vineyard are noted for their depth of color and complexity of fruit. Balance is a word that immediately comes to mind – worthy of drinking tonight or aging for decades.

Wine Description

Our Humanitas 2012 ‘Rio Vista Vineyard’ Pinot Noir begins on the nose with a mouth watering sensation of strawberry/rhubarb pie and delicious spices baked into the mix. Right behind the pie are some earthy elements and touches of pepper, tobacco, smoked meats and a hint of orange peel.

In the mouth, the fruit is very bright up front and the texture is thick in the middle and finish. A little flint & stone pops in followed by cigar wrapper, leather & black pepper. This is a complex wine, yet very easy to drink. It changes a lot in the glass…over and over again. This is duck wine – or perhaps a comfort food roast beef or fresh Alaskan salmon grilled over a wood plank with light herbs. It evolves so much in the glass, maybe a bite of all three! It is at once sultry and at the same time playful so perhaps pair this with some Madeleine Peyroux and a few of your more quixotic friends!

Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling Date: August 26, 2013
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills – ‘Rio Vista Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% Rio Vista Vineyards Pinot Noir
Clones: 115, 667, 777 & Wadenswill
Wood: 10 months French Oak

Limited Production - 203 Cases 

2012 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Pinot Noir Truchard Vineyard
$ 55.00

Our 2012 'Truchard Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Carneros region of Napa Valley begins with leather and smoke, then opens to ripe cranberry and raspberry fruit with a hint of smoked meats. 'Earth' comes to mind - followed by black cherry juice, maybe some ripe tomato, mushrooms and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is so inviting, with strawberry jam, vanilla, rhubarb, truffle & cinnamon all wrapped around a hint of caramel apple. Think either a big, thick salmon steal grilled with some hickory chips or a tasty rib-eye grilled just past rare. Throw in a little acoustic guitar, good friends, some heady conversation, and you've got the perfect setting to enjoy this truly stunning wine.

Winemaker’s Comments

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal  unique to that vineyard site. There is something about the soil at Truchard Vineyard that is very clearly distinct to this site and perfect for Pinot Noir. Maybe it is the soil, maybe it is the slope, maybe is the aspect to the sun, maybe it is the hand of the grower…or a combo of all…but it is clear this tastes like the place. 

Truchard Vineyard is renowned as a shining example of all that the Carneros has to offer. Planting to the combination of Martini & Swan clones for this particular site was genius. Concentrated berries yield an intense, stylistic Pinot Noir that is signature ‘Truchard’. It is a dazzling expression of the Carneros.  

Wine Description

Our Humanitas 2012 ‘Truchard Vineyard’ Pinot Noir begins with leather & smoke, and opens to ripe cranberry & raspberry fruit with a hint of smoked meats. ‘Earth’ comes to mind…followed by black cherry juice, maybe some ripe tomato, mushrooms & cinnamon. Lots happening in the glass! 

On the palate, the wine is so inviting, with strawberry jam, vanilla, rhubarb, truffle & cinnamon all wrapped around a hint of a caramel apple. It is at once complex yet so easy to sip. I’m thinking that either a big, thick salmon steak grilled with some hickory chips or a tasty rib-eye grilled just past rare would do the trick. Throw in a little acoustic guitar, some good friends & some heady conversation and you’ve got a pretty nice setting to enjoy this truly stunning wine. 

Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling Date: August 26, 2013
Appellation: Carneros – Napa ‘Truchard Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% Truchard Vineyards Pinot Noir
Clones: Martini & Swan
Wood: 10 months French Oak

Limited Production - 501 Cases 

2012 Humanitas 'Signum' Napa Valley
$ 100.00

Signum: Latin for something that marks or identifies. We're more than comfortable making the 2012 Signum our identifying wine with its succulent, harmonious cacophony of blackberry, ripe wild strawberry, candied current and tobacco leaf. This is the elixir that seems to call out the stars on a cloudy night, and hasten our conversations to new existential depths. It's unfiltered, smooth, smudged with graphite, ready to chill out in your cellar for the next decade or emerge tonight paired with Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and maybe your love supreme?

