Current Releases from Carica Wines

Carica 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
‘Kick Ranch’ Vineyard, Sonoma County

Classically dry and crisp, Carica 2010 Sauvignon Blanc offers an aroma  characteristic  of this grape, with flavors of pear and guava.  Complexity derives from 10% of the wine having been fermented in French oak.   The grapes were harvested in late September due to the longer than average  growing season in 2010.  A single vineyard, Kick Ranch located in Sonoma County on the flank of Spring Mountain, supplied both the Sauvignon Blanc grapes (52%) and the related Sauvingon Blanc clone “Sauvignon Musque”(48%).  With plenty of bright acidity, this wine complements a range of foods, including spicy Asian and Latin-inspired dishes, poultry, seafood, and entree salads.  $21.00

Notes on the wine Tasting Notes Carica 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

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Carica 2013 Rosé, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre.   Bennett Valley (Sonoma)


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.

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


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Carica 2010 Rhône-style Red Wine ‘ Siren’ G-S-M

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’ combines Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.  90 pointsWine 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, Carica’s winemaker Charlie Dollbaum determined the final combination of the separately fermented and aged component varietals.  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.  $32.00

Notes on the wine Tasting Notes Carica 2010 Rhone-style Red

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Carica 2011 Grenache, Eaglepoint Ranch Vineyard, Mendocino County

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

Mendocino’s famed Eaglepoint Ranch 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.

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.  Limited production, 43 cases.

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.  $30.00

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Carica 2011 Syrah ‘Eaglepoint Ranch’ Mendocino County

Intensely flavored, this medium-bodied, ruby red wine is 100% Syrah from famed, organically farmed Eaglepoint Ranch, sited over 1000 ‘ above the Ukiah Valley.  Released in 2014 after more than a year in bottle, the 2011 Syrah combines two kinds of Syrah grapes–Estrella River and Clone 877.  It was aged 20 months in neutral French and American oak barrels.  Enjoy this Syrah with spicy, roasted tomato dishes, grilled eggplant, and pepper steak.

Aromas:  cherry fruit, Provencal herbs, spruce.

Flavors:  black currant, touches of mint, vanilla, and bay leaf

Notes on the wine 

101 cases produced.  $39.00 per bottle

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Carica 2010 Syrah ‘Kick Ranch’ Sonoma County

A small lot of premium Syrah was hand-harvested at Santa Rosa’s Kick Ranch vineyard on October 19, 2010.  Three Syrah clones make up this vintage:  Hermatage, 470, and 877.  Each of these was fermented separately, then combined at the time of bottling.  Clusters were de-stemmed, cold-soaked for 3 days, then fermented (75% whole berry) to dryness in small, open-top vessels with 3 punchdowns per day.  The wine was aged 16 months in neutral French and American oak barrels.  Bottled unfiltered and unfined on March 13, 2012.  Limited production 99 cases.

In the glass the 2010 Syrah is rich, but balanced, with deep flavors of blackberry and currant, with notes of pepper and mocha.

Pairing ideas:  Try this Syrah with butterflied leg of lamb rubbed with Moroccan spices.   Spicy pork sugo is also a good match.


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Carica 2009 Petite Sirah ‘Kick Ranch’ Sonoma County

Deeply colored and intensely fruit flavored, this wine presents all the characteristics of classic Petite Sirah.  With spice notes, a rich finish, and mellow tannins, this Petite Sirah is approachable now and can be cellared for many years.

Pairing ideas:  Serve this Petite Sirah with robust fare, like short ribs, winter squash, roast game, and grilled Portobello mushrooms.

Aromas:  blackberry, dried herbs, smoke

Flavors:  touch of lavender and black pepper, blackberry, cassis

Notes on the wine  Tasting Notes Carica 2009 Petite Sirah  

Limited supply.  $36.00

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Carica 2010 Petite Sirah ‘Kick Ranch’ Sonoma County

Mellow tannins enhance the experience of the intense fruit flavors of this classic Petite Sirah. With its deep purple color and rich finish, the wine is ready for the glass now and can be cellared over the coming years.  Pair this Petite Sirah with summer BBQ, braised short ribs, and smoky duck confit.


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