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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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2014 Sangiovese Image

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
NV Black Mountain Image

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
2010 Meritage Image

Typical of our Meritage blends, this wine is Merlot-centric.  Lots of aromas, good Bordeaux-style acid structure with tanins that work well with any food.  GOLD MEDAL winner at the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru & 2014 Sommelier Challenge.

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SKU: 2010 Meritage
2012 Meritage Image

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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SKU: 2012 Meritage
2012 Coyote Run Image

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
2009 Reserve Merlot Image

This isn't just a good Merlot - it's a great one!  It's elegant and smooth, and richly aromatic.

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SKU: 2009 Res Merlot, PR
2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Image

Big and dark and incredibly aromatic, you'd think the person who coined the phrase "The King of Reds" had a glass of this Cabernet in hand!

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SKU: 2009 Res Cab Sauv, PR
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Image

Our Inaugural "Idyllwild Deer Sightings" label project.  This label is "Bella" painted by Jerry Baccaire.   This medium bodied, refreshing Cabernet Sauvignon is very typical of wine you would expect from the Santa Ynez Valley.

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SKU: 2011 CS Bella
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Image

Our Inaugural "Idyllwild Deer Sightings" label project.  This label is "Dottie" painted by Kathy Harmon-Luber.   This medium bodied, refreshing Cabernet Sauvignon is very typical of wine you would expect from the Santa Ynez Valley. 

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SKU: 2011 CS Dottie
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Image

Our Inaugural "Idyllwild Deer Sightings" label project.  This label is "Spirit of Tahquitch" painted by Darcy Gerdes.  This medium bodied, refreshing Cabernet Sauvignon is very typical of wine you would expect from the Santa Ynez Valley. 

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SKU: 2011 CS Tahquitz
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