Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the "heel" of Italy, where it was introduced in the mid 1800s. The grape found its way to the United States in the early 19th century, and became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name of uncertain origin. Today this once unknown varietal produces some of the most intense, flavorful and reasonably priced red wines available.
Color: intense, deep ruby red and clear, tending to garnet.
Perfume: complex, with perfumes of red and blackcurrant, cocoa and spices.
Taste: rich, full-bodied and sophisticated, warm and appealing, soft and excellent length.
A blend of 60% Pinotage and 40% Shiraz, the 2013 Pinotage-Shiraz seems to work surprisingly well. It has just a touch of oak. Loads of seductive strawberry and cherry notes are present in this fragrant wine, which is lush, round, juicy and best drunk over the next several years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 87 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25
This Lovely California Merlot fruit delivers forward notes of cherry-spice and mixed berries. It is wrapped in velvet creamy vanillin tone brought together by careful aging in American (Ozark) oak barrels for 12 months.
A 100% Lenior red port style wine, Socrates is loaded with bold armoas, flavors, and no contradictions, Fig preserve, dates, almond, and carmelized sugar immediately comlement the wines rich texture and full body, while the second half on the palate blooms into blueberry, honey, sherry and dried blood orange. We encourage you to channel Socrates himself, have a glass, and contemplate what it is you love about wine.
Brooding purple with dark rimmed color. The nose blooms first with red cherry, ripe plum to dark raspberry with hints of anise seed and ending dusty suede. The palate is explosive, lush ripe fruits give way to supple tannin, layers of dark and bright berries with balanced acidity and firm yet restrained structure. The strong finish lingers of black tea and plum.
This wine is dark purple garnet in color and Burgundian in style; with rich, full and attractive aromas/flavors of ripe black cherries, plum, toasty oak and hints of earth. Soft tannins, balanced acidity and a rich, velvety mouth-feel produce a luscious wine that is enjoyable now and will develop more complexity with additional aging in the bottle.
The Expressionist is 80% Mason County Merlot from Robert Clay Vineyards and 20% Tempranillo. This wine was fermented then aged in a 250 gallon egg shaped flex tank. We are wanting to make concrete aging vessels in an egg shape, but we wanted to see first hand the effects of the shape on the wine. Compared to the same Merlot aged in barrels or stainless tanks, this wine came out with a creamer mouth feel and softer tannins because of the egg shape allowing a natural rising and falling of the gasses causing the lees to be stirred naturally.
Nose: floral basket, bright cerrries and spices
Flavors: strawberries, cherries, candied pecans with medium to light tannins.
Made from the Norton/Cynthiana grape, Roma is a red-fruit wine emulating a French Pinot Noir, its brillaint, slightly translucent color mimics Pinot in the extreme, Saturated with red cherry and rasberry notes, Romas lighter body is not to be taken lightly, Aged in French Oak, vanilla comes through both on the nose and in the long, soft finish, Texas minerality highlights its red fruit profile and creates its complex, crisp finish in a French style.