Style: Bordeaux; Appellation: Alexander Valley; Pairing Grilled, or Roasted Beef, New York Strip, or Prime Rib, Breast of Lamb, Chicago Style Pork Chops; Alcohol: 13.92%. Bold Cabernet Sauvignon from the Meola Vineyard in Alexander Valley. Available for Wine Club members only, limit 2 bottles
Chardonnay, 2015 Fantozzi, Carneros
Style: Burgundian; Appellation: Los Carneros; Pairing: King Crab, Poached Salmon, Smoked Salmon , Pasta Vongole, Oysters; Alcohol: 13.40%. A rich, full bodied Chardonnay with refreshing citrus notes and a hint of oak. Fantozzi vineyard, in the Carneros Appellation, sits flat at the southern most end of the Mayacamas where they fade into the bay. This is an ideal growing region for Chardonnay, with a cool climate that allows for longer hang time that creates a more supple and complex wine
Red Wine Blend, 2010, Lex Julia
Style: Bordeaux; Appellation: Alexander Valley; Alcohol: 14.20%. Cab-based, Bordeaux Style Red Blend. Superb blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 9% Petite Sirah, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet color, medium-body, with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco. Excellent and versatile food wine
Scarlet, Late Harvest Zinfandel, 2013
Style: Dessert; Appellation: Russian River Valley; Pairing: Chocolate, Chocolate Cake, Brownies, Cheese Cake, Cannoli....Cigars; Alcohol: 16.80%. Superbly balanced dessert wine. This Late Harvest Zinfandel is rich and sweet at about 7% residual sugar with a balanced acidty to offset the sweetness. Ripe raspberry and blackberries with hints of raisins and chocolate. An intense wine that is an excellent example of how a dessert wine can be both complex and balanced
Zinfandel, 2007, Stealth, Alexander Valley
Style: Big; Appellation: Alexander Valley; Pairing: Spicy foods, soft rich cheeses, Chocolate baked goods and confections, and last but not least....Cigars; Alcohol: 16.00%. This is a top-shelf Zin, really packs a wallop. If wines of high extraction and late harvest styling fit your bill, then this one is about as good as it gets, in a very classy package
Zinfandel, 2010 Carreras Ranch, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley
Style: New World; Appellation: Dry Creek Valley; Pairing: Grilled Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chili Con Carne, Spicy Hot foods; Alcohol: 15.80%. Classic Dry Creek Zin with bold structure and complex flavors. Planted in 1905, the vineyard has been dry farmed and head trained for 110 years. Truly a heritage vineyard planted with a classic 'Field Blend' of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouchet vines. This wine exhibits Cabernet-like structure; big stature, deep color, and deeply concentrated fruit. Aromas of dried black fruits and confectioners sugar with a hint of tobacco, with a long and complex finish
Zinfandel, 2013 Cloud Buster, Old Vine, Russian River Valley
Style: New World; Appellation: Russian River Valley; Alcohol: 15.00%. Concentrated Old Vine Zin. Beautiful aromas of brambly blackberry, and spicy pepper with hints of vanilla and cedar give way to a full and tasty palate on the fruit-driven Zin
Zinfandel, 2013 Harris-Kratka, Alexander Valley
Appellation: Alexander Valley; Alcohol: 14.50%. An elegant and beautifully balanced Zinfandel from the renowned Harris-Kratka vineyard. This is what Zin is all about! Deep nose of classic Zin aromas – black raspberry, cherry, anise, plum, pepper spice and dried black fig, with whiffs of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate does not disappoint. This is a mouth-filling, full-bodied zin with lots of spicy character and a wonderful long, lingering finish
Zinfandel, 2014 Addor Vineyard, , Mendocino
Style: New World; Appellation: Mendocino, Talmage; Alcohol: 15.50%
Zinfandel, 2014 Lencioni, Dry Creek Valley
Style: New World; Appellation: Dry Creek Valley; Alcohol: 15.20%
Zinfandel, 2014 Rancho Bello, Russian River Valley $70 · Add To Cart
Intensely concentrated fruit and bold structure. Dense, deeply purple color with blackberry compote and French vanilla aromas. Big uipfront tannins that fade into a long, silky finish with velvety berry flavors. Production Notes Hand sorted, machine crushed into 6 ton open top fermentation vats. Winemaker Notes Serve wine alone for a deep brooding glass of wine to ponder the days events, I enjoy a 4 to 5 ounce pour to savor for half an hour or more. Cooperage Notes 30% new French Oak, 30% new American oak and 40% neutral oak barrels. Aged 17 months in barrels.
Zinfandel, 2014 Rocky Ridge, Rockpile
Style: New World; Appellation: Rockpile; Alcohol: 15.50% Zinfandel, 2014 Rocky Ridge, Rockpile Tasting Notes 98 Points Double Gold Best of Class, 2017 California State Fair. Deep color, aromas of Blackberry and fig with a hint of toasted spice. Mouth watering - lip smacking mid pallet that makes your palate tingle. The finish is firm and smooth. Drink now thru 2027 Winemaker Notes Blend: 98% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignane. Cooperage Notes 30% new French Oak, 40% two year old American (Pennsylvania) Oak barrels, aged 19 months $65 · Add To Cart Style New World Appellation Rockpile Varietal Zinfandel Alcohol 15.50% Bottle 750ml Bottled 2016-03-25 Drinkable Thru 2026 Harvest Date 2014-09-02 Harvest Brix 28.5° ph Level 3.69 Residual Sugar Dry
2014 Cloud Buster Zinfandel
Zinfandel, 2014 Cloud Buster, Sonoma County 2014 Cloud Buster, Sonoma County Zinfandel Tasting Notes Dark, brooding, inky color. On the nose, lots of dark fruit - principally blackberry preserves - with a nuance of mint. Highlights of toasty barrel notes culminating with a dash of cracked, black pepper. On the palate it is rich and mouth filling, smooth with a prolonged and engaging finish. Production Notes Cuvée of every Zinfandel Vineyard we harvest in Sonoma County [BLENDED TO PERFECTION]. The Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 6% Merlot, 3.5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Petite Sirah [ Cab Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Barbara, Petite Verdot, Carignan and Alicante] constitue the remaining 7% Winemaker Notes We are very happy to be able to bring this kind of QPR (quality to price ratio) to our portfolio. Most all Zinfandel of notoriety in this price range come from the Central Valley, Lodi ETC, this is 100% Sonoma County, and from all appellations in this County, even Rockpile.
