le silex et l'acier Sauvignon blanc
Trout Gulch Vineyards - Turgeon, Père et Fils
The subtle combination of sun, soil, water and cool coastal air lends itself to growing fruit that ripens slowly. Vines are tended with exacting care. Wines of depth and character come from grapes with the same pedigree. TGV wines embody the true character of the surrounding mountains and valleys, time in a bottle.
Here is a list of current releases:
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Chardonnay, l'ephemere (Monterey AVA) – Forward aromas of citrus fruit with tropical notes of pineapple; characteristics that we have come to know as signature qualities for our Chardonnay, complemented by a rich, luxurious presence in the mouth. The juice was tank-fermented and produced entirely in stainless steel to show off focused varietal clarity. Hints of lemon zest and rose petals interplay to add roundness to the expansive nose; bright lemon and green apple give way to floral aromas. Given a proprietary name to designate our annual pilgrimage to Chardonnay, this special wine is referred to as “la pêcherie” or the fishing pond. Suggested food pairing: poached sole or trout with braised sorrel and heavy cream, shellfish (steamed cockles or clams in a garlic broth, abalone, Dungeness crab, or scallops) grilled or poached wild salmon or sea bass, wild rice pilaf with Porcini mushrooms, fettuccini prima vera or alfredo, kale and mache salad with roasted beets and dried cranberries.
A field blend of clones 76 and 4, these grapes were harvested October 12th, 2012 from the Mesa del Rio Vineyard (100%) on the bench lands southwest of Greenfield in the Monterey AVA.
112 cases produced, bottled in December 2013. Retail $24/750ml
la grande plage diurne Grenache blanc
Grenache, le vent sauvage qui souffle (Arroyo Seco AVA) - This easy drinking wine has aromas of dark fruit, fennel and cracked peppercorns. Cherry and simple spice flavors prevail. Naturally low in tannins, consider serving this medium bodied red wine slightly chilled (60°F) as an aperitif or pair with sardines, charcuterie, kalamata olives, porcini mushrooms, barbecue + grilled sausages & backyard picnic fare. The name refers to the fierce cooling winds that routinely blow throughout the afternoons in the renowned Arroyo Seco sub-AVA west of Greenfield in Monterey County.
151 cases produced, harvested October 19th 2011 and bottled in December 2012. Retail $18/750ml
Cinsault, la grande plage diurne (San Lucas AVA) – Attractive aromas of wildflower petals with abundant fruit, strawberries, ripe cherries and cigar box. Naturally low in tannins, this light-bodied red wine should be served well chilled (55°F) as a perfect aperitif. Cinsault is a Mediterranean grape variety widely planted in the south of France along the Rhone River and perfectly suited to California’s Central Coast viticultural region. Suggested pairing with BB-Q, grilled vegetables and chicken or pork kebabs, charcuterie, paella, ratatouille and a salade Nicoise. Produced entirely in stainless steel to accent the light, fresh flavors. The name refers to the characteristic daily occurrence of large diurnal ranges from low to high temperatures in the rugged San Lucas sub-AVA of Southern Monterey County where the temps can easily swing 50°F daily. The San Lucas Vineyard sits on a gently sloped and well-drained mesa adjacent to the Salinas River where the loamy soil allows deep root penetration of 60” or more. Warm days are followed by cooling late afternoon winds. Hands on farming incorporates low shoot and cluster densities. A divided canopy trellis exposes fruit to filtered sunlight to optimize the canopy-to-fruit ratio. The Cinsault block is small, under 1.5 acres.
