$35 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
Over the years, we’ve encountered hundreds of winemakers, and uniformly, this is a unique populace. Always driven, sometimes quirky, most are continuously focused and passionate about making great wine.
Timm Crull at The Terraces of Quarry Vineyards, however, gets my vote as the wine industry’s version of the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World,” whose, blood, it is said, “smells like cologne.” Timm’s smells like cabernet.
First time we met was several years ago when I pulled my just-purchased Airstream to Rutherford and parked it behind his vintage Avion trailer. I spent three nights there and got to know Timm, who was hand-crafting and ornate, mobile chicken coop. . .using sophisticated joinery techniques. It was beautiful and emblematic of the level to which he takes projects that interest him.
We’re big fans of his wines (cab, zin and petite sirah), but you’ve got to visit and see his balsamic vinegar operation. Making balsamic demands an abundance of patience and time—as long as 25 years—a glacial process compared to vinting wine. Very cool cellar, too. For the full story, go to www.vintagehighway.com/2010/03.
Winery Tasting Notes:
“This imperial purple petite sirah displays notes of soft Spanish lavender, sweet violet and ripe blueberries. While its deep color is heavy, it is opens and closes with a light smooth finish.”
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