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2017 Gunsalus Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

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$50.00
2017 Gunsalus Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir The 2017 Gunsalus Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is our second vineyard designate Pinot Noir from this meticulously farmed vineyard. We have found this treasured site in the cool Green Valley section of the Russian River Valley to produce some of the most distinct and scrumptious Pinot Noir grapes. We picked the smaller and more treasured, N4 block, to bottle on its own which resulted in a special 2 barrel production. This block which is planted on vigor-reducing rootstocks, resulting in fewer grape clusters of intense flavor, produces a wine that mirrors the unique land on which they are grown. This nose offers enticing flavors of black cherry, plum, and nutmeg with hints of cinnamon. The flavors are very full, with more berries and star anise echoing the aromas. The nose is full with exotic aromas of ripe plum, crushed black cherries and blueberries, then some Asian spice, oak and a hint of Rose petals. On the palate the wine's rich mouthfeel is supported with fruit through the mid-palate to the moderate drying tannins on the finish. This is a sumptuous and concentrated wine balanced with beautiful fruit purity. As is typical of our richer Pinot Noirs, patience might be required to achieve full enjoyment. Drink now through 2024. 50 cases were produced.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Meunier

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$42.00
2017 Russian River Valley Pinot MeunierPinot Meunier is one of a few grapes that are more well-known for making sparkling wines than still ones. We have made a scintillating dry wine from these grapes for over 15 years and have found the wine to be grapes to be very aromatic much like pinot noir, as well as exuding an exotic spicy aroma as found in Rhone varieties. This wine makes a great porch quaffer, as well as, a perfect match with light to medium menu items.For the 2017 Pinot Meunier the first thought that comes to mind on first sip is elegance. This wine has a lighter body but does not compromise flavor or complexity. In the glass, the vibrant garnet color immediately evokes images of berries and roses. Notes of vanilla mix with bergamot orange and complement the wild strawberry and cranberry jelly aromas, while richer flavors of red plum and spice further add complexity. The palate has a smooth texture with nice balancing acidity that gives it a long and memorable finish.The fruit for this wine was picked at 23.9° brix on September 5, 2017. After hand sorting, the clusters were destemmed into a small open-top fermenter. After a two-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. The cap was punched-down by hand, twice daily. Following primary fermentation the wine was inoculated for malolactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 20% new oak from the Allier forest in France, and 80% two and three year old French barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months. Only 175 cases produced.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Meunier

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2017 Carneros Pinot Noir

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$45.00
2017 Carneros Pinot Noir Our Carneros Pinot Noir once again comes from the Sinskey vineyard, Amigo #3, located in the rolling hills of the Carneros district just southwest of the city of Napa. This extremely well farmed, certified organic vineyard was planted over 30 years ago and ripens unusually sl due to the oft-present morning fog which makes this an exceptionally prized site for California Pinot Noir.The 2017 Carneros Pinot Noir is a gorgeously rich and round red wine, a true showcase of the Carneros appellation and sure to please all who get to savor this delicacy. An effusive and heady aroma sweeps across the bouquet of red and black cherries, clove, violets, and sarsaparilla. It is fruit forward with a burst of ripe berries, cola nut, oak and a tinge of toast. The ripe style of Pinot Noir is reflected by a long juicy finish of red-fruit, round tannins and a lingering pure finish. Pair with seasoned pork and fowl dishes and don’t forget it’s also fun to pair with gourmet chocolates. As always this fruit was handled to the same ‘by-hand’ treatment of all our Pinot Noirs. It was destemmed into open top fermenters for daily punch-downs which gently extract the flavor and body. After a gentle pressing the wine was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 40% new French oak and 60% two year old French barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months. 125 cases produced.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

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$45.00
2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir We believe that the quality of wine we produce is only as good as the fruit we start with and the fruit for our 2017 vintage comes from the Gunsalus Vineyard, in the very cool Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. We source from two separate blocks as we like to exhibit the unique characteristics of each block which showcases the fruity exuberance of California wine and the noble complexity of Burgundy. Upon first swirl in the glass the aromas of violets, tangy raspberry, clove and tea leaves mingle together. Bright cherry and raspberry flavors are balanced with layers of cinnamon, and a touch of light oak. Smooth and round on the entry, the palate is rich, yet supple. Integrated tannins balance out the finish. If there ever was a Pinot Noir meant to be paired with food - this is it! As always this fruit was handled to the same ‘by-hand’ treatment of all our Pinot Noirs. It was destemmed into open top fermenters for daily punch-downs which gently extract the flavor and body. After a gentle pressing the wine was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 30% new French oak and 70% two year old French barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months. 238 cases produced.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2017 Dijon Clones Pinot Noir

