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 Magnums (1.5L): $100.00 (very limited)
Archive for February, 2011
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
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 Magnum (1.5L): $100.00 (very limited)
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
Exquisite. This impeccably balanced, crisp, dry white shows the classic lychee nut, pear and floral elements found in Alsatian versions, but this one is more restrained, elegant, seductive. Barrel fermentation in neutral oak adds another dimension increasing complexity beyond the norm and providing a rich, creamy texture without the toastiness associated with barrel aging. It only enhances the fruit and enriches the body. This is what most Gewurzs aspire to be. While it is ideal for sipping outdoors on the veranda on a hot, summer afternoon, this complex wine is also a natural with patés, shellfish, roast pork, and delightful with the holiday turkey or goose. ALMOST SOLD OUT! Bottle Price: $20.00
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
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. Almost sold out.
Bottle Price: $39.00
This Spanish red varietal is commanding attention. The fruit is from the Cuyama area of Santa Barbara County, a region gaining in reputation. Dark, opaque purple in the glass, our 2008 is a wine of depth showing a rich blackberry/spice character and a long velvety finish. Though intense, well structured and will age for years to come, the complexity is such that it is deceptively food friendly and enjoyable now. Serve with more flavorful dishes such as roast beef, herb crusted lamb, or cassoulet. SOLD OUT!
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: $40.00 LIBRARY WINE SELECTION
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: $45.00 LIBRARY WINE SELECTION