News and Events
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
in its most recent review, has nice words for our 2020 Wrath San Saba Pinot Noir:
"Our pick of the Wrath Pinots by dint of its brightness and balance, and a lithe, very well-focused effort that has a firm grasp on very lively and pure cherry-like fruit throughout, this wine is fully ripe without running to excess and lingers on and on with mannerly, neatly integrated tannins that never detract from its message of continuous fruit." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thank you!!
Thank you Arizona Daily Sun
for recommending our 2019 Swan/828 Pinot Noir as the best Pinot in the $30-$40 category for holiday enjoyment. Journalist John Vankat is highly respected in wine circles because of his knowledge and palate.
Reviews are arriving for 2021 EX wines
and we are happy to share that both 2021 EX Sauvignon Blanc and 2021 EX Unoaked Chardonnay received 91pts from respected Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis who hosts the Planet Grape website. If you haven't visited Planet Grape, we encourage you to check it out. It is full of stories, reviews and information that are interesting and educational.
2022 La Paulee de Monterey
an announcement email with a link for tickets will be sent in the few days. Our annual special event was inspired by Harvest Celebrations in Burgundy and will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 1-4pm, at the winery. This event has limited seating to preserve the event's sense of community and sells out quickly. If you are interested, be sure to sign up on our WRATH LIST. You will be the among the first offered the opportunity to purchase tickets.
Afar online magazine
is a great resource for those of us who love to travel. Their latest issue focuses on the Monterey winegrowing growing area. We appreciate being one of the tasting rooms featured; click on this link to read the entire article:
Wine Enthusiast reviews 2019 Wrath Single Vineyards
Wine Enthusiast critic Matt Kettmann just sent us an early release of scores given for our 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. All four wines submitted received scores of 90pts or higher. 2019 Wrath McIntyre VIneyard has 93pts and our newest Pinot Noir, 2019 Wrath Cortada Alta, Santa Lucia Highlands received 91pts. This is the highest vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and because of its high altitude, it is planted with two Swiss Pinot varietals. On your next visit, ask for a pour and taste grapes rarely grown in America.
Vinous reviews are posted!
Vinous reviewer Josh Raynolds is one of the highest regarded wine critics in America. He's in constant demand and Covid really upended his constantly crowded schedule. We are so happy that his comments on our 2019 vintage have finally been released and couldn't be more thrilled with his critiques. 2019 Wrath San Saba Pinot was given 95pts with comments "Always a solid producer, Wrath has been stepping up their game... These 2019s are, perhaps, the best set of bottlings I have yet tasted here."
Sip, Sip, Hooray podcast
Listen and enjoy the conversation our winemaker, Sabrine Rodems, has with two of the most knowledgeable and interesting women wine journalists. https://bit.ly/3vmebnG
Come Join the Fun for a Good Cause
Join us, at our winery tasting room, Friday, April 29- Sunday, May 1 to support the first Sip & Savor by Monterey County's Breast Cancer Assistance Group. A portion of our proceeds those three days will go to an organization that helps women who experience financial hardships while fighting breast cancer. Wrath and many other Monterey wineries are proud to help an organization that has been a haven of support for more than 25 years.
The Telegraph, England's premier newspaper
has featured Wrath, and our friends at Caraccioli, as the two prime wineries to visit when in Carmel. Wow! Looks like our reputation is spreading far and wide.
Lula's Chocolate and Wrath have paired up
to offer chocolate truffles infused with Wrath San Saba Pinot Noir. Delicious richness and flavor to treat yourself or someone you love. Four truffles in a gift box are $11.00. Lula's is an artisanal chocolateir that is much loved on the Monterey Peninsula.
We appreciate being included in the Monterey Herald
food column by Dave Faries. He was searching for a good wine match with a spicy, black bean burger topped with chipotle aioli and caramelized onions (yum!). Scott Karamura at Taste of Monterey recommended our 2019 EX Unoaked Chardonnay and it was a great fit!
Thank you Wine Enthusiast
for the great reviews we recently received. Especially, 93pts for our newest bottling, 2019 Wrath Pommard 4/777 Pinot Noir, that is planned for release in the next three weeks. If you are a Friends of Wrath Wine Club member, you will receive a bottle of this delicious wine before anyone else outside the winery. It pays to be part of the "In" crowd!
