Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bodegas Aguirre Winery & Vineyards - just what the doctor ordered

Dr. Ricardo Aguirre did not start out life to be a winemaker.  He is a heart surgeon at a local hospital and a man with many talents.  Like many winemakers in Livermore Valley, his wine making hobby went wild.  He loved the beauty of the countryside of Livermore valley and in 1989 purchased 32 acres of this countryside in the east side of Livermore Valley.  He planted grapes on 12 acres in 1995, half in Merlot and half in Cabernet Sauvignon. 

In 1996 Dr. Aguirre purchased the property where the Bodegas Aguirre winery currently stands and planted seven acres in Petite Sirah.  He completed the commercial winemaking course at UC Davis in 2002 and soon after crushed his first 30 tons of grapes for his first commercial release.  The winery and planted acreage has grown over the years to 24 planted acres and offering 2300 cases of several different wines.  Since the wines are estate wines, he has full control of the grapes from the vineyard to the bottle.

The striking labels of Bodegas Aguirre wines are created by artist Carlos Canas from El Salvador.  Carlos is a disciple of Pablo Picasso.

The Bodegas Aguirre 2005 Estate Merlot Reserva is rich with ripe dark fruits of cherry, raspberry and plum.  You will love the various spices that blend well with the tannins and acids, delivering a good mouth feel and finish.  It is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The 2006 Estate Duo has equal amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged for 15 months in both French and American oak.  The dark cherry and raspberry flavors are matched well with spices and oak tones.  You will enjoy this fruit forward wine.

The 2004 Estate Petite Sirah Reserva is a wonderful inky dark wine with aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, and boysenberry.  The spice components include clove and cinnamon.  The long finish will have a nice ending of dark chocolate.  This is a wine that you can sit and enjoy now or store it to drink 8-9 years from now.

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