In 2019 we had two releases of our 2017 wines. In July we released: Tempranillo, Syrah Reserve, our 2017 “Heart,” and “Kiss”—Heart Wood Cellars expression of a Bold Rosé—that promptly Sold Out completely in less than 3 months, and a rare White Port-Style Wine 2017 “Diamond Reserve.”
We decided that we will “plan” to make a version of “Heart” each year by making the best blend possible from that year’s vintage. The varietals that created the 2017 Heart is very different from the 2016 Vintage, and yet both are Elegant, Bold, and Complex. We also “plan” to have a wine called “Love” each year that will be the perfect blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah based on that year’s harvest.Our second release of 2017 wines was in November 2019: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, “Love,” and Ruby Reserve—Heart Wood Cellars first Red Port-Style Wine. As is typical for most Red Port-Style Wines, “Ruby Reserve” is non-vintage (NV) as it is a blend of four port-style wines: “2016 Tannat,” “2016 Petite Sirah,” “2017 Tannat,” and “2017 Petite Sirah.” We had offered discounted Futures of Ruby Reserve at a Private Invitation Only Event in February 2019.
All of Heart Wood Cellars Wines are made from 100% Arizona Grown Grapes. The quality grapes for this wine came from Rolling View Vineyard, Willcox AVA, and D.A.Ranch in theVerde Valley.
Heart Wood Cellars interpretation of a bold Rosé. This incredible wine was a fun learning experience. The Viognier was fermented on skins just like a red wine. Some of the partially fermented juice was taken at just the right brix (sugar level) and used in the making of our White Port-Style Wine. The remaining juice was then allowed to finish fermenting on the skins until it was dry. The resulting “amber” wine was then barrel aged in a neutral French Oak barrel. After many rounds of blending trials a year or so later, the future of this wine began to reveal itself when just the right mix resulted in a wine we thought was much better than the sum of it’s parts, which is the primary goal in blending. Finally, we had some trusted wine experts “try” it. All the feedback was the same: “Wow, what is this?” Our 2017 “Kiss” was born.
This wine Sold Out in less than 3 months. There is none available in the Heart Wood Cellars Wine Library. Both exciting and a little sad to see it go, we are creatively looking forward to when and how the next version of “Kiss” will be created.
Kiss - SOLD OUT
These high quality 100% Arizona grown grapes came from the unknown Syrah Clone affectionately known as “Syrah South” at Rolling View Vineyards in Willcox AVA. We decided to add the word “Reserve” to this Vintage of Syrah to help tell the story of how this “free-run” wine was made. This wine was fermented on its skins and after fermentation one barrel of this wine was removed from the skins—before—the skins were pressed. This non-pressed wine is known as “free-run.” This wine has more fruit characteristics available and some tannins from the skins during fermentations with a bit less tannins that typically come from the seeds during pressing.
This Elegant wine is Heart Wood Cellars expression of how Bold and Complex and Arizona grown Syrah can be.
This wine won a Silver Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and was recognized as the “Best Syrah” in Arizona in 2019 by the Arizona Republic & 2019 Arizona Wine Growers Association Wine Competition.
♥ 2017 Syrah Reserve is available for purchase—there are only a few cases left.
This vintage revealed to Valerie and me, as Winemakers, that we intend on creating a “Heart” blend each year that exceeds certain quality attributes we are trying to coax out of the grapes as winemakers. These include: Bold, Complex, Elegant, and a few more personal wine characteristics that we enjoy.
This was our first opportunity to work with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. All the wine grapes in this blend were Arizona grown at Rolling View Vineyards in Willcox AVA. During preliminary rounds of our blending trials the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc seemed to be drawn together. After many rounds of blending trials with all our 2017 Vintage Wines available, including 2 clones of Syrah. This exact blend kept emerging as a favorite amongst our trusted tasting panel of wine experts. It felt like our 2017 “Heart” almost created itself.
This wine won a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
♥ 2017 Heart is available for purchase
Ooh, our 2017 Heart Wood Cellars Tempranillo is a Bold, Elegant, Complex wine with lots of ♥. This wine spent its first 9 months in a brand New American Oak barrel and then an additional year smoothing out in a neutral French Oak Barrel.
Rolling View Vineyard in Willcox AVA, Arizona, grew this spectacular Tempranillo.
There were many firsts for us as winemakers crafting this wine. Our first time working with Tempranillo, our first brand New American Oak Barrels that were carefully selected after having visited and toured the Cooperage in Kentucky. This wine was made to be unique. Specific “stylistic choices” were decided upon which framed our goals and approach to crafting this wine. That process taught us many lessons that we have subsequently applied to help each new wine we make be the best expression of its varietal characteristics and terroir.
This wine won a Silver Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
♥ 2017 Tempranillo is available for purchase
The challenge we gave ourselves was to make an expressive Bold, Complex, Elegant, Smooth Cabernet Sauvignon that we would love as wine drinkers. We barrel sampled this at the 2019 Heart Wood Cellars VALentines (reference to VALerie) Event and received wonderful positive feedback and encouragement, followed by many inquires as to when it will be available for sale. This wine was released on 11/17/19 after a one-day pre-release at the 11/16/19 Arizona Grand Wine Festival.
Rolling View Vineyard grew the fabulous grapes that we were fortunate to have been able to turn into this Wine, that we love!
This wine won a Bronze Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
♥ 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is available for purchase
Everybody needs a little love. I loved using that line when I was pouring our 2016 Love—before its last few cases were retired to the Heart Wood Cellars Wine Library. Read the 2016 Vintage write up on Love and how the name came to be. When that wine was officially given its earned name: “Love,” we know we wanted to try to keep that love going by creating a Love blend every year we possibly could with Petite Sirah, and Syrah lovingly blended. Many blending trials are conducted to get just the right ratio based on that year’s vintage.
We will strive to create a Love blend that gently ages into that silky-smooth elegance that was the 2016 Love. Bold, Complex, and a little mysterious—just like love should be.
Rolling View Vineyard, Willcox AVA, Arizona
This wine won a Silver Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.♥ 2017 Love is available for purchase—there are only a few cases left
The Petite Sirah grape is one of very few that has a purple juice. Almost all “red” grapes have a clear grape juice that then gets its color during fermentation from the skins. Petite Sirah starts with purple juice and gets even deeper color from the skins during fermentation. Therefore visually, Petite Sirah is consistently one of the darkest red wines.
We love working with Petite Sirah. Coaxing and crafting its many layers into complex elegance that exceeds expectations set by the bold color. We have now made four vintages of Petite Sirah and absolutely love how this wine ages.
Petite Sirah loves food. We have experimented with pairing each of our wines with many different cheeses and food combinations and having our trusted panel of wine experts evaluate these pairings. The ideal cheese pairings for our 2017 Petite Sirah are a sharp English Cheddar cheese, and a specific Pepper Jack cheese—and your favorite hearty meal
This wine won a Double Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, our first Double Gold. We are beyond exited, and a bit proud
♥ 2017 Petite Sirah is available for purchase—there are only a few cases left