The Colonel


Marina, Ghielmetti, Hayes Ranch

Livermore Valley


Meet The Colonel. John Sweeney. Sweeney's military title is still a bit of a mystery. He did not fight in any wars, but was thought to have been given his name as an honorary title because he allowed the National Guard, Company I, to use the Sweeney Opera House as its headquarters. The Colonel was the life of the town, owning the biggest theater in the area. Always in a great mood, he won his customers and friends with "ease." This MGS Rhone style blend reflects The Colonel's best traits: friendly, smooth and just an easy going guy that gets along with everyone. You may know him as father of The Sheriff.

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes

Based primarily in Mourvedre, "The Colonel" offers a new twist to Vasco Urbano's take on a Rhone Blend. Medium purple in color, look for brambly blackberry, savory peppercorn, and dried herbs on the nose. The palate is full and rich, mildly tannic with layers of both primary dark fruit flavors and meaty roasted notes. Aged multiple years in barrel, this red exhibits structure from both oak and variety. It has a long finish, medium-grained and firm. Drink now through 2020.


Grapes from various vineyards arrived to the winery and treated separately with various fermentation methods. Bin, tank and barrel fermentation regimens with native and commercial yeasts were utilized with skin time from 10-29 days.

Wine Type
Red Wine
Livermore Valley
Varietal Composition
54% Mourvedre
24% Grenache
22% Syrah
Alcohol %
Cases Produced