The Cabernets of Sonoma may not match up to the quality level of those of Napa, but they are clearly of very high quality. The other important varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Merlot are of exceptional quality. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are becoming that which truly defines Sonoma County in terms of world class wine production. For Saturday, we will taste representative wines of the varietal groups that make Sonoma famous.
2014 Three Knights Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley
List price 15.00; Our price 10.99
This lovely Sauvignon Blanc has bright, tropical aromas and flavors of mango gelato and coconut custard. Also noticeable are flavors of spiced pear and white grapefruit. The wine received 94 POINTS and a GOLD MEDAL at the New World International Wine Competition 2016.
2014 Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch
List price 35.00; Our price 29.99
This wine has bright fruit, balance, and a solid backbone. It leads out with aromas of lemon oil, pear and apricot, with a touch of tropical mango and pineapple. The mouth is beautifully fresh, with just the right amount of creaminess. At play is a citrus medley of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of lime zest. The finish is lively, with a balancing acid typical of the cool Green Valley area. The pairing options are diverse, from crab salad to honey baked ham to a sharp cheese.
2013 Wild Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
List price 36.00; Our price 29.99
The 2013 Wild Ridge is a classic expression of true Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Aromas of fresh blackberry, ripe red cherries and oolong tea are complemented by flavors of pomegranate, raspberry and orange zest. Naturally bright acidity provides lift and firm yet integrated tannins underpin the structure of the wine.
The Wine Advocate rates it 91 points: "The wine is made from Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and Pommard Selection. It shows excellent ripeness, dark Asian plum interwoven with red and blackcurrants. This is a serious, well-endowed Pinot Noir."
Wine Enthusiast gives it 91 points, as well: "From the producer's Annapolis vineyard, planted at 700 to 900 feet, this is a floral, spicy and high-toned wine. It shows pomegranate, plum and a noticeable streak of forest among its highlights, the tannins integrated and kept fresh and structured by the acidity."
2014 Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Dust Vnyd
List price 24.00; Our price 21.50
This easy drinking wine offers an impressive mix of red cherry, blackberry, and espresso notes fanning out to dried herb and tobacco accents. The mid-palate is soft and expansive with roasted coffee and ripe blackberry flavors. It finishes with soft, supple tannins.
2014 Trig Point Merlot, Diamond Dust Vineyard
List price 20.00; Our price 17.95
The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the Alexander Valley wine region. Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Merlot with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation. Stylistically, the wine is full-bodied and powerful in the mouth with wood behind the fruit. Trig Point shows fresh black raspberry, cedar, and toasty vanilla aromas, with cherry, black currant, and spice flavors.
2012 Old Oak Zinfandel, Unfined, Alexander Valley
List price 24.00; Our price 19.99
The Old Oak was aged in mostly stainless steel tanks while the Petite Sirah was aged in oak barrels which gives the wine an oak essence, and brings forth flavors such as red plums and black cherries. It is excellent as a before dinner cocktail or with pretty much anything hot off the grill. The blend of 83% Zinfandel & 17% Petite Sirah picked up a Gold Medal at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
4:00 to 5:30 pm
$10.00 per customer
$5.00 will be credited towards purchase of wines being tasted.
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