Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir Receives a 98!


We are very honored to hear the news that the Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir received a 98 from the Wine Enthusiast. Thanks to all the hard work of winemaker Jeff Mangahas and the entire Williams Selyem team.

The review:
Sultry Aromas of rose and lavender carry the nose of this earthy, coastal wine. Flavors of wild raspberry, strawberry, blood orange and rhubub weave around crisp. seamless acidity. Light in stle, it is complex and beautiful. Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

Land of Promise Wins TexSom Gold & Judges Selection!

Results are in! We are happy to announce that the 2015 Land of Promise won Gold and the Judges Selection TexSom International Wine Awards! Congrats to our grape grower and Land of Promise winemaker Diana! Texas, here we come!

The Blessing of the Vineyard

We were honored today to host the Rt. Reverend William Miller of Christ Episcopal Church of Covington, Louisiana (outside of New Orleans). Father Bill as he is known, has been a long time friend of us and gave the most beautiful prayer below. We wanted to thank him for being in our lives and for Blessing Terra de Promissio.

Loving God, Creator of the Earth, Giver of every good gift:

We acknowledge that everything we are and everything we have belongs to you and is because of you - because of your love, your goodness, your kindness and your grace.

We thank you for this land, these vines, this soil, and the climate that allows growth. We thank you for those who plant, tend and harvest. We thank you for those who blend, age, and bottle. And we thank you for those who drink and share.

May we always be good stewards of all that you have entrusted to us - land and labor, ideas and dreams, plants and earth.

May this land be blessed with abundance, and may this abundance bless many others in many ways - reminding them of you and your goodness.

May the fruit of these vines gladden hearts and empower others to 'taste and see that God is good!'

Loving God, may your wisdom, vision, power and purpose be upon Charles, Diana, their parents, their children Christian and Grace, and upon all those who offer their gifts, labor, and tender care among these vines.

Bless these people. Bless this place. Through each bless this world you have so wondrously made.

In the name of the One who revealed himself to be your Son by turning water into wine at the wedding feast, the One who is the True Vine, and whose sacrificial love is celebrated in a common cup, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Congradulations to Senses, Williams Selyem and Domaine Della on their Parker Scores!

Terra de Promissio would like to congratulate Senses Wines, Williams Selyem and Domaine Della for their outstanding Robert Parker scores. Released this week, 5 Terra de Promissio wines scored 90+ or above: the '15 and '16 Senses TdPs both scored a 91; the Williams Seylem '15 & '16 TdPs--both scored a 92 and the '15 Domaine Della TdP a 94! Thank you to all the winemakers and wineries who help turn TdP grapes into magical wine.  Charles & Diana Karren


Williams Selyem Releases the 2014 Terra de Promissio

Located in the southeast end of Petaluma, this 12-year-old
vineyard is hitting its stride and continues to please. Deep and
concentrated black cherry and cherry pit notes mix with blood
orange, vanilla, and allspice. Subtle notes of terra cotta and
sous bois, a French term meaning forest-floor or undergrowth,
add a wonderful elegance to the darker side of this wine.
Lively and refreshing on the palate, the cherry flavor profile
coalesces into an earthy finish, with an overlay of black
tea-like tannins. Superb texture and finely knit; this wine will
age extremely well.

“The Land of Promise” is family owned and operated by
husband and wife team Charles and Diana Karren. The
Karren’s bought a 50 acre dairy ranch in 1999 and planted
over 33,000 Pinot Noir vines on 32 acres in 2002. Terra de
Promissio had its first harvest in 2005.

After two stellar vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of high
quality growing seasons where the wines exhibit purity of
place with generous fruit and elegant textures. The season
began as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of
normal rainfall by mid-season. April rains replenished the
soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants, boost
growth, and help set a bountiful crop. The harvest season was
near perfect with warm temperatures allowing for a leisurely
picking schedule. 2014 is a superb vintage of compelling
nature and will develop well with long range cellaring.

Barrel Description: 68% new, 32% 1 yr.
Barrel Aged: 16 months
pH: 3.45
TA: 0.60g/100mL
Alc: 13.7%
Released Spring 2016

Sonoma County has lost a true Gentleman: Howard Karren 1930-2016

On February 2, 2016, Sonoma County lost a true American Hero and the Karren Family has lost its beloved Patriarch. Howard Karren was the embodiment of the American dream-by achieving success thru intelligence, hard work, integrity, honesty and humbleness. Howard loved his country, he served it with distinction at home and abroad and he was grateful for the opportunities that it gave him.

