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2014 Meritage Roman Reserve (Humboldt County)
2014 Meritage Roman Reserve (Humboldt County)

'14 Meritage offers affordable profundity

Introducing Humboldt Meritage, our first release from the Pierce family’s extraordinary Ishi Pishi vineyard. These talented organic growers and the site’s perfect characteristics produce wines of unrivaled density and integrity that in time gain astonishing complexity and depth, aging graceully without need of preservatives.

We vinified the field blend without sulfites, stabilized the structure with discreet doses of oxygen, barreled down in neutral wood and ignored it for more than five years. What emerged is an indescribably alluring wine that seductively pulls you into the glass. The wine remains fresh and purple, and will repay extensive further cellaring. Delicious now or in two decades. Recommended with steak porcini, ripe époisse cheese or duck fois gras.

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2018 Grenache Dry Rosé
2018 Grenache Dry Rosé

There is, in my view, no other region in California that compares to the Santa Cruz Mountains for producing wines of distinctive terroir expression. Something about its mountain soils and mix of sandstone and greenstone, plus the lush surrounding herbs that encircle its tiny vineyards and impart their own distinctive “air-oir” gives each vineyard a unique stamp. The area is moderated by heavy Pacific influence but also lifted above the fog so that it enjoys plenty of cool direct sunlight, the perfect recipe for the grape to express itself.

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Petit Manseng (375ml)
Petit Manseng (375ml)

This crazy grape produces a Sauternes-style dessert wine in southern France in the regions of Jurançon and Pecherenc du Vic Bilh, a white wine appellation superimposed on Madiran, where I received my tutelage in postmodern winemaking techniques from my guru, Patrick Ducournau.

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2014 Sparkling Grenache
2014 Sparkling Grenache

In the course of walking this vineyard to determine ripeness for our Red Grenache, we discovered a section quite low in color from which we decided to make a rosé. While the initial idea was an early release wine full of strawberries, we reckoned without the austerity which the Santa Cruz Mountains soils impart, so that we ended up with a wine of great richness and depth but also aromatically quite closed. While waiting for it to open up, the wine also underwent a spontaneous malolactic, causing us to scratch our heads as to its best use. Our intrepid Assistant Winemaker Mike Faulk, in a flash of brilliance, suggested we make a methode champenoise sparkling wine.

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Dry Rosé (Two Jakes)
Dry Rosé (Two Jakes)

Every grower is a gambling man. We grow some of the best Merlot in California, but it always pays to hedge your bets. That’s why we developed our own brand featuring me and my Dad, Jake II with whom I built this vineyard from scratch in 1999. By eliminating the middle man, a grower-produced wine can provide a wonderful bargain.

At Diamond Ridge Vineyards, we don’t grow a single white grape. Instead, we produce this delicious dry pink wine from Merlot for when we want something cold and quaffable.

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2008 Pinot Noir
2008 Pinot Noir

This wine’s story is quite unique. When the movie Sideways created an insane demand for California’s very limited supply of Pinot Nir, we went looking into previously unimagined sources such as the hard press “taille” from sparkling wine production. We discovered that a special crossflow filter called an ultrafilter could harvest the high tannin in these wines as a concentrate we could sell for beefing up weak reds, leaving us with aromatically wonderful Pinot Noir which then needed some color. In 2008 we bought hard press Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, Anderson Valley and Marin County and produced this blend. We found an aromatically neutral teinturier named Rubired in a Lodi vineyard and used it to supply the color and structure to support these aromatics.

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2014 Saint Laurent (Ricci Vineyard)
2014 Saint Laurent (Ricci Vineyard)

This grape has very tight clusters and does poorly in humid climes like France, preferring high altitude where dry air and high UV suppress mold. It is widely planted in Austria and is the principal red grape of the Czech Republic, where it is known by its German name, Sankt Laurent. It matures very early, near the martyrdom date of Saint Lawrence of Rome, who was executed by Emperor Valerian on August 10 of the year 258 AD.

