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     2017 Spring         ROAR WITH THE LIONS           2017 Summer

 

 

To: Lions Peak’s Family of Friends,

Lions Peak Tasting Room DisplayTime for our Spring/ Summer Wine Club and we have so much news and a little Lions Peak history to share with you. At Lions Peak we have looked at “ Life as a Cabernet” since we have focused on our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon as out signature wine and the other Bordeaux varietals since our first commercial release in 1994. Since the beginning of Lions Peak, Jennifer Soni-Arant has been dedicated to the production of high quality boutique wine and the wines reflect this dedication. Lions Peak’s wines are aged in French oak or a combination of French and American oak, and they are known to be approachable at the time of release or can age gracefully for many years.  In fact, LP is still featuring many of limited quantities of Library wines which date back to their 1994 vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely recognized as Old World in style. In fact, while going through the wine cellar, we discovered several of our Estate Grown Cabernet vintages that we are thrilled to have! Included in the collection are the 2000 Estate and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 Roaring Lion, and the 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

The old vine Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard was planted in the early 1970’s by pioneer, Phillip Doub, who was one of the founders of the Paso Robles AVA and the Cal Poly Viticulture Department. Doub was a visionary and pioneer of the Paso wine region. Since 1991, the vineyard and homestead has been owned by Jennifer Soni -Arant who has overseen the development of the vineyard and began the Lions Peak brand and has continued the legacy of the founder.

The fruit of Lions Peak comes from the Estate vineyard and Select growers in the Paso Robles AVA.  The estate is managed by Lee Alegre who has achieved recognition in the wine industry for overseeing the cultivation of exceptional boutique vineyards whose viticulture practices are highly recognized. The Lions Peak’s hillside vineyard exhibits unique micro-climates, calcareous soils, and produces annually small lots of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon which reflect the essence of the vineyard. The grapes are hand-harvested and hand sorted using traditional French techniques that ensure optimum quality of the grapes for the wines.


                                                                   FOUR WINE FLIGHTS

In order for you to have the Bordeaux Wine experience, LP now has a specific flight of our current Bordeaux release that have received prestigious accolades in the wine industry. The flight features six Gold and Silver Bordeaux single varietal wines and Bordeaux blends. However, we always acknowledge what our wine mentor, Robert Lawrence Blazer said, that the final judge rests with your palate! Nevertheless, it is our belief that we have put together four wine flights that will provide you with a truly memorable wine experience.  You may order a cheese platter to accompany your award winning Bordeaux Flight, or, if you wish, add our selection of Seattle Chocolate truffles or purchase our J Coco gourmet chocolates to add your wine flight.


                                                         HARVEST AND VINTAGE WINES

Lions Peak Vineyard had an excellent closure of the 2016 year and a wonderful beginning this 2017 year. The rains have been exceptionable this year and ever so needed.  By January we had already received 11 inches, and we may have topped 15 inches. This should be an exciting crop for 2017. The pruning of the vines began in February during a time between rains, and now the vineyard having weeds removed, as well as, the suckers. We are looking at a more bountiful harvest this year since the 2016 harvest was a light one due to frost in March which minimized the overall production; however, the quality of the remaining fruit remained stellar. Although we only received approximately 1.5 tons per acre, the fermentation process confirmed that the fruit from the 2016 Vintage was exceptional.

Our Cabernet Sauvignon is hand harvested at so that the vines are not damaged by machines, and the fruit is received at the winery in optimum condition. The fermentation process was completed, and the wine has exceptional color, mouth feel, and aromas. The wine is now aging in French oak, for our Roaring Lion, Lionnesse, and Proprietor’s Reserve wines, and a combination of French and American oak for our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The high quality fruit from the Estate vineyard provides a solid foundation for the Lions Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

As Lions Peak has stated from the beginning, good wine begins in the vineyard, and 2016 vintage is a living testimony of this fact. Every year the growing season creates its own unique challenges and we have had the opportunity of seeing Mother Nature at work helping us create some of our finest vintages from 1994 until our current 2016 vintage.  We are looking forward to our future at the vineyard and the new winery that is in progress at the vineyard.  It is a dream come true and we shall be able to welcome all of our Family of Friends to our Vineyard and offer you our personal connection with Mother Earth and our Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon.

