04 Oct

Metz Road Press Release

Winery Adopts Innovative Approach to Preserve Character of the Terroir

SALINAS, CA, October4, 2017 – Dave Nagengast, winemaker for Monterey County’s Metz Road Winery, wanted to make sure his 2017 Chardonnay was as true to the Riverview Vineyard as possible. “We knew we wanted to ferment the wine using native rather than commercial yeast. But we realized that if we brought the fruit back to the winery, there was a good chance the commercial yeast strains that live in the building would probably dominate the indigenous yeast strains. So we came up with the novel solution of crushing the grapes in the vineyard.”

Dave and his team brought a small press and refrigerated container to the vineyard to initiate a true Riverview Vineyard indigenous yeast fermentation before bringing the juice back to the winery to complete its barrel fermentation. “We crushed and filled 10 barrels each of the Wente clone and Dijon clone 96. We used 100% new French oak from a couple of our favorite coopers. If we’re happy with the results, we’ll isolate the yeast and send it to a lab to create a culture for future fermentations.”

Says Kurt Gollnick, COO of Scheid Family Wines, “Our Riverview property is a sustainably-farmed vineyard perched on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. It’s located on the east side of the valley just below the Pinnacles National Park. This is an exposed site with little protection from the strong winds that roll through the valley every afternoon. During the summertime, Riverview is typically cooler than comparable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco.”

“So far the quality looks great for Chard,” says Dave. “The flavors are ripe and concentrated and the acids are firm. The Pinot in 2017 also looks superb – great color, quite rich and very intense. This was one of the few sites in Monterey that was unaffected by the heat wave.”

Metz Road is owned by Scheid Family Vineyards. It is distributed nationally in all major markets.

About Metz Road
Metz Road produces single vineyard, estate-bottled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool-climate Riverview Vineyard, a 340-acre property set along the eastern benchlands of Monterey County’s Salinas Valley. This remarkable site features an assortment of varieties, clones and rootstocks specifically matched to the micro-climates, soils, exposures and aspects of the terrain. The wines of Metz Road are pure, structured and accessible. They offer firm acidity, low pH, moderate alcohol levels and the judicious use of new oak. The Chardonnay is translucent, direct and precise. The Pinot Noir is delicate, aromatic and silky.

27 Aug

Nevada’s Sapphire Wines to Carry BBW Portfolio

“We are pleased to announce Sapphire Wines in Nevada will be carrying the entire Big Bang Wine portfolio throughout the state including: McIntyre, Cambiata, Rail2Rail, Clos de la Tech and Longoria. Under the direction of Larry Sapperstein and his family, Sapphire has become one of the premier distributors for both northern and southern Nevada. They have a strong book of high-quality producers and a sales force that is educated, aggressive and well-connected. Welcome aboard Sapphire!”


25 Aug

Video Reviews from James The Wine Guy

James The Wine Guy just reviewed some new releases from our portfolio of wineries. Below are links.

Clos de la Tech SCM Pinot Noir ’09 – 9.3 (93) Episode #1707 – James Melendez

Sostener Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – ’12 9.2 (92 Pts) – Episode #1702 – James Melendez

Force Majeure Col. Series III – 9.5 (95/100 Pts) – Episode #1698 – James Melendez

McIntyre SLH Estate Chardonnay – ’12 – 9.3 (93/100 Pts) – Episode #1694 – James Melendez

22 Aug

Great McIntyre Reviews from Restaurant Wine

Fleshy and richly flavored, this is an impressive wine. It is very long and
balanced on the palate, with complex character (peach, pineapple, lemon
peel, grapefruit, roasted nut, oak) and a persistent finish. Fermented
and aged for 8 months in new French oak barrels. 100 cases.

McIntyre’s Pinots tend to be full bodied and generously flavored, as are
these two excellent 2012s. The SLH is a ripely flavored, supple wine with
intense red fruit and floral character (cherry, plum, cranberry, violet),
firm acidity, and overtones of nutmeg, toast, and tobacco. Long finish.
Excellent value. 604 cases.

The Estate bottling is quite fleshyand full bodied; a fairly rich,
full flavored wine with evident complexity
(plum, blueberry jam, cherry, sage, toast, tobacco, spicy oak) and a
lightly tannic, long finish. 340 cases.

Rich and supple, this is full bodied, balance, moderately complex in
flavor, and very long on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of strawberry
jam, red currant, plum, sour cherry, toast, nutmeg, and cedar. Excellent.
50 cases.

29 Jul

Big Bang Wine Expands National Distribution Portfolio

July 29, 2014, San Anselmo, CA – Big Bang Wine, one of the wine industry’s top sales and marketing agencies, has announced it will manage national sales and distribution for some of California’s most important producers including: Longoria (Sta. Rita Hills), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Cambiata (Monterey) and Rail 2 Rail (Lodi). The company had already been representing Coquerel (Napa).

According to Ted Reimer, president of Big Bang Wine’s sales division, “We are thrilled to have these prestigious producers join our portfolio of fine wine. Each of these wineries has been praised by the national media, trade and consumers for their high-quality, terroir-driven wines from some of California’s greatest AVAs Napa, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Lodi and Santa Cruz Mountains. To date, all of these producers have had limited distribution outside of California. The only way to get most of these wines was through the clubs and mailing lists. Our goal is to place them with luxury-class, high-quality wine distributors in key markets around the country.”

Mike Lynch, a partner at Big Bang Wine, adds, “These wineries rank among the state’s most celebrated producers of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. And for the more adventurous wine enthusiast they also produce small quantities from exotic grapes like Tempranillo, Tannat, Dornfelder, Albariño and Verdelho. We believe these brands will be quickly embraced across the country by distributors, retailers, restaurants and consumers.”

In addition to its sales and distribution division, Big Bang Wine also manages PR and communications for Force Majeure (Red Mountain, Washington), Chalone (Monterey), Wrath (Monterey), Coquerel (Napa), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains) and Groove (International Digital Marketing).

Distributors and wineries interested in working with Big Bang Wine should contact Ted Reimer at ted@bbwineinc.com or (415) 491-0644.

About Big Bang Wine
Big Bang Communications was launched in 2001 by Jean Jacote and Mike Lynch to provide executive-level media relations, writing, advertising and marketing for the wine and spirits industry. The agency built its business by developing and implementing powerful communication programs designed to increase brand awareness and perception. In April of 2014, the company changed its name to Big Bang Wine and added national sales and distribution management to its list of services. For more information go to www.bbwineinc.com.