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2017 Norton
2017 Norton

Although most wine experts confine their expertise to the European Vitis vinifera varieties, there are almost 100 other Vitis species, some of which make very good wine. Dr. Norton was a 19th century breeder who crossed a wild Virginia Vitis aestivalis with an unknown parent to produce one of the most respected and widely produced reds in the U.S., with over 500 wineries offering examples.

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2005 Faux Chablis (Student Vineyard)
2005 Faux Chablis (Student Vineyard)

For those who have followed the Napa Valley College Student Vineyard Faux Chablis series since 2001, this wine will make perfect sense.

The first thing you will notice is its color, which is very dark amber with a touch of peach, much like the fire wines Georgian Rkatsitelli sometimes produces. One can be forgiven for imagining this as oxidation, but it is not. It is simply incredible density.

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2006 Faux Chablis
2006 Faux Chablis

For those who have followed the Napa Valley College Student Vineyard Faux Chablis series since 2001, this wine will make perfect sense.

The first thing you will notice is its color, which is very dark amber with a touch of peach, much like the fire wines Georgian Rkatsitelli sometimes produces. One can be forgiven for imagining this as oxidation, but it is not. It is simply incredible density.

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2017 Grenache Dry Rosé
2017 Grenache Dry Rosé

There is, in my view, no other region in California that compares to the Santa Cruz Mountains for producing wines of distinctive terroir expression. Something about its mountain soils and mix of sandstone and greenstone, plus the lush surrounding herbs that encircle its tiny vineyards and impart their own distinctive “air-oir” gives each vineyard a unique stamp. The area is moderated by heavy Pacific influence but also lifted above the fog so that it enjoys plenty of cool direct sunlight, the perfect recipe for the grape to express itself.

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2001 Faux Chablis
2001 Faux Chablis

I don’t like what California Chardonnay has become. Indeed, in California-based competitions, my fellow judges often trim from the pack (as “atypical”) all but the fat shallow buttery toast bombs they have resigned themselves to expect.

In homage to the true Chablis of Bourgogne, our Napa knock-off imitates its lemon blossom aromas, firm structure, and mineral depth. The living soil Steve Krebs maintains in this beautifully balanced vineyard imparts to the finish a mineral electricity rarely seen in California whites. Bâtonnage sur lies and restrained use of well-seasoned oak impart rich structure, aromatic complexity and reductive strength that invite a few years’ cellaring.

Misappropriation of European place names is particularly disgraceful when used to embellish wines of low stature and unsuitable style. Our French friends find wry humor in America’s only pure-Chardonnay “chablis.

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Dry Rosé (PennyFarthing)
Dry Rosé (PennyFarthing)

This is not the pink sodapop embarrassment so aptly termed “blush.” In the French tradition, serious dry rosé is a byproduct of our Bordeaux-style red wine production. After crushing grapes for red wine, winemakers often draw off a portion of clear juice for rosé production in order to increase the skin-tojuice ratio, thus the color and tannin of the red. This lush, ripe juice needed some fresh energy, so we blended in 8% Sauvignon Musqué to enhance its aromatic freshness.

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2003 Faux Chablis
2003 Faux Chablis

I don't like what California Chardonnay has become. Indeed, in California-based competitions, my fellow judges often trim from the pack (as “atypical”) all but the fat shallow buttery toast bombs they have resigned themselves to expect.

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2002 Faux Chablis
2002 Faux Chablis

I don’t like what California Chardonnay has become. Indeed, in California-based competitions, my fellow judges often trim from the pack (as “atypical”) all but the fat shallow buttery toast bombs they have resigned themselves to expect.

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2010 Cabernet Franc (Lot 1)
2010 Cabernet Franc (Lot 1)

The father of Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is among the most challenging to work with and seldom is bottled as a pure varietal. Its great vigor requires bright sunlight and a limiting soil to prevent excessive fruit shading, but its delicate aromas will also easily burn off.

Diamond Ridge is located in a sunny high altitude site with rocky granitic soils which force Cabernet Franc to put its energy into pushing its roots down into the rock, resulting in a lively mineral energy in the wine’s finish. These conditions develop good color and firm but refined tannins which impart amazing age-worthiness.

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