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Garretson Wine Company

Garretson Wine Company We are often asked to describe the Garretson style of wine, a request that usually leaves us searching for words. Wine is a highly personal experience...for both the one who makes it and the one who consumes it. It is our belief that great wines are imbued with a multitude of individualized descriptors that set them apart from other wines; however, all truly great wines share three common traits. First, a great wine must taste like the grape variety it’s produced from. Equally important is the need for a wine to speak to the soil in which the vines are grown (some prefer to call this terroir). Thirdly, regardless of how a wine is made, production protocol should not be the defining factor in a wine. Anything a winemaker does to a wine that squelches the first two traits destroys a wine’s potential for greatness. It is our duty as winemakers to obtain the finest fruit, and to translate it - in as direct a way as possible - to finished wine. Everything else is nonsense. That brings up another key point to our winemaking philosophy: ‘let the wine be what it’s going to be.’ That is to say, we always keep in mind that wine shouldn’t be bullied or pushed into a direction that it obviously does not want to go. Such manipulation of a wine may indeed yield the desired result, but it almost invariably brings other, undesired consequences. Each variety and vintage is different and it is these differences that will dictate what should and should not be done to wines in our cellar. That being said, there are some commonalities to most of the wines that we craft. If you’re still reading this, you’re either a winemaker, a die-hard wine geek or surfing the web in an effort to cure your insomnia. Regardless, we’re happy to share with you these points.

From Highway 101, take the 46E (Fresno/Bakersfield) exit. - Head East for 1.9 miles on Highway 46E. - The traffic light ahead is the intersection of 46E and Golden Hill Road. - Turn South onto Golden Hill. - The first four-way intersection is Union Road. - Turn left onto Union. - Take the first left onto Tuley Court. - Follow Tuley until it ends, and bear left into the parking lot. GWC is on the far, western end of the complex.

