Winery Tasting Notes: “Our vineyard selection ranges from the cool, rolling Sonoma Valley to the faceted and rugged hills of the Mayacamas Range. We work with a few outstanding vineyards and growers to source our components for the Head High Red Blend. Madder Lake Vineyards provides our Grenache and Zinfandel, Lichau Hill and Roundball Vineyards our Cabernet, and Fichtenberg Vineyard the Merlot and Malbec. The resulting wine is a balanced, powerful blend—juicy dark and seductive in its impact.”
Blend: 36% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Zinfandel, and 11% Grenache
Alcohol Level: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 3,345
Winemaker Name: Samuel Spencer
Maturity: Drink Now – 2026
Pairings: Smoked or Roasted Pork (especially chops or tenderloin), Root Vegetables, and Pungent Cheeses
Staff Review: DREW MOFFAT – This is a fairly new project for partners Bill Price III and winemaker Samuel Smith whom both have illustrious careers in the wine business. Smith was formerly the director of winegrowing for Cameron Hughes and currently owns the Matter Lake Vineyard in Lake County. Price is the owner of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards located in Sonoma County. Together they developed “Head High” winery which symbolizes a sport that they are both truly passionate about…surfing. They make only three wines; Rose, Pinot Noir and a red blend of which $1 is donated (for every two bottles sold) to the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and Sustainable Surf.
One of the most important elements of both surfing and winemaking is balance. That single characteristic shines through this 2013 Head High red wine which inevitably led us to choose it for a wine club selection. Why I like it? First it’s the layers upon layers of blueberry, blackberry and chocolate that overwhelms your palate. Its rich and plush yet not overbearing and with the addition of Zinfandel…it just gives it that little pop that keeps you coming back for more. This is a go-to wine when you are looking for a fuller-style wine but want to stay away from Cab Sauv for the night. Definitely enjoy now…but don’t be ashamed to lay it down for a year or two! Cheers!
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