Spring 2020 Wine Club Release of Judge Palmer & Domenica Amato
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Dear Wine Club Family,

For winemakers like us who firmly believe that the best wines are grown not made, it is a privilege to ply our trade along California's North Coast. With its diverse set of soils, elevations, and micro-climates, there are numerous opportunities to discover that unique marriage between grape variety and vineyard site necessary to make special wine.

Such magic is present in each of the six single-vineyard, single-varietal wines from Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties in our spring club release, but especially so in the two brand new offerings to our lineup.

"Magari" is an Italian expression which roughly translates to "if only" or "from your lips to God's ears" - our Vermentino bears this moniker due to our frustrating years-long search for the right vineyard growing our favorite white Italian variety. At Mahoney Ranch on the Napa side of Carneros overlooking the San Francisco Bay we found the perfect combination of soil and climate to make this Mediterranean grape feel at home.

As long time club members may recognize, the 2017 Syrah in this shipment is our third different vineyard source for this variety in as many years. Never content to rest on our laurels, our pursuit of the ideal Syrah site led us south to breezy Marin County, where the organically farmed McEvoy Ranch has grapevines interplanted with olive trees yielding a distinctly complex, old-world style wine.

The remaining four wines in your Spring 2020 club shipment are new vintages from sites that are no less unique than the above - the steep tiny hillside terrace at our estate Vinegrove, the high elevation perch of Ellis Alden Vineyard, the confluence of three distinct AVAs at Ceja Farms, and the dramatic rocky landscape of Stagecoach Vineyard. They are listed below, along with a few more notes to give you a better sense of each one. 

Please review these few details about the shipment:
  • If you'd like to make any changes to the standard shipment, please respond by 3 pm PDT on Thursday, March 12th.
  • Your wines will ship the week of March 16th and tracking numbers will be e-mailed to your address on file.
  • Be sure to notify us if your shipping address or credit card information has changed.
  • Standard shipment is one bottle each of the wines listed below (double that for 12-bottle members).
  • Red-only members please review the section below entitled "A Note for Red-Only Members"
We hope to see you all again at the winery soon, and as always, we thank you all so much for your support. 

Best Wishes,
Palmer Emmitt & Michael Scorsone
New Releases In Your Shipment
Ellis Alden Vineyard, Alexander Valley
$28.80 for club members (regularly $32)
This Sauvignon Blanc expresses the unique character of the mountain vineyard where it is grown, balancing layers of bright tropical fruit with fresh, crisp acidity. Fermenting and aging in 45% neutral French oak and 55% stainless steel give it just the right amount of weight and complexity. Only 102 cases produced.
Domenica Amato 2018 Grenache Blanc
Ceja Farms, Sonoma Coast
$28.80 for club members (regularly $32)
Back again by popular demand, we just can't seem to make enough Grenache Blanc, by far our best selling white wine. This year we both fermented and aged the wine in our concrete egg, giving it a stony minerality to go along with its vibrant melon flavors and crisp, balanced mouthfeel. Only 192 cases produced.
Domenica Amato 2018 Vermentino
"Magari," Napa Valley
$33.30 for club members (regularly $37)
For years we've said "if only we could find a great Vermentino source," and finally our prayers were answered. Four days on the skins during fermentation combined with 6 months in a mix of clay amphora and stainless steel yield a medium-bodied white with striking perfume aromas, creamy pear and lemon curd flavors, and an epic finish. Only 56 cases produced.
Domenica Amato 2017 Syrah
McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma Gap
$40.50 for club members (regularly $45)
Whether you prefer a cooler climate Syrah with depth, balance and unique savory flavors, or a warmer climate one with rich expressive fruit and firm tannin, this wine will please your palate. The Petaluma Gap micro-climate and unique organic farming approach at McEvoy Ranch provide the perfect terroir to showcase the best of both worlds of Syrah. Only 63 cases produced.
Judge Palmer 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinegrove Terrace, Sonoma County
$76 for club members (regularly $95)
When we first laid eyes on the terrace block at our estate vineyard we knew this steep hillside was special. The porous soils and intense afternoon sun force the vines to struggle, resulting in a luxuriously flavored, full-bodied wine with classic California Cabernet character. Only 103 cases produced.
Judge Palmer 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley
$100 for club members (regularly $125)
A mountain vineyard in the Atlas Peak area of Napa Valley, Stagecoach is known to produce some of the most powerful and age-worthy Cabernets in California. Recently rated 91 points by Virginie Boone from Wine Enthusiast, it can be enjoyed now with a ribeye steak or cellared for decades. Only 63 cases produced.
A Note for Red-Only Members
Due to the limited availability of all three of the red wines in this release, we are supplementing red-only shipments with the 2016 Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon. You are of course welcome to customize your shipment with any wines currently available on the website, but if we don't hear from you, the default red-only shipments will consist of:
    6-bottle red-only members:
  • 2 bottles: McEvoy Syrah
  • 1 bottle: Vinegrove Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 bottle: Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 bottles: "Vintage Select" Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma)
    12-bottle red-only members:
  • 3 bottles: McEvoy Syrah
  • 3 bottles: Vinegrove Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 bottles: Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 4 bottles: "Vintage Select" Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma)
Judge Palmer 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
"Vintage Select," Sonoma County
$38.70 for club members (regularly $43)
Composed similarly to the 2015 Vintage Select blend, this complex Cabernet Sauvignon shows classic red fruit character from our estate Dry Creek grapes buffeted by black fruit and sturdy tannins from several vineyard sites in Alexander Valley. We promise it's still the best bang for your buck Cabernet you'll find anywhere. Only 448 cases produced.
Judge Palmer
Judge Palmer
Domenica Amato
Domenica Amato
Judge Palmer
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