Tondre Grapefield / Santa Lucia Highlands
A special small lot batch created by our award winning winemaker Anthony Craig. This 2019 offering is primarily tank fermented using Champagne yeast to give a creaminess to the mid-palate. A small portion was fermented in the barrel for a touch of added complexity. The minimal oak usage allows the pure, crisp chardonnay Chablis style fruit to shine through. The minimal oak shows a very subtle hint of spice on the finish.
2019 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
The 2019 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot is a blend of 3 vineyards 6% Regan, 6% Black Ridge, 88% Miller Hill. Each vineyard brings its own unique character to the blend. The Regan contributes a black cherry note with earthy tones that the Pommard clone is known for, while the Black Ridge contributes a good deal of the structure which is derived from its natural tannin and depth of colour. The Miller Hill Vineyard dominates with bright red cherry fruit that jumps out of the glass and finishes the palate off with the Santa Cruz Mountains signature minerality.
2018 Cabernet Franc
The 2018 Estate Cabernet Franc shows an abundance of ripe berried fruits: Cranberries, blackberries and black cherries. There is a pleasant hint of minerality commonly associated with the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. The palate is rich and welcoming with a long satiny finish. Long term aging in oak contributes a pleasant touch of vanilla on the finish.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bates Ranch Vineyard
At the foot of Mt. Madonna in the Santa Cruz Mountains, off the historic Stage Coach Trail on Redwood Retreat Rd lies a bucolic 22 acres of award winning Cabernet Sauvignon. This Tony Craig made wine is the product of a joint venture between Silver Mountain Winery and Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards. Black cherry and dark berries present in full, round, soft pallated mouth feel which offers a delicious, approachable Cab prepared to convert naysayers to the king of big, bold wines!.
2018 Monmartre Red Blend
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 Carignane. The palate is full yet elegant and is worthy of further aging.
2018 Pinot Noir **SOLD OUT**
Black Ridge Vineyard
This 2018 Pinot shows an amazing concentration of black cherry fruit with a hint of rose petal and lavender. There is a slight smoky, almost toasty character. that mingles with the fruit all the way to the finish. The balanced acidity and soft plush tannins create a wonderfully pleasing mouthfeel and will aid in its ability to age for the long term.
2018 Pinot Noir
Classic black and red cherry describe this Estate Pinot Noir offering perfectly. The soft tannins and balanced acidity will allow this wine to age for several years. The typical Santa Cruz Mountains minerality comes shining through and blends well with the subtle assortment of aromatic of herbs and spices.
2018 Pinot Noir **ALMOST GONE**
This 2018 vintage of Regan Vineyard Pinot Noir shows opulent black cherry fruit and spicy aromatics. The use of tight grained oak gently and subtly infuses cinnamon and nutmeg spice into the wine during the extended aging period. The palate lingers with bright cherry fruit and finishes with a hint of cranberry.
The 2018 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 Port of Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands
When making port, we wait for the Syrah to ferment down from 25% sugar to about 10% sugar. We then take the partially fermented Syrah juice from the fermenter and transfer it to a stainless-steel tank where we add the high proof brandy to arrest the fermentation. From here on, the yeast slowly die off due to the high alcohol, but they continue to ferment through another +/- 2% or 3% sugar. Once the fermentation has quieted down, it goes directly to barrel where it is aged for 3 or 4 years prior to bottling. Unlike dry table wine, the port is not topped or any sulfur added. Whereas omitting the SO2 would create a heavily oxidized wine with potential to turn rapidly into vinegar, the slow oxidation of the port creates the desired “nutty” characteristic that we associate with port.Black Currents, (Cassis), blueberries and blackberries are consistent fruit characteristics of the Syrah, and the fortification process preserves and highlights all these qualities.
Limited Edition & Library wines
2011 Pinot Noir
Tondre Grapefield / Santa Lucia Highlands
Always a complex and fruity wine, The Tondre Grapefield continues to amaze and the 2011 vintage is no exception. Truly one of the best yet from this vineyard, and the folks at the San Francisco Chronicle seem to agree by awarding it "Best of Class" in the 2014 wine competition. This offering is loaded with red & black cherry fruit with a hint of cranberry on the finish. Balanced acidity and plush velvety tannins mixed with the spicy oak aromas and flavours fill the palate, and continue all the way to the finish.
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. It has an amazing depth of fruit after aging for 13 years in barrel. The long term aging has created those wonderful nutty, floral earthy aromas which carry through on the palate. Ports are often in the 20% alcohol range and 12% sugar range, but this delightful port is 18.5 alcohol and 8.5 residual sugar; which allows it to be a little more accessible and fruit forward.
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 Coast View vineyard and the fortification preserves all of these qualities for the port. Owner Mike Ballard dubbed this bottling the "Nectar of the Gods"!