Spring 2013 Report
It’s official, we’ve had some April showers and the May flowers are already here. Our winter was wet, early, but the first quarter stayed quite dry. Regardless, the ponds are full and we’re off to the races for another season.
Pey-Marin - Marin County
We’ve been quite busy on several fronts. First, our 2009 Pey-Marin “Trois Filles” Pinot Noir was awarded “Year’s Best” by Wine & Spirits Magazine – quite the kudo for little ole Marin County. And later this month we will release our much anticipated 2012 Pey-Marin Riesling. It’s been sold out for quite a while so it will be nice to have this crisp, dry and racy white wine re-join the fold.
In Napa Valley much has been moving. We’ve been on a bit of a Merlot craze recently, introducing TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Merlot and soon our first Merlot-based Oakville red “Page-Turner”. Merlot was dispragaed for a while after a certain Pinot Noir movie, forcing growers to up their game, and they did! We have found several superb Merlot sites in Napa that we are thrilled with. TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignons remain the kings, of course, but we are enjoying crafting real Merlot. And please like TEXTBOOK’s new Facebook page.
Over the hills in Sonoma we just released our 2011 Spicerack “Punchdown” Syrah. Sporting a newly designed label, our Vintage 2011 included some warmer climate Sonoma County fruit, and it a gem. I HATE saying this, but it reminds people of a terrific Rhone red. And at 12.4% alcohol, it just might be!
Further west, our The Forager 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir speaks of cold areas and a deft winemaking hand. Perfect expression of the vintage and AVA.
Join our Wine Club
Make sure to join our wine club – it’s the easiest and tastiest in town – only two shipments per year – along with recipes from the steller chef Susan Pey.