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2016

  • spell rose

    2016 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

2015

  • Chardonnay Russian River

    2015 CHARDONNAY

    Pinot Noir

    Russian River Valley

  • Nichole's Blend 2015

    2015 NICHOLE'S BLEND

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

  • Spell Weir Vineyard 2015

    2015 WEIR VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • alder springs vineyard

    2015 ALDER SPRINGS VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Mendocino

  • umino vineyard

    2015 UMINO VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Russian River Valley

  • terra de promissio

    2015 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma Coast

  • 2015 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

2014

  • Russian River Chardonnay

    2014 CHARDONNAY

    Pinot Noir

    Russian River Valley

  • 2014 NICHOLE'S BLEND

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

  • 2014 UMINO VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Russian River Valley

  • 2014 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD Sonoma Coast

    2014 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma Coast

  • 2014 WEIR VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2014 WEIR VINEYARD Etched 3 Liter

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2014 WEIR VINEYARD 1.5L Magnum

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • spell rose 2014

    2014 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

    Rosé

    Sonoma County

2013

  • 2013 ALDER SPRINGS VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Mendocino

  • 2013 WEIR VINEYARD Yorkville Highlands

    2013 WEIR VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2013 UMINO VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

    2013 UMINO VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Russian River Valley

  • 2013 NICHOLE'S BLEND Sonoma County

    2013 NICHOLE'S BLEND

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

  • 2013 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

    Rosé

    Sonoma County

  • 2013 WEIR VINEYARD 1.5L Magnum

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2013 WEIR VINEYARD 3L Etched Bottle

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2013 CHARDONNAY

    2013

    Russian River Valley

2012

  • 2012 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD Sonoma Coast

    2012 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma Coast

  • 2012 ALDER SPRINGS VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Mendocino

  • Marimar Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

    2012 MARIMAR ESTATE VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma Coast

  • Spell Chardonnay 2014

    2012 CHARDONNAY

    Russian River Valley

  • 2012 VAN DER KAMP

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma Mountain

  • 2012 WEIR VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2012 NICHOLE'S BLEND Sonoma County

    2012 NICHOLE'S BLEND

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

  • 2012 Ros̩ Vin Gris

    Rosé

    Sonoma County

2011

  • 2011 MARIMAR ESTATE VINEYARD Sonoma Coast

    2011 MARIMAR ESTATE VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma Coast

  • 2011 ALDER SPRINGS VINEYARD Mendocino

    2011 ALDER SPRINGS VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Mendocino

  • 2011 WEIR VINEYARD Yorkville Highlands

    2011 WEIR VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2011 NICHOLE'S BLEND Sonoma County

    2011 NICHOLE'S BLEND

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

2010

  • 2010 Nichole's Blend

    2010 Nichole's Blend

    Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County

2009

  • 2009 Weir Vineyard

    2009 Weir Vineyard

    Pinot Noir

    Yorkville Highlands

  • 2009 GUIDICI VINEYARD

    Pinot Noir

2008

  • Russian River Pinot Noir 2008

    Pinot Noir



Vineyard Notes
The Spell Rosé is produced from the Saignée (French for “bleed”) of the Pinot Noir. The juice for this wine is removed (“bled”) from each lot of Pinot Noir as it is being destemmed into the fermenter.  It is transferred to a stainless steel tank which is maintained at 50 degrees F to promote a slow, cool fermentation that preserves the fantastic aromatics.   Once the primary fermentation has completed (2-4 weeks after the last lot of Pinot Noir is processed) the wine is moved to a selection of neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels for another 6 weeks of aging before bottling in January.

Winemaker Notes
Slightly deeper in color than the 2015 vintage, the 2016 Spell Rosé maintains a rich salmon color.  Aromas of white strawberry, watermelon rind, peach pit and a smoky minerality fill the glass.  Refreshing flavors of fresh spring strawberries, honeydew melon and raspberries are bound by tangy acidity and a smooth, lingering finish.  Those of you who are familiar with previous vintages won’t be disappointed.  Serve chilled and drink now or over the next eight months.

