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Mus­ca­dine Wines

About the Mus­ca­dine Grape

Often called “America’s First Grape,” mus­ca­dine grapes thrive in hot cli­mates of the south­east­ern United States. This unique envi­ron­ment makes them spe­cial in their abil­ity to heal them­selves from dis­ease, bac­te­ria, and fungi that often plague Euro­pean grapes.

Many nutri­tion­ists have found mus­ca­dine grapes are loaded with more healthy com­pounds than other much-​touted foods such as blue­ber­ries, goji berries, green tea, red wine, and dark choco­late. Mus­ca­dine grapes and their seeds are one of nature’s best sources of antiox­i­dants and pos­sess anti-​inflammatory prop­er­ties. Com­pared to other grapes, mus­ca­dine grapes have 40 times more resver­a­trol — the polyphe­nol found in red wine that is proven to ben­e­fit car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, blood sugar lev­els and the aging process.

Mus­cadry : The color is an intense straw yel­low. The fla­vors are trop­i­cal, with a mix of guava, lemon zest, pineap­ple and grape­fruit. It has an off dry nature, vibrant almost salty and the after taste tells you about the short 2 months aging in new French oak. 12.5% Alcohol.

Mus­cadry Rose : Bright and clear fla­vors, it has a light pink color with orange nuances. The per­fume clearly speaks about ripe straw­ber­ries with a late spicy gin­ger note. On the palate it is medium dry, smooth, refresh­ing and very high drink­a­bil­ity. 12.5% in alco­hol, 1.6% resid­ual sugar and comes from the blend of the vari­eties Noble and Carlos.

Mus­cadry Rouge : Our first edi­tion of MUS­CADRY ROUGE has a deep and intense ruby red. It deliv­ers strong aro­mas of spirit mac­er­ated cher­ries with notes of crust bread and rhubarb. It is dry with a nice smooth tex­ture, a vibrant fin­ish and a very clean after­taste. It has 13.2% in alco­hol, 0.5% resid­ual sugar, and comes from 87% Estate Noble grapes and 13% Syrah grapes from our vine­yards in Yuba (CA). It has been aged in new French oak for 5 months.

Dun­can Creek : This light wine is from 100% Geor­gia Mus­ca­dine grapes. Sweet and crisp, it is the clas­sic Geor­gia Mus­ca­dine wine., 12.5% Alco­hol, 6% Resid­ual Sugar.

Dun­can Creek Red : Made from 100% Georgia-​grown Mus­cadines, specif­i­cally the red vari­ety known as Noble. It is a sweet wine in a clas­sic south­ern style and is as vibrant red as it is crisp and refresh­ing. 12.5% Alco­hol, 6% Resid­ual Sugar.

Sum­mer Wine : Same great pro­file of our clas­sic Mus­ca­dine wine but with clean and clear peach nec­tar essences. 12.5% Alco­hol, 6% Resid­ual Sugar.

Spring Blos­som : This rose wine made from Mus­ca­dine grapes poses a unique fla­vor of straw­berry and a nice clean taste.12.5% Alco­hol, 6% Resid­ual Sugar.

Autumn Blush : This wine has a light red color, with a sweet rasp­berry taste and a crisp and vibrant fin­ish. 12.5% Alco­hol, 6% Resid­ual Sugar.

Super Pre­mium “Fin­ger­print” Edi­tion Wines

Win­ery Video Update 2016 : Wine­maker Simone intro­duc­ing the lat­est super pre­mium wines (YouTube).

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Zyrah : A blend of Zin­fan­del and Syrah grapes (50/​50) grown in our vine­yards of Wood­lands and Davis. The grapes were har­vested on Sep­tem­ber 12th and blended together from the begin­ning. Zyrah is aged for 14 months in new French oak bar­rels from the Allier for­est in France. Unfil­tered and untreated. In the glass it shows a deep-​intense-​vivid red color and at the nose you can clearly per­ceive euca­lyp­tus and rose­mary notes with hints of mac­er­ated fruit. Some dusty notes of vanilla com­plete the fla­vor pro­file. It tastes big with a mild acid­ity and an extra soft tan­nin struc­ture. 15.8% alcohol.

Mer­itage : Inspired by the clas­sic red wines from Bor­deaux, a blend of 43% Mal­bec, 30% Caber­net Franc, 15% Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, and 12% Mer­lot. Grapes grown in sev­eral dif­fer­ent vine­yards in Yuba and Kelseyville, CA and har­vested between the 10th of Sep­tem­ber and the 14th of Octo­ber 2014. Aged for 14 months in new French oak bar­rels from the forests of Lim­ou­sin, Allier, and Vos­ges in France. Unfil­tered and untreated. It has a deep opaque red color and on the nose you can smell a mix of cin­na­mon, vanilla, white pep­per, anise and ripe straw­berry. In the mouth a light salti­ness, with a sus­tained acid­ity, medium vol­ume and a per­sis­tent tan­nin structure.

Mameli : Mameli is the author and com­poser of the Ital­ian national anthem. This wine rep­re­sent a bal­anced sym­phony made by the blend of 3 noble Ital­ian grape vari­eties. 37% Bar­bera, 33% Neb­bi­olo, 30% Mon­tepul­ciano. Grapes grown in sandy soil of Paso Rob­les (Neb­bi­olo), Wood­lands (Bar­bera) and vol­canic soil in Lake County (Mon­tepul­ciano), har­vested between the 20th of Sep­tem­ber and the 20th of Octo­ber 2014. It aged for 14 months in new French oak bar­rels from the forests of Lim­ou­sin, Jupilles, and Allier in France. Unfil­tered and untreated. Mameli has a deep, brick red color. Intense accents of leather, blue­berry, rasp­berry, dry straw and sad­dle. On the palate, it has a big entrance, bright acid­ity, big struc­ture, long tan­nin and a long fin­ish with an after taste of gin­ger and red fruits. 15.3% alcohol.

El Tem­pranillo : This wine is rem­i­nis­cent of a per­fectly exe­cuted har­mony. It is crafted from 100% Tem­pranillo grapes grown in Lake County, mak­ing it strong, ele­gant and very bal­anced. Black gar­net color with bright attrac­tive aro­mas of mocha latte, toasted coconut and blue­berry pie with a sup­ple, vibrant full body. It fin­ishes with coat­ing woody tan­nins and mod­er­ate oak.

La Bar­bera : Made from 100% Bar­bera grapes grown in Wood­lands and Davis, this is a tra­di­tional Ital­ian style wine. It is the most vibrant and food-​friendly of the trio, boast­ing high alco­hol and acid­ity. This wine is sure to enchant your taste buds with its unique­ness and abun­dance of char­ac­ter. Bright medium burnt sienna color it has toasty aro­mas of black cur­rants, roasted nuts and white pep­per. Full body with an unbe­liev­able depth.

Les Petits : An even blend of Petit Ver­dot and Petit Syrah grown in Paso Rob­les, this opu­lent wine is strong, deep and very rich. It is intense and highly struc­tured, deliv­er­ing lay­ers of nuances from dark raisin to bread and spicy berry tart. Tex­tured mouth feel­ing with a smooth intense feisty fin­ish. It is only for true lovers of bold red wines.

White Wines

Chardon­nay Reserve : Bright light gold color. Lively, fruity, toasty aro­mas of ripe golden deli­cious apples, light toat­sted coconuts, lemon cream with a crisp, dry full body and warm­ing brisk fin­ish. Smooth with a medium depth and sus­tained alco­hol.
Grapes grown in Lake County and Wood­lands, CA.13.5% Alcohol.

Pinot Gri­gio : Clear medium straw green color.Fruity, toasty creamy aro­mas of peaches and yeasts. Crisp, dry-​yet-​fruity medium to full body and warm­ing, appeal­ing, breezy fin­ish with fruit tan­nin and no oak. Made from grapes grown in Yolo County, CA.13.8% Alcohol.

Sauvi­gnon Blanc Reserve : Bright light medium emer­ald straw color. Fruity aro­mas of tutti frutti, bub­ble gum dust, and lemon salt water taffy with a sup­ple, crisp, dry medium body. Clas­sic vibrant and refresh­ing with medium depth. Grapes grown in Lake County, CA. 13.5% Alcohol.

Belle Reserve 2015 : A blend of 60% Viog­nier and 40% Moscato di Canelli. In the glass it shows a deep yel­low with gold nuances. On the nose it is clearly Viog­nier as it opens up with peach and melon fran­grances fol­lowed by some flo­ral notes com­ing from the moscato grapes. The sus­tained alco­hol con­tent (14.3%) makes this white wine full bod­ied, intense, warm and oily, with a deep after­taste and a big vol­ume. The Viog­nier grapes have been har­vested in our Yuba vine­yards on the 25th of August at the same time when the Moscato di Canelli was har­vested in Kelseyville. Both wines aged apart in stain­less steel tanks for 6 months and blended together prior bot­tling. This wine has no resid­ual sugar.

Moscato D’Asti D.O.C.G : A true Ital­ian wine made for us by our twin win­ery in Pied­mont, Italy, and avail­able only here at Château Élan. It is sweet and slightly sparkling with dis­tinct notes of peach and orange blos­soms, and per­fectly tem­pered by the fresh­ness of its refined bub­bles that are accom­pa­nied by hints of elder­berry and wis­te­ria with a sweet white fruit finish.

