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We are pleased to share the most recent reviews from Ronn Wiegand’s Restaurant Wine in his latest issue #181-183. Ronn Wiegand is an international wine professional with 40 years of experience as a sommelier, wine journalist, wine critic, wine educator, wine judge, and wine consultant. He is a Master of Wine (1991) and Master Sommelier (1986)—and was the first person in the world to hold both titles.
Wiegand began writing about wine in 1981 and has published hundreds of articles in such publications as Decanter and Wine Spectator. He was wine columnist for both the San Francisco Examiner and the trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News for 5 years. Since 1988, he has been Publisher and Editor of Restaurant Wine, a subscription-only journal read by sommeliers and restaurant wine directors throughout North America. www.restaurantwine.com
RESTAURANT WINE®’S EVALUATION SYSTEM QUALITY ratings are:
★★★★★ EXCEPTIONAL quality for its type and style; a superstar (5 stars) within its price category. Merits an extra special effort to purchase. Very highly recommended.
★★★★ EXCELLENT quality for its type, style, and price. Among (4 stars) the very best of its type for its price. Highly recommended.
★★★ VERY GOOD quality for its type, style, and price. Has (3 stars) distinctive character and positive attributes.
SCHEID VINEYARDS, 2016 CHARDONNAY, ESCOLLE ROAD VINEYARD, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS ★★★+ To Be Released March 2019
A complex, toasty Chardonnay that is full bodied, very supple in texture, and long, with a woody finish. In aroma/ flavor, it tastes of pear, butterscotch, vanilla, pineapple, and spicy oak. Needs modest aging. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Partial ML. 100 cases. 14.8%
Very fine Sauvignon in a fairly delicate style. It is full bodied, crisp, long on the palate, moderately intense in flavor, and spicy and lingering on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of pear, white pepper, lemon, and tropical fruit, with a hint of lemon grass. 100% Sauvignon. Aged 6 months in stainless steel. 1,734 cases. 13.5%
The 2016 is a very good wine: crisp, delicately flavored (grapefruit, white peach, pear, pineapple), and medium full bodied, with good balance and a medium long finish. 100% Grenache Blanc. Aged 6 months in stainless steel. Unwooded. 100 cases. 12.8%
SCHEID VINEYARDS, 2017 GRENACHE BLANC, SAN LUCAS VINEYARD, MONTEREY ★★★★+ To Be Released March 2019
The 2017 is delicious: full bodied, supple, and rich; a wine with subtle, delicate fruitiness (pear, lime, honeydew melon, dried fig), excellent balance, and a very long finish. Great value. 100% Grenache Blanc. 30% fermented on the skins. Aged 7 months in stainless steel. Unwooded. 132 cases. 12.8%
SCHEID VINEYARDS, 2017 ALBARIÑO, ARROYO SECO, MONTEREY ★★★+ Sold Out
A delicately flavored Albariño of very good quality. It is medium bodied, crisp, floral-and-fruity in flavor (lime, honeysuckle, lemon, white peach), balanced, and vibrant on the finish. 100% Albariño. Unwooded. 195 cases. 12.5%
SCHEID VINEYARDS, 2015 PINOT NOIR, DOCTOR’S VINEYARD, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS ★★★★ To Be Released November 2019
The 2015 is in a ripe, complex style. It is very supple in texture, intensely flavored (cherry, plum, strawberry jam, spicy oak, black tea), and balanced, with a very long finish. Needs further aging. 3 day cold soak. Aged 18 months in oak barrels, 75% French and 25% other European. 150 cases. 14.5%
SCHEID VINEYARDS, 2016 TEMPRANILLO, SAN LUCAS VINEYARD, MONTEREY ★★★+ To Be Released September 2019
The Tempranillo is a very good version of the varietal: supple and complex, with fully body, light oakiness, good balance, and a long finish, tasting of plum, tobacco, rose petal, and oak. Can be aged further. Aged 18 months in 80% American and 20% Hungarian oak barrels. Unfiltered. 135 cases. 14.6%
SCHEID VINEYARDS, 2016 DOLCETTO, RIVERVIEW VINEYARD, MONTEREY ★★★★+ To Be Release May 2019
The Dolcetto is excellent: red-purple in color, distinctly flavored (plum, red licorice, blueberry jam, blackberry, herbs), well balanced, and medium long on the finish. Will benefit from modest aging. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. 100 cases. 14.5%
The Tannat is a very impressive wine: fleshy, rich, and oaky, it is full bodied and quite powerful on the palate, with excellent depth, firm structure, and a very long finish, tasting of blackberry, cherry, black tea, clove, and spicy oak. Aged 18 months in 51% French and 49% Hungarian oak barrels. Unfiltered. 147 cases. 14.5%
The Hames Valley Petite Sirah is exceptional: an ultra-ripe, full bodied, intensely flavored wine that is fleshy in texture, balanced, and very long and mildly tannic on the finish. 100% Petite Sirah. Aged 18 months in Hungarian oak barrels. Unfiltered. 100 cases. 14.9%
We are utterly thrilled to introduce our second bottling of Appassimento Cabernet. Arguably the most important red wine grape in the world, a distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon is one of life’s great pleasures. We choose our Cabernet sites carefully: warm days with lots of sunshine, cool nights to preserve the balance of the fruit, well-drained soils, and gentle slopes. Our Appassimento Cab is made in a style similar to northern Italy’s celebrated Amarone in which the grapes are allowed to dry slowly on the vine, which intensely concentrates the flavors and leads to a lavish richness that is almost port-like. It has been a very dear project of Director of Winemaking, Dave Nagengast.
