The 2013 growing season was one of the hottest on records, right in stride with 1998 and 2003. Hot, 90 degree temperatures came on in early spring, prompting an earlier than average bud break. This hot spell was followed by welcome spring rains that helped establish healthy canopies early in the season with bloom occurring early in June. Intense heat hung around from late June into mid September when a dramatic shift in weather brought us a nice cool, but dry fall allowing for good hang time.
Welcome to the 707 area code. 707 represents all the bounty that Sonoma County has to offer. The wines featured for 707 are almost exclusively from small, family-owned vineyards located inside Sonoma County. From the people that steward the fertile land, through tireless hard work and attention to detail, these vineyards shine. As do the wines that are produced from these special vines.
2014 The Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Wine 750 mL
Manufacturer: The Ojai Vineyard
Brand: The Ojai Vineyard
Since 2005 we've been experimenting with when to pick pinot noir. Although it's a bit counterintuitive, I found we were losing something if the fruit got too ripe. Yes, riper fruit produces bigger, thicker wines-but at the expense of aroma and freshness-and that's what pinot noir is all about.
Located by the Pacific Ocean, the unique topography and climate of the sun-drenched Central Coast produces world- class wines. Our Merlot grapes are cool fermented for a slow process that retains aroma and complexity. A regimen of pump-overs extracts soft tannins and color from the grapes, then grape skins are pressed before reaching dryness to preserve a lush tannin structure. Aging on American oak enhances the richness and complexity.
2013 Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel Mendocino County, 3 x 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Mendocino Wine Co
Brand: Zig Zag Zin
Mendocino County, where the roads zig zag through the coastal mountains. Sustainability is a way of life here: Where we grow the good stuff. You can leave your cell phone in Napa. Zinfandel is our first love, and Zig Zag Zin is no exception. This is a HEADY, multifaceted wine: complex as MEMORY, simple as the weight of DESIRE. Big fruit aromas of ripe raspberry, cedar and vanilla swirl from the glass, enveloping your SENSES. The chewy mouth feel yields flavors of raspberry, Pacific WILD plum, briar and white pepper.
2009 Hedges Family Estate Single Vineyard Limited CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750 mL
Manufacturer: Hedges Family Estate
Brand: Hedges Family Estate
2009 was a fairly â€œnormalâ€ year early on, which led to normal set. The summer had normal heat units but about half the average number of days over 100 Fahrenheit, which meant photosynthesis was maximized, leading to earlier than usual sugar accumulation and concurrent ripening of normally separated varieties. Combine this with a hotter than normal 3rd week of September, which caused some premature shriveling, and a frost the 10th of October, and it made for a very busy first 3 weeks ofÂ September and a â€œcrazyâ€ last week of September and 3 weeks in October. Our vineyards and those we purchase fruit from worked diligently to harvest â€œon timeâ€, which maximized fruit quality, leading to another great vintage..