Vinification
Oak: 20% stainless steel, 80% neutral French oak
Harvest Dates: September 7 – 16, 2016
Bottled: January 10, 2017
Alc: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 343

The Vineyard
Spell Chardonnay Russian River is sourced from vineyards located less than a mile west of the town of Graton in Sonoma County.  Dutton Sullivan Vineyard was planted in 1982 to a heritage selection of Wente Chardonnay on its own rootstock. With its proximity to the Pacific Ocean the growing season of warm, sunny days followed by cool, foggy evenings allows for a slow and even ripening. The extremely small clusters and berries grown at this vineyard produce wines of remarkable flavor and texture.

Winemaker Notes
A hazy golden-green color introduces aromas of ripe green apple skin, peaches, orange oil, red velvet cake, and reductive crushed rocks. A creamy blend of lemon curd, green apple, ripe pear, stone fruit and toasted oats sweep across the palate. Extremely soft and seductive on the palate, the finish is heightened by bright acidity and savory minerality. More concentrated and fruit forward than previous vintages this should be another exceptional wine. Enjoy now over the next 2 – 4 years.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 10, 2015
Vineyard: Dutton Sullivan Vineyard
Oak: 100% French; 33% new oak, 33% twice used and 33% older
Alc: 14.2%
Bottled: February 3, 2017
Cases Produced: 150

The Vineyards
The fruit for the 2015 Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir comes from the Morris Vineyards as well as declassified barrels our Vineyard Designated wines. From as far south as the Petaluma Gap, where the cold maritime breezes help to produce wines of excellent purity and elegance; to the East on top of Sonoma Mountain, with its volcanic soils which produces wines with structure and savoriness; to the far western edge of the Russian River Valley, which produces wines with richness and ripe dark fruit flavors. The resulting wine is an excellent example of the harmony between these distinctive regions within Sonoma County.

Winemaker Notes
A deep ruby red color leads into youthful aromas of ripe raspberry, Bing cherry, nutmeg, Madagascar chocolate, and dried herbs. A complex array of flavors decorated by sappy red fruit and sassafras are tied together with bright cranberry and notes of blood orange. Velvety, silk tannins frame lingering flavors of ripe raspberry on a minerally tinged finish. Drink now, or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 4– September 12, 2015
Vineyards: Morris, Terra de Promissio, Umino, Alder Springs
Oak: 100% French; 40% new, 30% once used and 30% older
Alc: 14.4%
Bottled: August 23, 2016
Cases Produced: 454

The Vineyard
The Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.

Winemaker Notes
This wine possesses that classic Weir Vineyard profile and may be one of the best representations from this winery to date. Bright aromas of Dr. Pepper, black cherry, dried ground sage, coffee, and fresh rose blossom fill the glass. Mid-weight flavors of cola, cocoa nib, and ripe red fruits coat the palette. The concentration and integration of tannin of this youthful wine truly speaks to the quality of the vintage. Exceptional now, but destined to age remarkably well.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 15, 2015
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Oak: 100% French; 33% new, 33% once used and 33% older
Alc: 14.4%
Bottled: August 23, 2016
Cases Produced: 145

The Vineyard
The Alder Springs Vineyard is located 12 miles west of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the town of Laytonville in the center of Mendocino County. The fruit for the Spell wines comes from three distinct blocks located at an elevation between 1700 to 1900 feet on a Southeastern facing slope. 3 Tiers, which makes up the majority of the blend, is planted to Dijon clone 459 and heritage clones of DRC and Calera. The Upper West Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 667 and 777 and the Upper Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777. The low-vigor, volcanic-based soils produce wines of distinctive old ‰world character.

Winemaker Notes
Vivid violet in color, ripe raspberry, cedar, clay, smoke, peat, and fresh roasted coffee drift from the bowl. Youthful red fruit flavors, juniper berry, espresso and a mineral element are seamlessly balanced with powdery-dry tannins and lively acidity. A massive wine that will require some cellaring before blossoming into a beautiful wine. Those with patience and cellar space will truly be rewarded in 3 to 5 years.

