2012 Cuvee Lola


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Rhone blends are like calico cats--multi-hued, spicy, and complex--so we thought it purr-fect to name this blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah for our much-missed Lola. Great with herb-crusted lamb or pork.

 Grenache/ Mourvedre/ Syrah

What do a calico cat and a red wine blend have in common? Us! Seriously.

When we were garagistes, we blended leftover Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre into a wine we named “Calico Cat” – partially because of its uncertain formulation but also for our great, fluffy calico, Lola.

Lola was rescued from the highway with two broken legs and a whole lot of attitude, keeping her “brothers” in line with a powerful right paw “bonk” to the top of their heads. Sadly, we bade her farewell at the beginning of the 2009 crush; she lives on in our Rhône-style blend.

Red fruit-driven, this blend has a “bonk” of aroma and flavor that catches you right away. It’s loaded with strawberry, raspberry, and black cherry. And, just like Lola’s attitude, it’s intense! Herbal and mineral notes follow the onslaught of berries. Flavors are dominated by strawberry and raspberry, too. There’s a savory herbal note with red and black licorice on the finish. There’s a richness throughout from Syrah and a bit of pepper, too. It’s a big sassy girl – much like its namesake.


2012 was a Mary Poppins year: practically perfect in every way. Moderate temperatures and full sun without extreme heat paired with cool Foothills evenings to bring mature flavors with mouthwatering crispness.


Sierra Foothills, (Amador County)


43% Grenache, 43% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah




0.55g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:




Malolactic Fermentation:


Barrel Aging:

20 months in 2 and 3 year-old French oak

Harvest Dates:

September 19-October 6, 2012

Brix at Harvest:


Bottling Date:

July 7, 2014

Release Date:

February 1, 2015

Cases Produced:



Cooper Ranch is set in the rolling hills outside of Plymouth, CA – full of Amador's rocky, red granite soil. The Cooper Grenache is head trained, a strategy that, while labor intensive, concentrates flavors while maintaining bright acids; other varieties are conventionally trellised. Warm days and cool nights help build lush fruit flavors while preserving crisp acidity.


Like our calico, Lola, this wine is not shy. Nor should you be when thinking about what foods to pair with it. A salty slice of ham is perfect with Cuvée Lola's big fruit flavors. Think Middle Eastern – spicy eggplant, chick peas or roasted lamb. Try lobster or crab with plenty of melted butter for dipping. For simple suppers, a hearty bean or lentil soup is an ideal companion that will make you purr.


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