Rancho de Philo 2007 Triple Cream Sherry - Just Released!

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Real Estate Agent with Diamond Ridge Realty

 

I had the pleasure of visiting Rancho de Philo winery this weekend for the first time and I'm very pleased with what I found!  Rancho de Philo Winery is located in the foothills of the Cucamonga Valley, 45 miles east of Los Angeles.  It was founded in 1975 by Philo Biane after he retired as President/CEO of Brookside Vineyard Co., then one of California's oldest wineries.  Brookside was noted for its excellent table and dessert wines which were developed by Mr. Biane.  When he retired and established Rancho de Philo, he brought in his daughter, Janine Biane Tibbetts, to assist him and learn the fine art of winemaking.  She and her husband, Alan, are now continuing the family tradition of making award winning dessert wines.

The sole wine product of Rancho de Philo is an exceptional Triple Cream Sherry.  Made in the traditional Spanish style, fifteen soleras of 15 barrels each are used in the final blending of wines ranging in age from 12 to more than 45 years.  The wine is made from the Mission grape and is aged until is reaches a deep amber color.  Hints of golden raisins, butterscotch and nuttiness attest to the sweetness and complexity that can only be achieved through time and the warm California sun.  Savor....and then smile as you take another sip!

Rancho de Philo Triple Cream Sherry is a premium dessert wine as attested to by the consistent high honors received at the many competitions it has entered.  Honors for the 2006 bottling include:

 

San Diego International Wine Competition:                    Gold, Best Dessert Wine of Show

Monterey Peninsula Int'l Wine Competition:                  Gold, Best Dessert Wine of Show

Pacific Rim International Wine Competition:                  Gold, Best of Class

San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition:                          Double Gold

Orange County Fair Int'l Wine Competition:                  Gold, Chairman's Award

New World International Wine Competition:                 Gold

Los Angeles Co. Fair Int'l Wine Competition:               Silver

 

Sales to the public are direct from the winery beginning the second Saturday of November.  Hours are 9AM to 5PM daily until they are sold out.  They are usually sold out in one week.  Quantity is limited to no more than one case of the current year's wine as only 325 cases of 12 bottles are produced. 

After opening a bottle of Rancho de Philo wine, do not refrigerate it.  It will continue to develop in complexity if you simply replace the cork and store it upright on your counter, buffet or pantry shelf!

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Michael, I will have to check this out. I am more of a White Wine drinker than the red, but you make it sound so good.
Nov 13, 2007 10:42 AM #1
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Michael J. O'Connor
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It's a nice smooth dessert wine.  I had driven by the winery a number of times but never quite realized it was a winery!  They don't really have signage on the road because they are only open to the public for a week (started last Saturday).  Alan had samples for a tasting and Janine was handling the register.  I thought it was pretty neat to be buying directly from the vintners - no middlemen - no big corporations - just a nice couple who make an outstanding sherry.
Nov 13, 2007 10:54 AM #2
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Dan Brudnok
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Michael,

I have informed the family, they are always on th elook out for a new taste....we try to visit the wineries where ever we visit.  Unfortunately Pennsylvania does not allow for intrastate delivery....I will see if the PA State stores carry.

Nov 13, 2007 10:55 AM #3
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Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
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Sorry to tell you Dan but you won't find it.  They only sell direct to the public and only this week!  Next time you need to time your vacation to CA a little better ;-)
Nov 13, 2007 10:58 AM #4
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Michael, Sounds great!  I have never really gotten into dessert wines but you made it sound good to me.
Nov 14, 2007 09:14 AM #5
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
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Michael, thanks for the post, I'll have to get some and try this....it sounds delicious. Don't know how long it would last just sitting on the counter!!
Nov 19, 2007 07:14 PM #6
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Michael J. O'Connor
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Bonnie - I'm POSITIVE that it won't last long on my counter.  ;-)  Thanks for stopping by.
Nov 19, 2007 08:31 PM #7
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Nicki Conway
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Michael, I could use a good shot of sherry right now!

Nov 23, 2007 01:15 PM #8
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Michael J. O'Connor
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Let's do this virtually over long distance -- you hold up an empty glass to your lips and I'll hold up a full one to mine.  On the count of three - drink.....one.....two....three.  Wasn't that good?  Yum!!
Nov 23, 2007 01:24 PM #9
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I met Philo at the the LA county fair in 1995 and he signed two of my bottles.  I drank one that Christmas and I still remember the smooth sweetness of the sherry.  I still have the other bottle 13 years later and I am waiting for a special occasion because it is like drinking liquid gold

Jul 01, 2008 08:37 PM #10
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Mary Gann

Wow  I was at a wine party this holiday season and I was introduced to this sherry.

It was amazing...I can't get it off of my mind and I will be buying some soon.  Yippppeeee!

Jan 02, 2010 12:51 PM #11
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Donald Craig

Bought my first bottle at Parrish Ranch, Oak Glen, Ca.  It's a yearly ritual now.  Delicious.

 

 

 

Aug 26, 2010 07:26 PM #12
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Eiran D. Castro

I'm helping my father in law, who has a vintage bottle of the Cream Sherry from Philo's original vineyard, Brookside Wineries. It is a good sized decanter of a small child and a wine barrel. He is planning on selling it and sounds like this is quite the popular company, both back then and now with the new Rancho de Philo. This sherry is some 30+ years old (I don't know much of creamed sherries, so unsure if it's even drinkable) but quite the collector's item it sounds like. Hopefully he is successful in his sell.

Dec 07, 2010 04:56 PM #13
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Carol Waddell

we just found a bottle of this when moving some stuff around.  It was given to me when my son was born.  In 1985!  Just tried it and it is great.  Aged well in the bottle. Had no idea we still had it.  

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