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Longboard Vineyards

Owner(s) Oded Shakked
Web site www.longboardvineyards.com
 
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This unique winery has the motto, “wine, waves and soul.” Surfer, winegrower and winemaker Oded Shakked was the original co-owner with Robert Watkins and Bruce Lundquist, but became the sole owner. Shakked was formerly the winemaker at J Winery and Vineyards, leaving in 2005 to pursue winemaking on a smaller scale. The label has actually been producing wines since 1998, but the 2006 vintage is the first for a Pinot Noir. Grapes are sourced from the O’Neil Vineyard and Wohler Bridge Vineyard, both in the Russian River Valley. The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is reasonably priced and quite decent.

Longboard Vineyards has a fun tasting room a few blocks off of the plaza in Healdsburg at 5 Fitch St. There is a redwood surfboard bar and a plasma television showing surf videos. Wines are sold on the website. 707-438-3473.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Longboard Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $33. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, aged on the lees in 30% new French oak barrels until late spring. The wines are racked and blended in the spring and aged another 6 months in barrels before bottling in late fall. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose unfolds slowly over time in the glass, releasing aromas of dark cherries, raspberries, cranberries and toasty oak. Moderately rich and juicy with very ripe cherry flavor emerging over time accented with mocha and cola, showing a bit of tarry oak in the background. The plentiful tannin and oak needs time to integrate. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the fruit profile veered quite noticeably to the ripe side. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Longboard Vineyards Flying Rooster Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $42. From a vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, aged in French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze, red berries and forest floor, becoming more intense and pleasing over time in the glass. Middleweight flavors of perfectly ripe cherries and raspberries with complimentary notes of spice and tea, finishing long with a good cut of acidity. Very supple tannins make for easy drinking. Read to go now. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Longboard Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,450 cases, $33. Sourced from O’Neel, Ledbetter, Rochioli and Webber vineyards. Aged in 35% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish- purple color in the glass. Deeply fragrant initially with aromas of Bing cherries and baking spice, developing scents of sous-bois and stem over time in the glass. Medium weight core of black cherry flavor with hints of cola and tar robed in soft, supple tannins. Decent. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Longboard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 700 cases, $27. · Scents and flavors of ripe, roasted fruits with raisin overtones. Very smooth and soft in the mouth with silky tannins. Decent. Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Longboard Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1053 cases, $28. This unique winery has the motto, “wine, waves and soul.” Surfer, winegrower and winemaker Oded Shakked is the co-owner with Robert Watkins and Bruce Lundquist. Shakked was formerly the winemaker at J Winery and Vineyards. He left in 2005 to start his own label and downsized to a production level of 10,000 cases. The label has actually been producing wines since 1998, but the 2006 vintage is the first for a Pinot Noir. Grapes are sourced from the O’Neil Vineyard and Wohler Bridge Vineyard, both in the Russian River Valley. · Confected cherries and cola dominate the aromas. Elegant in style, the flavors echo the aromas. The finish is pleasing with fine-grained, slightly drying tannins. Reviewed December 16, 2007 ARTICLE »