Moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 2000 opened our eyes and palates to what wine is all about. In the first year living in California I was able to take a three month sabbatical and worked crush in Sonoma, CA. Long days of physical work were the norm for those three months, commuting around 2 hours one way. But those three months educated me in the process of wine making, what it took to produce wine, and it solidified a dream… to eventually produce our own wine.
The next year I did the same, although not a full time, I did work the 2001 crush on the weekends. It was during this crush I realized the difference between the process of wine making and the art. In 2015 I was able to work crush again but this time in Napa Valley and experience a very different side of wine making.
Over the years of studying and working crush I’ve realized there are several routes someone can take to get to their destination, much like there are difference actions a wine maker can take during the wine making process. The question would be what the end goal is, what are you trying to achieve with your wine? This of course is dependent on Mother Nature, how and where your fruit was raised. But mostly it is dependent on how adventurous you are.
As Suzanne mentioned it took us awhile but the stars aligned and we were able to move to St. Helena in the middle of wine country.
We almost immediately started to produce our own wine for personal consumption and experimentation. A true Garagiste if you will. At the same time we started finding hidden gems of some remarkable low production wine. This is what helped start Playground Cellars. Our idea is to share these discoveries with you, to experiment and introduce the new, revisit the traditional, but in the end to play with your palate. ~ Proprietor & Winemaker Joe White
Like our Howell Mountain Cab, we were at the right place at the right time. Through our connections we were able to stumble across enough for two barrels of this remarkable 100% Tempranillo that speaks to what Tempranillo is all about.
Vanilla cola swirls with cinnamon and allspice to blend into a burst of cherry and gold raspberry. The faint cedar and baking chocolate balances the fruit for a well-balanced finish of acid and tannins.
Varietal(s): 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Paso Robles
Only 25 cases available!!! This has been the find of the year. 85% St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Oak Knoll Merlot. We keep hearing the same reaction from people when tasting this amazing wine from the barrel “I want to drink all of this now”.
Blackberry all the way with leather and violets living in harmony. A faint hint of orange blossom points to the fresh fruit while the tannins showcase the French Oak