Club Newsletter

Winter 2020

This holiday season, the team at Chamisal is here to make gifting for the wine lover in your life easy and simple. We have plenty of gift options that range from elegant Chardonnays to stunning Pinot Noirs, and our always special small lot Rhone varietal wines. Our holiday gift sets can be customized to include a mix of red and white wines or you can choose to gift reds only. We also offer great merchandise such as cookbooks, wine glasses, candles and cozy apparel. Visit our online shop to view all holiday offers.

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Winter 2020 Release Wines

Edna Valley Grenache

2017 Edna Valley Grenache

Classic, Rare Release and Premier Clubs

Sourcing from vineyards outside of our estate for this wine has provided the opportunity for much more variety in our Grenache program. While the Grenache from our estate is dense, dark and highly tannic, the fruit we source for this wine is more aromatic and red-fruited, making it a varietal-driven rather than site-driven expression. Our Edna Valley Grenache has become one of my favorite wines that we produce – its enjoyable young but can age quite well.

A phenomenal cool climate expression of this varietal, this wine has vibrant red cherry and boysenberry aromatics with exotic spice. The dusty, chalky tannins are tamed, giving the Grenache a surprisingly supple structure. The cool climate of the vineyard is apparent in the long, focused acidity.

Enjoy now through 2030

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2018 Edna Valley Syrah

Classic Club only

Our Edna Valley Syrah is predominantly made from our estate, but we do also source some of the fruit from a handful of local vineyards that are all located within five miles. Inspired by the cooler-climate Syrah of Northern Rhone, we co-ferment with a small amount of estate-grown Viognier (about 4%) that we have interplanted among our Syrah blocks to contribute floral lift and aromatic complexity. Don’t open this one yet, if you can resist.

This is a cool-climate Syrah that is wonderfully aromatic on the nose with notes of black currant, peach, violets, black pepper and pie crust. On the palate, the wine is juicy and bright with dark purple fruit, fine-grained tannins and a silky finish.

Enjoy 2022 through 2027

Radian Pinot Noir

2018 Radian Pinot Noir

Rare Release and Premier Clubs only

When sourcing for our vineyard designate Pinot Noirs, we seek out sites that are the most different from our estate and we work with growers whose farming practices align with ours. Radian Vineyard is at the extreme western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA and one of the coolest and steepest sites for growing Pinot Noir. We ferment with a small amount of whole cluster to complement and highlight the more savory style that we find in our Radian Pinot Noir. This is a Pinot Noir that will age beautifully.

Wonderfully expressive on the nose, this wine has aromas of red currant, strawberry, cinnamon, bay leaf and sage brush. A light dusting of tannins and focused acidity make for a wine that is bright, savory, and richly textured with a lingering minerality on the finish.

Enjoy 2021 through 2027

Morrito Pinot Noir

2018 Morrito Pinot Noir

Rare Release and Premier Clubs only

Morrito is a wine that is truly made in the vineyard. We don’t have to apply too many techniques with the winemaking because the site is so special. This is a dense and powerful Pinot Noir that still retains acidity and shows a lot of our signature Chamisal spice. We take a very minimal and non-interventional approach to this wine, preferring not to use whole cluster as we find the wine has enough native structure without the addition of stems.

Incredibly expressive on the nose, this wine leaps from the glass with notes of black currant, cherry, anise, and a touch of cedar. The wine features fine concentration of fruit and a supple texture that feels plush on the palate, while retaining freshness and lively acidity through to the finish.

Enjoy 2022 through 2030

Winemaker’s Update

As we close out this most unforgettable year, we’d like to say, once again, how grateful we are for your continued loyalty and patronage. We hope you have stayed healthy and safe and that, perhaps, you have found some small comfort in opening a familiar bottle of Chamisal wine. We’ve always believed that wine is one of the best ways to foster conversation, friendship and community and this year has only strengthened that belief. We wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

Recent Accolades

2018 Soberanes Pinot Noir • 94 Points
Wine Enthusiast, October 2020

2018 Edna Valley Pinot Noir • 93 Points
Wine Enthusiast, October 2020

2018 Califa Chardonnay • 92 Points
Wine Enthusiast, October 2020

2018 Edna Valley Chardonnay • 92 Points
Wine Enthusiast, October 2020

2018 Monterey Chardonnay • 91 Points
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