So what is this new bottle branded Boneshaker, With a ghoulish label from bold Gladiator Wines? The fruits of the labor of our restless winemaker Is this muscular Lodi Zin from century old vines. Fragrance and aromas of black cherry and leather arise Not heady but subtle, yet affording surprise At its balance of fruit and oak upon first taste With a finish structured and absent of haste. From the first cork pulled and first sip taken, Leaves vinous thirst slaked and bones thoroughly – SHAKEN For riders during the Golden Age of Cycling (1860-1905), the machine of choice was called the Velocipede. Invented by Nicephore Niepce, these early bicycles were made entirely of wood, then later with metal tires. As you can imagine, riding over old cobblestone streets on metal tires could be a thrilling if incredibly bumpy experience. Early bicycles rattled their riders so much that they came to be known as - BONESHAKERS.
During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands, cattle, sheep and horses ranged over the hills. Vineyards were a secondary concern. Nicky immediately saw that the land he’d purchased was destined for greater things than grazing stock. He wasted no time. In 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991. Today, Hahn Family Wines, now run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, owns and sustainably farms 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there.