Thank you to sommelier and friend of the winery, Mark Ellenbogen, for finding this SF Chronicle article from 2008 in the archives!
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VINTNERS SAY LOW SULFER CAN RESULT IN PURER FLAVORS
BY WOLFGANG WEBER
PHOTO BY CRAIG LEE/THE CHRONICLE
Contemporary attitudes toward the use of SO2 are changing, most notably in Europe, but also increasingly in the United States. Indeed, working with little to almost zero SO2 is one of the rallying points of the natural wine movement, a blanket term used to describe wines made according to a philosophy of minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar.
In recent years in both France and Italy, winemakers such as Marcel Lapierre in Morgon and Stanislao Radikon in Friuli have pushed the envelope on SO2 use, simultaneously embracing a traditional approach — no additions of sulfur — while at the same time eagerly cultivating the market for such wines in Europe and the United States with a modernist fervor. As with organics and biodynamics before it, wine made without SO2 may be the next trend in the current green craze.
2015 'The Comet', Sonoma County | 93 Points, Gold "Best of the Best"
2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley | Silver
2016 Late Harvest Zinfandel | Silver
2015 Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch | Bronze
This competition rates wines exclusively produced and bottled in the following California North Coast AVAs:
- Sonoma County
- Napa County
- Lake County
- Mendocino County
- Marin County
- Parts of Solano County
Eligibility includes any bottled wine labeled with these AVAs as their main source of grapes and whose winery is in California.
Best Red Blend!
Thank you to the judges who ranked our 2015 'The Comet' as the Best Red Blend at the Wine & Spirits San Diego International Wine Competition. To be recognized out of the 1,400 wines submitted is absolutely wonderful.
2015 'The Comet' Red Blend, Sonoma County | 90 Points
Made from half Zinfandel, 40% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignan, given minimal exposure to new oak, opting instead for older French barrels, this wine is dark in color and bright and bubbly in acidity. Cherry and vanilla flavors complement one another alongside a dusty texture and finishing hit of black pepper.
- Virginie Boone
What an honor to be written up in the New York Times! Thank you to Eric Asimov, for recommending our 2016 Grenache in his recent article focusing on California Grenache. If you would like to taste this wine as well, Click Here to visit our online store and pick up a bottle!
YOUR NEXT LESSON: CALIFORNIA GRENACHE
BY ERIC ASIMOV
From amontillado we go to a much more contemporary sort of wine, grenache from California.
Also known as garnacha in Spain, where the grape is thought to have originated, grenache has long been a part of the California equation. It was an essential component in old mixed black heritage vineyards, in which many different black grapes were planted and vinified all together.
Over the last 30 years, I’ve seen a few good examples of California grenache, but it’s really been in the last decade or so that grenache has stepped out in California as an interesting wine with a great potential to evolve.
We agree with Elin McCoy of Bloomberg, our 2016 Grenache from Dry Creek Valley was the best wine for the Thanksgiving table. We also think that it is the best wine for your Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night table! Make everyday Thanksgiving with one of our best food-pairing wines.
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Many California grenaches are thick and jammy, but this one, from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, is light-bodied and spicy, with a velvety texture.
What exciting news! Our 2014 'The Comet' received Gold and Best in Class at the 2017 Sunset International Wine Competition.
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THE BEST WINES OF THE YEAR
When 48 of the West's top wine tasters judge almost 3,000 bottles the results yield terrific insider tips for drinking well. We've mined our Gold Medal winners from this year's Sunset International Wine Competition for trends that will put the best bottles on your table.
Thank you for the feature! We love Carignane and are always excited to meet others that feel the same. The sandy, dry-farmed Evangelho vineyard is home to some of our favorite gnarled and head trained 130-year-old carignane vines. Though Carignane is typically blended with our Zinfandel, we saw (and tasted) something special in these vines and decided to bottle our current 2015 vintage on its own.
5 TO TRY: CARIGNAN
2017 SEPT/OCT ISSUE
Once planted widely across the Mediterranean, California and Chile, Carignan was a high-volume grape that became associated with cheap red blends, and after falling from favor, many vines were ripped out. But of the plantings that remained, producers found that the older the vines got, the better the resulting wines tasted, and Carignan is now garnering well-deserved praise. Ashley Ragovin, L.A.-based sommelier and founder of Pour This wine club, makes a compelling case for Carignan: “You could drink it out of a shoe with almost anything on the table and it satisfies; it’s acrobatic with warm baking spices and dried herbs, brings out the berry goodness in dishes with red fruits and ups the umami twang in meats,” she says. “All that and it’s got Goldilocks for body—it’s just freakin’ right!”
Welcome to Wine Country! Oakland's Urban Wine Trail is wine country with an urban twist. Stop by our winery while traveling the trail for a chance to see winemaking in action. Our Tasting Room is right in the middle of our Winery... come harvest-time you'll be able to see the grapes and smell the fermentation!
ALE, WINE TRAILS REVEAL OAKLAND'S UNIQUE LOCAL FLAVOR
Imagine tasting wines in unusual spaces like renovated warehouses, art galleries and on a waterfront on an estuary. When you follow the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, that’s exactly what you’ll discover, with nine wineries set in the city proper, including popular destinations like Jack London Square and the historic Swan’s Market.
As a collaboration between the Visit Oakland tourism organization and winemakers of Oakland, the entire trail can be toured over a relaxing two or three days, including time to eat at area restaurants, visit art galleries, and shop at local boutiques in between tastings.
Thank you, Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine, for the wonderful article. We've been making single-vineyard zinfandels for over twenty years; our goal has always been to create elegant wines with intense fruit flavors that are long-lived and well balanced and we very much appreciate that you've included us in your list of outstanding zinfandels!
Click Here to learn more about Sunset Magazine's pick, our 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch.
WHY YOU SHOULD PUT ZINFANDEL BACK IN YOUR WINE ROTATION
BY SARA SCHNEIDER
Wine fads come, and wine fads go. I remember as if it were yesterday a colleague saying, “Hey, I’m interested in this Merlot I’ve been hearing about!” (That was about 25 years ago, and we all know how that turned out.) One California wine, though, has survived the crushing vicissitudes of history: It’s Zinfandel, and it’s having a new, and notable, moment as one of the state’s most interesting reds.
2014 Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch | 90 Points
Supple and bright, with cherry and cinnamon aromas and sleek raspberry, dill and anise flavors. Drink now through 2023. 260 cases made.