October 30, 2013
NEW WINE FROM THE NEW WORLD!
Hallelujah! Our domestic wine shelves got one helluva boost recently!
St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011: From the winemaker: “spicy notes… balanced with bright acidity and rich, broad mid-palate tannins. Darker red fruits and dark flowers take over into the finish…” $40
Chapter 24 Two Messengers Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011: Earthy and savory until thoroughly decanted, when bright cranberry fruit and lingering aromatics really come out to play. “Burgundian”. $34
Claar Cellars Cabernet-Merlot, Columbia Valley 2010: Aged in a thoughtful combination of new and neutral oak barrels, this well-balanced blend boasts bold, vibrant fruit, peppery spice, and a perfectly smooth finish. $18
Vending Machine Winery Horror Show, Napa Valley 2010: For the adventurous, a freaky-good blend of 35% Souzao, 33% Montepulciano, and 33% Tannat. Winemaker notes: “The introduction is not a handshake or friendly hug, but more aggressive. The tension eases as the fruit develops in your mouth and gives you a sense of comfort in it’s roundness and structure. Just when you feel safe, the thrill ramps up like a graveyard shovel hit to the mouth. Surprisingly enough though, in the end, like all good horror shows, the wine emerges as a hero leaving you with only a few nicks and bruises, but anxious to go through it all again” $32
Martian Ranch Parallax, Santa Barbara County 2011: 100% Mourvedre, a thick skinned, hearty grape, that in this case creates ripe, vivid juice with hints of leather, blueberries, and dark plums and just the slightest tinge of candied red fruit. Exciting and full of character. $27
Brea Chardonnay, Los Alamos 2011: Fresh and clean, crisp and pure- with no oak whatsoever! White flowers, green grapes, and apricots hit you on the nose, then on the palate. Stellar pairing for seafood. $14
Wonderwall Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 2012: A side project of Andrew Jones, the winemaker behind cultish label Field Recordings. He sources from awesome, under-appreciated sites around the Central Coast, in this case Pinot Noir from the Agro-Jalisco Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley and the Spanish Springs Vineyard in Edna Valley. Light, lush, cheeky, and a little nerdy, just like the Gallagher Brothers. $25
Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills 2010: Washington State Bordeaux blend. Steven Tanzer says it best: “Pure cabernet sauvignon-dominated aromas of black cherry, cassis and licorice. It’s glossy and sweet on the palate, with pristine, highly concentrated dark berry, black cherry and bitter chocolate flavors” $48
Qupe "Y" Block Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2012: Incredibly well-made Cali Chard! All the buttery, oaky goodness you love from the West Coast with the old-world style minerality and bright acidity we love from Chardonnay. $24