Toast the Holidays with Ricky Johnson's Bad Boy Red

Highway 12 Winery announces release of seven-time national champion's signature blend.

Sonoma, CA - December 1, 2011 - Bold. Complex. Solid structure with a smooth finish. These words aptly describe the style and personality of seven-time National Supercross and Motocross champion Ricky Johnson, and the same qualities are now captured in his signature red wine. To commemorate 25 years since the climax of RJ's illustrious career, Highway 12 Winery is proud to release the latest of the MX wine series, the "Bad Boy Red."

"It's an honor and a lot of fun to have my racing career celebrated with my own wine," said Ricky "Bad Boy" Johnson. "I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do and will celebrate along with friends and family this holiday season."

The blend of 2009 Sonoma Valley varietals in Bad Boy Red was personally selected by RJ, who worked directly with Highway 12 Winery's Paul Giusto to craft a blend that suits his taste and style.

"We are thrilled to have RJ as a part of our MX wine series," stated Paul Giusto from Highway 12 Winery. "This release has been four-plus years in the making and it's cool to see it come to life - the fans are loving it!"

(From the back of the label)
By the 80's, American motocross racers had escaped the shadows of their European counterparts. In 1986, Ricky "Bad Boy" Johnson had emerged as the most dominant rider on the planet. With one championship already, he would go on to win six more Supercross, 250cc and 500cc classes. His bulldog determination and outspoken persona made him a fan favorite while his personal style provided another nickname: "Too Hip."

This 2009 blend from the Sonoma Valley includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot showcasing the intensity that mirrors that of the Bad Boy. This full-bodied wine with hints of cedar and spice supported by jammy lushness and velvety tannins, was selected personally by RJ to celebrate 25 years since his rise to the top.

Only 400 bottles of this limited edition Sonoma Valley red will be released and is available exclusively online at www.nexternal.com/gos for $40/bottle. Order now to get your hands on a bottle of Bad Boy Red!


Our Locations
Our winery and offices are located on Eighth Street East in Sonoma, between Highway 12 and Napa Road. Our Tasting Room is on historic Sonoma Plaza at the corner of First Street East and Napa Street, one block from the Sonoma Mission.

Visit our Tasting Room
Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room
498 First Street East, Sonoma Plaza
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-938-8091
Tasting room open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

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