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California Wine with a Western Spirit

We are always on the lookout for “second label wine“, because often times there’s value there. Hayes Ranch is not your average new world second label wine: this is from Wente Vineyards, a high-end California winery that is the founding family of California Chardonnay.  Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in sustainable California winegrowing under the ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth generations of the Wente family.

Hayes Ranch is a wine produced in California by Wente Family Estates since 2005. The brand was created to embody the spirit of the West, and it was named after an original local family of pioneers. The brand’s motto is “California wine with a Western spirit.” Hayes Ranch is a collection of premium wines that embody the spirit of the American West. Fruit for Hayes Ranch wines is grown near the Central Coast of California, in Livermore Valley. These are bright, vibrant wines that appeal to many palates. Hayes Ranch is the quality wine you expect from the Wente Family, available at an excellent value. Both wines are just $8.99.

Hayes Ranch Chardonnay 2013
Classic California Chardonnay: a little butter, a little oak, and a lot delicious. Fresh, crisp citrus and pear characteristics are highlighted by gentle vanilla and oak. This is a great, easy-going wine for those looking for a chardonnay that is not over-oaked. Pairs well with creamed dishes, soft fish and mild cheeses.

Hayes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Rich cherry and blackberry fruit that is underlined by a touch of smokey oak. Hints of anise and vanilla, medium tannins and a smooth mid-palate, are followed by a spicy coffee finish.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.