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India Ink 2008 Madras Syrah PDF Print E-mail


Madras syrah reflects a style of wine that suites an eclectic palate.
 Madras is a cotton textile fabric much like seersucker, originally
 handmade in Chenai India.  It was popularized in a cult read called 
the Outsiders in the1960s equated with trendsetting 'Preppies' shorts 
and later became a homemade fabric of the hip San Francisco of 
the 1960s. It is reminiscent of the label used to brand our wine.

Madras wine is an artisanal product made from yields of approximately
2.5 tons per acre.  Hand harvesting and sorting in which 'we've
touched every grape' allows the most delicate hand made approach to
our wine.

 Madras blends the premium grapes of Thompson and White Hawk Vineyards 
of the Los Alamos area of Santa Barbara County.  Exposure to morning 
fog and concentrated intense afternoon heat concentrates flavors for 

2008 harvested in late October with a moderate growing season.  The
 berries were uniform and the seeds were crisp when they

arrived at the
 winery.    Fermentation took approximately 3 weeks with frequent
 punchdowns and cap immersion, but no prolonged maceration, as an
 exercise in restraint.  Fermentation and aging took place over 18 
months in new French Oak Barrels, hoping to balance the immense fruit
 with the cutting edge that only new oak could provide.

The palate reflects flavors of plum with aromas of violet and black
olive.  Saddle leather and the soothing quality of cough syrup make 
for a full palate.  This is a full-bodied wine that can pair with
 game, fowl and red meat.  Its acid and tannin structure will allow for 
pairing with red meats that California Cabernets may not rival.  Its
 strength is its balance of both body and acid as well as its perpetual
 evolution in the glass.  This wine can easily age for another 5-10

 600 bottles produced.


2010 Sagebrush and Winter White Chardonnays PDF Print E-mail

Our Sagebrush Stainless Chardonnay 2010 is sourced from Gap's Crown/Split Rock Vineyard in Sonoma, while our Winter White Chardonnay is sourced from the legendary Durell Vineyard.


These are our award winning Chardonnays.  Restrained with finesse from Sonoma's finest vineyards.  LIMITED AMOUNTS LEFT.

2009 The Lost Vintage PDF Print E-mail

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Sagebrush Chardonnay Winter White 2008, Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino County PDF Print E-mail

Sagebrush Winter wine can be consumed all year long. It conjures up thoughts of “blancheur l’hiver”, the first dusting of winter snow. A full-bodied wine with a finish that lasts forever, it is the most versatile wine we could think of making.

Balanced acid on its mineral backbone allows it to pair well with lobster, salmon, fettucine alfredo, veal, game birds and epoisse. Rich, brilliant fruit remind you that summer will soon be here.





Sagebrush Chardonnay 2008, Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino County PDF Print E-mail

This unoaked Chardonnay made from cool climate grapes combines the best of new world fruit and old world technique. Early harvest at the Emerald Pool block allowed these grapes to escape the smoke of heavy seasonal wildfires. Citrus flavors, with a hint of brioche and pineapple are supported by a mineral backbone, allowing for refreshing crispness. This year’s wine pairs well with shellfish and chevre.




India Ink Syrah 2007, Whitehawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara County PDF Print E-mail

India Ink Syrah is a restrained Rhone-style wine meant to pair with your favorite comfort foods. Dark fruit from the Estrella River clone with a supple palate and balanced acid, this wine should age well for 5+ years.

We tamed this massive fruit with the incisive new French Oak to achieve our goal. Aromas of ground coffee, cassis and chocolate abound.



Sagebrush Chardonnay 2007, Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino County PDF Print E-mail

This Chablis-styled chardonnay made from cool climate-harvested grapes combines the best of new world fruit with old-world technique. Hints of apricot, white peach, and honeysuckle are complimented by balanced acidity and a long-lasting finish. Sur-lie aging provides an outstanding complexity to this full-bodied wine. Crispness and a mineral backbone predominate. It pairs perfectly with shellfish, risotto with white truffles, and robust cheeses.




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