2015 Cresta Ridge Pinot Noir Our harmonious and polished Cresta Ridge Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard farmed by master vineyard manager Ulises Valdez. The vineyard lies in the Green Valley sub-appellation of western Sonoma County, where fog drifts across coveted Gold Ridge soil. Good soil drainage means the vines struggle a bit, but the result can be pure grace. This stunner is highly romantic and floral. Soft tannins dance across the entire palate, held in check by the piquancy of pepper and bright red fruit. Perfumed yellow rose petal looms over violet, mushroom and cedar. Huckleberry and ripe alpine strawberry mellow to cherry, with delicate acidity carrying through the finish. 2014 vintage rated 92 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate VITICULTURAL AREA: Green Valley of Russian River Valley TERRAIN: Gentle west-facing slope SOIL: Gold Ridge sandy loam CLONES: 115, 777 CASES PRODUCED: 264 ABOUT SINGLE-VINEYARD WINES A vineyard designate wine is crafted with meticulous farming and artisan winemaking techniques to capture the essence of that vineyard, that year. Every grape in the bottle comes from one small plot of land. These limited-production wines represent vineyards our winemaker Virginia loves for their exceptional quality and character.
The 2015 Svengali Syrah offers a beautiful fuchsia color with aromatics of rhubarb, vanilla, raspberry, hickory, and iron-scented minerality. The palate yields the gifts of thin, rocky soil: chocolate, white pepper, espresso, posed tannins. December 2017 Wine Club Allocation.
The nose presents vibrant aromatics of peach and orange blossom with a hint if nutmeg. On the palate, a refreshing mineral acidity gives way to notes of juicy grapefruit, crème brûlée, lemon, butterscotch, and nougat. A dreamy, honeyed, long lingering finish.
Left on the lees for an extra 8 months, the Black Edition sparkling has soft notes of almond macaroon, brandied peaches and frangipane. The nose highlights bright notes of pome fruit, slate and mandarin.
Aromas of lemongrass, citrus rind, star jasmine, gardenia and rosemary mingle in the glass. The palate is met with intense tropical flavors melded perfectly with bright citrus notes. Flavors of pineapple, honey dew, papaya, pink lady apples and kiwi lead the palate. A crisp acidity leads to a clean, refreshing finish.
The 2015 VML Gewürztraminer has a delicate bouquet of gardenia, jasmine and honeysuckle. Complemented by grapefruit, key lime and white peach on the palate, this holiday favorite finishes honeyed and with a hint of minerality.