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1997 Nelson Estate Merlot

GOLD Metal Winner, California North Coast Wine Competition 2000
(1998 Merlot) GOLD Medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair
(1999 Merlot) GOLD ... SFO Chronical Tasting
(1999 Merlot) SILVER ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Harvested October 1-2, 1997 at 24.4 degrees Brix, 0.64% total acidity and 3.30 pH. Cold soaked for three days prior to fermentation. Barrel aged for sixteen months in 58% new French and American oak. Blend includes 7.5% Cabernet Franc. Unfiltered, so will throw a small amount of sediment in bottle. Bottled March 4, 1999 at 13.9% alcohol, 0.61% total acidity and 3.50 pH.

Winemaker's Notes: Overtones of vanilla and a hint of ripe olive accent this mouthwatering Merlot. Packed with fruit, yet elegant and showing a polished finish, the layers of this wine will continue to unfold for many years. Our best Merlot yet!

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1998 Nelson Estate Russian River Pinot Noir

GOLD Medal and Best of Class, California North Coast Wine Competition 2000
GOLD & BEST of CLASS award at the California North Coast Wine Competition
(1999 Pinot Noir) SILVER ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair
(1999 Pinot Noir) SILVER ... SFO Chronical Tasting
(2000 Pinot Noir) GOLD ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair
(2000 Pinot Noir) SILVER ... SFO Chronical Tasting

Harvested 10/13/98 at 26 Brix, 0.65% total acidity; 3.37 pH. Crushed lightly to maintain a maximum of whole berries in the fermenter. Cold soaked for 3 days prior to yeast inoculation. Aged in 42% new French oak. Bottled in July 1999 at 13.9% alcohol, .64% total acidity, 3.34pH.

Winemaker's Notes: This first release from our own Russian River vineyard was produced from 30 year old vines. A deep toned, usually complex wine that shows an earthy, chocolate exterior, overlying a rich dark cherry fruit base. Mouthwatering and generous, this wine will continue to blossom well into the next decade.

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1997 Nelson Cabernet Franc

GOLD Metal, Orange County Fair
GOLD Medal at the Chronical Northern California Wine Competition
(1998 Cab Franc) GOLD ... Orange County Fair
(1998 Cab Franc) GOLD ... SFO Chronical Tasting
(1998 Cab Franc) GOLD ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair
(1999 Cab Franc) GOLD ... SFO Chronical Tasting
(1999 Cab Franc) SILVER ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Harvested October 1, 1997 at 26.3 degrees Brix, 0.66% total acidity and 3.31 pH. Barrel aged for 20 months in 50% new French, Hungarian and American oak. Bottled June 8, 1999 at 13.95 % alcohol), 0.64% total acidity and 3.57pH

Winemaker's Notes: The 1997 growing season was unusually warm and so allowed our Cabernet Franc to ripen fully, producing an exceptionally rich & concentrated wine. Normally we blend in a small portion of Cabernet to augment the shy tannins that this cool region produces, but this year, the wine found its own balance and stands proudly as 100% varietal.

The aroma of this wine virtually explodes with rich chocolate and berry aromas. Smooth on the palate with firm structure and toasty oak tannins. Enjoyable now, cellar for five to seven years to experience this wine at its peak.

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1998 Nelson Estate Russian River Chardonnay

SILVER Medal Winner Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Harvested 10/22/98 at 24.0 Brix, 0.60% total acidity, 3.55 pH. Aged surlies in 47% new French oak. Bottled in July 1999 at 14.1% alcohol, 0.65% total acidity; 3.30 pH.

Winemaker's Note: We could not have chosen a better vintage for our first Chardonnay. The long cool 1998 season allowed the grapes to ripen with maximum flavor development. The wine shows, the classic Russian River intense spice, along with accents of apricot, vanilla and nutmeg. A mouthful, this Chardonnay delights the palate with its rich, ripe texture. Should age well into the next decade.

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1999 Nelson Estate Russian River Chardonnay

BRONZE Medal Winner Sonoma County Harvest Fair
BRONZE ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair
(2000 Chardonnay) SILVER ... Sonoma County Harvest Fair
(2000 Chardonnay) SILVER ... SFO Chronical Tasting

Harvested October 4 1999, at 23 Brix 13% alcohol. Bottled July 20th. Only 526 cased produced. Description: Burgundian style, similar to 1998 Chardonnay winemaker's notes.

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