Estate 1856 Wines New Must Try Cult Wine!

How cool to make the number one wine (all sourced from Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards) on a new list of “10 MUST-TRY CULT WINES” from Karina Calayag of Exquise Magazine!


1.  2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley, $42. Estate 1856

Tempting aromas of dark fruit merge with expressions of fine-grained oak. The velvety texture reveals rich layers of dark cherry, wild plum, blackberry, and mocha with a touch of spicy cedar and mineral essence. Elegant and stylish, with supple yet firm tannins and refined layers of oak notes, this Cabernet graces the palate with the finesse of a wine that deserves to be slowly sipped and savored as it lingers on the palate


By |2017-05-19T21:03:38-07:00June 24th, 2014|Uncategorized, Wine Awards, Wine Tasting & Reviews, Winemaking|Comments Off on Estate 1856 Wines New Must Try Cult Wine!

Texas Roadtrip Hightlights Wines from Dry Creek Valley

 Nice Review by Andrew Chalk of CRAVEdfw of a Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley roadtrip to Texas that our wine brand Estate 1856 participated in!


As well as Zinfandel, Dry Creek excels at Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. These grape varieties were on show too. The variety of grapes is the product of the diverse terroir in the area. Although only about 16 miles long and two miles wide (anchored by lake Sonoma in the north and and Dry Creek and the Russian River in the south) there are three distinct territorial characters in Dry Creek Valley: the hillsides, benchland, and valley floor. Sauvignon Blanc thrives on the valley floor due to the mineral-rich sandy loam soil. Cabernet Sauvignon is especially suited to the benchlands, due to the clay loam that predominates. Zinfandel, with 2,400 of the 9,000 planted acres of vines, is grown on the hillsides where igneous, gravelly soils are found.

Estate 1856 may be a winery, it may be a skunkworks*, but their 55-case production 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is all dark fruit, spices and 100% French oak. This wine is  97% cabernet Sauvignon……with the rest comprised of Petit Verdot. Likely to age for a decade.

Hopefully one result of their visit will be more retail distribution of their wines. If they are not findable, order direct from the winery web site. Dry Creek makes exceptional wines that will add considerably to your wine enjoyment.

*A skunkworks is a group of people who, in order to achieve unusual results, work on a project in a way that is outside the usual rules. A skunkworks is often a small team that assumes or is given responsibility for developing something in a short time with minimal management constraints. Typically, a skunkworks has a small number of members in order to reduce communications overhead. A skunkworks is sometimes used to spearhead a product design that thereafter will be developed according to the usual process. A skunkworks project may be secret. Definition provided by the online Urban Dictionary!

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 pts!!



90 points for our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, from Bacchus and Beery!!

A Gold Medal Winner at the prestigious 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This blend of 98% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot is barrel aged for 22 months in French oak. A bouquet of black cherry pie and baking spice with hints of pie crust. Soft mouth-feel with soft tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and earthiness with a bit of dark chocolate in the long finish. Buy This Wine

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Barrel Reserve” – 92 pts!!



92 points for our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Barrel Reserve”, from Bacchus and Beery!!

Fermented in one-ton lots and aged in French oak, this blend of 98%Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot has a lush mouth-feel with balanced tannins and acidity. Aromas of stewed cherry, ripe strawberry with a little spice mixed in. One the palate, notes of ripe plum, dark chocolate, dark cherry, blackberry and dark spice highlighted with hints of cola and oaky vanilla. Dark chocolate and cinnamon on the long finish. Only 55 cases made. Buy This Wine

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2011 Bordeaux Blend – 92 pts!!



92 points for our ESTATE 1856 2011 Bordeaux Blend, from Bacchus and Beery!!

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec and 12% Petite Verdot. Each variety and clone were fermented separately and hand punched followed by 2 years in French oak. A rich nose of dark berries, blackberry and tobacco box. Textured flavors with a full mouth-feel, good food-pairing acidity and supple tannins. On the palate, flavors of dark berries, black cherry, ripe plum, cherry and spice. Dark mocha on long and transformative finish. Double Gold Medal – 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Buy This Wine

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2014 Cabernet Shootout!

1902SMALLERWe are so proud of our newest vintage of Estate 1856 Wines!  Our 2011 Bordeaux Blend and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Barrel Reserve” were both placed in the top 32 wines out of 332 JUST Cabernet containing entries earning GOLD MEDALS!  The tasting of these top wines was held at the Old Mint in San Francisco and we enjoyed pouring these wines for enthusiastic wine lovers!  This event is coordinated by Affairs of the Vine and sponsored by the Bay Area Wine Society.


Estate 1856 2011 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $42.00
55 cases produced
Female: Seductive dark aromas of plum, rhubarb and pepper lead to an intense palate. Sweet, dark fruit with spice in the mouth. The finish has a lovely herbal quality that lingers on the palate with silky tannins. 90

Male: Lovely, classic nose which needs a little coaxing at first but is definitely worth the wait. Very smooth, lovely and balanced in the mouth. Just enough tannin. It’s very harmonious and invites another taste, which is just as wonderful as the previous ones. 91

Estate 1856 2011 Bordeaux Blend
Sonoma County, $38.00
105 cases produced
Female: Dark fruit and black tea aromas and flavors capture the senses. Cassis, tobacco spice and a hint of menthol swirl on the palate. Fresh and lively with nice oak integration. 90

Male: Punch of fruit with an herbal left hook. Black cherry, cola, olive, and iodine aromatics with a slight smoky undertone. Big tannins and deep fruit intensity on the palate. Black plum and bitter chocolate flavors with an intense but well balanced blend of tannin and acidity. Lingering cola, coffee and toffee on the nice long finish. 93
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Burnet Ridge Accolades

Congratulations to Chip Emmerich, winemaker of Burnet Ridge in Cincinnati, Ohio and many year grape purchaser, for not only winning a silver medal for his 2006 Cabernet but also winning one of only six gold medals awarded for his Bordeaux blend 2006 Purple Trillium at the 2010 Cincinnati International Wine Festival! Way to go!!

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