CA & Italian Barrels

AUTUMN 2018                  CALIFORNIA & ITALIAN BARRELS

The following blends are being offered as Group Barrels; one tenth of the barrel is approximately 2 cases and you participate from crushing to bottling in the year long process!

Brunello is actually a Sangiovese grape. It grows in the most arid area of Tuscany, on the southern slopes, producing a varietal of Sangiovese that is considered to be the finest Sangio in all of Italy. This full-bodied red wine often tastes like a Cabernet/Merlot blend and matures well.
“Tempranillo/Petite Syrah” is a robust, full-bodied, dark red wine known for its peppery, dried stone fruit, and light pipe tobacco notes. Petite Syrah is actually darker and more robust than a Syrah, despite its misleading name. These two Titans blend together nicely to produce a big bold red!
“Bacchanalia”  this blend of Grenache, Syrah, & Mourvedre, (GSM) offers a dark, bold wine with great structure that gets even better with aging. Spicy black pepper contrasts the soft fruitiness on the front with ever softening tannins as it ages. 
“Old Vine Zinfandel” this full-bodied wine is jammy with raspberries & pomegranate against a light peppercorn & juniper background; the tannins cause it to linger on the palate with a dry finish.
“Barolo” is known for its bold, black fruitiness when young, velvety tannins & complex spice develop with age; we add a bit of Black Malvasia encouraging the fruitiness to linger longer.
“Chianti” ours is aged in Hungarian barrels using Sangiovese as its base; great with spaghetti & pizza, this 12% ABV table wine extends beyond just dinner.
“Trinity Black”  uses Cab Sav & Spanish Tempranillo to create a full-bodied structure, rich jammy flavors & aroma; the Tempranillo brings a tobacco note and a touch of (Bill’s fav) Black Malvasia offers a silky texture with a hint of chocolate; very smooth & easy drinking!
“Montepulciano” is an excellent medium-bodied table wine offering aromas & flavors of berries thick like jam, light plum & tobacco notes; ages well presenting vanilla & peppery notes as it becomes more complex.
“Syrah” stands alone boldly – no blend here! Big-bodied aromas, flavors of dried berries, black pepper, light smoke, mouth-drying tannins ~ all packed together for a lingering mouthful of YUM!!!
“Black Sav”  we blend the Cab Sav with the Black Malvasia grape, creating a robust, full-bodied red wine that can be enjoyed young; chocolate licorice develops with age
“Nero D’Avola” known as Calabrese, Sicily’s best known grape, this ruby red wine has great body and ages very well; some of the earliest Chianti was blended with this fabulous grape bringing a fruitiness to an otherwise very dry wine; thick skins produce ample tannins & viscosity to create a smooth, easy drinking wine
“Spanish Tempranillo” this thick skinned, ultra-dark violet wine has solid class 5 viscosity that clings to the palate delivering most notably black pepper notes accented by slight pipe tobacco and rich jammy flavors and aromas
“Meritage” is one of the most popular Bordeaux blends; there are eight different Bordeaux varietals that can be chosen from to produce one’s own “brand” of Meritage. Bill will be bringing in a proprietal blend to produce our own
“Bad Choice” all of these grapes present high sugar content and will produce a complex full-bodied 13% ABV; the Sangio brings a dryness commonly associated with a modern day Chianti, Tempranillo & Old Vine Zinfandel bring the peppery & jammy notes; blended together, I’m expecting a home run!
“Mission White” will use Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Grigio for this blend and will keep it barreled only six months. We will retain just enough residue sweetness for added flavor & aroma, yet still be dry & crisp on the palate 
“Orange Blossom”  white wines are not normally fermented on their skins but Bill is all about breaking the rules … using Pinot Grigio and White Malvasia grapes, he’s going for a light floral aroma with peach notes; the deception is a crisp wine that he expects to stand up to even your red meats CONTACT BILL ASAP ~ white grapes arrive before the red grapes so this wine will be the first one done for the season
“AMARONE” begins with a cold soak & temperature control throughout the fermentation process, includes a malolactic fermentation; spends 18 months maturing in the barrel to become an extremely complex wine

Pricing is determined using a new 53 gallon barrel. Price includes your grapes and juice, use of equipment, instruction, storage, materials, yeast & additives, 750 ml green bottles and premium corks (labels & shrink caps extra),  full payment is due with order