Nebbiolo – 2006Amador Co. – John Bree Vineyard (Humb. Co Fair - Double Gold) (Available only from winery/tasting room).
Called the pinot noir of Italy, this truly elegant wine has subtle aromas of blackberry brambles, tar and heritage roses. The rich hearty flavors of pie cherries with hints of dried figs and star anise are embraced by smooth tannins which also caress the palate. Barrel aged for 33 months in French oak, this wine like a fine Barolo, will continue to develop complexity and finesse through additional bottle aging.
Alcohol 14.9% 91 cases. Bottle price - $30
Grenache – 2010 Amador Co. – John Bree Vineyards.
Aromatics of fresh cherries, vanilla bean, and spice fill the olfactory senses. Flavors of bing cherry and vanilla with hints of cinnamon and clove tantalize the palate. Barrel aged in French oak for 21 months. This wine was neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 15.0%. 34 cases. Bottle price- $23
Nero D’avola - 2012 Mendocino County – John Chairito Vineyards
The rich aromas of this delicious wine speak of strawberries and dark cherries with a hint of pipe tobacco and black truffle. Flavors begin with strawberry and cherry compote and evolve into framboise, dark chocolate and caramel. This medium weight wine would pair well with pork, grilled shrimp and sautéed vegetable dishes. French oak barrel aged for 20 months prior to bottling.
Alcohol 13.6%. 44 cases. Bottle price- $26
Mourvedre – 2012 Amador County – John Bree Vineyards
Deeply layered aromatics and highly concentrated flavors await you in this wine. Aromas of fig, dried apricot, blackberry preserves, milk chocolate, lilac, celery blossom, wet river rock, graphite, black walnut, pecan and green cardamom will fill your senses. Barrel aged 22 months in a French oak barrel. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 15.2% 44 cases Bottle price - $27
The Temptation of Angels – 2011 A California Red Wine
Individually barrel aged for 21 months prior to bottling Lake County Grenache (50%), Amador County Mourvedre (33%) and Petite Sirah (17%) were blended to create this wonderfully aromatic and tasty red wine. This wine has tantalizing aromas of violets, cranberries, cigar box and a pinch of nutmeg, which become flavors of dried cranberries, cherries jubilee, and subtle vanilla bean. This wine was neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.3%. 94cases. Bottle price - $24
Lacona – 2011 (A Pinot Noir blend) Humboldt County
Enchanting aromas of dark currant, star anise, and exotic spices compliment this charming wine’s generous entry on the palate, bright acidity and unmistakable flavors of dried cherries and caramel. This rich red wine would be well paired with shrimp pasta tossed in a rich cream sauce. Barrel aged in French oak for 22 months prior to bottling.
Alcohol 13.4%. 72 cases. Bottle price - $23
Pinot Noir – 2013 Russian River Valley - Windsor Oaks Vineyards
This dark purple Pinot Noir from clone 777 vines is rich, herbal and earthy. Black cherry and violets, blackberry bramble, forest floor, wet leather and dried rose petal aromatics result in tart cherry and dark berry flavors with a high acid but smooth brambly wet leather finish. Barrel aged in French oak for 20 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.6%. 74 cases. Bottle price - $30
Pinot Noir – 2014 Anderson Valley – Conzelman Vineyards
Raspberry, red plum, black cherry, iodine, wet leather with a hint of vanilla aromas evolve on the palate into flavors of pie cherry, raspberry, and black tea. The creamy tannins finish with a lingering hint of purple lilac and iodine. Barrel aged in French oak for 8 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.4%. 86cases. Bottle price - $30
Pinot Noir – 2014 Russian River Valley
The floral aromas of this delicious Pinot Noir speak of violets, rich dark summer berries and hints of dried figs. On the palate, bright cherry and red raspberry flavors are accompanied by hints of toasted cocoa powder and earthy fig. French oak barrel aged for 20 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.1%. 50 cases. Bottle price - $35
Dulcinea – 2009 Lake, Amador and Lake Counties (2013 CA Silver Medal)
Dry and medium-bodied, this blending of Lake County Tempranillo (57%), Amador County Grenache (12%) and Mourvedre (11%), together with Mendocino County Merlot (10%) and Carignane (10%) resulted in a wine with a cornucopia of rich flavors. Aromas of tart red cherry, black truffle, and tobacco leaf with a hint of sandlewood become flavors of chewy rich tart cherry and dark plum, a hint of leather and a pinch of clove. Barrel aged in French oak for 21 months. This wine was neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 13.6%. 119 cases. Bottle price - $23
Sangiovese – 2013 Chalk Hill – Windsor Oaks Vineyards
This rich Sangiovese’s aromatics start with great mulled spices up front, followed by clove, orange peel, bay leaves, blackberry, plum and cocoa nibs with a hint of forest floor. Flavors of cranberry, crisp apple and baked apple, a hint of orange, violets and graphite linger long on the palate finishing with grippy tannins. Barrel aged in French oak for 22 months and neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.5%. 77 cases. Bottle price - $27
Wish Upon A Star – 2011 - A Super Tuscan Style Red Wine Amador County - John Bree Vineyards.
