The 2017 harvest is fast approaching. At this time we anticipate we will be harvesting in earnest by August 28. The nights are cooling off very nicely and color development looks very good. Winery activity is still slow on a few varieties but varieties like Merlot are starting to look stronger. We should have our completed price list completed very shortly.
We are temporarily sold out of local Pinot Noir but hope to find another quality source. This year we have Pinot Grigio to offer out both in bulk or in lugs.
SOME OF OUR PREMIUM VINEYARDS
There are several special growers who raise outstanding grapes in unique growing areas that we have handled for years. We have a few tons still available from some of these exceptional vineyards. The grapes are available in approximate ½-ton tri-wall bins. Upon writing this news letter we sold out on some of them, but have included them for future reference.
Sturm Gardner Ranch
Mariposa, CA - 6-8 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon still available.
“its explosive mineral herbal and forest expressions. Fashioned from hand selected bunches….grown at 3,000 feet in elevation in the mountains of Mariposa.” The vineyard is maintained at approximately 4 tons per acre. The wines made from the vineyard in the past have won gold medals in West Coast Wine Competitions. The quote that we have used consistently as selling slogan is “Napa Cabernet? We don’t need no stinking Napa Cabernet!!!… .and at a fraction of their shameless inflated prices.”
Nevada City, CA - 4-6 tons of Primitivo
The Zypora property is perfectly situated on the steep hillside with western exposure in the Sierra Nevadas. The PRIMITIVO grows fabulous here.” The site was selected after extensive research to find the best area in California to raise Primitivo.
The wines from these grapes are big, smooth and extremely complex. One of the best wines we have ever tasted.
Plymouth, CA - Sangiovese – SOLD OUT
This vineyard is located in Plymouth, CA, at the entrance to Shenandoah Valley, in the heart of Amador County. It is next to a famous winery that specializes in different Sangioveses. We are able to get some one year and we have never relinquished our allotment.
Lava Cap Vineyards
Placerville, CA - Dolcetto – SOLD OUT
This vineyard is located in Placerville, CA. This is in the Sierra Nevada foothills at a high elevation estate mountain vineyard of 2700 feet and grown in unique volcanic soil.
Coastal Pinot Noir & Coastal Chardonnay
San Benito County, CA
Some of you have received these Pinot Noir grapes that are raised in the North Central Coast, near Hollister in San Benito County with great success. It is one of the premier Pinot Noir vineyards in the State. F. Colavita & Son has shipped some of these grapes back to their parent winery in New York for many years. Upon request we can inform you of the actual name of the vineyard and look up the wines that this vineyard has produced.
It is such a pleasure to be talking or communicating with customers as the season ramps up. We will again maintain our standard of not harvesting any of our black grapes with less than 24 sugar and full color. When we here the horror stories of low sugar grapes last year from our competition, especially from new distributors who are located in different parts of the country and never see or know where their grapes are harvested, it makes us sad. In contrast we are very proud when we hear about the medals won, see and even taste the wines that our customers both commercial and amateur have made. We will maintain the standard to provide the best valued wine grapes available from California in 2017.