||2009 Tudal Family Clift Vineyard, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Now into our fifth vintage from this skillfully farmed 1.8-acre Oak Knoll District vineyard, we believe each release has surpassed in quality its predecessor. This Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard located in the southern part of Napa Valley delivers us wines with lovely nutmeg, clove, and cocoa, backed with lots of rich and refined blackberry fruit. Fitting to the characteristics of the Clift Vineyard, the wine has a substantial backbone, and layers of texture that are built well for aging of 8 to 10 years.
“A hot discovery” 2007 Clift Leslie Sbrocco, Check, Please! Bay Area, KQED-TV 2009
Double Gold 2007 Clift 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
“95” 2006 Clift Bear Dalton, Spec’s Texas Dec. 12, 2009
“90” 2006 Clift Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec. 20, 2010
“91” 2005 Clift Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast, March 2009
“Wine of the Week” 2005 Clift Dan Berger, Nov. 4, 2009
||2010 Tudal Winery Chardonnay, Maldonado Vineyard, Napa Valley
“Winemaker Kirk Venge barrel fermented in French oak the Chardonnay fruit from this cool climate single-vineyard in southern Napa Valley. The wine aged sur lie (the aging of the wine on yeast that forms after primary fermentation and imparts a toasty quality and enhances complexity) to fashion his first Chardonnay for Tudal Winery. He made a wine that brings to mind why the Burgundians make Chardonnay. From Burgundy Dijon clones grown in the Maldonado Vineyard, the wine will remind you why Chardonnay is the queen of all grape varieties.
Golden hued, the wine has aromas of Crenshaw melon, guava, and pineapple, while on the palate it’s rich and mouth-filling with bright, ripe fruit. Refreshing acidity enters at mid-palate and carries the wine through to a very long finish. It will age beautifully for 10-12 years.
||2010 Tudal Winery Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley
This Burgundian-style Pinot Noir comes from one of the most historic vineyards in California. Aromas are undeniably Pinot Noir with that telltale dark black cherry and a hint of licorice. On the palate, the wine is substantial and complex and of course, deliciously seductive as only a Pinot Noir can be. Winemaker Kirk Venge painstakingly blended barrels, some of which added the silky fruit, while the others contributed the complexity, backbone, and earthiness that Bacigalupi gives.
||2008 Tudal Family Napa Valley Cuvee
This wine represents a pleasant blend of three well established Napa Valley varietals; Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sangiovese. The wine shows well today, and will continue to develop more completely with a year or two of bottle aging. Each grape contributes its own varietal characteristic: sangiovese for its spice and cedar nose, zinfandel for the soft and round texture on the palate. If you try hard enough, you can taste the three layers in the wine.
This wine has enough tannin and backbone to stand up to Bar-b-que or softness to accompany your favorite tomato sauce.