2008 Napa Valley Joie de Vivre- Recent Release!
"Best of" Award- 2013 California State Fair Wine Competition
Our Joie de Vivre red blend is not only a favorite of Jeff’s, it has become the signature wine of the Collection. Our 2008 vintage is composed of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Mountain Cab and valley floor Merlot marry well together, combining solid structure with marvelous fruit. The Syrah is added to give balance and stability to the wine.
The 2008 vintage produced some truly beautiful wines. Quality from this vintage is considered very high- the only challenge being the lack of quantity. With one of the harder frosts to date, crop levels were small. With its low yield, the Cabernet’s mountain fruit produced an intense and complex wine which gives this Joie de Vivre an essence of earth and anise spice. The Merlot contributes a lovely complexity with its soft fruit character, round tannin, and herbal notes. The Syrah adds bramble berry fruit, firm tannin, and acidity to the overall blend. The 2008 Joie de Vivre can complement a variety of different food dishes and is presently ready to drink, but has been crafted to enjoy for years to come.
The wines were fermented separately prior to blending. After gentle crushing and a two-three day cold soak, a combination of punchdowns and pumpovers were employed during fermentation to gain maximum extraction from the skins without harsh tannins. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months prior to bottling.
Cabernet from Corbett Vineyards, Napa Valley/Spring Mountain
Merlot from Solari Vineyard, Napa Valley/Calistoga
Syrah from Page Nord Vineyard, Napa Valley/Yountville
254 cases produced. Release date: October 15, 2012
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Barrel Aging: 20 months in French and American Oak, 30% New Oak, 70% 2-3 year Old Oak
2007 Ella Sofia Napa Valley Joie de Vivre
Dedicated to Jeff and Ingrid's daughter who was born in 2007, this exceptional Napa Valley red blend is velvety and pleasing in structure. With a dark ruby color and aromas of blackberry, plum, allspice and vanilla oak, combined with flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, plum and cassis, this wine is very complex on the palate. Decant for maximum flavor.
The wine is made up of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain (Corbett Vineyards) and Mayacama (Monte Rosso Vineyards) areas, as well as dry-farmed Merlot from the northern part of the Napa Valley Solari Vineyard), north of Calistoga, and clonally selected Syrah from Yountville (Page-Nord Vineyards). The mountain grown Cabernet provides the structure for the blend being farmed on very shallow soils, producing low cluster counts and small berries. The dry farmed Merlot adds a balanced softness to the finish, as well as a nice fruit core. Besides adding a nice bit of color, the Syrah contributes a unique spiciness to the overall blend.
The grapes for this blend were picked between 24.8 and 25.5° brix, destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters, and pumped over twice daily. Following fermentation, pressing, and settling, the wine was inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and racked to barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration.
This decadent red wine is outstanding now and will only improve with cellaring over the next six to ten years. The 2007 Joie de Vivre is a versatile wine that will pair with a wide variety of food dishes.
245 cases produced. Release date: Oct. 24, 2011.
2006 Jeff Gordon Napa Valley Joie de Vivre