Spring greetings Wine Society Members! Bottled joy will soon be on your doorstep. You have a lot to look forward to! This year we are going green and reducing our carbon footprint by preparing this blog post for you instead of our normal print newsletter. Continue reading to learn about the spring Wine Society wines and all the latest and greatest happenings in the cellar. Cheers!
As spring progresses, the winery and vineyard come to life with activity. The transition from winter to spring is a critical period for winemakers and grape growers as it sets the tone for the rest of the year. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at what is happening in the winery and vineyard this spring
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What is happening in the cellar?
In the winery, spring is a time for bottling and blending. We have been busy with the recent bottling of our new released 2022 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and California Rose. We are also preparing for another round of bottling, scheduled for April. This process involves carefully blending the wine and ensuring that each bottle delivers a consistent and delicious taste.
One challenge we are facing this spring is the cooler temperatures. Typically, wines mature at a faster pace during the warmer months, but this year, the slower pace is requiring more patience and attention to detail. Despite this, we remain focused on our task and are confident that our wines will turn out beautifully.
What is happening in the vineyard?
In the vineyard, the focus is on nurturing the vines for a successful growing season. We have experienced a significant amount of rainfall, which has provided nourishment to the vines. This is excellent news as a well-nourished vine is more likely to produce high-quality grapes. Fortunately, we had already pruned the vineyard before the rainfall, which is an essential task to prepare the vines for the upcoming season.
As we approach mid-April, we are beginning to see signs of bud break in the vineyard. The delay caused by the rainfall has pushed back the timing slightly, but the vines are beginning to awaken from their winter dormancy. Bud break is a crucial milestone in the vineyard as it marks the beginning of the growing season. It is the point at which the buds on the vine start to open and new shoots emerge, signaling the start of the growth cycle. We are excited to see the vines coming to life and look forward to the promise of a successful growing season ahead.
In conclusion, spring is an exciting time for winemakers and grape growers as it sets the stage for the upcoming growing season. In the cellar, we are busy with bottling and blending, while in the vineyard, we are nurturing the vines for a successful growing season.
| NEW ACCLAIM FROM JAMES SUCKLING! |
We are delighted to announce that James Suckling, a world-renowned wine critic, has awarded four of our wines with 90+ points! This prestigious recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our winemaking team and the quality of our vineyard’s terroir. These can all be added to your spring shipment via customization as a user choice option. Simply log in to make any additions or substitutions. You can also email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 90 Points, 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
- “Notes of ripe yellow apples and quinces with hints of lemon peel and honeysuckle. Crisp and tangy on the palate with juicy nectarines and glazed oranges toned up by vivid acidity. Ripe and fruity on the finish. Drink now.”
- 92 Points, 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
- “Notes of baked apples and grilled pineapple with hints of honeysuckle, walnut and beeswax. Fine and polished with a medium to full body and refined, lingering chalkiness. Crunchy and mineral at the end.”
- 92 Points, 2016 Petit Verdot, Napa Valley
- “Notes of spiced plums and wild berries with hints of smoked bacon, roasted walnuts and dark earth. Full-bodied and concentrated with a persistent dark-fruited character and plush, finely polished tannins. Lingering finish. Drink or hold.”
- 90 Points, 2015 Our Lady of Guadalupe Red Wine, Napa Valley
- “Aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries with hints of cured meat, roasted spices and wet leaves. Full-bodied with chalky tannins and mellow dark fruit. Ripe and fruity on the finish with hints of earthiness at the end. Drink now.”
| TASTING NOTES FOR FEATURED SPRING SELECTIONS |
2022 Rose, California – $30 – Featured in White Wine shipments
The 2022 rose is a beautifully crafted wine that showcases the best of northern California’s vineyards. It is a perfect wine to enjoy on a warm summer day, with its bright and refreshing flavors that are sure to delight any palate. The wine is a lively and vibrant pink in color, with a slight orange hue around the rim. On the nose, this rose is very aromatic and floral, with notes of fresh strawberries, pear, raspberry, and a refreshing minerality that makes it very inviting. The wine is well-balanced, with good acidity that provides a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. The blend of six varieties – Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mataro, and Alicante Bouschet – creates a complex and layered flavor profile. The wine is fermented in a stainless steel tank and creates a clean and crisp finish, leaving a refreshing and lingering impression of the wine’s bright fruit flavors and crisp acidity.
