Decanter Magazine recently reviewed our Petite Sirah - Estate and we are thrilled to announce the high rating we received!
90 Points - 2013 Petite Sirah - Estate
$29.00/retail; $23.20/Wine Club
“Strapping tannins battle with indulgent stewed raspberry and red cherry fruit, proving that this style is intense and almost too powerful for its own good.”
- Decanter Magazine
Summertime is when the rubber hits the road in the vineyard, starting with a process called veraison—a French word, pronounced like “ver-EY-shun,” that signifies the onset of grape ripening.
To explain veraison, let us back up a bit. After bud break, flowering and fruit set in the spring, the grapes begin growing into hard green berries. At this point, these young grapes taste extremely tart, and their texture is tough.
Come July, however, things begin to change as veraison kicks in. The grapes turn color and transition from the growth phase to the ripening phase. With red grape varieties, the green fruit transforms to purple. With white varieties, you start to see more golden yellow. In other words, they finally start to look like classic wine grapes.
During veraison, the grapes also begin developing sugar. The tart acidity diminishes, and the pH rises. The skins and seeds start to soften. At the end of veraison, the color transformation is complete, and the grapes are on their way to becoming sweet and juicy.
You could compare it to a green banana in your kitchen. As it ripens and turns yellow, it gets sweeter and softer and less acidic. That is similar to what happens to the grapes during veraison.
Veraison usually takes around two weeks from start to finish for a given grape variety. However, different grape varieties go through veraison at different times. A late ripening grape like Cabernet Sauvignon is usually one of the last varieties to complete veraison. By early August, however, all of the grapes have made the transition.
For me, veraison is when the growing season really kicks into high gear. It is the turning point. I love seeing veraison, because it means that the harvest season is coming (and so is football season!). Even though harvest is a lot of work, I always look forward to it. I like to get on with it, and to get the job done.
Every year and without fail, you can count on veraison to pave the way for the harvest season to come.
- Viticulturist Sukhy Sran
September is California Wine Month! Come celebrate with an exclusive Wine & Food Flight and a Six-Pack Special.
Every weekend during September, we will feature three of our favorite summer wines, served alongside three expertly paired seasonal offerings created by Executive Chef Randal Torres. Visit our Hospitality Center to experience this delicious culinary treat, and don’t forget to take advantage of our California Wine Month six-pack special while you’re here.
California Wine Month Wine & Food Flight
2016 Sauvignon Blanc - Estate | Roasted Corn Soup
2016 Rosé – Estate | Prosciutto and Melon
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Estate | Mushroom Rigatoni
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$20/pp; $15/club members
Available Fridays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the month of September
California Wine Month Six-Pack Special
Save big on any six bottles of your favorite Vina Robles wines during the entire month of September.
20% off retail | 30% off club members
California Wine Special is valid Friday, September 1 - Saturday, September 30. No further discounts apply. Cannot be combined with any other specials.
Celebrate Independence Weekend with some of our favorite summer wines! Our Red, White & Rosé 6-Pack will make for the perfect addition to festivities and summer barbeques.
This package includes two bottles of each:
$78.40/retail; $68.60/Wine Club
Offer expires Tuesday, July 4. No substitutions. Cannot be combined with any other specials.
Kick off your summer festivities with our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon - Estate 6-Pack special. It's a perfect gift for Dads & Grads and is a great selection to enjoy with your favorite grilled foods.
This special includes six bottles of our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon - Estate.
$124.80/retail; $109.20/Wine Club members
regularly priced at $156.00/retail
Dads & Grads 6-Pack special is valid Thursday, June 1 - Friday, June 30.
No further discounts apply. Cannot be combined with any other specials.