Manufacturer: Columbia Winery
Brand: Columbia Winery
The second consecutively warm vintage in a row for Washington, 2014 had record-breaking heat in many parts of the Columbia Valley AVA. These increased temperatures led to an early harvest by about two weeks across the valley. We are particularly excited about our reds for this vintage, as we've seen soft tannins and ripe fruit flavors with a crisp acidity in these wines.
2013 Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir Mendocino County Potter Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Mendocino Wine Co
Brand: Paul Dolan Vineyards
The vineyards that produce this Pinot Noir are located on the remote, southwestern outskirts of the Mendocino National Forest. Here the soils are rich and deep, imparting flavors that hint at the nearby wilderness. Medium-bodied, this wine is a harmonious blend of flavors: wild berries, luscious cherries, and the spicy vanilla of toasted oak. This wine is the unique expression of a carefully nurtured piece of land, made manifest in each bottle. We do without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Our winegrowing practices create special wines, while sustaining the integrity of the fruit.
2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Carneros Napa Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Robert Mondavi Winery
Brand: ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY
Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an 'epic' year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. The special selection of grapes for this Reserve wine were harvested between August 31st and September 7th.
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.