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Collier Falls Vineyards

Collier Falls Vineyards Collier Falls Vineyard is a 100-acre hillside property, located in the northwest corner of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, California. The property was purchased in 1997 by Barry and Susan Collier from Don and Rhonda Carano of Ferrari-Carano Winery. Originally planted in 1982 as an eight-acre Zinfandel vineyard, Collier Falls expanded its vineyards in 1997 with eight more acres of Zinfandel. In 1998, ten additional acres were planted, three to Zinfandel and seven to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. A sixty-foot waterfall on the property gives this wine its name, but hillside vineyards tucked into the northwest corner of the valley provide its true character. Vines densely planted on terraces of rocky clay soil compete with each other for nutrients, giving the grapes complexity, while hot days and cool nights create the perfect microclimate for Dry Creek Zinfandel. Hand-harvested grapes, delicately crushed, give the winemaker juice concentrated with flavors of red berry and spice. Aging in both French and American oak barrels creates balance and distinctiveness. Collier Falls produces annual private reserve bottlings of 1500 cases of estate-bottled Zinfandel and less than 1000 cases of the "Hillside-Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon.


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9931 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA, US, 95448 Email:
Phone: 707-433-7373 Web:
Fax: 707-433-7780
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  Cabernet Sauvignon
A pretty wine with intense deep red color... the bouquet is complex with aromas of cassis and raspberries that combine very nicely with nuances of well-integrated oak. The wine is rich and elegantly structured, with smooth silky tannins and ripe berry fruit. The long full finish offers a hint of chocolate with great depth. Drink now through 2010.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
An elegant style wine with intense deep red color... the bouquet blends hints of cassis, fresh tobacco leaves, cacao and blackberries. The mouth is long and soft with opulent flavors of dark cherries, roasted coffee and chocolate. This is a rich and silky wine with balance, complexity and structure. Firm tannins give the wine potential for aging, but it is pretty even now.
  Petite Sirah
This wine reflects its hillside origins, showing a very deep red intense color. It's bouquet is more subtle, with hints of white pepper and violets and a background of black currant jam. On the palate, the wine is bright with lots of liquorice, cranberry and blackberry. Soft, yet firm tannins will allow for mid-term aging but the wine is beautiful now!- C├ęcile Lemerle-Derbes, Winemaker
This wine shows fragrances of wild strawberries, ripe raspberries and liquorice. On the palate, the wine offers initial notes of cherry, vanilla and cocoa, the middle palate compliments with a soft, elegant texture while the finish is long and spicy. The integration of oak and fruit is beautifully balanced - with the wine showing velvety tannins. The 2001 vintage is well-suited for aging.
This wine shows off a bouquet of raspberry, rose petal and spicy cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is silky with vanilla notes and hints of tobacco and cocoa. It's deep red color signals the fruit's intensity. An elegant wine now, or to savor over the next six years!


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