Sonoma Valley Estate Grown
80% Merlot • Clone 181 20% Cabernet Franc • Clone 214
Production: 175 Cases • Bottled: May 2016 • 18 Months in Oak • Winemaker: Julia Iantosca
Life here in the vineyards on the Glen Ellen Bench is quiet, measured, and leisurely blissful...except for harvest, when the grapes have reached their peak ripeness. At dawn's first light, vineyard workers swiftly move through the vineyards harvesting clusters and hurrying them along to the winery for crushing, "Toute Suite", in time to capture every nuance and the full expression of the terroir. The wines under this sprightly label are so rare, and made in such small quantities, that you need to acquire some in a hurry or miss out. This wine showcases the harmonious blend of Entav clones of Merlot 181, and Cabernet Franc 214 , from our Justi Creek Vineyards Upper Bench Blocks. The heady aromatics of Cabernet Franc and its depth of color are a perfect companion to the lush character of Merlot. The wine has a spicy bouquet with ripe, berry fruit; these impressions are echoed on the palate along with a supple texture and lingering finish.
JUSTI CREEK VINEYARDS | UPPER BENCH BLOCKS
The Lasseter Family Winery estate in Sonoma Valley is rich in historical significance, encompassing organically farmed vineyards and an eco-friendly winery. Justi Creek Vineyards, part of the stunning 95-acre ranch on the outskirts of Glen Ellen, is comprised of three adjacent parcels of land, formerly parts of Rancho Vallejo and Rancho Los Guilicos. Nancy and John Lasseter embarked on an environmentally sensitive upgrading of their property, lovingly restoring the natural habitat and converting the vineyards exclusively to organic farming practices. The pond was completely revitalized, and beehives and insectaries were established in order to provide homes for beneficial insects. The certified organic vineyards are flourishing under the watchful eye of vineyard manager Phil Coturri. Today the land is alive and once again expresses this historical region’s unique terroir. The Upper Bench Blocks are seventeen acres of benchland situated above the valley floor, on undulating terrain known locally as the "Glen Ellen Moguls." The fast-draining, cobbly soils of these blocks are ideal for red Bordeaux varieties. This wine celebrates the synergy of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot, a delicious compliment of flavors.