Please welcome to the fold our newest Baily release, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Bold, rich and velvety, with aromas of blackberry, mint, cloves and vanilla, with a long, smooth, clean finish. It is pleasing now with six months of bottle age and will continue to age gracefully, developing an increased complexity over the next several years.
The grapes for this wine came from our Berenda Road (76%) and La Serena (24%) vineyards. The Berenda Road vineyard is one of Temecula’s original vineyards, having been planted in 1968. We acquired the vineyard in the early ninetieds. All of the cuttings came from Wente Brothers in Livermore, which was expanding into Monterey County at the time and had the only large grapevine nursery in the state. The flavor, texture and color of the wine, and the source of the cuttings tell us that the grape is Wente (or Concannon) Clone 7, which was widely planted in the Napa Valley in the great expansion of the 70’s.
The La Serena vineyard is the one surrounding our tasting room, so if you are having lunch in the pation at Carol’s you can look at the vines that helped us produce this wine.
The grapes were picked from the La Serena vineyard on September 3 at a brix level of 23.0 and from the Berenda vineyard on September 9 at a brix level of 22.3. They were crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, pressed, and then after a period of settling, placed into 60-gallon oaks barrels in December 2014. Half of the barrels were new American Oak and half were three-year old European Oak. After 30 months in barrels, the wine was taken out, filtered, and bottled in June 2017. Alcohol is 13.8%, pH is 3.55 and total acidity is 6.7 grams per liter. 450 cases were made.
The normal price for the Cabernet Sauvignon is $40.oo and the Cellar Rat (club membership) price is $32.00 and is now available for purchase at our tasting room and online store.
Be sure to visit us over the holidays. We have several exciting things planned including the release of our 2017 Riesling, which is a little sweeter than the 2016. Since we still have a good amount of the 2016 Montage, we decided to bottle a Sauvignon Blanc and a Semillon by themselves for 2017. These wines will also be released in December. The Estate Tasting Room will be featuring a Port vertical as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. Call Lisa at 951-972-9768 for details and reservations.
Yours in the enjoyment of wine & delicious food,
Phil & Carol
All of our wines are made from grapes grown on our estate vineyards by Winemaker Phil Baily at the state-of-the-art production facility.
Specializing in the Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), Baily wines are know for their smoothness and expressive varietal character, the result of spending 30 months in barrel, 12 to 18 months longer than normal industry practice.. And making wines from the same vineyards for over twenty years assures a consistency that few wineries in the region can match.
As an added quality factor, all of Baily’s wines are sealed with Nomacorc ®, a synthetic cork that has all of the attributes of natural cork without the chance of tainted wines or bottle-to-bottle variation. Natural corks cannot give that guarantee.
In 1981, Carol and Phil Baily along with their two sons, aged 9 and 11 , decided to uproot their lives in the Los Angeles area and “move to the country.” The “country” turned out to be Temecula Valley; a former 100,000 acre cattle ranch which was being transformed into a residential/agricultural community, the centerpiece of which was a 3000 acre nascent wine region.
Avid wine enthusiasts and home wine makers, together they planted their first acre of grapes in 1982 on Mother’s Day, expanding the vineyard to six acres in 1983, and began taking courses at the University of California at Davis in viticulture and enology.
In 1986, the first small winery was built and opened in November with one wine for sale; a Cabernet Sauvignon unconventionally made using the carbonic maceration process, typically used for Gamay in the Beaujolais area of France. The process was chosen because it is the fastest way to make a pleasing red wine, and it was time to reverse the cash flow.
Over the years, the Baily’s expanded their holdings, and in 1994 purchased one of Temecula’s original vineyards, a 20-acre parcel which was planted in 1968. In 1992, they opened Baily Wine Country Café (Now Baily’s located in Old Town Temecula and owned by son Chris and daughter-in-law Kim). In 1998, they opened their tasting room and restaurant, Carol’s, on Rancho California Road. And in 2001 built a new, larger production facility at the site of the original winery on Pauba Road. (Scroll down to view video of Phil Baily telling his story about his humble beginnings as a winemaker in Temecula).
