Hayes Valley Central Coast Wines

The lore of Hayes Valley extends back to the 1800’s. After achieving independence from Spain, Mexico divided the Santa Clara Valley into ranchos in 1821. The massive ranch known as Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas, was formed in 1828 and owned by Carlos Antonio Castro. Castro used the property mainly for raising cattle, but also planted over 500 acres of vineyards and orchards. This area is truly enchanting with its native California oak trees and surrounded by rolling hills. It is also an ideal climate for growing grapes – cool, foggy nights followed by warm sunny days. In the late 1800’s, a pioneer named Martin Murphy purchased a 9,000 acre parcel from Castro and named the area, San Martin, after patron Saint Martin. When Murphy died, the property was inherited by his family and later purchased by Lazard Lion. It wasn’t until 1921 when the property was sold to Lion’s business partner, Frank Hayes, that the area adapted the name “Hayes Valley”; still primarily a cattle ranch but the vines also continued to thrive. Unfortunately, the vineyards eventually succumbed to prohibition.  But many years later, new vines were planted and the Central Coast AVA was established in 1985.

Hayes Valley wines and the labels are a celebration of the revival of Central Coast viticulture and the history from whence it came. The font used on the label is reminiscent of the original cattle brand for the Hayes Valley Ranch. The rendition of the antique wood clamp is symbolic of the pioneer era that originally settled and established this area.

2019

Hayes Valley Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

Color: Dark currant
Aroma: Tobacco, star of anise, huckleberry jam
Structure: Full body, medium acid, high tannins
Flavors: Cedar, bay leaf, blackberry
Pairings: Braised Short Ribs, Gruyére cheese, vegetarian lasagna

Technical Information

Vineyards: Central Coast
Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cab Franc
Aged: 16 months on 25% New French Oak, 10% New American Oak, 65% Neutral French and American Oak
Alcohol%: 13.5%

2019

Hayes Valley Central Coast Meritage

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Tasting Notes

Color: Dark purple
Aroma: Sage, licorice, blackberry
Structure: Medium body
Flavors: Chocolate, currants, black olives
Pairings: Pot roast, French onion soup, Italian sausage pasta

Technical Information

Vineyards: Central Coast
Blend: 36% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec
Aged: 14 months on 30% New French Oak, 70% Neutral French and American Oak
Alcohol %: 14.5%

2019

Hayes Valley Central Coast Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Color: Garnet
Aroma: Raspberry, oak, cinnamon
Structure: Full body, medium acid, medium tannins Flavors: Dark plums, clove, graphite
Pairings: Roast duck, pizza with goat cheese, turkey chili

Technical Information

Vineyards: Central Coast
Blend: 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon Aged: 14 months on 25% New French Oak, 50% Neutral French Oak, 25% Neutral American Oak
Alcohol %: 14.0%

2019

Hayes Valley Central Coast Chardonnay

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Tasting Notes

Color: Medium Straw, Golden
Aroma: Lemon, pineapple
Structure: Soft Tannins, Moderate Acidity, Long Finish Flavors: Papaya, vanilla, caramel, light oak
Pairings: Lobster, pork chops, salad with sliced almonds

Technical Information

Vineyards: Central Coast
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Aged: 12 months on 20% New French Oak, 80% Stainless Steel Tanks
Alcohol %: 13.5%

2020

Hayes Valley Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc

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Tasting Notes

Color: Light Straw
Aroma: Lime, Fresh Apple, Rose
Structure: Light Body, Medium Plus Acid, Medium Long Finish Flavors: Fresh Cut Grass, Citrus, Wet Stone
Pairings: Goat Cheese, Figs, Crab

Technical Information

Vineyards: 100% Estate Vineyards Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Aged: 100% Stainless Steel pH: 3.37
Alcohol %: 14.2% 

Kegs - The Future of Wine

Hayes Valley Wines UniKeg

uniKeg

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UniKeg gives you access to new markets since it fits in perfectly with the trend for wine on tap. UniKeg is a plug-and-play system that can be seamlessly integrated into an American wine bar. With UniKeg, you’re also assured of proven technologies that make UniKeg safe, extremely sturdy and able to provide optimal protection for the wine.

Hayes Valley Central Coast kegged wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Meritage Red Wine, Zinfandel, Rose and Pinot Noir.

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