The 2018 Monterey Chardonnay shows bright citrus fruit with overtones of Pineapple and Apricot. This wine was completely fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wonderful fruity character of chardonnay from this region. It has gone partially through ML, so you might just get a faint hint of butter on the finish. Although there was no oak used in the aging of this wine, there is a very pleasant toasty note due to the long-term contact of the yeast.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc **Very Limited Supply**
Our Sauvignon Blanc shows off the classic stone fruits that this varietal is known for: White peaches and apricots, with a hint of green apples. Because it was not aged in oak, the fruit is dominant, and the palate is light fruity and refreshing.
2018 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
The 2018 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot is a blend of 3 vineyards (30% Regan, 30% Black Ridge, 40% Miller Hill) that shows off the wonderful complexity that this mountain grown pinot fruit is known for: Mineral, black cherry fruit, plush tannins. The palate is long and even showing off the beautiful fruit that lingers on the finish. Hints of briar and vanilla from oak aging adds an extra layer that keeps on giving.
2017 Monmartre Red Blend
The 2017 Monmartre blend is a compilation of: 42% Estate Zinfandel, 8% Carignane, 50% Cabernet Franc. Expressive cranberry fruit is a typical consistent aromatic of the Estate Cabernet Franc, which shows through in this blend. The Zinfandel gives us a hedonistic over the top raspberry note with a hint of black pepper spice, and the ripe dark fruits such as: blackberries and blueberries, can be attributed to the Carignone. The palate is full yet elegant and is worthy of further aging.
2017 Pinot Noir
Ballard Family Reserve
This wine is a blend of three vineyards: 33% Regan – red cherry and acid balance, 33% from the Black Ridge vineyard, which also contributes black cherry fruit, a soft tannic structure and a complex earthy component, and 33% Miller Hill, which offers up bright assorted red berries and typical Santa Cruz Mountains AVA minerality. The muted oak notes are beautifully expressed as cinnamon and nutmeg spice.
2017 Pinot Noir **SOLD OUT**
Wine Makers Reserve
This 2017 offering blends the bright fruity attributes of the Miller Hill Vineyard (57%) with the earthy, spicy, ripe black cherry characters of the Black Ridge Vineyard (43%). The resulting wine shows a wonderful blend of berry fruits and earth, spicy characters. The palate is full and long with supple tannins and balanced acidity, a classic Santa Cruz Mountains AVA attribute.
2017 Pinot Noir **SOLD OUT**
Regan Vineyard, Pinot Noir shows opulent red cherry fruit and floral aromatics. The use of tight grained oak gently and subtly infuses cinnamon and nutmeg spice to the wine during the extended aging period. The palate lingers with bright cherry fruit and finishes with a hint of cranberry.
2016 Zinfandel **Very Limited Supply**
The 2016 Estate Vineyard Zinfandel shows classic mountain grown intense fruitiness and spice; expressed in Zin as raspberries and black pepper. The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA attributes of minerality and acidity come shining through to make a complex age worthy wine. The palate shows bright berry fruit with hints of earth and floral notes and finishes with that characteristic black pepper note.
2014 Pinot Noir **SOLD OUT**
Classic black cherry and the typical Santa Cruz Mountains minerality describe this 2014 Estate Pinot Noir offering perfectly. The firm tannins and balanced acidity will allow this wine to age for several years. Structurally it’s a bigger pinot than most, and can paired with heartier dishes such as duck and lamb.
2014 Pinot Noir **TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK**
Santa Lucia Highland
The 2014 Pinot Noir from the SLH AVA, shows red and black cherry fruit with that wonderful Santa Lucia Highland potpourri of dried herbs, rose hips, forest floor, cherry cola and briar patch spice.
Limited Edition & Library wines
2014 Ruby Port
Santa Lucia HIghland, Port of Syrah
With the addition of a high proof home made brandy, this Port is aged for 3-4 years in oak barrels prior to bottling. Flavors of black currents, Cassis, blueberries and blackberries which are consistent fruit characteristics of the Syrah, and the fortification process preserves and highlights all these qualities. The port also has hints of sautéed brown mushrooms, with melted Stilton and topped with crushed walnuts.
Monterey County, Coast View Vineyard, Insider's Club
The Insider’s Syrah is made from the same lot of grapes that goes into making the Syrah port; and because of the removal of the juice mid-way through fermentation, it has an “intensifying” effect on the remaining wine. The 2009 vintage Syrah is a bold yet balanced wine, loaded with blueberry and black currant fruit and hints of white pepper spice. The palate shows the same abundance of fruity flavors, and rich silky tannins with hints of nutmeg on the finish.
2005 Tawny Port
Monterey County, Coastview Vineyard
Oak barrel aged for 3 years and then aged out 15 years total. This Port has deep rich flavors of black currents, (Cassis), blueberries and blackberries that are consistent fruit characters of the Syrah from the Coastview vineyard and the fortification preserves all of these qualities for the port. Owner Mike Ballard dubbed this bottling the "Nectar of the Gods"!
NV Tawny Port
2006 & 2007 Vintages
This non-vintage port is a 50/50 blend of the 2006 and 2007 port of Syrah from the Coastview Vineyard, aged in oak barrels for 13 years.