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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.

2006 Syrah
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2012 Merlot

Pleasing plum and cherry notes with a dash of cedar on the side. Classic Bordeaux structure with nice acidity and velvety tannins.

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SKU: 2012 Merlot Napa
2014 Pinot Grigio

An artisinal and very aromatic Pinot Grigio from the famed Blue's Creek Vineyard in Temecula Valley.  A clone-52 Alsacian variety that produces very limited harvests.

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SKU: 2014 PG Blue's Creek
2014 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

This dry rosé is a beautiful salmon pink color, has perfectly balanced acids, wonderful lychee and pear aromas, and strawberries on the palate. Yum, start the barbeque!

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2012 Sauvignon Blanc

A lovely "new world" style Sauvignon Blanc.


 

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NV Grenache

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
NV Pinot Noir

Sensual, yet subtle, with a long finish. Aromas of cola, dark cherry, dried raspberry and a hint of vanilla.


 

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SKU: NV Pinot Noir, Temecula
2013 Tempranillo

 



 

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2011 Zinfandel

Light and elegant with aromas of blackberry jam, fig, raisin and a hint of black pepper. These aromas are mirrored on the palate, with a nice medium-long rum raisin finish.

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SKU: 2011 Zinfandel
NV Black Mountain

Medium bodied and fruit forward, this wine is as smooth as they come! Aromas of tobacco and cassis, with a slight hint of raspberry. Nice acidity on the palate and tannins that will get your attention.

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SKU: NV Black Mountain
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