New Tasting Room is Open

March 30th, 2016

Discover the East Bay’s Newest Waterfront Winery at the Historic Riggers Loft

Carica Wines is proud to announce the opening of its new Tasting Room on the grounds of the historic Richmond Shipyards.  Located at the edge of San Francisco Bay, the winery is part of a new, multi-winery complex at the restored WWII-era Riggers Loft building.  With an industrial-casual vibe and friendly, knowledgeable staff, the winery’s new Tasting Room offers a spectacular, water’s-edge panorama of San Francisco Bay.

Regular Hours:  Thursday & Friday, 4 – 9 PM | Saturday, 12 – 9 PM | Sunday, 12 – 6 PM

 Directions:             Carica Wines at Riggers Loft | 1325 Canal Blvd., Richmond, CA 94804.

By car from the East Bay or from Marin, take Highway I-580 towards Point Richmond, and take Exit 8 at Canal Blvd/Garrard Blvd.  Head west on Canal Blvd (towards the Bay), following marker signs to Shipyard #3 and the SS Red Oak Victory, a restored WWII ship.  The 2.5 mile drive on Canal Blvd takes you under the “Point Potrero” sign, alongside some dry docks at the water’s edge, and finally up to the historic red “Whirley Crane”.  Parking is abundant alongside the building.  The adjacent Bay Trail beckons you to ride your bike or walk along the Bay.

 

Where once a platoon of “Rosie the Riveters” built liberty ships with unprecedented speed, Carica Wines now will be turning premium California wine grapes into wines of extraordinary character.

For more information, go to www.CaricaWines.com .

Petite Sirah 2012 Is Latest Release from Carica Wines

February 17th, 2016

Single-vineyard Designate from famed Eaglepoint Ranch in Mendocino

RICHMOND, CALIF. – February 18, 2016 – Carica Wines has just announced the release of its newest, single-vineyard designated Petite Sirah, a 2012 vintage from the famed Eaglepoint Ranch.  Dark and rich, the wine is 100% Petite Sirah harvested from the organically farmed vineyard sited over 1000 feet above the Ukiah valley in Mendocino County.  Released after 18 months of aging in-bottle, the 2012 Carica Petite Sirah is ready to enjoy now and promises to cellar well for at least a decade.

For the Carica 2012 Petite Sirah, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum began with cool-climate fruit hand-harvested from a renowned vineyard, now being organically tended.  He made 156 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.

According to Dollbaum, “This vintage of our Petite Sirah exemplifies the bold character of this wine grape variety, but at the same time has mellower tannins than some might expect.  I recommend giving the newly opened bottle a good splash in the glass, allowing the wine a moment to breathe.  I think you will find the deep cherry flavors quite delightful.”

The wine was aged for 19 months in neutral French oak barrels and American oak barrels.  It was bottled unfiltered and unfined on July 25, 2014. With 14.2% alcohol, the 2012 Carica Petite Sirah is an ideal companion for food.  Dollbaum suggests pairing this Petite Sirah with summertime barbeque and, in cooler months, hunter-style braises, mushroom and winter root vegetable ragout, or roasted game.

Carica 2012 Petite Sirah, and the other Carica wines, are available at select wine retailers, at the winery’s Tasting Room in Richmond, California, and through the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com.  The wine retails for $39.00 per bottle.

Syrah 2011, Aged-in-Bottle for a Year, Is New Release

November 2nd, 2014

Single-vineyard Syrah from famed Eaglepoint Ranch in Mendocino, Medium-bodied with Intense Flavor

BERKELEY, CALIF. – November 1, 2014 – Carica Wines has just announced the release of its newest, single-vineyard designated Syrah, a 2011 vintage from the famed Eaglepoint Ranch.  Medium-bodied and elegant, the wine is 100% Syrah harvested from the organically farmed vineyard sited over 1000 feet above the Ukiah valley in Mendocino County.  Released after more than a year of bottle aging, the 2011 Carica Syrah is highly drinkable now and will remain so for at least a decade.

For the Carica 2011 Syrah, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum began with cool-climate fruit hand-harvested from a renowned vineyard, now being organically tended.  He made 101 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.

Two kinds of Syrah grapes were selected for the 2011 Carica Syrah:  Estrella River and Clone 877.  According to Carica winemaker Dollbaum, “The Estrella River clone contributes rich fruit and earthy flavors, while the Syrah clone 877, always the last to ripen, brings tannic grip to the midpalate.”  The wine was aged for 20 months in neutral French oak barrels and American oak barrels.  It was bottled unfiltered and unfined on August 14, 2013.  With 14.6% alcohol, the 2011 Carica Syrah is an ideal companion for food.  Dollbaum suggests pairing this Syrah with spicy, roasted tomato dishes, smoky grilled eggplant, or pepper steak.

Carica 2011 Syrah, and the other Carica wines, are available through the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com.  The wine retails for $39.00 per bottle.

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.

Update,  December 2014:  Carica 2010 Siren earned a 90-point rating from the Wine Enthusiast.

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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