Wellington Fall Case, Part II

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Take Two!

Oh, Peter Wellington, you SCAMP! You saw we needed you, and you saved the day.

Not many winemakers would ride in on a white horse and wave their magic sword in the air. But as soon as Peter Wellington saw we were in trouble, he appeared! Clad in glittering armor, he decreed "JUST BECAUSE WE RAN LOW ON THE 2007 CAB DOESN'T MEAN MY GLORY HAS TO END!" and poof! We were holding the same pack, but with a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon instead!

What other winemaker would be so prepared? Face facts, latecomers: you'll be getting almost exactly the same wines as we had this morning, but with one small difference: there's now a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix. Go on, peek at the features. Compare them. You'll see they're pretty much the same as before (except for that Cab, of course!) And if you're anything like us, this will only make you even happier.

Why? Dudes! You got to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, take a long bath, read a novel, and you STILL get a case of Peter Wellington wine! Nothing against you early risers, of course, you guys got a sweet deal too. But isn't it great to have one day when EVERYONE gets a little P-Well? Can we call you P-Well, Peter? Oh, what's that? "Under no circumstances should you ever do that again?" Okay, fair enough. Sorry.

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Features

Due to your overwhelming response (and the fact Peter loves you), Wellington has extended this offering with one little change. They are out of the 2007 Cabernet, but are happy to provide their 2008 Cabernet. You're welcome.

 

2007 Merlot, Sonoma Valley Estate Bottled 750ml 2-Pack

The nose has deep blackberry, blueberry and cherry aromas, brown sugar/caramel, lots of brown spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) with hints of chocolate, black tea, tobacco and cedar. The fruit is spot-on ripe, with neither any greenness nor raisin. The entry is full bodied and supple, but with enough acid to keep it clean and focused. The flavors echo the aromas – lots of fruit and spice. The finish is clean and dry with good length. This vintage has a bit more tannin than the previous couple of years and has good potential to develop with aging over the next 2-5 years. This wine will pair nicely with stews, pot roast, and Toby's favorite-spinach farfalle pasta with lots of pine nuts. 

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 750ml 2-Pack

Youthful medium dark red color. Aromas of black currant and cherry with notes of mocha, cedar, caramel, black pepper and spice.  The oak is well integrated and not overpowering.  The entry is full and supple without being overly sweet or heavy, the mid-palate fruity with lively acid; the finish a bit chewy still, with lingering fruit and oak.  With over 2 years of bottle age, this wine already has a smooth, long finish, but still has the stuffing to evolve for several years.

In 2008, Wellington's Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon again has Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in the blend.  They use both of these traditional Bordeaux grapes in their Victory Reserve, and also do blending trials to see if they will improve the Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.  In 2008 the Cabernet sauvignon was a little softer than in 2006 or 2007, so Wellington used more of the PEBs (performance enhancing blenders) to bring a little more muscle to the game.  As a result, this wine has similar structure and balance to the 2007 - rich and round with nice acid balance, all at a moderate alcohol content of just below 14%. 

2007 Syrah, England Crest, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack

Aromas of blackberry and cassis, that smoky – gamy Syrah je ne sais quoi with notes of coffee, cinnamon and caramel. The entry is rich and plush, the middle slightly tart and chewy and the finish long with some lingering tannin. This wine is a little bigger than the Estate, and is just starting to come into its own.

N/A The Duke 10 750ml 2-Pack

Wellington's world famous Duke is back for the 10th time for a limited time only.  Perhaps the best value in Wine Country, fans of Wellington await the release of this fun blend, The Duke. Wellington changes the components every year, and normally sell out in a matter of weeks.  This is a medium bodied red with enough acid and tannin to make it a good match for burgers, pizza, stews, etc.  The dominant primary aromas are blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, with notes of licorice, sage, sandalwood and brown spices.  No, it doesn’t have a 90 second finish or other attributes that will cause it to be confused for a $50 bottle, and it probably won’t age for five years or more, but it is flavorful, balanced and eminently drinkable.

 

2007 Zinfandel, Meeks Hilltop Ranch, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack

The concentrated blackberry fruit aromas with hints of raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and black pepper say classic “Zin.” The entry is smooth and full, and the mid-palate has great flavor intensity (Zintensity?). The finish is bright, with great flavor persistence. 2007 was a dream year weather-wise, and this wine shows off all of the inherent quality of the vintage. It drinks beautifully now and should last several more years. 

2007 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack

Blackberry fruit with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and tar. Big, sweet entry, chewy tannins, big mid-palate fruit – like a dark chocolate covered raspberry. 

Specs

2007 Merlot, Sonoma Valley Estate Bottled 750ml 2-Pack

  • Alcohol: 14%
  • pH: 3.55
  • Production: 1070 cases

Addition of small amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc helped bring out the fruit and add mid-palate richness. Wellington is very happy that they were able to bottle a Merlot in 2007 that is equal in quality to the excellent 2004 and 2005 vintages. All of the Merlot grapes came from the Wellington Estate Vineyards. 

 

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 750ml 2-Pack

  • Alcohol: 14%
  • pH: 3.60
  • 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc

 

2007 Syrah, England Crest, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack

  • 100% Syrah, clones 1 & 7
  • Harvest: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 2007
  • Average 24.8 brix
  • pH: 3.50 at harvest
  • 7% of the juice was bled off prior to fermentation
  • 10 to 14 day fermentation
  • 100% French oak, 7% new
  • Bottled unfined & lightly filtered on Aug. 19, 2008
  • Alcohol: 14.7%
  • pH: 3.70

 

N/A The Duke 10 750ml 2-Pack

  • 41% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 4% Petite Sirah, 6% others (Grenache, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir)
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • pH: 3.6
  • 100% produced and bottled by Wellington Vineyards
  • 100% Sonoma County grapes: 93% Sonoma Valley, 26% estate grown
  • No cheap California appellation bulk wine here

 

2007 Zinfandel, Meeks Hilltop Ranch, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack

  • Alcohol 14.9%
  • pH 3.66
  • Production: 394 cases

 

2007 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack

  • Alcohol 14.8%
  • pH 3.60
  • RS: less than 0.1%
  • Vineyards: 38% Meeks, 35% Shumahi, 27% Estate
  • Composition: 90% Zinfandel, 7% Durif, 3% Carignan
  • Harvest: Sept. 26-Oct. 8
  • Production: 1014 cases

Winery Details

Wellington Vineyards

Founded:
1986
Owner:
Peter Wellington
Location:
Glen Ellen, CA
Wellington Vineyards is owned Peter Wellington. Peter's father John purchased the winery site in 1986. At the time, it consisted of 20 acres of old vines and a few decrepit old fruit and nut trees. Replanting of part of the old vineyard and orchard started in 1988. The winery was completed in time for the 1989 crush. We grow approximately half the grapes we use and purchase the remainder, primarily from small, unique vineyards.
 
The estate vineyards consist of 21 acres, 8 of which are 85 to 117 years old. There are 24 different varieties in the old vineyard, with the most common being Zinfandel, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Syrah. In addition, there are 10 acres of eleven to sixteen year old vines that consist of Merlot, Chardonnay, Marsanne, and Syrah. We grow more Merlot than anything else. Three more acres were replanted in 2001, predominantly to Syrah, Zinfandel and Grenache.

 

 

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