News and Events
John Vankat, Pine Wine
has a wonderful article in the Arizona Sun newspaper, explaining the effect of oak on wine. In it he says that our 2016 EX Unoaked Chardonnay is "one of the best unoaked Chardonnays I've tasted". He also praises 2014 Wrath San Saba Chardonnay as "terrific". This is fantastic praise from a wine journalist who constantly tastes and compares wines for his columns. Thank you!
We were honored to support Project Hero
and the 150+ riders in The California Challenge, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The winery served as a morning rest stop on Day #2. What a great group of veterans and their support team.
Wrath's 2015 Single Vineyard Wines
will be released late January/early February 2018. Even though wines have already been in bottle for 15 months, they are still tight and closed. The 2015 vintage was a short-crop year which means that flavors developed by the vines went into fewer clusters, resulting in deeper concentration levels. Give them a few more months and these bottlings will be glorious.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
has reviewed AL Sauvignon Blanc and awarded 87pts, saying "it has a lovely, racy line cutting through the intense, straighforward apple and herb flavors". To date, this is the only canned wine deemed worthy to be reviewed by The Wine Advocate.
You're Invited! Wrath's Paris & Normandy River Cruise
March 22-29, 2018 Join Wrath winemaker, Sabrine Rodems, for a memorable trip through the heart of France. For information and registration, click here:
Piedmont Post highlights Wrath San Saba Syrah
Longtime wine writer William McNabb includes 2014 Wrath San Saba Syrah in a column titled "America's Greatest Rhone Wines-2017"
Wrath podcast: "The Tasting Room" with Tom Leykis
Christopher Whaley is interviewed by Tom Leykis and they discuss all things Wrath. Enjoy! https://tastingwithtom.com/podcast/weekend-july-22-2017/
AL is awarded "Editor's Choice" in Wine Enthusiast
This is a high honor for a can of refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that sells around $8/can. Wow!
Sunset magazine reviews AL Sauv Blanc 2016
Wine Editor, Sara Schneider, and her tasting panel review a selection of canned wines; they commented that AL Sauv Blanc was varietally correct and a "solid" glass of wine. You can review the entire conversation here:
Wrath releases our newest wine
2016 AL Sauvignon Blanc, canned wine. Sold in 4-pks or individual cans. AL cans are convenient and keep wine chilled longer. Each can is a half bottle of wine- not too much for one person but enough to share. You can take AL with you on hikes, while boating or golfing ... where ever your thirst for adventure takes you.
Our June Shipments are being packed and readied
to be sent. We are checking temperatures to be sure that it is safe to ship. For those who don't know, wine can cook quickly if outside temperatures are above 85◦ because UPS delivery trucks and vans are not airconditioned.
Modern Luxury magazine in Orange County
has a great feature on Carmel in the May 2017 issue and Wrath is prominently featured in copy and photograph. We hope to see lots of Orange County visitors stop in our Carmel Tasting Room and we will be there this Fall for the Newport Beach Wine Festival. See you soon OC!
2014 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay awarded 93 pts
from Wine Enthusiast. Reviewer, Matt Kettmann, writes, "the palate is about restrained richness; its buttery lemon curd and cinnamon flavors cut by bright acidity". Very limited, only 189 cases were produced and available through our tasting rooms and online at wrathwines.com.
International Wine Review's latest reviews
include some of our recent releases. We have enormous respect for publication owners, Don Winkler and Mike Potashnik. This is a subscription-only service that has great integrity. Their reviews are some of the most accurate we've worked with. If you want to learn more about wine, read the AVA tutorials. Very thorough and informative. http://i-winereview.com/blog/index.php/2017/04/10/wrath-wines-new-releases-from-monterey-and-the-santa-lucia-highlands/
2016 Wrath Pinot Noir Saignée (Rosé) is released (and sold out in two weeks)
Our newest release is the first wine from our just completed 2016 vintage. Everyone loves this wine and after the Wrath List pre-release offering, we have only 20 cases remaining. It is now sold out until next year.
Two new Membership Group Options are available
for people who prefer the wine club experience. Our first shipments will be sent Monday, April 3rd. Friends of Wrath is a quarterly shipment of four wines (one bottle each) selected by owner, Michael Thomas. It's as if the tasting room arrives at your doorstep. Pinot Circle is for the Pinot lover who wants to only focus on our Single Vineyard Pinots. Every quarter, six bottles of a Single Vineyard Pinot arrive; enough bottles to enjoy a few while letting others age for future pleasure. For more details: http://www.wrathwines.com/?method=pages.showPage&PageID=7224904A-D255-4158-E3E1-E2C8C337FA17&originalMarketingURL=Clubs
Thank you Wine Spectator
for awarding 3 Wrath Chardonnays with scores of 90 points or higher. 2014 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay, 92 pts, was also featured in James Laube's blog "13 Expressive California Chardonnays".
Thank you Big Rock Chophouse
in Birmingham, Michigan (outside Detroit) for a great wine dinner with winemaker, Sabrine Rodems. She's looking forward to her next visit.
Wrath winemaker, Sabrine Rodems, had a great time
talking about wines and winery recipes in Texas at Central Market's Cooking Schools. Thank you to the great teams from Dallas, Houston and Austin!
Wine Spectator editor, James Laube,
has included two of our newest Santa Lucia Highlands Single Vineyard Pinots in his latest article: 9 Coastal California Pinot Noirs: Best Wines from our Most Recent Tastings. 2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, Boekenoogen Vineyard, 91pts and 2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondre Grapefield, 90pts.
