2017 Moraga Red
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes 

Our Moraga Canyon estate vineyard has ancient marine soils and a distinct microclimate that clearly differentiates the property from other California appellations. The steep vineyard, planted at elevations of 900 feet, is recognized as an exceptional site for creating wines with a sense of place. The character of the vineyard is strongly reflected in the wines; in the Moraga red, the calcareous soils connect each vintage with a common thread. There is a unique and identifiable Moraga signature of soft tannins, supple texture, pure black Cabernet fruit, currant and tobacco. This vintage shows black cherry, roasted coffee and a hint of caramel on the ripe nose. Polished tannins and fresh acidity deliver flavors of blackberry jam, truffle, vanilla, and caramel. Grapes from the vineyard’s many different exposures allow us to build complexity and optimize each blend with regard to structure, ageability and elegance. The Moraga wines are more akin to those of Bordeaux than to their Californian cousins. We produce the best possible fruit in a sustainable manner. Our Moraga vineyard is a total eco-system with areas of native vegetation and extensive gardens that serve as insectaries for beneficial insects. A permanent cover crop of native grasses and wildflowers is maintained in order to prevent erosion and improve overall soil health. Our tight knit crew of eight people do everything by hand from the first spring bud break to the final label on the last bottle.

Carlos Contreras, Vineyard Manager