Howard Karren, a member of the Class of ‘51 of Texas A&M would be the first person to tell you how lucky a life he lived. He had everything he ever wanted, from his family that he adored, and who adored him back, to the opportunities and experiences of being able to travel for the last 60 years to over a 100 countries. There was not a corner of the globe that he did not touch. Never shy in his travels, Howard was fearless and would travel into deepest Sub-Saharan Africa, the Soviet Union tundra, the Libyan desert and the Australian outback. He was shot at in Yemen, narrowly missed being killed when his plane blew up in Nigeria and had to avoid terrorists in the Colombian jungle.

Howard was one of the few people in the world, who was able to visit vineyards and wine operations on all 6 continents.  Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Japan in Asia; France, Italy, Spain and Germany in Europe; South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco in Africa; Argentina in South America and multiple regions in Australia. Applying his knowledge from his travels including his visits to Sonoma and Napa, Howard, together with his wife of 51 years Peggy, planted a Cabernet vineyard in the mid 1990s in Glen Ellen, California.  The vineyard became known as the Karren Vineyard has been producing award winning grapes for the last 15 years.

Howard could not be happier living on Sonoma Mountain and enjoying all the bounty that Sonoma County has to offer. He worked very hard and was the embodiment of what it takes to be a successful wine grower as Howard personally tended the vineyard by hand as he would prune, sucker, train the vines as well as hoe, do leaf removal, green fruit removal and finally harvest. He would laugh: “yes, I could hire someone, but I like doing it.” Every year, including this last vintage of 2015, he would personally sort and load the Cabernet grapes into the truck and for many years, he would drive the grapes himself down to the Wellington winery in Glen Ellen.  In addition to the vineyard, Howard personally planted, managed 33 fruit trees and a dozen olive trees.

Howard is survived by his wife of 51 years Peggy, his sons Geoff of San Francisco, Charles of Petaluma, California, his daughter in law Diana and his grandchildren, Christian and Grace.  He is also survived by his brother Jerry, his sister in law Marilyn, brother Sidney’s widow Ruth, Peggy’s sister Julie, a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Howard was very proud of the accomplishments of Peggy, his sons and grandchildren. He loved his family more than anything.  He would never admit it, but the proudest accomplishment in his life—is that he came from Texas A&M, where he was the first generation in his family to go to college, became a geologist and then had one of the most exciting careers in one of the most fascinating industries. He used what he learned at Texas A&M to have a successful life—both professionally and personally. He incorporated the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets’ motto of Respect, Leadership, Integrity, Loyalty, Excellence and Selfless Service. His degree from Texas A&M not only made a difference in his life, but that of his family, the generation that will follow them and the many friends he worked with around the world.

Finally, Howard also believed in giving back.  Both Peggy and Howard gave to numerous charities here in Sonoma County over their lives.  However, his favorite cause is Texas A&M.  Howard and Peggy endowed two professorships and also supported three students with Presidential and Corp of Cadets endowed scholarships.  In his honor, we ask that in lieu of flowers, any gift shall be directed to the Howard Karren Fund at the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX, 77840

Howard Karren was laid to rest at the Aggie Field of Honor, College Station, Texas on February 6, 2015, the 51st Anniversary of his marriage to Peggy.

2013 Land of Promise - Terra de Promissio Released

Land of Promise is pleased to announce that the Mailing List is open to take orders for the inaugural 2013 Land of Promise Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.  The Land of Promise was harvested from Terra de Promissio in September 2013 and was in French Oak Barrels for 18 months.  The wine was bottled this past summer and is now ready to be released. 

Alina Zarr, one of the three proprietors of Land of Promise stated:

"We are very excited about this wine.  2013 was a great growing season and harvest. My sister Diana has worked very hard overseeing the whole wine-making process--from personally handpicking the grapes to the crush to fermentation thru barreling, blending, bottling and now release." 

"The wines of Terra de Promissio are always special, but this wine has special meaning as this is our family's first wine." 

Only 100 cases of the 2013 Land of Promise has been produced. To order this wine, first you will need to click here: landofpromisewine.com You will then receive an email outlining the ordering steps.  Land of Promise anticipates shipping the wine in early 2016.  

2013 Lynmar Terra de Promissio Released

Lynmar Winery Tasting Notes: The 2013 Terra de Promissio exhibits a dark garnet color. Vibrant aromatics of black cherry, fig and rhubarb jump from the glass. The textured entry on the palate shows savory hints of clove, cinnamon and sandlewood. The wine concludes with a silky finish of black tea and cacao and nutmeg.

