Current Release Red Wines
The 2014 CABERNET FRANCis begins with aromas of cassis, star of anise, and ground nutmeg, then moves into notes of mocha, ground cacao powder, and beautiful ripe cherries. The palate starts with rich flavors of cherries jubilee, malted chocolate and barrel notes of crème brûlée and barrel spices.
This wine opens with high notes of cherry on the nose; the cinnamon, plum, cedar, chocolate, and clove all have strong supporting roles to please your olfactory and welcome you to this exquisite wine. Chocolate covered cherries and coffee beans light up your taste buds and the tannins finish with the consistency of a fine cocoa powder.
The nose is velvety with rich notes of cinnamon, anise, molasses, and blackberry jam. There are also hints of clove and just a pinch of black pepper. The palate is equally as silky and opens with delicate notes of cherry and ripe raspberry. The wine grows on the palate showing its breadth and beautiful core which leads into a rich blackberry compote finish, complemented but the soft, fine tannin structure.
The beautiful French oak notes of cola berry, toast, and barrel spice kick off the nose on the Father Mathew Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic ripe red cherry that we always look forward to on this wine sweetens the core of the nose with a hint of blueberry on the backend.
JAMES SUCKLING: 93 POINTS
There are aromas of maple cured bacon, cocoa powder, currant preserves, and a hint of dried tobacco leaf. The palate is well balanced with bright acid and bountiful mouthwatering tannins. This wine is all about dark chocolate with bright red fruit notes on the finish.
JAMES SUCKLING: 91 POINTS
The nose starts with surprising hints of BBQ notes like mesquite and a pinch of pepper. This evolves into beautiful notes of big black cherry, dark chocolate, and essences of raspberry. The palate is dominated by chocolate and coffee notes, the mid palate has hints of cola berry and currant which leads to the long lingering finish.
JAMES SUCKLING: 93 POINTS; ROBERT PARKER: 91 POINTS
Rich red cherries are abundant on the nose accompanied by notes of plum, blackberry compote, muddled blueberries, cocoa, and a hint of baking spices. The Cabernet is incredibly rich in flavor but surprisingly elegant and velvety in structure. Chocolate covered black cherries and beautiful blackberries are present throughout the core.
JAMES SUCKLING: 91 POINTS; SF CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION: DOUBLE GOLD
The 2013 Merlot’s nose starts with beautiful blueberry and sweet cedar notes. Hints of vanilla, cigar box, and chocolate round out the aroma. The mouthfeel of the Merlot is smooth from start to finish. This wine exhibits the classic Rutherford dust composition and texture. Flavors of cherry liqueur, vanilla, and dark chocolate dominate the palate.
The nose on the 2013 is bright and intense featuring the classic Trinitas Pinot rhubarb pie, with intense rhubarb and beautiful notes of cinnamon, all spice, cloves, and apple pie spice. The palate is rich, with an assortment of red, black, and bing cherry flavors. The baking spices transfer beautifully to the palate and accent the broad mouthfeel and body of this wine.
The nose is rich with bright notes of muddled strawberries, cinnamon sticks, and smoked Cherrywood. The palate is dense and structured. The big cherry, blueberry, and strawberry notes are bold and hit you in the cheeks with flavor. The Mataro also has hints of cedar, hickory, and vanilla, with a nice finish of cherries jubilee.
The nose offers dense aromatics of fruitcake, brier, vanilla, baking spices, and strawberry. The palate is dominated by jammy blackberry, with notes of espresso and spice. The palate is structured with complex layers of uber ripe dark fruit, dried cherry, persistent oak and a vanilla tinged finish.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 91 POINTS & CELLAR SELECTION
This is our most popular red wine! Each year our winemaker blends our favorite old vine varietals. The blend is truly a “mystery” until the wine is bottled. Our goal is to produce a fruit forward, approachable wine that can be enjoyed with or without food. The aromas and palate showcase ripe raspberry, maraschino cherry, blackberry jam and vanilla tinged notes of oak. This is a perfect wine to take to a dinner party and share with friends. Aged exclusively in American oak barrels.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 91 POINTS
The nose starts out with a distinct smell of chocolate covered maraschino cherries, which leads into notes of strawberry preserves, vanilla extract, and caramel. The cherry from the nose translates to the broad palate and exhibits a beautiful and rich note of cherries jubilee. This wine exhibits a solid and wide core on the palate that continues through the lingering finish.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 93 POINTS