Vinification
Oak: 100% French oak; 43% new oak, 14% once used and 43% older.
Clones: Dijon 459, 115, 667, and 777, selections of Calera and DRC
Harvest Dates: September 10, 2015
Bottled: August 10, 2016
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 75

The Vineyard
The Umino Vineyard is owned and farmed by Dave Umino, a fifth generation Japanese American from a Central Valley farming family. After a career as a forensic metallurgist the vineyards replaced an old apple orchard in 1995. Planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 it is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley in what is unofficially referred to as the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley AVA. Cold maritime air funnels through the hills to moderate ripening of the fruit which produces wines of exceptional depth, concentration and character.

Tasting Notes
An inky purple color introduces this impressive wine. Intense aromas of roasted grains, ripe summer blackberries, vanilla crème, and violets fill the bowl. Flavors of ripe strawberries and blackberries are highlighted by hints of roasted coffee and cured meats. The finish processes youthful, silky tannins that dance gracefully with blue fruit and umami flavors, lengthened with balanced acidity. Extremely pleasing now, but like all of the Spell single vineyard wines; designed to age. Drink now or over the next 10 years.

Vinification
Harvested: September 8, 2015
Clones: Dijon 459, 115 and 777
Oak: 100% French; 33% New, 33% once used, and 33% older
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottled: August 23, 2016
Cases Produced: 25

The Vineyard
The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren with the help of Diana’s parents it is a true family operation. Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Buffeted by cold maritime winds the fruit ripens slowly and produces wines of exceptional elegance and purity.

Winemaker Notes
A color of fresh cut red beets introduces aromas of black cherry, black tea, and peanut skins. Flavors of ripe raspberry, black cherry, tea, dried herbs, cocoa nib swim across the tongue. Ripe, fine grained tannins mingle with ripe red fruits on a rich, lingering finish. Tremendously pleasing, but designed to age. Drink now, or over the next 5 to 10 years.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 12, 2015
Clones: Dijon 115
Oak: 100% French; 50% new, 25% once used and 25% older
Alc: 13.9%
Bottled: August 23, 2016
Cases Produced: 21

The vineyard for the Spell Chardonnay Russian River Valley is located less than a mile west of the town of Graton in Sonoma County, the Dutton Sullivan Vineyard was planted in 1982 to a heritage selection of Wente Chardonnay on its own rootstock. With its proximity to the Pacific Ocean the growing season of warm, sunny days followed by cool, foggy evenings allows for a slow and even ripening. The extremely small clusters and berries grown at this vineyard produce wines of remarkable flavor and texture.

A hazy golden-green color introduces aromas of green apple skin, red velvet cake, and reductive crushed rocks. A creamy blend of lemon curd, green apple, ripe pear, and toasted oats sweep across the palate. Extremely soft and seductive on the palate, the finish is heightened by bright acidity and savory minerality. Slightly more balanced than previous vintages this should be another exceptional wine. Enjoy now or over the next 2 – 4 years.

Oak: 100% French; 33% new oak, 33% twice used and 33% older.
Vineyard: Dutton Sullivan Vineyard
Harvest Dates: September 24, 2014
Bottled: January 26, 2016
Alc: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 243

The fruit for the 2014 Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir comes from the DeVoto Vineyards as well as declassified barrels our Vineyard Designated wines. From as far south as the Petaluma Gap, where the cold maritime breezes help to produce wines of excellent purity and elegance; to the East on top of Sonoma Mountain, with its volcanic soils which produces wines with structure and savoriness; to the far western edge of the Russian River Valley, which produces wines with richness and ripe dark fruit flavors. The resulting wine is an excellent example of the harmony between these distinctive regions within Sonoma County.

