Past Vintages

Red Varietals

 

2009 Malbec, Clear Lake

Unveiling purple hues as deep as the Pope’s robe, this elegant wine echoes its lofty mountain origins with aromas of black cherry, crème de cassis, and honeysuckle as well as whiffs of dried cranberry, cigar box, campfire smoke, and herbs de Provence. The latter resonates on the palate with forward flavors of unctuous blackberry jam and a lingering finish of rich dark fruit and creamy toasted oak. With mature tannins, a hint of bright acidity, and a very plush mouthfeel, it will reward after 5–7 years of patient cellaring. 

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2012 Malbec, Clear Lake

The intense purple hue of this 2012 Malbec reflects what it delivers – an aromatic bouquet of lush dark fruits, currants, and spices. This wine boasts huge berry and plum flavors intermixed with black cherry cola, dried thyme, and freshly brewed espresso.

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2010 Malbec, Clear Lake

Rich, dark and full-bodied, this malbec is the vinous manifestation of indulging comfort food. On the nose, it throws fragrances of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, cigar smoke, menthol, lavender and pumpkin pie spice. The palate is smooth and creamy, with a thick layer of black cherry, vanilla, toasted oak, and dried thyme, and an understory of dusty tannins and proper acidity that provides foundation for the other components.

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2011 Malbec, Clear Lake

Smoothly textured and medium bodied, this elegant wine begins with rich aromatic expressions of blackberry and crème de cassis above layers of dark-roast coffee beans, vanilla and bay leaf. It has forward black cherry flavors, a middle of spicy mocha and black olive, and finish of dark fruit and toasted oak that harmonizes with rounded tannins and upbeat acidity to construct a delicate balance.

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2010 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles

This elegant wine captures the splendor and trappings of getting dressed up and attending a black tie affair. The organic fruit and French oak work in concert to produce sweet, spicy fragrances of blackberry, crème de casis, violets and licorice with a hint of smoke. It has firm, chewy tannins, lively acidity and medium-to-full body in conjunction with a silky texture and rich mouthfeel. The palate reveals layers of black cherry and blackberry jam with elements of toasted oak, mocha, grilled game, fennel and earth.

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Rows, Clear Lake

The nose of this cabernet captures the distinct scent of cool rain dancing on warm sidewalks after a long dry spell, and intertwines with aromas of black cherry, blackberry brandy, mocha and Indian spice. The gentlemanly palate is smoothly textured and unctuous to the touch with a framework of rounded tannins and balanced acidity while the flavor profile shows black cherry, vanilla, toasted oak and minerals.

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2011 Mourvedre, Contra Costa County

With a nose of black currant, boysenberry, tobacco and clove, this medium-to-full bodied wine boasts a seamless integration of all components that is directly attributed to the 100-year-old vines. The palate has forward flavors of black cherry and dark plum, a middle of ripe dark fruit and outdoor grilling, and a finish of vanilla, mocha, sage and toasted oak. All are delivered with velvety texture, rich mouthfeel, supple tannins, and sound acidity. Age three to five years.

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2011 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles

This well-structured, full-bodied wine offers components of solid dark berry, graphite and black cherry with hints of black licorice and spice. Firming on the end, the tannins build a solid foundation that is cushioned by a soft finish of toasted oak, black plums and mocha.

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2012 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Potent aromas of blackberry and black cherry drench the senses with touches of tobacco leaf, smoke, black pepper, anise and dried flowers. Framed by dusty tannins and fresh acidity, this full-bodied wine leaves velvety impressions on the palate with flavors of black cherry, vanilla, dark cocoa and herbs, and an evermore finish of bright and dark fruit and toasted oak.

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2011 Grenache, Paso Robles

High-toned aromas of cranberry and red cherry establish a classic grenache nose embellished by faint strokes of cardamom, dried flowers and pipe tobacco. This medium-to-light bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel and slightly granular texture on the palate in conjunction with fresh acidity and a thin layer of dusty tannins. The flavors reveal cranberry, black cherry, pomegranate, leather and toasted oak at the core with more red fruit, vanilla and baking spice on the finish. Age two to four years.

