2018 Estate Albariño (53 cases produced)
This refreshing white wine is 100% Albariño. It was planted in 2014, and harvested in September 2018 from our South block. Fermented in a stainless steel tank, it presents very fresh fruit. The highly regarded white varietal has Spanish roots, and this California example authentically reflects the bright, aromatic strength of its character.
We’ve heard that white wines can’t be grown well in San Diego County. This is our reply. Come have a taste and judge for yourself.
2015 Estate Zinfandel (166 cases produced)
One acre of dormant bench grafted “Deaver” clone vines sourced from the Gold Country of California on 110R root stock were planted in April 2004 in soil cleared to the ground by the massive San Diego County wildfire of October 2003.
It was harvested in August and September 2015, and aged two years in American Appalachian oak.
2012 Estate Sangiovese (244 cases produced)
In 2007 we started the north block project by planting 1.5 acres of vines grown from the VCR-6 clone sourced from Italy’s Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo, better known as Brunello. This fourth harvest in 2012 yielded a rich, complex wine. It was aged in Eastern European (Hungarian) Oak for 18 months
This wine was released in 2018, and is now available for tasting and purchase exclusively at the new Chuparosa Vineyards visitor sales building and patio overlooking the vines from which it was grown.
2015 Estate Malbec (100 cases produced)
In 2009 we planted 3/4 of an acre of Malbec, and added another 1/4 acre in 2014. This 100% Malbec shows nice depth, deep color, and a good finish. It was ready for harvest in late September 2018. It was aged one year in a blend of American and French oak prior to bottling.
Malbec has traditionally been used in other wine regions as a blending grape, but we have found that the optimal weather and soil in the Ramona Valley AVA allows the fruit bouquet and the complex taste profile necessary for a stand-alone offering.
2017 Estate Cabernet Franc (120 cases produced)
This release of our Ramona Valley 100% Cabernet Franc red wine illustrates what followers of this variety are looking for: subtle, fragrant, and herbal, with a California richness that lets it stand on its own. It was harvested at optimum maturity, then aged one year in American oak prior to bottling.
While we rarely enter wine competitions, we entered the 2014 Cab Franc in the New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, where it was awarded a double gold medal (“when each judge at the table gives the wine an undeniable two thumbs up for every aspect of the wine (typicity: how true it is to its own varietal character, balance: of fruit, acid, tannin and alcohol, and its overall likeability.)” This happens rarely – to the top 4% of wines entered.
2016 Estate North Block Blend – Red ( SuperT ) (174 cases produced)
This blend of selected vines from our North block adheres to the Super Tuscan approach from Italy. Starting with a Sangiovese base, each year we select and harvest together a mix of Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The blend is destemmed, fermented and gently aged together for one year in European oak barrels.