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Garrett Martin
 
May 15, 2018 | Garrett Martin

The Art of French Oak Barrel Making

Participant, invited to Wine Spectator Grand Tour

Oak. It is one of the most influential materials used in the winemaking process.  Think about some of your favorite wines -- many of those creamy, spicy, vanilla and toasty rich aromas and flavors are direct results of the combination of wine, wood and time.

I had the chance to travel through some of our French oak forests this winter, where I was able to inspect the sources of many of our barrels. Only the best wood from perfectly aged trees at least 200 years old is used to make wine barrels. But don’t worry -- no wood is ever wasted.  

Material that is not suitable for barrel making is used for other craftsman projects such as furniture making.  And although cutting down 200 year old trees may look like deforestation to our new world eyes, it is the epitome of sustainability from the French perspective. They’ve been managing these forests for well over 900 years. These government controlled forests, through the careful tending of trees over large areas of land, ensure that French oak is a resource that will continue indefinitely.

The Process

Once they’ve been harvested, trees are carefully split and cut to barrel stave size, then stacked on pallets and left to season in the outside elements for 24-36 months.  Only then is the wood ready to be toasted and shaped into a barrel. Each cooperage toasts barrels to different specifications, much like different chefs will sear a steak in unique ways, so the relationship between the cooper and the winemaker is incredibly important to assure the impact of the wood on the wine is exactly what is desired.  Variables like toasting temperature, time on the fire, the use of water or steam during toasting, the forests used to make the staves, seasoning time, grain tightness and many more factors have huge influence on the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel of the wine that ultimately comes out of that barrel.

Just as winemaking is a science and an art, so is barrel making.  It is the successful joining of these two crafts that sets the stage for incredible wine.

Wines to Try

Check out how French oak influences these Adobe Road wines, in different ways.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, Bavaraian Lion Vineyard -- You can smell and taste the toasty oak.

2016 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo, Roberts Road Vineyard -- In our Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir, it's all about how the oak influences the mouthfeel and creaminess of the wine.

Time Posted: May 15, 2018 at 3:36 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
Garrett Martin
 
November 18, 2016 | Garrett Martin

Kevin & Garrett Showcase Adobe Road at the Premier Wine Spectator event in New York

Every industry has an event that brings together the best of the best: think Academy Awards, the Grammys, Golden Globes, the Presidential race (wait, scratch that last one!). The wine industry is no different: our Academy Awards are called the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience.

With thousands of wineries worldwide to choose from, Wine Spectator picks only their top 250 producers and gives them the honor of being a Critic’s Choice award winner. The event is attended by participants from around the world with the highlight being Thursday and Friday evenings where all of the attendees are able to taste the wines from these top producers and meet the owners and winemakers. It is a spectacular event and a huge honor to be selected to participate.

No award event is complete without a ceremony. It just so happens that in the wine industry our “ceremonies” tend to be tastings, which are way more fun than acceptance speeches! Imagine 250 of the world’s top wineries pouring their best wines for thousands of fans. That is The Wine Spectator Critic’s Choice Experience! That was our week last week and we rocked it!

Kevin and Garrett poured tastings of the highly rated Adobe Road 2009 Cabernet Franc. With Times Square as a backdrop, the wines took center stage and our Cab Franc was a shining star with winery colleagues, critics, and fans alike.

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2016 at 9:55 AM
Garrett Martin
 
September 20, 2016 | Garrett Martin

Winemaker G’s Corner

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

Up Next:

Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir
Famighetti Zinfandel, Dry Creek
Green Valley Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma

See you soon in wine country! Cheers!

Time Posted: Sep 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

EDITORIAL


Petaluma Star - Focus on Adobe Road Winery

Adobe Road is in many ways a luxury brand, which is not surprising given TRG’s affiliations with Porsche, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. Several of its wines are priced in the $100 – $175 range, and the entire portfolio is crafted to wow the glitterati trackside at Le Mans or Daytona, or at exclusive events such as Wine Spectator’s Wine Experiences.

