Gail Benzler
 
December 7, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Good News - New Petaluma Gap AVA Finally Approved

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

Today, it was announced that the Petaluma Gap, the gateway to the Sonoma Coast wine growing region, has been established as an AVA after final approval by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Board.

This is wonderful news for Adobe Road Winery. “We’re thrilled to be able to highlight our hometown Petaluma Gap grapes and to showcase it in our bottles,” says Adobe Road winemaker Garrett Martin. “This is a huge step forward for this incredible growing region.”

By including the new Petaluma Gap AVA on labels, Adobe Road and other Gap vintners will be able to share very precise information about producers and vineyards with consumers, right on the bottle, rather than the much broader Sonoma County appellation. And this is vitally important for marketing and visibility. The newly designated Petaluma Gap AVA is one of the richest regions in California for growing premium pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah grapes. The area’s wind and fog are the Gap’s hallmark and the region as a stellar 150 year history of growing grapes. “We love the unique aspects of the topography and the wind influence on the vines,” Martin relates. “This creates vines with richer texture and deeper complexity.

That rich texture and deep complexity were certainly displayed in our 2015 Adobe Road Winery Pinot Noir - Sangiacomo Vineyard, Roberts Road, which garnered 91 a 91 point score from Robert Parker. Stay tuned -- our 2016 vintage will be released soon. But that’s not all. Adobe Road fans will be able to enjoy Gap produced syrah and cabernet sauvignon in the future.

Congratulations to the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. We’re excited to be able to promote and showcase our beautiful wines from the Gap.


In the news: Petaluma Gap becomes new Sonoma County wine appellation - The Press Democrat

Read more: The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance is dedicated to promoting winegrowers and vintners from across the region.

 

Time Posted: Dec 7, 2017 at 3:40 PM
Garrett Martin
 
November 20, 2017 | Garrett Martin

What Your Coffee Choices Say about Wine

Is the kind of coffee you like is expressive of the type of wine you enjoy?

What kind of coffee do you order? What kind of wine do you like?  The answers to these questions might be more related than you think.

Everyone has different taste preferences, and your affinity for a certain coffee style can many times predict the wines you’ll love. This information can be extremely useful when purchasing wine for yourself or others. Through my years as a winemaker and by paying attention to the preferences of wine consumers, here is what I’ve noticed:

Black Coffee: If you order your coffee black, you likely prefer roasty/caramelized flavors, some tannins, and flavorful acidity. Our 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will fit that preference wonderfully. Mid-level tannins frame a palette of beautiful dark fruit flavors mixed with warm spice notes.

Espresso: If you’re the type that orders straight up espresso, you probably like intensely flavored beverages and find enjoyment in the fine balance of roast/sweet/dry. Of course you’ll love our 2013 Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard F block Cabernet, but I’d also suggest you try our 2016 Pinot Noir from the Big Pig vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Why would I suggest a pinot noir (typically lighter) for someone who likes espresso (typically darker)? It’s all about the intensity of flavor and high-level balance between fruit, spice, and acid. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did!

Coffee with cream and sugar: Do you like cream and sugar in your coffee? If you do, you it’s likely you prefer balance on the softer side (less tannins and acid), and enjoy big mouthfeel and palate richness. If you’re looking for a red wine you’ll love, go straight for the 2016 Redline blend. Complex, rich, and approachable -- it has all the right flavors in all the right places.

Your coffee choice can really say a lot about what wines you might enjoy. As always, explore the vast world of wine around you and let your palate be the guide.

 

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM
Gail Benzler
 
November 17, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Autumn Colors, Spring Flavors - Blending Adobe Road Winery Rosé

 

 

Red wine lots are blended together to make Adobe Road Winery Rosé.

We make our Adobe Road Winery Rosé from almost all our our red wine lots. We take just a little bit of juice out of each lot. This leaves us with a more concentrated red wine for fermentation and a very cool rosé.

Each of these wine lots gets fermented separately. See all of the different colors? Each grape has a different amount of pigment we can extract at any given time. It all comes down to skin contact and the maturity of those grape skins.

So, petite sirah rosé is really dark -- it looks like what you might expect to see in a mature pinot noir wine. But pinot noir rosé? It can be really light, like a salmon or even an almost chardonnay color through the light, as you can see in our photo.

What we get during and after fermentation is a very interesting color palette and in January the mixing really begins. We start blending these finished wines together to make the rich flavor and color profiles our Adobe Road Winery Rosé is known for year after year.

Getting those colors and flavors right is very important -- it’s an art, really -- and we want our rosé to be very expressive of each vintage. It means our winemaker, Garrett Martin spends a lot of time getting it all just right.

