Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I recently sat down with John Balletto and enjoyed a bottle of his first vintage of sparkling wine.Let's check out the tasting notes and pour a glass of this great new sparkling wine. 2011 BRUT ROSE It's very warm in Sonoma County as we speak and the vineyards are a perfect sea of green as the current vintage continues.This wine is amazing and fits the day perfectly!Cheers! Winemaker's Notes It’s hard to imagine that something so lightly colored could be so full and enticing. Bright cherry and lime aromas bounce from the glass with a smattering of spices that keep it lively and interesting. But, while these aromas are captivating, the texture and structure of this Rosé set it apart. This is a serious wine that’s not hiding behind sugar or excessive softness. The tannins are real and lead to a rock mineral sensation. The acidity Rosé to pieces, but not here. An ample and lush texture pulls everything together making it complete and refined. It’s a fine example of wine under tension. Alive and uncompromising. This is a great feature and the food and wine pairing John Balletto speaks of is perfect!Let's join John now,please join us!We saved you a seat! Cheers! Click here and join us for a glass of this first vintage of this great sparkling wine from Balletto Vineyards.
Monday, June 29, 2015
I recently visited Chappellet Winery,and spent some time with Phillip Titus.This is one very busy man!He has been the wine maker for Chappellet for decades,and has also Titus Vineyards,which is now building their own winery.He also has been making the wines for Sonoma Loeb since the label was established many years ago.We will feature 5 different wines today,and first let's take a look at some of the tasting notes.I'm sure we don't have to tell you...we are in for a treat! 2013 Dutton Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir Nestled in the cool, foggy hills above the Russian River Valley in Western Sonoma County, Dutton Ranch has earned a reputation as one of the appellation’s preeminent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Our Pinot Noir block is perfectly located on an east-facing slope with shallow soils and full sun exposure. Yielding approximately 2.5 tons/acre of clones 667, 777 and 115 Pinot Noir, this impeccably farmed site is the perfect place for making world-class Pinot Noir. Grapes from the 2012 vintage were fermented using a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs, with wild yeast, as well as select strains from Burgundy. The wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. 2013 Envoy Chardonnay As the pinnacle of our Chardonnay portfolio, Envoy is a limited production wine made using grapes from the very best vineyard blocks of the acclaimed Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Sonoma-Carneros region. This wine focuses on the Wente, Hyde and Robert Young selections of Chardonnay. These low-yielding selections have a track record of producing some of the best Chardonnays in California. They deliver a rich and layered expression of Chardonnay, with intense tropical fruit and spice character. In the true Burgundian style, the wine was barrel fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation as it aged for eight months on the lees. 2012 Private Reserve Chardonnay Our Private Reserve Chardonnay has stayed true to its roots as a Sonoma Carneros-based wine since 1990. Originally sourced from one small block of Sangiacomo Vineyard’s famed “Home Ranch,” the vineyard sources have expanded to several of Sangiacomo’s best blocks. The 2012 growing season produced the most perfectly ripe and delicious Chardonnay fruit that we have seen in many years. Sangiacomo's cool, windswept vineyards allowed the grapes to slowly mature developing intense varietal character, while retaining excellent acidity and structure.The wine was fermented in French oak barrels, aged on the lees for eight months and underwent malolactic fermentation during the aging process. Phillip says of the wine - "The fruit aromas are abundant spanning the spectrum from lemon zest to ripe apricot, pear and pineapple. Notes of golden piecrust, melted butter, vanilla and clove add elegance and complexity to the effusive aromatics. The mouthfeel is rich and layered, with ripe fruit, cream and sweet oak. Flavors of nectarine, Anjou pear and ripe citrus are displayed with a brightness and definition seen only in the best vintages. Crisp acidity adds the final touch to this powerful, yet elegantly balanced wine." 2012 Sonoma County Pinot Noir This fruit-driven Pinot Noir has abundant spicy berry and red fruit notes, as well as refreshing acidity. The 2012 growing season offered fantastic growing conditions. We were able to pick exactly when we wanted to, resulting in pristine, perfectly developed fruit with great balance and acidity. It was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels and gently handled to preserve the delicate nuances of the Pinot Noir. If you want to get geeky, here are Phillip's tasting notes: This wine begins with a nose that is both vibrant and alluring, with lovely red fruit aromas of raspberry and cherry, as well as layers of currant, rose petal, anise, nutmeg and vanilla. Strawberry and cranberry flavors glide across a silky palate, with bright acidity adding poise and dimension, as well as a mouthwatering freshness that makes this wine beautifully drinkable in its youth. We will now open these beautiful wines and enjoy the work of Phillip Ttus and the wines of Sonoma Loeb.Cheers! Click here and join Phillip Titus as we will pour the wines of Sonoma Loeb.
