Episode 20 – Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery

Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery
Episode 20 – Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery

Today’s wine podcast has us visiting the Cinnabar Vineyard and Winery. Situated 40 miles south of San Francisco between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, Cinnabar(http://www.cinnabarwine.com) overlooks Silicon Valley from the east rim of the Santa Cruz Mountains at 1,650 feet. Mild temperatures and clay-loam soils contribute deep fruit and earthy components to wines that express a unique sense of place. Twenty-three acres of hillside were cleared for planting in 1983. The first commercial vintage was 1986. The winery building was completed in 1987.
The name Cinnabar pays hommage to the important role the valley played in extracting gold from the Sierra Nevada range during the Gold Rush of the 1800’s.
Before starting Cinnabar, Owner Tom Mudd was a senior research engineer at SRI (Stanford Research Institute, International) and had 10 years of experience growing grapes and making wine at his one-acre vineyard in Woodside. As part of the show, we interview the Winemaker, George Troquato.
Cinnabar is open for Passport days four times a year and for special events. Please visit their website for events and dates.

00:00 Intro
01:41 Passport Days & Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery
03:42 2004 Monterey Chardonnay
06:08 2003 Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay
07:58 George Troquato, winemaker
16:31 2003 Pasa Robles Merlo
19:26 2004 Santa Cruz Mountain Late Harvest Chardonnay
21:00 Wrap-up and summary of visit
22:34 Bliss by Rob Costlow

The wines that we sample are:

2004 Monterey Chardonnay, $18.50
Winemakers Notes: This wine has a nose of pineapple and vanilla segues to tropical fruit flavors with a touch of toasted oak and minerals. It is very well-balanced with a full mouthfeel and bright acidity. Serve with shrimp, avocado and spinach salad or stuffed mushrooms.
Guy & Girl Notes: We both liked this wine because of the tropical nose and the taste is smooth and enjoyable.

2003 Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay, $ 25.00
Winemakers Notes: An nose of stone, fruit, vanilla and sweet oak softly engages the mouth of wipe green apples, citrus and wet stones. The acidity is bright while the solid structure lends itself to nearly 5 years of aging. A long finsh pears nicely with rustic polenta and mushroom cream sauce, rotisserie chicken stuffed with herbs and lemons or lobster bisque.
Guy & Girl Notes: Joe really likes this wine. He thought it was clear and fruity. It was more complex than we normally expect from a Chardonay.

2003 Pasa Robles Merlo, $ 20.00
Winemakers Notes: This wine opens with aromatic black cherry, spice and vanilla. It blankets the palate with blackberry, cocoa and toasted oak. Thick and velvety with full, integrated tannins. Serve with grilled foccacia pizza topped with mozzarella, romano and fresh tomato.
Guy & Girl Notes: Lori thought this wine was earthy, hint of spicy nose, low tannins. Joe thought it was very straight forward, smooth wine. They gave this one a thumbs up.

2004 Santa Cruz Mountain Late Harvest Chardonnay, $ 22.00
Guy & Girl Notes: This is a dessert wine. The grapes were frozen and then pressed to capture the sugar content. This is a very sweet wine. It tastes great and might be paired with cheese and grapes. Elegant boutque. Another thumbs up!

Our Artist this week is Rob Costlow, and the song is Bliss. You can find more music from Rob Costlow along with other great artists on the Podsafe Music Network (http://music.podshow.com).

Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery
23000 Congress Springs Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 741-5858
Google Map

Note: Tasting Room open only for passport days and special events.

As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. Would you like to see shorter shows? Perhaps more details? Let us know! You can drop us a line at guyandgirl@gmail.com.

-A Guy & a Girl

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3 Responses to “Episode 20 – Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery”

  1. caseydawes says:

    Cinnabar has great fun with grape stomping in September. Good barbecue as well. And did you know that George’s dad has his own line of wines? Angelo began making wine with his family in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the 1930s.

    There’s 68 wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains and there’s still less acerage in vineyards than there was in the 1800s!

  2. The Guy says:

    Pretty amazing the damage that Prohibition did to the winery industry. The Santa Cruz area seems like it is still recovering from that really, really, really bad decision to outlaw alcohol…

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