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1000 Stories is multi-layered, complex and spirited, just like the land on which it thrives.




The Wine

Batch #001 of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel was bottled October 29, 2014, signifying the melding of two American stories. The first is the story of the post-Gold Rush introduction of Zinfandel grapes to the state of California. The second story tells of the imprint of new Bourbon barrels (made from American oak). 1,000 Stories Zinfandel is aged in grand old bourbon barrels sourced from some of America's classic bourbon producers.

 

Batch #001: 2013

The wine has a deep, rich purple color. An intense raspberry fruit is on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs. The palate is full with ripe tannins, big black and red fruits, followed by an array of spices. The wine finishes with a touch of warmth that lingers
on and on.



 

 

Gold Rush Red


"The California Gold Rush was a period of courage, bravado, and curiosity. It was with these characteristics in mind we created 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red. Grapes chosen from the golden valleys and hills of California were combined to create this bold, adventurous testament to that intrepid spirit. We selected a combination of new and used bourbon barrels for this Seasonal Release. This rich wine presents flavors of black fruit, cloves, pepper
and vanilla."
-1000 Stories Vineyards




The Vineyards

The Mendocino Zinfandel vineyards are located on the 26 miles of benchland that stretches from The Redwood Valley south to The Sanel Valley, and range in age from 9-45 years old. The grapes come from vineyards such as the Grider, Buckholtz, Mattern, Poor, and Hooper, with family histories dating back to the 1880s. The grapes are trained in a traditional head trained configuration (typical of the very first plantings), with only a single stake holding the vine to a modern vertical trellis system, supporting the vine with a wire.

One of the keys to making great Zinfandel is picking the grapes very ripe, which brings big raspberry and black pepper spice flavors to the forefront. 1,000 Stories grapes are sourced from vineyards separated from the Pacific Coast by the coastal range, providing the ideal climate for that essential ripeness. Each individual lot is made separately and then aged in American and French oak wine barrels before finishing the aging in
bourbon barrels.



Barrels



We are dedicated to incorporating the gentle impact of new Bourbon oak barrels into the Zinfandel wine, with its charred vanilla and dried herbs flavors. The new bourbon barrels from Independent Stave Company give the same impact as a wine barrel, but with a unique flavor profile. Finally, the blend is aged in grand old bourbon barrels from distilleries such as Heaven Hill and Four Roses. Some of these barrels are 13 years old and were once used to make the highest quality bourbon.

Bourbon is uniquely American. It is derived from indigenous corn and aged in native, locally made American Oak barrels that have been toasted and charred to give bourbon its distinctive color and taste. This American whiskey became known as bourbon due to its association with the area of Kentucky known as Old Bourbon in the early 1800s.


Varietal

Zinfandel found its way to the American east coast in the early 19th century, reaching California by 1852. By 1858, wine made from Zinfandel grapes was being celebrated for its exceptional quality. The grape was first exhibited at the California State Fair in 1858. From that point its popularity spread, especially across the north coast and into Mendocino County, eventually emerging as a primary grape variety for the area.


Our Story

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The mighty buffalo is an iconic symbol of American heritage, a heritage woven with one thousand stories, unique traditions, and a pioneering spirit. Our country's history of hard work and tenacity lives on today in each of us and continues to be at the essence of America's character. This is the inspiration for 1,000 Stories, a unique wine aged in bourbon barrels—a reflection of our winemakers' pioneering spirits. It's not a quick process, but crafting by hand to meet exacting standards seldom is.



American Buffalo: The Next Chapter

Our Work with the Wildlife
Conservation Society

Less than 200 years ago, between 30 and 60 million buffalo (also known as "bison") roamed North American plains. In the late 19th century, mass slaughters brought the species to the brink of extinction with only 1,000 buffalo accounted for by 1906.

Wildlife Conservation Society has built a network of experts and strong relationships with ranchers and Native American tribes in an effort to restore natural habitats for the buffalo population. 1,000 Stories proudly supports these efforts and works with WCS to develop programs to reintroduce buffalo into healthy environments where they may thrive and contribute to the ecosystems once again.

Cardinal Wines & Spirits Has A
1,000 Stories!!!

 

 

 

 

The Friuli Colli Orientali regions famous "ponca" soil is rich with calcium and limestone, which moderates temperatures and extends growing seasons. As a result the Terlato Pinot Grigio is full-bodied with expressive fruit and mineral character, perfect for food pairing.



For decades, the Terlato's have been known for their relentless pursuit of quality, introducing Pinot Grigio to the United States and establishing the varietal as a key category. Several years ago, they decided to elevate and reinvigorate the category by producing their own distinctive, high-quality Pinot Grigio in Italy.

After several years of blind tastings, the Terlato's chose highly regarded viticulturalists, Marco Simonit and Pierpaolo Sirch, to develop a Pinot Grigio from Friuil, the powerhouse appellation of Italian white wines. Estate-bottled for consistency, the fruit is secured from an important viticultural area where the grapes are grown on low-yield hillside vines and are hand-harvested. The result is a wine that is rich, aromatic, super clean, and full bodied with a good fruity core, lovely floral aromas, and delicate peach, almond, and green apple flavors. This carefully chosen, meticulously crafted Pinot Grigio is a pinnacle of excellence within the category, and redefines the varietal as a full, flavorful, aromatic wine for luxury consumers.

