There is a certain pattern to things here at Heritage Oak Winery, and on the big picture scale I get it. The vines are dormant during the winter, spring is bud break, late summer and into fall is harvest, Tom is always busy with some aspect of winemaking. Okay, so those I’ve got — I know what to expect. But inside the tasting room things can throw me for a loop. Just when the tasting list is set and wines are selling at a certain pace, something happens. A certain wine becomes “like really way popular,” sells like hotcakes at the 4th of July breakfast, and suddenly we are out or almost out.
That is what has happened recently. I told you about the 2011 Petite Verdot selling out a while back (2 bottles and 3 folks wanting them), and then saying “Adios” to the 2012 Block 5. And now I’m noticing that the 2012 Zinrosa, the 2013 Bare Zin, the 2013 Zinjo and the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc are the “hot buy” and we are suddenly down to just a few cases. Hmmm!…well, we might have enough Zinrosa to last through spring. So if you’re a fan of the crisp acidity of the Sauv Blanc, the fresh fruity Bare Zin and/or the lively/spicy Zinjo come by and snag one of the last bottles as they are going, going . . . almost gone.
Not to fear though as there are new things coming. As I’ve mentioned before, Tom has some surprises in the cellar, waiting for just the right moment to join the parade of wines along the counter. To wit, the newly-released 2012 French Blend is just one such surprise. Sixty-five percent Cabernet Sauvignon with some Syrah, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah blended in. And each wine adds its own characteristics to this truly delightful wine. A deep intense red/purple in the glass, black fruit on the nose with whiffs of vanilla. Black cherries of the Cab greet your tongue followed by the darker fruits of blackberry/blueberry from the Syrah, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah with a lingering vanilla finish. This wine has great acid/fruit balance, which along with just the right touch of tannins, creating a good mouthfeel with a backbone to support it all. Overall a wonderfully rich and complex wine with layer upon layer of fruit and oak to delight your palate today and for years to come.
And just waiting in the wings is the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. It was just bottled a couple of weeks ago so it might be a few more weeks before it is ready to go. We might go a few weeks without a Sauv Blanc to serve, but it won’t be too long. Based on a sneak peek, the 2015 is going to be a winner. If you enjoyed all the citrisy crispness of the 2014, you’ll love the 2015. Big floral nose of pears and tropical fruit and the crisp acid/fruit balance so characteristic of Tom’s Sauv Blanc. I, for one, can’t wait.
I’d be remiss if I don’t do a special call out on the 2013 Petite. While not a brand new wine, it has not been out all that long and it is showing exceptionally well. A 50/50 blend of Petit Verdot and Petit Sirah — this is a big wine. Luscious juicy dark fruit flavors of blueberry and blackberry with a nice acid/fruit balance, full mouthfeel with a little tannin on the sides of the tongue and a lasting finish.
So come on by the tasting room to grab some of your favorites before they are gone or taste the new wines as they come out. It is just the goings and comings here at the winery. Hailey, Tom or I will be around to serve and chat. Enjoy the wines. Enjoy the moment.
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On May 15, 2016
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