Composition: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Calistoga, Napa Carneros, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Aging: 22 months in 70% new French oak, unfiltered
Harvest Date: October 18 & 26, 2012

2012 Humanitas Cabernet Franc Willy's Vineyard
$ 60.00

Oft overlooked, occasionally maligned, but ever adored around here, the Cabernet Franc variety is shown off in its full glory when grown in Willy's Vineyard. There's something seductive about this wine, from its aromas of cinnamon, clove and worn leather to its soft, full mouthfeel and imposing structure. We love the way dusty tannins can melt into tantalizing flavors of cherry cola wiping our sorrows away. Charles Mingus is playing in the background, the aromas of a beautiful meal are wafting in from the kitchen, I'm on my second glass, and I'm pretty sure life doesn't get much better than this.

Composition: 92% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
Appellation: 92% Chiles Valley, 8% Rutherford
Aging: 20 months in 30% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.1% abv
Harvest Date: October 26, 2012

2012 Humanitas Merlot Truchard
$ 50.00

Any who dare discount the noble Merlot, need not drink here! We love Merlot for its finesse, its mystery, its grace and power. We love the Truchard vineyard where these grapes are grown. This sweet spot, resting on a south facing hillside hidden far away from the road and passers-by provides just the sort of cool evenings and long, warm days that Merlot favors. Soft, sweet, juicy aromas of blueberry, pepper and fig bound from the glass making way for soft black cherry, tobacco leaf and cola on the palate. The ecstasy of its long, complicated finish calls for a dreamy, dramatic aria - Caro Mio Ben perhaps? - and if you can play it on vinyl, even better.

Composition: 99% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Carneros
Aging: 20 months in French and American oak
Alcohol: 14.1% abv
Harvest Date: October 18, 2012

2013 Humanitas 'Good Earth" Sauvignon Blanc 'George's Vineyard'
$ 30.00

This Sauvignon Blanc opens on the nose with that bright, effervescent nose of white peaches, pears, a little honeydew melon. On the palate, there is a little spritz - by design - to deliver the exceptional acid and flavors. In the mouth, the delightfully crisp acid marries with the white peaches, pears, honeydew, and a little ruby red grapefruit. This wine is so bright, bouncy, and vibrant it craves music -- honestly, grab some classic being music and put your groove on with abandon and let loose!

Winemaker’s Comments:

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site.  George Shank’s vineyard in Wooden Valley (Napa) has something in the soil that expresses such a beautiful assembly of flavors and textures it is hard describe.  It could be the Entav clone in conjunction with the site – but the resulting white peach nectar, pear juice and red grapefruit is hard to reproduce.  

George Shanks Vineyard is a jewel. It is one of the best expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape available in Napa.  Period.

Wine Description:

The Humanitas 2013 ‘George’s Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc opens on the nose with that bright, effervescent nose of white peaches, pears, a little honeydew melon.   On the palate, there is a little spritz…by design…to deliver the exceptional acid and flavors.  And in the mouth, that delightfully crisp acid marries with the white peaches, pears, honeydew…and a little ruby red grapefruit to deliver an unparalleled Sauvignon Blanc experience.  Holy Moly this is a good wine…time for a second glass!

As the wine settles on the palate, an almost creamy texture complements the crisp acidity and bright fruit.  It craves fresh oysters (oh wait, that’s me!) or a simple sole sautéed in light olive oil (ok…make it butter!) or some prosciutto wrapped melon.  But a beautiful local Chevre on a tangy sourdough might just be divine.  One way to find out!  And this bright and bouncy vibrant wine just craves music – honestly, grab some classic swing music and put your groove on with abandon and let loose!

