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J Fritz Winery

Fritz Underground Winery

J Fritz Winery

A Destination Unrivaled

Fritz Underground Winery is unlike any place you've ever visited. A visionary wonder built ahead of its time by namesake Mr. Jay Arthur Fritz in the late 1970's, this monumental Gaudi style masterpiece represents a viticultural passion for sustainability, quality, and tradition. Today, Jay's son Clayton runs the winery with the same dedication and enthusiasm to these core values.

A Natural Wonder

Built into the side of a picturesque hill atop the northernmost region of the famed Dry Creek Valley, the Fritz Winery operates with a modern sensibility for efficiency and awareness by utilizing the unique attributes of its subterranean design. Naturally cool temperatures, ideal for wine making and cellaring, are maintained without any use of expensive or carbon-heavy devices common to most modern wine production. What's more, as a three-tiered structure, we're able to further cut down on energy usage by capitalizing on the always plentiful presence of gravity. By harnessing gravity to move our juice from the crush pad down to the tanks and barrels, we're not only saving energy by forgoing pumps, we're also saving our precious juice from the detrimental effects of excessive pulsation and buffeting. It's in this way that the delicate nuances present in our Pinot Noir and other prized Estate fruit is maintained and the nurtured by our winemaker Brad Longton.

Quality Starts with Terroir

Jay Fritz's vision for a winery grounded in responsible stewardship is what has allowed the quality of the natural bounty of our 120+ Estate to thrive over the past thirty years. With a natural spring to supply simple irrigation, redwood groves to provide unique micro-climates, and a soil ideal for prized planting year after year, the Fritz terroir provides for a caliber of wine unrivaled.

A Timeless Perspective

It was Jay Fritz's fidelity to sustainability and quality that ultimately made the Fritz Winery what it is today. The company's seamless respect for the vineyards, and the traditions of artisan, hand-crafted wine making continue today as both a testament to the founding and commitment to the future. Today, Clayton Fritz and the rest of the Fritz Winery Family work tirelessly to invigorate the traditions of old with the passion of the future. The results speak for themselves; we invite you to join us in enjoying the bounty of Fritz Underground Winery.

Taste

Take a Flight at our Estate

If you are a true wine connoisseur, or merely thirsty and a neophyte in the ways of the vine, the Fritz Underground Tasting Room offers an ideally unpretentious and enlightened wine tasting experience. Let our passionate staff pour a flight of our rare and limited production Reserve wines, which includes our newly expanded Pinot Noir collection. Or take a turn tasting through our famed Estate Flight, which focuses on our Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.

Tour the Underground Cellar and Cave

If you are lucky enough to come on a weekend, we encourage you to call and set-up an appointment to take a tour of our underground facilities - a truly unforgettable experience that the whole family will not soon forget. You'll enjoy the cool subterranean temperatures while exploring the unique production system and cave. We also invite our guests to enjoy a rare barrel tasting of one of our wines hand picked by our winemaker.

Call to schedule your appointment today!

Dry Creek in the City

It's not always easy to find your way up to northern Sonoma County, even if you're as close as San Francisco. Knowing this, we at Fritz Winery decided to bring the Dry Creek to you! As one of the founding wineries at Press Club in San Francisco , we invite you to experience where the country meets the metropolis. This architectural and design gem is located in the heart of San Francisco adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel. With its sleek design and comfortable seating areas , Press Club is an excellent place to enjoy our award winning wines. With happy hour specials and monthly parties showcasing new releases and old favorites, the Press Club will fast become your new favorite place no matter what the occasion.

Welcome to our Store

At Fritz, we choose to hand craft fine wines from the most famous and reputable wine growing regions in Sonoma County, including the Russian River Valley and the Dry Creek Valley. Our wines have earned praise from wine enthusiasts and critics from around the world. We invite you to come visit us and enjoy our collection of fine wines and take a tour of our underground winery! We look forward to meeting you.

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October 2010 Pizza on the Patio!
12pm-4pm 10/09/2010
Venue: Fritz Winery
Contact: Bob Cuozzo 707-894-3389, bob@fritzwinery.com

Just when you thought you were stuffed with pigs & paella, we are pleased to announce Pizza on the Patio! Enjoy some delicious Fritz Wines on our patio while munching on some pizza right from the wood fire oven!

The event is FREE for Wine Club Members and $15 for non-members!

Make sure to bring your appetite .

Contact

Fritz Underground Winery
24691 Dutcher Creek Road
Cloverdale, California 95425

Phone: 800-418-9463
Email: info@fritzwinery.com

General Information

All orders will be shipped on the next available shipping day. All orders placed before 9am Pacific Standard Time will generally be shipped the same day as long as this day is an available shipping day.

