Monday, August 30, 2010

- - Introducing VELLUM White - -

This is the time of year which I anticipate the sweltering heat and the blazing sun beating down on the vineyards pushing the grapes to their inevitable quick maturity-ripe for the picking. Surprisingly, there have been no dog days of Summer for us here in Napa Valley!

This year the vines have taken their time with the unseasonably cool weather upon us but we got there at last. Right now the sugar and acid ratio are in balance and we will have our perfect Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon clusters in tank by mid week to kick off Vellum’s 2010 vintage.

I have long desired to produce a white wine of my liking but I never had the opportunity to discover a piece of land that would produce what I want - - until now.

Vines unfortunately never reveal their secrets to the untrained eye or palate. Great fruit is invisible to most and it in its elusive nature does not like to be found. One must trust the most subtle flavors that the fruit yields to see their gentle translation to bottle in their truest form. These are the precepts of white winemaking as there is no room for error in this delicate medium.

The 2010 VELLUM White will follow again in the classic tradition of Bordeaux and we will capture everything the land has revealed to us. Jeff and I are very excited to deliver this wine next Spring to all who have requested and already purchased it by overwhelming popular demand. I will be tracking its progress here and explaining the distinctions of white winemaking throughout the harvest.

Please check back with us and discover this new direction for Vellum Wine Craft! Here’s to the first of many great white vintages to come!

- Karl Lehmann, Vellum Winemaker

Sunday, August 29, 2010

2008 VELLUM - Large Format Bottles!!

The new 2008 LARGE FORMAT bottles are ready to be filled...

They have been etched and beautifully hand-painted to perfection.

Now the 2008 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon is ready for "deep age". And what an amazing wine the 2008 vintage has become. Pure, focused, elegant...a true step forward for VELLUM in the direction of refinement and seamlessness. The 2008s keep their classic VELLUM character by also showing distinctive notes of what we call "bramble and understory".

For those of you who (like me, upon first hearing those words as wine descriptors) are looking at your computer screen with crossed eyes and brain melt - the aromas/flavors of bramble and understory can best be sensed by imagining this scene:

You are walking through a forest with tall trees, pines, blackberry bushes, ferns, and a thick ground covering of decomposing leaves and branches. Now imagine that the sun has started to peek through the trees and the forest floor is starting to warm up with the heat of the day. The aromas of earth and natural wood oils and the heated berries and stems of the blackberries...

THAT - is bramble and understory.

And for the best way to know what we mean by this description - you'll have to taste the 2008 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon. Available in the early months of next year. Or if you are in the wine club...even sooner!

Anyway, for the large bottles - - We will hand fill, hand vacuum cork and hand carry each of these bottles into the safety of the VELLUM wine cellar until they are ready for their debut.

Maybe we will open them again in 10-20 years!

- Jeff Mathy, Proprietor

Friday, August 6, 2010

2008 VELLUM Final Blend

Karl and I sampled the 2008 VELLUM Cabernet Sauvignon on Wednesday...

It still has a few weeks to go before bottling - - but this wine is a fantastic follow-up to our 2007 vintage.

Deep, rich color...over the top aromas of black currant and berries...

The tannins are so fine and so well-integrated that I feel this wine easily outdoes the 2007 vintage in early-age approachability.

The acid tightly structures the wine and provides an excellent framework.

And as always, the oak and alcohol are presented with restraint and finesse.

I am so proud of the 2008 VELLUM - you will absolutely love this wine!

- Jeff Mathy, Proprietor