Lot #14 MONROY WINES
Kick Ranch Vineyard
- Fountaingrove District
ABOUT THE WINE:
The Resplendent Quetzal is the symbol and logo of Monroy Wines and ‘resplendent’ is also an apt descriptor of the wine. Beautifully complex, bright and floral, this is a wine of elegance and subtlety. “Resplendent Cuvée” was completely barrel fermented via closed-head rolling macerations, which is unusual, and Winemaker Adolfo Hernandez is also the one coopering the barrels. This is expensive, difficult, and time-consuming, but all justified by the beautiful effect the technique has on the quality of the wine. No adjustments of water or acid are made to the must; the picks are allowed to express themselves.
The story of Monroy Wines begins with American expats of Guatemalan heritage making bootleg wine in Saudi Arabia, and then going legitimate upon returning to California ten years later. After being a key part of the winemaking teams at Eisele Vineyard (under both the Araujo family and Château Latour), Checkerboard Vineyards with Martha McClellan, and Benovia Winery with Mike Sullivan, Winemaker Adolfo Hernandez set out to showcase cool-climate, barrel-fermented Cabernet Sauvignon through his Monroy Wines label.
“Resplendent Cuvée” emphasizes floral and savory notes of violets, rose petals, cedar and olive tapenade. Barrel fermentation gives uniquely fine and integrated tannins and the texture and density of a much riper wine without the heat or overt fruitiness and opulence. This is going to be a long-lived wine of tension and complexity.
WINEMAKER(S): Adolfo Hernandez
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: July 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: October 2024
National Distribution: CA, FL, ID, NVA winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.