Underground Tasting Room

You can visit our Underground Winery Tasting Room from 10:30 to 4:30 daily.

Tours

We offer tours on Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. Give us a call at 707.894.3389 to book yours today. Fritz is closed for the following holidays; New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Click for directions to our Winery .

Wattle Creek Winery

Wattle Creek Winery

History

Christopher and Kristine Williams were busy raising their family in Arizona when they received a call from a Sonoma County friend that would change their lives. A rare opportunity to purchase an Alexander Valley vineyard had presented itself and the Williams quickly boarded a plane to California in 1994 to view the property.

They were captivated with the beauty of the area and the special nature of the hillside property which is bordered by the famed Russian River. Within a day they made the decision to purchase the magical 56 acres that later became Wattle Creek Winery. Family and dogs in tow, they relocated permanently to California in 2001 and dedicated themselves to making wine that they and their friends would enjoy.

The Wattle Creek family has grown to include many new friends and customers who now enjoy Wattle Creek Wines. But the intent hasn't changed. Chris and Kristine strive to consistently produce estate wines which they and their friends will be proud to serve and share.

Estate Grown

We're proud to produce wines that are almost exclusively Estate grown. You may not hear this term often, because many wineries purchase their grapes or their juice from outside the winery.

Estate grown means that we have ultimate control over the quality and consistency of the wines which are made from our Alexander Valley and Yorkville Highlands vineyards. Chris and Kristine decide at harvest if the quality of a particular varietal is up to Wattle Creek standards. and if it's not. well, it doesn't go into a Wattle Creek bottle. It goes to the market to be sold to the other guys.

Wattle Creek wines reflect the best and brightest of our vineyards. That's the only way we can guarantee to our customers and club members that they will receive the quality they've come to expect from Wattle Creek. year in and year out.

Vineyards

Wattle Creek Winery's diverse wine portfolio is a result of the bounty of two exceptional vineyards.. Alexander Valley in Sonoma County and Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino County.

Alexander Valley was named Wine Region of 2006 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, due to the diversity of the region and the varietal quality, particularly that of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alexander Valley was one of five nominees and the only Viticultural area to represent the United States.

Yorkville Highlands is one of California's most exciting viticultural areas. The vast majority of the appellation is planted on a continuous string of bench land between 1,000 and 2,000 feet in elevation. This appellation is strongly influenced by the cool ocean breezes of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

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Peay Vineyards

Peay Vineyards

Our Wines

We produce wine only from grapes grown on our vineyard located on the northern section of the "true" Sonoma Coast. We produce very little quantities of each wine; some under 100 cases. Certain wines are offered only to subscribers to the mailing list and to select restaurant and retail customers. As a result, you might not find our wines where you live, so we encourage you to join our mailing list and to visit our online Wine Shop .

To learn more about our various wines, please click on the variety:

Pinot noir
Syrah
Chardonnay
Viognier
Roussanne/Marsanne

The Grapes

We grow grapes for our own wine production as well as sell fruit to the highest quality producers of Pinot noir and Syrah in California.

In 1998, we planted the first 30 acres of our vineyard and, in 2001-2007, expanded to eventually include an additional 23 acres. We have broken the vineyard into 18 distinct blocks based on variations in soil, temperature, aspect, and water needs.

  • Pinot noir : We grow 35 acres of Pinot noir comprised of more than 11 selections of Dijon clones as well as heritage selections. These were extensively evaluated and selected to produce fruit with distinct varietal expressions. The variety of clones enables us to blend for enhanced complexity or to bottle separately to express a unique profile.
  • Syrah : We grow 6 clones of Syrah across 8 acres on the top of the knoll. On the top of the knoll the Syrah soaks in sunlight and stares down the afternoon breezes that blow in every day like the afternoon mail.
  • Chardonnay : The 5 clones of Chardonnay sit in two cool 5 and 2 acre lots in the lower southwest portion of the vineyard. The cool mornings and short afternoons account for the rich, mineral backbone and finesse of our Chardonnay.
  • Viognier : We grow 1.8 acres of Viognier next to the Syrah on the southeast facing portion of the knoll taking in the morning sun and ducking the afternoon wind.
  • Roussanne/Marsanne : The 0.4 acres of Roussanne and 0.2 acres of Marsanne are tucked in between blocks of Viognier, Syrah and a little Calera clone Pinot noir. Roussanne is a very late ripening variety and has tight clusters that ensure every October and November we will pace the rows praying for browner seeds, looser pith and other signs of ripeness before the rains come.