A rich and hearty blend of Sangiovese (55%), Cabernet Franc (22%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), and Aglianico (1%), with aromas of baked red apple, baked plums, cherry liquor, menthol, iodine, iron, black plum, wet tobacco leaf, vanilla and brown sugar. Bold flavors of cherry cordial, black berry, plum, baked apple with a chalky minerality finish. Barrel aged in French oak for 23 months.
Alcohol 14.8%. 118 cases Bottle price - $24
Cabernet Franc – 2013 Amador County – John Bree Vineyards
This luscious, velvety smooth wine has aromas of dark berries, cardamom and white pepper. Discrete tannins are balanced by rustic flavors of spiced cherries, dark chocolate and caramel. The finish is long, peppery and memorableBarrel aged in neutral oak barrels for 30 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 15.5%. 72 cases. Bottle price - $28
Cabernet Sauvignon– 2010 Amador County – John Bree Vineyards
Dusty black cherry, maple and clove aromatics flesh in to flavors of cedar and oak, tobacco, sage and black licorice. The acids and tannins are smooth and balanced and contribute to a memorable and extended finish. Barrel aged for 31 months in French oak.
Alcohol 13.7% 72 cases Bottle price - $26
Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006Dry Creek Valley, Hanks Fowble Vineyard (2012 NY Gold) (Available only from winery/tasting room).
Low production head-pruned vines gave this very sophisticated wine an amazing complexity that will continue to develop for many years to come. Earthy black cherry, tobacco, anise and leather aromatics transform into flavors of jammy licorice and sage, cranberry, cedar and mineral. Woodsy tannins result in a protracted dry, cherry finish. Barrel aged in French oak for 42 months. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this fine wine will be donated to prostate and breast cancer research in honor of oncologists Gerald Hanks, MD and Barbara Fowble, MD.
Alcohol 15.0% 53 cases. Bottle price - $35
Equinox – 2013 Amador County – John Bree Vineyards
This smooth and well balanced Bordeaux-style blend consists of 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromatics of the fruit burst forth with black plum, black berry, boysenberry, mulberry, black sage, and ceonothus, while the flavors speak of dark cherry, black plum, and dried leather with firm tannins and balanced acidity. Barrel aged in French oak for 19 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 15.1%. 82 cases. Bottle price - $26
Dark As Night – 2009 A Bordeaux style California Red Wine
A well balanced and smooth blend of Mendocino County Merlot (46%), together with Amador County Cabernet Franc (39%), Cabernet Sauvignon (12%) and 3% Petit Verdot. Cedar box, orange-spiced plum, tobacco leaf and cardamom aromas evolve on the palate into rich flavors of black currant, cherry, savory herbs, and anise. The acidity and tannins are in perfect balance after being aged for 33 months in French oak. This wine was neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.9%. 134 cases Bottle price- $24
Merlot – 2011 Dry Creek Valley – Idlespoke Vineyard
Floral notes of cherry, fresia and orange zest are followed by flavors of ripe plum, dark stone fruit and red raspberry. French oak barrel aged for 23 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 13.9%. 47 cases. Bottle price - $25
Petit Verdot- 2010 Amador County - John Bree Vineyards
This Petit Verdot offers a cornucopia of aromas, flavors, and textures. Velvety smooth in the mouth, inky purple in color, the nose speaks of violets, dried rose petals, and a hint of vanilla. Luscious flavors of dark black cherry, pomegranate and caramel linger long on the palate. Barrel aged 19 months in French oak barrels. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.4% 10 cases Bottle price - $30
Elysian Fields – 2007 Amador Co. – John Bree Vineyards.
The Greeks brought the noble Aglianico grapes to Southern Italy some 2,500 years ago. This blend of Aglianico (86%) and Sangiovese (14%) resulted in a robust wine having earthy scents of blackberry brambles and crème broule with flavors of black cherry, coffee, and dark chocolate. The lingering finish is long and peppery with cedar wood spice. Barrel aged 31 months.