Slow Wine USA is coming to Town
Slow Wine is an offshoot of the Slow Food movement begun in Italy in the late 1980's. The focus is to support local culture and traditions, protect local environments and prevent the industrialization of food and wine production. We are so pleased that two of our wines have been given awards: Wrath San Saba Pinot has a COIN which means it's a great value and Wrath Swan/828 Pinot is a TOP WINE which means it is a benchmark of quality for our area.
Bites, Flights, and Sights
blog by John and Linda Compisi recently featured Wrath's winery tasting room and wines in their blog about a recent trip to the Carmel area. These guys know their "stuff" and their well-written, entertaining articles are an excellent source of information for your next place to visit. We say "thank you!" for the great compliments and hope to see you again.
Thank You Carmel Wine Expo
The Carmel Wine Expo was held earlier this week and everyone was invited to vote on their Favorite White, Favorite Rose, Favorite Red and Overall Best Wine. Wrath is humbled and honored to be voted BEST RED and BEST OVERALL WINE. When support like this comes from your local community, it means a lot. Thank You Carmel!!
Best of the Year issue
for Wine Enthusiast will be on newsstands in the next few weeks. We are excited that our 2020 EX Sauvignon Blanc and 2020 Ex Unoaked Chardonnay are included.
International Wine Review
is a highly respected team of independant wine critics who cover the world. Their articles are strongly recommended for anyone wanting to "deep dive" into a specific growing region. IWR recently posted great comments on our newest wines. For more info, click here: Wrath Vineyards of Monterey: 2019 Releases | i-WineReview Articles
Heading to Sedona, AZ soon?
If so, check out Dahl and Di Luca, recently named "One of 10 Best Restaurants" in Sedona by Culture Trip. And while you are there, enjoy our 2018 Wrath Swan/828 Pinot Noir being served by the glass.
Newly released 2018 Wrath EX Pinot Noir
is featured in PinotFile's "Are There Any Under $30 Pinot Noirs Worth Drinking?" Rusty Gaffney, known as The Prince of Pinot, is one of our nation's experts on this versatile grape. We work hard to delivery quality and value so this is rewarding confirmation.
Forbes magazine has named 2018 Wrath Ex Vite Pinot
one of "8 Fantastic California Wines". To check out their recommendations, click here:
International Wine Competition 2021 Results
2017 Wrath San Saba Syrah is awarded Double Gold/ 96 points. We love this wine and are thrilled at the judges' decision. Come taste for yourself and give your own score.
Indulgent Hiking Excursions
Wine Enthusiast magazine recently posted an article titled "Trek and Taste: Five National Parks Near Wine Country". What a fun idea!! Spend the morning hiking/exploring and the afternoon enjoying local wineries. America's newest national part is Pinnacles, just across the valley from our location. Two wineries, Wrath and Hahn, were singled out as recommended visits. For more info, click on:
2020 Wrath Saignee of Pinot Noir (Rose)
Fredric Koeppel of "Bigger than your Head" wine blog calls our 2020 Rose "terrific" and we couldn't agree more! If you enjoy discovering new wines, this is one blog you should follow... http://BIGGERTHANYOUORHEAD.NET
Wrath's canned 2019 AL Sauvignon Blanc
has received high praise for a canned wine. Master Sommelier, Catherine Fallis writes in Planet Grape...91pts "Fresh, creamy, tangy and dry with notes of peach, pineapple, mango, guava, lemongrass". Fantastic praise for a canned wine and shows the care and quality we put into every wine produced at Wrath.http://planetgrapewinereview.com/newworldwine_reviews/2019-wrath-al-sauvignon-blanc-monterey/
Edible Monterey Bay features Wrath San Saba Pinot Noir
in their latest newsletter. Wine journalist Laura Ness writes "the estate Pinot Noir is a special journey in itself." She also mentions our recent "Coin Award" from the Slow Food/Wine movement that began in Italy and has spread to the U.S. It means our Wrath San Saba Vineyard Pinot Noir is a great value. We are passionate about being good stewards of the land and are super proud of this honor for both the winery and wine.
Decanter has included 2017 Wrath San Saba Syrah
in its "California Syrah: 10 Great Value Picks under $40" ; a recent report on close to 100 California Syrah bottlings. Wine critic, Matthew Luczy wrote "there's great depth on the mid-bodied palate, layered with deep, dense flavours"... 93pts. We are thrilled with the recognition.