    Passalacqua Winery

    Passalacqua Winery

    Our Wines

    New Release: Primitivo

    Thought to be the European twin of Zinfandel, Primitivo is a grape rich in history and lore but just beginning to become popular. The hilltop exposure and gravelly soil of Lavender Hill produce a wine with intense, concentrated flavors of raspberry and blackberry as well as big tannins. Though fruit-focused, it also has a higher acidity making it an ideal food pairing wine, especially with braised and bold spicy dishes. This amazingly versatile wine always sells out quickly, and in 2007 we only made 154 cases of the Lavender Hill Primitivo.

    Cabernet

    Our signature, limited-edition Cabernets marry the finest grapes with particular attention to detail in the winemaking process. They boast complex layers of oak and fruit, with a rich, smooth mouthfeel from aging in the finest French oak. Our Cabernets are stunning by themselves but will also enhance a favorite meal with family and friends. Read more about Passalacqua Cabernets.

    Zinfandel

    We seek out exceptional vineyards of Zinfandel grapes to make our luscious Zinfandels, and coax each to produce the finest expression of the fruit's unique qualities. In our selection of Zinfandels, from those with bright fruit characteristics and pepper to jammy fruit notes and a long savory finish, you will find your perfect Zinfandel.

    Wine Club

    Passa il Vino

    Joining our wine club, Passa il Vino , not only brings spectacular wines right to your door but gives you access to sought-after wines not available to the general public. Passalacqua reserves many wines exclusively for our wine club, including limited-release wines, and provides Passa il Vino members with entrée to distinctive experiences at Passalacqua events and opportunities for unique wine country experiences. Join our family of Passa il Vino members today!

    Learn more about Dapprima , Secondo or Terzo levels of wine club.

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    Our Philosophy

    Our winemaking starts with a commitment to quality, which drives our attention to each detail of the winemaking process and our belief in focusing on small-lot production. We use a vineyard expressionist approach to winemaking, allowing the uniqueness of each vineyard and each varietal to be expressed. The result is a family of wines of uncompromising quality that are also approachable and beautifully balanced, perfect to savor on their own or enjoy with food.

    Vineyards

    Each vineyard, whether in the Dry Creek Valley or elsewhere in Sonoma county, is carefully chosen for its unique soils, microclimates, clones, exposure and age. Each is farmed with a commitment to quality, and therefore every vineyard we choose yields wine worthy of our name: wines of elegance, distinction and complexity. Read more about our Zinfandel vineyards or our Cabernet vineyards .

    Winemaker

    “Here at Passalacqua, I'm hands-on from the vineyard to the bottle, coaxing each vineyard to express its unique qualities. I can personally craft each wine according to my winemaking philosophy: Pure varietal intensity tempered with balance and finesse.” Read more about our acclaimed winemaker , Margaret Davenport.

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    Tasting Room

    Open daily from 11 to 5, our tasting room is the perfect setting for sipping our handcrafted wines and learning more about Passalacqua. Let our friendly staff guide you through a tasting of our current releases while you enjoy an incomparable view of Dry Creek Valley. Or call us to schedule a private tour and tasting. Wine club members have the added benefit of enjoying our beautiful lower gardens with shaded pergolas.

    Location

    Our winery and tasting room are located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, just minutes from downtown Healdsburg.

    Passalacqua Winery
    3805 Lambert Bridge Road
    Healdsburg, CA 95448
    877-825-5547

    From San Francisco:

    Take US-101 North approximately 67 miles until you reach Healdsburg. Take the third Healdsburg exit, "Dry Creek Road." Turn left at the exit onto Dry Creek Road. Follow Dry Creek Road for about 3 miles, then turn left at the first stop sign onto Lambert Bridge Road (the Dry Creek General Store will be on your right). Drive approximately 200 yards; our parking area is on the right.

    Private Access

    Private Access is our way of providing our most valued customers with exclusive opportunities, including special events and experiences and one-of-a-kind wine offerings, such as our Private Collection Wines.

    This year's Private Collection wines include the 2007 block-select Cabernets from the TR Passalacqua Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley: Block 2 , Block 4 , Block 13 and Blocks 18 & 19 . These wines are offered exclusively to the members of our Private Access list, and the next offer will be made in September, 2010.

    If you are interested in learning more about Private Access and whether we currently have openings on the list, please click on the link below.

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    Icaria Creek Winery and Vineyards

    Welcome to Icaria Creek Winery and Vineyards. We are located approximately 1.5 hours north of San Francisco, in Sonoma County. The fifty acre ranch has 26 acres nestled into the Asti Foothills at the northern tip of Alexander Valley. Most of the hillside vineyard sits about 400 feet above sea level where we have planted Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 7, 337), Merlot (Clone 3), Malbec, and Petite Verdot. We also have ten acres of Chardonnay within the deep alluvial floor of Alexander Valley. We have both the warm days for intensity, and cool nights for acidity. The hillsides give us layers of complexity that are tailor-made for constructing a "food wine".

