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white wines

Albarino Bottle Shot

Lake County Albariño

This Spanish grape results in a wine with enticing aromatics, vivacious crispness and intriguing complexity, plus it’s one of the rare vineyards in America where Albariño is grown. A basket of aromas and flavors leap from the glass, including grapefruit, orange blossom, green apple and marzipan, and a racing acidity brightens the finish. If you’re looking for a distinctive and unique wine, this is it. Jim Fore’s spectacular Cobb Mountain in Red Hills Lake County has a magical effect on grapes. A pleasure bomb that begs for oysters and multiple sips.

Grenache Blanc

Lake County Grenache Blanc

Grenache Blanc (or Garnacha Blanca) originated in Spain and is now found primarily in the Rhône Valley of France as well as northeast Spain. It is a component of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape white blends. The wine typically displays an array of mineral and fruit aromas with plump juicy flavors and crisp acidity. In some ways for me it seems to capture some of the best attributes of both Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, two of my favorite varieties when done correctly. It offers a nice change of pace!

Chardonnay Bottle Shot

Napa Valley Chardonnay

All the variables that influence grape quality—clone, soil, temperature, weather, and cultural practices have coalesced at Stewart Vineyard to make it a unique and special property. When I was offered the first tiny crop to Chardonnay in 2009, I could not say no. Chardonnay is an elusive and captivating variety when it realizes its potential. The best offer a toast apple, mineral, hazelnut, and slight hint of orange peel in a rich yet lively structure. This is not your typical Chardonnay, more akin to its French counterparts in Burgundy.

red wines

Brandlin Bottle Shot

Brandlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Although I have produced a Zinfandel from Brandlin Vineyard since 1991, 2016 vintage was my first Cabernet Sauvignon from Brandlin. Typically dark and concentrated, the Cabernet from Brandlin offers classic notes of bay, rose petal, wild blueberry and allspice, the signature of this site. Our winemaking style reigns in the brawn of brooding mountain fruit in our quest for a wine with true elegance and layers of complexity.

Merlot Bottle Shot

Napa Valley Merlot

Guess what? Merlot is on the rebound! Suddenly it’s becoming hip again to like a wine that has been out of fashion in recent years. When it realizes its potential, Merlot offers one of the most pleasurable of all red wine experiences, and so many seem to forget that some of the most highly regarded and sought after wines in the world come from Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, the land of Merlot.

Red Wine Blend Bottle Shot

Napa Valley Red Wine - Cabernet Blend

I am attracted to wines that are elusive, the ones that keep drawing you back to discover something new. You could say that is my inspiration for our Napa Valley Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Powerful Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively easy wine to make in Napa Valley, but in our quest for nuance and complexity, we present our Napa Valley Red. This is the wine where the winemaker’s intuition and decades of blending experience come into full play.

Brandlin Bottle Shot

Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

The Brandlin Vineyard on Mount Veeder is a magnificent, magical setting where you can truly feel the energy and soul that ultimately finds its way into the wine. This perpetual award winner carries aromas and flavors with the unique character of the vineyard, which has vines that were planted in the 1920s. You’ll find everything from flavors of gentle dark fruits to bright berries to crushed stone, lavender, white pepper, clove, ginger, anise, bay and a touch of earthiness. And for all those flavors racing through the wine, it’s still balanced, beautiful and refreshing. 

Mourvedre Bottle Shot

Lake County Red Hills Mourvèdre

When Mourvèdre hits the target, it is absolutely captivating. With aromas and flavors unlike any other variety, it charms and seduces you. The grape grows extensively in France and Spain, but much less so in the US. Mourvèdre is definitely at home, at 3000 feet at Fore Family Vineyard on Cobb Mountain. Its floral, elusive, and perfumed aromas of pink peppercorn, wild raspberry, anise, and cardamom are distinctive and intense. Similar flavors explode on the palate, held in check by a lively structure that brings you to a finish that goes on and on. This unique wine always generates excitement!