Alcohol: 14.9%
Bottling Date: March 12, 2014
Appellation: Napa ‘George’s Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% George’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Clones: Entav & Clone 1        
Wood: None

Limited Production - 298 Cases

2014 Brooks Note Marin County Pinot Noir
$ 36.00

 

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THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 The 2013 Marin County Pinot is a blend from two vineyards.  Both are on the Marin side of the Petaluma Gap.   Azaya Ranch is closest to the coast, just north of Stafford Lake on Hicks Valley Rd.  It sits on a south facing, well drained slope.    Cool wind from the coast ensures thick skins, great color, and beautiful texture in our clones 2a, 115, and 667. It is certified Organic.  Chileno Valley Vineyard sits on a bench facing north east into Sonoma.  Because it is dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small, intensely flavored berries.  Clone 828 contributes a burst of raspberry and cherry while the Pommard clone offers more structure and flavors of dark cherry.  The site, with its cold nights and warm days, provides great acidity and a subtle earthiness typical of Marin.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 Azaya Ranch was hand-picked before sunrise the morning of September 16th.  The Pommard from Chileno valley vineyard was picked on September 12th while the 828 was picked on September 23rd. A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    A small amount of juice was removed 24 hours after destemming. The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast.  Wines from the 2 vineyards were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used two new Remond, one New Boutes and one new Gamba barrel, along with 4 once filled barrels.  The remainder was neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March, 2016.

 

THE WINE

In the glass: Deep burgundy color.

Aroma: Begins with floral, black tea, and baking spice notes. As it opens up, the bouquet adds berries, coffee and an undertone of leather.

APPELLATION:  Marin County, Petaluma Wind Gap

VINEYARDS:  Chileno Valley Vineyard (46%) & Azaya Ranch Vineyard (54%)

ALCOHOL:  13.9%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.60/6.9 g/l

WINEMAKING:  Open top 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (27% new barrels, 27% once filled barrels, 46% neutral)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

 

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 250 CASES

 

2014 Brooks Note Marin County Pinot Noir
$ 36.00

 

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THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 The 2013 Marin County Pinot is a blend from two vineyards.  Both are on the Marin side of the Petaluma Gap.   Azaya Ranch is closest to the coast, just north of Stafford Lake on Hicks Valley Rd.  It sits on a south facing, well drained slope.    Cool wind from the coast ensures thick skins, great color, and beautiful texture in our clones 2a, 115, and 667. It is certified Organic.  Chileno Valley Vineyard sits on a bench facing north east into Sonoma.  Because it is dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small, intensely flavored berries.  Clone 828 contributes a burst of raspberry and cherry while the Pommard clone offers more structure and flavors of dark cherry.  The site, with its cold nights and warm days, provides great acidity and a subtle earthiness typical of Marin.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 Azaya Ranch was hand-picked before sunrise the morning of September 16th.  The Pommard from Chileno valley vineyard was picked on September 12th while the 828 was picked on September 23rd. A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    A small amount of juice was removed 24 hours after destemming. The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast.  Wines from the 2 vineyards were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used two new Remond, one New Boutes and one new Gamba barrel, along with 4 once filled barrels.  The remainder was neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March, 2016.

 

THE WINE

In the glass: Deep burgundy color.

Aroma: Begins with floral, black tea, and baking spice notes. As it opens up, the bouquet adds berries, coffee and an undertone of leather.

APPELLATION:  Marin County, Petaluma Wind Gap

VINEYARDS:  Chileno Valley Vineyard (46%) & Azaya Ranch Vineyard (54%)

ALCOHOL:  13.9%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.60/6.9 g/l

WINEMAKING:  Open top 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (27% new barrels, 27% once filled barrels, 46% neutral)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

 

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 250 CASES

 

2014 Brooks Note Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 44.00

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THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 Weir Vineyard is in the Yorkville Highlands, about 7 miles south of Boonville.  It sits between 900 and 1000 feet, on a south facing slope with well drained, rocky soil.  The lower, eastern portion of the vineyard was planted in 1992.  The slightly higher, western portion was planted in 2000.  During the growing season, there is a 40-50 degree temperature shift between day and night.  Both the elevation and the coastal air moving down the Anderson Valley provide cooling for the vineyard.  We use Rochioli and 2A clones from the lower, eastern blocks and RC clone from the western blocks.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 The vineyard was hand-picked well before sunrise the morning of September 8th.  A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast, and finished within 2 weeks.  Wines from the three different clones were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used one new Boutes barrel, one new Remond Barrell, and one new Gamba barrel.  All the others were neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March of 2016. 