    Pairing food with wine is what Icaria Cabernet is all about. We did not spend three years of our time to make some overdone fruit bomb. Our Cabernet is based on elegance and subtlety, and the best thing is that it's only three years old. It's only just begun its evolution through time.

    I do hope that you will find the information regarding style and philosophy informative.

    Harvest

    The 2009 vintage will be remembered for many things... a beautiful temperate summer... toasty Indian Summer(Fall)... and of course those pesky rains right before the Cabernet Harvest. I, however, feel that it will be remembered for one thing. Unbelievable Elegance!!!!!

    Now let me try to define elegance.... The iron fist in the velvet glove is always the best description, and usually left for discussions about Pinot Noir.

    What Pinot Noir is known for is finesse and elegance, and it scores highly on those two atributes. I guess the better question is, “can Cabernet Sauvignon from California ever be known for having power and elegance?

    People always seems to confuse elegance with a wine that lacks strength and concentration, and great wines from California have the weight of the high alcohol to flesh out all of that concentrated hang time. Power prevails here!!! So how do you make a wine of elegance and concentration?

    The first thing you need is a long and temperate growing season, followed by a beautiful Indian summer. Now temperate summers in the California sunshine are a hard thing to come by, for you always have two or three severe heat spikes during the season that can wreak havoc in the vineyards eg. burnt leaves, sunburn clusters and heat stress.

    Now most people think that plants love things nice and hot. To the contrary, happiness to a vine is between 75 and 85 F. It is in this temperature variance that a vine is able to develop and mature the fruit to its ultimate ripeness.

    One way of looking at it would be if we were to have two or three days of well below average temperatures. The vineyard does not mature, but it also does not regress. Where as on the flipside, when things get too hot, 100 degrees and above; a vineyard will shut down to protect itself by conserving moisture. If this heat spell goes on too long the vines may begin to suffer from heat stress. In this situation, a vineyard regresses and gets thrown out of cycle eg. berry sizing, verasion and ripening.

    In a vintage like the one we had - a growing season of almost perfection. Mother nature gave growers and winemakers one of the most perfect ripening seasons I have ever seen. In this type of season, overall ripeness occurs at a lower brix, resulting in wines of exceptional concentration and elegance. When you get chance to try the 2009 harvest you will taste one of the few vintages from California that has both depth and elegance. A rare treat - and one I look forward to sharing with you.

    Our Wines

    2004 Protégé

    Sonoma County

    90% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked at 32 brix and shut down with a residual suger of 8% and blended with 10% Petite Sirah. A brambly bowl of ripe cassis, chocolate and exotic spice. On the palate is rich caramel and butterscotch, beautifully structured core of firm tannins enveloped in a silky finish.

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    2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    Alexander Valley

    This wine has beautiful aromas of chamomile, blueberry, blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry, mocha,vanilla and cedar box. Flavors of blackberry, cherry cola and blueberry with a mineral core that is thickly textured. The Merlot offers a beautiful center core to the structure while the Petite Sirah heightens the fruit with notes of blackberry and fills out the backend of the palate.

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    2005 Petite Sirah

    Dry Creek Valley

    Hillside Dry Creek Valley is the place to be for Petite Sirah. The leaner hillside soils are needed to control this vigorous varietal, and boy is it worth it. Beautiful, dark, bittersweet, with vanilla cherry pie and wonderful exotic spice. With a good dose of black pepper, a quality most common to this powerful wine. Yes, you can make an elegant Petite Sirah! 40 cases made.

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    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Alexander Valley

    The 2006 opens with a beautiful bouquet of violets, roses and mineral accents; all followed by dark black cherry, plum, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and exotic spices.

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    Accolades & Awards

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Best Wine

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Alexander Valley

    "EXCELLENT! BEST WINE!"
    - Colorado Wine News, April-June 2007 Volume 17., No.1, Managing Editor: Harold J. Baer "The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $28 has inviting aromas of currant, blackberry, black cherry, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate, and sweet, smoky oak. All continue as flavors laced with nice bright acidity and fine grained tannin and carry through the long, medium-broad finish. Easily drinkable now, it will be even better with a three to five more years in the bottle to develop and open and has the structure and balance to drink well for a decade. This is not a blockbuster, super ripe, heavily extracted wine but is styled to go on the table with a meal. Bargain priced."

    "Icaria also has some Petite Sirah and Zinfandel which are still in the barrels and which, based upon barrel samples, promise to be every bit as good as the Cabernet."

    Cab Vertical is "Outstanding"

    The Colorado Wine News
    April-June 2004 Volume 14, No.2
    Managing Editor: Harold J. Baer

    Icaria Creek Winery makes only elegantly structured and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with alcohol in the low 13% range from estate hillside vineyards located in the Alexander Valley about one-half way between Asti and Cloverdale. The only regret is that they don't make more.