2014 Chardonnay, Castellucci Vineyard, Rutherford – $50 – Featured in White Wine shipments
The 2014 Castellucci Vineyard Chardonnay is about as luscious of a Chardonnay that you will find. Confectionary aromas of ripe red apple, crème brulee, fleur de sel, and clove melt together to form its sweet bouquet. The velvet like palate is incredibly rich, with robust flavors of candied apple, caramel, poached pear, and Meyer lemon oil that roll into a long finish of toasted oak and lemon pith. This is downright decadent and downright delicious.
2016 Old Vine Cuvee, 60% Mendocino, 40% Contra Costa County – $35 – Featured in Mixed Wine and Red Wine shipments
“This concentrated, medium-bodied blend of Carignan, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mataro (Mourvèdre) offers floral aromas and fresh black fruit flavors without too much tannin, so it’s well-balanced and reveals something more in each sip, from black cherry to blueberry to hints of pine and violet.” – 92 Points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
2016 Mataro, Contra Costa County – $40 – Featured in Mixed Wine and Red Wine shipments
The 2016 Mataro oozes with ripe and juicy fruit. The nose opens with a rich bouquet of decadent strawberry, candied red fruit, marshmallow, and baking spices. All of this leads to a dense, but remarkably weightless palate, that is brimming with flavors of strawberry preserves, red licorice, pepper, and Chinese five spice. This is a powerhouse wine in its prime, that has incredible purity of fruit, and seamless texture. Delicious.
2018 Malbec, Yountville – $70 – Featured in Mixed Wine and Red Wine shipments
This dark and brooding Yountville Malbec opens with bold aromas of blueberry, blackberry, graphite, cinnamon bark, clove, and vanilla. Despite the palate’s wonderful purity of fruit, it remains very fresh. Bright and ripe flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, and blackberry beautifully meld together with savory notes of juniper, baking spices, and bittersweet cocoa powder. Everything builds to a persistent finish with ripe tannins. Delicious!
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Martin Vineyard, Coombsville – $85 – Featured in our Proprietor’s Wine shipments
“A brooding, complex nose of cigar box, hot stones, spices, ash, tobacco, mulberries, violet extract and lots of smoke. The palate is dense but suave with plush tannins, an intermingling line of acidity and a long, chewy finish. Wonderful Coombsville character.” – 94 Points, James Suckling
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Our Lady of Lourdes, Napa Valley – $90 – Featured in Mixed Wine and Red Wine shipments
This simmers from the glass with powerful aromas of plum, graphite, clove, vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, and mint. The generous palate completely gushes with decadent flavors of macerated red berries, ripe plum, bay leaf, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, graham, and star anise. The extended barrel aging has given this wine an extremely luscious texture, and while there are plenty of tannins, it is as smooth as can be. The mid palate fireworks transition to a minute-long finish framed by baking spices. This is so silky, so rich, and oh so delicious that you will have a tough time putting the bottle down.
| SAVOR YOUR MOMENT: SPRING PICK UP PARTIES |
Napa Party and SoCal Party – Both Cinco de Vino Themed!
Join us for festive celebrations in Napa and Irvine as we host our spring wine club pick up parties, themed “Cinco de Vino.” With a lively ambiance and stunning new wines, these parties promise to be a great evening for our Wine Society members. Get to know fellow wine club members and mingle with our knowledgeable staff, who will be on hand to guide you through our latest collection of fine wines. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring with a glass of wine in one hand and a delicious taco in the other. We look forward to raising a glass with you at Cinco de Vino!
- Napa: May 5th, Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room, 6PM to 8PM, 850 Bordeaux Way #1, Napa, CA 94558. Click here for tickets.
- Irvine: April 28th, Trinitas Cellars Courtyard 5:30PM to 7PM, 2532 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA 92612. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Click here to see a calendar of all our upcoming events!