2020 Summer Wine Club Release
June 21, 2020
Dear Club Members,
It's a crazy time right now, and for us at Heritage Oak things are no different than they are where you are. Please take a look at our web page to see my explanation of how we are planning on coping with the new reality as we move toward re-opening.
Here are our picks for the 2020 Summer Release.
Our first batch of Petite was the 2016 vintage. It sold out like it was on fire so I know a lot of folks are going to be happy that it is back. It is a blend of 50/50 Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. Inky black in the glass, it has the fruit and structure you'd expect of these two varieties. Again, it is most enjoyable now, but will evolve nicely if aged in the cellar for a few years. Your price is the same as the other two.
This wine comes from the same vineyard where I pick my Block 14 Zin, with the main differences being that to make ZINHEAD I pick later in the year to get riper flavors, then it is blended with a little Petite Sirah and aged in new American oak barrels. It's a well balanced wine with a dark presence in the glass, dark fruit flavors on the palate and nice oak on the finish. If you aren't already, it is a wine that will turn you into a believer in the value of Zinfandel as a grape. You will find ZINHEAD to be a great quaffer, ready to be enjoyed right now with a meal or on its own. We sell it for $25 in the tasting room. Your price is $20, and re-orders before August 1st are just $17.50.
2017 Barbera (3+ bottle Clubs)
I have great respect for this variety, both as a blender, where it always brings wonderful structure, color and acidity to a wine, and as a stand-alone variety. You'll find this wine to have great color in the glass, a wonderful soft texture in the mouth and a pleasing oak finish. Typical of other wines of this variety, you'll find its acidity makes it a likely wine to pair with meals where other acidic foods are being served.
We are still doing the Corona Virus discount, so your price is now just $20 with additional bottles before the end of July only $17.50.
I hope you enjoy this quarter's wines. Cheers!
Wine description & write-up by owner/grower/winemaker Tom Hoffman
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