90 Points – Robert Parker
Gold Medal – San Francisco Intl. Wine Competition
Deep garnet-purple colored, and has expressive nose of crème de cassis, blueberry pie and preserved plums with hints of incense, cinnamon stick, clovers and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and refreshing acidity supporting the muscular fruit, finishing long and spicy. We recommend 20-30 minutes of decanting to fully showcase its soft flavors and lingering finish of red fruit.
Harvest Dates: October 10, 2013
Average Degree Brix: 27
Bottling Date: August 2015
Blend: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 19 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% New
Skin Contact: Cold soaked for 48 hours. Extended macerationon the skins for one week. Pumped over twice daily during fermentation.
Racked: Twice during the aging process and once at bottling.
Total Cases Made: 323
Collier Falls is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Healdsburg, California’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley.
They make limited quantities of hillside estate red wines from 20 acres of our own sustainably-farmed vineyards. Each year they strive to grow outstanding fruit and make world-class wines in Sonoma County. Collier Falls express the true flavors of the grapes, and are exceptional examples from this wonderful winegrowing region.
The name comes from the waterfall below the Zinfandel vineyards, and the wines are found in the restaurants of legendary chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Palmer, and Thomas Keller.
A trip to Wine Country in 1992 changed Barry and Susan Collier's future together. That weekend encouraged them to sell their home and move to Sonoma County, and by 1997 they were growing grapes and making wine as Collier Falls.
For Barry and Susan this was quite a risk. But they saw it as a chance to enjoy the outdoors together as winegrowers, and challenge themselves as farmers after decades of city life.
Susan was the first to move to Sonoma County, where she studied viticulture in Santa Rosa and looked at dozens of properties throughout Wine Country. It was Dry Creek Valley she fell in love with. "The valley was intimate and the people were so friendly and genuine. It just felt right."
Barry soon followed and together they saw their very first vintage, a Collier Falls 1997 Zinfandel, earn 90 points in the Wine Spectator, the first in a long line of award-winning wines from Collier Falls.
More at www.collierfalls.com.