Surrounded by water, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco 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.
We are proud to introduce the 2017 Vieilles Vignes Blanc, our newest wine sourced from vines planted between 40 to 100 years ago in the northern reaches of the Russian River Valley. In honor of these old vines, we used the traditional method of fermenting the wine in old wooden barrels of various sizes and origin. Medium-bodied, the wine offers a plush yet structured mouthfeel with flavors of melon, lemongrass and orange blossoms.
Our 2014 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay opens with enticing aromas of Asian Pear and hazelnut with a touch of Meyer lemon. Creamy flavors of Fuji apple with toasted oats and vanilla crème spread across the palate. Well balanced acidity and a long finish make this a delightful pairing with roasted chicken or hard cheeses.
The Durell Vineyard is located where Carneros, Sonoma Coast, and Sonoma Valley meet, with much warmer weather to the north and cooler weather to the south. The convergence and diversity of these locations provide the foundation for a world-class terroir for Pinot Noir. The site is fairly windy which keeps mildew and rot to a minimum but poses a challenge to developing a balanced canopy and yield.
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.
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.
Our 2014 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay opens with delicate white flower aromatics mingled with Fuji apple and subtle ginger spice notes. Flavors of ripe peach, nectarine and almond paste are complemented by vanilla oak flavors. Creamy and rich upon the palate, this full bodied Chardonnay offers a defined structure and spreading flavors leading to a delightfully lingering finish.
Our 2014 Swicegood Vineyard Pinot Noir opens with enticing aromas of ripe berries and sassafras with a hint of white pepper. Flavors of red cherry and ripe raspberry spread across the palate with bright acidity and notes of tobacco leaf and hazelnut. The silky mouthfeel and long, satisfying finish make this a perfect pairing with grilled salmon or seared duck breast.
Opening with a fragrant nose of rose water, pine duff, star anise and orange peel, this wine opens to entice the palate. A perfect balance of fruit flavors and savory notes, this Pinot Noir spreads across the palate with flavors of ripe cherry, plumb and cocoa. It has medium plus body and high tannins with a long, spreading finish not to be missed.
Our 2014 Rue Vineyard Zinfandel offers aromas of wild red fruit, brambles that are enticingly complemented by expressive perfume notes that linger on the nose. A layered and complex palate displays flavors of raspberry, black cherry and a touch of spice. This rich, lingering wine is an excellent expression of the Olivet Bench terroir.
Golden colored in the glass, our 2014 Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay opens with concentrated aromas of green apple and vanilla with hints of baked lemons. Creamy flavors of marzipan, caramel and vanilla crème are balanced with bright citrus zest. Creamy and medium-bodied, this well-structured Chardonnay pairs well with mild-cheeses and flakey, white fish.
Enticing aromas of grapefruit and melon open this crisp Chardonnay. Rich flavors of passionfruit, white peach and a hint of white pepper round out this big, full Chardonnay that culminates in a long lasting finish.
Our 2013 vintage of the Green Valley Pinot Noir opens with alluring aromas of cola, currant and baking spice. Richly complex flavors of cherry, ripe raspberry, licorice and tobacco coat the palate of this full bodied, well-structured wine that culminates in a long, satisfying finish. Our chef suggests pairing it alongside a spiced seared duck breast.
Bringing together the best fruit from our Marin County growing partners, this captivating Pinot Noir offers aromas of dark plum, black cherry and soft baking spices. Flavors of fresh wild strawberries, rose petal, black cardamom and a touch of caramel spread across the palate with a velvety mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity.
Our 2013 Pennacchio Vineyard Pinot Noir offers concentrated, dark fruit aromas and rich flavors of cranberry, blueberry, plum and a touch of cocoa. With a silky mouthfeel and long finish, this full-bodied Pinot Noir pairs well with wild game or glazed duck.
Delightful aromas of black cherry and currant mingle with hints of clove in our 2014 Forgotten Vines Zinfandel. Flavors of brambleberry, blueberry and dark chocolate are accented with hints of warm baking spices and earthy tobacco notes. This wine envelops the palate with smooth tannins and a bright acidity with a long, satisfying finish.
Wine Spectator - 91 points Gold medal at America Fine Wine Competition
2014 Saitone Vineyard Zinfandel
Garnet in the glass, this big, well-structured Zinfandel opens with aromas of ripe, black fruit and a touch of pepper. Flavors of plum and cherry laced with cocoa powder and a hint of minerality lead to a long, satisfying finish.
Aromas of brambleberry and blueberry jump out of the glass of our 2014 Riebli Valley Vineyard Zinfandel. Concentrated flavors of raspberry and black currant, espresso and licorice coast the palate in this classic Zinfandel. Dense and spreading, this rich Zinfandel's balanced acidity and strong tannins ensure this to be both immediately enjoyable, but also an age-worthy wine.