Bordeaux Style Wines
We call them Cab and Merlot and Meritage but they are all descendants of the same grapes grown in the Bordeaux region of France, recognized as producing the some of the world's finest wines.
The Single Varietals - Non-Blended Wines
White Bordeaux varietals include Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Red Bordeaux includes five major varietals, called the "noble five" namely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. We grow and make all of these grape varietals as standalone wines so click on any of these wines below to read a little more.
Joy - the expression of great delight or happiness. Crisp and elegant this light gold Sauvignon Blanc has the illusion of sweet grapefruit on the nose but is dry with soft melon on the palate. A joyous wine to enjoy in the summer sun . . . more →
Amour - French for "love"
because everyone loves this unique, single-vineyard, non blended Merlot. Always produced as 100% Merlot from a single block in our estate vineyard and barrel-aged in French oak, Amour has won double gold medals (unanimous judge's decision)
in the largest competition of American wines in the world
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Sultry - passionate, warm and exciting, the aroma is sensual and sultry. One of the genetic parents of Cabernet Sauvignon this heady, seductive wine obviously deserved to be bottled as a single varietal. Anyone who loves a beautiful bouquet will treasure this wine . . . more →
Tango - a lovers dance with closed embrace and exciting, provocative form. Adopted as its own by Argentina the Tango dance and Malbec wine have striking similarities. Malbec, a full-bodied red wine with its tight embrace, provocative mouth feel, powerful yet short finish; this wine has entwined itself into our taste buds and our hearts . . . more →
Perky - C.W. Perky performed experiments to determine reality vs perception. In the mouth Perky starts with the perception of being a giant of a wine yet through the mid-pallet it ends up with a silky smooth reality making it totally enjoyable . . . more →
A limited production wine only made in specific years where the harvest is of particularly high quality, Seduce presents in a svelte, pure, beguiling fashion with rich and deep fruit aromas on its perfect nose . . . more →
Indulge is largely our Estate Vineyard fruit from Dry Creek Valley blended with a small quantity of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon fruit
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Meritage Wines - The Blends
A great challenge for a winemaker is to take existing wines and blend them to produce a new wine which shows the finest characteristics of its components with a balanced and integrated style.
The blended nature of these wines does not qualify for varietal names on the label so they can only be labeled "red wine" or "white wine" however American winemakers came up with the name "Meritage", (merit + heritage) for their blended wines and we have since added words like Mélange (mixture) and Cuvée (tank blend). These wines are in fact American Bordeaux.
A charming, complex Bordeaux style wine designed to attract the palate through its soft and alluring flavors.
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Entice a delightful, well-bred Bordeaux style wine with a paradoxically enticing manner of managing strong peppery spices in foods, drawing out the true essence of the food flavors. . . . more →
Clarissa, Dawn's middle name and the name of her maternal Grandmother. Designed to drink without food this Bordeaux style wine nevertheless is excellent paired with a wide range of new world dishes. . . . more →
Amuse is to find something funny and provide an interesting and enjoyable occupation. One of his wine-maker colleagues recently referred to Bill's blending wines as "an excess of riches." Amused by this concept Bill decided to select certain barrels of these wines and make this special blend . . . more →
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