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             2017 Fall             THE LIONS ROAR               2018 Winter

 

 

To: Lions Peak’s Family of Friends,

Lions Peak Tasting Room DisplayHarvest for the 2017 Vintage began on Friday October the 13th! The vineyard is in excellent condition and the changes that we have implemented over the last few years have made a major transformation in the vines. For the past several years we have been replanting Cabernet Sauvignon vines and changing the method of pruning from cordon pruning to cane pruning. The old cordons on Block 1 and 2 were removed beginning in the winter of 2015 and 2016, and the 45 year old block of Cabernet Sauvignon vines a had major cleanup of their canes and the head of the vines during the same period. This major and costly endeavor was necessary to ensure that our old vines will produce exceptional quality fruit for the years to come and has reduced the yields of the vines while new fruiting canes are grown and the vines make a complete transition. This year we had approximately 2.0 tons per acre for the 2017 vintage. As I began writing the newsletter, the clusters of the grapes had set, verasion had taken place, and now, as I make updates to our Fall/ Winter Newsletter, we saw the final results in the vineyard of the 2017 vintage.

It is important to understand that harvest is the result of all the effort that has taken place since the 2016 harvest occurred. The beginning of the 2017 year actually began the moment the 2016 crop was harvested. All the necessary preparations were done in the vineyard prior to the vines during dormant during the winter months and in February or March the vines were pruned for the 2017 crop. At this time an inventory was done so that we could order any replants of the old vines that required replacement. It is a team effort from all of us that are a part of Lions Peak and, of course, Mother Nature plays her role with the weather that we receive.  At Lions Peak we are fortunate to have an excellent vineyard team from the beginning of the vintage year to the harvest. I truly could not do without them. When I talk about family, there is a bond with the vineyard team that sees to Lions Peak with their personal care.


                                                           HARVEST OCTOBER 2017

Now it is October 13th, and our fruit is stellar. In my opinion it is perfect. The berries are sweet and so are the pits. Mother Nature has once again created a vintage that will yield a Cabernet Sauvignon that is exceptional. Now as I update the newsletter, we have finished harvest on the 14th of October. The Brix was 25 degrees and the fruit is exceptional. The grapes have been sorted and crushed and are now in the tank! Now the beginning of the 2017 Vintage wines begins! We have five Bordeaux varietals for wines for 100% varietal or Meritage.  Also, the Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is in the tank and will soon be transferred to French oak or stainless steel, depending on the program which the wine will be produced.


                                                           WINERY UNDERWAY AT THE VINEYARD



We are in the process of converting Lions Peak Old Barn to an up to date tasting room and winery that will allow us the opportunity to have our club members and tasters visit us at the estate vineyard.  This has been a dream in the process for 25 years, and now it is truly becoming reality. This is very exciting event for us, and we have begun making the transition on the grounds that surround the home and the new winery. We have removed a swimming pool, the old fruit orchard, plants that have surrounded the home, cleared the mini irrigated forest of select eucalyptus trees, and have planted a few olive trees and cleared an area of vineyard in preparation for the new winery and new Bordeaux plantings in the early spring. The plans for the winery and tasting room have been drawn, and we are hopeful that next year you can look forward to tastings, winemaker dinners, and other special events at our Vineyard Estate in San Miguel. The winery and tasting room is located on the hillside overlooking the Santa Lucia Mountains. The views are spectacular and the plan is to make it possible for you to enjoy this special part of nature year round. You will be able to just relax and view Lions Peak’s Vineyard and taste one or many of our Bordeaux wines! This winery- tasting room project is one that originally began in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s; however the original 20,000 case winery which was approved by the county did not become a reality .Now seventeen years later, we are dreaming of having our little barn become a place to share our wines with our friends.


                                                     NEW RELEASES AT LIONS PEAK

                 CHARDONNAY SANTA RITA HILLS OLD VINE CHARDONNAY VINTAGES



This Spring we bottled our 2014 Cabernet Franc & one lot of 2015 Merlot and our N/V BFF; however, most of our 2014 and 2015 wines are still barrel aging. The 2015 Bordeaux line up is aging in new French oak from Nadalie, and we have tasted the wines that are barrel aging, and plan to bottle them after harvest. It is questionable which wine is our favorite. We have selected a variety of French oak to enhance the complexity of the wines, and it is our belief that when you taste our new releases that you will be as excited as we are. For our open house and Leo Celebration in August and our Harvest Festival Weekend, we had barrel samples of our new reds and offered futures of these reds. Each varietal has distinct characteristics and flavor profiles, and we leave it to you for your comments. It is exciting to be producing all five Bordeaux varietals. This is our first Malbec, and it will be part of our portfolio of Bordeaux Wines. Moving forward, Lions Peak will be producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Lions Peak continues to concentrate on our Bordeaux reds and select Rhone reds and Zinfandel wine and ports.

