Friday Tasting: Napa and Sonoma County – 10/13/17

Join us Friday, October 13th, 5-8pm, for a FREE wine tasting!

This week we’ll be pouring some wines from Napa and Sonoma Counties, regions that have experienced much loss recently.

Tuck Beckstoffer 2016 ’75 Wine Co. Napa County Sauvignon Blanc: Tuck Beckstoffer has been living in the Napa Valley since 1975, which also marked his first harvest, hence his 75 Wine Company name. He produces wines of astounding character and elegance, made with a spectrum of varietals. His 2016 Sauvignon Blanc offers both finesse and power. Vibrant, with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon verbena, and orange blossom, and Asian pear, red apple, and apricot on the palate. Pair with cod smothered in onions and red peppers.

Emeritus 2014 Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: In 1999, Brice Cutrer Jones established Emeritus, bringing with him the team that helped found Sonoma-Cutrer.  Emeritus employs sustainable farming practices, with much of the property designated to organics.  This wine is both opulent and restrained at once, blushing with red fruit and spice, berries, and forest floor. The wine was aged in one third new French oak for 10-12 months.  Emeritus produces only one wine: estate grown and bottled Pinot Noir, so much attention has been paid to this wine. Pair with roast leg of lamb.

Martin Ray 2014 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon: The Martin Ray brand has an interesting history of resurrection.  The man himself – an innovator and pioneer in California winemaking, was one of the first to make wine post-Prohibition.  Martin Ray bought legendary winemaker Paul Masson’s winery in the hills above Saratoga and started making wine there in 1936.  In a time when American wine was cheap, sweet, and produced in bulk, Ray designed his wines in the fashion of Côte d’Or Burgundy and first growth Bordeaux.  He continued to make wine in this style until his death in 1972.  In ’76 he died and the brand disappeared from the market.  In 1990, Courtney Benham stumbled upon 1,500 cases of Martin Ray wine in an old San Jose warehouse.  This discovery influenced Benham to purchase the rights to the name and continue Martin Ray’s legacy.  Today, winemaker Bill Batchelor continues Martin Ray’s Old World techniques, along with the commitment to mountainside viticulture, which produces more concentrated fruit. Fruit-driven with aromas of blackberry, cherry, persimmon, alongside clove and allspice.  The fruit in this wine originates from vineyards above the fog line in the Sonoma Mountains, the sunny slopes of the Dry Creek Valley, and the sun drenched slopes of the Alexander Valley.

 

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