Barry Jackson, winemaker at Equinox, not only makes a fine sparkling wine, made in the methode champenoise style, but he also directs his talents to another of his labels—Bartolo. Located in Santa Cruz, Bartolo makes wines using Santa Clara Valley's Mann Vineyard grapes.
Cioppino Rosso - 2007, Santa Clara Valley
Syrah 61% - Chardonnay 20% - Mourvedre 19%
An eclectic blend of ever-changing varietals, Cioppino Rosso, as its culinary namesake, is composed of odd bits and wines nobody else wanted.
Minerva - 2007, Santa Clara Valley
Grenache 47% - Syrah 33% - Mourvedre 20%
Grown on the mann vineyard in the foothills east of Gilroy, from grenache and mourvedre vines. Barrel-aged for nine months in neutral oak. Minerva was bottled August 15, 2008.
Production was limited to 231 cases.
Heady, aromatic, floral notes of rhubarb, orange peel and Allspice. Sleek and supple entry flavors of cranberry, peppery Mid-palate, with hints of smoke in the finish.
Syrah - 2006, Santa Clara Valley
Grown on the Mann Vineyard in the foothills east of Gilroy, 100% Syrah, aged one year in American & Hungarian Oak. Light, berry-like aromatics coupled with characteristic flavors of white pepper supported by notes of oak and sleek tannins on the mid-palate. Crisp, clean finish.
Merlot - 2006, Santa Clara Valley
Grown on the Mann Vineyard in the eastern foothills of Gilroy 100% Merlot - Aged two years in American Oak. Harvested Oct. 19, 2006 and was bottled August 15, 2008. Production was Limited to 149 cases.
Effusive aromas of ripe plum, spice and oak. Sweet entry flavors of black cherry, sleek, well-knit tannins on the mid-palate are framed by notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Firm, warm finish.
Il Quatro Bordeaux Blend - 2006, Santa Clara
80% Merlot -13% Petite Verdot - 5% Cabernet Sauvignon - 2% Cabernet Franc
Aged 19 months in New American. Production was limited to 201 cases.
Broad aromas of ripe plum, olallieberry and oak. Expansive - Entry flavors of ripe fruit and vanilla. Solid mid-palate of finely textured tannins and dense cassis-blackberry flavors framed by well integrated oak. Lingering, clean,warm, slightly edgy finish.
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