Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dragonette Cellars

Hot new winery....from friends that worked at some amazing wineries like Sine Qua Non and Torbreck.  Extremely small production on each wine.

"John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis formed Dragonette Cellars in order to pursue a long-held dream to produce wines of the utmost quality and purity from the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast.

Our journey together began at an excellent wine shop, where we had the opportunity to taste the benchmark wines of the world. From there we obtained hands-on experience with some of the greatest wineries and viticulturists in the world including Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars, Demetria Estate and Coastal Vineyard Care." -- winery

In stock now at Forsyth

2009 Dragonette Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard...$46.99

"The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 33% new, for 18 months without racking and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. 175 Cases Produced.

Our Tasting Note: The nose is a fascinating combination of high-toned, ripe red fruits including cranberry and raspberry (from the clone 113), deep black cherry with cola (from the 115) and signature Fiddlestix baking spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie. Partial whole cluster fermentation adds complicating notes of pine, fresh bay leaf and nori (seaweed). On the palate this medium bodied wine gives substantial but measured amounts of fully ripe fruit (jammy raspberry, pomegranate, and cherries) and hints of vanilla, The solid acidity and ripe tannins provide ideal structure for a long (yet velvety) finish and a long life ahead." -- winery

2008 Dragonette MJM...$52.99

"2008 MJM is comprised of Syrah grapes from several cooler climate vineyards: Los Tres Burros in Los Alamos Valley, Shadow Canyon Vineyard in York Mountain, and Paderewski vineyard in West Paso Robles. These spectacular, ultra low-yielding vineyards produced grapes of incredible depth and intensity. Due the incredible intensity of these grapes we felt it appropriate to age them for an extended period in a significant percentage (approx. 86%) of new French oak barrels and Puncheons (coopers: Sylvain, Ermitage, Radoux, Seguin Moreau). Each lot was fermented and aged separately for 22 months before being selected for the MJM blend. The wines were then blended (including additional varietals) and aged 4 additional months before bottling without fining or filtration. 175 Cases produced.

Our Tasting Note: On the nose, the wine demonstrates its serious purpose, displaying deep and serious, yet wildly exuberant and large-scaled aromas of dark black and blue berries, complimented by fresh vanilla, cacao, cedar and other lighter, toasted wood spices and hints of raw meat and black olives. The wine is full in the mouth, delivering a torrent of fresh and dried blackberries, blueberry and kirsch, spiced with vanilla. The finish is long, creamy and substantial, lingering on the palate due to the solid but ripe tannins and round acidity." -- winery

2008 Dragonette Syrah...$34.99

2008 SyrahThe 2008 Syrah is comprised of grapes from several cooler climate vineyards: Watch Hill and Los Tres Burros in Los Alamos Valley and Shadow Canyon Vineyard in York Mountain, west of Paso Robles. 2008 was marked by a punishing early frost which lowered yields significantly. The vintage was generally quite cool with only short periods of intense heat and a long cool September. Our low yield philosophy was extremely helpful in 2008 as ripening less fruit is critical in cool years. The grapes for the 2008 Syrah were hand harvested and sorted in the cool early morning hours throughout late September and mid October, fermented separately, and aged on its less in barrel (30% new) for 22 months prior to bottling on August 20, 2010. 325 cases Produced.

Our Tasting Note: The wine delivers intense aromas of black and blue berries, vanilla, cedar and toasted wood spices intermixed with dried and raw meat notes. The wine is full in the mouth, unleashing a torrent of fresh blackberries, blueberry, and kirsch, with solid depth and concentration. A young wine, the tannins are present, but ripe and with fresh round acidity, they provide a positive structure, leading to a long finish. The Syrah would be best served with strongly flavored dishes of beef or game (venison comes to mind), with or without sauces (peppercorn or strong blue cheese). It’s good on its own too." --  winery

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