Wines

Currently in the cellar ready for purchase

 

For wholesale pricing please contact us via email at joe@playgroundcellars.com

 

2017 Saint Helena Sauvignon Blanc

$24 / 750 ml

Our Sauvignon Blanc is from a one acre vineyard in Saint Helena. 100% stainless steel fermentation which brings you a wine that is bright, clean, and with a light golden straw color. This is an amazing wine for the summer.
Tasting Notes: The nose provides classic SB qualities such as honeydew melon, apricot, hint of key lime and very faint fresh cut herbs. The first taste continues with honeydew, beautifully balanced acid. The finish then moves to tropical fruits of pineapple, lychee, with a finale of faint overripe apricot.

 

Specs:

Vintage: 2017
Varietal(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
AVA: Saint Helena
Alc: 13.0%
Production: 50 cases


 

2015 Paso Robles Grenache

$32 / 750 ml

2015 Grenache pic
Our Grenache from Paso Robles was whole-cluster fermented with minimal new oak that creates an inviting wine with bright fruit and immense character that leads to a level of complexity. In our initial tastings this has become the surprise hit.
Tasting Notes: The first taste swells with sour cherry, strawberry, sweet tobacco, and the faint whiff of roses. The palate reflects the nose while the bright acid and tannins play on the tongue.

 

Specs:

Vintage: 2015
Varietal(s): 100% Grenache
AVA: Paso Robles
Alc: 14.9%
Production: 50 cases


 

2015 Howell Mountain Old Vine Zinfandel

$38 / 750 ml

2015 HM ZIN pic
Hidden up in Howell Mounting is a small planting of Zinfandel; uncommon on a mountain where Cab is King. Our 100% Zinfandel was harvested from 103 year-old, head pruned vines. This showpiece spent a year and a half in a mix of various oaks to add to its layers: 40% low-aroma new oak, 40% neutral oak, and 20% American Oak. The maturity of the vines and the terroir of Howell Mountain shine through.
Tasting Notes: The nose is drenched with the smell of caramelization (marshmallows, butterscotch, or crème brulee – your pick), fig jam, cedar, dried fill from the American Oak, and leather. The palate has ripe plums, blackberry pie, and cedar.

 

Specs:

Vintage: 2015
Varietal(s): 100% Zinfandel
AVA: Howell Mountain
Alc: 15.3%
Production: 75 cases


 

2014 Playground Proprietary Red

$40 / 750 ml

2014 Proprietary Red pic
As with last vintage’s Proprietary Red this was a unique find of Napa Valley grapes and one we can never get again. Atlas Peak AVA Merlot dominates the blend and Chiles Valley Zinfandel makes a sneak peek in each taste. This wine is ready to drink now or to hang out in your cellar for a while.
Tasting Notes: This beauty’s bouquet is violets, black pepper, baking spices. And vanilla-infused plum preserves. The palate is treated to new leather, dates, prunes, dried oregano, and cedar box.

 

Specs:

Vintage: 2014
Varietal(s): 85% Merlot, 15% Zinfandel
AVA: Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley
Alc: 14.8%
Production: 25 cases


 

2013 Playground Proprietary Red

$48 / 750 ml

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25 cases produced and ONLY 7 CASES LEFT!!! This has been the find of the year. We keep hearing the same reaction from people when tasting this amazing wine from the barrel “I want to drink all of this now”.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry all the way with leather and violets living in harmony. A faint hint of orange blossom points to the fresh fruit while the tannins showcase the French Oak

Specs:

Vintage: 2013
Varietal(s): 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
AVA: Napa Valley (St. Helena/Oak Knoll)
Alc: 14.8%
Production: 25 cases


 

2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT / 750 ml

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This Howell Mountain Cab comes to us serendipitous by being in the right place at the right time, with the vineyard between contracts only for the 2013 season we were able to score enough for two barrels. This is a quintessential Howell Mountain Cab.
Tasting Notes: Grabbing your senses on the nose with berries, roses, leather, and white pepper, the palate is then enhanced by dark chocolate, nutmeg, plums and toasted oak.

 

Specs:

Vintage: 2013
Varietal(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AVA: Howell Mountain
Alc: 13.7%
Production: 50 cases


2013 Paso Robles Tempranillo SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT / 750 ml

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Like our Howell Mountain Cab, we were at the right place at the right time. Through our connections we were able to stumble across enough for two barrels of this remarkable 100% Tempranillo that speaks to what Tempranillo is all about.
Tasting Notes: Vanilla cola swirls with cinnamon and allspice to blend into a burst of cherry and gold raspberry. The faint cedar and baking chocolate balances the fruit for a well-balanced finish of acid and tannins.

Specs:

Vintage: 2013
Varietal(s): 100% Tempranillo
AVA: Paso Robles
Alc: 14.8%
Production: 50 cases