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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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The light bodied dry medium dark ruby colored 2016 Lily Rock Lodi Merlot has great aromas of Cedar, Plum and Dark Cherry, along with hints of Sweet Tobacco. Next, you’ll find these same flavors, along with a fruitful finish that seems to go on forever.

This is what Merlot is all about!

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SKU: LR 2016 Merlot
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The 2015 Middle Ridge Tempranillo has a beautiful ruby red color and an almost polished appearance. You’ll find traditional aromas of Red Current, Asian Plum, Dried Flowers and a hint of Tobacco. You’ll find flavors these same flavors as well along with smooth tannins and a medium long finish.   

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SKU: 2015 Tempranillo
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No oak for this one.  That's why we call it "Naked" Chardonnay.  Aromatic, Refreshing.

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SKU: 2017 Naked Chardonnay
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Bright, complex and wonderfully aromatic with lots of pineapple, a touch of grapefruit & a hint of lemongrass.

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SKU: 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
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Big bodied wine full of black currant, white pepper and herbal aromas.

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SKU: 2014 Reserve Petite Sirah
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Delicate aromas of mixed berries and herbes de Provence with a bit of dark chocolate.

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SKU: 2014 Devil's Slide
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Addictive!  Crisp and mouthwatering with punchy aromas of Myer lemon, apples and honey.

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SKU: 2016 Pinot Grigio
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Polished, almost shiny, and its beautiful salmon color with aromas of Strawberry, Ginger Bread and just a hint of Thyme.

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SKU: 2016 Vin Gris
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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

Aromas of espresso, violets and black licorice with a flavorful and long finish.

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SKU: 2014 Malbec, Lodi
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