Region: Napa Valley, CA
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"The grapes that go into the creation of this delicious red wine blend are of the same pedigree vineyards that make the Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon. Madelyn Red Wine Cuvée conveys an enticing elegant style. Its provoking aromatics and flavors are nicely woven together to show off its exotic aromas of spicy black fruits, cedar, spice and a hint of cola. Generous flavors of dark coco, black raspberry and licorice roll on-and-on to a silky, smooth, gorgeous finish. The blending of rich Cabernet Sauvignon as the foundation, complemented with a liberal amount of Merlot to thread in the gentle, silky finesse plus Cab Franc to bring forth beautiful aromatics, Malbec to bring in the spicy exotic flavors, and a splash of petit Verdot to tie it all into harmony."
Tasting Notes by Winemaker Michael Trujillo
- Color: medium ruby with purple flecks
- Aromas: cassis, black cherry, pie crust, cigar box, dried leaves
- Palate: blackberry, cocoa powder, spice, soft tannins, lingering finish
Tasting Notes by Cellar Angels
RegionNapa Valley, CA
Aging PotentialWill age gracefully for another 5-7 years
Michael discovered his passion for winemaking in the early 1980s during a spring break from his college studies as an engineer. On a road trip to California, he stayed with a family friend who had a small winery in Napa Valley. It was a life- changing visit, as Michael began to work alongside Jim Allen and his brother Steve in the planting of Sequoia Grove’s vineyard on the Rutherford Bench. For his namesake wine, Michael blends grapes from several of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and works closely with the growers in developing cultivation practices that yield notable fruit year after year. Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon is the realization of Michael’s history, knowledge and experience, bringing his keen love of the vineyard together with more than 34 years of winemaking proficiency.
When Michael launched Trujillo Wines, the inaugural 2011 vintage sold out quickly, inspiring him to create a second label showcasing varietal blends. Named in honor of his daughter, Sophia Madelyn, these wines are approachable upon release. Trujillo’s quaint, award-winning (and dog-friendly!) tasting room is located in the heart of St. Helena. Visitors have the chance to taste a range of exclusive wines from a white wine blend to limited production vineyard designate wines and reserve Cabernets. Michael recently resigned as the Director of Winemaking and President of Sequoia Grove Winery to put all his focus to Trujillo Wines and family. His wines consistently earn praise and winemaking medals, and have developed an enthusiastic following.