Spring 2012 Report

Spring has sprung and we have been busy as bees in Napa, West Marin and elsewhere.

2008 Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon "Saut de cerf" Stags Leap District

TEXTBOOK – Napa Valley

The big news is that we opened “District 4 Tasting Lounge” in downtown Napa. Along with some fellow vintners wines, TEXTBOOK’s critically-acclaimed “small lot” Napa Valley wines can now be enjoyed by taste, glass or bottle in a fun, urban tasting environment near the Uptown Theater and Avia Hotel. Come see us between Noon-8 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. More information is at www.District4Wines.com.

Three new Napa Valley Cabernets join the TEXTBOOK stable and we are proud to show them off:

2009 “Mise en Place” Oakville District ($50)
2008 “Saut de Cerf” Stag’s Leap District ($44) – only 4 barrels
2010 “Fin de Journee” Napa Valley ($28)

Our daughters finally convinced us to accept the industrial revolution and create a TEXTBOOK Facebook Page (and they helped us build it as well). So make sure to “like” TEXTBOOK by visiting us on Facebook!


Pey-Marin Vineyards Pinot Noir and Riesling wine

Pey-Marin Vineyards – Marin County

More kudo’s for Pey-Marin Pinot Noir? Yup, this time it’s from the terrific wine mag “Wine & Spirits” telling us our 2009 “Trois Filles” Pinot Noir is “EXCEPTIONAL!”

We were a bit startled last month when an east coast restaurateur told us “I hear you make the best California Riesling.” Maybe our crazy efforts are paying off?

We just bottled our 2011 “The Shell Mound” Riesling and unfortunately will have much less than normal after Mother Nature threw some curve balls in November during harvest. But our 2011 is aromatic, fresh and racy – yumm.

Our 2010 “The Shell Mound” Riesling also earned “EXCEPTIONAL” score from Wine & Spirits Magazine - look for the complete reviews this August.

You can taste these Marin-grown beauties at the upcoming Marin County Wine Celebration on Saturday June 23 at the old Escalle Winery in Larkspur. Contact Marin Agricultural Land Trust at www.malt.org


Spicerack Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma CoastSpicerack - Sonoma Coast

Sorry, sorry, sorry! We know – being sold out for 5 months is not good. But I guess our “Punchdown” Syrah was too much of a good thing – spicy, rich, perky acidity, low French oak and a modest price led to us selling out very quickly. The good news? Our 2010 “Punchdown” Syrah has now been released. 




The FORAGER Pinot Noir

The Forager

Our $25 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is crazy good and we are tiring of putting it up against $50+ Pinots in blind tastings and winning. Best value Pinot Noir? You decide.