Big Red Release!

Hello from Selene!

Everyone has been asking about the new Red releases, so here they are! We are releasing the 2009 Selene Merlot, the 2006 Selene Chesler, and the 2008 Selene Dead Fred Cabernet Sauvignon. We also have two special Verticals of Chesler.

2009 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard (100% Merlot, 118 cases $35.00/bottle)
2009 late spring rains brought good news and bad news. Good news, the third year of drought won’t be as bad as it could have been. Bad news, fruit set in Merlot was very low, less than 1.5 tons/acre, with sad looking little clusters that were mostly stems with just a few berries here and there, which Mia talks about in this Merlot video.

Mia decided to double sort at the crusher, which kept only the healthy berries and excluded the rest, including any stem “jacks’. (Check out our video showing the whole process!)

Mia chose an open-top fermentor and punch down cap management to beef up the extraction just a tad, then aged it for 18 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

Mia’s tasting notes:
Raspberry/blackberry, buttery strawberry shortcake, dark chocolate and coffee, sweet nutmeg and cinnamon spice, cedar, orange liquor, slight mincemeat. In the mouth the wine has very good impact and length of flavors. Tannins are impressive in depth and quality; this one could easily age for more than a decade.

There isn’t much of this 2009 Merlot, so it’s going to sell out quickly!

2006 Selene ‘Chesler’ Red Wine (62% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot) (487 cases $40.00/bottle)
As a vintage, 2006 was nicely measured with normal-plus rain in the winter and even summer and fall temperatures for ripening. Fermentation and maceration totaled 20 days for the Cabernet Franc and 18 days for the Merlot. This wine was aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak barrels.

Mia’s tasting notes:
Aromas lean towards raspberry, violet, sandalwood, brown sugar, with a hint of forest floor. The initial impact and intensity of flavors in the mouth is excellent and the finish builds to an impressive concentration of extract.

2008 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyard(100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 148 cases $50.00/bottle)
In 2008 we had our second year of drought and the worst spring frosts since the ‘70’s. Dead Fred Vineyard suffered about 20% frost damage. Grapes were harvested the third week in October. Fermentation and maceration times totaled 20 days. This wine was aged in 90% new French oak until bottling in June of 2010.
Mia’s tasting notes: Both raspberry and blueberry lead off the aromatics, with sandalwood and sweet spice, espresso, roasted almonds covered with dark chocolate, and finishing with fragrant crushed red rose petals. The mouth has very good initial impact, intensity, texture, and length, with excellent development and integration of flavors.

Many of you have asked for older vintages of Chesler, so we have a couple of Verticals for this offer. Both include the 2007 Chesler which has not been released yet! All of these vintages are ready to drink now, but all have a long life ahead of them.

4 Bottle Vertical of Chesler – 1 bottle of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Chesler for $150.00 (shipping included)

6 Bottle Vertical of Chesler – 1 bottle of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Chesler for $225.00 (shipping included)

And finally, in case you missed it, we have our special 3 bottle Vertical of Dead Fred Cabernet. Here’s what you get for $120.00 (shipping included!) – 1 bottle each of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Selene Dead Fred Cabernet.

Remember the 10% discount on 1 mixed case, and 20% discount on 2 mixed cases, including the Vertical Specials. Plus, 2-day Air shipping is included on all orders over $100. We will hold your order for you, (not charge your credit card) until we ship.

We can accept your orders on the BUY page of the website: , or print out the Order Form from the BUY page and fax or mail it to us, or give us a call (707) 258-8119.


Mia Klein and Tracy Hall