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.
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!
Don Miguel Vineyard
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.
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.
Doña Margarita Vineyard
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.
Why 'Rosaleda'? Rosaleda means 'rose garden' in Spanish, and the name evokes the beautiful color of this rosé as well as the fragance and floral notes of this special vineyard.
Engaging, intense aromas of wild Alpine strawberries, this wine is loaded with fruit. Great acid balance and refreshing minerality, reminiscent of wet stones. The palate is complex and persistent with the fruit and floral notes. Easy to drink and perfect as an apéritif or with foods like tapas, seafood and light dishes.
Why “Stony Block'? Planted with the Dĳon 115 clone in 1997, this 3-acre block sits at the southernmost end of our Don Miguel Vineyard and has the highest elevation, over 500 feet. The many rocks we found in the soil inspired the name of this parcel, which provides some of the most graceful and elegant fruit on the estate. It has a personality quite different from the rest of the vineyard, a unique soil profile (Sebastopol series, vs. Goldridge) and steep, sloping terrain.
Classic Russian River/Green Valley Pinot fruit reminiscent of fresh raspberries and orange peel, with notes of clove, peat and cocoa that are characteristic of this bottling. The mouthfeel is ample and complex, integrated and balanced, with nice minerality and firm, plush tannins that predict 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.
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