Rosé 2013 is Newest Release from Carica Wines

April 5th, 2014

Flavorful, Crisp, and Dry for Year-round Pleasure

Crisp and dry in the classic French style, this Rosé of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre has a vibrant color and a delicate aroma of plum and warm spices.  In the glass, taste the definitive berry flavors, a note of salted caramel, plus orange zest.

 

“Versatile” best describes this Rosé.  Enjoy it in the springtime with all the season’s new produce.  In summer, pour a well-chilled glass while relaxing on the deck, and in winter, pair it with a first course of creamy celery root soup.

Carica 2013 Rosé is in limited supply, and is available directly from the winery for $19.00/bottle.

Vineyard Notes:  Nestled among three mountain peaks in Sonoma County, the vineyards of Bennett Valley lie along mountain bench lands influenced by marine fog.  The Syrah and Grenache winegrapes for Carica 2013 Rosé were harvested from the Jemrose vineyard, which is renowned for growing Rhône varietals suited to the cool climate of Bennett Valley, one of the smaller American Viticulture Areas in Sonoma.

Winemaking Notes:  Carica’s small lots of premium Syrah and Grenache were hand-harvested October 18, 2013, and the Mourvèdre from the Clarksburg AVA was harvested on October 24th.  After the grapes were sorted and crushed as whole clusters, free-run juice was immediately drawn off and blended in a steel tank.  Very minimal grapeskin contact was allowed. Fermentation began with wild yeast, and proceeded to complete dryness in a matter of a few weeks.  The wine was bottled on March 6, 2014.  Limited production, 33 cases.

Pairing ideas:  Because it is dry, with balanced acidity, the 2013 Carica Rosé pairs very well with spring’s fresh vegetables.  Asparagus, fava beans, and salads composed with the early harvest from the garden are all complemented by a glass of Carica 2013 Rosé.  Pasta Primavera comes to mind, of course.  All summer long, a chilled glass of Carica Rosé is just the thing for relaxing with friends.  In winter, a starter course of creamy celery root soup works perfectly with Carica Rosé.

To buy Carica 2013 Rosé, and the other Carica wines, visit the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com.  Carica wines are also available at select wine merchants.

Latest Syrah from Carica Wines debuts at East Bay Wineries’ “Passport” March 15-16

February 26th, 2014

Vineyard-designated 2010 Syrah ‘Kick Ranch’ Sonoma is Complex, Balanced

Carica Wines has just announced the release of its newest “Kick Ranch” Syrah from northern California.  Full-bodied and elegant, the wine is 100% Syrah from one of Sonoma County’s most sought after vineyards.  Released after more than a year of bottle aging, the 2010 Carica Syrah is highly drinkable now and will remain so for at least a decade.

Carica 2010 Syrah joins the lineup of wines showcased at the upcoming two-day wine tasting event, “Passport to Urban Wine Country” presented by the East Bay Vintners Alliance.  Supplied with a map of over a dozen tasting rooms located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, from Alameda to Oakland and Berkeley, Passport ticket holders will have the opportunity to discover and taste wines from over 20 urban wineries.  More information is available at www.eastbayvintners.com.  Three wineries, including Carica Wines, will welcome Passport guests at 2301 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

For the Carica 2010 Syrah, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum began with cool-climate fruit hand-harvested from a premiere vineyard on the slope of Spring Mountain in Sonoma County.  He made 99 cases in the style he is noted for:  concentrated fruit aroma and flavor, with balance and structure.  Striving for wine that fully exemplifies the character of the particular varietal he is working with, Dollbaum harvests moderately ripe fruit with just enough sugars and tannins to produce a rich and complex, but always balanced wine.

Three Syrah clones were selected for the 2010 Carica Syrah.  According to Carica winemaker Dollbaum, “The Hermitage clone contributes earthy and tobacco flavors, while the 470 clone provides the foundational blackberry and cassis aromas and flavors.”  Syrah clone 877, always the last to ripen, brings tannic grip to the midpalate.  The wine was aged for 16 months in neutral French oak barrels and American oak barrels.  It was bottled unfiltered and unfined on March 13, 2012.  With 14.4% alcohol, the 2010 Carica Syrah is an ideal companion for food.  Dollbaum suggests pairing this Syrah with grilled lamb or stuffed portobello mushrooms.

Carica 2010 Syrah, and the other Carica wines, are available through the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com.  The wine retails for $36.00 per bottle.

The winery’s name and the fig leaf on the Carica Wines label are inspired by the rugged fig trees (botanical name Ficus carica) that still flourish on the hillsides of esteemed northern California vineyards.  From ancient times, the grapevine and fig tree together have symbolized peace and prosperity.

Latest Petite Sirah from Carica Wines Delivers Intense Fruit, Mellow Tannins

January 9th, 2014

Deep purple in color, the latest release from Carica Wines wine offers the classic character of Petite Sirah–intense fruit flavors–moderated with mellow tannins.  A rich finish with spice notes makes this wine approachable now, and the perfect candidate for the cell over the next several years.

