A sensational varietal Petit Verdot that’s rich and velvety, lush and intense, with a hint of Bordeaux’s typical herbiness, that evolves into some of the best blackberry, mocha and spicy chocolate you can imagine. Winemaker John Kinney had originally planned to blend the two barrels that eventually became this wine. Be glad he didn’t. The grapes were sourced from…
This wine is gorgeous, with flavors of hazelnut, pear and ripe green apple. It’s crisp, balanced and perfectly sweetened. Mixed with vodka and fresh fruit juices, it also makes a fine cocktail.
Occasio continues to plumb the depths of the Del Arroyo Vineyard and its abilities with each of the red Bordeaux grapes, this time deftly showing what it can do with the enfant terrible that is Cab Franc. Give it some time to open and then enjoy its densely layered richness of cherry and coffee and plum.
John Kinney is doing great things with Livermore Valley fruit, most especially with many of his whites, including this classically oaked Fumé Blanc, the grapes barrel-fermented in 100% French oak (Seguin Moreau and Taransaud) and left sur lie for six months, Montrachet style. Creamy but bright with aromatics of caramel and vanilla, but only 50 cases were made.
Occasio has made a restrained and elegant Cabernet, alluring in its cola spice—almost sarsaparilla—aromas. Then the wine delves into dusty red and black fruit with ample structure, and a vein of minerality cradled into one delicious package.
Occasio, which has made a nice Fume Blanc for a couple of vintages now, is giving the world this, its first Chardonnay, a true to its French-oak-fermented style that's quite citrus-laden, tart, lean and mean and yet voluptuous, with its barrel age showing, and toasty on the finish.
John Kinney is one of the Livermore Valley’s finest winemakers and with this Pinot Gris he shows his deft ability to blend crispness with richness for an elegant version of this variety.It’s rounded by lemon and tart apple flavors, and is extremely dry, with no oak influence whatsoever.
Rich and thick like a satisfyingly dark chocolate and raspberry pie, this Tempranillo’s decadence is offset by a soft texture and balanced acidity, making it a perfect match for tapas, bacon or creamy goat cheeses.