Early Spring has come to the Napa Valley
As spring comes rushing into the Napa Valley we reflect back on 2014 as well as the anticipation of the journey ahead in 2015. We look forward to spending the upcoming year continuing our passion of producing high-caliber wines and sharing them with folks like you. We would not be who we are today without you!
Release of our Newest Wines
We are very excited to share with you the release of our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Ruby Tuesday Rose and two new wines to our lineup, the 2012 Right Bank and the 2012 EntreCOTe.
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.
25 years ago we visited the South of France and fell in love with the dry crisp Rosé served in Provence. Produced in the same French style by harvesting at 22° brix from 100% whole cluster pressed Syrah, the wine is bright, light and refreshing on a warm summer day.
It is a versatile accompaniment for summer lunch or your Thanksgiving Day turkey. Totally dry, fruity and lower in alcohol, this wine is a perfect choice instead of a white wine.
This summer, fill your glass with this chilled Rosé and toast…“Goodbye Ruby Tuesday”.
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