Vinaforé™ Collection

With the Vinaforé Collection, Master of Wine Curtis Mann has curated distinctively classic wines from around the globe. Each is selected to capture the truest expression of the regions in which they are grown, making every bottle an invitation to explore the world of wine.

Vinaforé™ Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste Profile

Elegant European style with the power of California fruit. Notes of cassis and black cherry aromas are followed with clove and spice flavors. The lush and lingering mouthfeel is followed with fine grain tannins and a lengthy finish.

Region: Alexander Valley, California

The Alexander Valley is located in northern Sonoma County along the Russian River. The soils are deep alluvial in nature with veins of gravel and rock throughout. The climate is warm but frequently will experience cool, foggy nights. These swings in temperature create grapes with bright character and balance. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominate variety in the Alexander Valley but is joined by Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and other lesser varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon harvest in the Alexander Valley usually starts in early October and runs well into the month.

Winemaking

This 2020 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is made from a single vineyard source in the heart of the Alexander Valley sub-appellation of Sonoma County. The blend consists of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. The Petit Verdot is utilized as a classical Bordeaux varietal to create depth and posture to the Cabernet Sauvignon.

The two varietals were fermented separately to maintain varietal integrity. Upon harvest, the grapes were crushed to a stainless-steel tank and cold soaked for 48 hours prior to starting the fermentation. Vigorous pump-overs occurred during this winemaking phase to allow for maximum color and flavor components and minimal tannin extraction. The fermentation lasted for 12 days never exceeding 80 degrees temperature with minimal pump-overs to create a more elegant structure. Upon completion of fermentation, the resulting free run wine was drained from the skins, and the must was pressed separating out any hard press to avoid harsh tannins and bitterness. Once malolactic fermentation was completed the wines were blended and aged with a combination of 65% new tight grained French oak and 35% neutral oak for 16 months.

Pairing Suggestion

Steak au poivre, braised escarole or hard cheeses.

Vinaforé™ Napa Valley Chardonnay

Taste Profile

Crisp pear and apple aromas with a rich mouthfeel ending with a buoyant and inviting finish.

Region: Napa Valley, California

California’s Napa Valley is one of the premier wine grape growing regions in the world. It is home to many varieties of wine grapes including Burgundian varietals like Chardonnay. Chardonnay is now predominately grown in the southern portion of Napa Valley where the climate is more moderate with cooler daytime temperatures and cool foggy nights. Most of the Chardonnay is grown in the deep fertile soils along the Napa River or in the Carneros growing region where the vineyards are influenced by the effects of the San Pablo Bay. The Chardonnay harvest usually begins in mid-September and wraps up in early October.

Winemaking

This 2021 Vinaforé Napa Valley Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay and is a blend of three different vineyard sources from the southern part of Napa Valley. The cooler region of Napa Valley lends itself to elegant yet rich chardonnay fruit with buoyant acidity and complexity.

The grapes were pressed as whole clusters and the free run juice was separated from the hard press juice to enhance the Chardonnay fruit characteristics. The juice was fermented with 100% new French oak for a period of 20 days. After completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine was left on sur lies to create a creaminess to the mid palate.

The completed wine was then racked off of the lies and aged for 10 months on oak to add a touch of vanilla complexity while maintaining fresh fruit aromas. 

Pairing Suggestion

Roasted lobster, herb-marinated sea bass or white beans.

Vinaforé™ Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Taste Profile

Fruit forward aromas of Bing cherries and violets with a hint of oak spice followed by a rich flavor of cherry pie and a rich mouthfeel. The finish is long and smooth with enough lift to create an elegant impression.

Region: Sonoma Coast, California

The Sonoma Coast viticultural area produces some of the most sought-after Burgundian varieties, like Pinot Noir. The growing area is known for its cooling winds with foggy nights and moderately warm days. The soils within the growing region vary from clay loam to rocky/gravelly soils related to the Russian River. Due to the cooler climate, the Pinot Noir grapes receive extended ripening, developing distinct aromas and flavors. Harvest in the Sonoma Coast area usually begins in mid-September and continues through the middle of October.

