Thursday, August 1, 2013

#DeerfieldWinery Third Day of June Winecation

  Over 270 award winning wines so far

This is probably the biggest wine cave I have ever been in and Don has taken me to several. I first visited this winery back in 2009 while we were there to bottle Clampitt Vineyard wine (which doesn't really exist-it's a label contest for the company resulting in a bunch of wine/paper lovers going to California to wine taste and bottle wine-lots of fun)! Don has known this winemaker and his wife for several years. So naturally we had to go there and let the entire group see this amazing cave and taste their fabulous wines. Click on the link to read all about each wine they make and have an opportunity to buy.
 This is a diagram of their 23,000 sq. ft. cave where the grand room and wine tasting is located among other necessities. It's humongous and you could get lost in there without a map!

This is us with Robert Rex and PJ (his wife and business partner). They've been in the business for 38 years and have lived in Sonoma for 28 years on a hilltop in the original winery location.
2011 Deerfield Chardonnay ($35) Best of Class-Golden Gate Wine Society

PJ is very proud of this wine named after her. That's PJ in her 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider. And the story goes like this. Her Italian boyfriend at the time (now husband) kept her car "purring", so for a gift she gave him a wine making kit. He was and still is a fabulous cook and a chemist, so she figured he could make wine. And he did!

The first wine we tasted was a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ($24). It is their brightest, crispest fuller-bodied white wine. Very nice with seafood! 

PJ served the next tasting for us. A 2012 White Rex ($28) is a blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Drink this with a swim suit!

Both award winning wines

Next was a 2008 Merlot Cuvee' ($30), which means wine blend in French. This is a harmonious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Oh so good!

The @wines appeal to people that enjoy wine. Robert created this to merge the social media world with the social characteristics of wine. It's purpose is to educate people about wine and the lifestyle associated with it. A wine for the internet era! 
Above is a 2009 @Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ($45), but you can find it on Amazon for $40 or the 2008 vintage for $24. It's worth the order!

Award winning wine

This is a 2002 DRX Meritage Red Wine North Coast ($85). It is a blend of five Bordeaux varietals. It was bottled in 2006 and is the state of their art and passion. 

We also tried a 2000 Meritage Ladi's Vineyard ($100). It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Very rich and velvety! Super nice!

And last, but not least, a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ($65) Zukowski Vineyard/Knights Valley. Now this is what Don likes-it won Best of Class in a Cabernet Shootout in January!

If you ever get to the small town of Kenwood, California in Sonoma County, check out this winery. It is open to the public and can be booked for cave events. We've had a lovely luncheon inside the Grand Room with a bunch of paper/wine people! So fun!