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    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon 93 Points

    Alexander Valley

    93 POINTS

    The Wine News
    February/March 2006 Issue

    Reserved aromas of plum, cranberry, cedar, dust and graphite. Stable tannins frame balanced flavors of cherry, mocha and vanillin oak. Bushels of red fruit in the racy close.

    Medals for the '97 Cab

    We entered our 1997 Icaria Cabernet Sauvignon in five wine competitions across California. The result:

    2002 Los Angeles Wine Competition - GOLD

    2002 San Francisco International Competition - SILVER

    2000 San Diego Wine Competition - GOLD

    2000 Los Angeles Wine Competition - GOLD

    2000 Pacific Rim International Competition - SILVER

    2000 San Francisco International Competition - SILVER

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    The Vineyards

    Icaria Creek Winery is located at the Northern tip of Sonoma County. We are within the Alexander Valley appellation, which lies one and a half hours north of San Francisco. Our micro-appellation is what we call the Asti Foothills, situated about 400 feet above sea level.

    The vineyard estate is a fifty acre piece with twenty-six acres planted to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

    The Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1989. We used clone #4 on AXR rootstock. Clone #4 is a moderately producing clone on top of AXR, which is an aggressive rootstock. The pairing of these two on lean hillside ground has given us some beautiful wines.

    We are also working with the Cabernet clone #337 on #4453 rootstock. This clone produces a longer, looser cluster, which helps in both color and tannin development.

    The Cabernet Sauvignon has been planted to three different soil types:

    The Rocky Knoll is a very rugged, lean soil type. The clone 4 planted there has a tough time on this soil. The fruit that comes off of there is not what I would call "big" at all. The color is light. The fruit is cherry. The tannins are quite sharp and austere. This soil type expresses beautiful mineral notes inherent to the bouquet.

    The Red Loamy Clay faces west on our property, which means it gets an immense amount of afternoon sun. This block is intensely fruit forward, with cherry at the forefront. The block consistently possesses hint of earth and leather, backed by tannins that are soft and round. This is the fruit, along with trace amounts of Petite Verdot and Malbec, that we use to create the backbone of the wine.

    The third block is an amalgam of the first two soil types. It has the mineral aspect in the bouquet; yet the fruit and color spectrums are very solid, and the tannins are still quite soft and round. This soil types' best quality is that the peak maturity, the fruit component is bright, fresh, and clean. Usually the red loamy clay has a more jammy preserve quality, which is not the style that we want to predominate in the bouquet or the palate.

    The Merlot is planted on two different soil types:

    Loamy Gravel is where sixty percent of our Merlot is grown. This soil type has very little clay content, which in turn creates an ultra soft tannin wine. The fruit is classically plum, with a very refined core of earthiness.

    Red Loamy Clay has two acres planted to Merlot. The fruit that comes out of this block is more heavy handed. Dense plum, green tea, and earth all backed by a slightly more rigid core of tannins.

    Petit Verdot and Malbec :

    How does one create a solid core of tannins? Ones' that hit you in the front, middle, and back of the palate. Both petite Verdot and Malbec possess intense tannin structure, along with inky black color. Two elements that are essential for a vineyard designate red wine. The Petite Verdot also gives the wine a unique floral aspect to the bouquet. Hints of violet or rose are the predominate floral characteristics of Petite Verdot.

    Chardonnay :

    When the property was purchased by the family in 1989, it came with ten acres of Chardonnay that was planted by the previous owner in 1979. This block of Chardonnay truly lies on the Alexander Valley floor. It has very deep rich soil for the vines to explore. The fruit is soft and luscious. Its' loads of fruit and silky texture make it a perfect apéritif.

    This is Icaria Estate Vineyards!

    Miro Cellars

    Everyday Luxury

    Unrestrained, passionate, and grand wines like these do not ordinarily come with such abstemious price tags. Enjoy the freedom of not having to worry that you've developed a taste for spendy wines. Now you can delight in the wealth of sensory power these plush red wines offer without breaking the bank.
    Miro Cellars wines are available in wine shops and fine restaurants - ask for Miro.

    Artisan Wines

    Freedom of Expression.
    Miro Cellars searches the region for the finest grapes from a variety of vineyards to make their one-of-a-kind specialty wines. Award winning winemaker Miro Tcholakov considers the particular geology and seasonal climate variations of each vineyard when selecting the most interesting grapes the region has to offer. Because Miro has complete freedom to make precisely the wines he loves best, the results are a spectacular leap above the expected. Let yourself in on one of the best kept secrets in wine today—Miro.

    About Miro

    Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, a region with many millennia of winemaking history, Miro (Miroslav) Tcholakov was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. His grandfather had long made the family supply of wine. As a boy, Miro was at his side during all phases of the process.