Winemaking

The 2021 Vinaforé Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir and is a blend of two different vineyards from 777 and 828 clones. The 777-clone vineyard located in the southern Los Carneros sub-appellation creates wine with a distinctive violet aroma and lifted acidity. The 828-clone vineyard is located in the Russian River sub-appellation that brings bright cherry fruit and velvety textures. Each vineyard lot was fermented separately to allow the individual components to develop.

After the grapes were crushed to tank with 30% whole berries, they were held at 50 degrees and allowed to cold soak for a total of 72 hours. This process allows for gentle extraction of the flavors and aromas from the grape skins.

After cold soaking, fermentation was initiated and took place at very cool temperatures for a period of 16 days. The fermenting juice was pumped over the skins twice a day for eight days and once per day for eight days to minimize extraction of harsh bitterness and tannin. Once fermentation was complete, the resulting wine was pressed off of the grape skins while separating the free run juice from the hard press.

The wine completed malolactic fermentation and aged with 40% new Burgundy French Oak for a duration of six months. The judicious oaking process helps to bring spice to the aroma and flavors while maintaining the clonal fingerprints.

Pairing Suggestion

Duck confit, coq au vin or salmon.

Vinaforé™ Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc

Taste Profile

Fruit clean aromas and flavors of grapefruit, gooseberry, and lemon zest with a bright and refreshing acidity.

Region: Sonoma County, California

Sonoma County is home to many plantings of Sauvignon Blanc across the growing region. The varietal is tolerant of the heat in some of the growing areas but also shows different flavor and aroma elements when grown in the cooler regions, such as the Russian River Valley or Carneros. The vineyards encompass many soil types and climatic conditions, each of which produce unique elements in the wine. Sauvignon Blanc harvest usually begins in late August and continues through mid to late September.

Winemaking

This 2021 Vinaforé Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from two different vineyards within the Sonoma County Appellation. One vineyard is located in the cooler Los Carneros sub-appellation in the southern end of Sonoma County near the San Pablo Bay. This site produces grapes with bright and refreshing acidity and vibrant fruit. The other vineyard is located in the warmer Dry Creek Valley sub-appellation in Northern Sonoma County that produces grapes with riper fruit flavors and richer mouthfeel.

After pressing, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at very cold temperatures to preserve the grape characteristics. Fermentation lasted for 28 days. No oak was used to age the wine and once the wines completed fermentation, they were immediately racked off of any remaining solids. The wines did not go through malolactic secondary fermentation. The wines were blended, filtered and bottled early to retain the varietal freshness.

Pairing Suggestion

Oysters au gratin, warm chèvre salad or jambalaya.

Vinaforé™ Côtes du Rhône Villages

Taste Profile

Savory raspberry and blackberry bramble notes are accented by Mediterranean herbs and cracked pepper. Fine tannins with a full body.

Region: Côtes du Rhône Villages, France

Like the wines themselves, the Rhône valley is a blend of many climatic, soil and varietal influences. The synergy between these factors has led to not only the international prominence of the Rhône’s wines, but also as the culinary heart of France. The wines of Côtes du Rhône have seen prominence for hundreds of years with King Louis XV in 1737 requiring “CDR” to be branded onto barrels to prevent counterfeit. Côtes du Rhône Villages comes from more selective vineyard sites and have more stringent quality methods than base Côtes du Rhône. Varied soils and microclimates and a traditional blend including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre create a wine greater than the sum of its parts.

Winemaking

This 2020 Côtes du Rhône Villages is an assemblage of 3 different terroirs. The base of the wine 65% comes from Chateauneuf de Gadagne (south Vaucluse), 15% comes from Jonquières (center Vaucluse), and 20% comes from Roaix (north Vaucluse). The average fermentation/maceration time was two weeks with 85% destemmed. The blend consists of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre. This wine was aged in traditional neutral tank and foudre which allow for the integration of the three varietals.

From France’s venerated Rhône valley, this classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre (often called a GSM blend) brings all the depth and sense of place of the Old World.

Pairing Suggestion

Cassoulet, barbeque or aged goat cheese.

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