Barrel tastings of our 2013 Syrah, Grenache and other Rhône varietals have inspired me to make a special blend based on the wines that led me to become a winemaker in the first place: the great red blends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These are wines rich and layered with dark fruits, Provençal herbs and camphor. These are wines built to age. The wine is sold in 6 and 12 bottle cases only, with a limit of 12 bottles per customer, at a special advance price of $45 per bottle (representing a 25% discount on the expected retail price of $60 per bottle). This is a futures purchase – the wine will be released in December 2015.
Primitivo is an earlier ripening clone of Zinfandel. This wine is a lovely ruby color with violet tones. Aromas of brambly blackberry, bing cherry & vanilla are followed by flavors of bright red fruits along with plum & cocoa.
This beautiful garnet hued blend has aromas of summer berries, pomegranate, and cranberry gathered on the nose, with a hint of violets, rose petals, and leather. Medium-bodied on the palate, the 2012 Cuvée Ivy offers bright spiced plum upfront, tamarind and graphite and is wrapped in smooth tannins.
A classic Syrah with flavors of plums, dark cherries & pepper. 96 cases produced. 93 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine 93 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
SOLD OUT. Join Club Stark for first access to future releases. Our first Carignane release! The 2012 Stark Carignane has aromas of lilac followed by flavors of dark cherry and cocoa. 75 cases produced.
Dark purple in color, this wine has aromas of red berries, lilac and a subtle earthiness. The red berries, dark stone fruits and earthiness follow through on the palate creating a lush, yet structured wine which will age well over the next 8 years. 41 cases produced.
Another first from Damiano Vineyard, the 2012 Petite Sirah is opaque with glass coating ruby/purple hues. This wine is full bodied with dark brooding fruit combined with toasted fruit cake and plum skin. The tannins are big, yet smooth and will allow for hearty food pairings of rich roasted meats and braises. We always say that "we make wines that we like to drink, with food that we like to cook," and this wine epitomizes that goal.
SOLD OUT. Join Club Stark for first access to future releases. We are happy to announce that our first release of Barbera from the Damiano Vineyard received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and a Gold Medal in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. See suggested food pairings with our Barbera in the April 2014 issue of The Wine Enthusiast.
The 2012 Viognier has aromas of honey and light stone fruits, such as apricot and peach. The flavors of apricot continue on the palate balanced with a clean minerality. This wine is full-bodied with a balanced acidity.
The 2013 Grenache Blanc is a pale straw color with lemon, green apple and a bit of confection in the aroma. The citrus and earthiness follow in the palate and it has a bright, clean finish. 150 cases produced.