The Chacewater winery was born as the result of a disaster and has become anything but. Paul Manuel's family came from Chacewater, England. His grandfather had come to California during the Gold Rush and was one of the lucky ones to actually find gold.
With these funds, the family purchased 80 acres in Lake County and built a construction business that was successful for generations. In 1988, a disastrous fire leveled the building, basically putting them out of business. They decided to switch gears and try their hand at wine.
So they planted a ten-acre, completely organic vineyard and sold their grapes to other wineries, who then made award-winning wines from them. It didn't take the Manuels long to realize that it was time to make their own wine.
Lake County was carved out of parts of Napa and Mendocino Counties, so it's easy to see how their wines could be so good. Our selection comes from a similar appellation - the Sierra Foothills. This area, in fact, is considered the birthplace of California Zinfandel, with plantings dating back to the mid-1800s.
This large and lovely wine was aged for 14 months in new and used French and American oak barrels, giving it added dimension and complexity. Black pepper, black cherry and strawberry arrive, complemented by lush spice and vanilla, to create the perfect wine in every way.