So, this amazing palette of color will continue to develop through the winter months, coming together in a kind of alchemy in spring when we release our next vintage of Adobe Road Rosé.

 

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 17, 2017 at 3:55 PM
Gail Benzler
 
November 14, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road Winery Zinfandel -- Pure Pleasure

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Deep, jammy black fruit, spices, hints of chocolate and fine grained tannins all come together to make Zinfandel a wonderfully versatile and accessible wine. Our Adobe Road Winery 2015 Zinfandel from Famighetti Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley AVA is a terrific wine that amplifies the taste of autumn spices like clove, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as poultry (especially dark meat). It’s a perfect choice for your Thanksgiving table.

 

But that’s not all -- Zinfandel is a wine you can enjoy again and again and not just at special occasions, but all year ‘round -- from easy meals with family and friends to elegant dinner parties, this wine will fit right in.

 

So go ahead, pop open a bottle of Adobe Road Zinfandel. Come on by our downtown Petaluma tasting room or order our 2015 Zinfandel online and give this versatile wine that pairs well with so many foods a try. You’ll love it.

 

And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram this week as we talk about this wonderfully Californian varietal: #ZinDay.

Quick Zinfandel fact: Over 90 percent of the world’s Zinfandel is grown and produced in California

 

Suggested food pairings:

Versatility is Zinfandel’s middle name. Here are some pairing ideas:

Brunch: Quiche Lorraine
Lunch: Duck Breast Salad or Roasted Beet Salad (go ahead and add some goat cheese)
Dinner: Braised Lamb Shank or Coq au Vin
Cheese: Try some Maytag Bleu Cheese or Dry Sonoma Jack
Dessert: A wonderfully decadent Chocolate Mousse (add some raspberries to really take advantage of this pairing)

Time Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 3:52 PM
Gail Benzler
 
November 9, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Perfect Thanksgiving Wine Choices

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

When it comes to Thanksgiving, picking the perfect wine to compliment the turkey and all of the trimmings can seem a bit daunting. We’ve got you covered with three superb Adobe Road Winery bottles for your holiday table.

 

 


Sparkle this Thanksgiving

A little glitz, a little glamor and a lot of bubbles. What a way to start your Thanksgiving celebration! Our very limited 2016 Adobe Road Winery Sparkling Rosé is bursting with luscious red fruit, texture and acidity. But don’t put it away after the appetizers have disappeared -- this is a wine that will be great throughout the meal.

 

Chardonnay -- Wonderful Versatility and Acidity

For the white wine drinkers, our new 2015 vintage Adobe Road Winery Chardonnay from Sangiacomo’s south vineyard in the Petaluma Gap is a surprisingly good match for the Thanksgiving table. This wine pairs nicely with the bold flavors of the day, adding the crisp acidity that teams up so well with turkey, potatoes and stuffing, as well as with those sweeter foods like candied yams.

 

Pinot Noir -- the Thanksgiving Wine Standard

Wine lovers adore pinot noir’s bright red berry notes and hints of spice. This wine is the classic pick to pair with all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from the ever popular creamy mashed potatoes and casseroles, to white and dark meat turkey. And cranberries? Perfection. The pinot noir grape really sings in our 2016 Adobe Road Winery Green Valley of the Russian River Valley Big Pig Vineyard Pinot Noir and that’s what makes it so special -- and good. Fresh raspberry and cherry pie flavors play a central role.

 

Time Posted: Nov 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Gail Benzler
 
November 7, 2017 | Gail Benzler

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Sonoma’s Knights Valley is special. Its raised elevation and warm growing region makes it perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon.

The 2014 Adobe Road Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich core of blackberry jam and is surrounded by dusty, rich tannins accented by a hint of mocha and anise. This is truly a mouthful of beautiful cabernet, but don’t take our word for it. “A big, expressive style, with layers of blackberry, red berry, licorice, anise, cedar and mocha flavors. Despite the richness and power the tannins are trim on the finish.” – 92 points, James Laube, Wine Spectator

This wine has scored 92 points from Robert Parker and was confirmed with a follow up 92 points from Wine Spectator.

Suggested Pairing: Our Adobe Road Winery Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be perfect with your Christmas prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Want to try a bottle this weekend? Pair it with a nice, juicy rib-eye or porterhouse steak.

 

Time Posted: Nov 7, 2017 at 5:01 PM
Gail Benzler
 
November 1, 2017 | Gail Benzler

2017 Vintage Maintains Adobe Road’s Commanding Quality

2017 Vintage Maintains Adobe Road’s Commanding Quality

 

Despite many challenges, the 2017 vintage looks to be an excellent one for Adobe Road Winery.

