Last year, Flambeaux Winery located near Sonoma County’s town of Healdsburg, released the only 2016 Flambeaux Redwood Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, a single vintage edition as the vineyard and property from which the wine was made, suffered extensive damage in the 2017 Tubbs Fire, then ceased operation thereafter.
As owners of Flambeaux, the Murray Family felt the loss, and decided to donate a percentage of the sales to a local non-profit. Together, all three generations of the family voted and unanimously selected Corazón Healdsburg, because 100% of monies received for their “Unity & Community Fund” are directly distributed to families in need due to the impact of recent fires, and now also COVID-19.
The two youngest members of the family, Nia and Lila Murray, recently presented the first distribution of proceeds to Corazón Healdsburg. Subsequent proceeds will be delivered throughout the year as the wine is sold. The Redwood Hill Vineyard was located high in the in the Mayacamas Mountain Range, in the Fountaingrove region east of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County and west of Calistoga in Napa County.
Flambeaux prides itself on making hand-crafted, limited-production wines that capture the essence of the Flambeaux Dry Creek Valley Estate Vineyard, as well as other world-class Sonoma County vineyards. The Flambeaux are the dancing torchbearers of New Orleans Carnival during Mardi Gras, representing tradition, light, dance and joy.
Art and Nicole Murray, co-founded Flambeaux in Healdsburg, California along with his parents Steve and Pattie Murray, and daughters Alys, Elizabeth, Nia and Lila Murray. At Flambeaux, Winemaker Ryan Prichard (who makes wine at Three Sticks, and has also worked at Williams Selyem, Copain Custom Crush and Medlock Ames) employs the Murray family’s philosophy of allowing the grapes to evolve and naturally grow into what they become. With this minimalist approach, the fruit ends up as the best of itself and results in intriguing and exciting wines. Flambeaux currently produces a Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Sonoma County Rosé.
The 2016 Flambeaux Redwood Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be available online at FlambeauxWine.com. Flambeaux wine tastings are also available by appointment and often hosted by Flambeaux vintner Art Murray. For more information visit FlambeauxWine.com, call (707) 637-9019 or send an email to email@example.com.
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Pictured are Ariel Kelly, Corazón Healdsburg Executive Director with Lila and Nia Murray of Flambeaux Winery.