FINE PRINT DEPARTMENT

1.  There is a 2 bottle minimum order for shipping.  

BUSINESS ADDRESSES ARE PREFERRED AS THE PACKAGE WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED
FOR BY SOMEONE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE.

 
There will be a $7.50 home delivery charge  (home businesses are not classified as
business addresses by freight companies).

FREIGHT RATES:
CA:  $
2.00 per bottle
OUT OF STATE:  $
5.00 per bottle

2.  DISCOUNTS (wines may assorted):
12+ bottles = 10%

3.  Orders can also be picked up at Counter Punch World Headquarters
(3636 Dartmouth Dr., Napa, CA 94558) by prior arrangement.

4.  All sales are classified as a California sale and subjected to California Sales Tax.

5.  No shopping cart means no chance of hackers getting your personal information.

GOVERNMENT WARNING:
(1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages
during pregnancy  because of the risk of birth defects.  
(2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate
machinery, and may cause health problems.

Counter Punch Wines are sold primarily direct to the
consumer.

TO PLACE AN ORDER, PLEASE CONTACT US AT:

steveh@counterpunchwines.com

or call 707-815-7267

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2014 PETITE SIRAH - Sierra Foothills
$
34.00 per bottle

93 Points - "Cellar Selection"  
October 2017
Wine Enthusiast

"This is a quietly and confidently powerful wine with a long life
ahead of it.  An especially deep color that is opaque almost to the
rim sets it apart, as do the lush, dense texture and concentrated
flavors of mocha, blackberry, black pepper and beef tartare.  With
all that depth and layering, it still comes across as balanced, even
elegant.  Best after 2030. "


The grapes were hand-harvested at 26.5 Brix on September 10, 2014 from the Sierra
Moon Vineyard, El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills AVA.  The 2014 vintage was starting to
show the effects of the drought conditions that were prevalent in the state and the fruit
achieved full ripeness a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.  To combat the draught,
approximately 25% of the grapes were removed from the vines a month prior to harvest,
allowing the vines to focus on fewer grapes.  While there is a sense of classical balance
between the acidity, tannins and fruit, 2014 wines seems to offer somewhat earlier
accessibilty than the classic 2013 vintage.

The fruit arrived at the winery in ½ ton bins where destemming and hand-sorting
occurred.  Fermentation proceeded in a small tank for five days.  The free-run was
transferred directly into neutral barrels for settling.  The young wine was racked to a
combination of new and one-year old French and American oak barrels where it aged for
an additional year.  
The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in January 2016 so do
not be surprised when you encouter some sediment.
 This vintage is closer to the 2012
"fruit forward" style as opposed to the profound power of the 2013's .   
70 cases were produced.

If you love small lot, hand-made wines with plenty of power, the Counter Punch
Petite Sirah is right up your alley.  It's a great alternative
to wines that can cost 2 to 3 times more.  
 
2015 SYRAH - Paso Robles
$40.00 per bottle

The 2015 harvest season was a tricky one due to some unique Mother Nature twists of
fate.  To start with, this vintage experienced significantly reduced yields due to
unseasonable weather in May.  Crop size was down by 33-40% in most vineyards with
some almost a complete write - off.  On top of that, this year was the highlight of the semi -
famous California drought which comprised the vintages of 2012-2015.  While serious
drought issues in the vineyards did not manifest themselves in the 2012-2014 years,
2015 was another creature.  Without getting into the P.R. - related flowery B.S. that seems
to flow from all of the corporate wineries boardrooms related to the phrase "best wine
ever", it's safe to say that 2015 was a challanging vintage but has shown some great
qualities.  To me, the highlight of the vintage is that it produced many excellent wines with
ripe, expressive fruit flavors that  have soft and early maturing qualities.  

Hand - picking of ripe Syrah grapes from the Cripple Creek Vineyard in the El Pomar
District of the Paso Robles AVA occured on September 14, 2015.  The grapes were
harvested in perfect condition at 24.9 Brix.  Hand sorting of the fruit followed after
destemming.  Fermentation was conducted in a small stainless steel tank.  After
fermentation was completed, the young wine was racked into neutral barrels for four
months.  In March 2016, the wine was transferred into a combination of new and used
French oak barrels where it rested until bottled in March of 2017.  A light pad filtration
preceeded bottling.  86 cases were produced.
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