The vast majority of our grapes — 80 to 85 percent — had already been harvested by the time the Sonoma and Napa fires started, and so they escaped fire and smoke damage. And, we’re extremely happy with the high quality of that fruit, from whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay to signature reds such as Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and more.

 

Two Premium Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons Added

 

Despite the fact that Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be one of the last grapes left on the vine each season, we’ve got some extremely good news — Adobe Road will add two exciting new premier single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons to our collection of wines with the 2017 vintage.

We just finished pressing some amazing grapes from Lichau Hill Vineyards in Sonoma County’s Petaluma Gap. Lichau is a small, hand-tended vineyard growing 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s located not far from the Sangiacomo Family’s Roberts Road Vineyard, where we source some of the most prestigious Pinot Noir grapes available. Many wineries sought this delicious, small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and we’re excited to bring it to Adobe Road.

Adobe Road Winery is also thrilled to be adding Cabernet Sauvignon from a fantastic pedigree in Napa’s Sage Canyon. This vineyard is adjacent to the original Charles Pritchard homestead, high above Napa’s Lake Hennessey, home to Bryant Family Vineyard, Chappellet, Colgin, Continuum and David Arthur. The vineyard escaped the fires and smoke, just like Petaluma’s Lichau Hill, and the mountain fruit is very expressive of the terroir.

We’re excited about 2017 and the great quality wines that will result from a fantastic harvest.

Time Posted: Nov 1, 2017 at 4:34 PM
Gail Benzler
 
October 27, 2017 | Gail Benzler

A New York State of Wine: Adobe Road Winery Honored to Take Part in 2017 Grand Tasting

2017 Adobe Road Winery at New York Wine Spectator Grand Tastings

 

We were honored to share our Adobe Road Winery flagship wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyards, Georges III Block A1 at this year’s Wine Spectator Wine Experience at the Marriott Marquis New York City October 19-21.

Adobe Road was asked to participate and was honored to be amongst some of the top wineries in the world. Our 2013 Beckstoffer A-Block Cabernet Sauvignon received a stellar 94 point score from The Wine Spectator and to be listed as the highest-rated wine made from this very special vineyard owned by Andy Beckstoffer, is very exciting. Perhaps even more impressive for us was the way in which our wine was received by everyone who attended the Wine Experience last weekend.

Almost 5,000 people sampled the over 260 wines at this year’s 37th Wine Experience, celebrating the world’s very best. This benchmark event is a can’t miss annual event for wine lovers year after year. The response to our highly acclaimed Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon was out of this world -- our wine was deemed one of the very best in both Critics’ Choice Grand Tastings by this great group of wine aficionados amongst some of the most famous wineries in the world. People loved our wine and came back to our booth again and again for more. “Your wine was, I believe, the Wine of the Show, although the Chateau d’Yquem was a close second,” enthused attendee and new Adobe Road Wine Club member Jerry A. Rosenblatt.

Of course, Adobe Road Winery is known for putting the customer first and CEO Kevin Buckler and Director of Hospitality Sonny Martin made sure each and every Wine Experience guest received their share -- we were, as always, one of the first wineries to arrive and one of the last to leave each evening.

We were pleased to connect and entertain our Adobe Road Winery partners and friends at the show. Bob Garthwait managed to taste over 250 wines presented at the show -- this was his 31st New York Wine Experience in a row.

Expanding the scope and reach of Adobe Road is always a goal, and on this front, we were very successful as well. We are pleased to announce that Adobe Road wines will now be featured in most of New York City’s preeminent steak houses as well as some very prestigious retailers like “America's oldest” Acker Merrall & Condit and our friends at Beacon Wine and Spirits. In addition, we’ve broadened our market share by making placements in a number of regions including Florida, Nevada, Texas, Indiana, Maryland, Connecticut, Michigan and Canada, as well as working on opening distribution in Bermuda, Illinois and Arizona. Sonny really has been busy this year! So many new markets are excited about the 2013 Cabernet that we are getting close to being sold out (click here to purchase the 2013 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon or any of our other acclaimed wines).

All and all, we couldn’t have asked for a more successful weekend connecting with wine lovers, partners, reuniting with friends and winemakers and strengthening our share of the competitive wine marketplace.

“The event was fantastic for us on so many levels,” owner Kevin Buckler said regarding the event. “Our team worked hard and it showed, from the winemaking, packaging decisions and all the way to Sonny and I, working hard at the event every night. The effort was great for our brand. I was proud to be pouring next to some of the icons in the wine world and we are continually working on ‘earning our stripes’. We were so well received by all of the attendees… it was almost overwhelming. Our small boutique brand continues to advance through the ranks and we were so honored to be here and participating.”

