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SPRING 2011


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3......... A Note From Hans Nef 4......... Behind The Vine 6......... Featured Wine 7......... New Release 8......... Recipe 9......... RED4


Dear Friends, In this newsletter, we are excited to announce the release of two new wines: our 2009 RED4


and 2010 WHITE4 , both of which are blends of four varietals from our


estate vineyards. With these wines, our aim is to offer two approachable blends – both


in flavor and price – while still delivering quality and complexity. Happily, the critical feedback on recent vintages confirms that we have hit the mark. The Wine Spectator recently named our 2008 RED4 “Best Buy”, while the 2009 WHITE4


- From Beginning to Blend


10........ Happenings 11........ Signature Wine Club Event


a earned a total of five gold medals,


including designations of “Best of Region” at the California State Fair and “Best of Show” at the Central Coast Wine Competition. Equally important, our customers have embraced both blends


with similarly enthusiastic feedback. These wines fly out of our tasting room, and they have also proven to be very popular in retail and restaurant accounts across the nation. The origins of RED4


date back to the inaugural release from the 2004 vintage. RED4


was an outgrowth of our longtime affinity for blends, and of our own inspiration to offer a pair of accessible complements to our limited-edition Cuvée Collection wines. We were confident that the RED4


wine business. Launching a new wine—and essentially a new tier in this case—is rarely easy. Thankfully, RED4


white wine companion starting with the 2008 vintage. As Winemaker Matthias Gubler explains later in this newsletter, the RED4 are made with a specific stylistic image in mind, and we find that four varietals


WHITE4


is just the right amount to achieve that vision from vintage to vintage. We call it the “power of four,” and we hope that you can visit us soon to experience it for yourself.


Best regards, would do well, but you just never know in the proved to be a hit, and we were inspired to create its and


Hans Nef


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