Clay soils force vines to struggle to get the nutrients they need to survive. The grapes have to dig deeper to get to water, which results in grapes with fantastic characteristics. We think that is a wine fit for a king. The deep color, notes of dark fruit, and hints of clove and nutmeg are an elegant mixture. The polished tannins and firm structure can stand up to most dishes, and especially shine next to meats. We love it with barbecue, smoked brisket, ribs, and pulled pork. The opulent and intense aromas will harmonize with stronger flavors, so feel free to use all the garlic, spice, and herbs you want!
There aren’t many wine regions in the world more diverse than California. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for producing concentrated and expressive grapes over the long growing season. With vineyards on the sea-swept Central Coast; the mountainous, jagged terrain of Northern California; and the storied plots of Napa, winemakers can be exacting in choosing the specific climate and terroir they are looking for when making their wines. Featuring nutrient-rich soils and scores of different microclimates, California is a gift to ambitious winemakers.
This wine is full of dark red and blue fruits, with fleshy tannins that provide it with a nice structure. The wine characteristics allow it to stand up easily to the intensity of grilled and smoked meats. We've loved it with all types of barbecue.