This vintage of our “El Fresco Blendo” is a celebration of mountain fruit. An approachable red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot featuring juicy blueberry and red fruit flavors followed by a soft dry finish.
Pine Mountain Vineyards span the upper western flank of Pine Mountain. The vineyards range between 2,200 to 2,800 feet in elevation, reliably delivering fruit of intense color and flavor, due to such high-elevation farming. High-elevation viticulture exudes unique micro-climate characteristics for the grapes, such as cooler daytime and warmer nighttime temperatures, longer sunlight hours, and cooling oceanic breezes.
Barrel Aging: Aged for 30 months in two-year-old French Oak barrels.
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About the Winemaker: Doug Hackett
Doug has always been known for producing small lot artisan wines. He prides himself on shepherding his grapes though the winemaking process, never controlling them, yet always allowing them to develop into the best wines that they can be. His minimalist approach to winemaking continues to deliver pure and balanced wines that are honest expressions of their soil, climate and character.
If you have the opportunity to taste one of Doug’s beautiful wines, you will understand that he is a master at his craft, an artist, and perhaps he may even have a dusting of magic in there somewhere.
His passion for wine and life is infectious to all who cross his path and taste his wines. Fueled by an endless supply of creative energy, which, if you ask him, “flows from within.” Doug’s zest for life, fun attitude and extensive knowledge of the wine industry has made him the rockstar winemaker that he is.
With over 24 years of winemaking experience and more than 200 medals and 90+ point ratings in counting, it is clear that winemaking is as much of an art as it is a lifestyle for Doug.
Doug attributes much of his winemaking knowledge to his friend and teacher, Fred Nickel aka “Master Fred”, former winemaker for Brutocao Cellars and Jackson Keys Winery. Doug has received his winemaking certificate at UC Davis and was the co-founder and winemaker of his own boutique brand, Dogwood Cellars for twelve years prior to coming aboard Spicy Vines.
About the Winery
Spicy Vines From humble roots, the winery was founded in 2011 by female entrepreneur, Crystalyn Hoffman with a vision to create a distinctively fresh winery with a spirit of fun. Three years into her journey, Crystalyn met Doug Hackett, now partner, husband and winemaker extraordinaire of Spicy Vines. Learn more
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