The label of this wine was inspired by the historical “El Camino Real” trail that travels north and south along the coast of California. In 1784, before California was settled, Friar Junipero Serra began a quest for Spain to establish missions along a trail they named “El Camino Real”. During its 75 years in operation, 21 missions were built, serving the indigenous Indians and the Spanish military. One of the many cultural and economic exchanges shared among the Spaniards and the Indians, were the vineyards planted to produce wine and raisins. Mission San Gabriel, near what is now Los Angeles, was the largest vineyard spanning 170 acres. In 1830, Alfred Robinson recorded that between 400 and 600 barrels of wine were produced annually at Mission San Gabriel; a relatively large production in those days. It is believed by some that these missions were responsible for establishing the first wine-grape plantings in California!!
2006 El Camino Real Red Wine, Page Nord Vineyard, Napa Valley 750ml 4-Pack
Ruby/purple in color, this wine screams Syrah; blueberry, black raspberry, earth, cocoa, spice and hints of vanilla. The Syrah brings up the front but it is the Cabernet and Merlot that bring in the structure and acid. Creamy blackberry, red cherry, currants, sage and sweet tannin dominate, yet the structure is kept in balance with judicious use of oak and mouthwatering acidity.
Vineyard: Located on a registered historic property, Page Nord Vineyards is known for its high scoring vineyard-designate wines. Winemakers reserve specific rows and help guide custom (row by row) farming practices. Located on the north bank of Dry Creek, south of Yountville, the vineyards are part of the Oak Knoll District and their soils are gravelly silt loams, drained by a gravel layer. The region still benefits from bay fog to moderate temperatures but afternoons are warm and clear.
2005 El Camino Real Red Wine, Page Nord Vineyard, Napa Valley 750ml
This bold and luscious red wine is a stand out among Syrah’s. It is both rich and dark, and its flavors of blackberry and currants will testify for its multi-faceted, deep tone. This wine is the perfect selection to pair with the boldest delights of the table. The fruit of El Camino Real was picked at its prime from the Page Nord vineyard in the lush Napa Valley. This is the same vineyard that produced Behrens & Hitchcock’s 2003 Syrah which was recently honored by Food and Wine Magazine as “Syrah of the Year”.