Welcome to the Spring 2015 Release Offering!
March 8th, 2015
NEWS & EVENTS
2013 Vintage Summary and
The Growth of our Estate Vineyard in Fort Ross – Seaview
Nature has an instinctual way of establishing balance. After the incredibly low yielding vintages from the record-breaking cold years of 2010 and 2011, both 2012 and 2013 delivered more balanced yields and wines of great finesse and character. The statewide drought in California has affected us all in several ways yet in late January 2013 we were fortunate to experience enough heavy rainfall to fill our reservoirs for the upcoming growing season. Similar to 2012, the mounting drought conditions in 2013 rendered a small berry size. This allowed us to produce highly concentrated wines with exquisite aromatics and distinctly defined vineyard character. The 2013 growing season commenced without either heat spikes or cool stretches, which facilitated an early beginning to harvest. We were able to pick at lower brix and ideal acid levels; perfect conditions for non-interventionist wine makers such as ourselves.
The wines we are proud to release in this Spring 2015 Offering were first imagined during our inaugural trip to the coastal mountains of western Sonoma County in 2003. Driving up King Ridge Road researching potential sites, we had a clear sense that this was the place where Red Car should settle, a place to call home. That morning’s sights and smells of the Pacific fog mixing with the giant redwoods as the sunshine pushed it back out to sea inspired in us a harmony with nature. We felt connected to the hum of the land and couldn’t wait to express its uniqueness in our wines. We soon purchased property on one of the coolest ridge tops in the Fort Ross – Seaview AVA and we have spent the last decade working tirelessly on this isolated and striking parcel of land that hugs the edge of the earth. It is here that we have been able to define who we are and what style of wines we wish to share with the world.
The Red Car Estate Vineyard sits at 900-1000 feet above sea level and its proximity to the ocean moderates temperatures and makes it susceptible to rain and fog during the flowering season, which keeps yields very low. The Fort Ross – Seaview Appellation is now considered one of the most exciting enclaves for world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in America and we are thrilled to offer you our newest releases from this property. In addition to our highly acclaimed Estate Vineyard wines, you also have access to two other Red Car staples: the 2013 Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir and the 2013 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay. As always, we thank you for your support throughout this exciting journey and we are so very proud to share with you these uniquely terroir driven wines from the heralded 2012 and 2013 vintages.
Wines available for allocation members:
Allocations will be held until May 1st, at which point the remaining inventory will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Your limited allocation pricing includes a 10% discount, 20% on cases or more.
You no longer have to wait to receive your wines!
Shipping will begin the week of May 11th.