Acero is the Spanish word for steel and it refers to the fact that this wine has never seen any oak. Especially selected for fruit intensity and aromatics, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel to capture the purity of the flavors. After completing malolactic fermentation, the wine is kept in the tank until bottling in early spring.
The aromas are classic from the See clone: expansive, fresh and floral, reminiscent of rose petals and jasmine with elegant notes of Golden Delicious apple and Asian pear. The mouthfeel is full-flavored and chewy but also flinty, mineral, like wet pebbles. Easy to drink and perfect with foods like tapas, seafood and light dishes. I would recommend serving it at 46-48 F.
Albariño has been known to produce outstanding wines in the cool, rainy climate of Galicia, in North West Spain. We first planted it in our Sonoma Coast vineyard, but that proved too cold for ripening even a cool-climate variety like this. We are very excited that it seems to be thriving in the Don Miguel Vineyard!
Intense, classic aromas of citrus, lime and white peach , with floral overtones of honeysuckle and a minerality reminiscent of wet stones. Fresh, lively and mouthfilling, with bright acidity that follows through with an elegant, crip finish. I would recommend serving it at 45°- 48° F with raw or grilled seafood (it's a classic with oysters and clams), smoked salmon, sushi and Asian cuisine — and for sure, with tapas!
The Don Miguel Vineyard
Named after my daughter, Cristina, this wine is a special barrel selection from a unique blend of our Pinot Noir clones that we feel best represent the terroir, or personality, of the Don Miguel Vineyard and show the most potential for aging.
This vintage shows intense aromas of blackberries, clove and roasted coff ee. On the palate it opens up with rich and seductive flavors, supple tannins and a savory note of earth and forest fl oor. It will continue to develop for at least another 10-15 years. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F, and it will benefi t from decanting.
La Masía means The Farmhouse in Catalonia, my home region, as our winery is designed to resemble a classic Catalan farmhouse. My family has grown grapes in Spain since the 17th century and our philosophy has always been to produce a wine as an extension of farming the vineyard.
This bottling shows intense nose of stone fruit and baked apple, nicely framed with the toasty oak that contributeselegant notes of hazelnut. The palate is crisp, yet creamy and full-bodied, with great balance between the fresh acidity and the richness of the fruit. I would recommend serving it at 46°- 48° F.
La Masía means The Farmhouse in Catalonia, my home region, and our winery is designed to resemble a classic Catalan farmhouse. My family has grown grapes in Spain since the 17th century and our philosophy has always been to produce a wine as an extension of farming the vineyard.
Bright cherry color and intense nose of raspberries, sassafras, rose hip, clove and cinnamon, classic of the Russian River/Green Valley fruit. The palate is well balanced, with length and weight, reminiscent of pomegranate and orange peel. The ample tannins promise a long life. I would recommend serving this wine at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.
We have named this bottling Mas Cavalls after the Catalan name for Horse Farm, since our equestrian center lies right below the vineyard. Named after the late matriarch of the Torres family, this 20-acre vineyard is located on the Bohemian Highway, between Freestone and Occidental, in the Sonoma Coast appellation of origin. The cool breezes and drifting fog from the Pacific Ocean, six miles away, make it an ideal site for Pinot Noir.
Engaging aromas of raspberry jam, blueberries and cassis, plus a background of forest floor classic from this vineyard. On the palate is it round, complex and well balanced, with firm tannins that promise a long life. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.
This selection of a few special barrels is named after my youngest English Springer Spaniel, Bonita, who loves to run up and down the rolling hill where these vines are planted. It is a selection of the See clone from a block that always gives us grapes with a very distinctive personality, so we decided to age and bo le it separately.
An intensely aromatic vintage, with notes of pear and apple pie, honeysuckle, caramel custard and sandalwood. The elegant fl avors are reminiscent of almond and marzipan. On the palate it is creamy, with great balance between the fruit and the toasty oak, which adds a hint of Graham crackers. I would recommend serving it at 46-48° F with elegant seafood dishes, white meats — and a good shellfi sh Paella!
The grapes were harvested September 6, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented with our native proprietary yeast in 42% new French oak, medium-plus toast, coopered by Damy, Remond and Rousseau from the forests of Allier and central France. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation, aged on its lees and was bo led, unfi ltered, in May 2014.
Don Miguel Vineyard
Why “Bonita’s Hill”? This selection of a few special barrels is named after my youngest English Springer Spaniel, Bonita, who loves to run up and down the rolling hill where these vines are planted. It is a selection of the See clone from a block that always gives us grapes with a very distinctive personality, so we decided to age and bottle it separately.
