The best vineyard sites are found in the mountains surrounding the valley, where the higher altitude is responsible for a more significant drop in temperature overnight… these mountain vineyards tends to be slightly longer than on lower elevations, and the wines produced are typically more restrained and elegant in style.
The Capay Valley
Prior to this tasting, I wasn’t familiar with the Capay Valley. It’s located along the north-western edge of Yolo County, on the border with Napa County. Here’s a visual…
- 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $18)
- 2013 Estate Viognier (SRP $20)
- 2013 Estate Syrah Rose (SRP $18)
- 2010 Estate Red (SRP $35)
- 2013 Casey Flat Ranch Sauvignon Blanc – Very pale green color with distinctive stone fruit, melon and hints of guava, and wet stone aromas. On the palate it approaches medium-bodied and is crisp and refreshing with delicious apricot, melon, grapefruit flavors and an appealing kiss of salinity. Lingering clean finish. 14.1% alcohol. 693 cases. (90 pts.)
- 2013 Casey Flat Ranch Rosé – Lovely pale pink color with aromatic, appealing red berry and spiced orange rind aromas. On the palate, it’s light-bodied, and mouth-watering acidity. On entry it starts off-dry ,but finishes dry with strawberry, raspberry, and spice flavors with a lingering mineral driven, clean finish. Whole cluster pressed; 100% Syrah; 205 cases. (89 pts.)
- 2013 Casey Flat Ranch Viognier – Pale golden-yellow color with appealing, expansive peach, honeysuckle and nutmeg aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, dry, and focused with lively acidity, and a lush mouth feel. It shows ample peach, apricot, and spice flavors with a compelling minerality. Long finish. 14.1% alcohol. 220 cases. (90 pts.)
- 2010 Casey Flat Ranch Estate – Nearly opaque garnet color with promising, but a tad hot black fruits, dried herb, and cedarwood aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, with medium acidity, and dusty well-integrated tannins. It shows cassis, baked blackberry, plum and vanilla flavors, with an engaging minerality, and a lingering finish. I popped and poured this wine, but I believe it will benefit from some aeration. Decant for an hour to maximize aromas and flavors. Blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Franc, 4% Mourvedre. 14.8% alcohol. Production; 2233 6-pack cases. (88 pts.)
These are wonderful wines. They show the hallmark intensity of mountain fruit, and a compelling minerality that reflect a distinctive sense of place. And the price is right too at between $18-35.
I encourage you to check out them out! Of course, you can purchase the wines direct from the winery. But if you’re looking to try before you buy, you can check out their wines at Rootstock a co-op tasting room in Winters, or they’ll be pouring at Tiburon Wine Festival on May 17th!
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