Every fall for the last decade and a half, we have opened our cellar doors for a rare opportunity to taste a limited selection of our small production red wines still aging in oak barrels during our annual Futures program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to change the Futures tasting program. We still want our Wine Club members and supporters to enjoy this truly unique experience even though they cannot travel to our estate winery.
This year, the six Futures wines will be available in a tasting kit which can be delivered to the 35 states where we currently ship. Each kit will include 50ml samples of the six different wines, each wine’s specific winemaking details, our winemaker’s tasting notes, and an invitation to participate in a virtual Futures tasting. The virtual tastings will be hosted on Zoom by our Tasting Room Manager, Neil Redmond, offering you the chance to taste the wines along with a small group of people and ask us your questions. In past years, we have found that the in-depth discussions had during Futures tastings lend a new perspective on the wines, generating a deep appreciation you can savor whenever you open your Futures wines.
The greatest benefit to customers who pre-order during the Futures program is the ability to purchase these limited production wines at the lowest price that they will be offered, at special discounts of up to 40%. Since Futures buyers are promising to purchase an unfinished product, there is some risk involved as the wines will change during their last few months of aging. But, with any risk, there is great reward as the wines have historically been some the best that we have produced, and several of them will sell out during the Futures program. Futures buyers will not be billed for the wines until they are shipped after bottling later this fall and next spring.
The red wines in the Futures program have been aging in barrel anywhere from 10 months to 30 months depending on the type of wine being produced. During this aging period, the wines will evolve as the gentle process of slow oxidation softens the tannins over time. Additionally, if aged in new oak, the barrels will impart an extra dimension of flavor and complexity into the wine, which takes time to integrate into the wine. Thieving wine from a barrel allows our Wine Club members and longtime supporters to taste a wine that is not quite finished and thus experience a whole new appreciation of our winemaking process. They can discern where a wine is headed, and for those with skilled palates or those who have been tasting our barrel samples for years, they can gain an idea of how the wine will taste once bottled.
The wines selected for the Futures program are the most exceptional and lowest production wines in our portfolio. These wines are sourced from the highest quality grapes grown in our best vineyard blocks, crafted from free run juice or gentle basket presses, and aged in premium barrels by notable coopers. Pre-ordering during Futures guarantees access to these wines, as several of the wines are fully allocated upon release to our Wine Club and some are exclusively sold as Futures wines.
The six wines included in the 2020 Futures program are:
- 2019 PMV Grenache
- 2019 Estate Grenache
- 2019 PMV Clone 1 Syrah
- 2018 PMV Block Six Syrah
- 2018 Purisima Red Wine (available only during Futures)
- 2018 TLB
The Futures tastings kits are available to purchase now and will be shipped in mid-September once the weather is cool enough to safely ship wine. You can click here to purchase your tasting kit for $30, which is refundable upon a minimum purchase of one case total of Futures wine. Once you purchase your tasting kit, you will receive the link to book your virtual tasting. Virtual tastings will be scheduled several times a week from October 1st through November 22nd and booked using our new online reservation system.
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 805−688−8664 extension 211. We look forward to sharing our barrel samples with you!
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