Sunday, August 21, 2022

Pont Neuf - new vintages!

 We cannot be more excited to get our second vintage Pont Neuf to St. Louis!

These wines are very small production, very high quality and we are one of the very few places you will find them outside of the winery!!
Right now on Wine-Searcher there is no location outside the winery that lists the Pinot Noir and there are only 3 places in California that list the Chardonnay.  These are tiny production and amazing wines!!!

It seems like everyone that bought some last year loved them and came back for more!  

Pont Neuf Wines

2018 Pont Neuf Russian River Pinot Noir La Vouge...$64.99
Only 100  cases produced
Premier Cru Quality
2018 Pont Neuf La Vouge Pinot Noir Russian River is made with traditional Burgundian techniques using French oak from a mix of cooperages, including François Frères. The wine remains in oak barrels almost 1 year, and is usually bottled just before the next vintage. The La Vouge is comprised of Dijon Clone 115, which according to UC Davis derives many of its unique characteristics from specific sites and soils. Goldridge soils produced complex combinations of vivid fruit and forest floor in our 2018 La Vouge. The 2018 vintage for Russian River Pinot was excellent quality due to favorable conditions at bloom and an even, warm summer. The resulting wines are rich and generous, complex and delicious. 
Winemaker: Douglas Danielak 
Appellation: Russian River. Atop Stoetz Ridge, far western Sonoma County, the ridge divides Russian River from Sonoma Coast. 
Clonal Materal: Vosne-Romanee 
Winemaking: Traditional Burgundian Élevage. Raised in four-year aged 100% French Oak barrels, the wine is barrel fermented, bottled un-fined and unfiltered.

2018 Pont Neuf Russian River Pinot Noir La Source...$74.99
Only 75  cases produced
Grand Cru Quality
Luxurious and powerful, La Source has impressive weight, texture and presence in the glass. The wine is un-fined and unfiltered, using natural ferments. The clonal material is from Vosne-Romanée. 100% French Oak from the Tronçais Forest was employed, air-dried 4 years, for the ultimate in balance and finesse. The La Source was bottled after 14 months in barrel. Grown on a rolling ridge dividing Russian River and the Sonoma Coast, just 5 miles from the Pacific, the wine enjoys the best of both climates; that gentle, seductive fruit classic to Russian River and the world-class structure and texture of wines from the near ocean vineyards. 

Winemaker: Douglas Danielak 
Appellation: Russian River. Atop Stoetz Ridge, far western Sonoma County, the ridge divides Russian River from Sonoma Coast. 
Clonal Materal: Vosne-Romanee 
Winemaking: Traditional Burgundian Élevage, 100% French Oak, barrel fermented, un-fined and unfiltered

2019 Pont Neuf Russian River Chardonnay Pont Royal...$64.99
Only 70  cases produced
Premier Cru Quality
We find the 2019 vintage reminiscent of our time in Burgundy. Our Pont Royal Chardonnay is characterized by lift, energy and movement; with racy acidity, fine structure and high aromatics. There is a generosity and forward fruit paired with minerality and structure that is irresistible. Rigorous limiting of yields in the early development of the grapes was key to heightened quality. The 2019 Pont Royal reveals a brilliant clarity both in appearance and focused flavors. Consistent vineyard characters show in the forward citrus, fresh peach, custard and honied beeswax, hallmark traits of this vineyard. The texture is crisp, with a satisfying texture and great persistence of flavors. Pont Royal is a chameleon; one moment floral and lilting, bold, rich and deep the next. French oak takes a back seat to the fruit, adding nuanced aromas of toasted brioche and fine structure to the wine. We employed 80% new oak from the Vosges forest, aged 4 years, contributing the delicate toast and vanilla aromas and playing perfectly with bright citrus fruit. Barrel-fermented, aged on the lees and bottled un-fined and unfiltered, this natural fermentation showcases the vineyard and the vintage. 70 cases produced.

2018 Pont Neuf Russian River Chardonnay Pont Marie...$74.99
Only 70  cases produced
Grand Cru Quality
Harvested at night to preserve freshness and to minimize damage to the fruit, the juice was extracted slowly and allowed to settle and clear prior to fermentation. The chilled juice was moved to all new gradually toasted French barrels for fermentation and then allowed to complete primary and malo-lactic fermentation, slowly and naturally. The following spring the wines were stirred gently on the lees. The wine remained quiet, developing for twelve months until it was bottled un-fined and unfiltered. In 2019 Mary selected three superb barrels for our “Pont Marie” Chardonnay. Elegant and textural, the wine is lively and supple with aromas of mineral, brioche, and white peach supported by a vibrant acidity, concentrated flavors and rich textures on the palate. We feel that this single-vineyard lot, comprised uniquely of Montrachet clone, is the ultimate in opulence. Best now-2035. 70 cases produced.

Extra info about the owners
Douglas Danielak

For the past twenty years, winemaker Douglas Danielak has made wine for some of the Napa Valley's most respected wineries. Influenced by all things French, Douglas started his winemaking career completing the Professional Winemaking Program at the Lycée Agricole et Viticole de Beaune in Burgundy. At that time he worked with Wine Exporter Rebecca Wasserman at Le Serbet where he gained in-depth knowledge of Burgundian wines and barrels while escorting top winemakers to Francois Fréres and Taransaud cooperages. While studying in France, Douglas worked his first harvest at Chateau de Chambolle-Musigny with his friend and classmate Frederic Mugnier as well as studying and making life-long friends with the sons and daughters of many prized domaines of the Cote d'Or.

Upon returning to California Douglas was able to continue his pursuit of perfection in Pinot and Chardonnay. As few vintners at the time were interested in Pinot and Chardonnay, Douglas formed part of a tasting group of early believers in 1989 including Helen Turley, Mark Aubert, David Ramey and Ted Lemon.

In addition to his studies in Burgundy and tasting with his peers in California, Douglas completed his degree in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis and began a successful wine consulting business in Napa Valley. As one of the first Rhone Rangers, Douglas founded the Jade Mountain label with Jim Paras and was recognized as one of the top innovators of Rhone wine in America. Since then he has expanded his repertoire, crafting fine Bordeaux based wines, Rhones, and naturally Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for his list of clients. With a background and philosophy common to small vintners on either side of the Atlantic, all the wines are made to speak clearly of their origin. With a new set of compelling wines, Douglas and Mary bring the same complexity, charm, and sensibility that was forged by their experience in Burgundy to the wines of Pont Neuf.

Mary Danielak
While Mary worked with French wine exporter Rebecca Wasserman, the opportunity to combine her love of food & wine, language and photography was the chance of a lifetime. Meeting and working with both French and American wine producers proved to be key in what lay ahead for her career.

Upon returning to the United States the couple moved to Napa Valley and she became wine buyer for Oakville Grocery Company as the business began an expansion to five retail stores and the Oakville Café. Over the 18 years in Oakville she honed her marketing skills and developed the reputation as one of the most respected palates in the industry. The relationships formed with Californian winemakers visiting Burgundy had informed and shaped her talents as a buyer and they continued to flourish. When she was not at the store, she was pitching in at harvest and assisting Douglas with his winemaking projects. With a firm grounding on two continents Mary developed a concise understanding of wine from both the New and Old Worlds. Douglas and Mary now enjoy utilizing their talents in guiding their own label, Pont Neuf.

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