THE WINE

 In the glass: Elegant ruby color typical of Weir vineyard.

Aroma: It offers notes of cardamom, rich cherry, raspberry, blackberry, black tea and a touch of lavender.

In the mouth:  Silky smooth entry with raspberry, cherry, cranberry, cardamom and licorice flavors and an appealing minerality.  The rich texture continues through the palate with nice weight. 

APPELLATION:  Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County

VINEYARD:  Weir Vineyard

ALCOHOL:  13.8%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.65 / 7.0 g/l

WINEMAKING:  10% Whole cluster, open top fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (33% new barrels)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 140 CASES

2014 Troon Black Label G*S*M, Rogue Valley
$ 50.00

Blends and co-ferments our an integral part of our winemaking and this G*S*M (Grenache 4.2%, Syrah 45.2%, Mourvedre 50.6%) shows the kinds of textures and flavors that only blends can achieve. Lifted and bright this wine is what pinot noir would taste like with backbone. A layered wine with many dimensions. Cellaring three to five years will bring out even more complexity. Ideal with pork roasts or grilled Italian sausage.

2014 Troon Black Label Syrah Reserve, Applegate Valley
$ 50.00

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It is stunning that a wine can be concentrated, yet light on its feet. Applegate Valley Syrah reminds of the wines of the northern Rhône in the way in blends power and elegance. Floral and spiced on the the nose with tart black pepper aromatics and butcher shop flavors. While this wine can be cellared for a decade it is enticing enough to drink tonight. Perfect with prime rib or grilled pork chops.

2014 Troon Black Label Vermentino, Applegate Valley
$ 29.00

94 points - BevX.com

90 points - The National Wine Review

93 points - James Melendez

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What a difference, keeping part of the 2014 Vermentino in barrels for a year. Aromas of wild cherry and blood orange, lightly pan roasted hazelnuts, gingersnaps and lemon blossoms. With deeper flavors of  marzipan, lemon tart and almond croissant. Bright and beautiful freshness of acidity, and finishing with a classic ripe apricot fatness stretching out the finish for hours and hours. One of the finest white wines ever produced at Troon Vineyard and on par with the finest vermentinos made anywhere in the world.

Rich and full on the palate, while still maintaining bright, refreshing acidity. The aromas and flavors flirt with hazelnuts and crisp fresh of the tree pears. The finish is long and complex. A perfect match for seafood and light pasta dishes.

Wine Information

Varietal:              Vermentino; Early Muscat 4.5%
Appellation:        Applegate Valley
Aging:                 One year in mature French Oak barrels on the lees
Fermentation:     Natural
Alcohol:              12.5%
Volume:               750ml

2014 Troon Blue Label Estate Zinfandel, Applegate Valley
$ 29.00

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A deeper, darker zinfandel from a special block of vines just behind the winery, this is classic, brambly, full-flavored zinfandel balanced by a touch of fresh Oregon acidity. The ultimate match for your biggest, baddest steak on the grill. 

2014 Troon Blue Label Longue Carabine, Applegate Valley
$ 29.00

92 Points Highly Recommended - The National Wine Review

93 Points - James Melendez

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A creative co-ferment of grapes native to the South of France:Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon 2.4%; farmed to savor the natural attributes of granitic soils, washed down the mountains covered in Madrone, Oak and Ponderosa pine.  Full bodied and exotic, this is a substantial wine, but it’s still balanced with the bracing acidity you would expect from Oregon. The aromas and flavors are laced with hints of honeysuckle and ripe peaches.  An ideal match for roast chicken, veal and cheeses.  For those that love the exotic, lush and complex white blend of the southern Rhône Valley will adore Longue Carabine.

Wine Information

Varietal:              Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon Blanc 2.4%.