Bright ruby in color, aromas of citrus pith, ripe raspberry, black cherry,
toasted oats, sandalwood and crushed dried herbs mingle in the glass.
Sappy fruit and cola flavors with a hint of salinity coalesce in a sultry finish. This youthful, energetic wine is immensely gratifying now and should become even more so with time. Drink now, or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French; 40% new, 30% once used and 30% older
Harvest Dates: September 14 – September 30, 2013
Bottled: August 10, 2015
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 882

The Vineyard
The Umino Vineyard is owned and farmed by Dave Umino, a fifth generation Japanese American from a Central Valley farming family. After a career as a forensic metallurgist the vineyards replaced an old apple orchard in 1995. Planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 it is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley in what is unofficially referred to as the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley AVA. Cold maritime air funnels through the hills to moderate ripening of the fruit which produces wines of exceptional depth, concentration and character.

Tasting Notes
The 2014 is darker and richer than its predecessor. Intense aromas of toasted oats, red and black cherry, tea, sandalwood, and dried herbs leap from the glass. Black cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors mix with hints of mushroom, coffee, and sweet toasted oak on the palate. Velvety smooth tannins mingle with flavors of Bing cherry and ripe strawberry on a mineral laced finish that is held together with lively acidity. Quite enjoyable now, but like all of the Spell single vineyard wines; designed to age. Drink now or over the next 10 years.

Vinification
Oak: 100% French oak, 50% new oak, 25% once used and 25% older
Clones: Dijon 459 and 777
Harvest Dates: September 2 and 14, 2014
Bottled: August 10, 2015
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 128

The Vineyard
The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren with the help of Diana’s parents it is a true family operation. Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Buffeted by cold maritime winds the fruit ripens slowly and produces wines of exceptional elegance and purity.

Winemaker Notes
A dark ruby red color introduce a complex bouquet of black cherry, smoke, black tea, sandalwood, and terra cotta. Black cherry and tea flavors mingle with dried herbs, citrus and toasted grains on the palate. Refined tannins and spot-on acidity ride the wave of flavors to a lasting finish. Drinking exceptionally well now, but designed to age. Drink now, or over the next 5 to 10 years.

Vinification
Oak:100% French; 50% new, 25% once used and 25% older.
Clones: Dijon 115 with a tiny amount of Dijon 777
Harvest Dates: September 18, 2014
Bottled: August 10, 2015
Alc: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 79

The Vineyard
The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges
between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this
vineyard.

Winemaker Notes
A touch more restrained than previous vintages this youthful Pinot requires some aeration to flesh out the dusty aromas of dried rose
petals, leather, cocoa, tea leaf and red berry scents. Flavors of
raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate mingle with clay earth,
smoked meat and dark tea that leads to a lingering finished highlighted by a touch of citrus pith. Enjoyable now, but destined to aged
exceptionally well. Drink now or over the next decade.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 8 and 11, 2014
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Oak: 100% French; 33% new, 33% once used and 33% older
Alc: 14.1%
Bottled: August 10, 2015
Cases Produced: 125

The Vineyard
The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges
between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this
vineyard.

Winemaker Notes
A touch more restrained than previous vintages this youthful Pinot requires some aeration to flesh out the dusty aromas of dried rose
petals, leather, cocoa, tea leaf and red berry scents. Flavors of
raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate mingle with clay earth,
smoked meat and dark tea that leads to a lingering finished highlighted by a touch of citrus pith. Enjoyable now, but destined to aged
exceptionally well. Drink now or over the next decade.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 8 and 11, 2014
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Oak: 100% French; 33% new, 33% once used and 33% older
Alc: 14.1%
Bottled: August 10, 2015
Bottles Produced: 18

The Vineyard
The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges
between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this
vineyard.

Winemaker Notes
A touch more restrained than previous vintages this youthful Pinot requires some aeration to flesh out the dusty aromas of dried rose
petals, leather, cocoa, tea leaf and red berry scents. Flavors of
raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate mingle with clay earth,
smoked meat and dark tea that leads to a lingering finished highlighted by a touch of citrus pith. Enjoyable now, but destined to aged
exceptionally well. Drink now or over the next decade.

