Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery
Contact: Michall Pendleton
Contact: Owner | Winemaker
Address: 35100 Highway 128
Date Joined: January 12, 2015
Web Site: Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery
Comments: My love of wine started in the '80s. My wife launched a catering company in the early '90s that lasted through 2002. This helped to educate my palate in pairing food with wine. Being in wine country and doing events at some of the best wineries gave me the opportunity to learn more about making wine. The passion of some winemakers rubbed off so much that I worked for free from 1994 through 2003, learning everything from the ground up. I loved being very hands-on, and this continues today. The Pendleton Estate Vineyards were planted in March of 2005 with one-year old vines. The winery was founded on Oct 18, 2005, along with the birth of our first child Leslie Fay. Each one of my wines is unique. That's because it's not about making the wine I love, it's about making the wine that You will love. This allows me the flexibility to use different components in the process that large wineries would never do because they make what sells the best and the fastest. I like to come up with different blends like my 2009 Zinvedre (50% Zinfandel and 50% Mourvedre) and my 2008 Celebration Cuvee (25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Zinfandel, 30% Petite Sirah, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot). I love getting out in the vineyard a few weeks before everyone else and just picking the fruit that is the ripest at that time and going back through maybe three or four times. This allows me the ability to make small lots with different alcohol levels and then to blend those back, making for a truly great wine. I make wine one bottle at a time. Enjoy!
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