Asked to suggest his favorite foods to enjoy with the Carica 2010 Petite Sirah, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum offered these ideas, “I like a glass of this Petite Sirah whenever the menu includes a little smoke–whether summertime barbeque with blackberry sauce or potatoes dusted with smoked paprika.  Another great pairing, in my opinion, is duck confit.”

Winemaking notes:  Petite Sirah clusters were harvested in mid-October 2010 from rows sited on gravelly hillside rows at Kick Ranch vineyard in Sonoma County.  Clusters were destemmed, then whole-berry fermented in open-topped vessels.  The wine was aged 16 months in neutral French and American oak barrels.  112 cases produced.  $39 per bottle.

Grenache 2011 is the New Release from Carica Wines

October 10th, 2013

Made from Mendocino County’s Renowned Eaglepoint Ranch Vineyard, Carica 2011 Grenache has a deep garnet hue, clear red fruit flavors, with a sinewy and well-structured character.

Carica Wines has just released its newest vintage of red Grenache.  Carica’s 2011 Grenache was produced from grapes harvested at Mendocino’s famed Eaglepoint Ranch vineyard.  The vineyard, sited at 1800 feet above sea level, looks out over the Ukiah valley, some 120 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area.  This elevation means that the vines flourish in the warmth from the inland valley, moderated by cooler evening and early morning temperatures.  These conditions, and the vineyard’s rugged slopes, mean that the vines have a longer growing season for deep flavor development.   The challenging 2011 growing season, with two late-season rain storms in Mendocino, meant high drama in the premium winemaking community, and delight when the 2011 vintage reached the bottle.

Asked to describe this wine, Carica winemaker Charlie Dollbaum observed, “The 2011 Grenache has the red cherry fruit flavor that typifies a medium-bodied red Grenache, plus notes of grapefruite and a burst of pepper and spice.  What distinguishes Carica’s new release is a sinewy, sophisticated character that makes me think of old world red table wines—the kind that drink superbly alongside the best meals.”

Carica 2011 Grenache was hand-harvested in mid-October, 2011, then fermented to dryness in open-topped vessels.  The wine was aged in neutral French and American oak barrels for 19 months, then bottled unfiltered and unfined.

The wine is for sale for $30 per bottle and $324 per case of 12. Carica 2011 Grenache can be purchased directly from the winery.  (Visit the Carica Wines website, www.CaricaWines.com,  then click on the “Purchase” tab.) Carica wines are also available for purchase at select wine shops in San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Menlo Park, California.

When he is asked about food matches for Carica 2011 Grenache, Dollbaum suggests oven-baked potato wedges dusted with smoked paprika, a charcuterie plate, chicken Marbella, and polenta with mushrooms.  He admits that his recommendations are broad ranging, because red Grenache has historical roots in both Spain and France.

Since its founding in 2005, Carica Wines has stayed true to its vision, producing wines of extraordinary character from small lots of premium grapes.  In addition to its proprietary Rhône-style red blend, Carica makes single-vineyard Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.  The winery is located in an urban winemaking space in the San Francisco Bay Area, close to Northern California’s premium winegrape growing regions.  The winery’s name and the fig leaf on the Carica label are inspired by the rugged fig trees (Ficus carica) that still flourish on the hillsides of Northern California vineyards.  Together, the grapevine and fig tree have traditionally symbolized a life of peace and prosperity.

 

New from Carica: 2010 Rhône-Style Red Blend

August 29th, 2012

Rhône-Style Red Blend Just Released by Carica Wines

Complex, brimming with red fruit flavors, seductive smoky finish

 

Carica Wines has just released its newest Rhône-style red blend, the 2010 ‘Siren’ from Sonoma County.  This proprietary red wine is complex, brimming with red fruit flavors, and finishes with a seductive smoky note.  In the tradition of classic French blends of several winegrape varietals, the 2010 ‘Siren’ from Carica Wines combines Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.

Update, December 2012:  Carica 2010 Siren earned a 90-point rating from the Wine Spectator.

Carica’s Syrah, a single-vineyard wine from Sonoma County’s Kick Ranch, is at the heart of the 2010 Siren blend.  Through blending trials, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum determined the final combination of the separately fermented and aged component  winegrape varieties.  The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined in March, 2012.  183 cases were produced.

With carefully balanced fruit and tannins, the Rhone-style blend is a quintessentially food-friendly wine.  Never shy about offering food match preferences, Dollbaum recommends that wine lovers offer friends a glass of ‘Siren’ with bistro-style skirt steak with wild arugula salad, grilled lamb with rosemary, Portobello burgers, and roast duck.

