This a big, bold Chardonnay made in the Old World style. It completed barrel and malolactic fermentations and then had extended aging in barrel, giving the wine a warm, buttery toastiness. With its long growing season, Santa Barbara County fruit is a bit more expressive than other growing regions, and consequently it can handle this barrel routine in style. Bottle Price: $35.00
Exquisite. This is Chenin Blanc taken to a whole other level. Sophisticated yet refreshing. The fruit was barrel fermented then aged for an extended time neutral oak. The result? A dry, elegant white with notes of fresh melon and pear ending with a creamy, rich finish. Extremely well balanced. Though sensational with shellfish and seafood, its wonderful acidity makes it well matched with roast pork or turkey.
Bottle Price: $30.00
Carignane is a high yielding, high acid grape usually used as a deep coloring component in blends. The variety is a difficult grape for winemakers to master and requires a lot of skill to produce a wine of finesse. With lower yields and better winemaking protocol, the wines are rich and distinctive. The 2010 Carignane is from the Santa Ynez Valley where the lower yield fruit was de-stemmed into open top fermenters. Frequent punch downs and a long post fermentation maceration ensured depth and complexity. The wine was then pressed off and racked to barrel. After a lengthy time in barrel, the wine is now totally integrated, with the deep berry, spice and leather character of an Old World treasure. Bottle Price: $35.00
People blend wines for many reasons and are able to fine tune their blends by drawing the best characteristics from each wine blended. For centuries winemakers have started their blends right in the vineyard, growing a combination of grapes that stick together through out the entire process. Our field blend was not grown together but the fruit was cofermented together. It consists of 40% Petite Sirah, 28% Grenache, 28% Carignane, 4% Mourvedre. We gave this extended aging in barrel to create a wine of harmony yet it is still robust. The finish is full and supple. Bottle Price: $39.00
2010 was a wonderful year for reds providing complex, rich wines of density and class. This Syrah has the signature deep berry character with smoky, earth tones and Oriental spice. The fruit, from the Los Alamos Vineyard, was ideally ripe and balanced at harvest. The grapes were cold soaked for 72 hours, 5% whole cluster fermentation, with 35 days of post-fermentation maceration. The wine was aged 38 months in barrel, 20% new (10% Center Forests of France and 10% tight grained Minnesota American) which added a toasty note while integrating all the elements. A longer aging period brought a regal demeanor to the wine and a luxurious suppleness providing a grace seldom scene in younger vintages. Enjoy now but it will continue to develop handsomely.
Bottle Price: $39.00
We consistently produce an uncharacteristically well concentrated, rich, ruby red Grenache that earns its own bottling every year. An 38 month stay in French oak barrels, 25% new, tones the fruit character creating a wine of strength and grace. It is very aromatic with a fragrant, spicy nose of ripe raspberries, plums, candied dark cherries, clove, rose hip, mint tea, and an earthy spice that carries through to the palate. A mosaic of tannins supports the fruit and creates a supple, full body and lingering finish. Pair this wine with grilled and roasted meats, mushrooms, and dark fowl such as duck – flavors that harmonize with the earthiness of the wine.
Bottle Price: $35.00
Cabernet Franc can perform well in a slightly cooler climate, but it enjoys excellent sun exposure and drainage for complete ripening and the best possible flavors. There are microclimates where this varietal thrives in this county. We were able to find those characteristics in a local vineyard close to us. The fruit was sourced from the Los Alamos Hills Vineyard. Though the Los Alamos region does not have an AVA, it should. The reds here are meaty with a distinctive deep berry, earthy quality, and this wine follows suit.
With its expressive fruit and firm acids, the wine was given all the time and care it needed to allow the elements to harmonize and reach its highest potential. To extract the most fruit character, the grapes are cold soaked for 72 hours, allowed a slow, extended fermentation, followed by 45 days of post-fermentation maceration. This built a wine of intensity yet balance, with fruit reminiscent of ripe blackberries, blueberries and spice supported by a toasty vanilla component from approximately 38 months barrel age, 20% new French oak.The wine is 95 % Cabernet Franc with a 5% addition of Petit Verdot. Serve this wine with lamb or pork chops, roasted Cornish game hens, or a filet mignon. Bottle Price: $39.00
Mourvèdre (also known as Mataró or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominación de origens of Spain. Though seldom seen as a single varietal, it definitely deserves its own bottling. We give this wine all the care needed to maximize its best attributes including “delestage”, a procedure by which red grape juice must is pumped over to promote aeration for a uniform fermentation. The process deconstructs the fruit to eventually construct a wine that optimizes the aromatics, flavor, and texture. When fermentation was complete, the Mourvèdre was put to barrel for 36 months, 20% new oak. Dark, opaque and dense, the rich black currant, plum fruit character is enhanced by a spicy, clove fragrance and an intriguing forest scent. Perhaps its finest feature is the incredible texture with silky tannins that unfold the fascinating flavors. Bottle Price: $39.00