94 Insider Points
"Well-Aged and Ready for Action
I first met winemaker Joe Votek about 2 months ago. After a string of emails, he was able to stop by the office and drop a couple samples of his 2008 Loma del Sol red. He was a chill dude, and his wine really blew me away. I couldn't believe how well a 10 year old wine was showing itself! The years have allowed the tannins and fruit to smooth and mellow. Naturally, I picked it right up for a feature.
Woody blackberry and plum nose. Plenty of good fruit still showing on the palate, with fresh pomegranate giving way to cassis, raspberry, fig and aniseed on a medium body. The full medley of fruits flows through a long finish. Drinking beautifully now, and will continue to age over the next 5 years." - Jon Z
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 13% Merlot and 5% Syrah
Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County
This is one of those wines our Sourcing Team buzzes about for days. A wonderfully aged Mountain fruit kitchen sink blend that was made for serious mastery, it's immediate gratification. After loving care in the cellar, it's showing inky dark with a seriously great bouquet. Delivering a total terroir experience, wine geeks and novices alike all get something out of this bottle!
- Joe is a 30+ year veteran of the wine business with a vineyard management company tending to vineyards and growing grapes that go into some of California’s finest wines.
- When Joe and Deborah decided to branch out and make their own wine, their old School common sense farming, which goes hand in hand with appropriate technologies, greatly aided them in turning out this stunning Mountain Cabernet, not to mention the sustainable viticulture and organic soil building, which form the foundation of top flight winegrape production in general.
- Mountain Cabernets are age-worthy wines, and this beautifully aged wine is in its peak with notes of leather, tobacco, dried roses, cacao, and molasses dominating the senses; while the palate holds a surprising amount of fruit: cherry, strawberry jam, and fruitcake touch the tongue and are underlaid by the earthy profile of red clay.
- Sonoma Mountain rises above early morning fog like an island in the sky, letting the east facing vineyards bathe in the morning sun. The 2008 Loma del Sol Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Red is a blend of 66% Cabernet grown on the Red Hill cobbley clay loam of the Murray Farm; and 16% Malbec, 13% Merlot, and 5% Syrah from the Richard Dinner Vineyard. The volcanic benchland soils of Sonoma Mountain produces a concentrated wine that erupts on the palate with savory dark ripe fruit.
Still drinking great! A well-aged wine with savory dark ripe fruit.
Garnet black color. Meaty aromas and flavors of honeyed dried pomegranate, braised beef, herb focaccia, and chocolate yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long sour cherries, apple-apricot chutney, spiced nuts, and hint of pepper finish with chewy, soft tannins and light oak. An interesting super savory and meaty red blend that will excel with braised meat and game dishes.
For 30 years Joe Votek and the dedicated employees of Loma Del Sol Vineyards have been nurturing vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties. Joe wanted to see the flavors born from the soil transformed into a wine that would purely express the grapes grown on Sonoma Mountain where he and his wife Deborah live and many of the vineyards that they farm are located. Sonoma Mountain often rises above the fog like an island in the sky, letting the east facing vineyards bathe in the morning sun. The 2008 Loma del Sol Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Red is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 13% Merlot and 5% Syrah. The Cabernet is grown on the Red Hill cobbley clay loam of the Murray Farm. The Richard Dinner Vineyard is the source of the Malbec, Merlot & Syrah. The volcanic benchland soils of Sonoma Mountain produce a concentrated wine that erupts on the palate with savory dark ripe fruit.
*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.
From the winery:
Established in 1984 by Joe and Deborah Votek, Loma Del Sol Vineyards has become a premiere vineyard management service and winegrower in Sonoma and Napa Counties.
The Loma del Sol team provides a full spectrum of viticultural services from site evaluation, vineyard design and infrastructure, planting and all seasonal farming operations including harvest. Old School common sense farming goes hand in hand with appropriate technologies. Sustainable viticulture and organic soil building form the foundation of top flight winegrape production.
Professional relationships with over 30 wineries on the North Coast have produced exceptional wines expressing the character of each unique site.
Elk Chops, Pot Roast, Lasagna: You definitely need to try this with red meat. We recommend having your steak prepared well-done with a red wine reduction sauce.