Bottling date: February 11, 2015

T.A.: 5.8 g/L - Alcohol: 14.3% - pH: 3.54

Aging: 15 mo. in 50% new oak - Cases Produced: 142



2013 Sabella Pinot Noir Released from Hanzell Vineyards

“Enticing aromas of Bing cherry, pomegranate and raspberry are met by scents of pipe tobacco, blood orange, vanilla, ginger and wet forest floor. The red fruit flavors are true to the aromas and have a juicy quality. The fine tannins give some grip along the sides of the palate while the acidity supports the flavors and provides great depth. Decanting one to two hours before serving is recommended.”
- Michael McNeill

Harvest: September 10 at 24.6° Brix; Ten months in 25% new 60 gallon French oak barrels; Bottled: June 14, 2014; 528 cases produced and bottled

Alcohol: 14.2% abv; pH: 3.43; Total Acid: 6.1 g/L

2013 Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Released

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Winemaker’s Notes

This is our third vintage of Terra de Promissio and it continues to be a high performing site. The nose leads with star anise and wet earth, but quickly gives way to cherry pit, blood orange, and grenadine. A touch of purple flowers shows off the lighter side of this dark and brooding wine. In the mouth, it dazzles as potpourri spices intermingle with black cherry and cherry pit flavors. There is a centered quality to this wine, with a perfect balance of acid and tannins. The medium tannic structure seems almost dusty but possesses a refreshing citrus feel, reminiscent of single origin Brazilian coffee. The wine lingers on the palate with great tenacity and a tangy finish.

The Vineyards

“The Land of Promise” is family owned and operated by husband and wife team Charles and Diana Karren. The Karren’s bought a 50 acre dairy ranch in 1999 and planted over 33,000 Pinot Noir vines on 32 acres in 2002. Terra de Promissio had its first harvest in 2005.

Harvest 2013

With great back-to-back vintages, 2013 was every bit as good as 2012 has proven to be. Amidst concerns about another drought year, the rain gauges filled up to about 80% of the yearly average. The growing conditions were very favorable, which resulted in a remarkably similar growing season to the exceptional 2012 vintage. The only notable difference, however, was the increase of heat units in 2013, as measured by the Growing Degree Day index. With below average rainfall for the season bud break initiated earlier than average along Westside Road. April showers helped to drive good shoot growth and set the plants up for May flowering. Excellent weather at flowering time allowed for fantastic set and a bountiful yield across all appellations and varieties. Even with an earlier start to the growing season, the grapes had the ideal amount of time on the vine to achieve full maturity without any threat of inclement weather late in the season. Wines from the 2013 vintage exhibit extremely pure and polished tannins and the acidity will provide longevity, but the supple structure also offers earlier enjoyment.

2013 Spell Estate Terra de Promissio Released

From Spell Estate:  The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren and with the help of Diana’s parents it is a true family operation.  Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA.  Buffeted by cold maritime winds the fruit ripens slowly and produces wines of exceptional elegance and purity.

The Spell Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir is ruby red in color, aromas of raspberry, strawberry, toasted oats, sandalwood, peat moss, and sassafras introduce this youthful wine. Cranberry and raspberry flavors mix with hints of cocoa nib, coffee, and sweet toasted oak coat the palate. Bright acidity and broad shouldered tannins mingle with flavors of bing cherry and mocha coffee on a lasting finish. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French; 50% new, 25% once used and 25% older.  
Clones: Dijon 115 with a tiny amount of Dijon 777
Harvest Dates: September 30 and October 4, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 100

2013 Castello di Amorosa Terra de Promissio Released

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The inaugural Castello di Amorosa Terra de Promissio was released this week. 

Winery Notes

Expressive bouquet of cherry and spiced Christmas berries with an exotic backdrop of cola and black tea. This is a sleek Pinot Noir boasting both lush texture and vibrant acidity.

Vineyard Notes

“The Land of Promise” is a family owned and operated vineyard located near the city of Petaluma that is widely regarded as one of the premier Pinot Noir vineyards in all of the Sonoma Coast Region. The two distinct clones (777 and 115), clay loam soils, southwest exposure, and the wind and fog of the Petaluma Gap combine to create the “Terroir” that allows Terra de Promissio grapes to mature to perfection. The cool summers and resulting extended “hang time” of the grapes is necessary to achieve optimal ripeness, a benchmark critical to producing premium Pinot Noir.

Food Pairing Notes

Given the wide variety of food that pairs with this wine, it’s understandable why Pinot Noir is considered one of the most versatile food wines in the world. Pair this silky wine with roast duck, grilled chicken or salmon, or wild mushroom risotto.

Production: 681 cases

More info: http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/product/PINOT-NOIR-Reserve--Terra-de-Promissio