Harvest has come to the Napa Valley
What an incredible and unique 2015 harvest we've had here in Napa this year! Fast and furious due to unusual weather conditions, we finished picking very early this harvest season. Though there is still plenty left to do at the winery, we are pleased to report aht all of our beautiful fruit is in the tank and iti s shaping up to be a wonderful vintage that we look forward to sharing with you in the future!
This the the perfect time to be drinking the 2014 Viognier, our "winter white" wine. Just a bit of oak on this wine provides the perfect pairing for your fall menu. Slightly chilled, you'll experience notes of apricot and pear.
A beautiful straw color will catch your eye and draw you in to savor this delicious Estate Viognier. Tropical fruits, pear and floral components will entice your palate to want even more. This wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel, and 30% French oak barrels. This somewhat finicky grape ripens beautifully in our warm Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley days and cool nights.
The St. Helena Star and Napa Valley Vinters Tasting Panel rated this 2014 Ruby Tuesday Rosé one of the best in the Napa Valley! "A kick-off-your-shoes kind of rosé, this one is for sitting in the grass, enjoying sunny skies and the scents of surrounding flowers. You could be in the south of France, or you could be in your backyard. Either way, this is an attitude adjusting wine; sure to make you stop and, well, smell the roses". This is THE wine to share at Thanksgiving.
Four years ago we produced a very small quantity of this wine from the first harvest from our friends and neighbors, Cathy & Rick Osgood. The wine turned out fantastic, selling out in 2 weeks. Since then we've been begging for more fruit so that we can produce more of this great wine. This year we’ve made twice as much so more of our fans can grab some. The wine has notes of tropical fruit flavors with hints of white peach and pear. It is a bright and refreshing wine with a burst of lemon zest and a delicate minerality. Another perfect summer day wine.
Some of the world's most highly regarded wines are from the Right Bank of Bordeaux and are a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (Sorry Miles in Sideways got it wrong) The Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley is similar in many ways to the Right Bank in that it is the perfect growing region for these two noble grape varieties. This new wine, is a 50/50 blend of our estate grown Cabernet Franc and Merlot that has been aged in French Oak barrels for 22 months. It is a very special wine with the spicy notes from the Merlot and the silky texture and blueberry notes from the Cabernet Franc.
Since we first planted the vineyard in 1999 we have grown Malbec, selling most of it to other wineries and using a small amount ourselves for blending. Finally we decided keep the grapes and to produce a Malbec. The original name of the Malbec grape was Cot, which we considered using for this wine. Instead, however, we call it EntreCOTe which is French for a ribeye steak...which also happens to pair perfectly with this wine. To add roundness and complexity we blended in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to produce a wine with character and grace. It's full bodied yet not overpowering and enjoyable with cheeses or your favorite steak.
Beginning in 1998 when we purchased our property on Big Ranch Road in Napa, we held a vision that very special wines and memories could be created in this location. Since then over 20,000 vines of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon have been planted, tended, nurtured, harvested, crushed and coaxed into fine wine.
The vineyard is located in the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley which is known for its slightly cooler climate and heavy clay soils. This environment produces ultra-premium Merlot and Syrah used in many of Napa Valley's most sought after wines.
Today, while we still sell over 50% of our grapes to other premium wineries we also produce very limited quantities of ultra-premium wine. These wines are produced using only the best materials and practices in search of creating wines that reflect a full bodied style that express the best attributes of the land.
Boyd Family Vineyard