90 cases produced, harvested September 22nd 2012 and bottled in July 2013. Retail $18/750ml
la belle petite poulette Rosé
la belle petite poulette Rosé (Monterey AVA) – Attractive cranberry-pink colored Rosé with room-filling aromas of tangerine and rose water. Layered flavors of citrus, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries complete this bone-dry quencher. A citrusy zip and palate-cleansing acidity accents the light body. The grapes for this 60%-40% blend came from the rugged San Lucas sub-AVA of Southern Monterey County and Arroyo Seco AVA. Pinot blanc and Cinsault were selected from small blocks grown along the Salinas river. The vineyards sit on gently sloped and well-drained parcels where the loamy soil allows deep root penetration of 60” or more. Warm days are followed by cooling late afternoon winds. Hands on farming incorporates low shoot and cluster densities. A divided canopy trellis exposes fruit to filtered sunlight to optimize the canopy-to-fruit ratio. Serve well chilled to compliment a salad of golden beets, blood orange and frisee; pair with charcuterie, sardines or smoked oysters, Manchego cheese with fig jam; barbecued chicken and backyard picnic fare. “la belle petite poulette” translates to pretty little chicken, French slang meaning “chick”, an apropos name for this youthful, fresh wine.
This lovely blend produced 75 cases, harvested September 22nd and 28th 2012 and bottled in July 2013.
le vent sauvage qui souffle Grenache
2013 la confluence Pinot Noir
2013 Pinot Noir, la confluence (Monterey AVA) - Once again, this vintage was selected from vineyards that lie along the Arroyo Seco and Salinas river drainage, hence the name “la confluence” which literally translates to “the confluence” or convergence of a tributary into the mainstream. Perfumed blackberry leaps from the glass. Racy aromas of violets, plums, berries and spices balance the lingering, juicy finish. Styled to be structured but fruit driven, the wine nonetheless displays concentrated Pinot Noir character and firmness in the finish. An elegant Pinot Noir. The 2010 wine, while enjoyable now, should age gracefully for five to seven more years. Compliments the full range of dishes, including mixed grill, roast leg of lamb, duck confit, grilled sausage, turkey drumsticks, steamed winter vegetables, and fingerling potatoes.
The fruit for this wine was harvested between October 2nd and 16th and sourced from the following six vineyards: 51% Scheid, 16% Viento, 12% Hacienda, 11% Riverview, 7% Mesa del Rio, and 3% Central. A blend of Pommard clones 115, 667, 777, 23, 2A. The final blend was created using all available resources, including vineyards and clones.
208 cases produced, harvested October 14th through 22nd 2010 and bottled in December, 2015.
2013 la source Pinot Noir
2013 La Source Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains AVA) - This 2012 vintage Pinot Noir was selected from the upper rows of our former estate vineyard on Trout Gulch Road in Aptos now being carefully farmed and nurtured by Richard Alfaro. Perfumed blackberry leaps from the glass. Racy aromas of plums, berries and spices balance the lingering, juicy finish. Styled to be fruit driven, the wine nonetheless displays concentrated mountain Pinot Noir character and firmness in the finish. An elegant Pinot Noir. The 2013 vintage, while enjoyable now, should age gracefully for seven to ten more years. Pair with rack of lamb, pork loin roast, garlic mashed potatoes or polenta; grilled tomatoes, porcini or Portobello mushrooms, and cave aged Gruyere.
188 cases produced, bottled June, 2015.
Given a proprietary name to designate the estate mountain vineyard, this special wine is called “la source” after the natural artesian springs that issue from the estate.
Suggested retail $38/750ml
2012 le Trianon Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains AVA) – This deeply pigmented red wine is styled after the esteemed Bordeaux wines of St. Emilion. It shows concentrated aromas of riparian blackberry brambles, well structured with characteristic hints of tanned leather and tobacco leaf. Firm tannins will allow this wine to mature nicely over the next decade. This well-structured wine is best served with hearty, full flavored dishes – Cassoulet, standing rib roast, mashed potatoes, cooked beets, Roquefort or Stilton cheese,
Given a proprietary name to designate the mountain vineyard, this special wine was sourced from the Regan Vineyard in Corralitos and is called “le Trianon” after a tiny township that existed where the phenomenal Versailles Palace was built, near where my mother was born and raised in France and a favorite place for my father.
