PARADISE PRESS, January 2010
Dear Friends of Paradise,
As we celebrate the start of a new year, we reflect back on year past blessed with great friends, wonderful family, incredible staff & all the people who make Paradise Ridge so amazing. Many special occasions have been celebrated in Paradise allowing us to share the joy of countless visitors, glowing brides & grooms, worthy non-profits, local & international groups and our many fans who have enjoyed a taste of Paradise.
In this newsletter you will find stories of harvest, our wines and the events you can look forward to in the coming months. As always we thank you for your incredible support and a Happy 2010!
The Byck Family & Staff of Paradise Ridge Winery
THE MARKETPLACE - Rene Byck, Co-Owner
I hope that 2009 was a good year for you. We got some fantastic awards and reviews for our wines last year including an amazing Sweepstakes Award for our 2007 Russian River Pinot Noir. We also received many Best of Class awards, and numerous Gold Medals. Our ever growing list of top awards can be found at the end of this article.
This year we released a few special limited edition wines which sold out very fast. These wines include the stellar 2004 Sparkling Shiraz, The 2006 Posse & the delicious 2007 Ode to Joy. I hope you all were able to give them each a try. If not we do have some winery exclusive reserve wines which are still available, including the 2004 Inspirations, The 2005 Estate Petite Sirah and the 2006 Rockpile Petite Verdot.
In the coming months you will be able to taste the new release of our 2008 Ode to Joy and the 2007 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling wine. In my opinion we have the best wine line-up that we have ever had and stashing some of these limited wines is highly recommended.
We were thrilled to open two new states this year, Illinois and New York. This means you can now purchase our wines in six states - California, Texas, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. We, of course, can ship your favorite wines to most states as well.
2008 Estate Sauvignon Blanc - GOLD & Best of Class - LA International Wine Competition
2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Sweepstakes, Best of Class, 4 GOLD MEDALS
2008 Stetson Greene Sauvignon Blanc - 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
2006 Estate Zinfandel - TWO PUFFS & 92 points - The Connoisseurs Guide. 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast.
2006 “Elevation” Rockpile Cabernet - Best of Class Orange County Wine Competition
2008 Brides Blush Rose - Best of Class at the California State Fair
To purchase any of the above wines or our other fabulous please visit our online web shop at or call us at (707) 528-9463.
‘PICTURE PERFECT ’ – WELL NEARLY’
- Dan Barwick, Winemaker
When grapes ripen perfectly to match our winemaking philosophy of “good keen acidy, low alcohol levels, gobs of fresh and delicious fruit, and refined with nice balance” you know your winemaker is a happy camper.
The earlier harvested fruit was the champion and will meet all of the above high expectations and more. Both our Estate Grown ‘Grandview Vineyard’ and the Dry Creek ‘Stetson Greene’ Sauvignon Blancs are going to be absolutely world class, and deliciously different in their own way.
The ‘Nagasawa Vineyard’ Chardonnay yielded what perhaps was the best fruit I have worked with. Teeny tiny little bunches, brilliant acidity, with an alcohol potential perhaps below 13% - I’ve been fine tuning this program for a couple of years now, and I know this will be my finest Chardonnay so far.
2009 Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley will be talked about for many years to come. A classic - loaded with a fabulous array of soft red fruits, nice acid backbone, deep color and some pretty decent tannin too. Rockpile Vineyard embraced the cooler summer and is still fermenting as I write, deep brooding fruits, black in color with very pretty aromatics. The Estate reds, ‘The Posse’ & our ‘Hoenselaars Zinfandel’ dodged a few bullets with the rain, and it was a bit nerve racking for a while; but the survey says ‘Delicious’ - super dark, super concentrated and very intense.
I have found some rather special late harvest SB out there, so I just persuaded the powers to add it in and now we’ll be making a fantastic 2009 ‘sticky’ for you too.
‘GOLDEN HONEY’ -
Mauricio Soto, Assistant Winemaker
It’s was a long cool harvest and we were lucky enough to harvest our Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.
It is not every year we craft a late harvest wine; we prefer to wait for an extraordinary year. In 2009 Botrytis, which makes late harvest so special, hit an all time high of 90% in one of our Sauvignon Blanc Vineyards. Botrytis is known more formally as Botrytis Cinerea and less formally as Noble Rot. It is a mold that builds on the grapes and dehydrates the clusters, causing intense concentration of the sugar and flavors.
This year our patience paid off and on November 5th, we selectively hand harvested less than 5 tons of fully Botrytis picked at 45 brix. The process was long and labor intensive. Our harvest crew almost equaled that of our QC crew in order to ensure only the best clusters were chosen. Once at the winery these clusters were slowly pressed using a specifically designed press cycle to reassure only the best juice, ‘the golden honey’ was to be collected. The Golden Honey is now in. Its time to hibernate in our cellar and await next year’s sweet treat!
Fruit - 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard - Stetson Green, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County CA
Tasting Notes as Juice - Aromas and flavors of honey, dried apricots and caramel. Luscious and rich, with balanced acidity and a long finish.
Winemaking - Fermenting slowly for 2 to 4 months followed by 7 months of ageing in Stainless Steel.
ART & WINE IN KENWOOD
Rene Byck, Co-Owner
The Kenwood tasting room had a great year of growth and we would like to thank you for all your great support. If you have been there before you probably happened upon Annette McDonald who is Kenwood’s tasting and culinary expert.
We have some wonderful programs going on in Kenwood. We are supporting the Hanna Boy’s Center by displaying student art work on the walls with 100% of the proceeds from art sales going back to the Artist as well as wine 5% of all Rockpile wine sales being donated to this wonderful cause.
We are also offering barrel and champagne tasting everyday in Kenwood. Finally, we have a wonderful sensory evaluation experience where you can test your sensory skills by trying to identify different aroma’s that can emanate from wine.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 5th, 6th , 7th & 12th, 13th ,14th – Barrel Tasting Along the Wineroad, Santa Rosa
March 20th & 21st – Savor Sonoma Valley Barrel Tasting
For more information on these events visit our calendar online at www.prwinery.com