In a former life, I was a Civil Engineer, a world dominated by straight lines, right angles, repeatability, and predictability. For me that is not how the world turns here at Heritage Oak Winery, at least in the Tasting Room. Wines don’t follow the orderly world of civil engineering. A wine makes up its own mind as to when it is ready, at the perfect balance of fruit, acid, mouthfeel, backbone. And, oh yeah, they do get a gentle bit of coaching from Tom.
Last week I wrote about the goings…and then the comings of new wines and how the seemingly unorganized pattern of going and coming of wines in the tasting room can throw me for a loop. Certain wines will suddenly start selling like hotcakes at the 4th of July breakfast, and suddenly they are gone. And just as these “hotcake wines” disappear from the tasting list Tom surprises us with a new wine that has worked it’s way to perfection and is ready to introduce to the world. Like last week Tom brought out the new French Blend. A wonderfully balanced fruity rich full bodied wine.
Okay so I get the French Blend worked into my engineering brain of predictability and we begin selling it and sales are pretty brisk. Then Tom, the master of surprises from the barrel room, sends me a text with a picture of the 2012 Petit Verdot saying “It’s ready, whadda think?” Tom already knew the answer, of course it was ready! He reminds me of an engineering professor I had in college who would put this long, complicated equation on the board and solve it in record time saying “Am I right…of course I’m right”. And of course he was right as is Tom when it comes to his wines.
Remember the 2011 Petit Verdot? That truly elegant robust and delicious wine. We sold out of it about six weeks ago. Well the 2012 Petit Verdot is its equal, if not better.
Deep red purple in the glass, fresh juicy dark fruit with whiffs of vanilla on the nose. Succulent black plums and blueberries on your tongue in a perfect fruit/acid balance with a subtle yet supportive backbone to pull it all together. Aged in new American Oak Barrels here at the winery for 30 months gives this wine a lingering oak finish. Overall a luscious, full- bodied wine that we are just releasing and it is indeed ready for your enjoyment right now and for years to come. This wine is cellar worthy.
The tasting room will never be all straight lines, right angles and least of all predictable. I’ll just have to get with the flow and enjoy the results. It’s all fun! And I have it on insider knowledge (because I’ve seen the barrels in the back) that Tom has many tasty surprises in store for us in the upcoming months. Stay tune for more on that.
In the meantime, come on by to taste the 2012 Petit Verdot and all the other new releases. Good stuff all the way around. Enjoy the wine. Enjoy the moment.
- Posted by Tom Hoffman
- On May 27, 2016
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