Every grape from Kestrel View Estate is tended to and intended to, be blended into our Signature Series in a First Growth Bordeaux House Mentality. This presents the perfect canvas to create and design a multiple tiered system. From the Signature Series and Winemaker's Select Series our premier fruit can then be declassified to our Falcon Series; wines made at an everyday price point. With the Signature Series, our consumers can purchase full varietals, or our Raptor Red blend for around fifty to sixty dollars.
The grapes were harvested form Kestrel View Estate Vineyards and Olsen Estate Vineyards. The grapes were planted in 1972 and 1982 respectively, making them some of the oldest plantings in the state. They produce small intensely flavored crops, small canopies and small berries. The resulting wines are concentrated and elegant. These old vines are truly something special.
This intensely aromatic wine boasts Van cherry, Elk Heart plum, blackberry, and black currants. The fruit elements are balanced by cola, vanilla, cocoa, and cardamom. The color is a rich purple-plum. The finish is elegant and refined, allowing sweet ripe fruit flavors to repeat and linger. This is a Cab-lover's Merlot. It is the perfect balance of elegance and masculinity bound by supple tannins.
One hundred percent of the grapes from our Old Vine Merlot were harvested from Kestrel View Estate Vineyard. The vines were planted in 1972 making them some of the oldest Merlot vines in the state. The grapes were hand harvested and carefully sorted to remove any defective fruit, stems or leaves. Then they were destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters, where the juice was punched down twice daily to extract the maximum color and flavor. These old vines are truly something special. They produce small canopies, small berries and intensely flavored crops. The resulting wines are concentrated and elegant, with silky smooth tannins. After 23 months aging in small French Oak barrels and 23 months aging in bottle we feel this gem is ready for your table.
The color at the margins reminds me of rubies. In the aroma you will be greeted by a beautiful floral element, followed by dark rich flavors of cherry, blueberry, black plums, blackberry, black pepper, cloves, anise, coffee, cedar, tar and leather. These flavors glide across your palate with velvety softness. The body is elegant and refined, allowing fruit, spice and earthy flavors to repeat and linger. One of my absolute favorite wines of the vintage!
Raptor Red is our flagship wine. It is a Bordeaux style red blend made from the best barrels in our cellar each vintage. Throughout the year the winemaking team evaluates the different lots and selects their favorite barrels to go into this blend. The blend for our 2012 Raptor Red is a combination of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All the grapes were handpicked and fermented separately. After fermentation the wine was barrel aged for up to 24 months before bottling. Raptor Red showcases a winemaking style and barrel selection to create a wine the drinks great now but is made to lay down and age.
The color is dark red with an intense burgundy edge. The aromas take a minute to open, with leather and light oak giving way to dried cherries and mocha. The fruit elements offer cherry with expansive cola, cocoa, tobacco and dried herb notes. This wine has exceptionally rich and bold flavors complimented by ample body, elegant silky tannins and ripe sweet fruit leaving a lingering finish.
This is a unique port blend we came up with after using several different varietals. The color is dark and inky and appears heavy. The aromas of big fruit mixed with spice and heat are very inviting. Jam aromas of blackberry, huckleberry and pie notes are complemented with oak, tobacco and licorice at the end. The natural sweetness preserved from the grapes is balanced by the brandy. The result is a long powerful finish.
Perfect for an after dinner drink, or just by the fire, on a cold winter night. The Port was created by stopping the fermentation early, with the addition of neutral brandy spirit. The brandy was created using grapes from Kestrel View Estate. The high alcohol and sugar combat oxidation and aging in the wine, allowing you to have a snapshot of what the flavors were like in late October 2013 and to enjoy them for many years to come.
Our Port is created in the vineyard by reducing the crop to one cluster per shoot. The fruit is then allowed to ripen as long as possible. We harvested the grapes late in the season to get extra sugar in the fermentation to balance the port once it was fortified.