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A PlumpJack Winery Update

Bring on the new year.

2011 gets started today, January 10, 2011. Kind of a peculiar date to start the New Year huh? Well, in my world today is a historical day and something that I have been looking forward to for quite a long time, in fact something is going to happen today that has never happened before. My name is Ryan Keith, I am the Marketing Manager for PlumpJack Winery and CADE Estate, I am from Salem Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon and today my Oregon Ducks play in the BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers. Yes, once this game is complete, win, lose or draw I will be ready to put 2010 behind me and focus on 2011. But alas, the game has not happened yet, even though, by the time you read this it most certainly will have but I digress lets take a look back at the fond memories of 2010.

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PlumpJack 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Release Party

Josh, PlumpJack Winery Tasting Room Manager, recaps the 2007 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Release Party.

On Saturday February 6, 2010 from 10-3 PlumpJack Winery celebrated the release of the 2007 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon at PlumpJack Winery. This is a huge day for the town of Oakville as our neighboring wineries including Silver Oak and Far Niente have events going on as well. For me I always look forward to this highly anticipated event. I get the pleasure to catch up with my favorite PlumpJack/CADE customers, showcase our new release and spend time with the owner of PlumpJack Mr. Getty.

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CADE and PlumpJack Score with Robert Parker!

Holiday treats arrived early in the form of exciting news from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. December is his yearly review of Napa Valley and both PlumpJack and CADE received incredible scores and very high praises.

2007 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 95+ pts
2007 cade Napa Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 91+ pts
2007 CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 90+ pts

2007 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 99 pts
2007 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 95 pts
2007 PlumpJack Syrah 93+ pts
2007 PlumpJack Merlot 92 pts

Here are a few notes from his review…

2007 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 95 pts
This is our very first release of this wine. When we had purchased this vineyard back in 2005 no other winery had ever made wine from this phenomenal site so not only is this the first Estate Cabernet Sauvignon produced by CADE but it is the very first wine produced and released from our Estate. Also of note, the very first PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was the 1995 vintage and it also received 95 points and we all know the path that PlumpJack has gone down. Needless to say we are extremely excited about our first Parker rating but even more excited to taste future vintages of this wine as our vineyard matures and evolves.

2007 cade Napa Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 91+ pts
Once again Mr. Parker marvels at our selection of vineyards to blend into this wine making it one of Napa Valley’s finest values.

2007 CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 90+ pts
While reading Mr. Parker’s review of our third bottling of our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon one sentence really stands out; “ closed at present, but appears to be loaded with potential.” This note really stands out because of the + symbol associated with the score. This is certainly a wine of remarkable opulence and intensity and we can’t wait to release and taste this wine next summer when it is released with a tad more bottle age.

2007 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 99 pts
Yeah, not much we can say here. Back in December of 2007 we knew we had a special wine being barreled down and it is so exciting to see two+ years of detailed work pay off with such high praises. This is our highest score we have ever received by a full 3 points by Parker. This score makes us so happy. If you would like to pass on your congrats to our winemaker Tony Biagi you can email him at With all that being said, please remember we only made 500 cases of this wine and it will be released September 2010.

2007 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 95 pts
This is the highest rated PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon we have received to date. It also happens to be our wine with the largest production at PlumpJack but at the same time the most sought after. With a retail price point of $78/bottle it is tough to find a better value.

2007 PlumpJack Syrah 93+ pts
Beyond the 93+ point score given to our Syrah by Mr. Parker are the flattering remarks noted in his tasting notes; “One of Napa Valley’s finest Syrah’s is PlumpJack’s offering”. The PlumpJack Syrah is not a favorite amongst our loyal customers for nothing.

2007 PlumpJack Merlot 92 pts
Did we read this correctly? A Merlot that received 92 points? No way, could it be? Well don’t act so surprised, it’s delicious, always has been and we are looking forward to its resurgence.

Without further ado here are Mr. Parker’s detailed notes on all of our wines. Please note that in Parker’s wine notes, the notes for the PlumpJack Reserve are next to the PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon score and the PlumpJack Estate notes are next to the PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon score.

PlumpJack and CADE Harvest in Napa Valley

PlumpJack Winery and CADE Winery harvest notes from Winemaker Tony Biagi…

PlumpJack Harvest

There are two great feelings during harvest 1) the day you start and 2) the day the last load of grapes finds its way into the auger. In 2009 that day was October 25th. Harvest is now completed at PlumpJack Winery and as of this writing we have two tanks still macerating. Most of the 2009 red wines have been barreled down and the whites have been racked and sulphured. I am just going into the cellar for the first time and tasting the fresh 2009 wines. At this point I feel we have a very strong vintage in barrel. The rains, which fell in mid October, did not affect the quality of the wine. The wines at this stage are black and teeth staining but tannins are supple and round. If I had to compare it to a vintage I would say a hypothetical blend of 2007 and 2006.

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Crush! 2007 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay and 2006 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A word from Josh at the PlumpJack Winery…

Greetings from PlumpJack Winery!

It will be an exciting day at PlumpJack Winery on Friday, October, 10 2009. We have the pleasure of crushing eleven tons of Pat Garvey Vineyard’s 2009 St. Helena Chardonnay. Our crush pad is located adjacent to our hospitality room, which creates a great chance for your guests to see our winemakers doing what they love most– making PlumpJack wines. As an added bonus to crush, we will also be featuring our 2007 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay and our 2006 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for

your guests and friends to sample and purchase. The Cabernet is only being poured one day a week at PlumpJack due to the dwindling inventory on hand.

The 2007 Reserve Chardonnay is a perfect match to prior vintages. Primary aromas of baked apple, Bartlett pear, banana, and pineapple give way to flavors of pineapple, guava, apple cobbler and cinnamon spice cake. In its youth this wine posses striking acidity and after a year of bottle age you can expect this wine to develop rich mouth coating textures of classic full bodied chardonnays. Given the wine’s natural acidity, this wine is firm enough to age for 3-4 years.

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Winemaker Tony Biagi Spots Harvest in Napa Valley

PlumpJack and CADE Winemaker Tony Biagi tells PlumpJack Blog readers about FYB’s…

I was just driving down the Silverado Trail today and the first signs of harvest are here; Mumm‘s FYB’s. This is the signal to all in the valley that harvest is rapidly approaching. Now there are other signs, but the 3 story stack of harvest bins or (F***in Yellow Boxes as they are affectionately called) at Mumm really drives the point home.

In the vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is just finishing up veraison and Cabernet Sauvignon is just starting. We are predicting SB harvest around first week of September and the Cabernet Sauvignon last week of September through October. The crop looks to be average size to a tad heavy in areas. We are making our second thinning pass in our estate vineyards right now. To early to tell what the quality will be like, but I am enthusiastic about the harvest dates and quality. We feel the earlier the harvest the more you can have flexibility to hang the fruit out for maximum phenolic ripeness.

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