The Reviews Are In...

"The wine is delicious. Everything from the packaging, to the labeling, to the actual wine itself was a grand slam." - Mark T.

Member reviews are in for the 2013 Wine Shares and the last time I felt this pleased the lava flow from my baking soda vinegar volcano was threatening to engulf my grade school science class (at least now I've identified the origin of my sensitivity to VA). Here are just a few of the responses.

"Your wine is excellent. The quote from Terry was: "This is the best pinot I've ever had." - Ed B.
"Tried the Pinot last night ... awesome!" - Ethan R.
"The wine is absolutely fantastic." - Steve F.
"Great wine tasting!!! Must be good. Came home and bottle of Chardonnay is already gone!!!" - Kathleen F.
I love the Pinot! I find it true to varietal, in the best way possible. Elegant, fresh and slightly racy ... outstanding! - Katrin A.

If you are not yet a member or haven't had the opportunity to attend one of our tastings, now's the time to judge for yourself.

2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir     $40

2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir     $40

2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay     $36

2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay     $36


We're Big in Japan. Ah, I mean Sonoma

Three weeks into the release of our 2013 wines and we are in three stellar locations in southern Sonoma county. My personal favorites to pair with our wines are La Dolce Vita's Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza, Risibisi's Gnocchi Wild Boar and Swiss Hotel's Beef Filet. (It's a good thing I ate before writing this...)


2014 WINE SHARES (A.K.A. WINE FUTURES)

SAVE UP TO 20% BY PURCHASING 2014 WINE SHARES

Each share contains Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir made from the venerable Sangiacomo Family Vineyards.


"Art is a fight to the finish..."

"Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper" - Günter Grass

It was a busy end of 2014 and start of 2015 at Glasshaus.

Just as the yeast settled from another successful harvest, I immediately shifted focus to completing the 2013 blends and getting them into bottle. I couldn't be more pleased with the wines or more excited to share them with you.

Members not able to attend pick up parties in Northern California or New England began receiving their shipments just after the new year. I have heard that a few people (names withheld to protect the guilty) may have already consumed your shares. If you resemble these zealous folks and would like to re-order, send me an email so I can make sure your member discounts are applied. 

If I haven't contacted you to schedule your shipment, it is because there is a weather hold in your area due to wintery conditions. As soon as it warms up in your neck of the woods I'll be reaching out to get you your wine.

Since there is no rest for the wicked and to respond to requests for a 2014 vintage update, last week I commandeered and tasted barrel samples. My tasting notes below. And if you haven't secured your 2014 Wine Shares, you can grab some here. If you are interested in what the winegrowing conditions were in 2014, you can read my analyses here.

Until next time...

Cheers,

-Rodney


Bottling By The numbers

On December 15th we bottled 205 cases of our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and 203 cases of our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. That's 971 gallons and 4,896 bottles, corks and labels. You can find the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tech sheets here and here.

Member Pickup Parties

On January 17th, I held the first of two Member Pickup Parties. Before releasing the wines into the wild on March 1st, I gave members an opportunity to pick up their wine shares and get a chance to evaluate the return on their investment. I am happy to report a room full of smiles and effusive compliments.

The second Pick Up Party is this Saturday, February 7th from 4pm - 6pm. Email me if you haven't received or missed your invite.

Early Impressions

Last week I had a chance to taste barrel samples of our 2014 Pinot Noir. First, I tasted each component (with and without oak accoutrements) and then tasted the composite blend. The point of this exercise at this point is to establish a baseline from which to make any adjustments as the wine ages.

SPOILER ALERT: We have another nice vintage in the works!

Analyses of Color (Hue, Clarity, Depth), Aroma (Complexity, Intensity, Variety), Flavor (Fruit, Concentration, Length) and Texture (Acid, Tannin, Alcohol) of Individual Components and Composite Blend

Analyses of Color (Hue, Clarity, Depth), Aroma (Complexity, Intensity, Variety), Flavor (Fruit, Concentration, Length) and Texture (Acid, Tannin, Alcohol) of Individual Components and Composite Blend

Clone 115

The Clone 115 component is primarily contributing beautiful strawberry and raspberry aromas and flavors. The 33% of Clone 115 that is in new French oak exhibits less fruit character as the oak influence dominates.
 

Pommard

The Pommard component is also contributing Pinot Noir's signature floral, strawberry and red berry components combined with a bit of blackberry. The 1-Use and New French Oak (28%) components are adding vanilla, toast and savory notes.
 

Composite Blend

The oak influences in the individual components blend together in the Composite Blend to lend noticeable structure without obscuring Pinot Noir's delicate fruit character. The Composite Blend also shows less of the "tutti-frutti" Young Wine character that the neutral oak components display at this point. The oak-influenced components are creating a more finished / approachable wine at this early stage in the wine's development.


2014 Wine Shares (a.k.a. Wine Futures)

SAVE UP TO 20% BY PURCHASING 2014 WINE SHARES

Each share contains Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir made from the venerable Sangiacomo Family Vineyards.


 

“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard...”

… and I will turn it into wine for all to enjoy. With all do respect to Walt Whitman, my ending to his quote is a bit more apropos for our harvest update.

On August 27th we picked the first of our two blocks of Pinot Noir. Clone 115 from Fedrick Vineyard weighed in at a Toyota Prius (1.5 tons) with a height of 23.2 Brix and a pleasant disposition of 3.71 pH and 5.0 TA. On September 17th, we harvested a Blue Whale calf's worth (3.1 tons) of our Pommard Clone of Pinot Noir. Not to be outdone by its Dijon sibling, it stood in at 25.2 Brix and exhibited a slightly more assertive attitude of 3.62 pH and 5.5 TA. You can geek out like me with the fermentation charts here.

These fine specimens carry more body, flavor and edge than last season. Two-A-Day workouts driven by the warm days and extra cool nights throughout the growing season produced high sugars while retaining appreciable natural acidity. I am really looking forward to seeing how these wines come along in the cellar. Another very fine vintage for Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

Reserve your 2014 Wine Shares now or forever hold your peas.

In other News …

Ever wonder why I choose Petaluma over Bordeaux? Me too. I’m hoping to find the answers (and undiscovered gems) in my friend and fellow Petaluman Frances Rivetti’s new book, Fog Valley Crush. Reserve your copy through her Kickstarter campaign here and like it on Facebook. Don’t let her British accent fool you. She knows this place like the back of her hand. I can’t wait for my copies (they make great holiday gifts).

"No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring."

"No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring."

 - Samuel Johnson

But one winemaker can taste the wines from last autumn while simultaneously processing the fruits from this autumn...

I took advantage of the calm before this year's harvest storm and snuck into the cellar to grab samples of our 2013 wines. Here is a quick video of my impressions so far.