Sky Ranch Wines
Both wines were made with organically farmed fruit and were naturally fermented.
2014 Il Cocuzzolo Syrah
90 points by Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis, Planet Grape Wine Review
Notes: Il Cocuzzolo means ‘crown of the mountain’ in Italian. The grapes are grown on a south west slope where the unique soil composition and weather conditions allow this grape to thrive, producing a fruit forward style wine, while the elevation allows the grapes to maintain a sense of balance and restraint. Aromas of star anise, strawberry jam and tar, Fig and fennel seed on the palate.
2016 Two Old Guys Red Blend
93 points, Gold Medal and Best Wine of Solano County in the 2019 North Coast Wine Challenge
Notes: This Bordeaux style blend showcases a bright, juicy rendition of this its over the hill neighbors, the emphasis on Malbec makes this wine distinctive. The fruit is sourced from Lee’s property and Harry’s vineyard (neighboring property) in the Vaca Mountains in Solano County- the new frontier of great wines!
At Sky Ranch we grow four varietals of long-cherished red wine grape, all of which thrive in the Mediterranean microclimate we are fortunate enough to have on Mount Vaca: Syrah, Nero d’Avola, Touriga Nacional, and Malbec. Here is a little general information about each grape though we do, of course, like to let our wines do the talking for themselves.
Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape that is very influenced by the climate in which they are grown. When grown in a sunny climate like Solano County, they produce a softer, more full-bodied wine such as our 2014 Il Cucozzolo Syrah.
Nero d’Avola is one of the most important indigenous Italian red grape varietals and is usually associated with sweet tannins and dark fruit or peppery flavors, not unlike Shiraz.
Touriga Nacional is a popular variety of dark-skinned grape from Portugal, often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Malbec is a dark grape variety often used in red blends that creates a medium to full-bodied wine with robust tannins, ripe berry flavors, and a faintly smokey finish.
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