Alcohol 14.5% 39 cases Bottle price - $23
Metamorphosis – 2012 Amador County – John Bree Vineyards
A delightful blend of 46% Fresia and 54% Dolcetto, these wines were individually barrel aged in French oak for 21 months prior to blending and bottling. Tantalizing aromas of nutmeg, caramel, dried bing cherry and dark plum become flavorful juicy dark fruit, tobacco leaf and allspice with a persistent spicy finish. Pairs well with grilled vegetables and lamb and an assortment of cured meats.
Alcohol 14.3%. 38 cases. Bottle price - $24
Carignane – 2014 Mendocino County – Hidden Hawk Ranch
This old vine Carignane was planted in 1942. With this older age of vine the resulting wine has greater complexity. Aromas and flavors of dark plum and blueberry preserves, baked apple, allspice, tar and graphite linger long on the palate with velvety tannins. Barrel aged in French oak for 8 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 13.9%. 62 cases Bottle price - $24
Serenity – 2009 A Rhone-style California Red wine
A blend of Mendocino Carignane (27%), Syrah (27%) and Petite Sirah (46%). Individually aged for 34 months in French and American oak, this blend of wines is complex but balanced. Aromatics of leather, cedar wood, dark berries, and hint of wild truffle evolve into flavors of rick blackberry pie, licorice, with a hint of black pepper.
Alcohol 14.2%. 131 cases Bottle price - $22
Syrah – 2014 Yorkville Highlands – Hawk’s Butte Vineyard
The alluring scent of this Syrah is multifaceted and suggests bacon fat, tobacco, crab apple, dried orange peel and blackberry. Flavors of Blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, clove, cigar box, and bacon lead to a bramble and grippy tannin finish. Barrel aged in French oak for 18 months prior to bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.7% 112 cases. Bottle price- $27
Pinotage – 2010 Amador - John Bree Vineyards, (CA Silver 2014)
This unique, delightfully smooth and elegant wine displays a cornucopia of layered aromas ranging from fresh black cherry, racy raspberry and wild currant to grated nutmeg and dried rose petal. Robust flavors of wild cherries and cocoa are followed by finishing hints of blueberries and spice. Barrel aged in French oak for 22 months.
Alcohol 15.2% 143 cases Bottle price - $24
Moonbeam Illusion – 2014 Amador Co. – John Bree Vineyards
This 50/50 co-fermented blend of Grenache and Syrah has aromas of dark plum, blackberry, olallieberry, coco nibs, and dried mushrooms with a hint of tar, leather and purple iris. The boysenberry and dark plum flavors also speak of dried meats, dried cherries, leading to a long finish with chalky tannins. Barrel aged in French oak for 20 months and neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 15.3% 60 cases Bottle price - $24
Old Vine Zinfandel – 2009 Mendocino Co. – German Vineyard(2013 NY Silver)
Chosen from vines planted in 1958, and using traditional-style wine making techniques, these Zinfandel grapes have evolved into a spicy, but smooth and flavorful wine. Complex and well balanced, with aromatics of vanilla, caramel and cherries jubilee, the flavors of licorice and sarsaparilla are followed by a touch of apricot ending in a peppery finish. This wine was barrel aged 32 months in French oak barrels and was neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 15.6% 83 cases Bottle price - $25
Zinfandel – 2011 Mendocino County – John Chairito Vineyards
Rich and flavorful, this Zinfandel exhibits aromas of black cherries, acai berries, macerated prunes, hints of anise and fennel, cocoa powder and white pepper. Flavors are bright with juicy fruit, plum, bing cherry, candied orange with savory soy on the finish. Barrel aged in French oak for 33 months.
Alcohol 15.1% 87 cases. Bottle price - $24
Obsidian – 2012 California
This big chewy red blend opens up with time in the glass. We recommend decanting this wine before serving. Aromas of spiced dark cherries, roses, lavender, maple cured bacon, dark plum, tobacco, and cigar box transform on the palate into blackberry, black raspberry, bramble, forest floor, and sliced pluots. The acidity is big but balanced with silky smooth tannins.
Alcohol 14.7% 137 cases. Bottle price - $20
Vranac – 2013 Amador County - John Bree Vineyards
This rich and complex, intensely-colored red wine has aromas of dark plum, raspberry and polished limosine oak, is as smooth as black satin on the palate, and it’s flavors speak of ripe dark black cherries with just a touch of spice on the finish. Barrel aged for26 months in French oak. Neither fined nor filtered.
Alcohol 14.9% 124 cases. Bottle price - $35