Summer 2013 Update
Between vineyards bursting with a new crop, bottling some tasty new releases, and celebrating a bevy of superb wine reviews, we realized we had not kept up on our website updates. So here we go...
We launched our premier Oakville red TEXTBOOK "Page-Turner" recently and have enjoyed its' warm response. Named by our youngest daughter (after she nixed her daddy's suggestion), TEXTBOOK "Page-Turner" celebrates all things Bordeaux-lesque in the much-heralded Oakville District of Napa Valley. This classic blend includes Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and is very, very handmade. We made about 95 cases, and like a great novel, you keep wanting more - a true "Page-Turner"! It has since earned a "Outstanding/Highly Recommended!" from noted wine critic Stephen Tanzer. Don't miss it.
Critic Stephen Tanzer showered us with top marks on virtually all of our wines in his Spring 2013 Issue. Perhaps more importantly, he gave very high marks to some of the least expensive wines we produce, including TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Forager Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. These two wines earned scores higher than most from other wineries with prices 2 and 3 times higher!
Yes, our 2012 Pey-Marin "The Shell Mound" Riesling has been released. After suffering through the very, VERY small 2011 Vintage, we are happy to release our successful 2012 Vintage. Dry, balanced, and with no oak, it is the perfect summer sipper - and at only 11% alcohol, go ahead and have another sip of Pey-Marin!
At Auction Napa Valley and Premiere Napa Valley, our our TEXTBOOK Napa Valley lots went for big, BIG bucks. The lucky bidder got a very rare TEXTBOOK wine for over $150.00 per bottle. All to a very good cause as well!
Grenache in the House
Yup, we finally broke down and made our first Grenache from a chilly site in western Paso Robles. Available this Fall, it's a juicy, aromatic gem to enjoy with a wide variety of tasty fare.
Good Times, Bad Times
After tricky vintages in 2009 and 2010, the 2011 was downright tough. But our experience in Europe kept us well ahead of the pack, as we'd seen really bad vintages over there. Anyone remember 1984 in Bordeaux? YUCK. And now, we have the FANTASTIC 2012 vintage and (fingers crossed) the Vintage 2013 in northern California that could look equally good.
As always, thanks for supporting the Pey family wine enterprise, our family is very grateful for your nice notes and continued support. Cheers!