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Gordon releases wine in daughter's honor

Calistoga, Calif. (June 25, 2010) — Jeff Gordon released the first of four 2007 varietals of his wine last week to bear the name of his daughter, Ella Sofia. The debut of Jeff Gordon Collection 2007 Ella Sofia Carneros Chardonnay coincided with her third birthday and Father’s Day, making the release extra special to the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.

“This wine is dedicated to my daughter, born in 2007—the only vintage of the Jeff Gordon Collection that will carry her name as it commemorates the happiness she has brought to Ingrid and me,” Gordon said. “I’m very excited about the release, especially since it occurred on her birthday and Father’s Day.”

The 2007 vintage is the fourth release of this most popular varietal. The grapes for this selection come from a 35-year-old, Wente Clone Vineyard, planted on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. This wine is pale yellow, straw in color. Aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple & mango mingle with hints of ripe melon, green apple and toasty oak. This wine is well balanced with a full body and moderate oak. Flavors of passion fruit, caramel, and zesty citrus show through in the long finish.

The release follows a big week for Jeff Gordon Collection wine.  On Wednesday, there was a private tasting party on the grounds of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with Gordon and winemaker Joe Briggs, followed by a visit to August Briggs Winery and rounded out with the launch of a new direct-to-consumer website. The next Ella Sofia varietal to be released will be the 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, along with a 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, on July 1. 

To order the new 2007 Ella Sofia Carneros Chardonnay and other available varietals of Jeff Gordon Collection wine, please visit www.JeffGordonWines.com