Saturday, August 10, 2:00–5:00 pm
Wheeler Farms Winery
588 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena
For some of you this is a favorite announcement each year – the SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Pre-Release, Cork Screw massacre – Member’s Party. For the uninitiated it is that one day out of the year Jeff, Susan, Matt, Sierra and Dave, family members, and I show up at the winery and open up ALL the wines we have just bottled and plan to release the following year. It is our Insider’s guide to our future. There is always excellent farm fresh foods, and a little entertainment beyond our skill sets. It is just an all-out fun day. Oh yes, and it does sell out quickly every year.
The vintage for the single vineyard Cabernets and Bordeaux blends is 2017. There are many back stories on the vintage, but as we go thru the wines we feel they are exceptional. Most rival the 2016s, and we think all are as good or better than the 2015. If you can’t come to the tasting I hope all of you have a chance to taste some of these wines. A year from now I predict many of these wines will be in several critics top ten wines of the vintage. I hope you hold me to it.
I think Antonio Galloni foreshadowed the vintage nicely early on in Vinous:
“I found much to like in the 2017s…. 2017 has the potential to be better than 2015…. In tasting, the 2017s show very ripe red-fruit flavor profiles.”
—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 14, 2018
The Chardonnays we show will also be the 2017s. Insiders know that we are adding more barrel aging to better integrate the expansive flavor profiles, and so we can bottle these wines completely unfiltered. We don’t make much Chardonnay, but what we do is from top blocks in Hyde, Durell, and Beresini. We are ranked in the top 3 Chardonnay producers of the year in the recent Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and have been consistently in in Wine Spectator’s Top 10 and other publications since 2002. People know us more for the Cabernets, but those who enjoy and seek out the best and hard to find Chardonnays in the New and Old World, know us well.
It is going to be a great line up, and you’ll have the TOR team to entertain you. Fun, fun, fun,,,
The wines (drum roll) are:
2017 TOR Reds:
- Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville
- Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard, Oakville (95-97 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous)
- Melanson Vineyard, Pritchard Hill
- Oakville Proprietary Red Wine (95-97 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous)
- Tierra Roja Vineyard, Oakville
2017 TOR Whites:
- Reserve Chardonnay Cuvee Susan
- Durell Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast (95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
- Beresini Vineyard “Torchiana” Chardonnay, Napa Valley (96+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
There will be exceptional nibbles, music, and always some surprises. It is our chance to see you and share. Again, we will have a great somm team pouring, so that we can spend more time with you personally. We will be in front, with you, enjoying the wines and your company. So, it is like being in our home in some ways. Very personal. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Come join us,