J. Cage Cellars Wine-Stained Dream Newsletter, March 2016
J. Cage Cellars
Wine-Stained Dream Newsletter
J. Cage Cellars 2014 Nunes Pinot Noir – Taking Home Medals
Grand Harvest Competition – West Coast Wine Competition
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2015 J. Cage White Wines are in the bottle!!
We are excited to announce that our 2015 J. Cage Cellars Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc are in the bottle and adjusting nicely to their new homes. All three wines turned out very well. Those of you that enjoyed our 2014 Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc will find the 2015 vintage similar in style yet a bit more refined. The Chardonnay from Mary’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley is a beautiful balance of bright acidity and a creamy luxurious mouth-feel. All three wines are available at our Wine Shop for pre-release purchase. J. Cage 2014 Whites sold-out in just a few months…Reserve yours NOW.
2016 An Important Year for J. Cage Cellars
We will be stepping up production. I am now spending my days meeting with winegrowers and clomping around muddy vineyards to find just the right spots with exceptional vines so Conch and I can continue to craft exceptional wines for you. As of this writing, I can announce that we will be adding an Old Vine Zinfandel from Mounts Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. We have worked with the Mounts family since the start, to craft our award winning Viognier and are thrilled to be adding their Zinfandel to our lineup.
In other big news…
We are now working with famed Pinot Noir and Zinfandel winemaker, Adam Lee. Adam is the founder and winemaker for the acclaimed Siduri Pinot Noir and Novy Zinfandel. Since the 2015 harvest, Adam has served as our consulting winemaker, sharing his wisdom and experience. We are lucky to have Adam as part of our team.
Big thanks to our friends and Cage cousins who were kind enough to host a tasting party in their home. Donna and I made many new wine friends and felt honored to share the Wine-Stained Dream. Special thanks to Indulge Wine Bar in Denver for hosting a private tasting of J. Cage wines for their best customers. It was an awesome experience. If we are in your town, and you have friends interested in acquiring our hand-crafted wines, let’s talk about creating a wonderful Wine-Stained experience for them.
What about the drought…now the rains?
The El Nino rains have done wonders in the vineyards. Both the vines and ground cover crops are a picture of health and happiness. In some warmer spots white buds are starting to pop from their vines. Bud break is a bit earlier than normal so there is always the fear of a late frost that could wreak havoc. But according to my handy iPhone weather app…all looks good for the next 15 days…fingers crossed. After years of drought reports, it seems odd to be dealing with predictions of weekend flooding.
(photo Christopher Chung/Press Democrat)
Speaking of rain, as you probably know, rain during the wine growing season is not a welcome event. In normal years, significant summer and fall rain is rare, allowing the grapes to concentrate their flavors and not get watered down. In 2015, we received quite a bit more moisture than normal during the bloom-set period in April. So, much as we love the rains today; we hope that by the end of March, Mother Nature will grab her son El Niño by the arm and send him back to his room. The moisture in 2015 resulted in many vineyards only able to yield 60% or less as compare to 2012-2014. So thanks El Niño…but enough is enough!
That’s all from here for this report. We appreciate you and are so happy to share the Wine-Stained Dream with you!
If you or your friends find your way to Sonoma County, please look us up. As you know, we are too small for a tasting room…but we may be able to meet up and share the Wine-Stained Dream in person.
Two Generations…One Passion
…Sharing the Wine-Stained Dream
The Beery Family
Conch, Tyler, James, Whitney, Roger & Donna