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

With its dusty tannins and lively acidity, this full-bodied cabernet sauvignon has mouth-coating sensations of black cherry, black currants, grilled game, toasted oak and vanilla. The nose mirrors the fruit qualities on the palate, but with added nuances of cigar box, coriander, dried brush and buttery toffee.

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2012 Merlot, Paso Robles

This wine conjures impressions of the first opportunity to work in the garden after a long winter — clean, crisp air and the telltale smell of soil that hasn’t been tilled in months. It has red plum and cherry on the nose with undertones of campfire smoke, sagebrush and moist earth. The palate shows black cherry up front; smoked game, cocoa and vanilla at the core; and a sustained finish of black cherry, toasted oak and fresh mushroom. Dusty, integrated tannins and bright acidity compose the structure while the tactile perceptions reveal a slightly grainy texture and broad mouthfeel.

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2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Lester Vineyard

This classic pinot noir allures the senses with enchanting beauty like the sirens in Greek mythology. A delicate nose offers ephemeral whiffs of cherry, rose petals, cola, nutmeg and vanilla before impressions of black cherry, baking spice, root beer, dried brush, and smoky game dance on the tongue. Not to be outdone, the tactile sensations flaunt silky texture, melodious tannins, and fresh acidity on the finish. Age three to five years.

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2013 Syrah

The 2013 Syrah opens on a deep nose of dark fruit. Aromas of juicy blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry mix with subtle notes of violet, peppercorns, and mocha.

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2012 Mourvedre, Contra Costa County

The nose and palate of this wine reverberate the old-vine wisdom garnered among the sandy soils of east Contra Costa County. Attractive aromas of spicy red cherry are enhanced by nuances of dark-roast coffee beans, pencil shavings, grilled game and caramel before segueing to flavors of black plum, crème de cassis and spice that are wrapped in a cedary cloak. Dusty tannins and bright acidity add structure while the smooth texture, rich mouthfeel and juicy finish accentuate the pleasurable experience.

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2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

This elegant pinot noir evokes the pomp and circumstance of a medieval royal wedding. Aromas of ripe black cherry and raspberry are enhanced by a bouquet of pipe tobacco, anise and subtle orange zest. Framed by dusty tannins and refreshing acidity, it demonstrates a luxurious mouth-coating viscosity and velvety texture on the palate with flavors of cherry-vanilla, grilled game, toasted oak and baking spice.

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2012 Syrah, Paso Robles

This medium-bodied syrah is that favorite cousin who visits now and then; you have a lot in common, but you always wonder why you don’t keep in touch. Deep red and black cherry aromas are braided with elements of mocha, pipe tobacco and honeysuckle before the forward palate unleashes a salvo of ripe blueberry and an understory of cherry-cola, thyme and toasted oak. It has a silky texture and rich mouthfeel with a structure of fresh acidity and rounded tannins.

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2010 Zinfandel, Paso Robles

This wine exemplifies the qualities of a classic zinfandel. Unforgettable aromas of dried cranberry, lavender, vanilla and subtle rose petal are followed by a burst of blackberry, cassis and peppercorn spice with a long silky finish on the palate.

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2011 Petit Verdot Reserve Rows, Paso Robles

This deeply colored wine invokes a stroll through fields of sweet-smelling English lavender during bloom. The nose is further defined by blackberry and plum aromas with whiffs of umami, cigar smoke and rosemary. Not to be outdone, the palate is stuffed with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, mocha and baking spice along with a velvety texture and plush mouthfeel.

