New California Chardonnay and Washington State Merlot In Stock

Jack Tipple has just discovered and brought into the store two amazing wines… One is a delectable Chardonnay produced by Wind Gap and the other a luscious Merlot produced by Woodward Canyon.

2009 Wind Gap James Berry Chardonnay:
“The 2009 Wind Gap Chardonnay James Berry Vineyard is an intense, mineral-laced wine layered with expressive varietal fruit. It shows gorgeous focus and length in a wiry Chablis-influenced style that will make readers re-consider what is possible within California Chardonnay. Slate, crushed rocks and all things mineral frame the intense finish. Mahle aged the Chardonnay (from 45 year-old vines) in equal parts concrete and steel. This is a stellar effort.” 91 Points Wine Advocate.

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About Wind Gap:

The newest project of Pamela and Pax Mahle, formerly of Pax Wine Cellars. Wind Gap Wines was founded in 2006. Grapes are sourced from vineyards throughout California, most of which are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hills funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening of wine grapes. The name, Wind Gap, celebrates this force of nature that shapes the wines.

Low yields, natural yeast fermentations and some whole cluster inclusion in certain varieties. Fermentation and aging is carried out in a selected combination of concrete, stainless steel, and old neutral French oak. Grapes are picked at lower brix keeping alcohols on the low to moderate side, and the wines are less extracted (“gob-less”) than the Pax wines.

The lineup includes Chardonnay, Grenache, Trousseau Gris, Syrah and Pinot Noir (one from Woodruff Vineyard in Santa Cruz Mountains in 2008 and one from Gap’s Crown and Griffins Lair Vineyards in Sonoma County)

2009 Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot:

This newest bottling of 2009 Nelms Road Merlot reflects the vintage well and is a great successor to the beautiful 2008. The Spring Creek and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyards were again the predominant vineyards for 2009 merlot. Add to that some truly phenomenal press wine from some of the oldest and most celebrated vineyards in Washington State such as Champoux and Weinbau and we can produce a truly wonderful merlot year after year.

About Nelms Road:

In 1998, Woodward Canyon Winery began producing wines under a second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers merlot and cabernet sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley and Washington State grapes. It was developed to produce delicious and affordable red wine from young vineyards and declassified Woodward Canyon Winery production. While these wines may be cellared for several years, they are truly ready for enjoyment now.


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