The Cinder Cone Reserve is a unique assemblage of Rhone and Bordeaux varieties.
The Syrah, Cabernet and Grenache are from our estate Crimson Hill Vineyard. The Malbec was selected from a nearby Red Hills vineyard, and we believe this component makes the flavors of this blend so uniquely deep and complex. Because of our elevation (about 2,000 feet), climate and soils, Malbec does very well in our area. (The Petite Sirah in the 2010 vintage also comes from a Red Hills vineyard.)
The grapes were all individually hand-harvested at their optimum ripeness, gently de-stemmed and fermented in small lots. The resulting wines were then pressed in our basket press and aged in combinations of French and American oak barrels for 18 months.
The name “Cinder Cone” and our burnt label design were selected to represent our unique area where recent and numerous volcanoes formed our unique terroir. The results are clearly visible in the formation of a cinder cone that adjoins our vineyard property that is a quarry for volcanic rock and cinder remnants from nearby Mt. Konocti.