The much talked about Grand Opening of Adobe Road Winery’s new tasting room venue in the heart of downtown Petaluma, was a resounding success. Distinguished guests from local government including Mayor David Glass, Vice Mayor Dave King and the rest of the Council as well as dignitaries from the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce were among the crowd. Soulful jazz performed by Peter Welker’s sextet was heard playing throughout the historic downtown scene while visitors enjoyed delicious eats from Wild Goat bistro, paired heavenly with some of Adobe Road’s newest wines. Legendary sister company, The Racer’s Group displayed some of their awe inspiring Aston Martin race cars, which drew in passerbys to the classy event. Club members and new friends alike expressed their appreciation and excitement around Adobe Road finding its new tasting room home in this trending wine country river town. Guests were also given sneak peeks into the much talked about new facility being built just blocks away. Architectural floor plans were on display for everyone to get a closer look at the amazing things still to come for this thriving home town winery. Thank you to everyone that supported us in our move, and to all that joined us for this momentous celebration. We couldn't be happier to be where we are, and can’t wait to show you what’s coming!
I don't always chime in on the quarterly releases, but I am going to start. I am particularly proud of the wines we are sharing with you, as well as what has been happening with the exciting new winery project in downtown Petaluma on the Riverfront!
This club shipment includes several wines that we are very proud of and introduces you to a couple of new winners! The 2013 Apex is a project that has been near and dear to my heart, as a lover and collector of “cutting edge blends”, and some of the most sought after of the “cult” wines, I feel confident that this will stand toe-to-toe amongst any of those wines. If any of you are lucky enough to be on the mailing lists for any of the new ultra-premium blend wines, I challenge you to taste Apex side-by-side in a blind tasting against some of your favorites. I have taken this challenge personally, even blind tasting the winery staff, and am confident your results will mirror our own and Apex will be one of your new favorites. We worked diligently on this project, selecting some of the best barrels from four different varietals and are really excited with the results. We expect you will be too.
The next two wines are rather unique varietals you don't often see as stand alone, but we have been producing them for the last few years. Viognier is amongst the most valued white wines in any collector’s cellar. It is a difficult grape to craft into a world class wine. Garrett and I worked meticulously together and have got it right with this vintage! Lighter and more delicate than previous vintages, it still has all the characteristic floral notes expected of Viognier, but with graceful creamy fruit and a beautiful finish. Our2013 Grenache is also an incredible expression of the varietal, a lighter bodied red similar to pinot, but with more spice and earth. We produced 132 cases of this special wine, just for our wine club members. You will love this one!
The new project on the downtown Petaluma riverfront is continuing full steam and we are looking forward to demolishing the old building on property and beginning construction on the new. We are thrilled with the stunning new concept our architect has designed and also keeping some of the cool Petaluma traditions. We are orienting the entire winery and especially our tasting room, visitor center and banquet facilities completely around the waterfront property. The outdoor patio decks with fire pits and the pizza oven will be a fun and festive location for everyone to enjoy and hope it will be a source of pride when you bring friends, family and colleagues for a tasting at YOUR winery. One of the many great features of this new facility will be a beautiful event center that takes full advantage of our wonderful waterfront location. Please reach out to the wine team if you would like to be on the list to use this facility for a wedding, corporate or other event.
The new tasting room in the Great Petaluma Mill is now complete and the extremely positive feedback from the city and all the residents who have stopped in to congratulate us has been overwhelming.
If anyone has interest in joining our team of investors in this new waterfront winery project, please feel free to reach out to me directly and I will be happy to answer any questions, providemore details, and give you a personal tour of all that we are doing. Several of you already have and we welcome you to this exciting new Partnership.
Thank you all for being part of the "Team Adobe Road Family".
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On Monday 9–6 at 6:15 AM Adobe Road officially started Crush 2016! The Famighetti Viognier was harvested and gently pressed in the cool of the morning on a pleasantly warm early fall day. Sound ideal? Well, that's growing season 2016!
Earlier in the season, light rains brought some temporary relief to California's drought struggle. Favorable weather conditions through bloom facilitated typical fruit set, and the moderately warm summer evenly ripened Adobe Road grapes. What's left is to wait patiently for the rest of our vineyards to gain the nuance of perfect ripeness before harvesting.
In the barn:
Famighetti Viognier, Dry Creek
Sangiacomo Carneros Chardonnay, Sonoma
Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir
Famighetti Zinfandel, Dry Creek
Green Valley Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma
See you soon in wine country! Cheers!