Playing Both Sides of the Vineyard (So to Speak) & The Release of Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Malbec
When looking back at the evolution of Three Sticks Wines over the past ten years (yes, it’s been a decade), we’ve seen ourselves grow from focusing on Burgundian varietals to embracing Bordeaux blends and varietals, to creating other micro-lot selections such as Pinot Blanc. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) through our founder Bill Price’s relationships in the close-knit community of wine, occasionally there rises an opportunity to get our hands on some very special fruit, and 2) the exceptional talent and versatility of our winemaker Don Van Staaveren.
At the risk of embarrassing Don and perhaps, overreaching, we’d like to draw some comparisons to past and current talents who have overcome remarkable odds to achieve greatness from both sides of their fields, so to speak. In the world of sports, especially in this day and age, Babe Ruth is unmatched. He was both a pitcher and power hitter. His lifetime averages: .228 ERA, .342 BA with 714 homeruns. In the domain of literature, it’s rare to find a person who can both write and illustrate with equal inspiration — one Beatrix Potter delivered us such a gift through her series of children’s books. We must also remind ourselves that she was a great land preservationist. And in the performing arts, Denzel Washington has consistently delivered great performances on both stage and screen.
Clearly, our point here is that Don has proven to be a winemaker with the rare talent to produce exceptional wines from both Burgundy and Bordeaux varietals, as well as having the palate (and team) to create refined and balanced blends. We invite you to revisit our recent blogs Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon & the Art of Blending - Part I & Part II.. If you are already a fan of our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs we’d like to entice you to crossover to the Bordeaux-varietal-side-of-life with our two latest releases…
2008 Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine expresses the bold richness and depth that draws people to great cabernets with a downright hedonistic mouth feel and sense of pure balance that is our signature at Three Sticks. It shows beautiful wild fruit, cassis and creamy spice on the nose, a silky mid-palate with complex blackberry, stone and continued creamy spice flavors through a long, layered finish. It drinks wonderfully right now, and as all Three Sticks Wines do, will continue to develop over the next 10+ years. This wine is available in very limited quantities with only 238 cases made.
2008 Three Sticks Malbec
The headiness and exotic hibiscus qualities of this Malbec are arresting. The sweet dark cherry and raspberry tea palate: gorgeous — transitioning to a long, persistent finish supported by great structure and the Three Sticks characters of texture, balance and richness. A mere 44 cases were produced.
To order CLICK HERE and enter your login and password to review your allocation and place an order. If you're still thirsty for more information on our 2008 Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon, check out our video below with Prema Behan and winemaker Don Van Staaveren.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r2gP7s4Ru_w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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