Our new wines that will be bottled at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018 are: Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and some new Bordeaux blends.

For our future, Lions Peak will be producing our white wine varietals from Santa Barbara County and our Reds either from our Estate or from select boutique grape growers in the Paso Robles AVA.

This year we are beginning with a Chardonnay from Hilltop Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills.  We shall be producing two styles of whole clustered pressed Chardonnay, one that is dry and crisp that has been aged in stainless steel, and the other that is buttery and creamy that has been aged in French oak. We expect to be pouring our Chardonnay that has gone through stainless steel fermentation by the first of 2018.



                                       EVENTS AT THE TASTING ROOM FROM SEPTEMBER 2017
                                                                   TO MARCH 2018
 













Seeing that you have enjoyed our events, we have looked at our calendar and have scheduled an assortment of events throughout the Fall and Winter.  On a weekly basis you are always welcome to stop in for a tasting and enjoy our portfolio of wines. We want to hear from you pertaining to your favorite wines and ideas of future activities at LP that you might enjoy. We have provided you a rough outline of events; however, throughout the year we shall be sending you the details of each planned activity or view our website for information.

LABOR DAY (September 2-4)

A wonderful way to spend your holiday weekend! Relax and enjoy our award-winning Bordeaux wines paired with cheese, tapenades, and olive oils, and appetizers. Live music on Sunday 4:30-7:30.Ashton Whittaker will be our guest artist this Labor Day Weekend.

DANISH DAYS (September 15-17)

Celebration of Danish cheeses paired with Lions Peak’s fine wines, tapenades, olive oils and flavored vinegars. We shall also be serving Danish pastries that will pair with our Ports and our Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, and strawberries and chocolates and assorted appetizers. Tasting notes will be available for you on the select wine and cheese pairings. Loren Radis will be our guest artist Saturday evening.

CELEBRATION OF HARVEST FESTIVAL WEEKEND (September 29-October1st)

Begin your festival weekend at LP with our Wine Down Friday. Mark David with be performing from 4-7pm.  Complimentary gourmet pizza and tapenades will be offered for your wine by the glass or tasting flight. Saturday enjoy a cheese pairing with LP award-winning wine flight as well as complimentary appetizers during our open house. Catalina Estevez will be performing from 5-8pm Saturday and Ashton York from 3-6pm on Sunday.

HARVEST FESIVAL/ COLUMBUS DAYWEEKEND (October 6-9)

Harvest Festival October 6th through the 9th: Start your weekend off on Friday evening for a Wine Down Friday with gourmet pizza; sun dried tomatoes, olive oils and tapenades. 5PM to 8PM Saturday we shall have a catered event for our wine club members. The event is complimentary for club members and two of their guest. Non club member event fee is $25.00 per person. Our guest musician for our Saturday event  is Jon Stephen who has been a featured artist at Lions Peak throughout the years. Stephen’s venue includes tropical Brazilian and flamenco. Sunday enjoy live music with appetizers and desserts and the music of Ashton York. York is based in southern California and his sound ranges from folk acoustic to contemporary pop with even a hint of post-rock as well as a touch of classical. Case specials and specials savings on tasting room merchandize will be offered. Barrel tasting of wines due to be bottled in December.

.OCTOBER  14TH

Live music 5-8pm of guitarist and vocalist Catalina Estevez is LP’s featured artist. Complimentary appetizers will be served and a chance to sample our new tapenades. Our holiday gifts have started to arrive. You may select one of our four wine flights and pair two one the flights with chocolate or Cheese and flatbread or if you prefer, have a glass of wine!

