The 2011 Kellogg Cuvée was created by Master Winemaker Jon McPherson, who combined zinfandel from Horsehill Vineyards on campus with syrah and two lesser known red varietals called Touriga Nacional and Mataro.
Aged in oak barrels, the four varietals create rich berry notes that move into a smoky blend of spice and sweet floral aromas that are beautifully shrouded in a well-knit veil of tannins. The wine is encased in deep olive-green glass with an elegant gold label silkscreened onto the bottle, a nod to the Bronco colors of green and gold.
“We knew the 75th anniversary year was coming up when we harvested the 2011 grapes and thought it would be a wonderful tribute to the university if we did something special with this vintage. Aging our wine in oak is new for us, and I think the wait paid off,” says Lisa McPheron of The Collins College of Hospitality Management. “I hope as people toast and celebrate Cal Poly Pomona this year, they do so by raising a glass of Kellogg Cuvée.”
The Kellogg Cuvée follows the release this past spring of Rossana Sparkling Wine, a brut rosé zinfandel, and several other vintages since the inaugural award-winning rosé from Horsehill Vineyards debuted in 2008. The wine production is a joint operation between The Collins College of Hospitality Management, the College of Agriculture and South Coast Winery in Temecula. It is one of only a few Los Angeles County wines.
The zinfandel grapes themselves are a living link to the viticultural heritage of the region. The grapes, which grow on campus, have been cultivated from cuttings from the historic De Ambrogio Ranch in Rancho Cucamonga. Before the ranch was razed for development in 2001, third-generation vintner Don Galleano combed the fields and selected 400 grapevine cuttings, some of them nearly 100 years old, and donated them to the university.
Kellogg Cuvée is available starting Sept. 23 for $20 a bottle at the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, located at 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and free parking is available. For more information about the wine visit: http://www.cpp.edu/~horsehill/.