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Who Are They
Founders, owners, and winemakers at Salerno Healdsburg Estate Winery, D.O.M.
William and Jack Salerno produce world-class wines under Manzanita Creek Winery, Lex Julia Wine Company and Silhouette of Sonoma Wines.
The winery production facility is at the north end of the quaint town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County
California. In July of 2015, William and Jack opened their main tasting room at 8910 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, California, in the Sonoma Valley.
What they do and why they do it
William and Jack moved to Sonoma County in 1996 to pursue careers in the wine business.
Having been raised in their familly's retail department stores, and in business for themselves from the early 1970s, their entrepreneurial spirit was the perfect training to build a thriving winery amidst, arguably the best and most competitive wineries in the "New World". Sourcing grapes from some of the finest and most sought after vineyards in Sonoma County, as well as proven stalwart vineyards in Mendocino County, the Brothers have proven themselves to make some of the top wines in their respective classes.
Their very first Zinfandel, 2002 Dry Creek Valley
was judged to be one of the top 100 wines in the country (San Francisco Chronicle 2004) their 2002 Three Vines Zinfandel was awarded 97 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Manzanita Creek wines continue to win high marks, November 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru International wine competition garnered them a Sweepstakes award for their 2010 Harris-Kratka Alexander Valley Zinfandel, and a Double Gold Best of Class on their first release of the 2010 Lex Julia Cabernet Franc.
William and I have always strived to the best at what we do
we have a no holds barred approach to any challenge we face....we we're challenged to make the best, and that's what we do." The Brothers Salerno continue to seek out new varietals and are always looking at ways to exceed at bringing their best to their fans. In 2014 we accessed an absolute jewel of a vineyard in the Rockpile region of the Dry Creek Valley and are very excited about its potential as our flagship offering, the wine we made from these grapes has definitely exceeded our expectations...in a word—WOW!
'It's really about pleasing our friends, that's what drives us to leave no stone unturned
The future is bright, Jack has been training his Granddaughter Natalia since she was 6 years old to follow his passion of working with the vines.
She is amazing to watch, we hope that our grandchildren will follow our lead says William...we have seven or eight, I lost count.
Our philosophy is simple, start out with the best grapes we can find.
The majority of our grapes come from independent growers that are known for their love of what they do, they share our vision to produce the best.
Our winemaking practices are bent on quality, fanatical some say...we're not driven by the bottom line. We employ modern as well as ancient techniques in our winemaking, and grape growing. We sort of wear blinders, we don't pay attention to what everybody else is doing. We have noticed a pattern over the years, a large number of wineries and grape growers are affected by what others do and say...the latest trend, the hottest varietal, the newest process. There's no shortage of opinions out there, alcohol to high or pH to low, filtered or unfiltered.
Winemaking is primarily the same as it was since before the birth of Christ...it's an organic process
totally natural. It's the winemakers perception of quality that makes the difference, it's our definition of what tastes good, same as yours — that's what matters in the end. Put our wines to the test and see if we're good enough to be your winemakers.
Brothers Jack and William Jr. Salerno's eclectic approach to life seems natural when you understand a bit more about their roots.
When their father William met Mary Louise Salvato in 1948, she was a model for May Co.
opera singer in training and was dating two Hollywood actors who were making a splash in the new world of television. William wasn't deterred by the competition. A consummate salesman and weight lifter, this Son of Sicilian immigrants wooed Mary Louise by first getting her family to embrace him, and soon she did too. Mary quickly forgot about her other beaus, Fess Parker, aka TVs Daniel Boone, and Clint Walker, the latest cowboy heart throb, and agreed to marry William.
There was some ensuing drama, but eventually things calmed down and William and Mary started their lives together in 1950.
Mary's flair for the arts and music influenced her boys, and William's self-assuredness that you can do anything you put your mind to wore off on the boys as well.
Jack and William Jr. knew they wanted to be their own boss.
Their initial careers as contractors and tradesman gave them that chance, and also fit their down-to-earth approach to life. But after a good run in the California's Silicon Valley, they turned from contractors to vintners, following their passions and embracing life in Sonoma County's Wine Country.
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We share a courtyard with our neighbors, so you can picnic with a bottle of your favorite Manzanita Creek wine, linger in the gardens, and enjoy the shade of the beautiful mature trees. Our modern space reflects our philosophy of “Never Boring Wines!” Visitors can view our rotating exhibits of diverse local artists while sipping our award-winning wines. Sonoma Valley is a favorite destination for wine lovers. We invite you to visit us with a few friends, enjoy the rolling vineyard views of this beautiful valley and savor the diverse flavors of our amazing wines.