Jarhead Red is a wine on a mission to support the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. True to its name, Jarhead Red boasts a robust character with rich black fruit flavors and a finish that doesn’t quit. This is the 11 vintage of Jarhead Red since the inaugural vintage of 1999. As the companion to the popular Jarhead Red, Jarhead Chard showcases the lighter side with crisp flavors of tropical fruit and citrus. This Chardonnay comes from the coastal climate of Santa Barbara County, which is recognized as one of the world’s top appellations for the varietal.
Tasting notes: The 2012 Jarhead Chard opens with bright aromas of peach, lemon zest and tropical fruit. The palate unfolds with rounded flavors of pear and citrus with hints of vanilla. A cool mineral quality joins crisp acidity on a smooth, balanced finish. This luscious Chardonnay is a fine match for shrimp scampi, roast lemon chicken and creamy pastas. Vineyard & Process The 2012 Jarhead Chard comes from two of the Firestone family’s estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County-Kingsley Vineyard and the Curtis Estate. Santa Barbara County is recognized as one of the world’s premier Chardonnay regions. Here, the valleys run west to east, creating a rare coastal orientation that funnels cool marine air into the vineyards. The result is a long, moderate growing season that is ideal for achieving optimal ripeness and balance in the Chardonnay grape.
Tasting notes: The 2010 Jarhead Red opens with generous aromas of Black Cherry, plum, cedar and spice. Round, juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry and cinnamon unfold along a rich texture. Hint of coffee join supple tannins on a long balanced finish. This boldly flavored wine is a perfect match for classic American fare, such as peppered steak, barbecued chicken and grilled sausage. Vineyard & Process : The majority of the 2010 Jarhead Red comes from the Firestone Family’s estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. This coastal valley is distinguished by its sunny Mediterranean climate, steady marine air influence and shallow, rocky soils-all of which are ideal for achieving balanced richness in classic Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.