The Napa Valley is awash in a sea of yellow with the mustard in full bloom and I hear that the groundhog is predicting an early spring. The winemaking team is frantically working on two wines with which to celebrate spring. It seems fitting that our new 2012 Rosé of Pinot Noir was bottled on Valentine’s Day. The pale salmon color and fresh strawberry character will pair to any springtime offering, though I like to enjoy a glass while I am starting dinner at home. And speaking of love, we created a playful, slightly effervescent style of Muscato in 2012. It has a pop of sweet that will make your next Chinese take-out shine. Both wines will debut a new screwcap closure for easy access.
Already we are planning for the 2013 harvest and looking at fruit sourcing for our Cellar 1879 Red Blend which I find the most intriguing wine to make here at the winery. For me it is all about ultimate drinking pleasure when enjoying a true blended wine. As a winemaker, it is a professional hazard as I search to identify the grape varietals in each wine I taste. It is with that thought that I hope to create a wine that allows me to successfully fool myself. Our newly bottled 2011 vintage successfully mimics Malbec, in my opinion, with violet, boysenberry and tobacco aromas over lush, juicy berry fruit. I’m smitten!
- Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls