The grapes for our 2007 rockroom winemaking co-operative wines are now in Austin! Two different clones of Carneros pinot noir, 250lbs of primo Russian River Valley zinfandel and enough Santa Lucia Highlands chardonnay juice to make a nice little quarter barrel of chard. Moving these grapes toward wine-dom starts today and the weekend will certainly see some key steps take place. Call or email if you want to drop in and see how your wine is starting life!
Here is a nice little California pinot noir you should try - a good deal for around 20 bucks. Instead of a cork you will discover a neat little glass stopper on top. As cork replacements go it is more like opening a perfume bottle than a quart of Ripple. Nice.
Rockroom's 2007 crush came to a close yesterday with the pressing of our White Hawk Vineyard syrah. The wines now begin their beauty sleep leading to bottling in 2008 or 2009, depending on varietal. Of course by then we will have some 06 wines to enjoy!
You might be thinking that you have seen this bottle on the shelf before - a very decent Spanish garnacha for 8 bucks or so, right. But if you look closer (OK, not at the crappy phone pic above) you will notice this says Reserva and is a blend: garnacha and tempranillo (the grape of Rioja). And it says 1999. Currently on the shelf at the HEB on 41st street this is a fascinating wine for all of about $11. A real steal. Now where can you find a well aged red for under $15 right off the shelf? Get some of this- good stuff!
founder of the Rockroom Winemaking Cooperative, [aka: organizer, winemaker, bottle washer, cork soaker, winepress operator, and blog editor]. For income I have worked since the early 90's in venture capital & private equity. I am also a recovering engineer.