Grapes are sourced from premium vineyards throughout California, selecting parcels which are most expressive. Mendocino County is celebrated for Zinfandel, so we consider these grapes an essential component to the blend. These Mendocino vineyards are located on bench land from Redwood Valley south to the Sanel Valley, a distance of 26 miles, and range in age from 9-45 years old.
BARRELS & AGING
1000 Stories begins its aging like most Zinfandels: in wine barrels. Then, the tradition transitions to innovation. Bob selects a combination of new and used bourbon barrels to complete the aging process. Each batch is crafted individually and is unique in its final profile. Aging in bourbon barrels imparts characteristics of charred vanilla and dried herbs.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were carefully selected primarily from Mendocino County and San Luis Obispo County. This rich, full-flavored Cabernet Sauvignon expresses a blend of select Cabernet lots; flavors of cherry, currant, graphite, charred vanilla, and dried herbs.
BARRELS & AGING
Each lot began its journey in traditional French and American oak wine barrels. Then, in true 1000 Stories fashion, winemaker Bob Blue finished a small portion of the wine in new bourbon barrels, with the balance aged in neutral bourbon barrels. This unique barrel aging process gave to this wine its hints of burnt sugar, vanilla, dried herbs, and even a touch of smokiness.
A portion of the wine was fermented in oak barrels, lending a creamy texture to the wine. Quintessential Chardonnay notes of pear and baked apple are layered over a thread of tropical fruit, courtesy of a touch of Viognier in the blend. In signature 1000 Stories fashion, this Chardonnay was aged in traditional French and American oak, with a portion finished in seasoned bourbon barrels before the final blend was assembled.
Our 2019 Chardonnay reflects the classic California style: fuller bodied, richly textured and brimming with lush fruit flavors. Fresh notes of pear, pineapple and peach dominate the palate, framed by a baked-apple richness and a creamy mouthfeel. Bourbon barrel aging weaves a warm thread of dried herbs and cedar in the glass, culminating in a vanilla-caramel finish.
This Chardonnay melds the rich character of 1000 Stories’ bourbon barrel-aged wines with California’s most celebrated white grape variety. The 2020 vintage hails from coveted Chardonnay regions throughout the state, including the cool-climate vineyards of Monterey County. A portion of the blend was fermented in bourbon barrels, integrating complex bourbon and oak notes early on in the wine’s journey. A touch of Viognier brought a tropical fruit thread to its quintessential Chardonnay notes of pear and baked apple. In signature 1000 Stories fashion, this wine was aged in traditional French and American oak, with a portion finished in seasoned bourbon barrels before the final blend was assembled.
Our 2020 Chardonnay reflects the classic California style: full-bodied, richly textured and bursting with layers of bright fruit flavor. A palate of peach, pear and pineapple sets the stage for a baked-apple richness and creamy mouthfeel. Bourbon barrel aging weaves a warm thread of vanilla, crème brûlée and wood spice in the glass, culminating in a memorable butterscotch finish.