Carruth Cellars NV Surfing Madonna Bordeaux Blend

Posted on September 8, 2014

The naturally lit tasting room and winery of Carruth Cellars is tucked into the artsy center of Solana Beach. It is one of San Diego's urban wineries dotting the coastline, and the small team focuses on red varietals sourced from several different Central and Northern California vineyards.

But what about the label? Well, it's the Surfing Madonna. Controversy surrounded the beautiful glass mosaic as soon as it was erected in Encinitas three years ago. Sharing the message, "Save the Ocean", the unsanctioned Surfing Madonna piece was secretly assembled overnight. The city government wanted to remove it immediately, spurring a community movement backing the piece's creator Mark Patterson. After a lengthy battle involving the removal and relocation of the piece several times, the Surfing Madonna is now back on public display just across from its original spot. Mark went on to create the non-profit Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, which focuses on ocean conservation and awareness through several different projects.


Winery - Carruth Cellars

Location - Solana Beach, California

Wine - Carruth Cellars NV Surfing Madonna Bordeaux Blend

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot

Appellation - North Coast (California)

Alcohol - 13.9% v/v

Price -$40 USD


Nose/Aroma - Dark cherries and slight meatiness.

Palate/Flavors - Strawberries and bright fruit combine with a slightly herbaceous note and light oak spice. Light-medium bodied with nice acid structure that carries through a subtle finish of cassis.

Food Pairing - Some nice blue cheese and fresh sourdough bread.

Comments - Very much enjoyed this wine. A portion of sales proceeds goes directly to the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, so you can feel good about yourself while enjoying some great wine. Plus, you have a beautiful bottle to show off to your friends!