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  "THE CELEIDH" Rosé Wine Paso Robles
One look at this wine and you know it is not your typical rosé. While the color is dark, the aromas are a clear indication that this is one serious pink. Notes of cranberry, pomegranite, sassafrass, rhubarb and cherry dominate the nose and the palate. The finish is rich and satisfying with a hint of acidity. ‘Celeidh’ is a Gaelic term which means ‘the celebration’ or ‘the party,’ and is given to this wine in celebration of the birth of our first son, Jack Francis Garretson. Each vintage we hide Jack’s initials somewhere on the label...can you find them?
  "THE CELEIDH" Rosé Wine Paso Robles
One look at this wine and you know it is not your typical rosé. While the color is dark, the aromas are a clear indication that this is one serious pink. Notes of cranberry, pomegranate, sassafrass, rhubarb and beetroot dominate the nose and the palate. The finish is rich and satisfying with good acidity.
  "The Limóid Cior" Roussanne
Hand-harvested fruit was immediately whole-cluster pressed into a tank for cold settling. After 48 hours, the juice was racked off the gross lees directly into barrel. The Rozet portion of this wine was fermented in second-fill and neutral cooperage, while the James Berry saw the introduction of 25% new Saury water-bent French oak barrels. The juice was inoculated with D-254 (Rhone isolate) yeast. Upon observation of active, viable fermentation, we transferred these barrels into our refrigerated trailer where primary fermentation was done at roughly 45 degrees. Given the cold temperature, primary fermentation took four months to complete.
  “The Chumhra” Central Coast
“Chumhra” is the Gaelic word for Sweet Pea, and is therefore a perfect moniker for our off-dry Viognier. Aromas of white peach, lavender, coconut and apricot lead to a rich mouthful of wine that’s tempered by nice acidity. On the palate, peach, pear and tropical fruits dominate. While off-dry, the Chumhra is not sickly-sweet. It’s a perfect foil for the spicy cuisines of the Pacific Rim, the Mediterranean and the South.
  Grenache"The Spáinneach"
Medium/bright ruby in color, this wine exhibits aromas of cranberry, strawberry, kirsch, allspice and briar. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, with ripe berry fruit, spice and a long finish with ample grip...indicating a long life ahead of it. While drinking nicely now, I feel this wine will improve over the next 2-3 years and drink well for 10-15+. "Spáinneach" is the Gaelic word for Spaniard, which pays tribute to this venerable variety's Spanish roots.
  Hoage Vineyard Paso Robles "The Bulladóir
Brooding and black in color, the wine offers up intense aromatics of pomegranite, coffee, mocha, lavender and blackberry. On the palate it's full bodied, with a great midpalate that exhibits dark cherry, cola and toffee. Great structure, fine-grained tannins and good acidity on the finish. My personal favorite of the three "Bulladóir" bottlings we've produced to date. While definitely a rich, full-throttle beast, this wine exhibits remarkable structure and balance. Hard to resist now, it will benefit from an additional year or two of aging and drink nicely for years to come
  MON AMIE Syrah
This dark, super-saturated wine explodes with aromas of currants, anise, gardenia and rose petal. Telltale cool climate notes meld with intense fruit concentration belying meager yields. Delicious now, the wine will reward patient cellaring over the next 3-5 years. This wine easily ranks as one of the finest I've made in my career. And that's only fitting, as the wine is crafted in honor of my beautiful wife, Amie.
  Mourvèdre "The Graosta"
The fruit for this bottling comes from a selection of the finest barrels of both vineyard lots. The Hastings fruit provides the deep, fruit-driven notes while the Rozet lends the structure. The wine is garnet in color, and exhibits aromas of clove, cherry, strawberry, briar and earth. On the palate, the wine has an ample mouthfeel, with flavors of sour pomegranite, plum and mocha with great grip and length. While nice now, I feel this Mourvèdre will benefit from another two years in bottle, and drink well for ten years. “Graosta” is the Gaelic word for `saddle.' As saddle leather is often a descriptor associated with this variety, we felt it would be a fitting moniker.
  Roussanne "The Taistelai"
While our 'go-to' source for Roussanne has traditionally been two Paso Robles vineyards, 2003 presented a challenge in that both vineyards had very little fruit. As a result, we had to search high and low for additional fruit. This bottling represents the first-ever GWC wine not to have a Central Coast appellation. Hence the name "Taistelai," which is the Gaelic term for 'traveler'. The wine is brassy gold in color. On the nose it exhibits intense aromas of lemon peel/curd, kefir lime, wet stone and quince. The entry is all about lemon and lime, with hints of fig, and minerals with engaging (and, I might add, all natural) acidity. The finish is long and satisfying. While drinking nicely now, this wine will improve over the next three years, and has the potential to drink well for ten or more.
  Rozet Vineyard Paso Robles "The Berwyn"
Dark golden in color, this wine explodes with aromas of marzipan, roasted nut meats, fig and minerals. On the palate, the wine exhibits a rich, creamy texture with pronounced flavors of hazelnut, lemon and fig. Given its heady alcohol, the wine makes quite a statement; however, there's good balance. `Berwyn' means `son of the harvest,' and is a fitting tribute to our second son, Thomas Berwyn Garretson, who was born in the midst of the 2000 harvest.
  SYRAH “The Aisling”
Medium garnet in color, this wine offers up aromas of cranberry, clove, sage, white plum and cedar. A soft, velvety entry of sour cherry, plum and blueberry leads to intense flavors of allspice and mace, all with well-integrated tannins and a long, plush finish. Given the nature of the vintage, this is perhaps the most ‘over-the-top’ Aisling we’ve produced. Definitely a zin lover’s style of Syrah, this wine will benefit from short-term aging and drink well for the next 7 years. The term Aisling (pronounced ‘ash-ling) means ‘dream’ or ‘vision’, and serves as the title of this, our only 100% Syrah wine...and the only Syrah we produce which utilizes American cooperage.
  SYRAH “The Craic”
The wine offers up aromas of boysenberry, cherry cola, rose petal and powdered cocoa. Upon tasting, the wine explodes with a lush, mouth-filling velvety texture which carries flavors of blackberry, bing cherry, coffee/mocha, with a touch of walnut and Herbs de Provence. While lush, there's ample tannins and acidity for balance, and the finish is long and rewarding. The term `Craic' (pronounced `crack') means `good fun,' something this wine's bound to create when the cork is popped.
  SYRAH “The Luascáin”
This wine is dark and brooding in color, with aromas of stone, blueberry, mocha, violet, anise and earth. On the palate, it explodes with rich blueberry and mocha notes with great grip, acidity and length of finish. “Luascáin” is the Gaelic word for rocking horse, another name for this vineyard.
  Viognier The Saothar
This may well be the finest Viognier we've yet produced. Engaging notes of apricot, peach, nectarine rind and white pepper explode from the glass. On the palate, the wine exhibits great balance and mouthfeel. Just when you'd think the exotic aromas and flavors would lead to a viscous finish, the wine's acidity brings everything into focus.


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