"Dale, I enjoyed your 08 Cab tonight with an Indonesian Beef Curry. It brought back memories of enjoying your 08 around 3 years ago. Today it appears more deeply aromatic and perfectly balanced. Red wines with lesser pedigree often display their original flaws in bolder ways with age, most often elevated VA, unresolved or depleted tannins, or faded fruit. Your wine shows none of these faults. It is a perfectly made wine approaching maturity. If you have any more of your 08, don’t hesitate to cellar it for at least a few more years. Tannins now are not sturdy, but velvety, suggesting an optimum drinking window of, perhaps, five years. Ten years for a Central Coast Cabernet is a commonly espoused standard. Right now it’s truly delicious!"
May 31, 2018 Alan Boehmer, Wine Writer and Author
Thank you Alan!
Sian has been quite involved in our wine business since we started making wine when she was 8 years old. She contributed to our initial label designs, was involved in our annual harvests since 2005 and helped with our multiple bottlings where she was needed to place the capsules on the bottles, to the point where we pulled her out of school. Her walks through the neighboring vineyards educated her of the growth cycles of the different varietals. Sian has even stomped on the grapes to make some tasty Cabernet Sauvignon sorbets!
Growing up surrounded by grapes and various bottles of wine at the dinner table, Sian can now offer her knowledge of our award-winning wines to the public. After 12 years of discussions about wine and being quizzed about the various varietals, as well as drinking wines in Europe and Bermuda with a lower drinking age, Sian is well versed to represent our wines in California and to our Bermudian market. Congratulations Sian!
Sally & Matt had Jade Moon Cabernet Sauvignon and our Odyssey blend as well as our Wild Hogge Sauvignon Blanc as their wedding wines!
Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you and we wish you both a lifetime of joy and happiness.
Jade Moon 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 89 POINTS
Blackberry, dill, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, roasted fennel and the slightest touch of green pepper show on the nose of this well-aged bottling. Similar elements extend to the palate, where the herbal influence gives intrigue to a backdrop of blackberry and elderberry fruit. Strong acidity ensures even more life.
— M.K. Published 9/1/2016
Jade Moon 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 92 POINTS
JADE MOON 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Heavy duty purple aromas of blackberry chiffon and blueberry pudding are lifted by a strong dill element on this darkly layered bottling. Baked blueberries meet with black olives, more dill and cut oregano, held together by a strong tannic structure.
— M.K. Published 8/1/2016
Odyssey, our Primitivo blend, was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition! There were about 1025 entries and our solo entry won Gold. Visit the Mid State Fair here in Paso this July to see the few Gold winners!
Affairs of the Vines Cabernet Shootout awarded our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon a GOLD medal at the recent wine competition! 35 cases left! Call now to restock your cellar.
Fall has arrived bringing cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage in the vineyards!
For those interested and aware - California needs rain! Our grape vines need rain!! Yields are down and the minerals pumped from the groundwater need to be flushed from the root system. This is what Weather West says if you are interested in following:
Bermuda's Grape Expectations write up on our
Wild Hogge wine 'Moongate'; a blend of Primitivo,
Cab Franc and Syrah.
Jade Moon's "Odyssey" is the same blend as our Wild Hogge's "Moongate".
We Haven’t Zinned for a While
Robinson, Michael. "Grape Expectations: We Haven’t Zinned for a While" The Royal Gazette [BDA] 18.09.15 Print
Crljenak Kastelanski is... Zinfandel
Of course I could have said that we haven’t Primitivo-ed (Italian) or Crljenak Kastelanskied (Croatian) for a while, as both are considered the DNA match for the grape that Californians call Zinfandel. Today I will not be writing about the pink version that resulted from a “stuck fermentation” back in 1975 or how it has made rather a fortune for the lucky folks involved. You see, sometimes the process of fermentation will just stop as it did in this case, while quite a bit of sugar remained in the juice, and it had also not absorbed enough tannins from the skins to turn a true red. The winery decided to bottle it as it was and the rest is history!
Wild Hogge Wines
When Huw and Dale Morris left Bermuda a few years ago they settled in Paso Robles, that is now one of the fastest growing wine areas in California and the wines that they make exclusively for our Island are called Wild Hogge. The production, as you can imagine, is very small and only one hundred and sixty eight cases of their 2010 Moongate were made. This is a blend of 75% Primitivo, 12.5% Cabernet Franc and 12.5% Syrah. Primitivo (Zinfandel) gives rich, ripe fruit, Cabernet Franc adds a little black pepper and the Syrah just balances the overall richness.
The wine spent two years maturing in American oak and then another two in bottle before being released. The earthiness, dark berry fruit and blackberry jam would be so good with any lamb dish or rich Italian fare. $39.95 and be sure to check out the Winslow Homer water-colour label of wild hogs on our South Shore and also the foil top with an impression of our hog penny.