Surfrider 2007 Hang Ten Red

Posted on November 15, 2010

George Rosenthal is known throughout Los Angeles County. More so for his entrepreneurial endeavors, since he owns several businesses including hotels and movie studios, than for his Malibu estate's wines. That's right, wine from Malibu. People found it strange when Rosenthal began researching and planting vineyards on his expansive estate just over the hills from the famed beach community of Malibu. His dedication brought attention to the Malibu-Newton Canyon, which earned American Viticultural Area status in 1996, just ten years after Rosenthal's first plantings. Today, the property is home to over thirty acres of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. 


Along with their handful of estate wines, they also produce a handful of wines from grapes sourced from other areas in California, including those bottled under the Surfrider label. Proceeds from these wines are partially donated to the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization "dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches" that maintains chapters around the world. 

Winery - Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate

Location - Malibu, California

Wine - Surfrider 2007 Hang Ten Red

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Appellation - California

Alcohol - 15.3% v/v

Price -$29 USD

Nose/Aroma - Cherries and burnt oak.

Palate/Flavors - Cherries, red currants, coriander, and old wood. Rather mouth-filling with good phenolic structure. Big wine but not overly bitter or astringent.

Food Pairing - Rigatoni with eggplant-tomato sauce.

Comments - Pretty tight, should mellow out nicely with a little bit of cellar time. I had a glass straight after opening, then decanted the rest for about a 30-40 minutes which allowed it to open up quite well. Good wine for a good cause!