Vinification
Harvest Dates: September 8 and 11, 2014
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Oak: 100% French; 33% new, 33% once used and 33% older
Alc: 14.1%
Bottled: August 10, 2015
Bottles Produced: 18

Winemaker Notes

The Spell Rosé is produced from the Saignée (French for “bleed”) of the Pinot Noir. The juice for this wine is removed (“bled”) from each lot of Pinot Noir as it is being destemmed into the fermenter.  It is transferred to a stainless steel tank which is maintained at 50 degrees F to promote a slow, cool fermentation that preserves the fantastic aromatics.   Once the primary fermentation has completed (2-4 weeks after the last lot of Pinot Noir is process) the wine is moved to a selection of neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels for another 6 weeks of aging before bottling in January.

The 2015 Spell Rosé is lighter in color than previous vintages, it still maintains a faint salmon color.  Aromas of white strawberry, candied cherries, and a smoky minerality fill the glass.  Light on the palate and fun to drink, flavors of fresh spring strawberries and raspberries flow over the tongue.  Tangy acidity and a refreshing finish beg for the warm days of summer.  Serve chilled and drink now or over the next eight months.  This wine may develop a sediment that does not influence the quality of the wine and is a result of our small lot production.    

Oak: 20% stainless steel, 80% neutral French oak
Harvest Dates: September 4 – 12, 2015
Bottled: January 26, 2016
Alc: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 220

The Vineyard

The Alder Springs Vineyard is located 12 miles west of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the town of Laytonville in the center of Mendocino County. The fruit for the Spell wines comes from three distinct blocks located at an elevation between 1700 to 1900 feet on a Southeastern facing slope. 3 Tiers, which makes up the majority of the blend, is planted to Dijon clone 459 and heritage clones of DRC and Calera. The Upper West Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 667 and 777 and the Upper Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777. The low-vigor, volcanic-based soils produce wines of distinctive old ‰world character.

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir is vivid violet in color, aromas of blueberry, ripe raspberry, dried rose pedals, clay, smoke, peat, and ground coffee drift from the bowl. Youthful red fruit flavors, juniper berry, espresso and a mineral element are seamlessly balanced with powdery-dry tannins and lively acidity. Like its brother, the Weir Vineyard pinot noir, this wine has the potential to age gracefully for those with the space and time to cellar a few bottles over the next decade.

Oak: 100% French oak; 43% new oak, 14% once used and 43% older.
Clones: Dijon 459, 115, 667, and 777, selections of Calera and DRC
Harvest Dates: 3Tiers, Upper and Upper West blocks – September 14, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 13.9%
Cases Produced: 126

The Vineyard
The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.

Winemaker Notes
The suggestive 2013 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is introduced by red, ruby color. Aromas of red fruit and bramble mix with aromas of violets, crushed dried herbs, leather, and tobacco leaf. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, and cranberry dance with savory notes of smoked meat, sweet pipe tobacco, and black tea. The full expression of this youthful and complex wine seems to hide behind the structure present at this point. Designed to age, but enjoyable now, those who are patient will reap the greatest reward. Drink now or over the next decade.

Oak: 100% French oak, 43% new oak, 28.5% once used and 28.5% older
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Harvest Dates: September 18, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 13.9%
Cases Produced: 164

The Umino Vineyard is owned and farmed by Dave Umino, a fifth generation Japanese American from a Central Valley farming family. After a career as a forensic metallurgist the vineyards replaced an old apple orchard in 1995. Planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 it is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley in what is unofficially referred to as the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley AVA. Cold maritime air funnels through the hills to moderate ripening of the fruit which produces wines of exceptional depth, concentration and character.

The 2013 Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep purple in color, and a bowl full of cherries and cream leaps from the bowl. Black cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors mix with hints of mushroom, coffee, and sweet toasted oak on the palate. Bright acidity and velvety smooth tannins mingle with flavors of bing cherry and ripe strawberry on a mineral laced finish. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French oak, 50% new oak, 25% once used and 25% older
Clones: Dijon 459 and 777
Harvest Dates: September 19, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 121

The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren with the help of Diana‰’s parents it is a true family operation. Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Buffeted by cold maritime winds the fruit ripens slowly and produces wines of exceptional elegance and purity.

