Jeff Runquist "R" Cabernet Sauvignon Colina Poca Vineyard 2011 (Paso Robles, California)

Jeff Runquist "R" Cabernet Sauvignon Colina Poca Vineyard 2011
(Paso Robles, California)


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About the winery:
Jeff Runquist developed his skills in his 18 years of producing wines for others.  But in 1995 he launched his own label with the "Z" Zinfandel from the Massoni Ranch in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley.  All of his vineyard designate red wines reflect a fresh fruit quality indicative of the varietal flavors, particularly for the specific area in which the grapes were grown. 

His wines are characterized by a fruit forward nature on both the aroma and flavor that provides a good representation of the grape used to make the wine. This is followed by a depth, richness, and complexity that is enhanced by aging in small oak barrels. The wines finish with a smooth aftertaste where the tannins are soft and mature.

Notes from the Winemaker:

From 1990 to 1996 I had the pleasure of making the wines for the J. Lohr Winery in San Jose. At this time Jerry Lohr was in the midst of moving his red wine-grape production from Monterey to Paso Robles. While waiting for his young vineyards to come into production he purchased grapes from throughout the region and I had the opportunity to explore the flavors this appellation had to offer. During these six seasons the hill top vineyard owned and farmed by Connie Klucker became my favorite. The wines we produced from her vineyard had a distinctive blueberry character and soft silky tannins and were always among the top rated wines of the vintage. Given this, it was only natural that when I wanted to add a Cabernet Sauvignon to our offerings here at Jeff Runquist Wines that I contact Connie. She graciously agreed to provide us with five tons of her fruit in 2000 and we have been producing the Colina Poca Cabernet Sauvignon ever since.