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2012 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles

This wine takes us back to slower times when people held family reunions on the banks of pastoral Midwestern creeks. Aromas of blackberry and black cherry, in conjunction with elements of sweet pipe tobacco, dried brush and clove, provide breadth and depth while the mid-palate reveals more black cherry as well as dark cocoa, toasted oak and black tea. It is smoothly textured on the tongue and structured with dusty tannins and fresh acidity.

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2013 Carignan, Contra Costa County

This full- bodied wine offers components of bramble berry and savory herbs.  These aromas develop into flavors of  blackberry, dried cherry and traces of clove and rosemary.  The palate reveals a robust, spicy wine with a surprisingly fresh and lively finish.  High acidity  in the Carignan enables it to pair well with red meats. Meatballs with tomato sauce or an eggplant parmesan would be quite  complimentary as well.

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2010 Primitivo, Paso Robles

Aromas of black cherry and raspberry jam are complemented by an exotic bouquet of cigar smoke, dried brush and tealeaf. The wine is quite velvety on the palate with soft tannins and bright acidity while the flavors are characterized by forward black cherry, a core of red cherry and latté, and a finish of brambleberry, black pepper and toasted oak.

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2013 Mourvedre, Contra Costa County

Aromas of cherry liqueur, dried plum and leather leap from the glass. The flavors reflect the nose with additional notes of cedar, black licorice and caramelized sugar. This medium bodied wine displays a bright acidity with hints of black pepper and sage on the finish. Try this unique red with mushroom risotto or a grilled New York strip steak; add a dollop of bleu cheese butter before serving if you are in a decadent mood.

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2011 Syrah, Paso Robles

Reminiscent of fresh-baked spice cake right out of the oven, this expressive wine has a nose of blackberry, blueberry and sweet pipe smoke that prefaces a savory palate of dark fruit, cocoa, grilled game, and clove with an underpinning of dusty tannins and fresh acidity. Shy in its youth due to a cool vintage, it will develop more elegance and complexity over time. Age five to seven years.

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2012 Tempranillo, Paso Robles

The integration of an intense nose with an explosive palate captures the tranquil period of a warm summer evening when the glaring sunlight fades behind dark purple shadows and the ambient sounds of wildlife diminish to near silence. Fragrances of black cherry, leather, earth, sage and cedar are followed by vivid flavors of fresh blackberry pie, vanilla-cream, smokehouse meats and toasted oak in conjunction with a creamy mouthfeel, dusty tannins and fresh acidity.

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2013 Petite Sirah

This robust wine immediately introduces itself with intense aromas of blackberry, black currant and plum.  Hints of unsweetened cocoa, leather and roasted coffee bean also appear in this powerhouse.  A thick, silky mouthfeel results from a solid structure of firm tannins and fresh acidity.

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2010 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles

Strapping aromas of blackberry and black cherry jam stand tall above a bouquet of mocha, tobacco, cedar, black tea, dried brush and baking spice. Dusty tannins and fresh acidity support the palate of this medium-to-full bodied wine in conjunction with a silky texture and plush mouthfeel. The flavors are reminiscent of ripe plum and cherry cough syrup, a core of toasted oak and bacon, and a finish of persistent dark fruit, vanilla and wild mushroom. Age two to three years.

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2011 Tempranillo, Lodi

This medium-bodied wine has Old World style that conjures fond memories like the spice tin in grandma’s pantry. Powerful aromas of cherry cough drop, cranberry, tobacco leaf, and fresh moist earth are followed by generous tastes of black cherry, cranberry, mocha, licorice and toasted oak that simultaneously satisfy and arouse curiosity. A backbone of firm tannins and spirited acidity works in concert with a smooth texture to provide repeated enjoyment over the next three to five years.

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2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

This cool-climate pinot noir begins with black cherry and raspberry aromas, lovely whiffs of jasmine, and touches of smoked ham, sagebrush and orange zest. The smoothly textured palate has flavors of black cherry, raspberry, umami, vanilla, spice and toasted oak with well-integrated tannins and bright acidity that provide considerable structure.

