The flavor of this wine explodes with raspberry and honeysuckle. The wine is a blend of our Mead and a small portion of our Raspberry Wine. Less sweet than our regular Mead, this wine finishes with a lingering crisp raspberry and honeysuckle impression.
The raspberries for this wine are locally grown from Driscoll’s berry growers in Watsonville, CA. The honey used to make Chaucer’s Mead is a blend of alfalfa, orange blossom, sage and mountain wildflower collected from our local bee keepers in Northern California.
This elegant dessert-style wine is produced from 85% honey wine and 15% raspberry wine. A blend of fruit such as raspberry is known as Melomel. This blend of fruit and honey has been enjoyed for centuries. Although this wine exhibits richness similar to a fine liqueur, this dessert-style beverage is not fortified and contains only 11% alcohol. To enjoy the full qualities of this wine, it should be consumed shortly after purchase.
|The CHAUCER’S dessert wine story begins on the banks of Soquel Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
In 1964, a young winemaker, Lawrence Bargetto, saw an opportunity to create a new style of dessert wine made from fresh, locally-grown fruit in Santa Cruz County.
With the fresh market for plums in a state of disarray, the experimental vintner decided to make wine from the Santa Rosa Plums growing on the winery property.
So using the skills he learned from his father, he picked the fresh plums into 40 lb. log boxes and dumped them into the empty open-top redwood fermentation tanks. Since it was summer, the fermentation tanks were empty and could be used for this new dessert wine experiment.
Immediately, after the fermentation began, the cellars were filled with the delicate and sensuous aromas of the Santa Rosa Plum. Lawrence had not smelled this aroma profile in the cellars before and he was exhilarated with the possibilities.
After finishing the fermentation, clarification, stabilization and sweetening, he bottled the wine in clear glass to highlight the seductive color of the pure crimson.
While winning award after award for this wine, Lawrence decided he would try his hand at other fruit wines including blackberry, raspberry, peach, pear, olallieberry, cherry, strawberry and honey.
His commitment to quality and perseverence have paid off with the ongoing growth of the CHAUCER’S wines over the decades.