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2016 Seated Cloud sauvignon blanc

Appellation:
Napa Valley

Growing season notes:
This growing season was relatively even and just slightly cooler with an early harvest.  The well-drained soils at the Lamonica vineyard in Coombsville, from where we source our Sauvignon Blanc, helped the vines produce a crop that was very concentrated in flavor.

Winemaking notes:
The 2016 Seated Cloud was again, whole cluster pressed and barreled down to 100% neutral French oak for both fermentation and aging. We have continued with the process of batonnage which allows the wine to have a little more weight than your typical Sauvignon Blanc and hence, is more age-worthy.                                                           150 cases produced.

Tasting notes:
This wine is crisp and bright, with great complexity of crushed stone and subtle minerality.  Think lychee, lemongrass, and hay with a touch of creaminess from the batonnage and a well balanced finish.  


2015 Seven Pillars Syrah - Jess' Block

Appellation:
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast

Growing season notes:
The 2015 growing season received well below normal rainfalls. Our move to deficit irrigation and no- spray farming led to a smaller but extremely flavorful harvest. The temperatures were ideal throughout the season though and allowed the fruit to ripen perfectly until our harvest on September 20.

Winemaking notes:
For the 2015 Syrah, 50% of the fruit was hand sorted and de-stemmed, then combined with the remaining whole clusters to ferment  in a stainless steel, open top fermenter. We used the classic French pigeage a pied (foot-tread) treatment to extract color and to submerge the must into the wine during primary fermentation of the whole cluster berries.  Native yeasts initiated both the primary and malolactic fermentations.  Post primary fermentation, the juice was barreled down to ~40% new Hungarian barrels, contributing some roundness and spiciness through malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 14 months in barrel. 
94 cases produced.

Tasting notes:
Hints of tobacco and coffee on the nose, lovely first impressions of black cherry and currant with detectable white pepper. The finish is savory in nature, think umami as present in a mushroom broth.


2015 MEANMOUTH CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Appellation:
Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley

Growing season notes:
The 2015 growing season received well below normal rainfall, causing the vines to struggle quite a bit, resulting in smaller clusters full of flavor. The temperatures were ideal throughout the season though and allowed the fruit to ripen perfectly until our harvest on September 2 at 25.6 brix resulting in an alcohol level of 14.8%

Winemaking notes:
After picking, the fruit was hand sorted then fermented in a stainless tank.  Post primary fermentation, it was barreled down to 30% new and 70% two-year-old French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation.  It was aged 26 months in barrel.
228 cases produced.

Tasting notes:
Our 2015 Diamond Mountain is lively, in part due to the extremely fine tannins present in the wine.  It is full of fennel and chocolate, with distinctive sage and forest floor notes, a hallmark of the redwoods around the vineyard site and the rhyolitic ash in the soils.  While this wine will age beautifully for many years, it is able to be enjoyed now upon decanting. 


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2014 Hard six CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Appellation:
Napa Valley

Growing season notes:
The 2014 growing season was a drought year, so the vines had to struggle quite a bit and produced smaller clusters and berries, full of flavor.  The temperatures were ideal throughout the season and allowed the fruit to ripen perfectly until our harvest on September 19.

Winemaking notes:
We hand sorted the berries and fermented in a stainless-steel tank.  After primary fermentation, it was barreled down to 50% new French oak barrels and 50% two-year-old French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 33 months in barrel before bottling. 
72 cases produced.

Tasting notes:
Our 2014 Hennessey Ridge is a big, bold wine, easily our biggest to date.  Think ripe plum, black currant and freshly roasted coffee with a hint of dried herbs.  This wine will also benefit from time open or in your cellar, but won't disappoint those of you who love your big reds!