Light gold in color this wine has a complex and layered aroma with white peach, pear and spring flowers. Ripe peach, apricot, and pear with a mouthfilling texture and crisp mineral finish.

 

Simonit & Sirch, the Italian partners on this new Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio,
are catching the attention of press across Europe for their work in some of the world's most iconic
vineyards. Great wines start in the vineyard, and we couldn't be more honored to be
working with two of the world's most renowned viticulturalists.

 

Bright aromas of white peach, pear and spring flowers. Complex and layered, this wine is loaded with ripe peach, apricot, and pear, a mouthfilling texture and a crisp mineral finish.

The Terlato philosophy of pairing the finest grape varieties with the highest quality regions finds new expression in this new luxury Pinot Grigio from the hills of Friuli Colli Orientali in Northeastern Italy. Terlato Vineyards Pinot Grigio is 100% Estate grown from small blocks, each with different soil compositions and expositions, with low yields then handcrafted into a style that will revolutionize expectations for the varietal. This Pinot Grigio showcases the best Friuli character: exceptional aromatics, complex flavors and balanced acidity, ideal for food pairing.

 

Italy

Italy is the home to many grape varietals including Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Corvina, Garganega, and Trebbiano. Italian wines are distinctive in that their reds carry a salivating sweet-sour or even bitter taste. Their whites are bone-dry and neutral.

Being the most diverse wine producing country, Italy has thousands of wine varieties and over 300 DOGs. We will focus on the three key regions: Piedmont in the northwest, Veneto in the northeast, and central Tuscany. We will also take a quick look at Southern Italy. Just like Southern France, it is a region with potential.

Italian Wine Regions:
1.Piedmont – Nebbiolo
2.Tre Venezie (Veneto) – Many including Garganega, Trebbiano & Corvina
3.Tuscany – Sangiovese
4.Southern – Many regional grapes

Appellation Classifications

Italy's quality designation system is similar to France's. It classifies wine into 4 levels of quality:
1.Vino da Tavola: Literally means "table wine". This is the lowest quality category. Minimal (or no) regulation is imposed on this category. For example, vintage date is not required. Also, there can be no association to region.
2.Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT): Like the French's Vin de Pays — takes the characters of a specific region. This category was created to include quality wine produced in a DOC region but does not comply with its criteria. For example, SuperTuscans (Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon) would fall under this category.
3.Denominazione D'Origine Controllata (DOC): Wine subjects to rigid regional regulations on grape variety, yields per hectare, aging requirement, and vinification methods.
4.Denominazione D'Origine Controllata E Garantita (DOCG): A category for the most prestigious subregions in the DOC. Distinctive style, appellation reputation, and commercial success are the additional criteria.

Italian classification system has gone through rounds of improvement. Compared to France where one-third of the wine produced falls into the AOC category, only 14% of Italian wine is qualified DOC/DOCG. There are 300 DOCs and ~32 DOCGs. The majority (over 75%) of Italian wine falls in the vino
da tavola category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to finding bubbly wine at bargain prices, Prosecco can't be beat. Actually, Prosecco is a grape variety from the Veneto region of Italy and there is some of it produced as still wine, but the vast majority of it is bubbly. Here's one that is simply awesome and it's about $10 to boot.

Why spend $40+ on fancy Champagne when this Prosecco is sooooo good, and it's readily available? And why buy crappy sparkling wine, when you can get this stuff for just over ten bucks? So many people get crappy, cheap sparkling wine for weddings or New Year's parties, but I say "no more!" Seek out the Prosecco section and wow your friends with this stuff.

 

What I really like about this Prosecco is the slight mineral quality on the nose. You'll also find citrus and melon aromas. On the palate it's only lightly sparkling — "frizzante." Crisp apple and light citrus flavors with near perfect acidity make this a pleasant sipper. And at only 10.5% abv, it's one you can sip a little more of before you've had too much. This wine goes well with rich salty foods, like olives, or could be served with fresh fruit.

Wine: Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
Variety: Prosecco
Vintage: N/V
Alcohol: 10.5%
Rating: 89




Imported from Italy

Here's one that is simply awesome.


 


When it comes to finding bubbly wine at bargain prices, Prosecco can't be beat. Actually, Prosecco is a grape variety from the Veneto region of Italy and there is some of it produced as still wine, but the vast majority
of it is bubbly.

Here's one that is simply awesome.

Why spend $40+ on fancy Champagne when this Prosecco is sooooo good, and it's readily available? So many people get crappy, cheap sparkling wine for weddings or New Year's parties, but I say "no more!" Seek out the Prosecco section and wow your friends with this stuff.

What I really like about this Prosecco is the slight mineral quality on the nose. You'll also find citrus and melon aromas. On the palate it's only lightly sparkling — "frizzante." Crisp apple and light citrus flavors with near perfect acidity make this a pleasant sipper. And at only 10.5% abv, it's one you can sip a little more of before you've had too much. This wine goes well with rich salty foods, like olives, or could be served with fresh fruit.

Wine: Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
Variety: Prosecco
Vintage: N/V
Alcohol: 10.5%
Rating: 89


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