Susie Selby Owner of Selby Winery in Sonoma
Selby Winery produces world-class wines which are hand-crafted by owner and winemaker, Susie Selby. The winery was founded in 1993 by Susie and her late father, Dr. David Selby. Selby Winery focuses on the "best of Sonoma County" using premier varietals from Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Selby Winery produces an eclectic array of award winning wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Malbec, Cabernet, and Rose.
Our tasting room is located in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, easily walkable from the various hotels and parking lots. We do have a few off-street parking spots, including a handicapped space.
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The fact of the matter is, I cherish wine. I also love making wine. Those are my best capabilities as the winemaker for Selby Winery.
My objective when I make Selby wines is to concentrate on the fruit; in this manner I support customary moderate standards of winemaking that yield exquisite, complex and accessible wines you can revel in without lengthy cellaring.
On the off chance that its conceivable to do it by hand, I do. I composed our winery to oblige my handmade methodology. We pick, mature, process and even container by hand. On the majority of our parcels, we utilize little, half-ton canisters for expanded maceration.
We utilize carefully selected coopers for our French and American oak, as well as protected stainless steel maturation and mixing tanks. Our press is a remarkably tender Puleo from Italy. This is a paramount part of the methodology and we don't take shortcuts.
Then again, timing is everything. Knowing when to gather, how long to age, when to mix, when to jug and when to release is more than science; it's a symbolization that is focused around experience and instinct.
Individuals don't regularly consider winemaking as a thrill-a-minute, quick paced business. It is for me. As the winemaker, I'm in a precarious situation, at all times. Winemaking is my life. So next time you visit Selby Winery, look out.
I'll be checking vineyards, taking sugars, organizing harvest, overseeing pulverize, filling a barrel, amassing a mix or running the hand-bottler. Who knows? You may even discover me on the forklift. Obviously, in case I'm fortunate, I'll be in the tasting room, raising a glass with you.
Essentially put, Dad cherished wine as much as his career. He was truly a specialist. Enormous and compelling, acclaimed or obscure, sensitive or great, Dad cherished everything. He reveled in wine before it was chic, and adored it much more when he had his own particular vintages to impart to his family, companions and the rest of the world.
Father imparted his enthusiasm for wine with me. He swayed me to taste various types of wine when I was growing up, and excited me with the history and sentiment of winemaking.
In the 80's, my guardians took various outings to the wine nation and by 1990, my father longed for having the Selby mark.
Maybe it was a bit of his dream that rubbed off on me. It simply took me a while to understand my calling. I sought after a vocation in advertising and advancement in the wake of accepting a BA in trading and lending from Vanderbilt University, emulated by a MBA from George Washington University.
Still, it wasn't until I helped my father with one or two wine ventures that I seized the open door to get in the business. It was then that I started to figure out how to make wine, deserting the corporate world.
Tragically, my father passed away in 1997 yet I chose to learn all that I could by doing it without anyone else's help. I started as a tasting room chief, then moved into showcasing and compliance. I looked into the mechanics of winemaking and turned into a subterrain room rodent, so I could work with barrels and wine, drive a forklift, deal with a basement and warehouse, and help with harvest and crush. From that point, I turned into a right hand winemaker, learning the finest techniques of winemaking.
Selby Winery is the aftereffect of numerous years of involved work: in its own facility with a library of award-winning wines and a circle of supporters. From our first vintage, which was 150 cases of 1993 Chardonnay, I've been doing what I adore.
I've made some amazing progress since those early days, and I wouldn't be coming clean in the event that I didn't say that I experienced more than a couple of impediments.
Through everything, nonetheless, there's dependably been one truth. I cherish wine. I just make wines I want to drink. That is the reason I'm in the business of winemaking today.
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Estate Vineyards / AVA
Russian River vineyards are often cloaked in cool fog, which provides our Chardonnay with delicious lemony fruit and our Pinot Noir with blackberry-like flavors. We also obtain Syrah, Petit Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Russian River American Viticultural Area (AVA).
Alexander Valley is the northernmost AVA in Sonoma County. It begins just south of Mendocino County as the Russian River courses through a steep gorge, and later empties out into the floor of Alexander Valley.
Perhaps because the Russian River has its flood plain here, the soil is exceptionally well drained and alluvial. The weather is also HOT - it can be 20F hotter in Geyserville than Healdsburg in high summer, though they're only five miles apart.
Our vineyards here yield intense, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon typified by soft tannins and notes of chocolate. We also harvest Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel here, each of which tends to be intense, extracted and delicious.
There may only be a 600-foot ridge separating Alexander Valley from Dry Creek Valley to the west, but this AVA is virtually synonymous with Zinfandel while Alexander Valley is more frequently associated with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CaliforniaBanked by 1,500-foot hillsides with a flat, narrow floor in between them, Dry Creek is known for dry-farmed, ancient, gnarly Zinfandel vines. Our vineyards here sit on the steep hillsides and must struggle to bear fruit. That's exactly why their grapes are so concentrated.
This is one AVA where microclimates, and even which hillside (east or west), dramatically influence the flavor of the grapes. Western hillside vineyards yield fruit that is characteristically a bit lighter and elegant than the powerhouse, jammy Zins grown on the eastern hillside. Nonetheless, both sides are of extreme quality. The warm upper third of the floor of Dry Creek Valley produces our formidable Cabernet, Syrah and Petit Sirah.
Double Gold Medal
2008 Alexander Valley Malbec
2009 Sonoma County "Old Vine" Zinfandel
2010 Sonoma County Bobcat Zinfandel
2010 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
NV Fancy Nancy Dessert White Wine
2011 Sonoma County Merlot
2012 Sonoma County "Old Vine" Zinfandel
2009 Russian River Valley Syrah
2010 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2008 Dave Selby Reserve Chardonnay
2008 Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir
2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2005 Sonoma County Syrah
2006 Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chalk Hill Malbec
2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon