It is a matter of style…
Approximately 6000 wineries in the United States made one or more varieties of red wines. Why should a visitor here pick our wines to purchase when there are so many choices out there? That’s a good and reasonable question, and one De Angelis Wines should be able to answer.
We could say “Because they are really very, very good.” That may not work because all wineries say that. We could say that they are a great value, especially in today’s economy – tomorrow’s too. Everyone else says that also.
So why buy De Angelis Wines? The best answer we have is that they are made in a style which makes them enjoyable to drink, and consistently represent the conditions of harvest during the year in which the wines were made. This means that each year when the fruit is picked, we make a determination about how that year’s wine shall be crafted, and why. A hot, dry year calls for one approach, and a cool year, with two or three heat spikes call for another. As a very small production winery, we have the luxury of making these types of determinations. Never are we awaiting a delivery of 30 or more tons of fruit that needs to be processed according to a standard procedure that cannot be either easily, or economically modified.
We are not suggesting that good, and often great wines, cannot be made under these conditions. We are saying that we choose not to do that. Likewise during the entire red wine making process, we are able to monitor individual barrels and tanks, and thereby tease out the best characteristics of that variety and develop a wine unique to that year. One cannot do that easily when a barrel room contains 5000 or more barrels!
All De Angelis Wines are crafted to pair well with a wide variety of food. We are so confident of that statement that we have included a large recipe and food pairing section on this web site which is designed as an e-commerce gateway to our wines. Without food, we believe that wine is simply another beverage.
In summary, a brief example may help make what we are trying to convey clearer: Our 2006 Syrah is very different from our 2007 Syrah which in turn is different from the 2009 Syrah. Why? Each harvest in each year was different. When sensitive to this nuance, the results are wines of the same variety that differ. Additionally, our wines are true representations of the varietal.
Oh! Almost forgot – The Red wines we make are really very, very good!