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2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Aromas of cherry and pomegranate mesh with hints of rose petals, mushroom and clove in conjunction with flavors of ripe black cherry, baking spice, vanilla, toasted oak and herbs. The rounded tannins and lively acidity provide ample structure while the ultra-smooth texture and rich mouthfeel help create a seamless expression. Age 3-5 years.

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2011 Mercury Rising, California

A high percentage of cabernet sauvignon, a cool growing season, and the sourcing of fruit from Sonoma County conspire to create the perfect storm of winemaking and instill a sense of complete satisfaction. It opens with generous blackberry aromas and an underlying layer of blueberry that cushions the nose in conjunction with wisps of dried cranberry, vanilla, star jasmine, rosemary and campfire smoke. The palate reveals dense black cherry, elevated raspberry, grilled game, and chicory while dusty tannins, fresh acidity, and a rich mouthfeel complement the balanced expression.

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Establishing great harmony from beginning to end, this full-bodied wine offers compelling aromas of blueberry, black cherry and plum with an underlying layer of cocoa, sage and campfire smoke. The mouthcoating flavors begin with blackberry, black cherry and black currants before transitioning to smoked ham and licorice on the mid-palate, and a long finish of red fruit and sweet toasted oak. All are supported by supple tannins and lively acidity. Age five to eight years.

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Showcasing a brooding nose of dark fruit, mocha, black olive and leather, this wine displays flavorful layers of raspberry, black currant, vanilla-crème and pepper. Smooth, structured tannins lead to a dusty finish of sweet toasted oak.

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Indian Valley Vineyards

Aromas of currant, blueberry, violets and pipe tobacco lead into cascading flavors of plum, black cherry, chocolate and loam. With round structured tannins, this cabernet hangs on the palate with a smooth, lingering finish.

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2009 Mercury Rising, California

Our proprietary red blend displays aromas of raspberry, chocolate covered blueberries, thyme and baking spice. Flavors of currants, smoked ham, leather and baked bread merge seamlessly into a finish of bright acidity, soft tannins and sweet toasted oak. — age three to five years.

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2009 Petit Verdot, Lodi

A hedonistic nose rife with rich dark fruits and dusted with dark chocolate displays hints of violets and mild white pepper. The medium-bodied palate is generous with vanilla, ripe blackberry and spice, smoothly transitioning into a finish of soft toasted oak, pie cherry and well-rounded tannins.

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2009 Sorcerer's Stone, California

Fresh ripe blackberries and blackberry jam with spicy black pepper corns predominates the nose of this zinfandel based blend. The palate threatens to overwhelm those characteristics, echoing the spice while bringing rich dark chocolate, dried cherry and more blackberry and pepper to the party. The fruit melts away on the finish, leaving behind earthy vanilla bean, smoky oak, and hints of dried fig and fresh baked bread.

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2010 Syrah, Paso Robles

Sourced from two distinct vineyards in Paso Robles, this syrah blends the best of both worlds: power and elegance. Aromas of dark fruit, cocoa, herbs and smoke give way to flavors of ripe plum, sweet herbs and vanilla. With a balanced finish of toasted oak and firm tannins, this wine promises to age gracefully for three to five years.

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Cruvee Lot III, California

This bruiser casts aromas of black cherry and blueberry above a bouquet of cedar, cigar smoke, leather and Umami. It is smooth, silky, rich and vibrant on the palate with ripe cherry and dried cranberry up front followed by currants, boysenberry and more cherry in the middle. All are supported by welldeveloped, mouth-coating tannins while finishing long and clean with brambleberry, toasted oak, vanilla and sage. Age for 3–5 years.

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2009 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles

This deeply hued wine offers aromas of bramble fruits, smoke, minerals and molasses. The palate displays lush layers of boysenberry, white pepper and vanilla crème, finishing with mouthwatering acidity and a silky kiss of toasted oak. — Age for two to three years.

