2016 has treated us winemakers and growers well. Really, there has mostly been good news to report with regards to growing conditions through the vintage in California. We had some rainfall during last year’s wet season, then the vines woke up a bit early and produced evenly ripened fruit into October. Not much mold, mildew, or other maladies to report with this year’s harvest and we are all rejoicing in Petaluma, Sonoma, and Napa for a beautiful year!
"Botrytis is a type of rot that is very special and particular in the world of fine winemaking."
But now I am hoping for rot." Yeah, I said it! I’m hoping my remaining grapes on the vine develop devastating, grey, fuzzy rot before I pick them. But wait, before you write me off as one of those “crazy alternative winemakers” let me explain. I only have one small lot of grapes left on the vine: Semillon in Knights Valley, Sonoma County. And we’re not making regular wine from these grapes. We’re making late harvest dessert goodness, and the kind of rot I’m hoping for is not your garden-variety fuzz.
Botrytis is a type of rot that is very special and particular in the world of fine winemaking. When the right grapes have been left on the vine to gain additional sugar and flavor; when the moisture and humidity conditions are perfect; when all the stars align and growing, weather, and winemaking conditions are perfect, that’s when “normal” rot turns into “noble” rot. Botrytis takes hold of grape clusters and sucks the water out of them, concentrating the sugar and flavor that remain. This concentration creates the highly flavored juice that we use to create classic dessert wines (think Sauternes in France). The most recent rains here in Sonoma County are helping make the conditions for perfect Botrytis rot on our dessert Semillion!
I am anxiously awaiting our last pick of grapes, and hoping for fuzz!
Adobe Road Winery selected to participate in ultra-exclusive Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience
It is always a good feeling to be a part of something amazing. The global wine community is certainly no exception. Adobe Road Winery is extremely honored to have been asked to take part in Wine Spectator’s ultra-exclusive New York Wine Experience. This three day event is a spectacular showcase of more than 200 of the world’s most unique and notable wine producers. Guided by the estate owners and winemakers themselves, this occasion provides attendees with possibly the most comprehensive wine tasting platform in the world. The festival is enhanced with educational wine seminars, food pairings designed by distinguished chefs, and a black tie gala of the wine industry's most prestigious producers.
The event takes place October 20 - 22 in New York City. Adobe Road Winery owner Kevin Buckler and winemaker Garrett Martin will be in attendance to enlighten patrons to the amazing wines being produced from our small boutique winery in California. Once again, Adobe Road’s hard work and success is being recognized at the highest levels. This credibility will greatly enhance our already respected brand and bring even more attention to our exciting new Petaluma project (see below) as development continues. For those fortunate to partake in this unique experience, please take the time to stop by and say hello. We always love to see our fans, friends, and Adobe Road family out on the road.
Adobe Road is amongst some Chardonnay stalwarts having received a notable 90 point rating from Wine Spectator for its recently released 2014 Russian River Valley, Baciagalupi Vineyard Chardonnay. Its long awaited return enamored critics with its unctuous caramel and vanilla bean notes, its balanced stone fruit palate, and elegant minerality. It comes as no surprise to wine maker Garrett Martin, and owners Kevin and Debra Buckler, that this bold and delicious white won over judges. As with all of our wines, the care, time and attention put into this rich beauty paid off in spades when the judges tasted it. Our fans have been clamoring for us to produce another award winning Chardonnay, and the wait is over. With holidays quickly approaching and high demand, this is a stunning wine that will be enjoyed by one and all this season. Order now before the supply is gone.
Adobe Road Winery Proudly Opens Doors to New Petaluma Tasting Room: Town Shows Tremendous Support for their Hometown Winery
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!
Petaluma’s own Adobe Road Winery Tasting Room is now open for business in the Great Petaluma Mill ( 6 Petaluma Blvd. N, Suite A1) Always a small lot, hand-crafted winery with a local focus, now the new tasting room is open right in the heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma!
Designed to be an authentic, inviting and comfortable space we are looking forward to hosting your next wine tasting, weekend getaway, friendly gathering or company party! Call Sonny at the tasting room or stop by any day of the week from 11am to 7pm.
BEAT THE HEAT WITH THESE LIMITED RELEASE WHITES
2014 Viognier -A classic Viognier marked by powerful floral aromatics punctuated with aromas of white peach, lime zest, and wet stone. The orchard fruit continues through to the palate, where a voluptuous mouth feel accentuates flavors of both yellow and white peaches with mineral undertones balanced by a refreshing, mouth watering juiciness. An exemplary expression of the varietal in the classic sense. Enjoyed best in it’s youth, slightly chilled so as not to dull the beautiful subtleties. This wine will turn an everyday summer fare meal into a memorable experience. Only 145 cases produced so don’t wait.
2014 Semillon - The sunny days and cool nights that Bavarian Lion Vineyard experiences in Knights Valley are perfect for this rarely seen varietal wine grape. This vintage shows beautiful straw color with pretty aromas of honeycomb, pear and apple, accented with the lightest hint of oak. Crisp Asian pear balanced with rich honeycomb creaminess and fresh minerality are the flavors most apparent in the mouth. Soft and supple on the palate, the 2014 Sémillon begs for hard, salty cheeses and lighter fish dishes. 160 cases produced
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