Experience a virtual tasting of Thirty-Seven Wines to benefit The National Judicial College

Friday, May 29, 2020, at 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET) 
Thirty-Seven Wines and The National Judicial College invite you to a virtual tasting of three award-winning wines in a Zoom session that will help raise money for the College’s pandemic Emergency Fund.

The event will take place Friday, May 29, and will be conducted by Thirty-Seven Wines’ talented winemaker, Shane Finley.

To participate, order the 3-pack of fine wines by Wednesday, May 20 ($108 for non-Wine Club members, $86.40 for Wine Club Members). Then on Friday, May 29, you’ll open the wines and log in using a link, to be sent to you by Wednesday, May 27. Fifteen percent of the proceeds – and any related sales – will be donated to The National Judicial College’s Emergency Fund to support the College through its pandemic-related financial emergency.

The National Judicial College is the country’s oldest, largest and most widely attended school for judges. Based in Reno, Nevada, it educates about 10,000 judges every year from every state and several foreign countries.

Thirty-Seven Wines is a small-production family winery with a vineyard on the rolling hillsides of southern Sonoma County, California. The property overlooks the north shore of San Pablo Bay with views of Mt. Tamalpais and the San Francisco skyline.  All grapes used to produce its exceptional wines are estate grown. The proprietors are Judicial College Trustee Al Brayton and his wife, Lisa.

The winemaker, Shane Finley, interned at Copain, Torbeck in the Barossa Valley and Domaine Pierre Gaillard in the Northern Rhone of France. He has worked with Dumol, Carlisle & Pisoni Estate, as assistant winemaker at Paul Hobbs, as associate winemaker at Kosta Browne and as winemaker at Lynmar Estate. In addition to Thirty-Seven Wines, he crafts wines for AldenAlli, Banshee and Shane Wines.

A testament to Shane’s consummate skill as a winemaker is that he makes 15 different wines for Thirty-Seven, ranging from Albariño to Petit Verdot, and all have been awarded gold medals in various competitions. Thirteen have been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Enthusiast.

The wines that will be tasted at this virtual event were selected with input from the staff at the Judicial College and represent some of their favorites from the vineyard.

The Wine List

2017 Essential Albariño: 90 points, Wine Enthusiast; Selected as one of the top 100 wines in Sonoma County by Sonoma Magazine

Winemaker Notes: Pale straw color.  Exuberant aromatics of nectarine, apricot and wet stone. Bright acidity highlights the fleshy mid-palate with accent of peach, mango and plantains. The mineral finish shines with notes of tangerine, lemon zest and papaya. 

220 cases produced 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir: 96 Points, Double Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition; 90 points, Wine Spectator; 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Winemaker Notes: Dark crimson color. Vibrant dark cherry, sage, cola and subtle blueberry aromatics. Enveloping mid-palate highlighted by broad tannins intermingled with plum skin, vanilla and allspice notes. Nuanced and lingering finish with pomegranate, fennel, toffee and graphite accents. 

190 Cases produced 2014 Reserve “The Hermit” Red Wine:  93 Points, Gold Medal, 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition; 97 points, Gold Medal, North Coast Wine Challenge; Double Gold Medal, Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Winemaker Notes: A St. Emilion-style Bordeaux blend, 50 percent Cabernet Franc and 50 percent Merlot. Dense inky color. Enticing mélange of cassis, cigar box and mocha.  Firm mid-palate with robust tannins and accents of blackberries, chocolate covered espresso beans and tobacco leaf.  Strong finish of graphite, cola, sage and kirsch. 125 cases produced  


For more information about Thirty-Seven Wines, please visit its website. This will be a unique, shelter-in-place opportunity to taste spectacular wines and learn about the wines and the vineyards directly from the winemaker and owners. As you can tell from the limited number of cases produced, these boutique wines are rarely found outside of a small circle of wine club members. We hope you will join us!

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