Leaping Horse Pinot Grigio 2016

LEAPING HORSE PINOT GRIGIO 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: Our first release, the 2016 Pinot Grigio has exotic floral notes, followed by green apples, citrus and a light spiciness that exude throughout this wine. It finishes with a touch of red apple and fresh peaches.

The Process:The Kautz family has been promoting and working with sustainable viticulture for over 35 years. Crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation are used throughout the vineyards to improve the quality and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects are also employed. In addition, owl boxes and wood duck boxes are placed around the vineyards and ponds helping to preserve the surrounding habitats. This Pinot Grigio comes from soils that are sandy loam and well-drained allowing the wonderful ripeness come through to the grapes.

Pairing: Great as an aperitif or with mild cheeses, fleshy fish, such as cod or sole Meriere, baked or grilled chicken and fresh salads. Vegetarian friendly.

Varietal: 80% Pinot Grigio, 8% Viognier, 7% Chardonnay, 5% Symphony

AVA: California

Alcohol: 12%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 7ºC/45ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Leaping Horse Chardonnay 2016

LEAPING HORSE CHARDONNAY 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: Medium bodied with a delightful pale yellow hue, the 2016 Leaping Horse Vineyards Chardonnay is bright and crisp from start to finish. It has citrus highlights to green apples, pears and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. The finish hints to a bit of lemon zest and a tight minerality that is enjoyable and refreshing.

The Process: The grapes come from the winery’s Lodi vineyards, where they practice sustainable viticulture such as crop reduction, leaf removal, use of organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed. In addition, owl and wood duck boxes are placed around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. This Chardonnay comes from soils that are sandy loam and well-drained allowing the wonderful ripeness come through to the grapes. After traditional fermentation the Chardonnay ages for four months in new French oak.

Pairing: This wine is excellent with vegetarian pastas, herb roasted chicken, grilled salmon, barbecued scallops or a seafood pasta in cream sauce. Also, wonderful on it’s own.

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

AVA: California (Lodi)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 7 – 10ºC/45 – 50ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Leaping Horse Merlot 2016

LEAPING HORSE MERLOT 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: Straight-forward in style, the Leaping Horse 2016 Merlot has violet and dark fruit aromas with pleasant plum, black cherry and a little green olive character creeping into the flavor. Mouth filling yet smooth, Leaping Horse has created an unpretentious wine that can pair with just about anything.

The Process: Ironstone practices sustainable viticulture such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. This Merlot comes from soils that are sandy loam and well-drained allowing the wonderful ripeness come through to the grapes. After traditional fermentation, the wine spends three months aging in new French oak.

Pairing: Merlot is a very versatile red that works well with many types of meats. Try ours with roast turkey or chicken, grilled blackened salmon, meat sauced pasta dishes, pork, grilled vegetables or a steak salad.

Varietal: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Ruby Cab

Barrel Aging: 3 months, New French Oak.

AVA: California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Leaping Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

LEAPING HORSE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: The 2015 Leaping Horse Cabernet Sauvignon is a luscious Cabernet with deep red-purple hues and flavors of black currant and cherry, with hints of blueberry jam, eucalyptus and mint, as well as vanilla and coffee notes. It’s smooth and rich and very approachable now.

The Process: The grapes come from the winery’s Lodi vineyards. The winery practices sustainable viticulture practices such as crop reduction, leaf removal, use of organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. After traditional fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon ages four months in new French oak barrels.

Pairing: Ideal with hearty stews and beef-based soups, grilled or barbecued red meats, pasta dishes with tomato-based sauces and strong cheeses or grilled chicken. It is also fabulous with a rich chocolate dessert.

Varietal: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Tannat

AVA: California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2019

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Leaping Horse Red Blend 2014

LEAPING HORSE RED BLEND 2014

Description and Flavor Profile: The 2014 Leaping Horse Red Blend is a medium bodied wine with a fruity berry profile,such as black cherries and strawberries. There is an herbal note with a juicy and long finish.

The Process: The three grapes in this wine come from vineyards in Lodi: the Zinfandel is full, juicy and flavorful. The Merlot is soft and sweet, with a bit of herbs mixed in. The Petite Sirah gives the wine a beautiful dark red color. Ironstone practices sustainable viticultural such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. The wine spends four months aging in new French Oak.

Pairing: Leaping Horse Red Blend is ideal for hearty soups, grilled red meats, pasta dishes in marinara sauces, barbecued chicken or simply on its own. A lovely cheese plate to finish or a rich chocolate dessert is always a great option!

Varietal: 46% Zinfandel, 40% Merlot, 14% Petite Sirah

AVA: California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2018

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)