New Wine Releases

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Valerie Wathen, 707-823-3887, valerie@duttongoldfield.com
www.duttongoldfield.com

2013 Dutton Ranch Shop Block Pinot Blanc Green Valley
The cold valley of Purrington Creek always provides a Pinot Blanc of structure, bright acidity and minerality. In an extended, even season like 2013, the luscious peach and citrus fruit is also beautifully accentuated. In the nose, our Shop Block Pinot Blanc offers waves of intriguing springtime aromas, going from steely to floral to citrus. Pink grapefruit jumps out of the glass, underlain with dried mango and a sweet kiss of citrus blossoms. The first sip is incredibly refreshing, with white peach, nectarine, and lemon zest. The mouth is creamy and rich, yet so light on its feet, like gossamer silk, leaving you with a long, clean finish that lingers with a memory of key lime pie. This is the perfect front porch wine for easy sipping, and is also a fine match for fresh, light summer salads and seafood, or as a counterpoint to rich creamy dishes.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Valerie Wathen, 707-823-3887, valerie@duttongoldfield.com
www.duttongoldfield.com

2012 Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir Green Valley
This wine showcases what we love about Green Valley Pinot—just when you think you have its character pegged, it evolves as it opens in the glass. The initial focused blackberry fruit gives way to cherry, honeysuckle, and the mythical blueberry. One minute it’s the solid fruit and acidity that stand out, the next it’s the silky tannins and cinnamon/cardamom overtones. With a dry spring, moderate summer with no heat spikes, and even harvest weather, 2012 gave us beautifully ripened Green Valley fruit. The wine opens up with aromas of blackberry and blueberry, underlain with bass notes of strawberry rhubarb, and topped with highlights of violets and lavender. The sweet berry fruit at the core in the mouth is carried by silky and fine-grained tannins to the floral, candied finish. The depth and breadth of the wine is great, and would be an excellent match for meat with an herb rub, tuna steaks, or just some goat Gouda to match the creaminess of the wine. Be sure to stash some aside for a few years—the wound up concentration of this wine promises a luscious future.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Valerie Wathen, 707-823-3887, valerie@duttongoldfield.com
www.duttongoldfield.com

2012 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley
2012 was as friendly a growing season as it gets: the dry spring prompted early budbreak, May flowering weather was excellent, and a warm summer and fall with no heat spikes gave us fruit with beautiful ripeness—brown seeds, thick, dark skins, and great flavor. The result is a vintage of wonderful abundance and balance. This richness is apparent in the nose, which lures you in with aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, sweet plum, tobacco and sandalwood. The mouth is creamy and decadent, with the black cherry and plum fruit enveloped by toffee and Asian spice overtones. A chewy caress of tannins carries and accentuates the lengthy sweet boysenberry pie finish. The juxtaposition of dark and bright makes it a fascinating wine, and a great match for creamy goat cheese or dishes featuring dark fowl meat.

Mueller Winery

Lori Mueller, 707.473.8086, lori@muellerwine.com
https://secure.muellerwine.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=305&cat=new%2Dreleases

2011 Mueller Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley (400 cs produced)
This wine has a deep, rich cranberry color and displays aromas of sweet, Bing cherries, raspberry and smokey, toasted oak. The flavors are full and rich, with cherry fruit and oak being the dominating themes. It is medium bodied, with refreshing, tangy flavors and tannins, which are fine grained, soft and rich, with a finish that is long and flavorful. Its rich array of flavors and aromas will age gracefully and become more complex over the next several years—if you can wait that long!

Mueller Winery

Lori Mueller, 707.473.8086, lori@muellerwine.com
https://secure.muellerwine.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=303&cat=new%2Dreleases

2012 Mueller Zinfandel, "Old Vine"
Russian River Valley (166 cs produced)
The 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel has a rich Bing cherry color. It has a ripe, fruit-laden character rich in blackberry and blueberry pie with nuances of roasted coffee bean. This wine is rich with pleasant, tannin structure and a long, balanced finish. While wonderful in its youth, this wine will continue to develop new and interesting complexities with age.

Mueller Winery

Lori Mueller, 707.473.8086, Lori@muellerwine.com
https://secure.muellerwine.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=302&cat=new-releases

2012 Mueller Syrah, "Block Eleven"
Russian River Valley (140 cs produced)
The 2012 Block Eleven has a deep, inky red color. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and anise are layered by espresso bean and smoky, toasted oak. The wine is rich and full, yet its soft, well-integrated tannins provide an expansive canvas for the display of its rich array of flavors. The wine finishes with a flourish of sweet French oak and vanilla.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

707-823-3887,


2012 Morelli Lane Zinfandel
We’re thrilled to have our Morelli Zinfandel back as a single-vineyard offering for 2012, after a year hiatus. This winemaker adores the Morelli site, the bonsai-like shapes of the ancient vines, and crafting wine from their fruit. The 2012 vintage is a wonderful reflection of its place, with the aromas and flavors painting a picture of the berries, trees and flowers you pass on a walk down Morelli Lane. The friendly and opulent nose greets you with an immediate impression of brambly blackberry. As you swirl and contemplate this summer berry patch, the floral notes of rosehips come up, underlain with layers of redwood forest, clove and pepper. The mouth is sweet, rich and creamy, with the classic crème-de-cassis the wine is known for, dusky and spicy, but with a lift of bright strawberry. The extended finish is fresh and vibrant, encouraging the next sip. Few Zins are as versatile with food as this one. It’s perfect with summer grilling fare, and also a wonderful pairing for salty cheeses, or just a late night indulgence with special friends.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

707-823-3887,


2013 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer
In 2013 the dry, even year gave us early budbreak and a long ripening season to bring out the natural spice, floral notes and luscious citrus character of this exuberant varietal. In the nose, you’re immediately greeted with an intriguing combination of savory baking spices, lemon oil, orange blossoms and white peach. The first impression is one of brightness and succulent juiciness at the same time. In the mouth, the wine is rich and mouth coating, with pink grapefruit and tangerine sourball leading the way. The longer it sits in the glass, the more richness comes out. The finish is long and has a wonderful perception of sweetness (although the wine is bone dry, of course). We love pairing Gewürztraminer with Thai dishes!

Holdredge Wines

John Holdredge, 707-235-0301, winemaker@holdredge.com


2012 Russian River Pinot Noir "Judgment Tree"
2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir "The True"
These are two new release Pinot Noirs from different vineyards in two different appellations. Come taste and compare them (along with a number of other new release Pinots!) After tasting, get a group photo in our new "big chair"- the biggest Adirondack Chair in Sonoma County and beyond!

Wine Guerrilla

Bruce Patch, 707-887-1996, bruce@wineguerrilla.com
www.wineguerrilla.com

2012 Forchini Vineyards 'old vine' Russian River Valley Zinfandel.
100% Zinfandel sourced from this 100 year old vineyard. Only 98 cases produced. In American oak for 16 months.
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