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Red Wines

Our winemaking team employs a meticulous process to extract the flavor and intensity of the fruit, careful to ensure that the wines reflect the sense of place where they are grown and are true to varietal character.

Russian River Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Amore
Estate Syrah
Estate Merlot
Estate Cabernet Franc
Spring Mountain District Cabernet
Yverdon Vineyard Cabernet
Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet
Marriage

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Russian River Pinot Noir

Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from three premium vineyards that bring their unique character into this blend.From Freestone, Green Valley, and Olivet Lane, we source Clone 115 and Pommard Clone pinot noir. The cooler Freestone vineyard brings bright acidity and dark structure. The Green Valley site offers a rich and round mid-palate and the Olivet Lane vineyard offers ripe round forward fruit. These grapes are picked in mid-October and are destemmed for a 48 hour cold soak. The fermentation is punched down twice daily and the maceration lasts a total of around 10 days. The free-run wine is racked to barrel and aged sur lie for eight months prior to racking. The wine is then racked clean from the lees and aged an additional 8 months before bottling.

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Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2012 was the fifth year Terra Valentine sourced fruit from this specific vineyard site. Located at the extreme western edge of Sonoma County up on Kings Ridge that looks right onto Marcassin, Hirsch, and Red Car, this site has excellent potential with an already impressive pedigree. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is comprised of two distinct clones, 777 and 828. Clone 777 offers intense colors and aromas with balance and round tannins. Clone 828 creates robust complex wines with good acidity. The grapes are picked in mid-September and are destemmed for a 5 day cold soak. The fermentation is punched down twice daily and the maceration lasts a total of around 9 days. The free-run wine is racked to barrel and aged sur lie for 8 months prior to racking. The wine is then racked clean from the lees and aged an additional 8 months before bottling.

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Amore

Inspired by our love of Italian Super Tuscan Sangiovese blends, we created Amore. We source the Sangiovese from Piero Antinori’s vineyard located at 1600 feet elevation in the Atlas Peak appellation of the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. The Sangiovese gets a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation and is punched down daily in our automated punch-down tanks. We age the wine in French Oak 300L puncheon, of which 25% are new. At the time of blending, we blend in small amounts of our estate Cabernets and Merlot to fill out the palate and create a seamless blend that showcases the bright strawberry and blueberry fruit of the Sangiovese.

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Estate Syrah

Cool climate Syrahs originated in the Northern Rhone Valley of France in areas like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage. Our Syrah from the Terra Valentine Estate shares some of the spicy, gamey qualities native to the Northern Rhone, but brings the dark fruit and licorice flavors found only on Spring Mountain. Produced in very limited quantities.

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Estate Merlot

Spring Mountain District is well known for producing some of California’s most critically acclaimed Merlots. The bold structure and deep dark fruit found in the mountain Merlots is a stark contrast for the lighter versions from the valley floor. Our Merlot is made in very limited quantities and is reserved exclusively for our Club Valentine members. A blend of 3 clones with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, our Terra Valentine Estate Merlot is packed with brambly black fruit with a lush soft texture.

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Estate Cabernet Franc

Cool climate Syrahs originated in the Northern Rhone Valley of France in areas like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage. Our Syrah from the Terra Valentine Estate shares some of the spicy, gamey qualities native to the Northern Rhone, but brings the dark fruit and licorice flavors found only on Spring Mountain. Produced in very limited quantities.

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Spring Mountain District Cabernet

Our Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship wine of Terra Valentine spanning all parts of our two estate vineyards. A blend of Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet as well as Cabernet, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from the Yverdon Vineyard, the wine shows the character of all elevations and the four soil types of our estates. The estate fruit is de-stemmed and the whole berries cold-soaked for two days prior to fermentation. The wine spends an average of 21 days on the skins before the free-run wine is settled and racked to barrel for malolatic fermentation. The wine spends 22 months in French Oak barrels of which 35% are new which accents the trademark flavors of cocoa powder and black currant.

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Yverdon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The eight acre Yverdon vineyard on the Terra Valentine Estate was originally planted in the ’60s, and replanted in 2001 by Terra Valentine. Our Yverdon Vineyard Cabernet is sourced from this historic site in the center of the Terra Valentine Estate. Planted to clone 4 and clone 15 cabernet, these vines experience a unique climate above the fog that brings out the dark chocolate, black licorice, and cassis flavors, balanced with elegant tannins and bright minerality. The wine spends 22 months in 45% new French oak barrels.

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Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has been sourced from the same part of the estate vineyard since 1996. At the top of the estate lies a north facing slope with shallow rocky volcanic soils. The vines on this part of the vineyard produce intensely concentrated fruit with deep color and structure. This 100% cabernet sauvignon is aged in 50% new French oak and has the structure to age gracefully for up to 20 years.

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Marriage

Our Marriage Bordeaux blend changes every year though it is typically based on Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blended to showcase the more subtle, elegant style of Spring Mountain, this deep, rich wine has impeccable balance and richness. We select the best barrels of both of our estates to create the Marriage blend. The Marriage celebrates how Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot come together in perfect union.

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