This is Chenin Blanc taken to a whole other level. Sophisticated yet refreshing. The fruit was barrel feremented then aged in neutral oak for 24 months. The result? A dry, crisp, elegant white with notes of fresh melon and pear. Extemely well balanced. Sensational with shellfish and ideal for the coming summer months.
Bottle Price: $25.00
I know everyone thinks their mom was the best and I’m no exception. Prudence La Bay Bedford left this world a few years back yet her impact is still felt. She probably would gave preferred a good cup of coffee to wine, but I wanted to make something to celebrate her life and was worthy of her stature. The 2009 Chardonnay “Dear Prudence” is the Grand Dame of Chardonnay. This wine is dedicated to all the moms out there that have lovingly guided our lives – even when one of their kids burns a hole in her carpet for a science project.
The Chardonnay from Los Alamos has an alluring tropical fruit character, a wonderful viscosity, and a great acid structure that sets itself apart from Chardonnays from other areas. So when I wanted to make a special edition that was distinctive and had regal bearings, I didn’t have to go far. I selected three barrels that stood out from the vintage and, along with a complete barrel fermentation and malolactic fermentation, they were allowed additional time in barrel sur lies, in approximately 30% new oak. This accentuated the texture without over oaking it. Consequently, the wine has fresh fruit elements in the nose along with the complexity and richness barrel age supports, and that will increase over time. The crisp acidity makes it a favorite with Dover sole or cracked crab. Enjoy now but the wine will continue to evolve over the next few years. Only 90 cases made.
Bottle Price: $35.00
The fruit from the Los Alamos region offers a tropical character of pineapple and melon along excellent acidity. Fruit with this kind of structure warrants barrel fermention (20% new French oak) and a completed malolactic fermentation. Not every Chardonnay can handle traditional winemaking, but when it does, the wine becomes unctuous, buttery and complex. This is a rich, full bodied white with subtle fresh apple, melon notes harmoniously joined by soft toasty oak nuances. Almost sold out. Bottle Price: $30.00
Riesling is considered one of the Noble Grapes and this wine shows you why. Though dry, it’s engaging fruit character suggests otherwise. Barrel fermentation in neutral oak adds depth enhancing the nose and palate. The sum of its parts tell you this is a serious, elegant wine that deserves to be matched with regal fare. Serve with roast chicken, seafood dishes, or a grilled pork chop. Almost sold out. Bottle Price: $30.00
Carignane originated in Spain in the ancient region of Aragon, where it is now almost non-existent. Yet the varietal has recently found increasing prominence in the Catalan wine region of Priorat, and has been vindicated by a number of young winemakers producing some of the best wines Spain has to offer. Like other work horse varieties (i.e. Merlot, Grenache) that were once considered only for blending, when given the necessary TLC, Carignane creates a remarkable wine.
The fruit for the 2009 is from the Santa Ynez Valley where the lower yield fruit was night harvested, de-stemmed into open top fermenters, and received a pre-fermentation soak for 72 hours. Frequent punchdowns and a post fermentation maceration for 30 days ensured complexity. The wine was then pressed off and racked to barrel, 20% new Minnesota oak, where it was aged for 30 months. The 2009 Carignane has a deep ruby color and despite bright acids that dance across your tongue, there is a suppleness in the finish. The texture complements the blackberry/black currant flavors backed by the warmth of oak. As it ages, the wine will become more distinct. Match with lamb, roast pork, or grilled meats. Bottle Price: $30.00
2010 was a great year for reds and our first red release from this vintage shows what it is all about. We selected three barrels that stood out from the others to create this special selection. Grenache is known for its intriguing bouquet. Our 2010 has an enticing nose of cranberry, rose petals and spice which carries through to the palate where it is joined by layers of red berry fruit and a touch of vanilla from 24 months barrel age in neutral oak. Its deep ruby color matches the depth of flavor. 90 cases made.
Bottle Price: $35.00
Every so often something comes by that takes us by surprise even though we know it’s coming. In 2007 Comet (17P) Holmes paid us a visit during harvest. Usually visible only through a telescope, for unknown reasons it temporarily brightened by a factor of about half a million, in what was the largest known outburst by a comet, and became visible to the naked eye for three days. It also briefly became the largest object in the solar system, as its coma (the thin dissipating dust ball around the comet) expanded to a diameter greater than that of the Sun. A mild mannered, virtually unknown comet out performed its more illustrious brethren. It is a quality this Syrah holds. The 2007 is blend a different cuvees from multiple, local vineyards, each providing different elements to create a complex, intense yet amazingly supple red. The wine deserved its own celebratory title and our visiting comet seemed appropriate. It is deeply colored with a juicy berry, Oriental spice and cool earth character that is enjoyable now though aging will enhance all its properties. Bottle Price: $30.00
From our many Syrah cuvees from 2007, one stood out above all; the lot from Watch Hill Vineyard. You could call tis wine our “Reserve.” The wine hits the mark on every level: amazing concentration; a rich, expansive palate; and the brooding, complex flavors you get from a cool climate Syrah. It is regal in stature with gorgeous fruit flavors but not ostentatious as some over-the-top renditions can be. Definite tannins will encourage you to cellar it, but the array of flavors are so enjoyable now, it will be hard to keep the cork in. Limited edition. Bottle Price: $35.00