|2007 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)|
The Quail Ridge vineyard just north of Sebastopol is one of the most renowned Pinot Noir vineyards in the famed Russian River.
Such wines can have unbelievable longevity potential which is seldom exploited. This wine received eight years' aging in 20-year-old French oak and developed astonishing nuances, yet remains full of fresh black cherries that mark the Russian River.
My cellar hands counsel us to serve this wine whenever romance needs a boost.
The making of Crucible is our pride and joy, truly a labor of love. This is the Student Vineyard of Napa Valley College, where Clark taught Advanced Winemaking for many years. In 2003, Dean of Viticulture Stephen Krebs tore out most of the Chardonnay vines from which Faux Chablis was made and planted two German cold weather clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones 337 and 15 possess unusual characteristics uniquely suited to this cool emerging appellation.
|2007 Pinot Noir|
The Lynmar Estate vineyard just north of Sebastopol is one of the most renowned Pinot Noir vineyards in the famed Russian River.
To create a complete wine, we decided to blend clone 115, a Dijon clone noted for tannin structure and cherry fruit, with Clone 667, from which we’d get perfume and spice. We were careful not to pick overripe so we could make a wine of freshness, energy and integrity which would age well.
|2007 Cabernet Franc|
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.