June 27, 2011

take me to wine country | deloach vineyards | russian river valley | santa rosa, california

Last summer I had the awesome opportunity to visit DeLoach Vineyards in California’s Russian River Valley as part of a press tour of magazine writers and editors. I spent two days at the Biodynamic winery learning about DeLoach’s humble history and bright green future in the sustainable wine business. I even had the chance to help care for my own pinot noir vines with a special Biodynamic prep.

kim wallace deloach vineyards pinot noir

{This is the beginning of my line of pinot noir grapes that will soon become wine! I helped care for these by spraying Biodynamic prep 501 on them.}

Since my trip, I’ve developed an even bigger passion for pinot (DeLoach takes special pride in its pinot noir — I’m a repeat customer when it comes to Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008) and an affinity for Biodynamic wine.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be tasting and reviewing yet another Biodynamic wine grown in the heart of Sonoma County. Until then, check out the excerpt below from my published piece on DeLoach, and head here to read the full story (and see even more beautiful pictures from this one-of-a-kind winery).


kim wallace deloach vineyards picnic table

{What's more perfect than a picnic in wine country? Photo Courtesy Barbara Bourne}

A 10-time Wine & Spirits “Winery of the Year,” DeLoach Vineyards produces a full range of affordable, delicious wines that express the terroir of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Known best for its pinot noir, chardonnay and zinfandel, DeLoach Vineyards offers three tiers of wines for enthusiasts and casual drinkers.

1. Vineyard Designate Series: These limited-production wines are crafted from some of the Russian River Valley’s most acclaimed vineyards. Visit the DeLoach tasting room or join the wine club to experience some. Try the Zinfandel Nova Vineyard 2007, $32, for dark berry flavors coupled with notes of chocolate and spice.

2. OFS Series: “Our Finest Selection” is just that — DeLoach’s most prized wines bottled in years when the winemaker believes grape quality is extraordinary. The Tawny Red Wine, $32, blends equal parts zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah to create intoxicating aromas of black cherry, plum and white chocolate with notes of cardamom spice. Linger with close friends over a bottle of this complex wine—as afternoon turns to evening, this wine opens up even more to reveal intricate hints of other delicious flavors.

3. Russian River Valley: DeLoach’s flagship series of award-winning, affordable wines represents the winery’s heart and soul. The red berry and anise aromas of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008, $24, will complement your next mushroom or red-meat meal. For dessert, grab a Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007, $18, and savor this smooth, creamy chardonnay’s scents of Asian pear and warm apple pie.

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