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

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SKU: 2014 Reserve Syrah, Temecula Valley

Imagine a Moscow Mule gone champagne!  A sparkling cocktail infused with ginger, hops and grape vodka.
 

 

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SKU: The Mule

Imagine a Lemon Drop gone champagne!  A sparkling cocktail.  Pick your garnish!  Serve in a coupe or a flute.   
 

 

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SKU: The Drop

Imagine a Cosmopolitan gone champagne!  A sparkling cocktail add  your choice of garnish!  Serve in a flute or a coupe.
 

 

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SKU: The Cosmo

Aromas of espresso, violets and dark chocolate with flavors of black currant, violets and dark chocolate.  A flavorful and long finish.

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SKU: 2014 Malbec, Lodi

Aromas of red currants, Asian plum, dried flowers and a hint of tobacco. Smooth tannins with medium long finish.   

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SKU: 2016 Tempranillo
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