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2008 Mourvedre, Paso Robles

An alluring nose of raspberry, chocolate covered cherries, and fresh herbs beckons the senses. On the palate, this wine displays lovely notes of raspberry, red fruits, leather and eucalyptus. The soft mouthfeel finishes with a kiss of vanilla and supple, lingering tannins.

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2010 Cabernet Franc, Lodi

A complex nose of blackberry, pomegranate, cigar box, vanilla, loam, jasmine, tarragon and fresh baked bread introduces flavors of dark fruit and semisweet chocolate. The tannins are firm upon entry while the finish of dark fruit, dried flowers and toasted oak is enhanced by bright acidity, smooth texture, and a full mouthfeel.

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2010 Tempranillo, Lodi

An aromatic mosaic of dark fruit, pipe tobacco, dark-roast coffee, black pepper, star anise and jasmine tea introduces a palate asserting rich blackberry flavors, rounded tannins and balanced acidity. Medium bodied with ultra-smooth texture and a soft mouthfeel, the wine finishes long and clean with blueberry, vanilla and toasted oak.

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2008 Mercury Rising, California

This medium-to-full bodied blend demonstrates complexity on the nose and palate. Aromas of candied red and black cherry are underscored by a bouquet of warm toasted oak, rich loam, and dried brush. The flavors show mocha and black fruit up front, baked ham and open-flame grilling in the middle, and a persistent finish of ripe fruit, sweet oak, and freshly-ground baking spices. It has a lush, pleasing mouthfeel with smooth texture, lively acidity, and dusty fine grained tannins.

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2009 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles

This medium bodied wine strikes a balance between a “yin” of rich suppleness and a “yang” of lively acidity. It opens with aromas of fresh cherry pie, licorice and hickory smoked bacon followed by flavors of cranberry jam, black currants, and finishing touches of black peppercorn, cola, sandalwood and sweet toasted oak. Soft tannins, silky texture and a plush mouthfeel round out the experience. Age for three years.

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2010 Mercury Rising, California

A nose of black currants, blackberry, vanilla, toasted oak and sandalwood seamlessly shifts to a palate brimming with ripe black cherry, bacon, cola and baking spice. Graced with a silky texture, rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and balanced acidity, this medium-to-full bodied wine leaves lingering impressions of ripe berry pie, black pepper, mocha and licorice. Age three to five years.

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2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

The feminine nature of this medium-to-light bodied wine is characterized by heady fragrances of red cherry, strawberry, dried flowers, baking spice, cola and vanilla with forward flavors of ripe cherry and a core of bacon, mushroom and umami. These qualities are structured with bright acidity and supple tannins in the presence of a full mouthfeel, silky texture, and a lingering finish of spicy orange zest, vanilla, sweet toasted oak and minerals. Age three to five years.

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2009 Mercury Rising Magnum, California

Our proprietary red blend displays aromas of raspberry, chocolate covered blueberries, thyme and baking spice. Flavors of currants, smoked ham, leather and baked bread merge seamlessly into a finish of bright acidity, soft tannins and sweet toasted oak. — age for three to five years.

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2011 Grenache, Paso Robles A

High-toned aromas of cranberry and red cherry establish a classic grenache nose embellished by faint strokes of cardamom, dried flowers and pipe tobacco. This medium-to-light bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel and slightly granular texture on the palate in conjunction with fresh acidity and a thin layer of dusty tannins. The flavors reveal cranberry, black cherry, pomegranate, leather and toasted oak at the core with more red fruit, vanilla and baking spice on the finish. Age two to four years.

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Proprietary Blends

 

2011 Mercury Rising 1.5 L Magnum, California

Our proprietary red blend displays aromas of raspberry, chocolate covered blueberries, thyme and baking spice. Flavors of currants, smoked ham, leather and baked bread merge seamlessly into a finish of bright acidity, soft tannins and sweet toasted oak. — age for three to five years.

