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Blue Quail Wine


Blue Quail wines stand out from other wines because of the grapes from which they are made.

Guinness McFadden has been growing grapes organically for over 40 years. He planted his vineyard on a beautiful peice of land that straddles the Russian River, neighbors the Mendocino National Forest and sits up at 1,200 feet in altitude.  Temperatures regularly plummet 40-45 degrees each night, allowing a longer maturation period.  In this climate, grapes develop a fullness of flavor that is balanced by a crisp acidity.  Blue quail’s wines are stainless steel fermented and held with zero malolactic fermentation.

Back when Guinness started McFadden Vineyard, organic farming had a different name: farming. It is the quality of the grapes that puts McFadden ahead of other growers. Having experimented, McFadden has established blocks, or separate growing environments for different grapes in the vineyards. Head pruned and trellised, irrigated and dry farmed, planted next to the Russian River and on rocky hillside slopes. The grapes of McFadden Farm are not grown one way, but are thoughtful expressions of Terroir, the marriage of grape to place, grown for desired varietal correctness.

The quality of McFadden Farm grapes is well known by northern California’s premier wineries. Harvesting 750 tons of fruit, almost all by hand, from 160 acres of vineyard annually, McFadden Farm grapes are used by Chateau Montelena Winery, Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Sterling, Piper Sonoma, Horse & Plow, Fetzer, Dashe Cellars and Navarro among others.

Our wines are recognized with wine competition medals every year by the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Mendocino County Fair wine Competition and Orange County Fair Wine Competition among others – every varietal we produce has garnered competition awards.

There are few other wines in the marketplace, even at twice the price, where the varietal correctness, sense of place, and ease of drinkability is as evident as in the wines of Blue quail. Across the board, what defines the Blue Quail style is a fruit forward, friendly drinkability. Our wines pair with more foods than most others and they escape being out of balance, being too much anything or having too typical barriers to enjoyment thrown in your way by winemaking manipulations.

Our Blue Quail Chardonnay is stainless steel fermented and held with zero malolactic fermentation. Fruit forward, beautiful bouquet of apple, pear and peach blossom lead seamlessly into delicious apple, white peach and pear flavors, balanced by nice crisp acidity.  It is a terrific food wine, pairing well with seafood, shellfish, poultry and cheeses.

Blue Quail Pinot Gris is not the typical flavorless style made infamous by giant Italian producers of Pinot Grigio (same grape), but a full bodied, delicately fragrant wine with floral notes, hints of pear, apple, and vanilla with clove and ginger spice.

Blue Quail Sauvignon Blanc has great aromas and flavors of orange blossom, jasmine, honeydew melon, spice and grapefruity citrus. Crisp, good acid. Long lingering finish.