OCTOBER  21ST

Live music of vocalist, composer, and Guitarist, Ashton York 5-8 pm . Complimentary appetizers and an assortment of four wine flights ranging from wine to dessert wines. Chocolate pairing is available with two of the flights. Case and bottle specials  are available on select wines. Add chocolates or cheese to your tasting for an additional $5.00

WINE DOWN FRIDAY BEGINNING OCTOBER 27TH,NOV. 3RD,NOV.10TH,NOV.17TH,NOV.24TH, DEC.1ST,DEC.8TH.DEC.15TH,DEC.22ND.AND DEC.29TH EVERY FRIDAY FROM 4PM UNTIL 7PM  with LIVE MUSIC

Live music of Mark David from 4-7PM with complimentary appetizers, pizza, tapenades, and as we continue into the holiday season look for special open house activities. Enjoy a glass of wine or one of our four wine flights while you enjoy the Mark David. Wine by the glass and bottle specials on select wines are available. Wine club members and 2 of their guests’ tastings are complimentary for this event and all others. We hope that you will join us.

NOVEMBER 4TH

The music of vocalist and guitarist Catalina Estevez returns to Lions Peak. Complimentary  appetizers are provided for the event and a chance to sample our new tapenades, gourmet olive oils, and black truffle or fig vinegar. Our holiday gifts have started to arrive and are that perfect selection to be paired with your LP wines.  Four wine flights are available for your selection or pair your flights with chocolate or Cheese and flatbread for an additional $5.00. The tasting flights are from $15.00 to $20.00. The appetizers and music is complimentary for our club members and tasters.

VETERAN’S WEEKEND CELEBRATION &WINE DOWN FRIDAY  (November 10th-12th)

Our weekend of fun begins with our Wine Down Friday. Come in for a glass of wine or one of our four assorted flights of wine. Assorted tapenades and gourmet crackers artisan pizza are complimentary. David is our guest guitarist and vocalist.  Two of the four flights can be paired with our Seattle Chocolates.

Join us on Saturday from 5-8:00 pm and 2-5:00pm for a Veterans Celebration. A wine tasting from our current wines and select library wines for this weekend event will be offered. Our holiday gifts have arrived and make the perfect accompaniment with one of our wines. Catalina Estevez and Ashton York will be our guest musicians for this holiday weekend.

WINE MAKERS BIRTHDAY PARTY NOVEMBER 18TH

Loren Radis joins us for his year-end performance at Lions Peak from 5-8PM for our annual Winemakers Birthday celebration and beginning of the forthcoming holiday season. A catered menu and wine tasting from our current wines to library wines for this weekend event will be offered for our club members and two of their guests for this special weekend event. If you missed the barrel tasting of all our new Bordeaux’s that are about to be bottled in December, as well as, our Mourvedre and Zinfandel, this will be your last opportunity! Bottle and mixed case specials on our Award-winning wines and decorative glassware and gifts. Event is complimentary for club members with two of their guests. Non-club member event fee is $25.00. Last opportunity to purchase our 2015 Futures at a special price prior to bottling.

WINE DOWN FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH

Lions Peak begins our holiday season open house with the live music of Mark David  from 4-7PM and season holiday appetizers and our Danish Glogg. Holiday gifts and wines are on sale this weekend. Stop by and have a stellar wine experience with our staff and owner.

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: NOVEMBER 24- 26th)

Lions Peak’s open house begins Friday morning and continues throughout the weekend. We shall be celebrating the season with an open house filled with live music from 4-7pm Friday. LP will be offering complimentary appetizers and seasonal finger foods for your pleasure while you taste or with your WBG. Holiday season savings are offered on wine related merchandize and select wines. Live music November 25th Ashton York 4-7pm.

JULES FESTIVAL (DECEMBER 1-3)

Holidays have arrived. Open house. Time for shopping and tasting our four wine flights. Tapenades and holiday chocolates that are perfect for the special someone or stocking stuffers. Sample our Glogg Holiday Red wine! Our new holiday glassware has arrived. Live music Friday evening with  Ashton York Saturday. 4-7PM

JULES FESTIVAL -WINE WALK ABOUT ( December 9-10)

Wine Walk About: Saturday and Sunday. Select tastings of four of our ultra-premium wines with extensive bottle savings.  Tickets for the Wine Walk About can be purchased Solvang Visitors.

After the tasting, join us for Holiday Afternoon and Evening from 4:00-7:30PM..  Holiday music and the tasting room will be decorated for the festivity. Our Murano Christmas Glassware and gifts will have arrived for the season. Wine by the glass and Glogg wine will be available.  Wine Walk about tasters will receive a complementary tasting of our wine flights with bottle purchase from the wine walk.   Wine specials on the wines poured for the tasting.