    After completing his mandatory military service, he attended the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Plovdiv where he studied viticulture and enology. Soon after graduation, in the summer of 1990, he was chosen from hundreds of candidates to participate in an international exchange program in agriculture set up by The Future Farmers of America. After a few months in Napa, he was taken on as harvest intern at Sonoma County's Dry Creek Vineyard. What was supposed to be a temporary harvest job turned into a nine-year position moving through the ranks from Cellar Master to Assistant Winemaker in 1997.

    In 1998 Miro went to work as Winemaker for Trentadue Winery , which is still his "day job." In addition to bringing more acclaim to the winery by creating world class award-winning wines, Miro's duties include overseeing many custom crush operations for some renowned winemaker clients. In 2001, Miro became his own customer with his inaugural bottling of his Petite Sirah. Within a few weeks of its release, it received a fat 90 points and a "well-endowed" write-up from Robert Parker, Jr. in the Wine Advocate.

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

    Sorry, this wine is sold out.

    THE CONCEPT: To create a Cab that is elegant and enjoyable with food and also age worthy.

    Vineyard : Prime, hill side Alexander Valley Vineyard owned by Dr. Siegemund and biodynamically grown with minimal irrigation and fertilizing. The location is just South of Cloverdale. The entire vineyard is only 5 acres on five different blocks. Close spacing, Southeastern exposure.

    Soils: The soils are with high mineral content-decomposed blue rocks and granite, shallow and with low fertility.

    The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one the best so far in this decade. The weather was nearly perfect without excessive heat allowing the grapes to “hang” on the vines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well, matching the vine's potential to perfectly ripen the grapes.

    Winemaking: The grapes were harvested in the early morning of October 10th. After hand sorting, the grapes were crushed with 30% whole berries. The lot was only three tons so I used the smallest tank available. After three days of cold soak yeast was introduced and the wine was free run only drained at dryness. The wine was aged in 50 % new European oak barrels for twenty two months and racked barrel to barrel four times using nitrogen only.

    Winemaker's description: The grapes were harvested mature at only 23.5 Brix sugar-a rare for California due to very poor soils and low vine vigor. The wine is focused and concentrated with considerable tannins assuring longevity for at least 10 years. The nose is a bit closed at the time of these notes but with solid layers of dark stone fruit, maple, cocoa, spice and a hint of forest floor. This is a full bodied wine with long and juicy, somewhat youthful finish. The wine was bottled unfiltered.

    Wine Data:
    Appellation: Alexander Valley
    Harvest Date: October 10th, 2007
    Brix: 23.5
    Blend: 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon
    Barrel aging: 22 months in 80% new French and Hungarian oak barrels
    Bottled: July 9th, 2009
    Production: 194 cases
    Alcohol: 14.5%
    TA: 0.57g/100ml
    pH: 3.81

    2007 Zinfandel

    Sorry, this wine is sold out.

    The Concept: After almost twenty years of being on the forefront of the Zin advocacy movement and making great Zins for other wineries I finally committed to making one for Miro Cellars. The evolution of Zin in my opinion is toward balance instead of power, terroir expression instead of the sameness of modern winemaking; elegance instead of brute force.

    Vineyard: The vineyard is located behind Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg on the banks of the Russian River where two great appellations-Alexander and Russian River Valleys overlap. This 80 year old dry-farmed vineyard is a part of a historic property owned by the Passalacqua/Seghesio families and currently used for their Old Vines blend. The microclimate there is much cooler than Alexander Valley, but warmer than the greater Russian River.

    Soils: Predominantly well-drained sandy/gravelly loam, with relatively low fertility—perfect for head pruned Zins and Petites.

    The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one the best so far in this decade. The weather was nearly perfect without excessive heat allowing the grapes to “hang” on the wines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well, matching the vines potential to perfectly ripen the grapes.

    Winemaking: The grapes were harvested on September 7th at (modest for Zin) 24.5 Brix sugar. The acid and pH were spot on without the need for any corrections. The grapes were sorted and destemmed to about 80% whole berries with minimum raisins and jacks into a small open top tanks for punch down fermentation. Total time from crush to pressing was 11 days. The wine was aged in a mixture of 35% new Balkan, French and Hungarian oak barrels.

    Winemaker's Notes: The first impression is of a mélange of wild berries, cranberries and cherries; the nose is clean, focused and well-defined. Further aeration reveals intriguing Asian spices with elements of cocoa, vanilla and sweet oak. The wine has a firm structure with a long and juicy finish. Drink now or age for 2-5 years.

