California winemaker Bob Blue has a fascinating story to tell about things began.
“Years ago, when I was just starting out as a winemaker, it was almost unheard o
to get French oak wine barrel and American oak barrels were for whisky, not wine. But we still needed barrels to age our wine, so we purchased new and used bourbon barrels. Today, American and French oak wine barrels are commonplace, so the inspiration for 1,000is a nod to the way things were.
The California Gold Rush was a period of courage, bravado and curiosity. It was with these characteristics in mind that we crafted Gold Rush Red. Grapes chosen from the golden hills and valleys of California were blended to create this bold, adventurous testament to that intrepid spirit.
Parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel form the backbone of his wine. Petite Syrah and Merlot were then selected to add complexity to this intense blend.
Each lot began in traditional French and American wine barrels. Then in true 1000 fashion, winemaker Bob Blue divided the blend, finishing it in a combination of new and used bourbon barrels. The result is a signature 1000 Stories profile: a bold wine with intriguing notes of dried herbs, charred vanilla and a pleasant hint of smoke.