Reserve Cuvee, 2016. Hermoso Hermosa

Reserve Cuvee, 2016. Hermoso Hermosa

Item #: C0319R1DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Reserve Cuvee
Vineyard/Appellation: Yolo County, California
Color: Rich Red
Nose: Cherry, Chocolate
Palate: Cherry, Spice, Earth
Finish: Velvety, Smooth
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2024/Red Meat, Game/14.2 % Alcohol by Volume

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Few people, especially in the wine business, know what it's like to be a huge success. The Giguiere Family, makers of Hermoso Hermosa, are among those few.

Over 40 years ago, they founded a winery in Yolo County and called it R.H. Phillips. It was named after Lane Giguiere's grandfather, from whom she inherited the vineyard. Under the careful guidance of her husband, John, and his brother, Karl, they built one of the largest and most successful wineries in California.

But that success came at a price. And that price was very long hours every single day. So, they did what any farming family would do. They sold the winery and became farmers again. But once wine is in your blood, well, you know the rest.Now the Giguieres are very happy producing small lots of wine and having fun. Sounds like everybody's dream.

Our Reserve Cuvee selection is one of those fun projects winemakers love. It's where they get the play and the results are always great. A little bit of this and little bit of that and, like a great chef, they created the perfect blending of flavors.

Our blend is mostly Petite Sirah with splashes Syrah and Tempranillo. Each adds its own personality to the blend, with the Petite Sirah showing its signature black cherry and a touch of spice, the Syrah its moody earth hints and the Tempranillo a lovely hint of rose petal. Oak barrel aging rounds out and melds the flavors beautifully.