The 2016 vintage in Sonoma County was almost perfect with moderate late winter rains, providing a healthy boost to the drought-stricken region. Moderate spring and summer weather led to elegant, profound wines with tremendous amounts of expression even at an early age.
Made with Organic and Biodynamically Grown Grapes.
This vintage of our Estate selection La Bienvenue comes from the eastern block of our vineyards in the front of the winery and is a blend of the Calera, LT, 23 and 828 clonal selections. The 23 and 828 clones were harvested the first week of September and were whole cluster fermented, allowing darker colors and deeper flavors to develop. The Calera and LT clones were harvested slightly later and contributed minerality, spice and depth of character to the finished wine. All were fermented using their native yeasts in open top fermenters with hand punch downs before being bottled.
This vintage of our Estate selection Les Parcelles Cachées comes from the western block of our vineyards in the back of the winery and is a blend of the Mt. Eden and Swan clonal selections. These blocks produce lower yields and a more concentrated flavor profile. Both were fermented using their native yeasts in open top fermenters with hand punchdowns before being bottled unfiltered.
Bright red in color, this pretty Pinot Noir opens with aromas of red fruits, with a hint of vanilla, nutmeg and a touch of cola. Flavors of tart cherry, cranberry and gingerbread spread across the palate and are accented by notes of minerality. This medium bodied wine is bright and lively, boasting with silky texture and a long finish.
A striking ruby color in the glass, this Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir opens with inviting aromas of sandalwood and lavender accented with a touch of strawberry. Fine-grained tannins and great structure are heightened by ripe red fruit flavors and a hint of shiitake on the back palate.
With the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Pablo Bay to the east, Marin County is one of the coolest AVAs in California. The winter temperatures are typically warmer than Napa and Sonoma because of the surrounding bodies of water and its heavy precipitation. While bud break is accelerated, the cool spring and summer seasons lead to long hang times. This longer growing season lends itself to high-quality wines with balance, natural acidity, and lower alcohol levels.
The Pennacchio Vineyard Pinot Noir is always a big, intense Pinot Noir with concentrated, dark fruit flavors. Black cherries and plums are accented with notes of dried rose petals and wet stone. A full-bodied Pinot Noir, this wine pairs well with wild game or glazed duck.
Our 2014 Stubbs Vineyard Pinot Noir opens with earthy aromas of Shiitake mushroom and dark red fruits. Upon the palate, flavors of sweet fruits, violet and white pepper are accented with a touch of minerality. With compact richness and a concentrated core, this wine is an elegant expression of the unique terroir of Marin County.
A medium ruby color in the glass with aromas of Earl Grey tea, cola, eucalyptus and earthy notes. Bright cherry and blueberry flavors are met with hints of nutmeg and Asian spice. Refreshing acidity and grainy tannins lead to a long and nuanced finish.
At DeLoach Vineyards we strive to produce distinctive wines that highlight unique terroirs in a socially and environmentally responsible way, practicing sustainable viticulture and minimally intrusive winemaking. The fruit for this Pinot Noir was grown in a cool climate, allowing the grapes to ripen over an extended season to develop concentrated flavors. We selected fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley, including our own Estate Vineyard, Starkey Vineyard and BCD Vineyard.
The Fanucchi - Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel opens with bright aromas of boysenberry, blackberries, and currant. The dark fruit continues through to the palate with high-tone black cherry, plum and a touch of crushed pepper. This is a big bodied wine showcasing well-balanced acid and firm tannins.
In honor of the many old Zinfandel vineyards that were overlooked for decades in Sonoma County due to prohibition, our Forgotten Vines blend is comprised of several exemplary mature vineyards. These heritage vineyards were first planted in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the warmer reaches of the region. Planted as field blends, Zinfandel is the primary varietal planted, but not the only varietal. Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouchet and even some native vines can also be found in some of the vineyards. The vineyards are harvested separately and remain separate throughout fermentation and aging until the final Forgotten Vines blend is crafted.
Planted to a mix of Zinfandel and a few Petite Sirah vines in the late 1800s in the new Fountaingrove District AVA, just 10 miles east of our winery, the Riebli Valley Vineyard has been farmed using organic methods for over a century.
Enticing aromas of raspberry and spice cake with hints of dust. Baked cherry and blackberry flavors are layered with notes of sweet oak. This is a bold and complex wine with a textured palate and balanced acidity and a touch of herbal notes on the finish.
A true blend of signature Russian River Valley Zinfandel selections, our 2017 O.F.S. Zinfandel opens with a bouquet of aromas of raspberries, black cherry and subtle notes of mushroom. On the palate, youre immediately met with flavors of strawberry tart, while underlying darker fruit and creme brulee linger on the finish. The silky mouthfeel and medium body make this a well-structured yet balanced wine with a lingering finish.
