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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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2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Bright, complex and wonderfully aromatic with lots of pineapple, a touch of grapefruit & a hint of lemongrass.

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NV Black Mountain

Medium bodied and fruit forward with aromas of tobacco and cassis, with a hint of raspberry. Nice acidity and tannins that will get your attention.

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SKU: NV Black Mountain
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 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: 2014 Pinot Noir, Temecula
NV Grenache

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

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2014 Sangiovese

Full of yummy surprises! Black cherry, mulberry and hints of coffee on the nose, with mixed berries and roasted savory herbs on the palate.

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SKU: 2014 Sangiovese, Temecula
2012 Meritage

This Middle Ridge Signataure Meritage is a wonderfully complex wine. It has luscious dark cherry aromas with a light floral note, and a beautiful finish with lingering tannins.

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2012 Coyote Run

Coyote Run is a surprisingly different Meritage blend – with Malbec and Petit Verdot complementing a base of Merlot. The Merlot and Malbec make it an “easy drinker” and the Petit Verdot gives the wine a nice, round mouthfeel.

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SKU: 2012 Coyote Run
2015 Zinfandel

Light & elegant with aromas of blackberry jam, fig, raisin & a hint of black pepper. Nice medium rum raisin finish.

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2016 Muscat Canelli
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