  


                               NEW RELEASES AT LIONS PEAK OF THE 2014 VINTAGE

Once again we shall be celebrating the debut of our new red wines for the 2017 calendar year.  In December, we finished 2016 by bottling our 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon which is in the cellar bottle aging until the end of March. We are excited about this vintage and the overall opinion is that the 2014 Estate is a rich, full bodied Cabernet with a long lingering finish. As winemaker, I must state that the mouthfeel of the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptional, and it is my belief that the new French and American oak has made a wonderful enhancement to this wine.

In March we bottled three wines in which we had limited inventory or no inventory in our tasting room or our cellar.  Our spring bottling included our N//V Bff, the 2014 Cabernet Franc, and the 2015 Merlot. For those of you that have enjoyed our Cabernet Franc, the 2014 vintage is big, bold and a full bodied Bordeaux. Our next scheduled bottling will be after harvest. The 2015 Mourvedre, 2014 Petite Sirah and 2015 Zinfandel will be wines that are once again returning to our lineup of reds.

Our 2015 Bordeaux wines will continue to be tasted throughout the year, and we shall make the determination whether we bottle them at the end of this calendar year or the beginning of 2018. Currently, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec are aging in French oak. The 2015 Bordeaux wines will have some new exciting blends, as well as, our first 100% Malbec.

For purchases and detailed information on these forthcoming new releases you can email at: Jennifer@lionspeakwine.com . Jenn will be available to discuss the new wines and answer your questions.

Those of you that are following us on Facebook or have been in the tasting room may have heard that we are moving forward with the winery on the Estate Vineyard. This year we shall in the process of converting our Vintage Barn to our on-site wine tasting room and winery. We are excited to be able to welcome our club members to the vineyard for special events and tastings at our new facility. We are hopeful that we shall be open for tastings by this time next year. We shall still continue to have our Solvang Tasting Room and Hospitality Center for our Southern location.




 

 



                  
            



                                                                   CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LP calendar of events for 2017 is exciting.  Lions Peak will be having scheduled events throughout the spring and summer. Please look for emails that will provide you with the details of each event.

The annual Taste of Solvang weekend, March 16-19, is Lions Peak’s kickoff for the forthcoming arrival of the spring season.

 

                                             OPEN HOUSE & FORTH COMING EVENTS

Mark your calendar for Lions Peak’s special events beginning with this line up: Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, Memorial Weekend, Los Olivas Olive Festival, Father’s Day, California Wine Festival, the 4th of July Tasting Room and Rotary Club Solvang Events, open house celebrations during our Month of the Leos in August, Labor Day Weekend Celebration, and Danish Days.

We shall be emailing you and posting additional events and wine club special events on our web site and look forward to seeing you. We are considering having events at the vineyard and would like to know if this is of interest to you. Please email Jennifer your comments at: Jennifer@lionspeakwine.com
 


                           WINE CLUB SELECTION FOR SPRING & SUMMER 2017

 

Connoisseurs Club

2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

2015Estate Gown Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé $28.00

2013Vis à Vis $45.00

2014 Marsanne  $28.00

2013 Pinot Noir $38.00

2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00

 

Premium Club

2013 Pinot Noir $38.00

2013 Vis á Vis $45.00

2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00

2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

2012 Merlot $45.00

 

Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon Club

                                   2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00

                                   2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00

2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00

2012 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00

 

In addition to our 3clubs that have been selected by our Winemaker-Sommelier, Lions Peak is offering Special request wine clubs of 3, 4, 6, or 12 bottle shipments. If you have one of the set clubs, adding a Special request club is an excellent way to have your favorite LP wines through the year Contact us for details.

 For wine club: wineclub@lionspeakwine.com or Jennifer@lionspeakwine.com

 

Best wishes to all & thank you for selecting Lions Peak Wines!

 

Jennifer Soni Arant

Owner, Sommelier, and winemaker Lions Peak

 

 

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