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2012 Mercury Rising, California

While many wines are touted as being suitable “for” family gatherings, this medium-bodied wine (with great diversity among its appellations and grape varieties) is “like” a large family gathering. It has cherry and red plum aromas with suggestions of tobacco leaf, vanilla and zesty Earl Grey tea. Framed by firm tannins, balance acidity and a rich mouthfeel, the palate is layered with black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate, mushroom, spice and toasted oak.

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2011 Sorcerer's Stone, California

With vestiges of fresh pine and fireplace smoke filling the air, the ambiance of a rustic mountain cabin is captured in every bottle of this zinfandel blend. A bright nose of raspberry, cherry, menthol, dried fruit, and bay leaf makes a strong opening statement while morsels of blackberry pie, brambleberry, herbs, vanilla and jasmine tea strike powerful notes on the plush palate in conjunction with bright acidity. Age three to five years.

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2013 Mercury Rising

This gentle giant opens with delicate aromas of blackberry, crème de cassis, baking spice, cedar and honeysuckle. It has lively acidity and firm, dusty tannins on the palate with pronounced flavors of ripe black cherry, plum, herbs, vanilla and toasted oak. Age three to five years. Food pairings: traditional roast beef, Peking duck or root vegetable risotto.

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2012 Cruvee, Monterey

This elegant wine captures the feel of stepping off a plane in a new land and surprising the senses with a first breath of fresh air. Earthy fragrances of blackberry brandy, dark-roast coffee beans and fresh-ground coriander dazzle the senses, and are followed by flavors of dark plum, cranberry, toasted oak, baking spice and mushroom that create a dreamlike experience. Firm, mature tannins and balanced acidity provide ample structure while the silky texture and rich mouthfeel add rewarding tactility.

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2013 GSM

The Grenache and Syrah contribute to a nose and palate dominated by aromas of wild strawberry, ripe cherry and baking spice.  The Mourvèdre provides “meaty” and savory aromas.  Underlying notes of dark cocoa, white pepper and licorice are also hinted at in the classic Rhone inspired blend. The fresh acidity and smooth texture yield a clean finish both rich and fruity.

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2014 Incantation

Incantation 2014 is an off-dry Rhône-style white wine blend that may be served slightly chilled or even over ice. This light-bodied wine is intended for popular enjoyment during informal seasonal gatherings or casual sipping with everyday meals. 

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2012 Tripartite, California

This wine offers upfront flavors of brambleberry jam with peppercorn spice, a touch of black olive in the middle, and a finish of lightly toasted oak, dried Italian herbs and hints of black licorice. It possesses a firm grip of medium tannins and fresh acidity that compliments the plush mouthfeel. 

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2012 Zhu Sha, Lodi

This exotic Old World-New World blend of French and Italian varieties grown in California inspires contrasting aromas, flavors and tactile perceptions. Petite sirah adds a deep layer of blackberry jam on the nose followed by whiffs of earth from the teroldego, vanilla, smoke, eucalyptus and thyme. The palate offers a full body and smooth texture from the petite verdot in concert with flavors of black cherry-cola from the barbera, umami, toasted oak and sage that are framed by dusty tannins and bright acidity.

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2012 Incantation Blanc, Monterey

A complex nose of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, sage brush, grass and wet stones is positioned at center stage before a top-billed palate of spicy orange, lemon, minerals and dried gardenia steals the show. The finish is long and clean with bright acidity, honeydew and more orange components.

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2010 Mercury Rising Blanc, Paso Robles

This crisp white nearly overwhelms with a powerful nose of honeydew melon, peach, green apple and lime blossoms. The refreshingly tart palate has a strong element of lime and orange zest with notes of gooseberry and kiwi and the barest trace of raw almond on the lengthy finish.

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2013 Incantation Blanc - Monterey

Incantation Blanc is an off-dry Rhône-style white wine blend that may be served slightly chilled or even over ice. This light-bodied wine is intended for popular enjoyment during informal seasonal gatherings or casual sipping with everyday meals. Winemaker George Troquato employed a simple fermentation to achieve a fun, accessible wine that is free of the toasted oak components, heavy viscosity, and higher alcohols associated with most barrel-aged white wines.

