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.”
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.”
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.
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.