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2010 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc

by David on October 12, 2011

The 2010 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc is our 12th flight for this variety continuing the crisp and bright style that has made this wine a favorite in our tasting room. Flavor Profile: This wine is pale straw in color with aromas of lime, pineapple and lemon grass. In the mouth, fresh grapefruit and green apple […]


This vintage proudly marks our 4th AEROS Meritage release in our 26-year history – a remarkably opulent, complex blend from two vintage years.


2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

by David on July 21, 2011

Some of the greatest and most cellar-worthy wines in the world are grown in very poor soils, and our Howell Mountain Cabernet is a classic example. Struggling in the shallow, compressed volcanic ash on our rugged slope, the vines send their roots deep into the earth in search of water and nutrients. Flavor profile: Full-bodied […]


2008 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on June 27, 2011

Our Estate vineyard, with its well-drained, rocky soil, abundance of sunshine, and breezy afternoons, is the perfect place to grow Merlot grapes. Merlot produces a soft, fruity, and fairly rich wine, making it instantly popular and one of the most commonly planted wine grapes. Winemaker Notes Overall, the season was a cool one, allowing for […]


2010 Napa Valley Pinot Gris

by David on May 16, 2011

These grapes are grown on the sustainably farmed Nord Family property located in the cooler climate of Southern Napa. Pinot Gris is typically admired for its weight and relatively low acidity. Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch employed a cold fermentation process, which also assisted in producing a dry wine with nice acidic balance. Flavor profile: Stone fruit, […]

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2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

by David on May 13, 2011

This double-clone blend of 100% Cabernet Franc is grown on our Yountville Estate. Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch comments that he utilizes vertical trellising, “which helps create optimum sunlight for even-ripening and the Estate fruit brings ripe, rich flavors to the blend giving it character & elegance.” Flavor profile: Ripe cherry, raspberry, and blackcurrant with black licorice, […]


2010 Mendocino County Orange Muscat

by David on May 12, 2011

With just over 200 acres in all of California, Orange Muscat is rarely seen here. It rewards those who seek this specialty wine with its abundantly fruity, yet crisply refreshing characteristics. Breezy Mendocino is an ideal home for this delicate, early ripening variety that is most expressive when allowed to ripen slowly. Flavor profile: Fresh […]


2010 Napa Valley Chenin Blanc

by David on May 10, 2011

The Chenin Blanc grape is extremely versatile and can be used in making everything from a soft, fruity wine, to dessert, or even sparkling wine. The honeyed fruit and floral character inspired our Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch, to add it to our portfolio as the perfect picnic wine. Flavor profile: Fresh, fruity, floral and slightly sweet […]


2008 Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay

by David on April 21, 2011

Flavor profile: Crisp and clean on the palate with green apple, ripe pear, fresh citrus, toasty oak and vanilla. 2008 Vintage: A roller-coaster of a growing season yielding low quantities of high quality fruit Drink now and through: 2013 Chardonnay and food: We’re always saying that a solid acidity makes the wine more food friendly […]


2009 Napa Valley Chenin Blanc

by David on April 18, 2011

The old vines in the eastern hills of Napa Valley produced low yields of small grapes so packed with honeyed fruit and floral character that Geoff allowed the fermentation to go dry for this exceptional vintage.