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Eifrig Cellars LLC

David Eifrig
 
May 29, 2018 | David Eifrig

2014 Eifrig DCV Cabernet - Public Release

For Friends and Fellow Wine-Lovers,

Today we happily released our 4th Cabernet from Dry Creek to you... the 2014 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.

Perfectly balanced. This marks the fourth vintage from Eifrig Cellars.

Yes, I made these wines with my own hands and, of course, with the help of some of the best winemakers in America.Today, my DCV Cab from 2014 is again being made available to those folks closely connected to me. The 2009 and 2012 sold out quickly. The 2013 within months.

Moreover, we released the 2014 to Eifrig Cellars Founders Club (folks who bought both the Cabs from ‘09s,’12s, and 13s.) in late fall and sold almost half within a day. Today there are less than 35 cases left so please let me know so you don’t miss out…

Many of you have heard me talk about these wines already… And several of you have even had a chance to taste them. If you haven’t, read on.

I married my love of old school Cabernet Sauvignon… something that reminded me of Napa winemaking in the 70's and 80's, with everything I love in new world wines of Dry Creek Valley in Northern Sonoma. This is the kind of wine that competes with any wine at any price. Guaranteed.

This is exactly the kind of wine I love to drink. I’m incredibly excited about this vintage and wanted to share what we’ve created.

The grapes were grown in the Dry Creek Valley on 5 acres of ancient riverbeds. The wine’s aged for two to three years – depending on the vintage – in barrels. I used mostly new French Oak. We also bottle-aged the wine for at least a year or two, like the great Riojas of Spain.

The latest vintage has seen nearly 3 years of aging in barrels and bottle. And again, I’ve put it up against great wines from all over the world and even had my first vertical of Eifrig this summer with close friends at our 28th annual Eify Open Golf tournament in Northern Minnesota. The guys there said... Eifrig Cabernet rocks!

The 2014 is truly the most elegant wine we’ve made to date. It has characteristics of all 3 earlier vintages… some of the old-world French style of balance and gentleness of the 2009.

The provenance of the wine is the same: DCV.

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were grown in the Dry Creek Valley, on a small plot farmed by a good friend of mine – Jim Ricci. The wine was aged for 2 plus years, in mostly new French oak (remember, the mix is a secret!). Finally, the wine is bottle-aged until the day you open it.

When you first experience the ’14 you might discover there’s a beautiful softness and gentleness of fruit that’s married perfectly to the oak. The flavors are mystical to me each time I’ve tried it. Here are notes from last night:

The wine is a vibrant purple, with multiple layers of legs: starting with short fat slow ones and sliding into long narrow ones over the first minute. Aromas of sweet cedar, notes of cola, blueberry, and French herbs. A wisp or two of milk chocolate over the first 20 minutes.

The wine tastes of dark cocoa, dry but with a hint of sweet. There’s blue fruits and cola notes that fade to a lip smacking dryness. The oak is buried perfectly, not the headliner the 2013 was. The balance is amazing, and smooth. It matched a Bolognese and grilled Caesar salad perfectly.

After an hour, this is as pretty a wine as I can recall drinking in the last decade. It’s delicate, and perfectly balanced with gorgeous aromas balanced by perfectly delicate and gentle flavors typical with the greatest Bordeaux and elegant new world Cabs. At 100% Cab, I’m not sure what I could improve on. The aromas and tastes of salted caramel, on chocolate dipped pretzels… sweet, cocoa, salt, baked bread are mesmerizing.

And I tried it a week ago and wrote this on Vivino: The wine is a dark purple, though not as dense as the 2013. The clarity is brilliant, almost diamond like. The legs are incredibly complex and multiple layers and levels. Some thick, some thin and fleeting.

Aromas of sweet cedar sawdust, cassis, cracked pepper, and a slight sense of roasted olives. There's also a tease of candied stewed purple fruits, blueberries? After an hour in my glass I sense caramelized cherries. There's alcohol but it’s neither hot nor off putting.

