Wine Farm, Wines

IL LA FORGE/MICHEL MAS Viognier “Vin de Pays” Vignes des Combes 2003 – LANGUEDOC

A group of four family wine farms covering 150 acres of vineyard on the low hills bordering the Hérault River Valley in Languedoc in the south of France. They are not far from the port of Sète on the nearby Mediterranean, from the small town of Pézenas which inspired the famous playwright Molière, and from such magnificent historic sites as the Canal du Midi, built by Paul Riquet in 1790, and Valmagne, once an impressive Benedictine Abbey.

The Domaines Paul Mas vineyards have been planted with Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan and Cinsault grape varieties for red and rosé wines, and best keurig coffee makers 2017. The vines are on the gravely, clayey limestone hills of the Hérault Valley and on the fossil-bearing limestone hills overlooking the Thau Lake. The wines are delicious, but each also has its own personality, bringing out the best in the specific soil and microclimate in which those particular grapes have been raised. The Domaine makes a special point of preserving this specificity with a system of intelligent, planned management.

The story of Paul Mas started in 1892 : the family was originally farmers near Saint-Pargoire and Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens in Hérault County in Languedoc. They subsequently expanded towards Montpellier (the regional capital not far from Sète) and towards Pézenas.

From 1892 to 1934 Auguste Mas farmed 22 acres of vineyard on the Mas de Bicq.
Raymond Mas, Auguste’s son, extended the farm by buying the Montredon Estate with over 35 acres of vineyard. From 1954 to today: Paul helped add to the family wine-farm, raising the area under vines to almost 300 acres, before the brothers each went their own way in 1987.
Paul Mas and his sons, Michel and Jean Claude, continue the great family wine-farming tradition.…

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LARAINE Merlot “Sierra Foothills” Gerber Vineyards 2001 – CALIFORNIA

Over the years, Laraine and David Gerber would escape their industry paced life in Hollywood by spending time in the idyllic township of Murphys, California. In the 1960’s, David, along with some college friends from nearby UOP, bought the historic Murphys Hotel, and in the 1980’s he chose the area as the location of his television series ?Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.’

It was during this time that they purchased a beautiful parcel of land situated in its own isolated valley. After extensive tests, they found that the valley’s microclimate and soil were perfectly suited for wine grape production. Laraine jumped into the viticulture business wholeheartedly, reading extensively, researching, and attending courses at the University of California at Davis while the vineyard was under development.

David Gerber, a well known Executive Producer of such shows as the Peabody Award winning Mini-series George Washington, the Emmy winning movie The Lindburgh Kidnapping Case and the Emmy winning series Policy Story, named the wine after his wife, actress and viticulturist Laraine Stephens.

the Vineyards
Nestled in the Sierra Foothills at an elevation of 1800 feet are the Gerber Vineyards of Calaveras County. Originally planted in 1989, their 30 acre Chardonnay vineyard thrived on rocky slopes and it wasn’t long before the Gerber’s were selling their mountain fruit to the renowned Carneros Creek, Stag’s Leap, and Rodney Strong wineries.

The current vineyard, with 100 planted acres, is the largest in Calaveras County and consists of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Petite Sirah.”

Laraine 2001 Merlot
Notes From Our Winemaker, John Gibson

The 2001 vintage has been heralded as the best vintage since 1997 and our winemaker, John Gibson echoes these claims. A nearly flawless growing season with adequate rainfall, warm spring, followed by a hot summer, set the stage for an early harvest. At picking, the grapes were full of ripe flavors, very good sugar and acid balance, and mature tannins.

The 2001 Merlot is a delightful and youthful wine. Scarlet red in color with rich red berry flavors, enjoy it with red meat dishes, hearty stew, or in front of a warm cozy fire when it is just too cold or wet to go outside.…