Slowly sipping on a delicious, balanced dry red is one of our favorite winter pleasures. Their deep, warm flavor is an idyllic addition to a cozy evening indoors. Enjoy this selection of Library wines featuring different vintages of our Shiraz Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Crimson Cabernet.
Library Selection Shiraz Reserve 2017
Our Shiraz grapes for the 2017 Reserve vintage came from French Camp Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. The Shiraz Reserve 2017
was fermented warm on the skins for several days, then aged in French and American oak barrels for nearly a year and a half. Spices and soft caramel on the nose are balanced with dark berry fruit. Taste ripe red fruit and spice up front with a robust mouthfeel that finishes in a smooth and pleasing oak. A tasteful choice for an intimate dinner this winter. It pairs well with bold flavors and grilled dishes, such as steak, burgers, mushrooms, aged cheeses, and dark chocolate.
Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Fruit for this vintage came exclusively from French Camp Vineyards in Paso Robles. This wine was fermented on the skins at a warmer temperature for maximum color and tannins. After fermentation, the wine is moved to new oak barrels for aging. From the bottle, the aromas are pure Cabernet Sauvignon: currant, blackberry, and a hint of oak and vanilla from barrel aging. Enjoy this wine with your finest steak or pot roast dinner, as you sit back and savor good company.
Library Selection Crimson Cabernet 2020
This long-time tasting-room favorite is quite the unique find. Produced from a rare hybrid-cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Norton, it carries rich berry and oak flavors, sweet cherry pie aromas, and soft tannins. This full-bodied wine is a decadent addition to a Holiday feast with turkey or pork or an Italian dinner. Save it for Valentine’s Day for a lovely toast for two.
Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Grapes for the 2018 vintage also came from French Camp Vineyards in Paso Robles. The cooler climate adds alluring aromatics and firm tannin character. This wine was fermented warm which helps us achieve a soft tannin structure and rich color. Following a gentle press, the wine is aged in barrels for 14-20 months. The 2018 vintage has loads of jammy fruit, with notes of wild cherry and raspberry, accented with hints of currant and spice on the finish. Treat yourself to a relaxing evening with a favorite hobby and side of dark chocolate.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic varietal, known across the world for its bold tannins, larger than life mouthfeel, and bright berry flavors accented by warm spice. The Paso Robles AVA provides us with this fruit out of French Camp Vineyards. While this wine will age beautifully for another 10-12 years, it is approachable and inviting right now with aromas of cinnamon on the nose and flavors of currant and vanilla on the finish. Enjoy it on a snowy day at home, with lots of blankets and a cozy movie, or let it age for a future celebration.
Library Selection Shiraz Reserve 2018
Our Shiraz grapes for the Reserve 2018 vintage came exclusively from grower Steve Borra, in Lodi, California. The Shiraz Reserve 2018 is fermented warm on the skins for several days, pressed and then finished. After completion it is moved into French and American oak barrels. Perfect for a fuller-bodied red in the fall and winter seasons, with earth and wood notes to pair with heavier meats and cold evenings.
The video below offers additional insights from our Director of Winemaking, Rob Warren, into why vintages can be unique, and how we can act to create a consistent, delicious wine.
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While we love a crisp white on a hot summer day or a dry red with an evening barbecue, dry wines are absolutely irresistible in the cooler months. There's no better time to enjoy a glass full of a rich, dry red or bright, effervescent sparkling than on cozy fall or winter days.