Winery

Cactus Star is a boutique winery dedicated to producing small batches of premium wines from the on-premise vineyard and occasionally from local Ramona Valley grown grapes. All our wines undergo cold soaking and primary fermentation in small macro bins where the caps are punched down at least twice daily. Then the must is pressed and put into 225 liter oak barrels where the wine completes its fermentation and undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Our annual production is approximately 150 cases per year, give or take 10 cases, depending on the vineyard's production.

2011 Vintage In The Winery to be released 2014

Tempranillo

100% Estate grapes
Aging in new 225 liter American oak barrels

Harvest Notes
Brix: 24.6
Acid: 6.1 g/l
pH: 3.6

Meritage - Cabernet Sauvignon Based

Made from 100% Estate grapes

Blend Composition:
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
28% Malbec
12% Petit Verdot

Aged for 1 month new American oak then 25 months in new French / Eastern European oak barrels

Meritage - Petit Verdot Based

Made from 100% Estate grapes

Blend Composition:
62% Petit Verdot
26% Malbec
12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aged 28 months in new French / Eastern European oak barrels

Petit Verdot Harvest Notes
Brix: 25.2
Acid: 6.0 g/l
pH: 3.55

Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest Notes
Brix: 26.5
Acid: 6.8 g/l
pH: 3.5

Malbec Harvest Notes
Brix: 25.8
Acid: 6.1 g/l
pH: 3.6

Aglianico


Aged in heavey toasted French oak barrel

Harvest Notes
Brix: 28.2
Acid: 8.4 g/l
pH: 3.2

Pinot Noir

Blend Composition:
90% Pinot Noir with an accidental field blend of 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aged in French oak barrel

Harvest Notes
Brix: 25.1
Acid: 7.2g/l
pH: 3.4

Sparkling Wine

We have a very limited sparkling wine production. All of our sparkling wine is made using the traditional "Methode Champenoise" method. All of our sparkling wine is made in 750 ml bottles and aged on the lees for at least one year.