THE WINES

Semillon, Estate

This refreshingly unique wine is dry, crisp and floral with medium body and delicate apricot fruit. It was cold fermented slowly, for almost two months, to preserve the fruit flavors and aromas, then aged in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak. Enjoy with white fish and mild shellfish, poultry, tomato linguini, Thai and Mexican cuisines.

Verdelho, Sierra Foothills

We sourced this Portuguese grape variety from neighboring Shenandoah Valley. The wine is medium-bodied and dry, with lush fruit and complexity. It was cold fermented for two months to preserve the fruit aromas, then aged in stainless steel for a year. Enjoy with a broad range of seafoods, as well as poultry and spicy Asian dishes.

Grenache, Estate

This dry Rhone-style wine was open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for 16 months in mostly neutral European oak barrels. It is pure, balanced, lively and floral with lush strawberry and cocoa. Enjoy with roasted meats or stews, Mexican and Spanish dishes, chorizo and Manchego cheese.

GSM, Sierra Foothills

This Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is dry, full-bodied and smooth with lush berry, spice and rose petal characteristics. It was open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for two years in mostly neutral European oak barrels. Enjoy with duck, pork tenderloin or wild game, as well as a broad range of Spanish and Mexican dishes.

Barbera, Sierra Foothills

This classic Italian-style wine is dry and well structured with pomegranate fruit and a floral bouquet. It was open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for 18 months in mostly neutral European oak barrels. Serve with tomato-based pasta dishes, gourmet pizza, Kalamata olives and prosciutto.

Zinfandel, Herbert Vineyard

This wine is made in a classic Italian food style. It exhibits bright raspberry and pomegranate fruit, anise spice, excellent structure and acidity. It was open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for 3 years in mostly neutral European oak barrels. Enjoy with pork, barbecue, Italian or Indian cuisine. Fantastic with tomato-based pasta dishes and pizza!

Petite Sirah, Estate

This wine was open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for 3 years in mostly neutral European oak barrels. It is dry, rich and full-bodied with blackberry, currant and spice. It comes from our Estate vineyard in Fair Play, at 2400 feet. Enjoy with Italian food,  BBQ, hearty stews, and with rich red meats, particularly wild game.

Syrah, Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard

Grown in the high elevation hills of Fair Play, the grapes were open-fermented, hand-punched and  aged for 3 years in mostly neutral European oak barrels. The resulting wine is rich and bold yet elegant, with blackberry fruit and hints of cocoa. Enjoy with roast beef, rosemary lamb or wild game, wild rice pilaf, lentils, and root vegetables.

Troubadour, El Dorado

In the spirit of improvisation and invention of the Medieval troubadours, we are pleased to present our signature blend of Cabernet and Shiraz. Open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for 3 years in mostly neutral European oak barrels, this wine exhibits gorgeous dark cherry fruit and spice. Serve with roast or grilled beef or lamb, mushrooms, lentils, root vegetables, and Indian cuisine.

Cabernet Sauvignon, El Dorado

Grown in the high elevation hills of Fair Play, the grapes were open-fermented, hand-punched and aged for 3 years in mostly neutral European oak barrels. The wine is dry, full-bodied and elegantly structured, with classic acidity and cherry fruit. Serve with beef, mushroom dishes, roasted garlic potatoes, blue cheese and walnuts.

"Nocturne," Late Harvest Zinfandel

We are pleased to offer this very limited edition of Zinfandel dessert wine. Grown in the Sierra Foothills of California, the grapes yielded a complex, decadent wine with subtle plum and spice. Well-balanced and not too sweet. Pair with dark chocolate, not-too-sweet Black Forest cheesecake, or walnut torte. Ask about Rich's "cherry popper" recipe!

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