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20 Best Sonoma Rosés to Drink This Summer

Adobe Road Winery 2017 Rosé - A fun and funky blend of pinot noir, syrah, grenache, zinfandel and petite sirah, Adobe Road’s rosé features grapes grown in the newly designated Petaluma Gap AVA...

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Hollywood's Eco-Defenders Take Center Stage at the Environmental Media Awards

Before the show, some guests enjoyed wine from Adobe Road poured straight from the cask, and posed for photos in a digital photo booth...

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Grand Tour Hosts World’s Greatest Wine Fans

Wine Spectator's annual series of tasting extravaganzas continued in New York with 244 outstanding wines from 15 nations

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Outstanding Scores for Adobe Road Winery

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is one of the most iconic wine publications in the world. Adobe Road Winery is honored to be reviewed in this month's Sonoma and Napa wine issue

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ADOBE ROAD: RACE CARS AND CHARDONNAY

What do race car driving and California Cabernet have in common?

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Petaluma is an eggscellent weekend escape from the Bay Area scramble

The Find: In the early evening, we were slowly spinning our wheels looking for somewhere to have a pre-dinner drink. We went from 0 to 200 mph when we found Adobe Road Winery Tasting Room (6 Petaluma Blvd. N.; [707] 939-9099), race car driver and vintner Kevin Buckler’s tasting room, which opened in the summer. We chose the “Showcase” pouring

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How The Wind Is Making The Petaluma Gap California's Newest Wine Region

Located 32 miles north of San Francisco, in both Sonoma and Marin Counties, the Petaluma Gap is an inland valley distinguished by a 15-mile wide aperture in the coastal hills through which salty maritime wind and afternoon fog whisk in a chill.

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Petaluma wine tasting room plans in fast lane

A long-awaited proposal for a state-of-the-art downtown Petaluma winery, tasting room and auto racing museum is gaining momentum, according to Adobe Road Winery’s CEO.

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Petaluma Gap Is Wine Country’s Newest AVA
The newly designated region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

The new AVA includes about 80 winegrowers and nine wineries. One of our favorite wines released this year is an example of the quality of Pinot Noir grapes grown in the region—75 percent of the fruit planted is Pinot Noir—and the range of complexity that’s possible from multiple-elevation harvesting.

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Petaluma California: A Sonoma County Hotspot

In the Great Petaluma Mill complex find Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room. Tasting excellent wines like their Big Pig Pinot and one labeled merely ”Red Wine” made me an instant fan.

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Petaluma Gap becomes new Sonoma County wine appellation

The federal government on Thursday recognized the Petaluma Gap as the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), giving Sonoma County its 18th such wine appellation and providing another reminder of its vast diversity of grape growing throughout the region.

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All About Adobe Road Winery by James Knight (Sonomacounty.com)

Wine is not all about speed, and that was exactly why it appealed to champion GT racing team leader Kevin Buckler. At the Adobe Road tasting room in downtown Petaluma, I’m told that Buckler values the slow and steady process of making wine. As for high points and awards—it doesn’t hurt that Adobe Road wines have scored those, too.

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9 Soon-to-Open Sonoma Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries & Hotels We’re Stoked About

Downtown Petaluma keeps getting hotter, and the hip-factor will only increase when Adobe Road opens their new 15,000 square foot winery and tasting room along the Petaluma River. And it's going to be more than just a winery - they'll have a motorsports museum (Adobe Road owner Kevin Buckler owns one of the most successful racing teams in the world), an event center and commercial kitchen. Guests can sip wine by the bottle, served alongside wood-fired pizza, on the riverfront patio.

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Race to the Top: A DITL with Kevin Buckler

Kevin Buckler is a man with two passions: fast cars and fun. And how does he bridge these two very distinct passions together? Through his two companies, Adobe Road Winery and The Racers Group. Running one successful business is a feat in itself, but Buckler is not one to shy away from a challenge. He rather flawlessly runs two, rotating between crafting award-winning wines and running his ever-expanding motorsports company.
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NY Wine Spectator Wine Experience 2016

Adobe Road Winery has once again been invited to participate in arguably one of the most prestigious events a winery can attend, Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience, October 20 – 22. The event is attended by wine enthusiasts from around the world and only the top rated wineries in the world are invited to pour at the Critics’ Choice Grand Tasting.