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White Varietals

 

2012 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

This wine inherits its personality from two venerable vineyards — kindred spirits if you will — with 100-year histories of producing grapes, apples and persimmons. Intriguing fragrances of kiwi, pineapple, honey, juniper berry, and the faintest touch of smoke are the preamble to flavors of spicy apple, vanilla crème, and toasted oak. The wine has bright acidity, velvety texture, and a plush mouthfeel, but the extreme length of the tropical fruit finish challenges the existing paradigm.

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2013 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

Grapes from two venerable mountain vineyards produced a medium bodied wine with aromas of pineapple, tangerine, roasted hazelnuts, wet stones and herbs. The inviting flavors of citrus, pear, vanilla cream, butter and toasted oak are cushioned by a velvety texture and unctuous mouthfeel above a framework of balanced acidity. Food pairings: baked halibut topped with sliced tomatoes and herbes de Provence (that complement the herbs on the nose of the wine), three-cheese baked ziti with basil-pistachio pesto, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Age 3 - 5 years.

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2012 Chardonnay, Monterey

Windswept vineyards conspire with stainless tanks to create an unadulterated expression of chardonnay. The lively aromas and fresh, steely flavors will perk up your taste buds and demand your attention. Enjoy fresh-cut lemon wedges, gardenia and straw on the nose with flavors of kiwi, flint and Granny Smith apple.

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2013 Chardonnay, Monterey

A complex nose of pineapple, pear, orange blossom and wet stone is closely followed by complementary layers of juicy kiwi and Honeycrisp apples on the palate. Nuances of tangerine citrus and bright minerality provide racy acidity and establishes a solid backbone for the wine to finish fresh and delicious.

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2011 Chardonnay, Monterey

This elegant chardonnay expresses the tropical components inherent to an upbringing in lower Monterey County where the days are warm and the evenings cool. The nose consists of apple blossom, citrus and tropical fruit followed by flavors of banana, pineapple, vanilla and minerals. Smooth and velvety to the touch, it finishes long and clean with lemon zest, green apple and a hint of toasted oak. Age for two years.

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2011 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

Great balance, depth, elegance and finesse. Shows subdued spice and toasted oak, but also plenty of rich, vibrant, concentrated pear, fig and exotic melon flavors with a touch of wet-stone minerality on the nose. A bracing backbone of lemon-lime completes the finish. Refined and built to last, but ready to drink tonight. Age three to five years.

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Dessert Wines

 

2009 Late Harvest Semillon, Clear Lake

This outstanding example of botrytized semillon has complexity to spare. The nose is filled with aromas of apple juice, honeysuckle and orange zest with hints of almond. Rich and unctuous, the palate offers apple and pear cider, marzipan and orange zest while the finish is light, clean and crisp with hints of cream and dried apricots.

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2010 Late Harvest Petit Verdot, Paso Robles

Made in an ice-wine style, this elegant late harvest petit verdot opens with aromas of strawberry-guava, tangerine, cherry cough drop, and minerals. Its light body and balanced acidity make the residual sugar an afterthought rather than a dominating factor while the silky texture and delicate mouthfeel generate cloudlike sensations. Red plum, strawberry jam and mango flavors compose the forward palate with tree-ripened fig in the middle, and a delicate finish of pear, apricot and dark brown sugar.

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2006 Cinabrio, Paso Robles

This deeply hued, full-bodied wine opens with aromas of fresh plum, brown sugar and toasted hazelnuts. On the palate, ripe plum and raspberry crème give way to a soft , creamy finish of baking spice and vanilla. Age 10 to 15 years.

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Past Vintages Left

90 points - Editors Choice
Wine Enthusiast, June 2011
for 2008 Mercury Rising