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Delicato Family Vineyards

Delicato Family Vineyards For more than 75 years, the Indelicato family has been crafting fine wines while assembling a portfolio of world class estate vineyards. Today, Delicato harvests more than 10,000 acres of vineyards across the top grapegrowing regions of California. These range from the coastal cool of the legendary San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey to the rolling foothills of Lodi. A celebrated team of highly experienced winemakers has brought decades of expertise to bear on these remarkable grapes, to create Delicato wines of distinctive character, memorable quality and exceptional value.

Our tasting room is located 4 miles north of Manteca, on Highway 99. (Manteca is located about halfway between Stockton and Modesto). From Interstate 5, take the French Camp Road exit to just before Highway 99; turn south across the railroad track and follow the frontage road for 500 yards.

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12001 South Highway 99, Manteca, CA, US, 95336 Email:
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Fax: 209-824-3510
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  Clay Station Cabernet/ Petite Sirah
This is a rich and full-bodied red wine that blends Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) with Petite Sirah (30%). The winemaker kept each component separate during fermentation. Both were handled gently to minimize bitterness and fermented warm to maximize color and flavor extraction. The Cabernet component was aged one year in new and used American and French oak. The Petite Sirah was cellared in stainless steel to maintain its bright, fresh fruit character. The Clay Station 2001 Cabernet/Petite Sirah is a deep, rich and elegant red wine with complex layers of plum, eucalyptus, blueberry and vanilla. The wine shows a bright black cherry and cassis fruit flavor with a remarkably silky mouthfeel and a long lingering finish.
  Clay Station Malbec
The ripe, lush black grape variety, Malbec, was originally made famous in Bordeaux as a blending component of Cabernet along with Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. In the U.S., it is better known on its own. In Argentina, the wine is universally enjoyed because it pairs so well with grilled beef. The grapes for this wine were harvested at their optimum ripeness and fermented in small batches at warmer temperatures to extract maximum color and flavor. The fruit was handled very gently throughout the winemaking process to avoid bitterness and help deliver that uniquely round, smooth and soft Malbec that is characteristic of Clay Station. This Malbec is a full-bodied, deep reddish purple wine with aromas of earth and blueberry. The blackberry, blueberry, cola and chocolate flavors burst onto the palate and are framed by soft tannins and a hint of vanilla. The wine has both complexity and elegance with a long, lingering and velvety finish.
  Clay Station Old Vine Zinfandel
The wine has a concentrated nose of spice, black cherry and plum with a hint of raspberry jam. Aged in American and Hungarian oak, it is rich and full in the mouth with cherry, blackberry, spice and a hint of vanilla culminating in a lingering finish. Soft, chewy tannins add to the luscious texture of this delightful wine. Try it with spicy barbecue beef ribs or pork stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese.
  Clay Station Petite Sirah
There is nothing petite about Petite Sirah. It has traditionally been used in blends to make red wines bigger and more assertive. Our 2002 Petite Sirah was fermented warm and handled gently throughout the winemaking process, maximizing color and flavor extraction. 70% was barrel aged 12 months in both new and older American and French oak. The remainder was cellared in stainless steel to better preserve the delicate and fresh blueberry fruit character so typical of the variety. This is a big, full-bodied and peppery red wine with intense blueberry character mingling with notes of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate and hints of toast and vanilla. With soft tannins and a plush frame, this wine remains rich, powerful and lushly concentrated. It is a robust wine perfect for barbecue, chicken cacciatore or spinach ravioli in a meaty red tomato sauce.
  Clay Station Pinot Grigio
With a longer than normal growing season in 2003, the grapes ripened evenly and were harvested in the very late hours of the night into the early dawn. Our Pinot Grigio is fermented soley in stainless steel to allow the true flavor and characters of this delicate wine to emerge. This is a crisp white wine with lovely acidity and aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and a bit of honeydew melon. This slightly tart, medium weight wine exudes flavors of lemon, mineral and a hint of apricot that finishes with a crisp acidity. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to shellfish, lighter fish dishes and green salads.
  Clay Station Shiraz
