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.
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.”
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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.