    Wine Data:
    Appellation: RRV
    Harvest Date: September 7th, 2007
    Brix: 24.5
    Blend: 100% Zin
    Barrel aging: 18 months in 35% Balkan, French and Hungarian oak barrels
    Bottled: 5.06.09
    Alcohol: 14.5%
    TA: 0.60g/100 ml
    pH: 3.69
    Production: 166 cases

    2007 Petite Sirah

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    THE CONCEPT: I made my first Petite Sirah 19 years ago and I'm still in love with the grape. Petite is truly an American variety—powerful, bold and unrestrained in its capability, and yet it needs a gentle winemaking approach to unveil its true identity. Order this wine online.

    Vineyard: Dry Creek Valley has a long established reputation for growing outstanding Zin and Petite Sirah. The grapes are from two distinctly different vineyards—one on the valley floor a few feet from Dry Creek and the other from a beautiful hill side vineyard surrounded by towering Redwoods.

    Soil: The valley floor is comprised of predominantly deep gravelly-sandy and Cortina type soils (fertile) whereas the hill side is made of mostly low fertility, brick red clay (Manzanita) type soil. Both type soils produce wines with relatively low pH and firm structure.

    The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one of the best so far in the decade. The weather was nearly perfect without the excessive heat allowing the grapes to "hang" on the vines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well matching the vines potential to perfectly ripen the fruit.

    Winemaking: The grapes were harvested early on the morning of October 8th, 2007 at an average of 25 Brix and total of 3 tons. The fruit was hand sorted and destemmed for whole berry fermentation in small open top tanks by gently punching down the cap by hand. Three specific strains of yeast were used to compliment the character of Petite Sirah. Post-fermentation, the must was pressed directly without the use of pumps for gentle extraction. Only the free run wine was collected. The malolactic fermentation was completed in 40% new European oak barrels. The wines were aged for 17 months before bottling.

    Winemaker's description: The quickest way to describe this wine is “dark and delicious.” Loads of blackberry, blueberry and dark cherries are enveloped in toasty oak aromas of cocoa powder, vanilla and a touch of graphite. On the mouth the wine is big, rich and extracted but with remarkably civilized tannins for this variety.

    Wine Data:

    Appellation: Dry Creek
    Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
    Barrel aging: 18 months in French and Balkan oak barrels
    Production: 196 css
    Bottling date: 4.29.09
    Alc: 14.5%
    TA: 6.1g/l
    pH: 3.70

    2007 Cuvée Sasha

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    THE CONCEPT: My goal was to create a distinctive, yet accessible GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend. I've always had a special preference for the great wines of Southern France and with this inaugural release I'm offering my California version of this style.

    Vineyard: The grapes are grown on Montelago Vineyard planted between 2000 and 2400 feet elevation above the largest lake in California—Clearlake. This gorgeous vineyard has a sun-rich south facing exposure. The soil is brick red volcanic cinders and pumice-like gravel and stones. In general, low fertility with high level of calcium and potassium.

    The Vintage: 2006 had lower yields than the record breaking, abundant 2005. The low crop levels usually produce wines of increased ?avor intensity and overall concentration. High Valley does not get the morning fog as the coastal valleys do, but is classi?ed between Region 3 and Region 2 (very similar to Sonoma and Napa) for its summation of temperatures during the growing season. Abundant sunshine and wind create conditions very similar to the Mediterranean climate.

    Winemaking: Grenache was the ?rst to ripen on September 30, followed by the Syrah and lastly the Mourvedre at the end of October. All lots were picked very early in the morning at temperatures near 40°F in small containers to prevent the grapes from bruising and oxidation. The fruit was gently destemmed and sorted by hand for whole berry fermentation. The wine was fermented in small tanks and gently punched down by hand. Then the tanks were directly pressed without the use of pumps for gentle extraction and only the free run juice was collected. Following malolactic fermentation, the wines were aged separately for 12 months and for an additional 4 months after blending.

    Winemaker's description: The wine is seductively inviting with a nose of jammy strawberries, plums, hint of apricots, dry rose petals and exotic spices. The mouthfeel is viscous and juicy but not heavy, ?nishing long and balanced with soft tannins and low acidity.

    Wine Data:
    Appellation: High Valley
    Blend: 44% Grenache
    36% Syrah
    20% Mourvedre
    Barrel aging: Total of 16 months in 25% new Eastern European and French oak barrels
    Production: 560 cases
    Alcohol: 14.5%
    TA: 0.59
    pH: 3.81

    2007 Zinfandel

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    The Concept: After almost twenty years of being on the forefront of the Zin advocacy movement and making great Zins for other wineries I finally committed to making one for Miro Cellars. The evolution of Zin in my opinion is toward balance instead of power, terroir expression instead of the sameness of modern winemaking; elegance instead of brute force.