The wine tastes and swishes cherry cola and soft sweet oak. There’s hints of blue and red fruits. The after taste is gorgeous, simple and delicate. But again, leaves me wanting more, and like all the vintages of Eifrig, we've finished the bottle before we knew it. YUM.

And like the 2009, the balance is perhaps even more perfect. Spouses learning about red wines will clean out the cellar if they taste this one (so get extra and hide some for yourself folks… I’m serious!)

By the way, the price on the 2014 has gone up. 

And sorry, but we've just sold out of the 2013 DCV Cab!

The prices are as follows:

- $125 per single bottle plus shipping

- $650 for a 6-bottle case (shipping included) and

- $1,200 for a 12-bottle case (shipping included)

We're happy to give discounts for those buying regularly...

Thanks for sharing in a dream, and here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,

de

 

Time Posted: May 29, 2018 at 1:06 PM
David Eifrig
 
October 15, 2017 | David Eifrig

Founding Member Release

Dear EC Founding Member,

I sincerely thank you for joining me early last year in the launch of my wine venture… and now more than a year and a half later I’ve got another exciting announcement…

As an early supporter of Eifrig Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, I wanted to make sure you had the first opportunity to purchase my next release: The Dry Creek Valley 2014 Eifrig Cabernet Sauvignon.

We’ve sold out of our first three vintages: the 2009 vintage within 3 months of its release, the 2012 gone nearly as quickly, and then this spring’s release of the 2013 essentially sold out within a month.

I hope you’ve grown to appreciate the difference in each vintage, but also the similarities. It’s because the product is alive; between the grape, the weather, the soil nutrients, and even the French oak and coopers that toast the barrels, it’s been fun for me to watch each year take form.

The folks helping me craft these small batch wines (so far we’ve made 90 to 125 cases each time) bring decades of grape growing, winemaking, barrel crafting and plain old enthusiasm to the undertaking.

One of the things I’m most proud of is that we actively refuse to use fruit flavorings, preservatives, and strange chemicals with long frightening names. This is something not so true with several of the big name Cabs these days. I hope I never sacrifice my desire to use just great grapes, yeast, wood, and fire.

If you’re getting this email, you’ve bought one of the first 3 vintages and with that, as promised, your price is good for the first decade (at least!).

The latest vintage has seen nearly 3 years of aging in barrels and bottle. And again, I’ve put it up against great wines from all over the world and even had my first vertical of Eifrig this summer at our 28th annual Eify Open Golf tournament in Northern Minnesota. Eifrig Cabernet rocks!

The 2014 is truly the most elegant wine we’ve made to date. It has characteristics of all 3 earlier vintages… some of the old-world French style of balance and gentleness of the 2009. Yet in the glass, within minutes of pouring, many of us swear it’s actually the 2012 (balanced and perfectly fruity like the best out of Napa). And for those of you who loved the quaffability of the 2013… this has that in spades.

The provenance of the wine is the same:

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were grown in the Dry Creek Valley, on a small plot farmed by a good friend of mine – Jim. The wine was aged for 2 plus years, in mostly new French oak (the mix is a secret!). Finally, the wine is bottle-aged until the day you open it.

When you first experience the ’14 you might discover there’s a beautiful softness and gentleness of fruit that’s married perfectly to the oak. The flavors are mystical to me each time I’ve tried it. Here are notes from last night:

The wine is a vibrant purple, with multiple layers of legs: starting with short fat slow ones and going to long narrow ones over the first minute. Aromas of sweet cedar, notes of cola, blueberry, and French herbs. A wisp or two of milk chocolate over the first 20 minutes.

The wine tastes of dark cocao, dry but with a hint of sweet. There’s blue fruits and cola notes that fade to a lip smacking dryness. The oak is buried perfectly, not the headliner the 2013 was. The balance is amazing, and smooth. It matched a Bolognese and grilled Caesar salad perfectly.

