Schameel Shlamazel or Schameel Chamizal? By Jimby Baccarossa on 11/26/12
Laverne and Shirley made “Schameel Shlamazel” famous in their hit 70‘s TV show. In that same time period Peter Haywood was looking for the perfect place to plant a vineyard in Sonoma Valley. A mile south of downtown Sonoma he found it, and named it Los Chamizal, Spanish for hardwood thickets that covered the valley. He chose well, as the vineyard has flourished and is now one of the top vineyards in Sonoma Valley. The hillside altitude keeps the grapes warm in the sun and cool in the night air, producing limited quantities of intensely flavored fruit.
We are thrilled that our first Baccarossa Cabernet comes from grapes grown at Los Chimizal vineyard. This 2009 vintage has spent three years aging in French and American oak, concentrating the wine and layering a soft oak flavor onto the delicious dark fruit and long tannin finish. This Cabernet is a wine to savor.
I loved Laverne and Shirley, but for us, it’s definitely Schameel Chamizal!