Friday Tasting: Sancerre, Sta. Rita Hills, and Paso Robles – 3/2/18

Join us Friday, March 2nd, 5-8pm for a FREE wine tasting!

Le Roi des Pierres 2016 Sancerre: The grapes for this wine were grown on the rare Silex terroir, often referred to as le Roi des Pierres, meaning “The King of Stone,” hence the name of this wine. Silex represents only 15% of the three soil types in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley. This Sauvignon Blanc offers intense aromas of ripe citrus along with tropical fruits like passion fruit and kiwi. The palate is round, balanced by refreshing acidity and minrality. Pair with rich fish dishes like cod roasted with bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions.

Babcock 2014 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir: Bryan Babcock turned his viticultural world upside down by inventing what he calls “Canopy Pivoting.” He allows his grapevines to work with gravity, by essentially hanging upside down, instead of training the shoots to be oriented vertically. This, among many other experimental practices Babcock employs, is what makes his wines unique and distinctive. His 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is one of them. This appellated Pinot Noir possesses a fascinating constellation of wild thyme, sagebrush, bayleaf, cranberry, and slate aromas. On the palate, notes of black raspberry, cranberry, mingled with earth tones. Pair with braised pork short ribs and roasted vegetables.

Ridge 2016 Paso Robles Zinfandel:  This Zinfandel is sourced from Benito Dusi Ranch, the only Central Coast vineyard Ridge sources fruit from. These vines were planted in 1922, and miraculously survived Prohibition. Ridge has been sourcing fruit from this vineyard since 1967. Their 2016 vintage aged for 12 months in 100% American oak barrels. Deep garnet in color, this Zinfandel offers black cherry and oak spice aromas, a medium body with rich brambly flavors, balanced acidity, and well-integrated tannins. Pair with pot roast and mashed potatoes!

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