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This vineyard is special in its own right. A mountain side vineyard, steep and almost 3000 foot elevation. The terrain is slate, red rock and gravel. Creating an extremely small berried, intense flavor profile. The Viognier adds perfume and white tropical fruits complimenting the elegant, rich body of Oranges, Pears and Mangos from the Roussanne. With the birth of his daughter right in the middle of harvest, Wine Maker Brian Graham launches his new line of wines. 9.19 came to fruition with the vision of steering away from his famous Napa Valley style wine and moving into a Burgundian style wine. The wings that embrace the front of this bottle resemble the wings that were hung above His daughters crib. A symbol of love and passion. Working with small vineyards where the farmers are the owners, the passion and love for the wine and the winemaking show in every bottle.
- The nose on this Rhone White Blend is inviting from the minute you open the bottle. This rich, full bodied wine is deep golden in color, and boasts deep tropical fruit, melon, mango, orange, and peach flavor profiles. Temperature makes this wine extremely versatile and easily pairable with a large variety of foods.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
- Appellation: Sierra Foothills, El Dorado, California
- Varietal: 49% Viognier and 51% Roussanne
- Vintage: 2012
- Each varietal is aged separately for 13 months and are combined 3 months before bottling to create a contemporary version of a classic “Rhone” style blend.
- Production: 350 cases
- Brian started his winemaking career in France were he attended the University of Bordeaux while working at several small Chateaux including in Bordeaux and in Burgundy. He also attended the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust in London. In 1998 Brian moved to Napa to continue his education at Napa College and working for several wineries and winemakers of distinction before turning his attentions to specializing in small family-owned projects with unique terroirs. Brian is the winemaker for Ramian Estate, J.Garrett Wines, WBG Series, 9.19 of Sonoma and Parlay Wines, his own labels. He is also the winemaking consultant for: Canard Vineyard, SIMHA Wines, JACK Wines, Parlay and Payout Wines along with several new, non-named winery and vineyard ventures.
- Linguini with Clam Sauce
90 Points, Planet Grape’s Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis, aka grape goddess® This Gold Country two grape (Deux Blancs) blend from winemaker Brian Graham is rich and round with notes of butter, crème fraiche, white peach, tangerine, vanilla bean and honeysuckle. It is close in style to a California Chardonnay - honeyed, with notes of creamsicle, crème brulee, mango gelato, gala apple and lemon zest on the palate. The finish is sweet tart with notes of toasted marshmallow, and the wine is ready to drink now.
93 points “Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer, @sawyersommelier With so many white wines now available in the marketplace, it’s refreshing when you come across a small production gem that sets itself apart from all the rest. The latest example is the 9-19 2014 Deux Blancs, a dynamic Rhone-style blend made by the talented winemaker Brian Graham. After establishing his reputation for working with high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other special grape varieties to make a delicious series of red wines under his Ramian and J. Garrett labels, a few years ago Graham began developing the core of his exciting new white wine program when he planted Roussanne grapes on steep elevations of up to 3,000 feet on his family’s property in El Dorado County. Known for its deep flavor profiles and rich texture, Roussanne has been a successful grape used in many of the famous white wine blends in the Rhone Valley of France for centuries. So as the young vines developed, Graham secured Viognier grapes from Sonoma County to add more aromatic layers and fresh fruity flavors to his master blend. The end result is this new release of the 9-19, a fun and imaginative label named after the date his daughter was born. Made with 51% Roussanne and 49% Viognier, this lovely new release features heady aromas of poached pear, fresh quince, tropical fruits and butterscotch. On the first few sips, the fruit flavors are deep, rich and mysterious. But as the wine opens up in the glass, the palate is quickly dazzled with complex notes of ripe mango, papaya, apricot, tangerine, grapefruit rind, and peaches and cream. In the end, while this unique blend is sure to capture the attention of fans of Rhone blends; the rich texture, layers of flavors and a long finish of this wine make it a great alternative white wine for people who enjoy drinking more full-bodied styles of Chardonnay as well. With food, try the deep, sultry profile of this wine with ripe cheeses, foie gras, lobster, seafood pasta with white sauce and citrus, roasted chicken, and pork tenderloin stuffed with tropical fruit chutney.