WSI93+ Fresh delicate red licorice and cherry juice, all de-stemmed fruit and whole berry fermented. Then long skin fermentation adds structure and body and yet the wine is seamlessly integrated, fresh, and generous.
WE92 Aromas of muddled black plum, turned earth and mahogany show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is framed by sandy tannins that will hold their structure for quite a while, framing roasted boysenberry, vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavors. Drink through 2033.
Estate Notes: Combining ideal growing conditions of cool overnight and morning fog, afternoon sun and breeze with well- drained soils, it is SIP sustainably-farmed by acclaimed growers Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, making this one of the most highly sought-after gems of the SLH appellation. The close-spaced Pisoni (La Tache) clone in this site is typically slower-ripening, and presents wines with more verve, lighter color and aromatic floral aspects.
Former Giants players Rich Aurilia and Dave Roberts (currently the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers) teamed up with friend John Micek and winemaker Rolando Herrera for their winemaking project. The Red Stitch lineup bears the signatures of Herrera’s polished winemaking style.
Winemaker Rolando Herrera is an American Dream success story. Moving from Mexico as a child, he was still a teenager when mentored in fine-winemaking by Warren Winiarski of Stags Leap Wine Cellars where he became Cellar Master. After years as Director of Winemaking with Paul Hobbs, he started his own famed winery, Mi Sueño (my dream). His wines have been served for Presidents of the USA and of Mexico and on professional baseball team charter flights. Rolando works closely with the Aurilias, Miceks and Roberts in many aspects of the winemaking, consulting with them for all crucial decisions, including adjusting oak profiles. The owner families work together to create all blends, both during the winemaking and to finalize each release.