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$45.00
2017 ‘Dijon Clones’ Sonoma County Pinot Noir One of the factors improving the overall quality of Pinot Noir in California is the planting of the so-called ‘Dijon Clones’ of Pinot Noir which we brought in from Burgundy in the 1960's. They are known for their purity of fruit and focused structure. We are fortunate that our friends at Robert Sinskey winery were able to offer to us some amazing ’777’ Dijon Clone fruit from their Ramal Road Vineyard which is located at the southernmost end of the town of Sonoma.For this vintage, much like the previous one in 2016, the wine is lighter with lower alcohol which makes it great for early consumption. This wine is enticingly fragrant with an aroma of Damson plum, dried spice, light oak and lavender. Pomegranate and a touch of tea leaves belie the fresh fruit character. Flavors of cranberry and citrus mix with the earth notes adding depth and intrigue. After hand sorting, the clusters were de-stemmed into a small open-top fermenter. After a two-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. The cap was punched-down twice daily, by hand. After a gentle pressing, the wine was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 30% new French oak and 70% two and three year old French barrels and aged 9 months before bottling. Only 200 cases produced.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2017 Old Vines Zinfandel

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$38.00
2017 Old Vines ZinfandelNow in our 23rd bottling of ‘Old Vines’ Zinfandel we realize this wine is not only about an enjoyment of the senses but also a tribute to the revered old vine vineyards in California. The 2017 Old Vines Zinfandel is sourced from two historic vineyards. The first is from our old friends the Luvisi family whose grapes were planted in 1908. This historic vineyard of head-trained vines at the edge of town in Calistoga instills all the ripe aromatics that add nuance and complexity to this wine. The second vineyard is from the Del Barba family down in the delta town of Oakley. Their 109 year old block of Zinfandel flourishes in the Dehli sand that forces the vines to send roots all the way down to the water table, sometimes 20 feet below the surface. These unique conditions stress the vines to produce grapes that are bold and audacious bursting with fruit!This 2017 vintage wine displays the classic aromas of old vine zinfandel. It is very aromatic with notes of ripe raspberry jam, red plum, licorice, cinnamon, white pepper and sweet spices. The wine has a fresh and clean entry with fleshy tannins that envelope the palate and are complemented by a layer of cocoa powder and nutmeg. This multi-dimensional, complex Zin exhibits the characteristics of these majestic old vineyards. Thankfully both vineyards were picked a three to four weeks before the damaging fires of October 2017. 225 cases

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Zinfandel

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2016 Napa Valley Wishes Red Blend

Fall 2018 Release
$28.00
2016 Wishes Red Blend Napa Valley The 2016 August Briggs Napa Valley “Wishes” Red Wine is our ninth vintage of this extremely unique blend. Utilizing a “kitchen sink” approach we played with blending Charbono, Syrah and a small amount Cabernet Sauvignon from a mix of vineyards that has now become a club member favorite. This wine is inky in color with aromas of plum, vibrant dark cherry, dusty spices and rich toasty oak. The deep flavors are medium to full-bodied and all mesh well into a mouth-filling experience that calls for yet another glass. This wine is crafted to be enjoyed now or will gain additional complexity with another 4-6 years in bottle.The grapes for this wine were picked between 23.9 and 26.0 brix with a total acid of 0.41 to 0.57g/100ml and a pH of 3.69 to 3.89. The fruit was then destemmed into small open-topped fermenters and punched down daily by hand. The wine was aged for 18 months in 25% new Demptos American & French oak barrels and 75% two and three year old American barrels. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration. 100 cases

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Blend

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2016 Page Nord Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah

Fall 2018 Release
$35.00
2016 Page-Nord Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah The 2016 August Briggs Page-Nord Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah is located just south the town of Yountville in the middle of the Napa Valley. The fruit this vineyard produces is a direct reflection of the land it is grown upon, providing deep, dark, intense and opulent flavors. This fruit is unlike any other Syrah that we have tasted. Dark purple in color, this wine is forward in flavor as well as aroma. Hints of black raspberry, crushed blackberry and bitter chocolate combined with a solid structure and full body. Being smooth, thick and opulent in the mouth, this wine has a structure that will age for years to come. A vintage to remember!Grapes were hand-picked at 24.9 brix with a total acid of 0.46 g/100ml & a PH of 3.69, destemmed into small open-topped fermenters, and punched down by hand. After completion of fermentation the wine was drained, pressed, and inoculated with a malo-lactic culture. Completion of ML was allowed while aging in 40% new Demptos French oak barrels and 60% two & three year old barrels from our Pinot Noir program. Barrel aging lasted 18 months prior to bottling. 135 cases

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Syrah

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2016 Calistoga Napa Valley Charbono

Fall 2018 Release
$40.00
2016 Calistoga-Napa Valley CharbonoCharbono is one of the rarest grape varieties in California, with only 86 acres planted. About half that total is here in Calistoga and we believe we source the best grapes from our neighbors here in town, the Frediani family. Charbono is one of the last varieties to be harvested, as it needs plenty of time on the vine to ripen fully which gives the resulting wine a deep fruit complexity and a full, rich body.Planted back in the 1920s, the Frediani Charbono vineyard produces low yields with the ultimate in flavor concentration. The intoxicating aromas include sour cherry, spice, some roasted oak, and a hint of leather. On the palate it is medium-to full-bodied, well balanced with medium tannins that extend the flavorful finish. At harvest, the sugar was 23.8 brix with a total acidity of 0.48 g/100 ml and a pH of 3.85. The grapes were destemmed into a small open-topped fermenter and punched down twice daily by hand. The barrels used were 25% new American oak and 75% two and three year old American oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 15 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration. 135 cases

