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Roaring Lion Fall & Winter

 Dear Family of Friends,

We are starting the final countdown until the 2011 harvest. The grapes are at 16 degrees Brix and need to reach 24 degrees before we harvest so we still have at least for to six weeks until the 2011 Vintage is picked, crushed, and in the fermentation tanks!

It has been 20 years since Lions Peak was purchased, and 40 years since the inception of the vineyard. During this time of year is always a time to reflect on the history of the vineyard and Lions Peak Wines.

As growers first, it was of paramount importance to focus on the quality of the grapes that were produced. The wine business is a lot of hard work that begins in the vineyard. No matter how glamorous the media tries to make having a vineyard — It is farming with the fringe benefits of having the opportunity to produce fine wines. What is not said when you open that Ultra Premium bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon is the labor that is involved. Our LP old vine Cabernet Sauvignon has been nurtured for over forty (40) years.  Pruning, soil amendments, irrigation, harvesting at the appropriate times to barrel and bottle aging the wine are some of the steps that Lions Peak takes to produce our award winning wines. 

Historically, the first Lions Peak Wine began in 1992 with a ton of grapes that were hand harvested and trucked by the owners of Lions Peak in a pickup truck to the Poalillo Vineyard in Paso Robles.  The grapes were divided between the Poalillo Vineyard and Lions Peak and so the story began…the grapes…the crush….the barrel aging… then the first wine…

This was truly how it all began… personally hand harvesting the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and filling the bucket and trays with the beautiful fruit…So many years ago and yet the memory is so fresh and truly the sheer essence of wine growing and making…smelling the fragrance of the earth!

So that was then and here we are today nearly twenty years after the first wine was made.  Now a legacy of fine award winning boutique wine that began with a causal trip up the coast which ended in Paso Robles.  Fate waived its magic wand, and we were destined to visit this quaint little town because all the coastal hotels were booked.  Funny how life is, you take one road and your entire life changes.

BIRTHDAY PARTY GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME NOVEMBER 12th

We invite you for a Saturday open house to celebrate Jenn’s Birthday.  JH Productions will be there for a Day with the Beatles.  From the original Beatles releases to remembering John Lennon…Paul…and George. We shall have wine and cheese pairing with assorted fruit. So mark the date of Saturday November12th. A special birthday cake from Canters in West Hollywood will be paired with the LP Cabernet Port. The cake is layers of dark chocolate with pineapple and cherries…named Racetrack 

2011 FALL/WINTER CLUB SELECTIONS

Our current wine selections offer diversity with each club. Each collection has diversity and the holiday collection is a prize to cherish with the Library Wines and the Champagne! Included in our wine club collections is our 2008 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon which provides you with a wine that offers four of the Bordeaux grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.  This wine is the first LP release of a Proprietor’s Reserve which exhibits the complexity of these four varietals. Barrel aged in 100% French Oak, the wine has layers of complexity, smooth tannins, and a lingering finish on the palette. This Cabernet Reserve was a limited produced wine; therefore, we highly recommend purchasing more to lay down and cellar.

The Connoisseurs Collection includes (3) Rhone wines, (1) blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, and (2) Bordeaux wines. With this collection LP wants to provide you with an assortment of wines. With the diversity of these wines, to have a selection for wine and food pairing is as easy as preparing that special menu and selecting one of the LP wines.

 The Premium and Roaring Cabernet offers you a complete selection of Bordeaux wines that ranges from our 1997 Library wine to the current 2007 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon.  You will personally have the opportunity to taste and hold in your memory the longevity of the LP Cabernet Sauvignon.

Our Holiday Collection is a perfect collection for the season for you and your friends.  A true portfolio of LP library wines to share with an added special selection of Champagne and the 2001 Late Harvest Viognier.

Our baby lion clubs, Cub Club, is full of rich Rhone varietals for your Fall Club..It seems that we only finish with one club shipment for the Cub Club and it is time for another…Not to say that that our baby club has value…maybe it is time to think about moving up to one of our six bottle collections…what do you think?

ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Join us for our ongoing open house from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years Day.  We shall be ringing out the old and ring in the new.  Bottle signing, wine and food pairings, and special entertainment are a part Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas with us.

WINE CLUB SELECTION FOR FALL & WINTER 2011/2012

Connoisseurs Club

2008 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Syrah

Best Friends Forever

2009 The Sisters

2009 Marsanne

2002 Cabernet Port (Augustus XIX)

Premium Club

2008 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Roaring Lion
2008 Petit Verdot

1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Wine)

2008 Cabernet Franc

2002 Cabernet Port (Augustus XIX)

ROARING CABERNET

 (1) 2006 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

(2) 2008 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

(2) 2007 Roaring Lion

(1) 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon   (Library wine)

White Wine Club

(2) 2009 LULU

(1) 2005 Late Harvest Viognier (2) 2009 Viognier

(1) 2009 Chardonnay

HOLIDAY WINE CLUB

1997 Cabernet Sauvignon

1998 Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Cabernet Sauvignon

Champagne

         2001 Late Harvest Viognier

2008 Lionnesse

2002 Cabernet Port Special Case Discount of 25% savings & Special Case Pricing on Select Wines of 50% call for details

CUB CLUB

Red

2008 Syrah

2005 Petit Sirah

N/V Vis a Vis

Mixed

2008 Syrah

2005 Petit Sirah

2005 Peak Rouge

White

2008 Viognier

2009 Chardonnay

2008 Marsanne

All of our staff wish you the very best and are grateful to have you as a part of our Wine Club Family.  It has been twenty years.

since the inception of Lions Peak  and we look forward to the continuation of making Ultra Premium Wines and providing you with excellent service.

Jennifer Rose Arant

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