115/667 and Pommard 4/777 Pinots named Great Values
Doug Wilder's "purely domestic wine report" is a popular, subscription only publication that is introducing a new issue "The Values Guide", focusing on $40 and under wines that over-deliver on flavor and style. These are wines that have scored 90pts or greater in his issues. We are proud to have two of our clone Pinot bottlings included in this inaugural publication. If you want to zero in on some great, well-priced wines, here's a link to the website: purely domestic wine report
Wrath's 2018 EX Pinot Noir included in "$30 Domestic Pinot Worth Drinking"
Our 2018 EX Pinot is included in a PinotFile article "Are There Any Under $30 Domestic Pinot Noirs Worth Drinking?" Written by Pinot expert Rusty Gaffney, nicknamed "The Prince of Pinot", Mr Gaffney's expert praise is really appreciated by our winemaking team who poured hours of hard work into producing the best wines we can offer. This wine will be released within the next month and is $27/bottle. If you love Pinot Noir, this is the website for you: The Prince of Pinot
What a Nice Beginning to 2021!
We just received notice that the Slow Wine Movement has awarded our Wrath San Saba Pinot Noir with a "Coin", which means it is a great value for its price. The Slow Wine movement is an arm of the Slow Food movement that advocates for similar standards like SIP, Sustainable-in-Practice: minimal intervention and handling of grapes and wines during growth and production, community support and engagement from the winery staff, winery/office built to be respectful of the environment, respect for vineyard agricultural practices and supportive of the area's biodiversity. These are things we feel strongly about and are concious of in our everyday decisions.
2018 Wrath Tondre Pinot has the spotlight!
This is the year for our Tondre Pinot to shine... it was featured on the cover of Wine Spectator's Insider Weekly newsletter with 92 points and comments like "big, rich, and powerful". Vinous wine critic, Josh Raynolds, awarded the 2018 Tondre Pinot with 94 points and descriptions of "excellent clarity; closes on a vibrant mineral note, delivering superb persistence". While beautiful now, this wine will continue to improve, open and display its character until the late 2020's. Wrath's 2018 Single Vineyard Pinots are now being offered to our List members before being made available to the public.
WRATH LIST SIGN_UP
2018 Wrath Swan/828 will be released in November
and it has already gotten some great commentary and attention from the Wine Spectator who featured it in their Insider Weekly newsletter, "a first look at our Editor's most exciting new wines"... 92pts and comments that say "mouthwatering flavors of red fruits and berries that are well-knit"... be on the lookout for our release announcement
2018 Wrath 115/667 Pinot Noir
was just released and is the first of the 2018 reds to be available. Wine Enthusiast's Matt Kettmann is more familiar with Central Coast wines than any reviewer and has awarded this bottling with a wonderful 93pts. What a great way to begin our newest vintage ... thank you Matt!
Thank you "MoreAboutWine.com"
Tom Marquardt and Patrick Dunn write an extensive wine column to help wine lovers learn more. They recently recommended our 2017 Wrath KW Ranch Syrah in an article about the Santa Lucia Highlands growing area. We appreciate being included. Their articles can found in the Baltimore Sun, Capitol Gazette, South Florida Reporter and online.
Wine Spectator calls our 2018 Tondre Pinot a "Knockout"
Want a peek into the future? The Wine Spectator's "Tastings Highlights" is a first look at soon to be released wines that have just been reviewed. Our 2018 Wrath Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir tops the list with 92pts and comments of "big, rich, powerful". If you aren't on our mailing list, sign up so that you will have first access before the general release.
A Virtual Visit to Wrath's Winery Tasting Room
Are you missing your visit to our area this year? This short video by the Monterey County Visitor's Bureau features Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley and our winery tasting room in the Salinas Valley. Pour a glass of Wrath and "chill out" while virtually hanging out on our patio: https://vimeo.com/228084711
Wine Enthusiast has awarded "Best Buy"
and 91 points to our canned 2018 AL Sauvignon Blanc. This is an incredible honor for a canned wine and reflects the care we take to ensure both convenience and quality. Our newly released 2017 Wrath Ex Dolio Falanghina has also be reviewed and given an Editor's Choice/ 90 points score. Both wines will be featured in the upcoming August issue of Wine Enthusiast.
