L.08 “Wanderlust” Red 750mL

$23 $28
Club Member Price $18.20

Flavor & Winemaking: Blackberry, fig, plum jam, peppery spice and a smoked meat note support a bevy of cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and clove pie-like-spice. The fruit for this wine was harvested late to maximize ripe and dark fruit flavors, then aged in French oak barrels with a good dose of whiskey-charred American oak as well as maple, hickory, mesquite & Brazilian Amburana woods.

  • Sensory Notes

    Blackberry, fig, plum jam, peppery spice and a smoked meat note on the finish. 

  • Winemaker Notes

    Our “Foothills blend” of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Barbera (25%) and Zinfandel (25%) fermented and aged on oak, cherry & maple & hickory & whiskey oak for 8-28 months to create complexity of young fruit and aged complexity. The Cabernet brings the backbone and richness and spice, while the Barbera brings a smooth fruity quality and some acidity, and lastly the Zinfandel contributes a blackberry-jam, blackberry-pie ripe character. Together, they represent the best that the foothills have to offer, the grapes we are most famous for as a region (and as a winery).

  • Vineyard Notes

    Vineyard: Various, Sierra Foothills, Ca. 

    Soil: Volcanic Clay Loam

  • Food Pairing

    Steak, sausage (meat or vegan) or mushrooms as above, especially on the grill/bbq/smoked. Jerky (meat or veggie) teriyaki or smoked, smoked bacon (meat or veggie) or grilled tempeh. Pepperoni pizza. Whole grain crackers or toast with creamy mild cheeses & jam (berry jams ideal, chili-berry jams are ideal if you have access) or figs. Olives & pickled veggies. Smoked gouda. Pecorino romano: There’s a salty density to this cheese that takes this already smooth wine and makes it even smoother, richer. Aged gouda. PB&J Bites: Matches the jammy, smoothness of this wine. Blackberry syrup on pancakes. Cajun steak with bleu cheese and an onion jam.

  • Music, Life & Literary Pairings

    Art: Micah Crandall-Bear

    Music Pairing: Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root, a great travel song. Me Gustas Tu by Manu Chao (this song was an international hit especially amongst travellers, the artist sings in many languages). Take Me Home Country Roads by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (aka IZ) or Toots & The Maytals (the irony of a song about home--in the US, not wandering, but when it’s a cover it becomes about Hawaii & Jamaica respectively, a reminder that there are many nations, cultures & homes, wanderlust draws us to these. “Whiskey in the Jar” by Metallica or 

    Metallica - Wherever I May Roam . “Tumbleweed” by Afroman, just because. “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop: lame wanderLUST reference, but an awesome song with a clear passion for life. “Red, Red, Wine” by Bob Marley. Jammin by Bob Marley. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, for its mix of musical & cultural influences. “Wonderlust King” Gogol Bordello. https://soundcloud.com/wearegalantis/peanut-butter-jelly  “At Last” by Etta James.


    Life Pairing: Being adventurous, traveling, camping under the stars with your lover, good conversation by the campfire. A bbq with friends & family on a lazy Sunday. Don Draper in a steakhouse lounge.  

    Literary Pairings: 

    “All that is gold does not glitter,

    Not all those who wander are lost;

    The old that is strong does not wither,

    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

    “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” — Doctor Who

    Or: “This is one corner… of one country, in one continent, on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see.” — Doctor Who

    “I’m gonna die with a twinkle in my eye, because I sung songs, spun stories, loved, laughed and drank wine” -The Cat Empire, The Wine Song

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