Why I’m writing about this one is that it’s an “American Dream” wine. The dream was there to create a brand and now it’s being actualized.
I love wine negotiates. They get to dabble with what others have brought forth as they go on a buying trip to make that important bridge connection. This makes their wines a collaborative partnership; from someone who loved making it, to some who would love marketing it. It’s a huge process… to make AND sell the wine. It also takes a major investment to take it all the way, from vine to wine bottle and to the streets.
For some, who already enjoy a successful career, having a brand to market to the right sources can also be immeasurably rewarding and satisfying. If I told you that I know someone whose “house wine” is “the” House wine… Yeah, it’s like that.
Laughinghouse Petite came to me as a brand so pleased with their Petite that I was asked to just taste it. And I have, and it delivers exactly what’s promised. Let’s review their label, and I can point – counter point with it.
LABEL: This wine combines two clones of Petite Sirah grown by the Tanner family on the rocky volcanic soils near Vallecito. 2014 was an excellent growing season that gives a wine redolent with powerful dark fruit, blueberry, blackberry pie. Hints of spice aromas, very fine texture and mineral flavors.
COUNTER POINT: CLONES ~ We talked about clones. For me, it’s good to know that there are now more than four. When I started my Petite journey, there were only four clones: Clone #1, Clone #2, Clone #3, and Clone #4. And, Clone #3 turned out to be a Pinot Noir. Kind of a joke on the Petite Buyer… not. Then Foppiano’s Clone came on board, as did a Stags’ Leap, and now Laughinghouse has the Bogle Clone. That makes my heart sing. Patty Bogle of Bogle Vineyards and Winery was very special to me. It remains that way, since her passing.
COUNTER POINT: Tanner Vineyards, as they also make some of their own wines and are a great resource for Laughinghouse.
There is no counter point to this. It’s exactly as it should be written:
2014 was an excellent growing season that gives a wine redolent with powerful dark fruit, blueberry, blackberry pie. Hints of spice aromas, very fine texture and mineral flavors.
Since it’s July, you’ve plenty of the summer season left to fire up your grill and will need a good size red for meat that has some marbleized fat in it. Those drips will be blended with an acidity begging for a rich piece of meat, or an egg plant wish with eggs and/or cheese. It’s not a sipping wine, It’s a wine meant to be enjoyed with food. It’s 13.7 percent alcohol. The lower the alcohol, the more food friendly it is.
You can purchase from their Website: www.laughinghousewine.com