After an hour, this is as pretty a wine as I can recall drinking in the last decade. It’s delicate, and perfectly balanced with gorgeous aromas balanced by perfectly delicate and gentle flavors typical with the greatest Bordeaux and elegant new world Cabs. At 100% Cab, I’m not sure what I could improve on. The aromas and tastes of salted caramel, on chocolate dipped pretzels… sweet, cocoa, salt, baked bread are mesmerizing.

And this from my tasting notes just a week ago:

The wine is a dark purple, though not as dense as the 2013. The clarity is brilliant, almost diamond like. The legs are incredibly complex and multiple layers and levels. Some thick, some thin and fleeting.

Aromas of sweet cedar sawdust, cassis, cracked pepper, and a slight sense of roasted olives. There's also a tease of candied stewed purple fruits, blueberries?. After an hour in my glass I sense caramelized cherries. There's alcohol but it’s not hot nor off putting.

The wine tastes and swishes cherry cola and soft sweet oak. There’s hints of blue and red fruits. The after taste is gorgeous, simple and delicate. But again leaves me wanting more, and like all the vintages of Eifrig, we've finished the bottle before we knew it. YUM.

It’s hard to compare, but if the 13 was a whiskey drinking man’s wine, this is the yin of that yang.

And like the 2009, the balance is perhaps even more perfect. Spouses learning about red wines will clean out the cellar if they taste this one (so get extra and hide some for yourself… I’m serious!)

By the way, the price on the 2014 has gone up to $125 a bottle but you’re locked in to your original discounted pricing.

If you would still like to order some of the 2013 vintage, I have a few bottles in the library for you.

I'm expecting to sell out our entire production before next year, so don't delay.

Also, please send me a return email, simply earmarking the amounts you’d like, so you don’t get left off the RESERVE list. This stuff could go quickly as I’ve made less than 100 cases this year.

And again, thank you for making this possible…

Here's to your health, wealth, and a great retirement,

de

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM
David Eifrig
 
May 2, 2016 | David Eifrig

My First Blog Post

Dear Atlas Members

I’ve got an exciting announcement… And, as a fellow Atlas member, I wanted to make sure you heard it first. This is one of my proudest accomplishments. And if you’ve ever read any of my work, you know I wouldn’t waste your time with an e-mail I didn’t feel was worthwhile.

Today marks the release of the first two vintages from Eifrig Cellars.

Yes, I made these wines with my own hands and of course with the help of some of the best winemakers in America. As of today, my Eifrig Cellars Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from 2009 and 2012 are available only to Atlas members. Many of you have heard me talk about these wines… And several of you have even had a chance to taste them.

This has been a labor of love for me over the past 10 years. This isn’t a business for me (yet). My goal has never been to make money or “scale up” to produce mass quantities. Rather, I wanted to recreate an old school Cabernet Sauvignon… something that reminded me of Napa winemaking in the 70's and 80's. Those wines beat their Bordeaux contemporaries in blind tastings over and over. Why, because this is exactly the kind of wine I love to drink. It's the wine I'd want to be served if i was at your house.

I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve created. Our grapes are grown in the Dry Creek Valley on 5 acres of ancient riverbeds. The wine’s aged for two or three years - depending on the vintage - in barrels. I used mostly new French Oak but the exact mix is my secret. We also bottle-aged the wine for at least a year or two, like the great Riojas of Spain.

Both vintages came from the same process but they’ve turned out to be very unique wines. The weather each year, different picking times, and other immeasurable factors lend each their own character. Fortunately, both are, if I may say so, superb. Here’s the breakdown from my notes:

The 2009 Vintage: Perfectly balanced, approachable and easy drinking. In fact, in several blind tastings this past year it regularly beat $150 - $300 Bordeaux and Napa Cabs.

The 2009 is drinking near flawlessly and balanced with everything a Cabernet can be: perfectly purple with “legs” that slide down the glass for minutes, hours even. The aromas of milk chocolate, dark fruits – plums and blueberries, soft oak tannins - hints of cinnamon, sandalwood create an ethereal finish that amazes even the non-red wine drinkers in your life.

