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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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Lightly kissed by oak.  That's why we call it "Almost Naked" Chardonnay.  Aromatic and refreshing.

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SKU: 2019 Almost Naked Chardonnay
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This French version of Pinot Grigio grape is even more aromatic than it's Italian cousin with a lingering finish.

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SKU: 2017 Pinot Gris
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This wine is Bright and Bold with an alluring Salmon color. The first sensation you have is of Vanilla and Ripe Red Pears. Your first sip will remind you of Apricots, hints of Baking Spices and Red Licorice, with a long and enjoyable finish.

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SKU: 2017 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir
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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: 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
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SKU: 2020 Bodacious

NEEDS TO BE UPDATED.  Light, dry and sophisticated with aromas of raspberry, cherry, roasted red plum and a hint of licorice.

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SKU: 2013 Grenache, Paso Robles
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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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Cedar, plum and dark cherry, and hints of sweet tobacco. Your sip ends with a fruitful finish that seems to go on forever.

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SKU: LR 2016 Merlot
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Aromas of flowers, hazelnuts and 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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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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