Brut Reserve:It is a lively sparkling wine made in the charmat method.. 100% Chardonnay grapes, this is a fun, beautiful sparkling wine. It is slightly off-dry with beautiful flavors of lemon and green apple adorning the bouquet. Grapes grown in Lodi, CA. 12% Alcohol.

Red Wines

Rose Reserve : Our first edi­tion of Chateau Elan Rose Reserve has a very ele­gant light salmon pink. Bright cit­rus fla­vors with del­i­cate fra­grant rasp­berry notes. This rose is dry as a tra­di­tional rose from the Provence region in France; smooth, min­eral and salty it ends with a lovely but­tery crust bread after­taste. Pre­dom­i­nantly from Zin­fan­del grapes grown in Davis and har­vested on the 4th of Sep­tem­ber 2015, the wine aged in stain­less steel tank for 6 months. Zero resid­ual sugar and 13.5% in Alcohol.

Dolce Rosso : From the extremely rare Bra­chetto grape vari­ety, this wine is made exclu­sively for Château Élan by our twin win­ery in the Pied­mont region of Italy. Aro­mas of fresh roses greet the nose as a del­i­cate sweet­ness meets the palate. Made in the friz­zante style, this slightly sparkling sweet wine is sure to not dis­ap­point from start to finish.

Pinot Noir Reserve : Fruity, earthy and ele­gant our Pinot Noir also exhibits fruit char­ac­ter­is­tics only dis­played in the finest Pinot Noir grapes. After a seven month aging in brand new French oak bar­rels, this vibrant, pow­er­ful Pinot is sure to please even the most dis­cern­ing palates with an unex­pected depth and smooth­ness. Grapes grown in Yuba, CA. 13.5% Alco­hol, 0.1% Resid­ual Sugar.

Mer­lot Reserve 2015 : A deep intense red color with some dark orange accents. It has spicy and pep­pery fla­vors with dust notes and some per­sis­tent fra­grances of sweet vanilla in con­junc­tion with a light pome­gran­ate back­ground. The palate is extremely tex­tured with a smooth yet per­sis­tent tan­nin struc­ture. The after taste is long, ele­gant and clas­sic of this vari­ety. This wine is made from 4 French clones of Mer­lot grown in 2 dif­fer­ent vine­yards in Davis and Yuba, Cal­i­for­nia. Har­vested together on the 28th of August 2015, the wine aged for a lit­tle over 5 months in French oak bar­rels. It has been bot­tled with­out any fil­tra­tion nor addi­tion of fin­ing agents.

Caber­net Sauvi­gnon Reserve : 100% Caber­net Sauvi­gnon grapes grown in Yuba and Liv­er­more Val­ley. It aged for 10 months in new French oak, unfined and unfil­tered it has an opaque vio­let color. Creamy, fruity aro­mas of black rasp­berry but­ter­cream, pra­line, and del­i­cate herbs and spices with an oily, lively, dry-​yet-​fruity medium-​to-​full body and a warm­ing, sub­tle, medium-​long cas­sis, honey, nuts, and earth fin­ish with dusty coat­ing tan­nins and mod­er­ate ele­gant oak. A zesty, flavor-​packed caber­net that is sure to please the most exi­gent palates.

Vel­vet Reserve : Vel­vet Reserve 2015 has a vivid ruby color and comes from the blend of Zin­fan­del and Bar­bera grapes grown in our Davis vine­yards. It is a slightly-​oaked fruit bomb with lots of cas­sis and straw­berry fla­vors, some­how rem­i­nis­cent of the Beau­jo­lais wines. It bal­ances power (15% alco­hol) and smooth­ness with a round palate and soft tan­nins. It is the clas­sic food-​friendly wine that can pair with mild and fla­vor­ful foods. It has been bot­tled after only 4 months from the har­vest in order to enhance the young and fresh char­ac­ter of the grapes.

Scar­let Reserve: Pre­dom­i­nantly from Syrah grapes it is blended with a touch of Bar­bera, all grown in Wood­land. Aged for 10 months in new French oak, it has a vivid and deep vio­let color. Strong, creamy, fruity aro­mas of cherry cus­tard pie, water­melon sor­bet, and caramelized bacon with a silky, tangy, fruity light-​to-​medium body and a tin­gling, com­pelling, easy orange sher­bet, sweet cream, and roasted nuts fin­ish with soft tan­nins and light oak. Deep and intense it shows the pro­file of the excel­lent Syrah grapes with a com­plex twist com­ing from the unique Ital­ian Barbera.

Amer­i­can Port Ris­erva: Our Ruby Port bal­ances the high resid­ual sugar with a high acid­ity level that works superbly with the high alco­hol con­tent. It is deep ruby red, with some intense notes of mac­er­ated fruit, coconuts and toasted vanilla with a full body. You can enjoy it now as well as in 20 years from now. Grapes grown in Paso Rob­les, CA. 18.5% Alco­hol, 8% Resid­ual Sugar.

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