Wheeler Ridge Wines

The Wheeler Ridge vineyards are nestled in the picturesque scenery of the hills of Temecula Valley, where our grapes take on the distinct flavor of the rich and well-drained soil, growing sweeter in the sun as they develop on the vines in their coastal California oasis.

Wine enthusiasts and experts generally agree that the variety of grape, and the region and climate in which grapes are grown, can influence the aroma, character and flavor of a wine. Our fertile hillsides, with hot days followed by the cool, breezy nights of our location near the Pacific Ocean, are an ideal environment for growing a range of exceptional varietal grapes that we are crafting into a family of great wines for any occasion.

The Wheeler Ridge Reserve Wines will focus on all-occasion red wines and will include varietals such as Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Malbec for blending.

Barbera is a variety of grape popular in Italy that produces a medium to full-bodied wine with a deep garnet color and fruity flavor with notes of blackberries and cherries. Barbera's characteristic high acidity nd low tannin levels makes it a great blending agent, and it is a good match for rich, tomato-based foods.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a famous variety of red grape with a well-defined aroma that can be used to produce full-bodied wine with flavor notes ranging from berries, chocolate, pepper, oak, and earth. The skin of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape results in wines that are high in tannin, which supports aging. Many of the world's greatest red wines are made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon can be blended to add richness and structure, and to produce world-class wines with a smooth finish.

Sangiovese is a red wine grape variety brought by Italian immigrants to California in the late 1800's. It is well known as the main grape of Chianti from Tuscany, but has more recently been used to produce some great wines in California. Young sangiovese has fresh fruity flavors of strawberry, plum, and spice, and takes on a vanilla and oak flavor when aged in oak barrels.

Syrah is a grape used to make full-bodied, deep red wine. California Syrah can produce wines with flavor notes ranging from fruity blackberry and chocolate to espresso and spicy pepper. Syrah was first used as a wine grape in California in the 1970s, and is associated with many classic wines. Syrah can be enjoyed young for it's spicy and fruity berry notes, used as a blending grape, or aged in oak barrels for a more intense deep red wine with excellent longevity and strong character.

Tempranillo is a thick-skinned blackish-purple grape used to make both light and full-bodied, ruby red wines. Tempranillo came to California in the early 1900s, having originated from Spain where the name is derived from the spanish word temprano, meaning "early", because the grape ripens earlier than other varietals. Tempranillo's range of aromas and flavors may combine fruity hints of strawberry, cherry and plum, and can be enjoyed young, blended, or aged in oak barrels.

Malbec is a black grape variety originally from France that is most commonly used for blending. It is popularly known as one of the grapes used in blending red Bordeaux wine, and California Meritage. Malbec's deep violet color, strong characteristics of tannin, and plum and anise flavor can add complexity to red varietal blends.

Plan to take a trip to Wheeler Ridge Winery & Vineyards in Temecula, where our great winemaking is the product of great inspiration!

 


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