Farrier Presshouse Red 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
The weather in 2008 was a bit challenging for Alexander Valley growers. We had several frosting events. Spring was dry and many farmers in Sonoma and Napa County ran out of water. On a positive note, the dry soils caused the Merlot and Cabernet Franc berries to be smaller reaching impressive concentration. Summer temperatures were glorious for developing flavor especially on Merlot. The 2008 Presshouse has delicious texture mingled with plum aromas, coffee notes, licorice, vanilla and toast hints.
48% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits - "A new brand from Jackson Family Wines, Farrier is made at Stonestreet by Graham Weerts. The Presshouse, from the Legacy Vineyard, is a floral Cabernet blend with tart red cherry flavors and some fruit fatness. Mineral tannins lends structure, but it's the fruit that lasts. Pour it with a grilled butterflied leg of lamb."
Up Highway 128, past the four corners intersection and just before the hairpin turn lies the patch of land Farrier calls home. Once the site of a blacksmith shop, this was where the Farrier plied his trade, forging and fitting horseshoes. The town smithy was a hub of activity, both professional and social. In the spirit of community, we offer Farrier wines.
At Farrier, they hang our hat in the Alexander Valley, and where they live is really what they're all about. Like the Alexander Valley, Farrier wines are full of character. Mindful of their regional roots, these releases pay respect to traditional blends while simultaneously pursuing something completely different and unique. View all Farrier Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.