The Spell Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir is dark violet in color and has aromas of cherry, strawberry, oats, all spice, anise, sassafras add to a brooding quality in the glass. Flavors of cranberry and pomegranate hinting towards darker fruit and forest duff sweep across the palate.  Balanced by smooth tannins and perfect acidity flavors of black cherry and bitter chocolate seem to linger for eternity. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French; 40% new, 25% once used and 35% older.
Clones: Dijon 115
Harvest Dates: October 11, 2012
Bottled: August 8, 2013
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 148

The Alder Springs Vineyard is located 12 miles west of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the town of Laytonville in the center of Mendocino County. The fruit for the Spell wines comes from three distinct blocks located at an elevation between 1700 to 1900 feet on a Southeastern facing slope. 3 Tiers, which makes up the majority of the blend, is planted to Dijon clone 459 and heritage clones of DRC and Calera. The Upper West Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 667 and 777 and the Upper Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777. The low-vigor, volcanic-based soils produce wines of distinctive old ‰world character.

Dark violet in color, aromas of blueberry, ripe raspberry, dried rose pedals, clay, smoke, peat, and ground sage spring from the glass. Youthful red fruit flavors, juniper berry, espresso and a mineral element are seamlessly balanced with powdery-dry tannins and lively acidity. Enjoyable now, this wine shows potential for age-ability and should reward those with the space and time to cellar a few bottles over the next decade.

Oak: 100% French oak; 40% new oak, 25% once used and 35% older.
Clones: Dijon 459, 115, 667, and 777, selections of Calera and DRC
Harvest Dates: 3Tiers – September 27, 2012, Upper and Upper West blocks – October 9, 2012
Bottled: August 8, 2013
Alc: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 148

The Vineyard
The Spell Marimar Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is sourced from the Dona Margarita Vineyard overlooking the township of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast is the postcard perfect Pinot Noir vineyard. With its close proximity to the cold Pacific Ocean on a hillside of Goldridge soils the wines produced from this vineyard are exotic and seamlessly balanced.

Winemaker Notes
The Spell Marimar Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir has a dark crimson, almost purple color introduces bright aromas of Black cherry, ripe strawberry, sassafras, forest floor and black chanterelles that fill the glass. Smooth, lush tannins circulate with ripe fruit flavors while Sumac spice and coffee notes carry through to the finish highlighted by a lingering mineral element. Drink now or over the next 4 ‰or 5 years.

Oak: 100% French; 40% New, 25% once used, and 35% older.
Clones: Pommard 4 and Dijon 115
Harvested: September 27, 2012 and October 4, 2012
Bottled: August 8, 2013
Alcohol: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 148

The fruit for the 2013 Nichole‰’s Blend Pinot Noir comes from the DeVoto, Terra de Promissio, Umino and Alder Springs Vineyards. From as far south as the Petaluma Gap, where the cold maritime breezes help to produce wines of excellent purity and elegance; to the far western edge of the Russian River Valley, which produces wines with richness and ripe dark fruit flavors. The resulting wine is an excellent example of the harmony between these distinctive regions within Sonoma County.

Bright ruby in color, aromas of citrus pith, ripe raspberry, black cherry, toasted oats, sandalwood and crushed dried herbs mingle in the glass. Sappy fruit flavors with lively acidity and a hint of minerality coalesce in a sultry finish. This youthful, energetic wine is immensely gratifying now and should become even more so with time. Drink now, or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French; 30% new, 30% once used and 40% older.
Harvest Dates: September 14 – September 30, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 575

The 2013 Spell Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum

The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.

The suggestive 2013 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is introduced by red, ruby color. Aromas of red fruit and bramble mix with aromas of violets, crushed dried herbs, leather, and tobacco leaf. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, and cranberry dance with savory notes of smoked meat, sweet pipe tobacco, and black tea. The full expression of this youthful and complex wine seems to hide behind the structure present at this point. Designed to age, but enjoyable now, those who are patent will reap the greatest reward. Drink now or over the next decade.

Oak: 100% French oak, 43% new oak, 28.5% once used and 28.5% older
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Harvest Dates: September 18, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 13.9%
Magnums Produced: 24

The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.