 

Time Posted: Oct 27, 2017 at 1:47 PM
Gail Benzler
 
October 18, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road Winery Participates in Highly Exclusive Wine Spectator Wine Experience 2017

2017 Adobe Road Winery at New York Wine Spectator Grand Tastings

 

It is always a good feeling to be a part of something ground breaking. The global wine community is certainly no exception. Adobe Road Winery is extremely honored to have been selected to join Wine Spectator’s ultra-exclusive New York Wine Experience, October 19-21 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. This three-day event is a spectacular showcase of more than 250 of the world’s most unique and notable wine producers. Each producer has been rated 90+ by Wine Spectator’s board of editors and awarded a Critics’ Choice Award. Guided by the estate owners and winemakers themselves, this occasion provides attendees with possibly the most comprehensive wine tasting experience possible.  Each attendee will have a chance to sample all of the featured wines, as well as meet the winery owners and winemakers. The event is enhanced with educational wine seminars, food pairings designed by distinguished chefs, and a black tie gala of the wine world’s most prestigious producers.

Owner Kevin Buckler and national sales manager, Sonny Martin, will pour the 2013 Adobe Road Napa Valley Beckstoffer Georges III Block-A Cabernet Sauvignon, which Wine Spectator awarded a stunning 94 points. Kevin and Sonny will also acquaint patrons with the award winning boutique brand and the exciting new winery project being developed and based at the gateway to California Wine Country in Petaluma. Adobe Road sources the very best grapes from Napa and Sonoma counties, producing a wide variety of single-vineyard sources and blended wines that are being recognized at the highest levels.

This credibility greatly enhances the already respected Adobe Road brand and shines even more attention on the Petaluma development project, which will see the winery expand to a new 15,000 square foot facility, anchoring the city’s downtown waterfront development. This new industry-leading complex will include the winery, tasting room, event space, outdoor entertainment area, multiple private VIP and corporate areas as well as a rotating multi-brand motorsports  museum, carrying forward the legacy that has been achieved by Adobe Road’s sister company, The Racers Group.

“All of us at Adobe Road are truly honored to have been selected to participate in this years Wine Spectator Grand Experience,” Buckler says. “This is the Academy Awards of the wine world for us, having a ticket to attend is great, but being invited to participate as one the top global wineries is another. This event is full of icons from the wine world and we are most respectful and pleased to be in this company and will gladly take our seat at the table!”

The timing could not be better as Adobe Road’s new project is in the final planning stages and about to break ground.  Buckler continued, “we are almost complete on our fundraise and are thrilled with our awesome “A” team of partners involved. Our wine scores this year have been crazy good and we have also assembled a winning team back home. Sonny and I look forward to proudly pouring our award winning Beckstoffer A-Block and highlighting just one of our winemaker Garrett Martin’s handiwork!  A huge thanks to all of our guests, partners, wine club members and also our outstanding Petaluma community that has supported our dream back home. As the gateway to wine country and the close proximity to San Francisco, we look forward to doing outstanding things with the wine and corporate world, while continuing to shine a bright light on our charming and dynamic hometown -- Petaluma.”

 

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2017 at 4:24 PM
Gail Benzler
 
October 5, 2017 | Gail Benzler

What Makes Wine Grapes So Special?

What Makes Grapes so Special with Adobe Road Winery

 

Wine grapes can really take on a slew of flavors. First, here’s a little science.

Wine grapes are special because they can contain up to 600 molecular components. These components allow them to create a wide breadth of different flavor and aroma profiles.

There are many molecular components that make up the various building blocks that create flavors and aromas we associate with a variety of things like cherry, chocolate, tobacco, grass or currants. Cherry, for example, is a very specific combination of chemical compounds called phenols.

What Makes Grapes so Special with Adobe Road Winery
What Makes Grapes so Special with Adobe Road Winery

You might wonder why you pick up things like plum or nectarine or green grass when you smell and drink wine.

Start with the simple, short chains of polyphenols that excess primary flavors and aromas like stone fruit (peaches, nectarines and apricot), cherry, plum and green apple. We picked and crushed this year’s Viognier just a few weeks ago. If you’d been blindfolded, you would have sworn you were drinking freshly pressed apple juice.

Or, the molecules can combine to create more complex flavor profiles. More complex aromatics — truffle, tobacco, leather and barnyard for instance, are formed with longer and longer chains of polyphenols. The longer the chain, the more complex the aromatic or flavor it expresses.

So, next time you’re enjoying a glass of Adobe Road wine, really take the time to engage all of your senses. And remember how the wine grapes blinded you with science.


 

Time Posted: Oct 5, 2017 at 4:56 PM

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