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Pinot Gris / Grigio

Pinot Gris / Grigio

Silt Wine Company

vineyard view of grape vines

The Team at Silt Wine Company Shannon Ogilvie, Phil Ogilivr and Tom Merwin are proud to represent what Clarksburg AVA has to offer to winelovers. This boutigue winery has taken on the name for the rich "silt" soil that is found in the Clarksburg AVA. Silt Wine Company you can experience in you glass a little of what has kept the families at Silt to have roots reaching back generations. Clarksburg AVA offers some of the finest winegrapes produced in California and the folks at Silt are proud to share with you the fruits of their labor. Just outside of Sacramento you can enjoy in every bottle a combination of passion of the Clarksburg farmer and the gift that the rich Delta Soils bring to your glass. *

Hours:

Thur     11:00am to 5:00pm
Fri        11:00am to 5:00pm
Sat       11:00am to 5:00pm
Sun      11:00am to 5:00pm

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Mirassou Vineyards

At Mirassou Winery we're proud of our winemaking tradition. Balancing intense fruit flavors with delicate aromas, Mirassou wines embody the optimism and pioneering spirit passed down through six generations of the Mirassou family. Featuring a bright, uniquely approachable style, these wines honor the Mirassou family's heritage while appealing to a new generation of wine enthusiasts.

Robert Pepi Winery

Cardinale Estate is an ultra premium wine estate located off of Highway 29 on top of a small natural hill. This is the site of the old Robert Pepi winery and after selling his Pepi Winery Robert is now running his own boutique label called Eponymous which we have reviewed here. Cardinale is visible from the main highway. The stone building is classy and elegant with great views of the Napa Valley from its hillside location. This is a high end winery specializing in merely one wine each year, a Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, this location serves as a hub for tasting some of the Jackson Family's high end Napa labels, all of which we have reviewed.

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Mr. Swan makes some very nice California pinot noirs and zinfandels. Sure, this is not OPUS ONE facility-wise, but Rod makes great wine at more than fair prices. I appreciated their willingness to educate people and enjoyed their 07 Tannat.

Frog's Tooth Vineyard

Once upon a time, not so long ago, in a valley known more for cattle ranching than vineyards that the story begins.
It was the Winter of 1999 when Frog's Tooth Vineyards began its life as a tadpole with the purchase of 67 acres of land in the Salt Springs Valley of Calaveras County.
It slowly grew through infancy until the Spring of 2003 when it began its transition to adolescence with the planting of approximately 10 acres of premium wine grapes.

Laguna Canyon Winery

Laguna Canyon Winery is currently featuring three brands that are available in their two tasting rooms and 15 states throughout the United States. Their main premium brand 'Laguna Canyon', 'Purple Paws' and Wyland Cellars. A portion of all Purple Paws wine sales go the care of homless pets. Marine artist 'Wyland' embellishes the Wyland Cellars brand and a portion of the sales go to the Wyland Foundation which supports clean rivers, oceans, the environment and the protection of sea life. Our founder John Krause has made several visits to Laguna Canyon Winery when he would commute between San Diego and Orange County. Do yourself a favor when visiting Laguna Canyon Winery and be sure to try a few of their red blends. *

Hours:
Mon      Closed
Tues     11:00am to 6:00pm
Wed      11:00am to 6:00pm
Thur     11:00am to 6:00pm
Fri        11:00am to 6:00pm
Sat        11:00am to 6:00pm
Sun       11:00am to 6:00pm

Etude

Although Etude is best known for their Carneros estate Pinot Noir and their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from sourced grapes, they do have three white wines that should not be overlooked. The 2010 Etude Chardonnay at $32 sees no malolactic conversion. It has a very nice nose and is rather fruit driven with soft melon. It is more round than brisk. The 2011 Pinot Gris 9$26) is even softer with an aroma of honeysuckle and some peach on the palate. Their 2010 Pinot Blanc ($28) with a light nose, is also softer than the more acidic and sometimes austere Alsatian version. It was nice, though, with some citrus on the palate and good balance. I really like Pinot Blancs and applaud Etude for offering this interesting varietal which is not often encountered in Napa Valley.

Cardella Winery

The vineyards at Cardella Ranch were first panted in the 1970's and have been sold to premier California wineries ever since. Nathan Cardella, 4th generation, after graduating from the Enology and viticulture program at Fresno State in 204, founded Cardella Winery with his father Rod. Nathan and Rod believed premium artisan wines were lacking n the San Joaquin Valley and felt that the Cardella family could help fill this niche. Today the winery producs numerous award-winning varieties and has earned a reputation for being a cut above.

Ancien Wines

A beautiful fall afternoon sitting on the picnic table with 6 bottles of PInot Noir just waiting to be tasted. A tasting at Ancien is a very personal experience. It was just the two of us as the gentleman pouring walked us through their philosophy of wine making. A tour of the barrel cave and a walk through the vineyards tasting a few grapes off the vine . We enjoyed every drop and were soon members waiting for our first shipment. Great wine and very nice people. By appointment only, call ahead, your will not be disappointed

MacMurray Ranch

MacMurray Ranch was outstanding. We took a scenic drive through the valley to reach MacMurray Ranch. We had a wonderful time at this secluded and intimate ranch. We learned the history of the location along with MacMurray's and photos from the past. We tasted wines and toured the place in equal segments of time so we didn't get overwhelmed with different wines all at once. Our tour was strictly wine tasting only.

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