I am very excited to officially release four new wines today. For a small, family-run operation like ours, this new release is a huge deal. With the encouragement and advice of a few industry friends, thanks Toby, we decided to increase our production and target 500 cases each year. These four wines combined are over 400 cases.
Before I get to the wines, you might also notice we rebranded and updated our labels. Although the original Volatus label served us well for the last eight years we wanted to modernize and also showcase more of the aviation component of Volatus. It was flying that helped start the brand and it feels good to highlight aviation more with the new labels.
All of the new releases are immediately available and are perfect for the upcoming Holiday season. For our wine club members, these wines will be included in the shipments going out next week. If you are not a member and are interested check the Ready Room out here.
2014 Fox Three
The 2014 Fox Three is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months the Fox-3 is a deep purple with a bright nose of black plum, cola, and dark fruit. Medium plus alcohol, medium acid, and a full body deliver a red velvet, yet structured mouthfeel with flavors of ripe raspberry, strawberry, dark fruit, cola, and tobacco. The finish is intense with firm tannins signaling excellent ageability.
2014 TOPGUN Cuvee
The 2014 TOPGUN Cuvee is a blend of 38% Petit Verdot, 36% Malbec, and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 85% new French oak and 15% new American oak for 22 months, the TOPGUN Cuvee is deep ruby with a nose of earth, anise, and dark fruit. Medium plus alcohol, medium acid, and a full body offer a substantial mouthfeel with flavors of dark ripe cherry, graphite, tobacco leaf, espresso, and plum. The finish is big with cherry and creme brulee notes.
2015 Pinot Noir
The 2015 Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot from a small family vineyard found high up on a southwest facing slope in Paso Robles' Adelaida District. Aged in 70% new French oak for 11 months, the Volatus Pinot Noir is a deep yet bright ruby with a nose of earth, dark fruit, and deep ripe cherry. Medium alcohol, medium acid, and full body deliver a well-balanced wine with a solid yet approachable mouthfeel with flavors of cranberry, cherry, spice, dark fruit, and cola. The finish is long with ripe cherry and toasty notes.
The 2015 CAVU (Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited) is a blend of 64% Viognier, 18% Grenache Blanc, and 18% Roussanne. Aged in neutral French oak for 10 months, the 2015 CAVU is a brilliant pale gold color with a nose of pear, apricot, canned pineapple, and honeysuckle. Medium alcohol, medium plus acid, and medium plus body combine for a silky mouthfeel with flavors of ripe stone fruit, melon, citrus rind, green apple, and guava. The finish is clean with a distinct minerality.