Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007

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The grapes for our Intelligent Design Cuvée were sourced from the Clos La Chance Estate Central Coast vineyards. The different grape varietals were all handpicked, hand sorted and processed separately. The Grenache, Mouvedre and Cinsaut were fermented in open top tanks and punched down three times a day. The Carignan and Petite Sirah underwent fermentation in closed top tanks with pump overs three times a day. All wines were inoculated with malolactic bacteria and barreled in 100% French Oak. 36% of the French Oak was new. The wines aged separately for 18 months and were then blended together and bottled unfiltered.

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Wesley Ashley Wines:
Intelligent Design: Wine With a Soul Coming in to the wine business after too many years spent building companies in the real estate industry, I knew exactly the kind of wine I wanted to make. I knew I wasn’t going to follow the single varietal path. I had always been a big fan of Southern Rhone styled blends, and I wanted to create blends that were approachable, complex, and enjoyable with or... Read more
Intelligent Design: Wine With a Soul Coming in to the wine business after too many years spent building companies in the real estate industry, I knew exactly the kind of wine I wanted to make. I knew I wasn’t going to follow the single varietal path. I had always been a big fan of Southern Rhone styled blends, and I wanted to create blends that were approachable, complex, and enjoyable with or without food. Wesley-Ashley is a family run winery, and so I thought it fitting that I use a combination of my middle name, “Wesley,” which is an old family name and “Ashley,” my little girl’s middle name. After finishing my first blend—a combination of six Rhone varietals—I started thinking about the label. One night, perusing photographs from various trips to different parts of the world over a bottle of wine with my girlfriend, Ashley, I came across the picture of the bike, shot during a trip to Cuba. When I took the picture, I thought it was funny. The bike looked like it belonged in a junkyard. But, it was also very functional, and it had obviously been kept working by a very resourceful person. Then, it hit me that the blends I wanted to make were very much like that bike—multiple components coming together to create something very functional, and even beautiful. “That’s it,” I thought. “That’s my label. Now what about the name?” Sitting there at the table sipping my glass, wine in my hand, my mind wandering randomly, it came to me: “Intelligent Design.” Ashley wasn’t so sure. “Don’t you get it?” I asked. “It’s divine intervention!” Playing off of the debate between “Intelligent Design” and the theory of evolution, we put the question to you: is a fine wine is simply the sum of its parts, or is there something else, something indefinable, that makes it truly special? Is a great wine a matter of science … or is it something more? A working knowledge of enology is all you really need to make a good wine, but it takes a bit of the divine to make a great wine. A great wine has a soul. And so it was that Intelligent Design was born. We’re currently distributing our 2007 Intelligent Design Cuvée, a full-bodied, highly drinkable red wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, and our 2009 Intelligent Design Cuvee Blanc, a beautiful white Rhone blend. We sincerely appreciate your interest, and we hope you enjoy our creations! Read less

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Snooth User: jkagel
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4.00 5
03/06/2010

What a great find. This was a new wine suggested to us by our waitress the other night and we loved it. Excellent ruby color with a center just a little lighter than the 2005 Silver Oak we had sitting next to it. Aromas of raspberry with hints of caramel and chocolate. The taste up front reminded me of black cherry soda which then transitioned into a velvety finish of cinnamon and nutmeg with hints of chocolate. Upon initial tasting the mid palette was not discernible but when allowed to open up the balance became more apparent. Delicious


Snooth User: ndkahl
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5.00 5
09/17/2010

Amazing and inivative new Rhone style red. Intelligent Design Cuvee is one of the best reds I've had the pleasure to drink in a long time. Beautiful ripe cherry pie with blaanced acidity and a delicate balance of some nice earth. I've had this wine with pasta, a nice filet and even bbq. I complements a great varity of foods, as well as a great drinking by it self wine. I love this wine.


Snooth User: jsloate
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4.00 5
03/30/2010

Love this wine! Complex nose, velvety palate, cherry, cola and bakers spice. Great balance and something that pairs well with most foods.


Snooth User: afwines
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5.00 5
03/30/2010

i love this wine nothing goes better with a nice pork chop then this wine. its a perfect food wine, even great with a miso black cod. check it, its worth a look.


Snooth User: WesleyAshley
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5.00 5
04/14/2010

Five glasses



Tasting Notes:

Color: Dark and ruby in color. Aroma: Hints of earth, spice and dark fruits dominate the nose. Flavor: The mouth is filled with flavors of cherry pie, plum, raspberries and baker’s spice. Texture: This wine is rounded out with divine natural acidity and moderate tannins which culminate with a long finish and lingering hints of earthy berry pie.

The grapes for our Intelligent Design Cuvée were sourced from the Clos La Chance Estate Central Coast vineyards. The different grape varietals were all handpicked, hand sorted and processed separately. The Grenache, Mouvedre and Cinsaut were fermented in open top tanks and punched down three times a day. The Carignan and Petite Sirah underwent fermentation in closed top tanks with pump overs three times a day. All wines were inoculated with malolactic bacteria and barreled in 100% French Oak. 36% of the French Oak was new. The wines aged separately for 18 months and were then blended together and bottled unfiltered.

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500 produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.52
Total Acidity: .61 grams per liter

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