This week, we were out sourcing Petite Sirah grapes from Gary Branham Estate in the Rockpile AVA. This area is famous for Petite Sirah. The combination of elevation, terrain and a unique climate make this growing region like no other in Sonoma County, California, or the world, for that matter. And we’re particularly proud to bring back our single vineyard Petite Sirah designated bottling with these luscious Branham grapes.
You can’t drive out to Rockpile in the dark -- it’s about two hours north of Petaluma and north of Lake Sonoma, out in the middle of nowhere. By the time you’re greeted by the Rockpile Ranch fence and the sign that says “end of the road,” you’ve got another 30 minutes to go on dirt and gravel to get to the Branham Estate.
Our winemaker, Garrett Martin wouldn’t be deterred. He trekked out earlier this week at the very end of daylight and spent the night in his car (“I’m sure glad I don’t have that Mini anymore,” he said”), waking up at first light to oversee the picking of some amazing Petite Sirah fruit. Our beautiful little caviar of Petite Sirah arrived at Adobe Road Winery later in the afternoon.
Adobe Road Winery aligned with Disney and Hollywood Records recently to produce a premium promotional leave-behind piece to promote the top-10 single Reminding Me by Shawn Hook with Vanessa Hudgens.
Disney and Hollywood Records asked us to create something memorable to help promote the single to radio program directors across the country, and so Adobe Road got right to work. Music marketing is white hot space for all three brands and this opportunity really gives Adobe Road a huge opportunity to harness some pivotal various lifestyle elements to enhance our branding and promotion of the video.
Our Favorite Cherry Red
In the song Reminding Me, Shawn remembers a favorite wine he shared with his former love -- our favorite cherry red. Using that lyric as a hook, we decided to create a custom label for 100 bottles of our 2012 Pinot Noir (with its cherry red notes and color) to bring the lyrics to life and to invoke the memories that were so central to the song. The final product is a piece that Disney, Hollywood Records and Shawn love, showcasing Shawn and aligning him with the Adobe Road brand. Our partnership is also creating media and promotional opportunities for our winery.
We expect you’ll hear more about our partnership with Disney, Hollywood Records and Shawn (who has ordered more custom bottles for himself) in the very near future.
Harvest is here. It’s our busiest time of the growing season. The weather has really thrown many growers for a loop and now that fruit is being picked, the order the grapes are coming in is, well… different. For example, this week, we’re picking Viognier, Zinfandel (Famighetti Vineyard) and Sauvignon Blanc (Bavarian Lion). We picked Chardonnay last week. Normally, Sauvignon Blanc would be the first varietal to hit our winery.
It so happens that there is a chance of rain late this week just as grapes are scheduled to be picked, and this is coming right on the heels of a big weekend heat wave. How does all of this affect the grapes on the vine?
Heat can certainly spike sugar ripeness and this can impact the picking schedule. Moist conditions can give way to powdery mildew and this is definitely a concern now, as it has been most of the growing season. But there is a silver lining.
When moist conditions are followed by warmer weather, humidity and wind, something very magical happens. Botrytis cinerea, commonly referred to as “noble rot” is extremely beneficial to the taste of the wine in your glass. How?
Botrytis extracts water without changing the grapes’ acid to sugar ratio. As a matter of fact, this is the only way grapes can intensify their juice to create the sweet nectar that’s known as a dessert wine, like our late harvest Semillon, which is nicely resting in barrels. French Sauternes like Chateau Yquem which might be the best known, is essential Botrytis-affected Semillon, just like our sweet nectar.
Our Redline blend is always popular. So popular, that we’re essentially sold out of our last vintage.
Adobe Road Winery owner Kevin Buckler and winemaker Garrett Martin got to work. They wanted to create a blend that was of extremely high quality but at a reasonable price point, something that would be great to purchase and open up with a weeknight dinner but would deliver like a weekend wine.
Redline is an awesome California red blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, two varietals that aren’t often matched together, along with Syrah, Petite Syrah and Malbec. What you get in the glass is a super approachable, big blend with cherry and dark berry fruits combined a hint of spiciness, aged in toasty French oak with enough tannin and acidity to hold together and match up with a variety foods. Plus it’s fresh. We’ll bottle our brand new 2016 Redline -- and get it ready for your glass -- later this month.
“I really enjoy working on Redline and putting forward Kevin’s vision of delivering a great wine to our Adobe Road family,” Martin says. “This blend really showcases the quality and diversity of Sonoma and Napa fruit.”
Look for our new Redline out soon along with a brand new bottle design that is a shout out to our sportscar legacy.
Pairing ideas: Tuesday night pizza, grilled meats like steak or lamb or a red pasta dish
Here at Adobe Road Winery, we make stellar wines: boutique, small lot, site driven wine, sourced from some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties. It's our attention to detail and reputation that enables us to acquire our fruit from these vineyards and the talent of our winemaker, Garrett Martin guided by the passion of owner Kevin Buckler, that brings exquisite taste to your glass.
