Nine North Wine Company
Webster's Dictionary (The Voice of Authority) defines Hullabaloo as: To cause an uproar or fuss, and we are certain that this wine is positioned to do just that! Taking advantage of some strong "old timer" grower relations, we have been able to source some wonderful old vine Zinfandel from several Napa Valley vineyards. Please don't ask us from where, as we have been sworn to secrecy; just know the same grapes go into wines that retail for three to four times the price.
Also, since people always ask us about our interesting labels here is a little bit about Hullabaloo: We chose the classic 19th century strongman icon as we thought it was fitting of the period between 1850 and 1900 (around the same time Zinfandel was planted and began to flourish in California). The strongman was not only an exhibitor of feats of strength but his main purpose was also to showcase his great size, boldness and symmetry; describes old vine Zinfandel doesn't it?!
They're at it again! The trio of Jim Gill, James Harder and Jim Regusci are proud to introduce Parcel 41 and they are going to change the way you think about Merlot. "Merlot is a grape that is very expressive of the terroir," says partner Jim Regusci. "It has to be planted in the right location and when it is, it can be every bit as complex and flavorful as Cabernet." While Merlot is typically more difficult to grow than Cabernet Sauvignon, which is why the best Merlot's are often more expensive, Parcel 41 delivers exceptional value. "We learned from the great success of our Twenty Bench label," adds Jim Gill. "It absolutely has to over deliver for the price." The goal with Parcel 41 was to make a Merlot that is supple and elegant yet still has the structure, depth and richness you find in more expensive offerings.
Rock & Vine
Rock & Vine is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Merlot (13%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Malbec (2%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Each component is aged separately for 16 months in a combination of French and American oak before blending. The fruit was selected from three ranches located in: Lake County (79%), Mendocino (13%) and Napa Valley (8%) that showcases why the North Coast is the leader in California for growing Bordeaux varieties. The Lake County grapes highlight the rich and ripe black fruit flavors, while Napa Valley grapes provide the backbone: rich textures and firm well-integrated tannins. Finally the Mendocino grapes tend toward dried herbs and a wonderful spice component that rounds out this intensely rich wine.
In the anarchic years between 1841 and 1869, pioneers made their way west to California by the thousands, each determined to escape the oppression of overcrowded cities, and to move closer toward the often-heralded dream of unfathomable riches. Indeed, it was to become a testament to the courage of those who are convinced of a Manifest Destiny. And so they came, saints and sinners, dreamers and schemers, to claim their place in the ever-expanding American landscape — often on foot, at an average of ten miles a day. But then, Gold Fever began to cool, and the open road to vast riches was showing deepening ruts. A transformation of values was beginning, colored as it was by new ideas and uncharted possibilities. A number of newcomers turned away from digging gold to pursue a more enduring wealth borne from the earth: The liquid gold that was California wine.
In the fall of 2000, winery owner and viticulturist Jim Regusci purchased 20 tons of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a vineyard that he planted and manages for a close friend. He brought the grapes to his winery and had them crushed and isolated from the rest of his own Regusci Estate grown grapes. Not having a specific plan for the grapes, he asked his winemaker, Charles Hendricks to make the wine and age it separately. Because the particular vineyard did not have a name, one of his cellar hands chose to label the barrels 'Twenty Bench'. The name was chosen to signify the 20 tons of fruit from the gentle rising bench land vineyard from which they were picked. The following year, Jim was approached by two of his close friends James Harder and Jim Gill, who together also happen to oversee the sales and marketing of Jim's own Regusci Estate wines. The two were interested in developing their own wine with one simple mission in mind: to make an exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon that 'over delivers' on quality for the price. When the three men noticed the name "Twenty Bench" written in chalk on the side of the barrels they also discovered a great name for this special wine. After just three vintages, the highly allocated "Twenty Bench" has already earned a stellar reputation among some of the world’s top restaurants and wine retailers for offering an exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon at a very affordable price.