22 Refreshing Sonoma Rosés to Drink All Summer by Sarah Stierch

Adobe Road has released the most unique Rosés of the season, in partnership with Lagunitas Brewing Company: a sparkling Rosé. Super-limited at a mere 60 cases, this primarily Zinfandel-based wine has the rich head of a beer and the sweet flavor of watermelon and maraschino cherry. A must try for those who like to balance their wine tasting with their beer sipping.

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More room for wine: Adobe Road opens Petaluma's second wine tasting room

Dozens of people gathered on Tuesday to raise their glass to Petaluma’s newest wine tasting room, a venue for home-grown Adobe Road Winery to gain more face time with the public as it moves toward building a nearby hub for wining and dining on the edge ofthe Petaluma River.

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Downtown Petaluma wine tasting room gets approval

The Petaluma Planning Commission voted swiftly and unanimously on Tuesday to approve a permit for Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room at The Great Petaluma Mill, 6 Petaluma Blvd. North. It will be downtown Petaluma’s second wine tasting room, and the first serving a wide variety of wines.
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Adobe Road Winery Honored to be Invited to Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience

Adobe Road Winery has been invited to participate in the prestigious Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience, taking place the weekend of October 20-22, 2016. It is truly an honor to be invited to pour alongside some of the best wineries from all across the globe and adds additional excitement around the winery’s new project in Petaluma. The three-day event is every wine aficionados dream, with sit-down tastings of award winning vintages (all scored over 90 points), the Critic’s Choice Grand Tastings, and the exclusive black-tie awards banquet. This is the very best of the wine world. We hope to see you there.
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Adobe Road Winery Facility: Progress Report

We are eager and excited to open the doors of our new satellite Tasting Room in the Great Petaluma Mill, in the very heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma. This will be our cozy home while development and construction begin on the new headquarters facility, just around the corner. Final licensing and approval are close to completion, and we can’t wait to see some new and familiar faces stopping by to taste some of the new releases. -expected to open late next month.
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The Sonoma County Barrel Auction raises a record setting number with 90 one-of-a-kind wine lots
Allison Levine

Garrett Martin of Adobe Road Winery summed up their lot of 10 cases as “Petaluma Gap in a glass.” The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley represented all generations of Dry Creek by combining equal amounts of zinfandel from seven wineries, half who are the original producers in the region and the other half are newer producers of Zinfandel.
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Petaluma leads Sonoma County in economic development

His decision was one example of many in recent years that have made Petaluma the leader in economic development in Sonoma County. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the county — 4.1 percent in March — and the second highest median household income, at $75,655 in 2015.
The business activity has rapidly reversed the fortunes of this city of almost 60,000, which was hit with a one-two punch at the turn of the millennium — fallout from the telecom bust of the early 2000s and the real estate crash some six years later. At its low point, commercial office vacancy rates were 40 percent.
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Petaluma is Fertile Ground for "Cultivated, home-grown culture - Lori Varsames"

When Lori Varsames saw her dream job in her dream location pop up on LinkedIn one morning, she jumped on the opportunity and applied.
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Adobe Road Winery setting up shop in downtown Petaluma

"When you’re starting to attract businesses that are relocating from the square in Sonoma — the heart of Sonoma Wine Country — to the heart of Petaluma, that really tells you just how attractive the area is, I think it’s going to be a great amenity for our local economy. It’s going to be a great ambiance for the downtown. It’s exactly what the downtown ought to be building."
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Big Things Happening in Petaluma

Our exciting new State-of-the-Art facility in downtown Petaluma...right on the Riverfront, continues to progress! We are bringing together all of the “Best Practices/Best of the Best” in terms of Tasting Room, Visitors Center, Winery and state-of-the-art equipment, Corporate and Banquet Facilities, Food and Cooking classes, Private Tasting and Barrel Room, Ultra-Premium Custom Crush/Private Label and a Beautiful Automotive and Motorsports Museum - all rolled into one EPIC location, operated by a highly efficient and motivated team. No pun intended but we are going to CRUSH IT!
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