The Painting: October, by James Tissot

2012 Masterpiece Vineyards Alexander Valley Chardonnay

Vineyard and Winemaking Notes

This Chardonnay was grown in the beautiful Alexander Valley, a small grape growing region in Sonoma County just north of the town of Healdsburg and about 20 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Bisected by the Russian River, this area tends to be slightly warmer than the Russian River Valley AVA, producing grapes with typical tropical fruit flavors while maintaining crisp acidity.

 

This Chardonnay was made in an unoaked style, fermented very cold, which preserves the delicate Chardonnay fruit flavors and highlights the natural acidity, minerality and clean finish. A very small percentage of Viognier was blended with the Chardonnay to add a floral note and complexity.

 

Without the influence of oak, the fresh pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors, deft balance and clean, seamless finish of this wine make it a perfect choice to pair with pan seared or grilled seafood and poultry dishes prepared with lighter sauces. It is also an excellent choice with subtly seasoned Asian cuisine.

The Painting: In The Woods in Giverny, by Claude Monet

2012 Masterpiece Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Vineyard and Winemaking Notes

Our 100% Estate grown, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is grown on our 225 acre estate just south of Healdsburg, on alluvial Spreckles loam benchland soils east of the Russian River. These soils provide excellent drainage while maintaining low fertility, essential to the cultivation of fine wine grapes. The Pinot Noir blocks, 4 and 10, are influenced by the cool maritime climate of the Russian River Valley, with frequent morning fog and cool temperatures while warm mid days are followed by cool evenings and nights. This temperature differential allows the Pinot Noir grapes to develop slowly to full maturity and flavor development.

 

The fruit, 100% Pinot Noir, was hand sorted and given a two day cold soak using the slow starting Assmanhauser yeast. During fermentation, daily pump overs were performed for flavor and color extraction. The different lots spent an average of 9 months on oak prior to final stabilization and bottling. The wine exhibits classic Russian River character, with bright, red berry fruit, supple tannins, excellent acidity and a long, complex finish.

The Painting: Young Woman Braiding Her Hair, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

2012 Masterpiece Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard and Winemaking Notes

Our 100% Estate grown, Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was grown on our 225 acre estate just south of Healdsburg, on very well drained, low fertility volcanic soils at nearly 500 feet elevation. The three Cabernet Sauvignon blocks designated for this wine, 35D, 35F and 39, are perched well above the fog line typical of the Russian River Valley. This aspect provides the warmth required to properly ripen the Cabernet fruit, while the moderating Pacific breezes and cool night time temperatures allow the fruit to ripen gradually to full maturation.

 

After hand harvesting of the Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit was hand sorted and de-stemmed, then drained to tank for slow fermentation on the skins using ICV D254 yeast. After gentle pressing, the three different lots spent an average of 12 months on oak prior to final stabilization and bottling. The wine shows elegant flavors of black cherry and ripe plum, with fine grained tannins, medium weight and outstanding balance. The finish is long and layered, framed by a subtle and refined touch of oak.

The Painting: The Plum, by Eduoard Manet

2012 Masterpiece Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Grown Zinfandel

Vineyard and Winemaking Notes

Our 100% Estate grown, Russian River Valley Zinfandel is grown on our 225 acre estate just south of Healdsburg and east of the Russian River. This wine was grown on two very different blocks, the 10 group and the much higher elevation 42. The nearly 350’ differential in elevation and radically different soil profiles provides a range of flavor and textural components.

 

Zinfandel grapes are thin skinned and require a balance of warm days and cool evenings to ripen properly. Our cooler, low lying 10 blocks are perfectly located for structure and balance, while the warmer, higher block 42 on volcanic soils provide lush body and intense flavors.

 

 After hand harvesting of the Zinfandel, the fruit was hand sorted and de-stemmed, then drained to tank for slow fermentation on the skins. After gentle pressing, the wine spent an average of 9 months on oak prior to final stabilization and bottling. Our Zinfandel exhibits bright, ripe berry flavors, with touches of exotic spice and outstanding balance. The finish is long and layered, with a hint of pepperiness and soft oak.