After a lifetime of appreciating fine wines, Terry Davis has fulfilled his dream of making wines by founding “Frisson Wines.”
“Dreaming about making wine is exciting. Bringing it to reality can be a bit scary. But when my dream became reality with the release of these wines, it was downright thrilling,” said Davis. Last month he released a 2009 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2011 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from some of Napa and Sonoma’s finest vineyards.
About 125 cases of the cabernet were produced and suggested retail is $60. The grapes come from a small eight-acre estate on Diamond Mountain, with a soil composition that includes white volcanic ash.
The sauvignon blanc ($26) was fermented and aged in stainless steel with no oak to mask the flavors. Some 240 cases were produced.
Davis brought renowned winemaker Wayne Donaldson into the project on the ground floor, bringing 26 years of international winemaking experience to the table. “I enjoy working with owners like Terry who are as passionate about creating great wine as I am. The challenge and satisfaction for me is making wine in a style that suits his high expectations,” said Donaldson.
For the 2012 vintage, Davis and Donaldson will work with grapes from the Dutton Ranch making a Wente Clone chardonnay and Beckstoffer’s Georges III Vineyard for a bottling of cabernet sauvignon.
Davis and his wife Pam are based in Yountville. For more information contact Terry Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 266-4724.