Now, with 25 acres of grapes, a state of the art production facility, a comfortable visitor center with a tasting room and restaurant on the main road in wine country, and most recently an exclusive reservation-only tasting room at the production facility, the Baily’s have created the place where wine and food enthusiasts can taste the best the Temecula Valley has to offer!
There are two unique tasting locations at Baily for you to experience, enjoy, and purchase wines:
MAIN TASTING ROOM
Main Tasting Room (Baily Visitor Center)
33440 La Serena Way, located at the corner of La Serena Way & Rancho California Road
Here you can taste our full wine list and current releases; red and white, dry and sweet. Baily specializes in the Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon), but also makes some fine Chardonnay, Riesling, Sangiovese and Port!
The tasting includes six tastes of any of Baily wines from our wine menu. The tasting fee is $20.00 and includes one Baily souvenir logo wine glass and a $5.00 credit toward wine purchase.
The Main Tasting Room is open daily from 11:00PM-5:00PM, and Saturday’s open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. There are no reservations required for the Main Tasting Room, as it is a walk-in basis with standing/bar service available. Last call for tasting and glasses is at 4:30PM.
ESTATE TASTING ROOM
Baily Estate Tasting Room at our Production Facility
36150 Pauba Road, off of the De Portola Wine Trail
Here you can partake in our Reserve Vertical Tasting. You have the unique opportunity to taste and purchase our older aged library red wines (Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc) in an intimate setting right inside our wine production facility.
***UPDATE as of May 15, 2021*** the Estate Tasting Room has re-opened for tastings! Our Estate Room is open weekends only, Friday through Sunday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM by reservations and deposit are required. Walk up guests are welcome if seating is available. Call or text 951-972-9768 to book your Reserve Vertical Tasting!
Reserve Vertical Tasting Format – Six years of one variety of wine presented simultaneously in six Riedel wine glasses. The tasting fee is $40.00 per person and served with small bites of bread and cheese to palate cleanse as you taste.
A short tour of the production facility is available upon request. Please call 951-972-9768 if you have any questions or for more information.
Read more about this unique and special tasting experience: Corkscrew Concierge
LIBRARY WINE OF THE MONTH
Join us for our new Library Wine of the Month program! Each month winemaker Phil Baily will pick one or more of Baily’s Library Wines (wines that benefit from further aging in the bottle) to be featured.
The wine will be poured at our Main Tasting Room as an added bonus to the regular tasting, and will be available for purchase at a discounted price. There is no signup or membership fee required to purchase the Library Wine of the Month.
Wines will include our Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc ranging from the years 2005 – 2016. All three wines are 100% Estate Bottled and made from grapes grown in our own Estate Vineyards right here in Temecula Valley.
Be sure to ask about this month’s selection when visiting either tasting room!
For more information call 951-676-WINE (9463) or 951-972-9768
Our grapes come from 25 acres of grapes in four different locations in the Temecula Valley.
The first acre of Mother’s Vineyard was planted by our family on Mother’s Day in 1982. Expanded in 1983, it now comprises five and one-half acres, all planted to the Riesling variety. The soil is decomposed granite, and the southeast facing hillside site creates an early ripening environment which produces grapes of high natural acidity. The grapes have the classic apricot flavor prized in Riesling.
Planted primarily to Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon (five and one-half acres), Cabernet Franc (two acres), Merlot (two acres), Sauvignon Blanc (two acres) and Semillon (one acre), this vineyard was planted in 1968 and purchased by us in 1994. In 2005, one and one-half acres of Malbec and two and one-half acres of Sangiovese were planted. While still classed as relatively poor soil, it tends to be somewhat richer than Mother’s Vineyard, and especially suitable for these varieties.
LA SERENA VINEYARD
Comprised of one and one-half acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Chardonnay, these grapevines are the ones you see at the visitor center. Grown on sandy/clay soil, they produce wines with exceptionally fruity varietal aromas.