Virtual Tastings with winemaker Sabrine Rodems
We thought a "virtual tasting" with our winemaker would bring the tasting room to you... here's a link to our YouTube channel videos:
Wrath Wines YouTube
Wine Spectator has reviewed our 2017 Single Vineyards
and given us some great praise. Spectator senior editor Kim Marcus is one of the most in-demand wine journalists in the country; everyone wants his attention. We are very honored and agree with his opinion of our newest vintages: 2017 Wrath McIntyre Pinot- 93pts/ Insider feature "our editor's most exciting, new wines"; 2017 Wrath San Saba Chardonnay- 90pts "buttery with baked apple"; 2017 Wrath KW Ranch Pinot Noir- 91pts "rich and dark" and 2017 Wrath San Saba Pinot Noir- 91pts "succulent red fruits and plush texture".
Michael Cervin is one of California's busiest wine writers
working with Decanter, Somm Journal, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast and many other pubications. He recently reviewed our 2017 Wrath Swan/828 Pinot Noir and said "Truly an astounding price for a wine of this quality, I highly recommend this". 94pts
Sacramento Bee features "Best Taste of what Carmel
By the Sea has to offer" about the twenty tasting rooms that dot the retail section of town. Six tasting rooms were chosen and highlighted. We are happy to have been selected. Writer Allen Pierleoni's article is very thorough, educational, and a great tutorial on our Wine Walk. Click: https://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/article238042009.html
Monterey County Weekly
just featured 2016 Wrath San Saba Chardonnay and journalist Dave Faries says "it's a wine that would stand up well paired to a full Thanksgiving banquet." His descriptors of "silken custard, hint of torched caramel, fallen peaches and freshly sliced apples" is so enticing. I want to wander over to the winery and open a bottle right now. Thank you Dave... you taste a lot of local wines and we appreciate the way you've written about our Chardonnay.
Wine Enthusiast magazine
just informed us that all three of our clone bottlings will be featured in the December 2019 issue. 2017 Wrath 115/667 Pinot is known for its spicy, energetic character and was awarded 92pts; 2017 Wrath Swan/828 Pinot is known for its dark, rich fruit and touch of earthiness and has 91pts; 2017 Wrath Pommard 4/777 Pinot showcases the forest floor/mushroom characteristics of the pinot noir grape and was given 92pts. These wines are now available in our tasting rooms, on our website http://www.wrathwines.com/Wines/Winemaker-Series and at wine.com https://www.wine.com/search/wrath%20pinot%20noir/0.
La Paulee 2019 is now a wonderful memory
Thank you to everyone who joined us. The weather was perfect and Chef Brad Briske's food was amazing!
We are already looking forward to next year's event.
VINOUS reviews just posted for our 2017 Single Vineyards
and reviewer Josh Raynolds writes "I was struck by the wines' overall sense of energy and nuance,which has always been present here but seemed much to the fore with these '17s." These wines are now released and while drinking beautifully, they will continue to evolve for another 2-4 years and hold well for 8-9 years.
Wine Spectator "Insider"
states that it is "a first look at our editors' most exciting new wines". Then, we are excited to be included on the cover for our 2017 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard.
Decanter recommends Wrath Wines
as must-visit tasting rooms while in the Monterey/Carmel area. For decades, Decanter has been the 'go to' source of information for European wine lovers. We can't wait to show off our region to visitors from across the ocean.
The Wine Spectator's recent Tasting Highlights' article
"9 California Pinots from the Grape's Top Regions" includes our newly released 2017 Wrath 115/667 Pinot Noir. It's rewarding to represent our Monterey appellation and show that seriously good grapes are being grown here.
Harvest 2019 began today on 9/11
Harvest is about two weeks later than usual because of the cold, wet Spring but Summer's late heat helped grapes develop the flavors we were waiting for. Winemaker, Sabrine, toasts the grapes before heading to the crush pad.
Newsweek magazine features Wrath's EX Sauv Blanc
in an article about drinking Monterey wines (while watching "Big Little Lies") and of the six wineries featured only Wrath and Hahn were actual Monterey based wineries. We were also the smallest winery highlighted so it was an honor for us to be selected for inclusion.
The San Fransisco Chronicle published
a list of the "Top 10 Things to do in Monterey" and Wrath's tasting room is included in that list. Monterey has a lot of wonderful things to do and places to see, so we feel proud to have made the "short list". For the complete article, click here:
We had a great time hosting McLaren at the winery
during Car Week. It was just named Road and Track's
Performance Car of 2018; Congratulations!
Decanter magazine has named Wrath
as one of the 10 Best Wineries along California's Central Coast.
We 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.
AL is awarded "Editor's Choice" in Wine Enthusiast
This is a high honor for a can of refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that sells around $7/can. Wow!
Los Angeles Times has named Wrath
as one of the best wineries in California.
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 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.