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A Word from the Winemaker

(aka The Mad Scientist of Idyllwild)


“Preserving the aromas and flavors of the grapes is what it’s all about.  I always start with really good fruit.  Next is the cooperage – the barrels I use.  I’m very picky about barrels.  I use only French oak and specify the forest from which it comes along with the thickness of the staves, the toast level on the inside of the barrel, and whether or not the heads of the barrels are toasted.  My passion is to make 'fruit forward' wines.  I want my merlot to smell like a merlot.  My zinfandel smells like a zinfandel.  I like hints of oak, but I don’t want them to be so heavy that they mask the smell of the fruit.”

When Chris isn’t making wine or running experiments in the lab, you’ll find him meeting with wine bloggers or sending off samples to wine reviewers and wine competitions. It’s time well spent since his wine has been featured in Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Panel magazines and won numerous awards at international competitions, including Sweepstakes for the best red wine at the Long Beach Grand Cru, a Double-Gold Award at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and a Platinum Award at the Sommelier Challenge.

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Addictive!  Crisp and mouthwatering with punchy aromas of Myer lemon, apples and honey.

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SKU: 2016 Pinot Grigio
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Bright, complex and wonderfully aromatic with lots of pineapple, a touch of grapefruit & a hint of lemongrass.

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SKU: 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
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Polished, almost shiny, with beautiful salmon color and aromas of strawberry, ginger bread and a hint of thyme.

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SKU: 2016 Vin Gris
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No oak for this one.  That's why we call it "Naked" Chardonnay.  Aromatic, Refreshing.

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SKU: 2017 Naked Chardonnay
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Aromas of chilled pear and apricot followed by those same flavors, a dash of spice and a touch of sweetness.

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SKU: 2016 Riesling
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Crushed violet and orange peel aromas with flavors of bright cherries, promegranates, bold spices and flinty minerality. A nice, firm acidity.

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SKU: 2016 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
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Aromas of espresso, violets and dark chocolate with flavors of black currant, violets and dark chocolate.  A flavorful and long finish.

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SKU: 2014 Malbec, Lodi
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Aromas of red currants, Asian plum, dried flowers and a hint of tobacco. Smooth tannins with medium long finish.   

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SKU: 2015 Tempranillo
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Aromas of flowers, hazelnuts and smoke with smoky red fruit flavors.  Add ample acidity and long finish, and this is a wine worth talking about!

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SKU: 2015 Cinsaut, Temecula Valley
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Light, dry and sophisticated with aromas of raspberry, cherry, roasted red plum and a hint of licorice.

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SKU: NV Grenache, Temecula
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