VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Orfila Vineyards and Winery
A boutique winery located in San Pasqual Valley, approximately 30 minutes from San Diego. The winery specializes in Rhone-style wines from grapes grown on the 70-acre estate approximately 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean as well as grapes from other coastal California regions.
Grapes have been grown at this location since 1973, initially as the San Pasqual Winery, then as the Thomas Jaeger Winery. Orfila Vineyards and Winery was established in 1993 when Ambassador Alejandro Orfila bought Thomas Jaeger Winery.
The founding winemaker, Leon Santoro, passed away in 2009. He is largely credited with putting San Diego County on the wine map and first recognized the potential for Rhone-style wines in the regions. More than 40 acres of the Orfila estate are dedicated to Syrah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes.
The current winemaker is Justin Mund. He grew up in Healdsburg and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in fruit science. He gained experience working at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and later Laetitia Vineyards and Winery where he became assistant winemaker and remained there until 2006. In 2006, he became the winemaker for Addamo Vineyards and Winery and joined Orfila in May 2010.
Multiple varietals are offered including Pinot Noir. "Sequestered" Pinot Noir is sourced from the Santa Maria Valley, "Element 119" and "Clone 115" Pinot Noirs are sourced from the Arroyo Grande Valley.
Tasting rooms are located in Escondido (at the winery) and Julian.
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