Check out our Rockstar Winemaker Mark Beaman talking about the Wines That Rock project, and how we went about blending wine specifically for each of these classic musical icons.
"I can't believe that this is my job. I get to taste wine, listen to music, and think about how to put it all together in a bottle of wine that truly captures the essence of an album."
---- Winemaker Mark Beaman. View Mark's handwritten tasting notes.
Making Rolling Stones' Forty Licks Merlot:
"For the Forty Licks Merlot, I wanted to work with a wine that captured the essence of what the album was about. Forty Licks, it's forty tracks covering the Rolling Stones from the 1960's to just a few years ago, and it's really a statement of timeless classic rock. Merlot is a variety that captures that in a sense as well. Merlot has been around for a very long time. Some of the most expensive bottles in the world out there right now are Merlot as well. So with the Merlot, I wanted to capture the essence or the attitude of the variety grown here in Mendocino County. Certainly a lot of flavors of black cherry, a bit of mint, and some apricot in there, so some interesting fun things, and certainly a little bit of cedar on the end of the whole wine. A great wine for us and a lot of fun. Read more about Forty Licks Merlot.
Making Woodstock Chardonnay:
"So for the Woodstock album Chardonnay really made a lot of sense because the soundtrack contains a mixture of music. There's soul, rock and roll, and psychedelic that's going on - a little bit of everything. It was a revolution. So it made sense to go with Chardonnay because here in Mendocino County we have great expression of the land through Chardonnay. Some other areas, they make Chardonnay that's very mute, it doesn't have a lot of expression, so they tend to throw a lot of make-up at it in the form of oak or malolactic fermentation which creates a strong buttery character. Around here, we just let the fruit shine and make very pure wine. I get a lot of Asian Pear Apple flavors out of this, certainly some tropical fruits in there as well and some great acid on the finish of this wine. It makes me think of bottled sunshine - really the idea behind this wine." Read more about Woodstock Chardonnay.
Making Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon:
"On the other side, the Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Cabernet Sauvignon made alot of sense because it needed to be a wine that was haunting, and when I say haunting I want to think more of not just the cassis flavors that shows through the black current streak, and a little bit of chocolate that's in there as well. But there's going to be other things that you probably never recognized before that are in this wine just because it's so jam-packed with complexity, like the album it can take and transport you to different places. If you paired the wine with that, I think it's going to take you to some wonderful vistas." Read more about The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon.