June 17, 2016
Dear Club Members,
I took this photo of a bunch of Grenache grapes one morning earlier this week. I don’t believe that the best wine comes from huge bunches like this one, but I have to admit that its size is certainly impressive. It is on a vine in our 4 year old Grenache vineyard. Young vines like these frequently over produce.
The growing season is rapidly progressing and the vines looking good as we head into the summer months. With ample rainfall earlier in the year, the vines found new energy and vigor compared to the last two seasons. In fact, we have already run through all of the vineyards with the cane trimmers to cut back excess foliage. This week I had a worker in the vineyards thinning fruit where the bunches are piled excessively upon one another. Quality of fruit is always an important consideration for me because good wines can only come from good fruit.
About This Quarter’s Recommendations
The two wines I’m recommending this time around are my 2013 Petite and my 2012 French Blend. Although they are of different vintages and have different price points, these wines have a couple of things in common: they are both blends, and they are both new wines I haven’t made before.
This is a 50/50 blend of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. It’s name is misleading because there is really nothing small about it. It’s a rich wine, with ripe black fruit, like berries and plums on the nose. It has expressive fruit on the midpallet, but then comes a remarkable softness that I find very appealing. To boot, it is priced at a point where you can enjoy it daily. Your price is $14.40. Additional bottles purchased for the next 30 are just $12.60.
2012 French Blend
This wine is similar to earlier wines I’ve labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, except this one has just 65% Cabernet and falls below the 75% limit for naming a wine as a certain variety. Its other components are Syrah, Durif and Petit Verdot. If you have enjoyed my Cabs before, I’m certain you will like this one. It has great intensity of color, a whiff of vanilla on the nose, solid structure on the pallet with ripe, black fruit notes and great balance. It is enjoyable at the moment, but will lay down nicely and continue to develop for years to come. Your price is $22.40, with addition bottles for the next 30 days at $19.60.
Hope you enjoy the wine. Cheers!
- Posted by Tom Hoffman
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