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Calistoga-Napa Valley

Varietal:Charbono

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2016 Ancient Vines Calistoga Napa Valley Zinfandel

Fall 2018 Release
$45.00
2016 Ancient Vine Calistoga-Napa Valley ZinfandelThis is our fourth bottling of our ‘Ancient Vines’ Zinfandel. This wine is a product of our continuous search to source grapes from old heritage vines that showcase the beauty and magnificence these vines are capable of. The Canard Vineyard, formerly the Tucker Ranch, is one of the oldest grapevine plantings in all of the Napa Valley. The property was the original homestead of Captain Reason P. Tucker, who gained notoriety for leading the efforts to rescue the survivors of the ill-fated Donner Party. From this majestic site we get fruit from vines 138 year old (planted 1877). Dark ruby with hints of crimson in color, the wines serves up intense aromas of wild strawberry jam, baking spice, vanilla, and raspberry. This is what you call an old vine Zinfandel with a ripe core of fruit and a good backbone of body. The texture is bright and zesty with layered, smooth tannins. The fruit and spice notes are rich and appealing and everything is well balanced for something this robust and full bodied. This is a Zin that will drink well now, but age nicely for another 7-10 years. The grapes for this wine were picked at 26.1 brix with a total acid of 0.53 g/100ml and a pH of 3.66. The fruit was then destemmed into a small open-topped fermenter and punched down daily by hand. The wine was then racked to a special four barrel selection where we used two new hybrid French/American oak barrels and two previously used American oak barrels. It was barrel aged for 16 months and then bottled unfiltered. 75 cases produced.

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Zinfandel

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2016 Two Moon Vnyrd Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauviginon

Fall 2018 Release
$55.00
2016 Two Moon Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Cabernet SauvignonJulie Simpson’s remote “Two Moon Vineyard,” while within the Dry Creek appellation, is located on a steep slope that sprawls across the McCray Ridge 1,800 feet high. This vineyard is especially appealing because of its razor thin soils and high altitude. So high in fact, it is situated above the fog line and begins each day in sunlight, rather than clouds or fog.Our 2016 is reminiscent of a cru classé Bordeaux meaning it is not a big, rich, jammy style of Cabernet but rather restrained, elegant and focused more on earth, red fruit and cedar tones. It has a classic claret fragrance of plum, bell pepper, spice and mild oak. The fruit still is deep and rich which shows its California pedigree but the balance, opulent tannins and mellow finish give it a subtle nod to a European claret style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Best to consume from 2018-2025.After harvest on September 24, 2016, a two-day cold soak helped to gain optimum flavor and color extraction; gentle cap punch downs and pump overs during fermentation completed maximum extraction and imparted the pure Cabernet “essence” these grapes always have. When the wine achieved dryness, the must was gently pressed and put into barrel to go through malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 18 months (25% new American Oak, 75% mix of 3 years old French and American Oak) prior to bottling. 165 cases

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Leveroni Vny Carneros Chardonnay

 
$32.00
Our 2017 Leveroni Chardonnay is a staff favorite. This wine has a medium golden color and effuses aromas of baked apple, white peach, pineapple witha kiss of toasty oak and cream . It is a beautiful wine, with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a long luxurious finish.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Carneros

Harvest Date:09/07/2017

Cases Produced:200

Varietal:Chardonnay

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2012 North Coast Meritage

Library Selection
$60.00
Library Selection 2012 North Coast Meritage (Big Club Only)The 2012 August Briggs Meritage was a special, one-time only bottling for us. As we were never able to get the exact same fruit we never were able the replicate this stunning wine. We started out by blending our always delicious Two Moon Cabernet Sauvignon from the mountains of Dry Creek Valley and added in an equal amount of Spring Mountain Merlot from right down the road in the hills of St. Helena. The Merlot comes from a highly acclaimed winery that provided the fruit but only for this vintage as they regularly keep it for their own production. We are down to our last few cases and wanted to make sure our club members were able to secure some! This wine brings together Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in a wine that is smooth, flavorful and elegantly refined. With beautiful overlapping aromas of cherries, anise and black tea, this multi-layered wine offers deeply concentrated flavors of cherry, baking spices and red currants mingled with notes of toasty oak and black tea. A product of a great vintage this wine has a luxurious finish that lasts and lasts. At over 6 years of age this wine is like a purple velour robe for your taste buds. It’s Bobbie’s favorite so if you have questions about this wine ask her!Once we received the grapes, the fruit was scrutinized cluster by cluster across our sorting conveyor, allowing only the best fruit to pass through. After a two day cold soak, the must was inoculated with yeast and allowed to warm. A combination of punch downs and pump overs were employed to gently attain the maximum extraction from the skins. At dryness, the must was gently pressed, the wine inoculated with malo-lactic culture and put into barrel. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months (25% new American Oak, 75% 2 year old French Oak), prior to bottling. 144 cases produced

Vintage:2012

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:North Coast

Harvest Date:Various

Cases Produced:144

Varietal:Blend

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