Dennis Ing founded Val du Soleil Wines in 2004 along with several partners to showcase the Ing Estates Vineyard located in the San Antonio Valley AVA Monterey County. This vineyard is at the 1,000 foot elevation located in the far southern area of Monterey County that has outstanding soils that have excellent drainage and limestone based elements. Our winemaking approach is to let the terroir determine the results rather than using aggressive manipulation of the varietals, in essence, taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. We take the best of the harvest and separate out several barrels to create a blend that you will savor with your favorite Mediterranean cuisine or simply as a glass to be enjoyed while enjoying the sunset.
2018 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend, Ing Estates Vineyard, San Antonio Valley
This is our third generation unique blend that takes the best characteristic of each varietal and delivers a smooth, low tannin and full-bodied red blend.
The 2018 Harmonious is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. This blend displays many hints that get released as it opens up after uncorking: ripe black fruit, cassis, plum, currants and some black pepper.
This Harmonious is perfect for all cuisines that call for a bold red.
Blend: 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah and 33% Tempranillo
100% Ing Estates Vineyard
Appellation: San Antonio Valley
Production: 175 cases
2019 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend, Ing Estates Vineyard, San Antonio Valley
This is our fourth generation of this unique blend that takes the best characteristic of each varietal and delivers a smooth, low tannin and full-bodied red blend.
We were blessed to have the Mourvèdre available for this blend. With its roots in Spain, Mourvèdre blends extremely well with Tempranillo to add tannins and spice. Because most Rhône blends are dominated by Syrah and Mourvèdre, we can see the outstanding harmonious structure of these three varietals. This Harmonious is perfect for all cuisines that call for a bold red but pairs especially well with rack of lamb, steak Florentine or any Mediterranean cuisine.
Blend: 34% Mourvèdre, 33% Syrah and 33% Tempranillo
100% Ing Estates Vineyard
Appellation: San Antonio Valley
Production: 145 cases
2x 2018 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend, Ing Estates Vineyard, San Antonio Valley
2x 2019 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend, Ing Estates Vineyard, San Antonio Valley
6x 2018 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend, Ing Estates Vineyard, San Antonio Valley
6x 2019 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend, Ing Estates Vineyard, San Antonio Valley
Our wines are sourced from the Ing Estates Vineyard in Lockwood California located in the San Antonio Valley AVA. Climate, soils, varietal clones and vineyard management practices are executed to perfection to bring our award winning wine grapes to our winery. We strive to capture the essence of what God has provided called “terroir”. We make wines in years that offer us the Best of the Best available fruit harvested in the early hours to enhance the natural acids from the vineyard.
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Lab rat checking in! Thanks, Alice and co. for the opportunity to sample this very tasty 2018 Val du Soleil Harmonious Red Blend. My spouse can’t drink reds, so I recruited my sister to help. This wine is great right out of the bottle. On initial pour we agreed it was rich, smooth, and ever so drinkable. Noted cherry and currant in smell and taste, along with some black pepper, not much alcohol on nose. The Syrah and Cabernet elements were quite evident, but I wouldn’t have guessed Tempranillo was in the blend. I poured the rest into a decanter and we headed out for sushi. Revisited for a second glass about two hours later, and not much was different. Got a little festive for the third glass on night two, and it was still delightful–really a no-brainer at this price. Someone described one of yesterday’s wines as “inky but not jammy,” and that applies here too. If Thanksgiving happens this year, you’ll want some of this to impress folks or to keep all to yourself, as I kinda wish I’d done
Maybe just too many $200-$300+ offers in a row. We either run out of storage space on less expensive offers, or balk when the case price reaches or exceeds $200 (only willing to go higher if I am familiar with the brand). And my personal limit is 10% for the differential between the case price and the smaller offering.
Well, after a horrific end to a weekend… I figured this was a good way to test my new credit card on my casemates/meh/VMP account and enjoy some well-reviewed juice!
(for the ugly details, read on!)
The reason that was forced upon me was…on Sat I got out into the mountains to relax, had a restaurant lose my credit card 5min after I gave it to them to pay for my dinner, 1.5hrs later manager told me, after waiting quietly and semi-patiently, that I was not being reasonable enough as a customer and disrespected me . I was now without a credit card, and yes, I made the person who lost the card whole by paying in cash, wasn’t about to have the restaurant accuse me of not paying my bill!
And because there isn’t ever a end to the story telling, that same card was required for me to check in or lose my hotel room it was booked against, since the card was declined as I had locked the card as soon as it was “MIA”. I called the cops, had a police report filed against the restaurant for the flippant attitude and loss of my card, and used the police report to allow the hotel to change my form of payment. Now today I spend it removing a card from many, many accounts it was tied to while I await a replacement.
Lesson learned (many, but this is one): don’t risk using the card you need to use to check into a hotel room (or you buy wine from casemates with!).