The wine is for sale for $32 per bottle and $345 per case of 12. Carica 2010 Rhone-style red blend can be purchased directly from the winery.  (See the “Purchase” tab on the Carica website, www.CaricaWines.com ).  Carica wines are also available for purchase at select wine shops in San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Menlo Park, California.

Since its founding in 2005, Carica Wines has stayed true to its vision, producing wines of extraordinary character from small lots of premium grapes.  In addition to its proprietary Rhone-style red blend, Carica makes single-vineyard Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.  The winery is located in an urban winemaking space in the San Francisco Bay Area, close to Northern California’s premium winegrape growing regions.  The winery’s name and the fig leaf on the Carica label are inspired by the rugged fig trees (Ficus carica) that still flourish on the hillsides of Sonoma vineyards.  Together, the grapevine and fig tree have traditionally symbolized a life of peace and prosperity.

New Petite Sirah & Sauvignon Blanc Released by Carica Wines

February 8th, 2012

February 2012 marks the release of two single-vineyard designated wines from Carica Wines, one red and one white.  Both are available for tasting at the winery’s Tasting Room, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Alameda, California.  The Tasting Room, with astonishing views of San Francisco Bay, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon until 6:00 p.m.

 

The 2009 Petite Sirah, made from Sonoma County grapes harvested from Kick Ranch Vineyard, is deeply colored and intensely fruit flavored.  Winemaker Charlie Dollbaum notes, “This vintage is well-structured and bears all the varietal characteristics familiar to fans of Petite Sirah.  At the same time, the wine is approachable by wine drinkers who may be less familiar with this grape.  I think Carica’s 2009 Petite will age very well for years to come.”  $36/bottle.

 

 

The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, combines Sauvignon Blanc grapes (52%) and Sauvignon Musque grapes (48%).  The Musque clone of Sauvignon Blanc contributes an intriguing tropical aroma to this white wine.  After a cooler than usual growing season, the grapes were harvested from Sonoma County’s Kick Ranch at the end of September.  The grapes were pressed as whole clusters and cold settled for 36 hours prior to racking and start of fermentation.  Ten percent of the wine was fermented in neutral French oak, which contributes a roundness and complexity to the wine’s flavor profile.

Classically dry and crisp, the Carica 2010 Sauvignon Blanc offers flavors of pear and guava, with a bright, citrus finish.  Winemaker Charlie Dollbaum notes, “Based on my experience with grapes from this vineyard, I found that this wine’s complexity is enhanced by a bit more bottle aging than is typical of most California white wines.”  $21/bottle.

These Carica wines can be purchased directly from the winery.

Announcing the New Carica Wine Club

February 15th, 2011

Intrepid wine lovers who have discovered Carica Wines have asked for a wine club.  Now the Carica Wine Club has become a reality.  Members enjoy a convenient way to experience new releases and to replenish their wine cellars with Carica favorites.   Charter Members of the Wine Club will enjoy a 20% discount on all wine selections.  There is no cost to join, and signing up is easy using the Carica Wines website shopping cart.

Advantages of belonging to the Carica Wine Club include:

● Winemaker’s selections are delivered four times per year—February, May, September, and November

● 20% discount applies on all wine selections

● Tasting notes are included in each shipment

● Members may use their discount on additional orders of wine selections while supplies last.

Members receive 4 bottles of Carica wine in each of 4 shipments during the year.  Each shipment will include 2 to 3 different Carica wines, both white and red.  Each shipment will be $85-$99, plus tax and shipping.  Members may also choose the “Red Only” Club option, where each shipment will include wines made from red winegrape varieties, with the cost ranging from $100 to 130, plus tax and shipping.  Members have the option to pick up their shipments at the winery on the designated distribution days to avoid shipping charge. More information is available here Wine Club Application.

You are cordially invited to become a member of the Carica Wines community by joining the new Carica Wine Club.

Accolades for Petite Sirah and ‘The Siren’ Rhone-style Red

January 15th, 2011

A Double Gold Medal for Carica 2008 Petite Sirah has just been announced by the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2011. “This is Carica’s first bottling of Petite Sirah, so we are truly gratified by this recognition,” said Winemaker Charlie Dollbaum.  He harvested all the grapes from a single Sonoma County vineyard for a limited production of only 125 cases.  92 points, the Wine Enthusiast.

In addition,  Carica’s latest Rhone-style Red Wine –  2008 ‘The Siren’ – has just garnered a 91-point rating by the Wine Enthusiast magazine.  “Since we released The Siren this fall, a wide-range of wine lovers has been telling us how much they enjoy this food-friendly blend.  The Siren combines Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes.  Now we have critical acclaim from this high reputable source, too,” noted Dollbaum.  Blending grape varietals to produce a complex-flavored and balanced red wine is a time-honored winemaking practice in Europe, and such blending is now being practiced in North America by some small producers like Carica Wines. As a local, family-owned winery, Carica Wines is excited to be forging direct relationships with wine enthusiasts who are willing to experience new directions in winemaking.



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