This vintage displays a classic varietal nose, with notes of hazelnut and coconut, plus some vanilla contributed partly by the lees contact. The palate is intense, long, concentrated, savory and rich, just kissed by the toasty oak and with flavors reminiscent of apple pie. I would recommend serving it at 46-48° F with elegant seafood dishes, white meats — and a good shellfish Paella!
Albariño has been known to produce outstanding wines in the cool climate of Galicia, in northwest Spain. After 4 years, we gave up and grafted the budwood from those vines onto our slightly less cold Russian River Valley estate. We are very excited that it seems to be thriving in our Don Miguel Vineyard!
The 40% Albariño blends beautifully with the Chardonnay, contributing aromas of peach, honeydew melon and floral notes of gardenia. On the palate the wine is fresh and bright, with flavors of lemon merengue and custard, and a minerality reminiscent of wet stones. Its crisp acidity makes it an ideal companion for foods such as raw or grilled fish and shellfish, tapas and Asian cuisine. I would recommend serving it at 46°- 48° F.
Dobles Lías (Doh-bles Lee-as) means 'double lees' in Spanish and it refers to the extended lees contact used for this small bottling of our Chardonnay. Extended lees contact, a traditional Burgundian technique used in conjunction with barrel fermentation, adds richness (texture) and complexity as the yeast cells break down (yeast autolysis), releasing amino acids.
The nose in this vintage of Dobles Lías displays classic aromas of lemon cream and caramel. The palate, savory and with plush, rich texture, is reminiscent of flan and tapioca pudding. The finish is seamless and lingers on and on, promising a long life. I would recommend serving it at 48-50°F for maximum enjoyment.
Back in the winter of 1995, as we were ge ing ready to plant this block, a huge storm created a deep ravine in the sloping hill where the future vineyard was already staked. The next morning the sight was frightening — it looked like an earthquake had hit the block! After that, we never referred to it by any other name.
The classic fruit from the Pommard clone shows notes of plums, pomegranate and wild fruits. Great structure on the palate, vibrant in the middle; the tasty oak adds a touch of peat, mocha and forest floor. The firm tannins and solid structure, integrating richness and good acidity, promise a very long life. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.
Método Antiguo (Mae-toh-doh Ahn-tee-gouo) means 'old method' in Spanish and it refers to the old-style method used to produce this bo! ling of Pommard clone: whole-cluster fermentation takes place mostly within the berries, and allows more berries to remain unbroken. Care must be taken, however, to ensure the stems are mature to contribute a silky midpalate sensation.
This third bottling of Método Antiguo displays its classic spicy aromas of clove and cinnamon, contributed by the stems, with rich fruit reminiscent of raspberries, orange peel and a hint of anise. The tannins are fi rm but supple, contributing a smooth fi nish and ensuring a long aging potential.
Syrah has been known to produce outstanding wines in cool regions like Northern Rhône, and we have found it to thrive in the sandy loam soils and Pacific-influenced weather of our Green Valley terroir.
Our third bottling from the Syrah variety shows the classic notes of white pepper found in the top cool-climate wines, in perfect harmony with the intense, enticing aromas of blueberry, violets and cocoa. The palate is fleshy and earthy, and the plush tannins, supple but firm, are perfectly integrated with the elegant oak, promising a long life. I would recommend serving it at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.
Tempranillo is recognized as the finest red variety indigenous to Spain and comes out after a decade of experimenting with it in our vineyard. We have found in the Green Valley both the ideal site and planting system to see it thrive, just like it does in the cool areas of Ribera del Duero and High Rioja of Northern Spain.
Classic varietal aromas of ripe plums, strawberry and roasted coff ee, with hints of and Indian spices, forest fl oor and leather from the elegant oak plus a background reminiscent of aromatic herbs like fennel. On the palate it is round and chewy, well balanced, with full body and fi rm tannins that promise a long life. I would recommend serving this wine at cellar temperature, between 58-60° F.
This special bottling is named after my loyal English Springer Spaniel, Chico, who loves to run up and down the sloping plateau where the vines are planted. It is a barrel selection from the Dijon 667 clone, which we feel truly represents the terroir and ageability of the Doña Margarita Vineyard.
This small bottling of Chico's Run is fragrant with the classic character of our Dijon 667 clone — red fruits reminiscent of raspberries and black cherries, with the earthy notes of forest floor characteristic of this vineyard. The palate is soft and velvety, with supple but firm tannins that give the wine a smooth finish while also promising a long aging potential.
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Rosé Release Party
Join us on Marimar's vineyard home patio overlooking the Don Miguel Vineyard as we celebrate our first release of rosé! We will be serving several of our wines paired with tapas from Marimar's cookbooks - and of course our new rosé of Pinot Noir. $45 per person$35 per Club Marimar member
$10 per person will be donated to Roseland Collegiate Prep to help rebuild their Santa Rosa school, destroyed in the October fires.
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