Wineries in California: The storybook cottage of Snow White is a fitting home for Briar Rose Winery. It was built by a Disney artisan for his wife, and when Les and Dorian Linkogle purchased the land in the early 1990s, they promised not to change a single beam. And why would they? The enchanting architecture sets the stage for visitors who are about to taste the world-class wines inside.
The Linkogles began growing grapes just a decade ago. At first they sold much of their crop to neighboring wineries, but when the resulting wines began winning medals, they decided to try their hand at winemaking, too. They began Briar Rose Winery in 2002. Since then, the awards and accolades have mounted, contributing to Briar Rose’s fine reputation for producing distinctive, handcrafted Bordeaux-style wines in small lots. One such example is the winery’s 2004 Petit Verdot. This showstopper garnered a Chairman’s Award Gold Medal at the 2009 Riverside International Wine Competition and a Gold Medal at the 2009 Critics Challenge International Competition. Other critic pleasers include the 2005 Cabernet Franc, which won Gold in the Best of Appellation awards, and the 2003 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which won Silver in the 2008 New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This is the same Cab that was served at a dinner at the Library of Congress in 2008.
What To Buy:
‘04 Petit Verdot Private Collection Jet black, core of spice, blackberries, clove, plum $105
‘05 Cabernet Franc Library Collection Full of ripe raspberries, blackberries, sweet fruit, dried aromatic herbs $115
‘03 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Collection Blueberry, cherry, tobacco, black cherry, plum, hint of vanilla, accents of chocolate $120
‘07 Estate Zinfandel “Katrina” Collection Ripe black cherries, plum laced with raisin, spicy toasted oak $92
951.308.1098; Fax: 951.308.2600
41720 Calle Cabrillo
Temecula, CA 92592
Tasting Room Open Daily by Appointment Only
Directions can be found on the Web site or by calling the winery.
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