The grapes were sourced from our estate San Lucas Vineyard and specially farmed for this Old World style of wine. Made in a style similar to northern Italy’s celebrated Amarone, it displays a lavish richness that is almost port-like. Appassimento, or the drying of the grapes, is an ancient technique that promotes dehydration in the grapes so that a higher concentration of sugar develops inside the berries. To achieve this, we cut the canes when the grapes were at 22° brix. Cutting of the canes doesn’t allow any water to move into the berries and doesn’t allow sugars to move out. We left the clusters hanging on the vines for an additional three weeks until they reached 33° brix. It is not possible to produce an Appassimento-style wine every vintage, but ideal harvest conditions allowed for the extended drying time needed for this unique wine.
The result is worth every extra step in the process: a wine of tremendous depth and complexity. This is a full bodied and brooding beauty with generous aromas of dark plum, dried fig, cedar, coffee and cloves. On the palate, loads of dark candied fruit give way to a decadently rich mouthfeel finish with surprising elegance. Drinking beautifully now, this is one to lay down for a decade or more. Again, this wine has been produced in a limited quantity of just 100 cases. Reserve club members will receive it in their shipment, and all club members are welcome to order it until it’s gone!
Try these simple Thanksgiving recipes with Scheid wines this holiday!
RED WINE CRANBERRY SAUCE
Yield: 8-10 servings
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 cup Scheid Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5 cups white granulated sugar
12 ounces fresh cranberries
1 orange peel zest
1 cinnamon stick
Combine sugar with red wine in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Add cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Bring the mixture back to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often to help break down the cranberries. Remove from stove and allow to cool to room temperature prior to serving. Leftovers may be refrigerated.
CRANBERRY BRIE TARTS
Yield: 12 servings
Total Time: 15 minutes
12 mini phyllo cups (in the frozen section)
6 teaspoons creamy brie
6 teaspoons cranberry sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the frozen phyllo shells on a baking sheet, and fill with a ½ teaspoon of brie. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until the cups are golden and the cheese is melted through. Top with ½ teaspoon cranberry sauce and serve immediately with a glass of Scheid Dolcetto!
Here at Scheid, we adore Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but we’ve also been known to work with a plethora of slightly more obscure grape varieties, and we feel proud to be able to show off the wonderful diversity of the Monterey growing region. The many varied soil types and micro-climates of Monterey County allow us to produce close to 40 different varietals in all. Our newest darling is Dolcetto, which hails from the famed Italian region of Piedmont (Piemonte). The name translated, means “little sweet one,” which doesn’t refer to the sugar content, but rather is an endearing moniker for this much loved yet lesser-known variety. The moderate climate and coastal fog that define our estate Riverview Vineyard provide a favorable local site for what is one of Northern Italy’s premier varieties.
Our inaugural vintage exudes dense, dark fruit and a medium body made for early enjoyment. Flavors of ripe black currants and red cherries lead to a hint of pepper and finish with juicy, supple tannins. The 2015 growing season delivered a stellar vintage in terms of quality although yields were down in almost all of our vineyards. Despite a lighter crop from one of the earliest seasons on record and a fourth year of drought, quality was high across the board. A mild winter caused early bud break and was followed by protracted bloom, and cool, cloudy weather in May—impacting berry set and contributing to smaller grape clusters and crop size. The silver lining to the lower yield was the exceptional quality, with vivid, intense flavors. The wine is part of our November Vin’s Club release and small quantities will be available in our tasting rooms. With just barely over 100 cases produced, this “little sweet one” will disappear rather quickly. Visit us soon to try this limited bottling before it’s gone. Salute!
As a family-owned winery, we are committed to sustainability throughout the operations at Scheid Vineyards. From our founding in 1972, we’ve held firm to the belief that this can only be achieved through following the three E’s of sustainability: Environmentally sound practices, social Equity and Economic viability. When the land is respected and the people who farm it and live in our community live well, true sustainable quality can be attained.
All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards are officially certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 100% of our wastewater is recycled and all our grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards. We use 100% drip irrigation and low impact farming methods. We even have 250+ owl boxes to control rodent populations naturally. Our commitment to environmental stewardship and equitable treatment of our employees is woven into the fabric of Scheid Vineyards. We are dedicated to adhering to sustainable farming practices every day and investing in our workforce through real, meaningful programs.
Installing a new wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to be good stewards of the environment. In July, we erected a huge wind turbine on our estate property in Greenfield. The windmill’s blades reach 396 feet into the sky and will generate 100% of the power needed to run the winery and bottling operations—185 megawatts annually. It’s the perfect power source for the inexhaustible winds of the Salinas Valley and a new reason to feel great about pouring yourself a second glass of your favorite Scheid wine!
After you've enjoyed the wine, try this easy DIY to repurpose those beautiful wooden engraved wine boxes!
Wooden wine box
Plastic liner or trash bag
Coco liner (optional)
Cactus or succulent soil
Variety of succulents
Decorative rocks or pebbles
1. Line box with plastic to protect it from moisture damage.
2. Add coco liner to prevent water from pooling at the bottom of the box.
3. Add a layer of activated charcoal for drainage and filtration.
4. Fill with soil. Cactus or succulent soil is best but any soil will do!
5. Trim excess plastic and add a variety of different succulents.
6. Add layer of decorative rocks or pebbles and admire your work!
To celebrate the recent release of our 2015 Late Harvest Riesling, we are excited to share a unique cocktail idea perfect for summer!
It is well known to many of our club members that Tasting Room Manager Scott Tidd is a gifted home chef and grill master. He regularly regales both guests and coworkers with his tales of family dinner menus and holiday meal productions. Our office staff anticipates Monday mornings for the opportunity to hear what weekend-warrior feasts he whipped up. Stories of his middle school-aged sons amuse us with their sophisticated palates for delicacies such as raw oysters which they choose as their special treat for good grades and little league championships—a far cry from pepperoni pizza! We finally realized that his recipes and food pairing ideas are just too good to keep to ourselves and we have launched a new series in which to showcase them called Tidd-bit Tuesday. We will have demonstrations and samples in the tasting rooms on select dates to help you break up your work week and we will be featuring the recipes in our newsletters and here in our blog. The first Tidd-bit is this heavenly cocktail, the inspiration for which, Scott describes below:
"I created this drink a few years back to entertain my wife and her friends. We have a swimming pool and every summer we do a lot of entertaining with friends and family. Instead of making stronger drinks like a Margarita in the middle of the day, I wanted to find something lighter for the adults to enjoy. For the first timers to our house it is always a fun conversation piece as well. Finally, one day, one of my wife’s friends asked what the drink was called. My wife responded with, 'it’s his get-out-of-jail-free card—when he makes it he can disappear with his friends!'"
1oz Ice Cube Tray
Scheid Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling
Scheid Vineyards ‘Isabelle’ Sparkling Wine
1. Pour Late Harvest Riesling into ice cube tray 2/3rds of the way to leave room for the raspberries. Place in freezer for 30 minutes, pull from freezer and add 1 raspberry per cube. Place back in freezer until frozen. Make 1-2 days ahead of time for best results.
2. In a glass of your choice (I would recommend a Champagne flute) add one cube of Late Harvest Riesling to 2 or 3 ounces of Scheid Vineyards ‘Isabelle’ Sparkling.
3. Enjoy! As you drink this great summertime cocktail it will start off dry and as the ice cube melts you will get subtle hints of sweet apple and pear. As you finish the sparkling, you will be left with a sweet slushy and a fresh bright raspberry to cleanse your palate.
We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. On behalf of all of us at Scheid Vineyards, I would like to extend warm wishes for a very happy New Year! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your membership and support and share a very special new offering with you. Those of you who celebrated with us last month at our annual Holiday Party in the Hangar had the first opportunity to join our new Vin’s Library Club. This exclusive club is now available by invitation only to our Estate and Reserve Club Members.
Al Scheid first planted vineyards in Monterey County in early 1972 and then started making Scheid Vineyards wine with the 1989 vintage. Throughout 45 years of hard work, with more than a few challenges along the way, we’ve always taken time to savor the proverbial fruits of our labor. We never forget how blessed we are to do the work we do—we get to make an amazing product and share it with people like you!
It’s that sharing part that got us thinking about opening up the Scheid cellar and ultimately inspired us to create our new Library Club. You see, several times a year our winemaking team sits down and tastes through older vintages of our wines. It’s both an intriguing process of tasting how a wine changes as it ages and also seeing the viticultural and winemaking decisions from previous years play out in the glass. Frankly, it’s really fun too!
Properly cellaring wine takes patience, but the good news is that we started doing this more than 20 years ago and through the years have determined which wines are truly age-worthy. While we don’t have a lot of wine, we do have enough for about 100 guests to join us in tasting through the decades with a quarterly shipment of three bottles each. We also have some special Library Club events and tastings planned for the upcoming year featuring vertical flights and winemaker insights. Please contact us directly to be added to this exclusive list. We hope you’ll enjoy this journey as much as we have!
Wine Club Manager
For more information, or to reserve your spot in our Library Club, please contact Michelle McDaid by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (831) 455-9990.