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• Our Premium White Wines
   
2012 Chardonnay
Juicy crisp apple, with a Meyer lemon zesty mouth feel. Elegant and ever
present Cachagua minerality combines with grapefruit/lemon/lime.
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2012 Chenin Blanc
Guava / grapefruit / tangerine with honeysuckle blossom components. Lovely, soft and coating initial mouth feel that is dominated by melon, lychee and guava. Well balanced acidity throughout and a crisp, green apple finish make this wine a perfect match for spicy dishes as well as cheese and fruit plates.

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2009 Late Harvest Riesling
This 2009 Late Harvest Riesling is only the third to be produced since 1976 from our organic vineyards.  In order to successfully produce a Late Harvest, the growing season has to achieve specific conditions -- primarily even heat and long hang time.  2009 was such a season and we picked these Riesling grapes late in November at a harvest Brix of 32.  After allowing the skins to have contact with the juice for 48 hours (to allow more sugar extraction) the Brix had risen to 36! Cold fermentation ensued and was halted at approximately 7% residual sugar to allow for a balanced mouth feel which perfectly accompany the natural fruit components of this Riesling. The aromas of this Late Harvest range from peach and apricot to honeysuckle and the mouth feel is luscious with appropriate sweetness and balanced pit fruit flavors.  Enjoy this rare offering as an aperitif, with your favorite cheesecake or over vanilla ice cream.
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• Our Premium Rose Wines
   
2012 Merlot Rose
Juicy tropical citrus and sour cherry flavors abound on this almost dry rosé. Also look for lovely notes of mouthwatering cranberry/pomegranate. A really nice and vibrantly racy rosé that will be great with Asian tuna dishes and just about any salad.
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• Our Premium Red Wines
   
2012 Cachagua Cabernet Sauvignon
Youthful, fruit forward nose with predominant notes of blackberry, raspberry and cassis. Bright, juicy flavors explode across the palate with notes of black cherry and blackberry. Also look for luscious jammy characters to show through the mid-palate. Supple and balanced tannins throughout with a fruit fade on the finish. Fantastically flavorful and balanced. Pair this New World cabernet with porterhouse or pink peppercorn encrusted steak.

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2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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2011 Malbec
Nicely layered, integrated nose with fruit forward notes of freshly crushed blackberries/cassis and rounded notes of sweet oak and cedar. Bright, explosive mouth feel with sour blackberry and cherry being predominant. Medium-light body with light tannins and a crisp fruity finish. This zesty Malbec is a perfect example of how lovely and fruity this wine can be while still having enough tannin structure to hold up to any type of beef dish from barbeque to filet mignon.
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2011 Merlot
Youthful, bright mouthfeel with predominant flavors of cherry, cocoa/mocha and spices. Fruity but dry with full body and gripping dusty tannins. Chocolate roundness in mid-palate with rich fruit and oak spice flavors following with great length and style. This is an elegant powerhouse of a Merlot. Pair with a roasted lamb, Asian beef dishes or any dark chocolate desserts.
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2009 Petit Verdot
Extremely layered aromas of cassis, black cherry custard and vanilla butter cream. Also, look for toasty oak and dried herb undertones. Rich and flavorful with an excellent food friendly tanginess and balanced tannins. Lively dry-yet-fruity body with a tangy blueberry pie finish. A lovely minerality carries throughout palate from start to finish. Serve with any number of red meat dishes and grilled game.
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2011 Petite Sirah
Big, bright mouthfeel with explosive blood orange and cranberry sorbet acidity. Layered, intensive amounts of berry's abound -- black, rasp and boysen. Ripe tannins grip appropriately throughout and the finish is fruity but extremely dry. A solid and fruit driven Petite with mounds of complexity that will pair lusciously with a flavorful lasagna or any exotic game.
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2010 Pinot Noir
Spicy aromas paired with subtle floral notes of rose and violets. Also look for a lovely earthiness/mineralty paired with freshly picked cherries. Bright and lively with a cherry core and medium-light body. Refreshing cranberry juice and sour cherry pit finish with dusty tannins. Also, notes of pepper and cedar mingle with elegant minerality. Enjoy this classical Pinot with a lovely wedge of Comté cheese, trout with bacon or a nice mushroom risotto.

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2010 Cabernet Franc
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2006 "Toby's Vintage" Merlot Port
Concentrated raisin and fig aroma with tobacco leaf. Subtle notes of honey, vanilla, sweet oak and bourbon barrel aromas. Supple, seamless and full-bodied with cassis, blackberry, honey and caramel flavors. Rich caramelized nuts follow through to a silky, fruity medium-to-full body of honeyed raisin and roasted nut flavors with a distinct sherry note. Finish is crisp and lengthy with an enduring fade
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2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Opulent cassis fruit with notes of sweet oak and cocoa. Explosive fruit character, high viscosity, big but balanced tannin and extremely long finish combine to make this a perfect expression of cabernet fruit from our world renowned certified organic vineyards.
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2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Toasty oak with touches of soft vanilla round out the oak profile, underlying concentrated blackberry fruit with herbal notes of marjoram and lavender.  Forward fruit structure with gripping tannins that extend well into the finish. Chewy mouth feel and lively acid to fruit balance make this wine a perfect choice for steaks and hearty fare.  Cellar worthy wine that will gain complexities as age equalizes the fruit and tannin structure.
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