American Fine Wine Competition Results
are in and 2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondre Grapefield earned Double Gold and 2014 Wrath Syrah, KW Ranch has a Gold medal to brag about. This is the 10th year of this competitive tasting.
The Wine Enthusiast
has given us the first reviews of 2017. 2014 Wrath Ex Anima Syrah was awarded Editor's Choice, 91pts; 2014 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay has 93pts and 2014 Wrath Swan/828 Pinot Noir received 90pts. These wines are all available through the winery or distribution at various retailers.
La Paulee 2016
Thank you for your help making in our 5th La Paulee such a great event. We can't think of a better way of sharing the end of Harvest with close local friends and our fans from all over. Agreeable weather, fantastic wines, lots of stories all conspired to make for a fun day.
Vinous reviewer, Josh Raynolds,
has awarded 11 Wrath wines with scores of 90pts or higher. This is fantastic feedback from one of our industry's most respected reviewers.
Los Angeles Times has named Wrath
as one of the best wineries in California.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
reviewer Jeb Dunnuck has given Wrath 2014 Pinots some wonderful comments and high scores. Sign up now for the Wrath List to be the first to hear about new vintage releases and special offerings.
Rory Filbin, Wine Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse
has included 2013 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard as one of his favorite wines for California Wine Month. Here's a shout-out to Rory...Thank You!
Harvest has begun!
Early pick Pinot Noir came in Aug 24th- now the work begins.
First load arrives at the press
The noted industry magazine SOMM Journal
includes seven wineries in an article on SIP, Sustainably Certified, vineyards and Wrath is honored to be chosen to represent growing practices in Monterey. Read the article: http://digital.copcomm.com/i/711666-august-september-2016 ...go to pg 109
Lyn Archer @ Bin Notes writes about Wrath
international journalist, Lyn Archer, interviews Wrath winemaker, Sabrine Rodems, on her approach to winemaking: http://binnotes.com/2016/07/26/redthread-exclusive-wrath-wines/
Wrath goes on vacation
Thanks Laura Meijer - we'll toast to that!
Watch Wrath's feature on the local news, July 7th
Wrath Doctor's Syrah - A Cameo with Aaron Franklin
Famed Chef and BBQ expert Aaron Franklin visits Salt & Time in Austin to discuss pig butchery; Doctor's Syrah has its cameo at 57 seconds; this wonderful shop has supported our Syrah since it became available in Austin several years ago http://video.klru.tv/video/2365503928/
Planet Grape recently posted an in-depth Wrath review on their blog
Thank you to Catherine Fallis, MS and Fred Swan for featuring us.
Karen MacNeil, noted CIA wine instructor and author,
presenting her selection of thirteen impressive California Pinot Noirs to the Canadian wine trade at the Wine Institute's California Wine Fair. Our bottle of Wrath is turned and having a "hi Mom" moment. It's proud to be part of the line-up.
Wine Spectator's April issue
has a feature that focuses on Wrath owner Michael Thomas' excavations in southern Italy, near Pompeii. Both sides of his world combined when Michael and his team discovered the first area wine distribution center at Oplontis B, in part, by using wine industry knowledge from his work at Wrath. This article can be downloaded without subscription by clicking on this link: http://www.winespectator.com/magazine/show/id/52827. Click on the link under the issue cover with Sting and Trudie, then pan down to People and click on "Under the Volcano".
Wrath is now available in Germany & Europe
An extensive collection of Wrath wines are now available throughout the E.U. with ALMA Genuss & Leben. Contact Markus Shultz at 49 6151 392 19691.
Winemaker, Sabrine Rodems,
offers her insight on being a woman winemaker in an interview for Wine Industry Insider : http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2015/06/30/insights-central-coast-women-winemakers/
Edible Monterey Bay
has a nice interview with our winemaker, Sabrine Rodems. To get a sense of Wrath behind-the-scenes, read: http://ediblemontereybay.com/our-newsletter-sponsors-spotlight/the-passionate-people-behind-wrath-wines/
There are lots of talented food and wine bloggers. Here is one of the sites we like to follow: http://www.winewalkabout.net/2015/04/ww-2012-wrath-pinot-noir-mcintyre.html
A comment on Wine Reviews
When reading and comparing reviews of the same wine by different industry professionals, such as Jeb Dunnuck and Matt Kettmann, consider the time difference between reviews. Robert Parker's reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck, looks at most Monterey/ Santa Lucia Highlands' wines in late May- June. Matt Kettmann tasted and reviewed our wines in February/March. That's an eight month time span. So, the review differences highlight the way wines evolve with time and isn't that part of what captivates us and the fun we have with wine?
Wrath is Honored
to take part in Tuesday night's James Beard Foundation Dinner in Washington DC with our own winemaker, Sabrine Rodems, in attendance.
Corvette Stingray intro at Wrath
General Motors used the winery as a staging ground for the introduction of the newly redesigned 2014 Corvette Stingray to automotive journalists; one part of the activities surrounding Car Week in Carmel and Concours d' Elegance at Pebble Beach. From time to time, this photo pops up on the Internet so if you see it, now you know where it was taken. The old house in this photo sits at the top end of our estate vineyard.
"Wrath: Taking Monterey to New Heights"
says The Wine Spectator, in an article titled "Three Wineries to Watch". The article focuses on three California wineries making a name for themselves by tackling the challenges of growing and producing Pinot Noir. We say "Thank you" to the editors of the Wine Spectator for the praise and recognition.