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Longboard Vineyards Merlot Dakine Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Producer information: Try balance, a determination to follow your passion and a healthy respect for nature for starters. Then, realize that both surfers and winemakers spend a lifetime searching for near perfect conditions so they can capture and express a special moment in time; a great vintage, a perfect swell... Longboard Vineyards was established in 1998 by Oded Shakked as a way to bring these two passions together. A life-long surfer, Oded travelled and surfed the Atlantic Coast of Europe, the waters of Australia, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico, and both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the US. As a winemaker with close to 30 years of experience in Sonoma County, Oded has worked with the region's best grapes and grape-growers in addition to farming his own grapes on Westside Road just outside the town of Healdsburg. At Longboard, Oded and his team craft wines that display a sense of place and share them in a relaxed, button-down atmosphere of the tasting room in downtown Healdsburg. Longboard Vineyards is an invitation for you to come and join our quest for individuality and excellence in wine.

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Longboard Vineyards:
Try balance, harmony and nature for starters. Surfing is part sport, part meditation and all working within, rather than against, nature. Winemaking? Pretty similar approach. Both surfers and winemakers reach the summit of their respective crafts when they attain an understanding of, and a respect for, the environment in which they work (and play). Adapting to their surroundings, they achieve peak performance, on the waves and in the vineyards.

External Reviews for Longboard Vineyards Merlot Dakine Vineyard Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/15/2015

Producer information: Try balance, a determination to follow your passion and a healthy respect for nature for starters. Then, realize that both surfers and winemakers spend a lifetime searching for near perfect conditions so they can capture and express a special moment in time; a great vintage, a perfect swell... Longboard Vineyards was established in 1998 by Oded Shakked as a way to bring these two passions together. A life-long surfer, Oded travelled and surfed the Atlantic Coast of Europe, the waters of Australia, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico, and both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the US. As a winemaker with close to 30 years of experience in Sonoma County, Oded has worked with the region's best grapes and grape-growers in addition to farming his own grapes on Westside Road just outside the town of Healdsburg. At Longboard, Oded and his team craft wines that display a sense of place and share them in a relaxed, button-down atmosphere of the tasting room in downtown Healdsburg. Longboard Vineyards is an invitation for you to come and join our quest for individuality and excellence in wine.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/14/2015

From Oded's Dakine Vineyard. This Merlot has 19% Malbec in it, part of the field blend in this old vineyard on Westside Road. Always a favorite. Rumor has it that Miles (from the movie 'Sideways') turned to Pinot Noir only because Dakine Merlot was his ex-wife's favorite wine! - Winery Producer information: Try balance, a determination to follow your passion and a healthy respect for nature for starters. Then, realize that both surfers and winemakers spend a lifetime searching for near perfect conditions so they can capture and express a special moment in time; a great vintage, a perfect swell... Longboard Vineyards was established in 1998 by Oded Shakked as a way to bring these two passions together. A life-long surfer, Oded travelled and surfed the Atlantic Coast of Europe, the waters of Australia, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico, and both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the US. As a winemaker with close to 30 years of experience in Sonoma County, Oded has worked with the region's best grapes and grape-growers in addition to farming his own grapes on Westside Road just outside the town of Healdsburg. At Longboard, Oded and his team craft wines that display a sense of place and share them in a relaxed, button-down atmosphere of the tasting room in downtown Healdsburg. Longboard Vineyards is an invitation for you to come and join our quest for individuality and excellence in wine.



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