2022

Chardonnay

Vintner’s Select

$35

 

TA: 5.2 g/l

pH: 3.6

Brix at harvest: 23-24

Harvest date: 9/14-10/10/2022

Oak: New American oak 100%(3 and 4 year air dried) 

Bottled: 7/2023



Winemaker’s Notes:

 

“The Chardonnay that comes from the San Francisco Bay appellation possesses a unique focus of character. While being in a warmer, mediterranean climate, the two vineyards which make up this Chardonnay are both located along the eastern edge of the SF Bay. The sloping, rolling hills of the Kalthoff common creates a microclimate ideal for drainage and retaining the cool air that prolongs the growing season. Additionally, the Lamorinda appellation just north of Livermore Valley has a strong delta influence keeping the vineyard a very cool region 3.

 

I was a non-believer of Chardonnay from this appellation when I arrived here in 2004. Today, I will put this wine against any Chard on the shelf at the price point. The appellation is under-valued. It is one of the more exciting wines that I work with.”

 

Dane Stark, winemaker

 

Tasting Notes:

 

The barrel fermentation of this Chardonnay adds complexity and structure. 

It has opening notes of hints of butter, shortbread, lemon, fruit and honey suckle.

It has a lovely,light yellow, straw color.

The palate entry has floral components with spice, elegant and restrained fruit in the California style and a balanced and pleasing mid palate. The acidity is tempered making this an excellent food wine but one that drinks all by itself just fine! There is honey, graham cracker, almond and buttercup in the finish with lingering bright floral and a gentle structure of new oak barrels. 




2021

Merlot

Livermore Valley

$34

 

TA: 5.5 g/l

pH: 3.6

Brix at harvest: 24.9

Harvest date: 9/22/2021

Aging treatment: 20% New American Oak blend of forests



Winemaker’s Notes:

 

As we explore the Livermore Valley, becoming enchanted by the variety and quality this unique wine region has to offer, the Bordeaux varietals cannot be ignored, especially the right bank varietals.

This vineyard is quadrilateral cordons and fronting Greenville Rd with generous yield with ample canopy. It is ideal conditions for this varietal.

The Thatcher Bay Vineyard is hand harvested and the wine is made as a standalone varietal due to its relevant structure, balance and inherent quality.”

 

Dane Stark, winemaker




Tasting Notes:



Medium ruby in color.

This wine opens with fresh fruit on the nose of plums, spice, berries and touch of oak. Medium intensity entry leads to a lean mid palate and soft tannins around the back of the palate with integrated acidity and a lingering finish. Hints of light oak surround a very structured and nuanced mid palate reminiscent of great Bordeaux.

The balance of the fruit and structure provide for aging potential for a number of years.




2021

Malbec

Livermore Valley

$34

 

TA: 5 g/l

pH: 3.6

Brix at harvest: 24.9

Harvest date: 10/16/2021

Aging treatment: 20% New American Oak blend of forests



Winemaker’s Notes:

 

As we explore the Livermore Valley, becoming enchanted by the variety and quality this unique wine region has to offer, the Bordeaux varietals cannot be ignored, especially the left bank wines.

This vineyard is close to the winery providing generous yields with ample canopy. 

This varietal is a wonderful stand alone wine, with complexity for days.”

 

Dane Stark, winemaker




Tasting Notes:



Medium ruby in color.

This wine opens with fresh fruit on the nose of plums, spice, berries, big fruit, chocolate, smoke and a touch of oak. Medium intensity entry leads to a full and developed  mid palate with soft tannins around the back of the palate, integrated acidity and a lingering sweet finish. Hints of light oak surround a very structured and pleasing mid-palate.

The balance of the fruit and structure provide for aging potential for a number of years.