Wine Geek Recommended
Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
A blockbuster Cabernet from Vineyard Seven & Eight (which is actually owned by Princeton residents, Launny and Weezie Steffens). 2009 provided perfect weather for ripening and it shows in the fruit. Lush and rich with ample tannins from 18 months in 95% new oak, this is a wine to luxuriate in for a decade to come.
Vineyard 7 & 8 produces 1,800 cases annually and is located at the top of Spring Mountain.
The 40 acre vineyard and winery is owned and managed by the Steffens family along with winemaker Luc Morlet and vineyard manager Pete Richmond of Silverado Farming Company. The vineyards
of the estate were established in the early 1980s and are currently planted to ten acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and four acres of Chardonnay. These vineyards, which lie above the fog, bring extended
ripening, low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil.
Nearly three-quarters the size of France, California accounts for almost 90 percent of entire American wine production. The production in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer.
The state's viticultural history dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards to produce wine. Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations with distribution across the globe.