After getting a call asking if he wanted to work for a Napa Valley winery, life changed for Kevin Bersofsky. While living in St. Helena, he rallied several friends together to purchase a half-ton of Syrah, which was crushed and fermented in his garage. From the humble beginnings of that first full barrel of homemade Syrah in 2008, Montagne Russe emerged as a true garagiste operation! Production gradually increased until Kevin was making 12 barrels of wine a year out of that same garage, which he had converted into a fully air-conditioned ‘cold room’.
Unfortunately, a neighborly dispute about his production of homemade wine turned into an ATF raid of Kevin’s property, resulting in a substantial fine along with the disposal of the offending barrels (four of them had to be poured down the drain). In 2015 Kevin decided to start over commercially and stay small, focusing on his first love, Syrah. He has since expanded his offerings to include other wines and has quite a range of different Pinot Noirs. The roller coaster as his label namesake seems particularly appropriate for the twists and turns of Kevin’s wine journey, where he says he’s happy to throw up his hands and ‘just enjoy the ride’.
The Old Lakeview Road Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast is the vineyard source for the Montagne Russe 2017 Syrah. It captured our immediate attention with its layers of complexity that range from juicy boysenberry, dark chocolate nibs, roasted coffee and a gamey grilled meat quality that is so deeply intriguing. We are excited to offer it as one of our 3rd Quarter Wine Club selections!
We hope that you can join us to meet Kevin and taste an amazing line-up of his delicious small production wines!
Wines to be Tasted
Montagne Russe 2017 Chardonnay, Roberts Road Vineyard, Sonoma Coast $40.00 (120 cases produced)
Montagne Russe 2017 'Dragon's Back' Pinot Noir, Black Knight Vineyard, Sonoma Coast $50.00 (86 cases produced)
Montagne Russe 2017 Pinot Noir, Roberts Road Vineyard, Sonoma Coast $58.00 (92 cases produced)
Montagne Russe 2017 'Birch Bark' Pinot Noir, Tondre Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands $40.00 (96 cases produced)
Montagne Russe 2017 Pinot Noir, Spring Hill Ranch, Sonoma Coast $69.00 (42 cases produced)
Montagne Russe 2017 Syrah, Old Lakeview Road Vineyard, Sonoma Coast $45.00 (100 cases produced)
Montagne Russe 2017 Syrah, Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino $50.00 (70 cases produced)
$20 Per Person
CWM Wine Club Members (plus one guest) FREE