On Saturday, June 4, 2011 the second annual Russian River Valley Wine Growers Single Vineyard Night will be going off in Sonoma County.
According to William Allen, fellow online wine writer, and RRVW member, last year was a big success that they would like to repeat and even grow on.
Now, while I go on about the beauty of Mandocino County Pinot Noir from the north end of Potter Valley and from along the Noyo River in Anderson Valley, I grew up on Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and for me, these are the wines against which I measure all other Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. If I taste a great Pinot Noir, I assume it is from the Russian River Valley. One of the best ever Chardonnays was a 1994 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay made by Carol Shelton. There is a great Merlot Vineyard in the Russian River Valley that Toad Hollow sources their Merlot grapes, and I even tasted some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from the RRV made by Carol Shelton back in the day.
Starting at 6:30 pm at the Thomas George Estates in Healdsburg, there will be wine, single bite pairings, a live auction, and then music and dancing until 10:00 pm,
Tickets are $45 in advance, or $55 at the door, and can be purchased at the Russian River Valley Winegrowers website.
I could go on about all the cool stuff, but I’ve got to be honest, wine events are about the wines, and the single vineyard Russian River Valley wines poured on June 4 will include:
Ancient Oaks, Siebert Ranch
Balletto Vineyards , selection of single vineyards
Benovia, Bella Una Vineyard
Desmond Wines, Estate
Dutton Estate Winery, Dutton Palms Vineyard
Dutton Goldfield, Freestone Hill Vineyard
Gary Farrell, Westside Farms
George Wine Company, Leras Family Vineyard
Graton Ridge Cellars, Bacigalupi Vineyard
Hop Kiln Winery, HKG Bridge Selection
Iron Horse Vineyards, Rued Clone
Inman Family, Olivet Grange Vineyard
John Tyler Wines, Bacigalupi Vineyard
Joseph Swan, Trenton View Vineyard
LaFollette, DuNah Vineyard
Lauterbach Cellars, Estate
Longboard, Dakine Vineyard
Martinelli Winery, Lolita Ranch
Matrix Winery, Nunes Vineyard
Merriam, Willowside Vineyard
Merry Edwards, Klopp Ranch
Moshin Vineyards, Bacigalupi Vineyard
Mueller Winery, Vino Farms
Nalle Winery, Hopkins Ranch
Old World Winery, Estate
Papapietro Perry, Leras Family Vineyard
Russian River Vineyards, Estate Vineyards
Sandole Wines, Oehlman Ranch
Siduri Wines, Ewald Vineyards
Sonoma Cutrer, Owsley
Thumbprint Cellars, Saralee’s Vineyard
William Selyem, Flax Vineyard
I have previously written about wines from a number of these wineries and vineyards, and this really is an amazing opportunity to taste not just good, but world class wines from some of the best producers and celebrate the amazing gift that the Russian River Valley land, the soil, the climate, the vineyards are to wine.