Well the 2014 vintage is in the barrels.
We had a tremendous amount of fun working in our new winery. It was a bit cramped but we managed.
We started with the Pinot Noir from Summit Road in mid September. We pressed the Pinot Noir off to settling tanks and got ready for an intense weekend. It started with the Merlot from Dan and Therese Martin @ Half Moon Vineyards. We helped load up the bins for Katheryn Kennedy, as there pick started before ours, under a 100 degree sun. We finally got loaded up with our fruit and headed for the winery around 3pm. We finished the crush, destemming, and analysis by 10pm. We headed home and grabbed a little sleep. I headed out for Paso Robles @ 2am to arrive at daybreak. We loaded up the Petite Sirah from Linda and Bob Pettis’ Roadrunner Farm and headed for the winery around 9am. We arrived around 1pm and started the processing and analysis all over again. We finished up around 8pm. Headed home to grab some more sleep only to get up at 2am Monday morning to go to Fiddletown to pick up our Zinfandel from Yvonne and Gino Rinaldi. We were picked before Rombauer so were able to get an early start back to the winery. Big “Thank You” goes out to Rombauer and Gino for that early start! We finished up the crush around 8pm. Off to bed for a long deserved sleep. Fortunately for us my brother Mitch flew in from Michigan the next day for an intense three week wine boot camp session. We picked him up from SFO around noon and had him pumping wine to barrel by 2pm. He also helped us paint the outside of the building to get the winery ready for our Grand Opening. We will be forever grateful for his immense help during our first crush in our new winery. As each wine finished its fermentation we pressed it off to settle in tank to go through its secondary fermentation. Our next wine to come in was our Cabernet Sauvignon from Therese and Dan. We also picked up our Cabernet Franc at the same time. We racked the Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Merlot wines in tank to barrels. The next fruit to come in was the Michael Mann Merlot and Malbec. This fruit was processed and analysis complete by 8pm. Finally around the end of October our last varietal Petit Verdot was processed and put to barrel by the 12th of November.
The crush this year was around 3 weeks early due to the warm spring. We had a fairly even growing season with a few heat spikes. The end of the growing season did not have the usual rain worries that sometimes drives the pick. We had the opportunity to pick when we wanted to with additional hang time to intensify the fruit flavors.
We think the wines for this year will be exceptional.
Joan was there for almost every destemming and crush getting elbow deep in the sweet juice making it a grand family affair. Thank You Joan for all your financial and emotional support as well.
I would also like to thank Mitch for his efforts and humor on those long days. Hope we didn’t tucker you out to much.
Working with Spencer for the past 4 vintages has been fun and rewarding. I could not have done this vintage or any of the others for that matter without him. He is becoming an accomplished winemaker. I have learned a lot from him as well. So the biggest Thank You goes out to Spence.
We would like to thank all of our Wine Club members and customers for their support. Without you we could not have this much fun!
We are pleased to announce that we have moved into our new winery @ 919 Washington St. San Carlos, Ca 94070.
We will still be open from noon to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday. We will also be open every Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm. Last Friday of the month we will be open 5pm to 10pm.
We have started our crush this year with our Pinot Noir from Summit rd. We will be pressing it off the must this weekend 9/6/14. Stop by for a tasting and maybe the aroma of the fermentation will still be lingering in the air. We do also have a very small batch of estate Chardonnay fermenting.
We are very happy to announce the San Francisco International Wine Competition results:
2012 Pinot Noir
2011 Petite Sirah
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Our wines continue to win awards which indicates to us that we are doing something right. Stop by the tasting room and find out for yourself why we are winning so many awards!
We will be pouring @ the Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival this Saturday the 21st of June!
Come on over to the coast, do some good and have a great time while your at it. Proceeds from the Festival directly support the art, music, and science programs at Bonny Doon Elementary School.
We will not be pouring at the winery this Saturday the 21st. We will be open Sunday the 22nd and the following weekend 28th and 29th.
We will be open Friday evening the 27th for tasting and wine by the glass. Stop by, have a glass of wine and relax a little. Head over to Devils Canyon Brewery for a beer and some fine tunes. Grab some grindage at the food trucks. Wander back to close out the evening with another glass of wine and unwind with your wine out on the winery patio. By a bottle for the table with your friends.
THREE wineries AND a brewery in San Carlos? Who knew! Come and find out for your self!
We hope to soon start the “San Carlos Wine Walk”. Ask us about it when you stop by for a free taste on Saturdays or Sundays.
We will be open next Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th. Find out why people are saying they have trouble choosing which wine they like the best!
We are still at 1001 Washington St., San Carlos…… Thats right in San Carlos…. Who Knew?
Joan, Spence and Scott T.
Award Winning Wines! Stop by and find out why.
We are releasing our 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir today. We are offering 10% off every wine this Saturday as well as next weekend. We will not be pouring on Sunday the 13th as there is an event scheduled in the tasting room. If you can’t make it today Saturday we will be pouring at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on Sunday as part of the Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Paradise event.
Next weekend is Passport weekend. We will be pouring both days at our host winery Cuvee as well as being a guest winery at Dominico on Saturday the 19th, @ 1697 Industrial Rd. San Carlos, just around the corner from our winery.
Tasting room hours for Pinot Paradise:
Tasting room hours for Passport Weekend:
Saturday 26th: Noon to 5P @ Russian Ridge/Cuvee
Sunday 27th: Noon to 5P @ Russian Ridge/Cuvee
We are excited to announce that Russian Ridge Winery has been awarded a Gold medal for our 2011 Concerto. This Concerto is a Santa Cruz Mountains AVA Bordeaux style blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot with 1% each of Petite Verdot and Malbec.
We were awarded a Silver for our 2011 Petite Sirah. This wine comes from Roadrunner Farms down in Paso Robles. Bob Pettis is a grower that has as much passion about his vines as we have for our wines. He makes sure they have all the proper nutrients to produce exceptional fruit. We think he succeeds every year with outstanding grapes. We are proud to produce wines from his vineyard.
We were also awarded a Silver for our 2011 Merlot. This is a wine made from fruit that enjoys the heat of southern Santa Clara Valley and cool nights due to the evening ocean breezes off of Monterey Bay coming up the Salinas Valley. Mike Mann is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to growing grapes. He has helped me immensely with our vineyard here at home.
Stop by on the weekend of the 18th and 19th and taste these fine wines. Pick up a couple of Passports. Then tour around your own backyard here in the Santa Cruz Mountains to enjoy the hand crafted wines made from Santa Cruz mountain fruit. See ya soon!
We have joined the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Assoc. We will be open on our fourth weekend of the month Dec. 28th and 29th. We invite every one to stop by and enjoy some holiday cheer. Our best wished to all over the Holiday season. We will also be participating in the January Passport program. Check it out. World class wines right here in your own backyard!
ESCAPE FROM YOUR HECTIC DAY! COME ON OVER TO THE TASTING ROOM AND ENJOY SOME FINE WINES. WE ARE OPEN FROM NOON TO 5PM ON SATURDAY THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH.
We invite you to join us at Russian Ridge Winery’s first Friday night tasting event. Devils Canyon will be hosting their Beer Friday across the street at their new location in San Carlos on Bayport St. between Washington St. and Bing St. Our tasting room will be open from 5pm till 10pm friday night and Saturday day from 12pm until 5pm.
Come on by and have a GREAT TIME!
Please join us on August 25th at Rock Wall Winery our host winery on Alameda. Here is a link for the details: http://www.rockwallwines.com/events
We will be pouring our Pinot Grigio. Come and enjoy some great wines, views and tasty bites.