A bouquet of toasted almonds, stone fruits and honeyed oranges greet the nose in this 2018 Estate Chardonnay. This is a balanced and pure wine with integrated acidity and flavors of lemon curd, white flowers and poached pear. The graceful texture and medium-bodied richness lead to a clean finish.
This beautiful Chardonnay opens with bright aromas of apple and mandarin blossoms with a touch of lemon curd and caramel. Creamy flavors of baked green apple, vanilla and almond paste are accented with notes of cinnamon and a touch of oak. Medium-bodied, this wine has a long finish that spreads across the palate.
Delightful aromas of ripe Fuji apple and stone fruit mingle with hints of ginger spice in our 2015 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay. Creamy flavors of Asian pear, nectarine and a touch of marzipan coat the palate. Rich and full-bodied with defined structure and balanced acidity, this layered Chardonnay offers a pleasingly long, lingering finish.
Our 2016 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay bursts open with vibrant aromas of citrus fruits, key lime and a touch of minerality. Crisp flavors of lemon curd, vanilla and a tough of toasted oak lend to a rich, creamy mouthfeel. A medium body continues to spread across the palate creating a soft, silky finish with well-balanced acidity.
Our 2016 Stubbs Vineyard Chardonnay opens with a bright nose of white peach, nectarines and lime zest. Rich flavors of toasted lemon curd and hazelnut with a hint of soft spice coat the palate. This full-bodied Chardonnay offers a concentrated core and lingering finish, making it a perfect pairing to dishes like layered Paella or chicken alfredo.
This wine was made in the deliberate rosé style: The grapes were hand-picked, sorted and destemmed for overnight juice-skin contact, pressed, then aged sur lie for six months. As the skins contain most of the tannins, the structure of this rosé has less of a tannic mouthfeel than a typical saignée style rosé. It has a crisp, blanced acidity and is a delightful aperitif.
Our 2020 Pinot Noir Blanc white wine opens with citrus aromas of lemon and lime with a note of orange blossom. Bright and refreshing on the palate, flavors of grapefruit and stone fruit are complemented with a touch of blood orange. This is a balanced and crisp wine with a nice minerality on the finish.
The 2019 Petaluma Gap Riesling jumps from the glass with aromas of white peach, fresh pineapple, and ginger spice. On the palate the wine is bursting with flavors of apricot, pear, and wet stone. This wine is beautifully balanced with bright acidity and subtle minerality with a mouthwatering finish.
The fruit for our Vieilles Vignes Blanc is harvested from the heart of the cool Russian River Valley appellation from three distinctive vineyards: Ritchie, Saitone and Rusty Gate Farm. The Ritchie Vineyard vines are over 40 years old and yield small clusters with ripe skins and concentrated flavors. The Saitone Vineyard is located just under a mile from DeLoach and in the vineyard, the white varietal vines are intermixed among the red grapes. The Albariño was harvested form the Rusty Gate Farm Vineyard that is planted to two acres of Albariño vines in deep, well-drained sandy loam soil.
Using estate grapes and selected fruit from growers in the Russian River Valley, the “Russian River Valley” series of wines represent the “heart and soul” of DeLoach offerings. Consistently award winning and satisfying, the wines exhibit an elegant fruit-forward flavor profile unique to this appellation. Our Late Harvest Gewürztraminer is made only in those years when growing conditions allow the grapes to develop the rich qualities necessary for this sort of wine.
Our Blanc de Noirs is bright, fresh, and perfumed to the nose along with a hint of apricot aromas in association with floral notes of peonies and freesia. The flavors build in the mid-palate with lush flavors of peach, honeydew melon and vanilla with a lingering, and elegant finish.
This 2019 Carignane wine was whole-cluster fermented in a concrete egg before aging in amphora for five months. Made from naturally occurring minerals of water, earth, air and fire, amphorae have been used as a vessel for aging wine for more than 6,000 years. Carignane, a storied variety with roots dating back to the 9th century BC, is a limited-edition wine made with 100% organic grapes. The ancient practice of crafting wine in amphorae increases the development of aromas such as nuts, baked fruit and lends a slight tea characteristic with subdued acidity and rich mineral flavors.
This 2019 Ribolla Gialla, a white Italian wine grape originally from the northeast region of Fruili, was destemmed and skin fermented by native yeast in clay amphorae for four weeks, resulting in a wine with a golden hue. The ancient practice of crafting wine in amphorae increases the development of aromas such as nuts, baked fruit and lends a slight tea characteristic with subdued acidity and rich mineral flavors. This orange wine, another name for a skin-fermented white wine, is a great match with bold foods and drinks more like a red wine rather than a white wine.