Winemaker Notes

2015 Contra Costa County Chardonnay

Vineyard: Contra Costa
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest date: September 6, 2015
Sugar: 24 Brix
Total acid: .72g/100ml
pH: 3.6
Aging: 8 months French and American
Release date: September 2016

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: Our 2015 Chardonnay greets you with hints of apple, pineapple, and citrus, with a light toasty oak finish.

2012 Contra Costa County Sand Rock Hill Zinfandel

Vineyard: Estate, Sand Rock Hill
Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Harvest date: September 16, 2012
Sugar: 24.5 Brix
Total acid: .75g/100ml
pH: 3.56
Aging: 12 months French Oak
Release date: December 2015

Vineyard: The Sand Rock Hill vineyard consists of 85-129 year old vines growing on sandrock. The soil varies from 6 inches to 3 feet in depth, producing smaller berries with great intensity and flavor.

Tasting notes: Our 2012 Reserve Selection Sand Rock Hill Zinfandel has a full regiment of ripe fruit, excellent depth, with a spicy finish. Perfect with savory grilled meats. Limited production - 300 cases

2013 Contra Costa County Zinfandel

Vineyard: Estate
Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Harvest date: September 24-28, 2013
Sugar: 24 Brix
Total acid: .75g/100ml
pH: 3.5
Aging: 6 months French and American
Release date: June 2016

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: Our 2013 Private Stock Zinfandel is intriguing and full flavored. It is ripe, soft, and loaded with berry flavors, with a peppery finish. Easy drinker. Great with ribs in a mild sauce. Exceptional Value!

2012 Contra Costa County Sangiovese

Vineyard: Estate
Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Harvest date: September 27, 2012
Sugar: 24 Brix
Total acid: .75g/100ml
pH: 3.55
Aging: 14 months Eastern European
Release date: November 2015

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: Our 2012 Reserve Selection Sangiovese is the Brunello clone from the Montalcino region of Italy. It is a classic example of Sangiovese made in the traditional Brunello style. Highly extracted flavors of dark cherry and strawberry, softened by subtle oak and integrated acidity. Drinkable now or can be aged for several years. Limited production - 200 cases

2014 Contra Costa County Petite Sirah

Vineyard: Estate
Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvest date: September 8, 2014
Sugar: 24.5 Brix
Total acid: .75g/100ml
pH: 3.53
Aging: 14 months French and American
Release date: September 2017

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: Our 2014 Reserve Selection Petite Sirah has nothing petite about it. It is big, rich, and full bodied. It has a deep purple color, flavors of dark berry and hints of chocolate intermingle with a light pepper and creamy oak finish.

2011 Contra Costa County Sandstone Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Estate, Sandstone
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest date: October 29, 2011
Sugar: 24 Brix
Total acid: .78g/100ml
pH: 3.49
Aging: 24 months French and American
Release date: November 2015

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: The 2011 has full berry, nice fruit, and intermingled with shadows of oak. It can be enjoyed now or cellared for at least 5 more years.

2014 Contra Costa County Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Contra Costa
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest date: September 22-28, 2014
Sugar: 24 Brix
Total acid: .72g/100ml
pH: 3.59
Aging: 8 months French and American
Release date: November 2016

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: Our 2014 Private Stock Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed now or cellared for a special day. It has soft tannins with delicious aromas. Flavors of dark fruit, berries and plum are enhanced by oak aging. A lot of bang for the buck!

2014 Contra Costa County Valdigue

Vineyard: Estate
Composition: 100% Valdigue
Harvest date: October 4, 2014
Sugar: 24 Brix
Total acid: .72g/100ml
pH: 3.55
Aging: 11 months French oak
Release date: April 2017

Vineyard: Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, we have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Our vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. Our sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.

Tasting notes: For decades this grape has been known as Napa Gamay. Recent advances in DNA technology have shown it to be the French variety Valdigue. This medium bodied red greets you with hints of pomegranate and black raspberry, with a light spice finish. It is an excellent compliment to pork, chicken, or lamb. Your Pinot alternative!

2008 Contra Costa County Vintage Zinfandel Port

Vineyard: Estate
Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Harvest date: September 13, 2008
Sugar: 28 Brix
Total acid: .7g/100ml
pH: 3.65
Aging: 12 months French and American
Release date: January 15, 2015

Vineyard: The Zinfandel Port is produced from 70+ year old gnarled, dry-farmed, hillside vines.

Tasting notes: Our 2008 Vintage Zinfandel Port is not your traditional style Port. It is intriguing and full flavored. It is ripe, soft, and loaded with berry flavors, with a light peppery finish. Not medicinal! Exceptional Value!

2014 Late Harvest Muscat

Vineyard: Estate
Composition: 100% Muscat Canelli
Harvest date: October 3, 2014
Sugar: 31 Brix
Total acid: .7g/100ml
pH: 3.55
Release date: August 2017

Tasting notes: Our 2014 Late Harvest Muscat is from the Italian Muscat Canelli. The grapes are left to completely mature to maximize flavors - approximately 1 month later than regular harvest. Floral aromas and of flavors of spice abound you. An excellent dessert accompaniment!