Latest News (March 2016) – Our new wines, released November 1, made their competition debut at the San Diego Toast of the Coast wine competition with a an excellent showing, all are Estate Grown and Produced:
Double Gold Medal – 2012 Reserve Merlot, also Best of Ramona Valley, and Best Merlot. Rich Cook, a well known wine judge and Director for several wine competitions posted the following review at winereviewonline.com :
“Watch out world – San Diego County is starting to figure some things out. This world class Merlot from Ramona Valley shows real complexity in the glass, and a food friendly structure with blackberry, black cherry, dried herbs, pepper and spice mingling together in a long finish. It’s delicious now, and will improve over the next five years. Very impressive wine. A Double Gold Award winner at the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. 95 Rich Cook”
Gold Medal – 2012 Petit Verdot, also Best Petit Verdot
Silver Medal – 2012 Cabernet Franc; 2012 Grenache Noir; 2012 Eglantine (Meritage); and 2011 Reserve Cabernet Franc
If you are wondering about coming vintages, the 2013 wines are aging nicely and will be bottled in May for November release, the 2014 wines will follow a year later and if things go well will include a new surprise varietal. Both 2014 and 2015 suffered from the drought with lower yields, but we are hoping that this will ultimately translate into some very intense and complex wines.
On a north facing hillside overlooking the Ramona Valley AVA sits Woof’n Rose Winery and its vineyards. Stephen and Marilyn Kahle own and operate the vineyard and winery with help from three sons and their respective families. The Kahles love of dogs, and rose bushes surrounding the winery, give a clue as to how aptly the winery is named.
Woof’n Rose makes all of its wines from Ramona Valley grapes, most estate grown on premises. Annual production is 300 to 350 cases per year. The specialty is Cabernet Franc, but the small vineyards also include all of the other classic Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, as well as Grenache Noir and Alicante Bouschet; the wines reflect these varietals and blends comprised of them. When you visit Woof’n Rose Winery for tasting you will sit on an outdoor veranda, overlooking the vineyards and the Ramona Valley, and will chat directly with the owners who double as grower, winemaker, and marketer.
Woof’n Rose’s invitation to you is to enjoy the view, conversation, and
Please sip our wine in your quality time,
Time to smell the roses,
Time to kiss puppy noses!