Notre Vue Estate Wines
Notre Vue Estate Wines unique terroir is located entirely within both the Chalk Hill and Russian River Valley appellations in north-eastern Sonoma County. The lower portion of our property lies at approximately 200 feet of elevation and is similar to much of the Russian River Valley, with deep, rich clay-loam soils.
This area is often affected by the fog and cool winds that snake their way up through the river valley from the Pacific Ocean. This delicate marine influence affords our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay a long, cool growing season that allows for great flavor development and retention of natural acidity.
As one heads northeast through our vineyard, tracing the boundary of our Forever Wild nature preserve, there is nearly 800 feet of elevation gain. These hillside plantings lie on shallower soils with sedimentary bedrock at about 36 inches.
These steep hillsides limit the vines’ access to water, naturally limiting vigor and yields, which produces grapes with more intensity and complexity. The higher elevation here also allows for more sunlight and warmer mornings than the valley floor. These conditions create an ideal environment for growing our later ripening Bordeaux varieties.
Pure elegance in a glass, this refreshing GSM Rose is the perfect accessory for any occasion. From nose to palate, notes of white nectarine, lychee, and orange blossom are present, complemented by light minerality and crisp citrus zest on the finish.
Our 2020 Chardonnay Musque displays rich aromatics from nose to palate with a silky mouth feel and crisp acidity. On the nose your sense are awoken by a medley of fresh green herbs and golden apples married with undertones of fresh clementine, sea salt and toast. A rich palate follows with waves of fresh pear juice, yellow grapefruit, and straw on the finish.
This brilliantly fresh Chardonnay Musque boasts an underlying richness from time spent “Sur Lie” in neutral French oak barrels. The wine offers aromas of fresh Bartlett pear, lemon juice, and white flowers, and follows with a palate of ripe green apples, nectarine, and Asian pears. While this wine will pair beautifully with fruit-based dishes or seafood, it is also fantastic on its own, as its refreshing qualities cannot be understated.
Comprised entirely of the Robert Young, or Wente clone, this chardonnay is a selection of our best lots and finest french oak barrels. Winemaker Alex Holman uses native fermentation and a delicate touch to craft this wine into a style reminiscent of rich southern burgundies. You will find aromas ranging from orchard fruits and almond skins to jasmine flowers and marshmallows. Rich and enveloping in the mouth, the wine offers a treasure trove of ripe pears, nectarines, apples, and even marzipan.
One can really sense the terroir in this sophisticated medium bodied Merlot, with an essence that is both aromatically fruit forward and herbaceous in taste. A bouquet of fresh mint leaves and sweet violets are balanced by macerated plum, blackberries, and sweet cocoa on the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky smooth with cohesive notes of raspberries muddled with fresh bay leaf and lavender.
This Blanc de Noirs is an elegant ray of golden sunshine wrapped up in a swirl of delicate bubbles. A bouquet of stone fruit and hints of white cherry and mango skins are complemented by crème fraise and macadamia nuts on the nose. The body is light and dry, with acidic notes of green apple skins and white grapefruit. Finishing with a touch of white rose petal and shortbread at the end of each sip.
This elegant Pinot Noir leads with aromas of ripe Bing cherry, wild strawberries and cocoa powder, underpinned by forest floor and black tea. The palate follows with dense cherry and pomegranate, spiced caramel, and fine tannins. This wine drinks beautifully on its own, but will pair perfectly with duck, lamb, or mushroom dishes.
This elegant medium-bodied Cabernet Franc is perfectly balanced from nose to finish with swirls of mixed berries and earthly components. Aromas of muddled black cherries, sage and lavender ignite your senses on the nose mirroring a sophisticated tincture, which are then embraced by hints of crushed gravel and sweet tobacco leaves. On the palate, notes of cranberry juice are compacted by waves of various perzines ranging from cracked black pepper to spiced chilis, which linger on a smooth and dry finish.
A true Bordeaux-style wine in every sense, this is as close to a left-bank blend as you will find in California. The refinement in this wine is a result of slow, careful fermentation and an exacting barrel regimen, mirroring very closely traditional french techniques.
- Rich Cook
A classic trio, this GSM displays wild strawberries and cherries on the nose, along with angel-food cake, crushed herbs, and black pepper. The palate follows with waves of rich red plums, Rainier cherries, cardamom, and dried herbs. Pair this wine with robust dishes such as cassoulet, roast duck, or rustic country sausage.
A decadent Bordeaux style red blend to perfectly pair with a romantic night in with loved ones. Delectable perfumes of Luxardo cherries swirl in the glass with pirouettes of rich chocolate, cedar and nutmeg. These notes are complimented on the palate with expressions of black currents, dark chocolate, and black tea within firm dry tannins.