Appellation:         Applegate Valley

Vineyard:             Troon Vineyard

Designation:        Longue Carabine

Sugar:                  20.5 Brix

Acid:                      5.47

PH:                        3.58

Aging:                    7 months in mature French Oak

Residual Sugar:     2.8

Alcohol:                 12.5%

Bottling Date:        5/15/2015

2015 Troon Blue Label Sangiovese, Varner Traul Vineyard Rogue Valley
$ 35.00

2015 was another classic vintage for Southern Oregon. An early bud break with a warm spring and moderate heat most of the summer. Late September brought more warm nights and warmer days giving us plenty of time to harvest our vineyards to the end of October. From the iron rich volcanic/sedimentary soils above the Anderson Creek/Coleman Creek alluvial fan. Varner Traul Vineyard is especially careful with their yields, dropping fruit throughout the season to get a deeper expression of the terroir. A beautiful aromatic puzzle with faint peony and iris flowers and a faint cinnamon and clove undertone. A succulent and shapely mouthfeel, with a zingy acidity that fans out the unusual florals and fruit. Finishes with an earthy winter savory flavors. The volcanic/sedimentary soils give immense presence to the tannins and uplifted savory aromas.

Harvested in half-ton bins, which are then trodden by foot, the new must spends the night in the same bin in which they were harvested.  This respite helps the natural yeast population to establish themselves and allows the hoards of Oregon yellow jackets to add the yeasts they carry to the grapes, which they can’t resist.. The next day the grapes are destemmed and the fruit is placed in one-ton fermenting bins that are placed outside to let the natural temperature fluctuations from day to day help the fermentation. No pump overs are used and each fermenter is punched down by hand one or two times a day. When fermentation is almost finished the wine is transferred to mature French Oak Burgundy barrels. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation slowly progresses in the cold of winter only to finish in the spring. After 16 to 18 months in barrel the wines are bottled. Our Troon wines are from LIVE and Salmon Safe certified vineyards.

2015 Troon Blue Label Tempranillo Rogue Valley
$ 35.00

From two very small plantings of Tempranillo, harvested and fermented separately. As always, using a native yeast ferment to draw out the deeper aromas and textures. This Tempranillo is an expression of the granitic soils, which create a refined character. This is a bright, fresh wine with lifted aromatics and a structure defined by fine, elegant tannins. Rich and complex, yet is not heavy on the palate. Very classic in style.

Harvested in half ton bins, which are then trodden by foot, the new must spends the night in the same bin in which they were harvested. This respite helps the natural yeast population to establish themselves and allows the hoards of Oregon yellow jackets to add the yeasts they carry to the grapes, which they can’t resist.. The next day the grapes are destemmed and the fruit is placed in one ton fermenting bins that are placed outside to let the natural temperature fluctuations from day to day help the fermentation. No pump-overs are used and each fermenter is punched down by hand one or two times a day. When fermentation is almost finished the wine is transferred to mature French Oak Burgundy barrels. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation slowly progresses in the cold of winter only to finish in the spring. After 16 to 18 months in barrel the wines are bottled.

Our Troon wines are from LIVE and Salmon Safe certified vineyards. All fermentations are native and there are no added enzymes, acids or sugar used in the production of our wines. No sulfur is added prior to fermentation and minimal amounts are added during aging and bottling. No new oak is used to age this wine.

2015 Troon Red Label Zinfandel, Applegate Valley
$ 20.00

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This zinfandel will remind you more of a Côtes du Rhône than a California Zinfandel. Bright, fresh and alive this is comfort wine for comfort food. Perfect for pizza, burgers and stews this wine is all about pleasure now, while substantial enough to keep around a year or two.

2016 Brooks Note Pinot Blanc, Mendocino County
$ 24.00

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The Vineyards and Vintage

The 2016 Pinot Blanc comes from Schrader Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino County, just south of Ukiah. In 2016 the long, mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vine longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors while maintaining their acidity.