DECEMBER 16

Enjoy our open house and the live music Ashton York on Saturday from 4-7PM.  Complementary holiday finger foods, cakes and cookies. Holiday wine specials on select whites and reds.

NEWS YEAR EVE AND DAY:( December 29, 30-January 1

New Year’s Eve and Day will out the old and ring in the new. Complimentary champagne with your tasting along with Glogg wine and seasonal appetizers. Live music December 29th Mark David 4-7pm 30th Ashton York 4-7pm.

VALENTINE’S DAY AND PRESIDENT’S WEEKEND: Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day Weekend a fantastic weekend to celebrate and share this weekend with your special someone. We want to continue to express our gratitude to all of our club members. It is always a joy to have you and your friends at the tasting room. Watch for details.

TASTE OF SOLVANG ( Mid –March)

The annual Taste of Solvang mid-March, is Lions Peak’s kickoff for the forthcoming arrival of the spring season. The Friday evening event features a wonderful array of desserts from restaurants, chocolate confectionaries, and other merchants. The desserts are paired with wines from Solvang wine tasting rooms and wine shops. The weekend continues with a number of special events.  Lions Peak joins other wineries and wine shops on Saturday and Sunday for wine tasting. We shall be offering specials on the wines that we are pouring at this event. If you are unable to attend, please call the tasting room (805.693.5466) and we shall see that you will receive the specials. Please check out www.solvangusa.com for details.

Our Solvang Tasting Room is opened seven days a week, except during winter months, with extended hours on weekends and for special events. Lions Peak Winter Calendar begins the 1st of December with weekday hours, Monday through Friday, to 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00PM. Sunday 11; 00 to 6:00PM. Weekend hours may be extended beyond 7PM until 8PM.

We invite you to have a Premium or VIP tasting, or select your favorite wine by the glass!  Our wine associates are trained to discuss wine and food pairing with our wines and provide you with wine knowledge of the Bordeaux Reds, Rhone Whites & Port Wines


                       WINE CLUB SELECTIONS FOR THE FALL AND WINTER OF 2017/2018

 

                                                                                 Connoisseurs Club

2014Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00

NV BFF $38.00

2015 Merlot $45.00

2014 Lulu  $35.00

2014 Cabernet Franc $45.00

2014 Sisters $35.00

 

Premium Club

2015 Merlot $45.00

2014 Cabernet Franc $45.00

2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

                                                                                                             NV BFF $38.00

2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00

2013 Vis a Vis $38.00

 

Roaring Cabernet Club

(2) 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00

(1) 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00

(2)2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

(1) 2012 Lionnesse $58.00

 

  White Wine Club

                                                                                           (1)Sisters $35.00

(1)2014 Lulu $35.00

(1)2014 Sauvignon Gris $28.00

(1) 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Róse $28.00

(1) Orange Muscat $28.00

(1) 2014 Marsanne $28.00

 

 

Cub Red

Fall Selections                                          Winter Selections

                                               2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon                                       2015 Merlot

                                                               2014 Cabernet Franc                               2013 Vis á Vis (Mourvedre, Grenache, & Syrah

                                                                           2013 Róse                                                 2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon

 

                                                                                           Cub Mixed

                                                   Fall Selections                                             Winter Selections

                                                 2014Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon                                               2015 Merlot

                                                             2014 Estate Grown Róse                                                             2014 Sisters

                                                               2013Cabernet Franc                                      2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon



                                                 THREE BOTTLE CUB CLUB

Due to requests our Cub Club is returning with revisions. We shall be offering a Cub Club Red, Mixed, or Special request.  This three bottle club ships 4 times a year with complimentary shipping on 9-15,12-15, and 3-15, and 6-15. The club members receive a 20% discount on their club shipments and have all the standard club benefits. The only exception for membership would involve club members whose June shipment might need to be shipped in March or delayed until September due to the Summer heat. Shipments vary in price from $100.00 to $130.00 per shipment.

It is always my pleasure to produce Lions Peaks’ wines that you and your friends to enjoy together. From the vineyard to fermentation, barrel, bottle, and to your glass, I wish you the very best this Season.

 

                                                                       Jennifer Arant

                                           Owner, Sommelier, and winemaker Lions Peak

 

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