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The North Coast Counties of California produce some of the world’s most elegant wines…and a lot of really fun wines, as well. We have chosen for this Saturday’s tasting event a most entertaining sampling of precisely these kinds of wines. We’ll start in Mendocino, and move on to Sonoma and Napa Counties. The choices are of excellent value and two of these little gems have won some very prestigious awards. Added attraction: once again we will be pairing our wines with the superlative cupcakes made by Sisters Cupcakes by Design. Their visits have been remarkably popular.
Scharffenberger Brut Sparkling Wine, Mendocino
List price 18.99; our price 15.99
This Scharffenberger Brut is a blend of two-thirds pinot noir and one-third chardonnay. The predominance of the pinot noir creates a sparkling wine that is fruit forward with noticeable aromas of strawberry/raspberry and some plum notes. The Chardonnay expresses itself with subtle tropical flavors of pineapple with pear. All of the fruit for Scharffenberger Brut undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation, making the wine rich with complex flavors and a round, lengthy finish.
2007 Dry Creek Fumé Blanc, Sonoma
List price 13.50; our price 9.99
At first swirl, this Fumé Blanc presents intense aromas of lemon-lime, ruby grapefruit and fresh cut grass. After a couple of minutes in the glass, more subtle hints of kiwi and guava begin to reveal a complex wine. On the palate, it is truly delicious with excellent viscosity and length showing more fresh fruit flavors and very balanced acidity. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair awarded this wine a Gold Medal, Best of Class AND the Sweepstakes Award for white wines. It has been out of stock in Northern California and will be likewise here soon.
2005 Marcelina Chardonnay, Napa
List price 22.95; our price 14.99
Cooler Napa vineyards down near Carneros along San Pablo Bay give this wine its delicate fruit and acid structure. The entire batch of wine went into French oak barrels for aging. It is very pleasant on the nose, with flavors and aromas of apple, pear and citrus. The oak influence comes up gently in little accents of sweet oak.
2007 Martin Ray Rosé, Russian River Valley, Sonoma
List price 13.50; our price 9.99
After crushing, the grapes (80% Syrah and 20% Grenache) were “cold-soaked” for six hours to concentrate the color and flavors from the skins. The (“saignée”) juice was then drained off and fermented at cool temperatures with Rhone yeasts in stainless steel for 3 months, but received no malolactic fermentation. This rosé has a vibrant raspberry color and fragrant aromas of tropical peaches, cherry and a hint of violets and vanilla. Fresh, lively flavors of kiwi/strawberry, raspberry and cherry are abundant in this medium-bodied dry wine with excellent acidity and a nice, easy finish.
2005 Rancho Zabaco “Dancing Bull” Zinfandel, Sonoma
List price 7.99; our price 5.99
Dancing Bull is the lighter side of Rancho Zabaco: brighter, more fruit forward and the perfect quaffing wine. It is big on black cherry and raspberry flavors which are tempered with the peppery spice that is Zinfandel. At this price you can use it to put out the flames of the barbeque.
Trentadue “Old Patch Red”, Sonoma
List price 14.00; our price 11.50
This wine is a field blend of 70% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 5.5% Carignane & 4.5% Syrah from Trentadue’s Geyserville Winery. The bouquet displays jammy strawberry, cherry, earth, some spice and just a hint of vanilla. It has a velvety mouthfeel and is quite extracted, but not overly so. The big, dark fruit flavors are slightly sweet, with a little earthiness and some touches of warm spice. The solid tannin core gives the wine body. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair gave this wine a Gold Medal and the Best of Class award. If you are interested in this wine, stock up now while it is still available.