Winemaking

We picked the Pinot Blanc by hand on September 9th. The fruit was pressed immediately, allowed to settle, then racked off the lees the next day. It was fermented in stainless steel at 55 degrees. Once the wine was below 2% residual sugar, the tank was allowed to come up to 60 degrees to ensure the wine finished bone dry. The wine was bottled on March 10, 2017.

The Wine 

Our Pinot Blanc is a beautiful corn silk yellow. It begins with citrus, lemon flower, and stone fruit aromas. It has a bright entry, with lemon, apricot, and honeysuckle flavors. It lingers with a long citrus and stone fruit finish. It’s supported by balanced acidity and smooth texture.  It’s perfect for warm summer days.

 

2016 Brooks Note Rosé
$ 24.00

THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

The 2016 Rosé comes from our 4 Pinot Noir Vineyards: Azaya Ranch and Chileno Valley Vineyard in Marin (50%), a small corner of Monroe Vineyard (25%) on the Sonoma Coast, and Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands (25%). In 2016 the long, mild summer with late rains meant the grapes at all three sites could hang on the vine longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors while maintaining their acidity.

WINEMAKING

We harvested 3/4 ton of Clone 828 from Chileno Valley Vineyard and ½ ton of Pinot from Monroe Vineyard on September 2. We pressed the grapes together, making up about 2/5 of the volume of the finished Rose. The direct to press juice was fermented in 80 gallon stainless steel barrels. Picking the grapes a little earlier contributed great citrus and acidity to the finished wine. As the remaining Pinot Noir Vineyards were picked, (Chileno Valley Vineyard on 9/13, Weir Ranch on 9/16, and Azaya Ranch on 9/21 and 9/28) about 10% of the juice in the tanks was drawn off (signee) to make rose. The Rosé was allowed to settle overnight, and then moved to neutral French oak barrels to ferment.  We used 2 different strains of yeast to accent fruit flavor and mouth feel. The Rosé fermented in the cold room at the winery, and took about 6 weeks to finish fermentation completely. When primary fermentation was finished, the wine was racked into stainless steel to age for 3 months. Our Rosé is very dry, with only 1.1 g/l residual sugar. The wine was filtered and then bottled on March 9, 2016.

THE WINE

Our dry Rosé is a beautiful salmon pink. It begins with strawberry, floral, and citrus aromas. It has a bright entry, with ripe strawberry, grapefruit, lemon, and honey suckle flavors. It lingers with a long strawberry finish. It’s supported by balanced acidity and smooth texture.  It is perfect for warm summer  days.

2016 Troon Blue Label Vermentino Cuvée Rolle, Applegate Valley
$ 20.00

Let it Rolle! Rolle (pronounced “roll”) is the French name for Vermentino and, as the style of our 2016 Troon Blue Label Vermentino, Cuvée Rolle, Applegate Valley was inspired by the delicious Rolle blends of the Languedoc Roussillon region in Southern France we gave our cuvée the French name. The Troon Cuvée Rolle is native yeast fermented in mature French Oak barrels and is a co-ferment of 90% Vermentino (Rolle) and 10% Marsanne. The Marsanne adds a rich, round fruitiness to the wine, which is a beautiful counterpoint to the zesty Vermentino.

A brilliant light gold in color, the aromatics literally leap out of a glass of our Cuvée Rolle. Fresh fragrances of lime and orange from the Vermentino meld with the exotic spices and honeysuckle of the Marsanne, which continue on the palate. The Marsanne brings a soft, voluptuous texture that is lifted by the tangy, crispness of the Vermentino. Together they create a wine that perfectly walks the line between richness and freshness that cannot be resisted.

Brooks Note Rose Futures - 6 bottles
$ 144.00

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Notes 

The 2015 Rose was here, but has already sold out. Reserve your 2016 Rose Today to ensure you get some next year.  Our dry rose is a blend of Rose from Weir Vineyard, Monroe Vineyard, and 2 vineyards in Marin.  It's crisp and dry, with lots berry and citrus. (Minimum order of 6 bottles please)

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