. . . I’m talkin’ ‘bout the barrel tasting and futures sale Tom held here at Heritage Oak Winery back on Sunday, June 26th.
Now you see, as I’ve mentioned many times over the past couple of months, Tom has many surprises sitting in barrels or tanks just aging gracefully, getting mellow back there in the barrel room. And now many of those wines are getting ready for the final blending, filtering, bottling and another rest before they are released. So, Tom worked his magic in the barrel room with the final blending and filtering and then offered seven wines for barrel tasting and future sales on the 26th.
I was working the front counter out in the tasting room along with my Splash Gang partner, Hailey, so I don’t really know what was going on in the barrel room, but I tell you what…the amount of chatter, laughter and just general noise that was coming from the barrel room was, well at times, almost deafening. It really made me curious as to what all the commotion was about, but I was too busy pouring a splash of this and a splash of that to be able to peek around the corner. I can tell you that everyone was in a good mood when they came out! I don’t know if it was the wine, the jokes that were obviously going around, or happiness with the discount those purchasing a future case were getting. Whatever was causing the smiles, it sounded like it was a total blast.
Five o’clock rolled around and working hours were done (you know the sign…no working during drinking hours). Tom brought out samples of what he had been showcasing that day for Hailey and me, and a few loyal wine club member friends to taste. I can sum it up with just one word — yummy! The 2015 vintages of Zinfidelity and Vino Tinto tasted oh so good and I have a hunch the 2015 Vino Tinto is going to be a classic. The 2014 vintage of Heritage Oak Block 14 and Bartlam Zinfandels and the 2014 ZINHEAD are showing all the promise of past vintages of these staples of our wine lineup. And then a couple of new releases, a 2014 Grenache and a 2104 Italian Blend, just really hit my nose and palate with a “pizzow” that left me wanting more. A least the first four of this group have now made it into bottles and are resting until they are ready for release, sometime around the end of the year.
Well, it all proved to be so much fun that Tom is going to do it again over the weekend of Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10. Along with the wines that did not make it into a bottle yet, Grenache, Italian Blend and ZINHEAD, Tom will be sharing tastes of his upcoming new releases of 2014 Malbec, Barbera, Tempranillo (we are fortunate to again have our Tempranillo fruit from the Shinn Family vineyard), Zinjo (Yay! Zinjo is coming back), Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah (can’t wait to taste this one) and then last, but I am sure not least, a 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. That’s a bunch of wine to get an early look at and to lock in some future savings by reserving a case of your favorite now.
So, as I’ve said, Tom has many good surprises lurking back there in the barrel room. I could get all snobbish and say, “I told you so!” but I won’t. Just come on by on July 9 or 10, or both days, join Tom for some barrel tasting and, perhaps, sock away some future savings and wonderful wines. You know, it is all about enjoying the wine and the moment (today and then again tomorrow).
Oh yeah, a quick P.S., even after releasing all these wines, Tom still has more surprises aging gracefully in the barrel room, but more on those at a later time.
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On July 4, 2016
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