148 cases produced, bottled July 29, 2015. Suggested retail $38/750ml
Sauvignon blanc, le silex et l’acier (Monterey AVA) – sourced from Mesa del Rio & Baja Viento Vineyards in the Monterey AVA and Arroyo Seco sub AVA. For centuries the sandy, rock-laden soil has washed down from the mountain tops of the Santa Lucias on its way to the Salinas River. This vintage shows green aromas of cut-grass and padrone peppers reminiscent of the great white Graves of Bordeaux fame pursued by snappy citrus and melon flavors in the mouth, and crisp acidity on the back of the tongue. Dry and top accented with fresh fruit qualities throughout. Pairing suggestions include freshly shucked oysters on the half shell + other raw-bar delicacies, smoked fish (trout, albacore, mussels and sturgeon), wild mushrooms, caprese salad, apple slaw, sheep cheese and bruschetta. The name “le silex et l’acier” is French and translates to “flint and steel”, a play on words as it refers to the ancient method of making fire and the literal: flint shards scattered throughout the vineyard giving a true sense of its terroir. Added is the fact that this wine was produced entirely in stainless steel tanks (no oak) to present its fresh unrestrained character.
420 cases produced, harvested on October 6th 2012, bottled in July 2013. Retail $18/750ml
Grenache blanc, la grande plage diurne (San Lucas AVA) – An alluring combination of rich flavors and refreshingly crisp acidity in the mouth with varietal aromas of green apple and preserved lemon. This wine was produced entirely in stainless steel to preserve the inherent fresh fruit qualities. The name refers to the characteristic daily occurrence of large diurnal ranges from low to high temperatures in the rugged San Lucas sub-AVA of Southern Monterey County where the temps can easily swing 50°F daily. The San Lucas Vineyard sits on a gently sloped and well-drained mesa adjacent to the Salinas River where the loamy soil allows deep root penetration of 60” or more. Warm days are followed by cooling late afternoon winds. Hands on farming incorporates low shoot and cluster densities. A divided canopy trellis exposes fruit to filtered sunlight to optimize the canopy-to-fruit ratio. The Grenache blanc block is small, under 1.5 acres. Suggested pairings for this delicious wine include: steamed cockles, a risotto of crevices or scallops, trout meuniere, pumpkin veloute, and a salade Nicoise.
166 cases produced, harvested September 18th 2011 and bottled in December 2012. Retail $18/750ml
la grande plage diurne Cinsault
Wholesale Inquiries ~ I have an exclusive arrangement for distribution in California through Monterey Bay Wine Company in La Selva Beach, 831-685-9463. Please direct all wholesale inquiries to MBWCo
You can find Trout Gulch wines at these fine retailers and restaurants:
(list updated 7/23/2015)
Santa Cruz County
Shopper's Corner, Santa Cruz - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sauvignon blanc
DeLuxe Foods of Aptos - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sauvignon blanc
New Leaf Markets (All) - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sauvignon blanc
Safeway - Freedom, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Safeway - 41st Ave, Soquel - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & la belle petite poulette
Safeway - Mission St., Santa Cruz - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & la belle petite poulette
Staff of Life, Santa Cruz - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sauvignon blanc
U-Save Liquors, Santa Cruz - Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Village Bottle Shop, Scotts Valley - Chardonnay
Costco, Santa Cruz & Great Oaks San Jose - Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Scotts Valley Market - Sauvignon blanc
Seascape Foods, Aptos - Pinot Noir & Sauvignon blanc
Ben Lomond Market - Pinot Noir
Aptos Natural Foods - Soquel Dr, Aptos - Sauvignon blanc
San Francisco Bay Area
Safeway - El Camino, Menlo Park - Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Safeway - San Antonio Rd, Mtn View - la belle petite poulette
Safeway - N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos - Pinot Noir
Bev Mo - Camden Ave, San Jose - Chardonnay
Bev Mo - San Antonio Rd, Mtn View - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & la belle petite poulette
Bev Mo - Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara - Sauvignon blanc
Arcangeli Grocery, Pescadero - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sauvignon blanc