Dolin Estate releases its first red blends from Malibu Coast AVA
(February 14, 2017; Malibu, CA)—Elliott and Lynn Dolin, founders of the Malibu-based Dolin Estate, are thrilled to announce the inaugural release of their first red blends from the region. The Blue Note, a blend comprised of Merlot (44%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Cabernet Franc (20%) will be available beginning in February, and Troubadour, a blend comprised of Cabernet Franc (42%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Syrah (14%) and Petite Verdot (9%) will be available later this year. Both wines will retail for $45.
Founded in 2009, Dolin Estate has received critical praise for its estate-grown Malibu Coast Chardonnay and its Malibu Newton Canyon Chardonnay. “We love these red blends for their old-world sensibilities and elegance, and we’re eager to finally share them with our customers,” says Elliott Dolin.
2012 The Blue Note
Dolin, whose musical career as a session bassist took him around the world to play with top acts, named the wines for two of his favorite musical venues. The Left Bank-inspired Troubadour blend refers to the West Coast concert venue, while the Right Bank-inspired Blue Note refers to the legendary New York jazz club, as well as the first band in which Elliott Dolin was paid to perform while living on the East Coast. Elliott’s career as a session bassist included work with the original Manhattan Transfer, and artists such as Donna Fargo, Brenda Lee and Ray Price.
“The Blue Note and Troubadour demonstrate the diversity of the Malibu Coast winegrowing region, as well as its potential to make world class wines,” says Elliott Dolin. “We believe Malibu wines will one day stand alongside the very best from California. We hope these wines will deliver a strong statement of how serious Malibu winemaking has become.”
The Blue Note and Troubadour are comprised of fruit grown four miles east of the Pacific Ocean in the mountains of Malibu at a 1,450 foot elevation. Because the vineyards sit above the fog line, the grapes receive greater sun exposure and warmer temperatures than Dolin’s estate Chardonnay vineyard, providing ideal conditions for Bordeaux varieties to flourish. Veteran Central Coast Winemaker Kirby Anderson produced the wines, employing small lot winemaking practices like hand-sorting, a three to five day cold-soak, and gentle punch downs to ensure the best possible quality.
About Dolin Estate
Inspired by a Chardonnay vineyard Elliott and Lynn Dolin planted behind their Malibu home in 2006, Dolin Estate has emerged as one of the leading producers in the new Malibu Coast AVA. Following the release of five vintages of estate Chardonnay, it expanded its Malibu production to include a second Chardonnay from Malibu Newton Canyon and two proprietary red blends from the Malibu Coast. In 2014 Dolin Estate introduced a line of Central Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from some of the region’s most highly regarded vineyards. Current Malibu wine releases include: Dolin Malibu Estate Chardonnay ($39); Dolin Malibu Newton Canyon Chardonnay ($39); and The Blue Note ($45), a Right Bank Bordeaux inspired blend. Central Coast wine releases include: Dolin Bien Nacido Chardonnay ($39); a Sta. Rita Hills AVA designate Pinot Noir ($32); and single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from such vineyards as Bien Nacido ($45), Talley ‘Rincon’ ($45) and Solomon Hills ($45).