Another year begins here at Ed’s Fine Wines. We will be continuing my “Brunello Bone Scale” I rate the wines we taste and feature on a scale of one to three bones; the more bones the more we like the wine! Considering this is the first blog of 2019, we wanted to feature a wine that is relatively new to the store, and relative to the beginning of a New Year, and time. Chronology Red Blend 2016 is a special wine for many reasons.

One of our favorite winemakers is Brian Maloney of De Loach and Buena Vista Wineries. Brian has visited us at Ed’s a few times, so many of you may know of him personally. Brian studied Enology at UC Davis, after a life of wine as his family tradition. Brian’s great grandfather planted grapes in Napa Valley at the turn of the 20th century, and his mother’s family has been growing grapes and making wine in California for four generations. Brian was born and raised in Sonoma so his roots run deep and his family has been farming there for over 100 years. Brian has been with Jean Charles Boisset winery working at both De Loach and Buena Vista for over 15 years, but recently in cahoots with his boss, Jean Charles, came up with a “secret indulgence” and has made some boutique wines on the side.

Chronology Red blend 2016

This incredible blend features 9 varietals marrying Bordeaux and Rhone styles for a balanced harmony in the glass. 30% Petite Sirah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Mission, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1% Merlot. The grapes are sourced from two areas, Sonoma County and Yolo County, with a limited production of only 2,300 cases. A true indulgence allowing you to capture time in a bottle when sharing wine with friends… Notes of black currant, plums, violets and hints of umami on the nose. From the first sip you taste black cherries, blueberries, dried figs and baking spices. I give it three bones!!

What is Mission? The Mission grape is a red varietal that originated in Spain. Brought to California by Spanish missionaries who traveled with vines, they called the grape vines “Mission” because they were hardy and survived harsh travel. The grapes are small but the trunks are thick and the vines flourished throughout California. Winemakers today are using this little known varietal to blend with big reds for its higher sugar level and light acid. Mission grapes express dark color and flavors of cherry, clove, blackberry, raspberry and spice.

Chronology red wine, like a finely crafted watch, stands for time, craftsmanship and experience; full of complex and intricate elements. We hope you enjoy it and wish you a peaceful, healthy, happy and wine filled New Year!


 By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown