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2014 Vivio Syrah

Bennett Valley~Sonoma Count

At just under 700 planted acres, Bennett Valley is one of the State’s smallest viticultural areas, yet its wines set a benchmark for California wine in channeling Old World character.  Vivio Vineyard, resting on the Valley’s western slope, is a case in point.  Bathed in warm Sonoma sun for most of the growing season, evenings bring fog from San Pablo Bay in the South, providing a buffer to the surrounding warmer climate.  The vineyard planted in 2003 by landowners, Joe and Priscilla Vivio.  Their thoughtful selection of Syrah clones from France and Australia is truly one of the Vineyard’s exceptional traits.  Well-drained volcanic soils further define the terroir along with a precise and sustainable approach to viticulture.
Notes on the Vintage
In most years we harvest Vivio grapes on the lighter side of ripeness to preserve the subtle flavors, aromas, and a fresh acidity.  Growing conditions in 2014 were consistently warm with no significant break in temperature, which ripened grapes a week or two earlier than usual, and the first scattered rains of Fall dictated the mid-September harvest. The resulting wine is blue-purple in color with aromas of cigar tobacco, clove and white pepper.  Rustic notes of black and red fruit overlay sanguine olive and black pepper, giving way to fine tannin and expressive acidity.  Fermentation included 10% whole clusters and 5% Rousanne for added aromatics.
$40 ~ 155 Cases Produced  ~  Alc: 14.2%

2014 Jemrose Grenache

BENNett Valley~Sonoma CountY

Jemrose Vineyard lies among rolling hills in the Southeast corner of Sonoma County.  Here, in the Bennett Valley AVA, a patchwork of open grassland and groves of Coast Live Oak give way to carefully manicured vineyard rows.  Warm Summer days draw evening fog up from San Pablo Bay in the South.  This coastal influence has a moderating effect on daytime temperatures and ensures an extended growing season.  This additional hang time adds character and complexity to fruit while softening astringent tannin and acidity. The rocky, volcanic soils of the region are lean and well-drained.  This “poor dirt” reduces grapevine vigor, in turn concentrating flavors and character.
Notes on the Vintage
We harvested the 2014 vintage on October 16.  The two separate vineyard blocks yielded an almost-even split of Alban and Tablas clones, after which underwent an extended, cool co-fermentation.  The free-run was settled  and transferred to French oak barrels (30% new) on November 7 where it rested for 30 months, and was racked twice in that time.  The resulting wine is garnet to ruby in the glass with a nose that highlights the red fruit dried fig and a hint of baking spice.  Bright cherry earth tones, and clove are the focus on the palate, giving way to lush fruit with moderate acidity and soft tannins on the finish. All steps in the winemaking process are taken with a reverence for balance and maintaining Grenache’s delicate varietal character.  
$40 ~ 135 Cases Produced Alc: 14.5%

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2013 Viognier

Santa Lucia highlands

Monterey County's Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is extremely well-suited to growing white Rhone grape varieties and Viognier in particular.  Long, moderately warm days with cool morning fog and afternoon breezes allow for extended ripening, moderating sugar levels and imparting deep aromatic characteristics.
Notes on the Vintage
Half of this vintage was fermented a 250 gallon cement tank, with the balance in neutral french oak barrels and stainless steel drums, to preserve the fresh fruit character.  Exotic aromas of citrus blossom, ripe pear and lilies compliment a crisp, bright acidity and clean finish lending well to pairing with spicy cuisine, pasta or seafood.  This wine has continued to develop aromatics and complexity and after nearly three years in bottle, and is only just reaching its full potential. 
$20 ~ 300 cases produced  ~  Alc: 13.6%