Shiraz is also known as Syrah. It is the same grape and appears under either name depending on the winery. With a warm growing season in Lodi in 2003, the Syrah matured fully and to its optimum. The wine was fermented at warm temperatures in small batches using gentle techniques that maximized color and flavor extraction without adding bitterness. The addition of Petite Sirah and Cabernet created additional depth and complexity, while a touch of Malbec enhanced the smooth character of this bold wine. This Shiraz is a big, full-bodied red wine with aromas of plum, spice and hints of violet. With layers of complexity, this wine reveals flavors of dark plums, white pepper and a hint of earth framed by toasty notes of vanilla. The wine has both concentration and elegance, and the finish lingers with velvety, mouth coating tannins.
  Clay Station Viognier
With a longer than normal growing season in 2003, the vines were allowed to reach their utmost maturity. With average to slightly lower temperatures, the grapes ripened evenly across the growing season with harvest taking place at the perfect moment in order to capture true varietal expression. Our Viognier is fermented solely in stainless steel to allow the true flavors and character of this wine to emerge. This is a robust, aromatic white wine with luscious viscosity and notes of ripe honeysuckle, orange blossom and peach on the nose. This lovely balanced wine exudes ripe apricot and peach flavors that finish with a crisp acidity and lingering finish. The wine is a perfect accompaniment to shellfish, lighter fish dishes and spicy Asian dishes.
  Delicato Cabernet Sauvignon
On the nose, our Delicato Cabernet Sauvignon has full aromas of currant, blackberry, and black cherry that blend well with sweeter aromas of vanilla and toasted bread. This medium-bodied wine has rich, well-developed flavors of cherry, blackberry and a hint of oak to compliment the fruit. This wine pairs perfectly with barbecue, a hearty meat stew, or pasta.
  Delicato Chardonnay
Our 2005 Chardonnay has lovely bright colors with aromas of pineapple, pears, and vanilla. Well balanced, it has a rich, full mouthfeel with flavors of pear, apple and citrus, leading into a long finish of toasted almond and ginger flavors. This wine is perfect as a cocktail by itself, or as a complement to chicken, baked or poached fishes, grilled prawns, or pasta with a light cream sauce.
  Delicato Family Vineyards Merlot
This lovely Delicato Family Vineyards 2005 Merlot has a soft nose of plum and dark berry fruits with oak and spice nuances. On the palate the wine remains true to our style with fruit forward flavors of cherry with a hint of vanilla and toasty notes. The finish is smooth and well-balanced making this Merlot supple and easy to drink. Try this wine with roast pork or hearty meat and pasta dishes.
  Delicato Pinot Grigio
Using a large percentage of grapes from Lodi, our 2005 Pinot Grigio benefits from an extended growing season that produced heavy crop loads with condensed flavors at lower sugar levels than normal. This wine has floral aromas blending into nuances of tropical fruit and citrus. On the palate, our Pinot Grigio has a rich texture and mouthfeel, exhibiting crisp flavors of lemon, light mineral, and ginger, flowing into a long finish. This wine pairs perfectly with appetizers or can be enjoyed by itself as an aperitif.
  Delicato Sauvignon Blanc
Using fruit primarily harvested from the cool Delta region of Northern California, as well as a small portion from Monterey, the 2003 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits bright straw colors and aromas of grapefruit and lemon. This crisp, refreshing wine exhibits light citrus flavors of grapefruit on the palate and is well-balanced with a medium finish. Enjoy this delicious wine chilled either by itself or paired wtih your favorite chicken or seafood dish.
  Delicato Shiraz
Our 2005 Delicato Family Shiraz remains true to its award-winning heritage with complex aromas of spice, blackberry, and red cherry. On the palate, this wine has a soft, supple mouthfeel with flavors of blueberries, spice, and oak nuances that lead into a lingering finish. This wine is perfect to serve with grilled meats, slightly spicy foods, or rich, ripe cheeses.
  Delicato White Zinfandel
Using a “cap and drain” method where the fruit is allowed to sit on the skins for 6 hours, our 2005 White Zinfandel has a rich pink color that announces that this is a special wine. On the nose there are bright aromas of strawberry and cherry, both of which are exhibited on the palate, along with flavors of ripe watermelon. Enjoy as an aperitif or match with light appetizers.
  Old Vine Zinfandel
This old vine Zinfandel has a concentrated nose of spice, cherry and plum. It offers a jammy rich mouthfeel with great nuances of French and Hungarian oak. Soft tannins add to the luscious texture of this delightful wine. These compact berries produce wines that explode on impact in the mouth, with layers of blackberries, cassis and liquorice. Great with hearty pasta dishes, spicy barbecue ribs or your own favorite beef dish.


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