Seriously, this wine has already converted several wives of friends who NEVER drink red wine – that’s how balanced this wine is. In fact, this wine pairs much better with a quiet night, a few friends, and food.

It’s notably different from… The 2012 Vintage: A wonderful marriage of fruit and barrel notes harmonizing, with a robust mouthfeel, and structure fit for bone-in rib-eyes. And I must confess, I think the 2012 is nearly flawless. Don’t believe me? Ask Porter. He said it’s the best wine he had in all of 2015… And if you’ve ever been to dinner with Porter, you know he does not shy away from dropping serious money on wine.

However, the 2012 is almost too big for a simple steak dinner. I'm not even sure you can drink this without food; it's so big, backboned, and tight. With the 2009, you’ll want to cuddle. With the 2012, you’ll want to get up and swing an ax.

But here’s the challenge with these wines… I didn’t make much. Because both vintages were made in very limited quantities - about 100 cases of each - I'm worried you won't get any...

Like I said, this is a labor of love. I’m not in this for the money. But I want to be able to share my amazing experience crafting these wines with as many other true wine lovers as possible, for as long as possible.

So here’s what I’m doing… If you order either of my Cabernets, I promise that no matter what price my future vintages go for, you can pay today’s price for your own case. I will lock you in for today’s low price for at least the next decade. (We’ll have the right to limit order sizes though, based on the production that year.)

It’s a handshake and commitment between us. You buy my first wine release. I’ll reward you when you come back for more. By the way, Porter thinks these wines will become a lot more valuable in the years to come. I don’t know if he’s right or not. I buy wines to drink, not to invest. But if so, I’ll be able to charge dramatically more in the future than I’m charging today.  But like I said, if you buy either of my wines today, you’ll lock in today’s price for any vintage of Eifrig Cabernet I create over the next decade.

And keep in mind: For right now, this offer to lock in today’s low price is good only for my fellow Atlas members and a few Alliance folks I poured these wines for in Florida. As a fellow Atlas member, I want to give you first shot because I’ve met so many of you in person.

I fully expect this offer could come close to selling out all of my production. If it doesn’t I will open it up to some of my other readers, one week from today. So if you are interested.Here’s the deal. Today you can order either Eifrig vintage for: $110 a bottle, (plus shipping), $600 for a 6-bottle case (shipping included) or $1,200 for a 12-bottle case (shipping included).

Again, this is not a business. We’re not setting up a website or distribution through a store. If you'd like to purchase these wines, here’s what you need to do… First, send me an e-mail stating: which vintage you'd like and how many of each. Feel free to combine both vintages in your case. I’d recommend a 50/50 split. 

The e-mail address is simple:    eifrigcellars@gmail.com

- Second, please send a check along with a note stating which vintage you'd like and how many of each (or put it on the check’s memo line).

- On the note, please list your preferred shipping address, a phone number where I can reach you, and an e-mail address to confirm the transaction.

- Remember to include a check made out to Eifrig Cellars LLC. And send it to the winery at:

Eifrig Cellars, LLC

3451 Airway Drive Suite C

Santa Rosa, California 95403

I wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to do this ‘old-school’. Like I said, there’s no way to predict this type of thing, but Porter thinks these wines could become cult favorites and eventually fetch thousands of dollars apiece.

Who knows… It's possible. The wines are definitely good enough. I have no doubt about that. But it’s hard to predict which wines will develop a cult following. As you can see, I’m excited about my pet project. I’m back and forth between the East Coast and Napa about once a month these days.

I wanted to share this news with you right away... because who better than my fellow Atlas members to share in the best things life has to offer. And remember, for the next week, this offer is only available to my fellow Atlas members and a few folks I poured these wines for recently in Florida. But one week from today, if there’s any wine that is still not spoken for, I’m going to open this offer up to some of my other readers.

The point is, you have to act fairly quickly if you want to participate.

Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,

de

David Eifrig Jr., MD, MBA

Time Posted: May 2, 2016 at 11:40 AM