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A blend of fruit from our own Grist Vineyard and other great sites, one in the eastern hills and another on the valley floor. The wine is comprised of 66.3% Zinfandel, 19.3% Petite Sirah, 14.4% Syrah and is aged in French oak for 10 months. Intricate aromas of blueberries, ripe plum, crushed blackberries, acai, nicotiana and licorice mingle together in the glass. The palate follows the nose with more blueberry, chocolate, sassafras, clove and smoked paprika. A supple wine with soft tannins.
The new vintage of VML Gewürztraminer is very dry and extremely delicious. True to its nature, the Gewürztraminer has a lovely bouquet of floral notes. The nose is full of jasmine, honeysuckle and honeydew. On the palate flavors of pineapple, key lime and tangerine zest mingle together. The wine finishes dry with a crisp acidity.
This new release has been a huge hit for our visitors and staff alike! This wine is crisp, clean and refreshing. On the nose hints of grapefruit, lemon verbena, and fresh lime peel greet the nose. The palate bursts with key lime and finishes with a crisp and balanced acidity.
Complex aromas of licorice, rosewater, jasmine tea, rhubarb pie, savory mushrooms, and sassafras entice the nose. Candied strawberry, cherry-cola and vanilla bean are complimented by a brilliant acidity and a juicy lingering finish. This wine is barrel aged for 9 months in French oak; 40% new, 30% once used and 30% neutral barrel. Fruit comes from the heart of the Green Valley and our Floodgate property a few miles southeast of the winery.
Collaborating with Iron Horse Vineyards, the VML Blanc De Noir is comprised of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay. Crafted in a brut style, the VML Sparkling wine has aromas of dried apricots, pie crust with hints if elderflower and almond. Tangerine zest, golden raspberry, and white peach coat the palate. Finishes dry.
Raspberry tart, espresso bean, and cherry-cola are the first impressions on this wine. The aromas quickly move to dried cranberry, sweet anise, brine and baking spice. This wine is delicate yet brooding. This is perfect with food and subtle flavors keep opening up. These wine has many layers that can be peeled back one at a time. Deep, rich flavors of huckleberry and boysenberry envelope the long finish.
The Ivywood Vineyard lies on a ridge line above the town of Freestone where it is heavily influenced by the coastal winds and fog. The Ivywood Chardonnay is soft on the palate with lemon curd and meringue, green apple and hints of toffee. This Chardonnay exemplifies the balance that Ginny brings to all of her Chardonnays.
Knowlton Farms is located on Gravenstein Highway, just north of Sebastopol. This classic California Chardonnay has rich notes of butterscotch, toasty vanilla, and burned citrus rind. Lemon brûlée and baked apple coats the palate providing a creamy and delicious finish.
The Sexton Vineyard is located on Sexton Road off Bodega Highway, between the town of Sebastopol and Bodega Bay. This new VML Pinot Noir demonstrates what a naturally cool environment can do for a Pinot Noir grape. Ginny gently guided this coastal Pinot to represent flavors of black currant, vanilla, clove and raspberry while finishing silky and velvety. The nose embodies classic Sonoma Coast properties, with a light bay leaf quality, herbaceous tones, sweet brine and a touch of rose water.
This vintage of the Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir is like a rugged outdoorsman dressed up in a tuxedo. It has earthy and dark undertones while being refined and elegant up front. It displays lush and juicy flavors of crushed blackberries, licorice, toasted walnut, cranberry and bright cherries. Enjoy this now or lay it down for a few years as this gem will only get better with age!
Virginia handcrafts three beautiful barrel select pinot noirs- Earth, Moon, Stars- creatively designed to showcase the spectrum of flavors found in the Russian River Valley and exemplifies her talent as a winemaker.
Deep aromas of sweet spice, star anise, bay leaf and cinnamon radiate from the glass. Raspberry tart, mocha, and bright cherries combine on the palate and are uniquely contrasted by herbal spices and minerals. This wine shows fine and dusty tannins on the back palate while the finish is long and supple.
Having a heavier oak program than the Earth and the Stars, the Moon has a strong backbone and a full body. Soft tannins caress the palate while bold fruit notes burst throughout your mouth. The Moon's aroma opens up with intense bing cherries, toasty oak and dark chocolate notes. Flavors of alpine strawberry, carmelized fig and cocoa powder dance in your mouth while hints of vanilla and star anise linger in the long finish. Enjoy under any phase of the moon with a braised lamb shank .
Stars is delicate, velvety, rich and layered. We are wild about this wine!! Aromas of sweet flowers like violets and lavender greet the nose. These quickly give way to more fruit qualities such as black cherry, hazelnut and ripe plum. The finish is reminiscent of dried and crushed rosebud, sandalwood, spice and finishes incredibly long.
From the warm valley's of Dry Creek, comes the 2012 Bradford Mountain Zinfandel. Everything we love about Dry Creek Valley fruit comes to life in this wine. Blackberry and spice leap from the glass with a concentrated palate of raspberry. An exceptionally powerful wine and so well balanced the final impression is in elegance. The finish bursts with rich flavors of blackberry and ripe boysenberry with hints of white pepper and sweet tobacco.
The Grist Vineyard sits atop Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek Valley at about 1100 feet above the valley floor. With full, even sun coverage, this vineyard produces a Zinfandel that showcases a great depth of flavor with a slightly lighter body. The 2012 Grist Zinfandel is right on par with flavors of blackberry compote, lavender, dried cranberries and a hint of spice.
Inticing aromas of ripe plum and dusty leather mingle in the glass. These are highlighted by notes of sweet lilac and bright cherry. This is not your typical Syrah - it is soft and robust at once! The palate has baked cherry, blueberry and currant flavors. The tannins are soft and slightly grippy. Will age beautifully over the next 4 years.
El Grandote means the big one - and this wine is certainly big and bold. This wine is made of 100% Zinfandel grapes from our Grist Vineyard and is fortified with brandy to come up with a traditional Port-style wine. The nose is reminiscent of ripe plum, cassis and Marashino Cherries. On the palate you are met with more sweet cherry flavors, Huckleberries, truffle and chocolate.
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