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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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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Image

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

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Image

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

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Image

Our Inaugural "Idyllwild Deer Sightings" label project.  This label is "Rocky" painted by Neil Jenkins & Donna Elliot.   This medium bodied, refreshing Cabernet Sauvignon is very typical of wine you would expect from the Santa Ynez Valley. 

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2014 Reserve Syrah Image

Earthy aromas of herbes de Provence, smoke and boysenberry with smooth, mouth-coating tannins.      

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SKU: 2014 Reserve Syrah, Temecula Valley
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Get your very own Middle Ridge Winery LOGO GLASSES.   These beauties are 100% German Lead-Free crystal that can support up to 15-1/4 ounces and have our logo and formal tag line.
 

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