    Vineyard: The vineyard is located behind Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg on the banks of the Russian River where two great appellations-Alexander and Russian River Valleys overlap. This 80 year old dry-farmed vineyard is a part of a historic property owned by the Passalacqua/Seghesio families and currently used for their Old Vines blend. The microclimate there is much cooler than Alexander Valley, but warmer than the greater Russian River.

    Soils: Predominantly well-drained sandy/gravelly loam, with relatively low fertility—perfect for head pruned Zins and Petites.

    The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one the best so far in this decade. The weather was nearly perfect without excessive heat allowing the grapes to “hang” on the wines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well, matching the vines potential to perfectly ripen the grapes.

    Winemaking: The grapes were harvested on September 7th at (modest for Zin) 24.5 Brix sugar. The acid and pH were spot on without the need for any corrections. The grapes were sorted and destemmed to about 80% whole berries with minimum raisins and jacks into a small open top tanks for punch down fermentation. Total time from crush to pressing was 11 days. The wine was aged in a mixture of 35% new Balkan, French and Hungarian oak barrels.

    Winemaker's Notes: The first impression is of a mélange of wild berries, cranberries and cherries; the nose is clean, focused and well-defined. Further aeration reveals intriguing Asian spices with elements of cocoa, vanilla and sweet oak. The wine has a firm structure with a long and juicy finish. Drink now or age for 2-5 years.

    Wine Data:
    Appellation: RRV
    Harvest Date: September 7th, 2007
    Brix: 24.5
    Blend: 100% Zin
    Barrel aging: 18 months in 35% Balkan, French and Hungarian oak barrels
    Bottled: 5.06.09
    Alcohol: 14.5%
    TA: 0.60g/100 ml
    pH: 3.69
    Production: 166 cases

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

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    THE CONCEPT: To create a Cab that is elegant and enjoyable with food and also age worthy.

    Vineyard : Prime, hill side Alexander Valley Vineyard owned by Dr. Siegemund and biodynamically grown with minimal irrigation and fertilizing. The location is just South of Cloverdale. The entire vineyard is only 5 acres on five different blocks. Close spacing, Southeastern exposure.

    Soils: The soils are with high mineral content-decomposed blue rocks and granite, shallow and with low fertility.

    The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one the best so far in this decade. The weather was nearly perfect without excessive heat allowing the grapes to “hang” on the vines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well, matching the vine's potential to perfectly ripen the grapes.

    Winemaking: The grapes were harvested in the early morning of October 10th. After hand sorting, the grapes were crushed with 30% whole berries. The lot was only three tons so I used the smallest tank available. After three days of cold soak yeast was introduced and the wine was free run only drained at dryness. The wine was aged in 50 % new European oak barrels for twenty two months and racked barrel to barrel four times using nitrogen only.

    Winemaker's description: The grapes were harvested mature at only 23.5 Brix sugar-a rare for California due to very poor soils and low vine vigor. The wine is focused and concentrated with considerable tannins assuring longevity for at least 10 years. The nose is a bit closed at the time of these notes but with solid layers of dark stone fruit, maple, cocoa, spice and a hint of forest floor. This is a full bodied wine with long and juicy, somewhat youthful finish. The wine was bottled unfiltered.

    Wine Data:
    Appellation: Alexander Valley
    Harvest Date: October 10th, 2007
    Brix: 23.5
    Blend: 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon
    Barrel aging: 22 months in 80% new French and Hungarian oak barrels
    Bottled: July 9th, 2009
    Production: 194 cases
    Alcohol: 14.5%
    TA: 0.57g/100ml
    pH: 3.81

    Raves for the 2007 Petite Sirah

    91 Points
    "Miro has done an altogether remarkable job here at bringing a sense of winemaking polish to Petite Sirah without sacrificing the fundamental strength and sturdiness that are the varietal's signature gifts. Leading with very deep, slow-to-unfold aromas of blackberries, pepper and clove, the wine is rich and invitingly fruity with expansive, long-lasting flavors that show a bare hint of chocolate to the same themes of berries and spice. It is not at all sparing in tannin, yet it is never overly tough, and it is by all standards a complete and compelling effort. GOOD VALUE"
    — Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
    Volume 34 Issue 9: July 2010

    "Black- and blueberry fruit with spice notes...with a soft, seductive finish." - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences April 22, 2010

    "This starts with spicy, earthy and berry aromas and continues with a huge mouthful of blueberry fruit. The acid/fruit balance is perfect, and it has the structure to be able to age a long time."
    —Piedmont Post, April 7, 2010

    "The 2007 Petite just blew me away! What a stunning wine, you have the touch to capture the best of the Petite's fruit-tannin-mouth-feel and color! It will hold for quite some time if you can resist drinking it now!! Save me some..." - Heinz Steiner

    "Like drinking a Cadillac." - Blake

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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