Wine is meant to be savored with food. When great wine and food come together with friends and clients, that's when memories are made and it’s what we do so well with Adobe Road Wine Dinners. Our wine dinner experiences are like no other, combining exquisite food and wine with the B2B and networking opportunities only we can deliver on the race track and off during a race weekend.
This is exactly what happened this past Friday evening (part of our race weekend with partners and guests during the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix weekend at Lime Rock Park with sister company The Racers Group) at Winvian Farm in the Litchfield, Connecticut hills. Delectable farm to fork food by award-winning Chef Chris Evans was perfectly paired with our wines over six courses and passed appetizers that wowed our guests. That wow factor is the hallmark of our dinner celebrations.
Chef Evans’s menu at the Winvian with Adobe Road wine pairings:
Assorted Passed appetizers
Crudo of Kampachi
Mango, cantaloupe, verbena & yuzu
Seared Tuna Nikkei
Potato, piquillo pepper & green beans
Adobe Road Winery Rosé, Sonoma County 2016
Hand Rolled Pici
Pete Sepe farm lamb ragout & summer savory
Duo of Beef
Strip & braised short rib with potato, zucchini & tomato confit
Artisanal Cheese Tasting
Marinated olives, quince & crackers
Adobe Road Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley Bavarian Lion, 2014
Whipped Chocolate Namelaka
Hazelnut dacquoise, fresh strawberries, hazelnut ice cream & caramel
Photo Gallery from the Winvian Farm Wine Dinner Event
Adobe Road Winery onboard for Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour - Leaves lasting impressions in three major cities
After fifteen years of hard work and commitment, Adobe Road Winery is on a roll, receiving much-deserved accolades and recognition. The three city Wine Spectator Grand Tour we recently traveled with brought that to a whole new level. Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami all in less than a week and at every stop Adobe Road Winery was the standout!
The Grand Tour is an invitation-only event hosted by the Wine Spectator, showcasing the world's top rated wineries. Adobe Road was humbled to have so many excited patrons biding our long lines for a taste of some of California's most renowned, handcrafted wines. Our small winery seemed to steal the show as so many guests visited our booth, again and again. It was common for patrons to return with a friend, encouraging them to taste these cultivated masterpieces. Adobe Road Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Georges III, Block A-1, was the unsung "top wine of the tour” many attendees declared.
Winemaker Garrett Martin joined the tour in Las Vegas, enhancing the experience even more. He too was confounded by all of the praise bestowed upon what he had helped craft. In Chicago, one of our good friends and partner of The Racers Group team came to support our esteemed winery brand. She left the event overwhelmingly impressed with the response to this year's extraordinary releases.
Miami was the final stop of The Grand Tour and perhaps the most exciting. Owner Kevin Buckler, broke away from the hectic schedule of his sportscar racing team to attend the final event in this series of spectacular tastings. "You could feel the energy enhanced at this event," said National Sales Director, Sonny Martin, observing the heightened engagement around Buckler's appearance.
The recent Wine Spectator, Beckstoffer cover story prominently featuring our small winery, the latest Robert Parker accolades, and the mounting excitement around the new Petaluma riverfront winery have quickly turned Adobe Road Winery into the "rock stars" of the wine world. Exciting times!
Adobe Road SCORES with new Robert Parker reviews...Featured prominently in the Wine Spectator cover story on Andy Beckstoffer and his top Napa Cabernet Producers
Andy Beckstoffer is the most powerful and influential grower in the California wine world and lays claim to some of the best property in all of Napa Valley. Adobe Road has been fortunate enough to have a partnership with Beckstoffer Vineyards since 2008. In this current edition of the Wine Spectator, Andy is featured on the cover with special attention to his very top winery partners that are purchasing his fruit and doing amazing things in the wine world. Adobe Road is one of the prominently featured wineries.
As many of you know, Adobe Road Winery has been very grateful to have been recognized by The Wine Spectator with numerous 90+ scores. These are extremely rewarding for us and always translate into positive growth for our blossoming, boutique winery and exciting new Petaluma riverfront winery project. These accolades open new doors and opportunities for Adobe Road, such as being invited to pour at national events around the country, strong restaurant placements, distributor partnerships along with strengthened credibility in a competitive market.
Another prominent and outstanding wine publication is Robert Parker’s’ The Wine Advocate, which includes fantastic reviews and lifestyle stories, wine scores and additional recommendations. It may come as no surprise to our biggest fans that Adobe Road has successfully gained the attention of wine aficionado Robert Parker with its current roster of upcoming releases. This continued success and notoriety are rapidly propelling Adobe Road to a whole new level of acclaim and opportunity.
The high-level of excitement building around our new facilities on the Petaluma riverfront, combined with this national recognition, have brought a strong growth to our loyal Adobe Road following. It is no wonder that more and more “believers” are inquiring about the few remaining shares available in our booming new venture. We welcome your inquiry before the investment opportunity closes in the coming weeks, and hope for your continued enjoyment of Adobe Road Wines and all that the new winery project has to offer.