Tag Archives | Zinfandel

A Pressing Day

Earlier this month, we harvested and crushed Zinfandel from Santa Clara Valley and Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Since then, the grapes have been going through primary fermentation in open top fermenters. We have been punching down the cap by hand three times per day as it is important to keep the pulp […]

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2016 Harvest Begins

The 2016 harvest has started!  Every year is different, with weather being a big determinant as to when harvest starts and which grapes ripen first.  The El Niño rains from earlier this year have resulted in higher yields than in 2015 (thank goodness!) and, so far, the grapes seem to be consistently balanced and flavorful. […]

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Villa del Monte Zinfandel Debuts at We Olive in Los Gatos

We are thrilled that We Olive in Los Gatos now carries Villa del Monte wine. We Olive is a relatively new gourmet shop and wine bar in downtown Los Gatos. You can now order our 2011 Zinfandel Dessert Wine, from the Moniz Vineyard in Santa Clara Valley, by the glass or by the bottle. The […]

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Harvest, Crush, and Repeat

Last week was a busy time at the winery. It’s a bit early this year, but we have already harvested Zinfandel from Santa Clara AVA and Pinot Noir from two Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards.  Although we have a new crusher/destemmer, crush is still a very manual process for winemakers John and Neil. Harvest In the […]

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This Week’s Winery Happenings: Crush, Press, Taste, Repeat

We are looking forward to a busy week of harvesting, crushing, pressing, and, of course, wine tasting. Tomorrow, we will harvest and crush Cabernet Sauvignon from the LindHill Viineyard, located at about 2250 feet elevation above Lexington Dam near downtown Los Gatos.  Located above the fog line, the vineyard gets full sun so the grapes […]

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Iris giveaway, wine tasting and more on October 5 and 6

Make plans to visit Villa del Monte Winery during The Summit Wineries Harvest Festival.   On October 5 and 6, The Summit Wineries, a wine trail consisting of five wineries in the Summit Road vicinity in Los Gatos, will host special tastings*. Villa del Monte Winery will be open from noon to 5 pm on both October […]

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Bottling Day!

It’s here–bottling day. Well, actually it’s bottling weekend.  This is an exciting time at Villa del Monte Winery. We are planning to bottle several new releases this weekend, including: 2012 Pinot Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 Syrah Santa Clara Valley 2011 Merlot Reserve Carneros 2011 Cabernet Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 Late Harvest Zinfandel Santa Clara […]

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Villa del Monte Winery 2012 Harvest Recap

Hooray—we’re done!!! We have picked, crushed, pitched, pressed, scrubbed, cleaned, and tasted!  All-in-all, the 2012 harvest has been very successful for us. Winemakers John Overstreet and Neil Perrelli have a right to be a bit exhausted too!  Here are the 2012 harvest stats:  – 1 ton Syrah Santa Clara Valley Pasha Vineyard – 1.5 tons […]

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Mid-October Harvest Report from Villa del Monte Winery

October has been a blur of harvest activities. In early October, we crushed and pressed Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot and Cabernet as well as Santa Clara Valley Syrah and Zinfandel.  Then, last week, we crushed five tons of Carneros Merlot.  The Carneros Merlot is now done with fermentation so we will be pressing it this weekend.  Due to the […]

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Buying Villa del Monte Wine in the Santa Cruz area

Recently, at both the Santa Cruz Area Business Fair and the Coastal Home and Garden Show, we had hundreds of people asking, “Where can I buy your wine?”  But, as a small family-owned winery with limited production, we can only place our wine in so many places.  So, Santa Cruz area winelovers, we are answering […]

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