- Our Clubs
"All of the 2011 Syrahs will be in bottle by the time you read this. The 2011 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard offers a cool-climate, pretty and perfumed style to go with lots of pepper, violets, iodine and dark fruits, with just a hint of vanilla and oak. Full-bodied, fresh and lively, with bright acidity and fine tannin, it's a Northern Rhone look-alike that will have 15-20 years of longevity. I had a great visit with John Alban, whose estate is located at the southern end of the Edna Valley and in one of the coolest AVAs in California. Despite this, he makes some of the most concentrated, rich and age-worthy reds and whites from the entire state... As for the 2011s, this was the coolest vintage on record in California and the smallest crop ever for Alban. The wines are distinctly different from past vintages, and dare I say, have plenty of northern Rhone-like character. Despite the freakishly cold weather, these are no lightweight wines and they have shocking concentration in the vintage. These will need short-term cellaring but I doubt they'll be as long-lived as the larger framed vintages. Nevertheless, they're beautiful, singular wines. As I said last year, it remains a mystery to me why no one else in the Edna Valley tries to make wines of the quality that is so often achieved here."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: The fifth bottling of Love Red’s grapes were harvested in the second week of September to preserve the grape’s natural acidity. The Carignan and Syrah were 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The Valdiguié went under carbonic fermentation in stainless steel. Aged for 8 months in neutral French Oak barrels and blended before bottling.
VITICULTURAL AREA: The grapes come from 50 to 70 year-old vines in Solano County’s Green Valley. This area is tucked between Napa and Suisun Valley. Syrah comes from Parenti and Wirth Ranch. Valdiguie comes from Parenti, Wirth and Frei Vineyard. Carignan comes from Frei and Parenti Vineyard. The grapes of each vineyard grow in clay loam soils and come from dry-farmed and head-pruned vines.
BLEND: 54% Carignan, 31% Syrah, 15% Valdiguié,
All of our wines are made naturally, meaning no use of inoculated yeasts or bacteria. We use only native yeast to spark fermentation. We do not add any powdered tannins or enzymes. A minimal dose of S02 is added 4 weeks before bottling to some wines.
Eucalyptus and sweet cassis on the nose, juicy fresh fragrant fruit palate dry firm well integrated tannin, lovely long finsih
Blend: 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre
Both wines made at the estate are from specially selected parcels of new and mature vines around the spectacular estate, and blended from four classic port varities: Touriga Nacional, Tintao Cão, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. True to its long history of continuous innovation, Noval has also been among the first to experiment with Rhone varieties in the Douro, with Syrah from estate plantings being blended into the Cedro do Noval.
"A solid red with fine and polished tannins and dark berry and chocolate character. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Undertones of hazelnuts and blueberries. Drink now.” -James Suckling
The primary source of the grapes for Cashmere Black Magic are vineyards in Contra Costa County. It's warm and sunny climate, coupled with deep sandy soil and limited water, creates grapes of great flavor intensity and dark color. The addition of Syrah from the North Coast of California provides a bright boysenberry character and excellent tannin.
An alluring blend of grapes from ancient vines that create a spellbinding libation with notes of dark berries, chocolate, hints of black pepper and plum.
Le Mazet de Sallèles is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which give it an intense bouquet of red fruits, spices and cedar notes. Its rich fruit character, silky tannins and long lingering finish make it an approachable wine for all occasions.
Blend: 55% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 1% Vaccarese and 1% of the other permitted vareties
Chambers and Chambers
Liberty is a unique collaboration resulting from the experience of two winegrowing friends who have dared to go back to basics. In the vineyard, they freely explored their outstanding terroir off the beaten track, and transformed their emotions into a unique experience. Liberty means not only the freedom to do as you wish, but also the freedom to reveal who you really are.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 55% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault, 5% Carignan.
Located in Chile's Colchagua Valley, this organic red blend is 48% Syrah, 24% Carmenere, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Mourvedre, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.
Violet red in color. This is an elegant and complex perfumed wine with fruity notes of cherries, plums, blueberries, and blackberries, along with refreshing notes of mint and a hint of black pepper, leather, and pencil lead. The palate is also very fruity with fresh acidity, good concentration, and good structure that draws out the lingering finish.
Pairs well with with beef, lamb or poultry.
A deep ruby red color. The nose evokes aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice. In the mouth one finds hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine that shows very good length.
"Bright violet. Intense dark berry and cherry compote aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Palate-caressing black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up peppery spice and lavendar qualities on the back half. Rich yet lively, showing no excess fat. The juicy, focused finish is given shape by silky, harmonious tannins and leaves behind a gently sweet dark berry note."- Vinous Media
This light salmon-colored wine was made from 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache. It has enough flavor and textural richness to pair nicely with something as fatty as ribs or a hamburger, its peachy, melony aromas and ripe fruit flavors supported by ample acidity. VERY GOOD!
Regional Composition: 100% Mendocino AVA (Redwood Valley sub-AVA)
Varietal Composition: 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Maturation: long, slow, cool fermentation (no oak)