The suggestive 2013 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is introduced by red, ruby color. Aromas of red fruit and bramble mix with aromas of violets, crushed dried herbs, leather, and tobacco leaf. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, and cranberry dance with savory notes of smoked meat, sweet pipe tobacco, and black tea. The full expression of this youthful and complex wine seems to hide behind the structure present at this point. Designed to age, but enjoyable now, those who are patent will reap the greatest reward. Drink now or over the next decade.

Oak: 100% French oak, 43% new oak, 28.5% once used and 28.5% older
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Harvest Dates: September 18, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 13.9%
Bottled Produced: 3

Spell Wine Club | 12 bottle membership

Each of our clubs offers remarkable wines, discounts and access to our custom tours by appointment. Club shipments occur during the month of April each year, subject to weather conditions. The 12-bottle level includes 1 shipment of 1-2 bottles of each of our wines from each vintage year, including:

  • Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir
  • Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir
  • Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir (wine club exclusive)
  • Chardonnay
  • Rosé Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

Additionally:

  • 15% off club shipments and all additional orders for the year
  • Free Shipping on all orders
  • Special access to sold-out wines
  • Invitations to Club events each year complimentary for member a guest
  • Complimentary winemaker tours

Spell Wine Club | 12 bottle membership

Each of our clubs offers remarkable wines, discounts and access to our custom tours by appointment. Club shipments occur during the month of April each year, subject to weather conditions. The 12-bottle level includes 1 shipment of 1-2 bottles of each of our wines from each vintage year, including:

  • Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir
  • Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir
  • Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir (wine club exclusive)
  • Chardonnay
  • Rosé Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

Additionally:

  • 15% off club shipments and all additional orders for the year
  • Free Shipping on all orders
  • Special access to sold-out wines
  • Invitations to Club events each year complimentary for member a guest
  • Complimentary winemaker tours

Spell Wine Club | 6 bottle membership

Each of our clubs offers remarkable wines, discounts and access to our custom tours by appointment. Club shipments occur during the month of April each year, subject to weather conditions. The 6-bottle level includes 1 shipment of 6 bottles each vintage year, including:

Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir
Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir
Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir (wine club exclusive)
Chardonnay
Rosé Vin Gris of Pinot Noir
Additionally:

10% off club shipments and all additional orders for the year
$20 flat rate shipping on all orders
Special access to sold-out wines
Invitations to Club events each year complimentary for member a guest
Complimentary winemaker tours

Produced from the Saignée (French for ‰”bleed‰”) of the Pinot Noir. The juice for this wine is removed (‰bled‰) from each lot of Pinot Noir as it is being destemmed into the fermenter. It is transferred to a stainless steel tank which is maintained at 50 degrees F to promote a slow, cool fermentation that preserves the fantastic aromatics. Once the primary fermentation has completed (2-4 weeks after the last lot of Pinot Noir is processed) the wine is moved to a selection of neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels for another 4 to 8 weeks of aging before bottling in January.

The Spell Rosé is slight salmon color, this wine yearns for warmer weather. Aromas of white strawberry, watermelon rind, and grilled white peaches fill the glass. Light on the palate, flavors of fresh spring strawberries and watermelon flow over the tongue. Bright acidity and a touch of minerality adds to a smooth, lingering finish. Serve chilled and drink now or over the next eight months.

Oak: 50% stainless steel, 50% neutral French oak
Harvest Dates: September 15 – October 2, 2014
Bottled: January 8, 2015
Alc: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 208

The Marimar Estate Vineyard lies on a hillside overlooking the township of Freestone on the western edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation. This special vineyard benefits from Goldridge soils and a cool marine influence, naturally controlling yields to produce concentrated, exotic wines.

The Spell Marimar Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011’s dark ruby, almost purple color introduces this beautiful wine. Crisply focused aromas of red raspberry and wild cherry mingle with scents of forest floor, roasted grain, orange zest, cinnamon, clove and rose petals. The ripe red fruit flavors paired with Garam Marsala and sumac spice notes carry through to the finish, highlighted by a lingering mineral element. Drink now or over the next 7-8 years.