2015 Red Blend
VINEYARDS: Starlane, Stolpman
BLEND: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Petit Verdot, 13% Petite Sirah
AGED: 19 Months in 50% New French Barrique
DRINK NOW: Decant 1 Hour +
CELLAR: 1-10 Years
The E99 label at its core was created simply because I wanted to play with the varietals that have made it onto the world stage for centuries. Let’s face it, the most famous wines in the world are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. I wanted to see if I could make an enormous Cabernet comparable to Napa, or a white that might resemble one of the great Chardonnays of France; obviously done in my own style with a Californian/Santa Barbarian touch. I wanted to play in the Big Leagues. That’s really it. The label depicts a butterfly landing on a bull skull. At its most basic form, the butterfly represents a graceful white wine, and the bull represents an enormous red wine. But there’s more. If you'd like to dig a little deeper...
I've long been a fan of contrast. Black and white. Power and grace. Male and female and how each form not only accentuates the other, but also strangely and desperately need one another. No matter what, both forms balance each other.
My new E99 label depicts a butterfly landing on a bull skull. At first glance, you can assume the bull has died, but the butterfly is still by his side, still fluttering and full of color. It is my belief that true lovers will stay like this forever.
The name E99 is a short way of representing infinity on a calculator. I learned this in a college stats class where Sabreena and I met. Since that class, she and I have always used this as a secret code to mean, "Forever." It has always stuck with us.
To me, bulls are physically very powerful, but often quite stubborn, and headstrong. None the less, they work hard, put their heads down, lead the hurd and watch out for the weak. I thought that was a fitting way to represent the male form, and our new massive Cabernet bottling. Our E99 wine is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, with portions of Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah making an appearance. This is a behemoth wine that cannot be tamed by anything but time... or pretty butterflies.