Monday, June 22, 2015
I recently sat down with Phillip Titus and we opened the many great wines that are offered by the Chappellet,the"Pritchard Hill Club®". Members of the Pritchard Hill Club® enjoy having Chappellet's extraordinary wines delivered to their home four times a year. This sampling of Chappellet wines gives Club members first priority to purchase new releases. Selections also include limited production wines produced exclusively for the club. Pritchard Hill Club Members have the opportunity to receive "All Wine Selections" which includes our celebrated Chenin Blanc and Chardonnays or to limit shipments to "Red Wine Selections". For a complete list of the wines included in the 2014 shipments,click here. We want you to enjoy the wines in your shipment. If there is ever a varietal you would rather not receive, we are always happy to make a substitution. The Pritchard Hill Club® offers many member benefits, such as: A 15% discount on all club shipments and additional wine purchases. Complimentary VIP tours, by appointment. Ability to reserve an allocation of our iconic Pritchard Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Use of our breathtaking meadow for groups up to 6 guests. Invitation to private events hosted by the Chappellet family at the winery and around the country- maybe even in your own backyard! Visit our events page for upcoming events. Member-exclusive opportunities to purchase library wines, collectible large size bottles and special blends crafted by winemaker Phillip Titus. A Pritchard Hill Club® membership is a great gift. Recognize a birthday, wedding, holiday or anniversary with Chappellet wines for a year or purchase a membership to express corporate or personal thanks. Now let's join wine maker Phillip Titus and enjoy the wines of the Pritchard Hill Club®.Cheers! Click here,as we saved you a seat! You won't want to miss this tasting.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Today we will need extra time for our extended lunch.We are traveling into the great Napa Valley and I will introduce you to Phillip Titus.Phillip has been the wine maker for Chappellet for decades,and has three amazing Cabs on the table.First let's at a look at the tasting notes and a little history from this spectacular winery. The Chappellet family’s romance with Pritchard Hill started more than four decades ago when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its magnificent vista of forests and wildflower-filled meadows. Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, the Chappellets followed the advice of renowned winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on Pritchard Hill’s rocky slopes, becoming the first winery to plant vineyards exclusively on high-elevation hillsides. From these Pritchard Hill vineyards, the Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary, age-worthy wines since 1967. Pritchard Hill’s rugged terroir has become legendary for producing wines with great intensity and depth—qualities that define the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. As a result, Chappellet wines have consistently received the highest praise from critics, and are sought after by the world's premier collectors. Today, a second generation of the family has joined their parents in embracing the romance of Pritchard Hill. They are passionate about preserving the land and continuing what Donn and Molly began—making extraordinary wines.Today we are tasting three Cabernets and each is a special wine and perfect with food.I think we should just join Phillip Titus and learn of these wines,as the tasting notes are very large.Cheers! Click here and join us,as we saved you a seat.
Monday, June 15, 2015
This week we will travel into Napa Valley.This is a fabled wine region,and home to many world class wineries.Chappellet has been making wine for decades,and I have been blessed to know Cyril Chappellet.Recently I sat down with Phillip Titus,and we opened the current vintage of Chappellet Cab Franc.The Chappellet family’s romance with Pritchard Hill started more than four decades ago when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its magnificent vista of forests and wildflower-filled meadows. Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, the Chappellets followed the advice of renowned winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on Pritchard Hill’s rocky slopes, becoming the first winery to plant vineyards exclusively on high-elevation hillsides. From these Pritchard Hill vineyards, the Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary, age-worthy wines since 1967. Pritchard Hill’s rugged terroir has become legendary for producing wines with great intensity and depth—qualities that define the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. As a result, Chappellet wines have consistently received the highest praise from critics, and are sought after by the world's premier collectors. Today, a second generation of the family has joined their parents in embracing the romance of Pritchard Hill. They are passionate about preserving the land and continuing what Donn and Molly began—making extraordinary wines.Now let's check out the tasting notes before we introduce you to Phillip Titus and open this special wine. Harvested October 24–November 1, 2011 14.5% Alcohol TA .52g/100ml pH 3.79 Cabernet Franc 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petit Verdot 10% Malbec 4% 2011 Cabernet Franc WINEMAKER PHILLIP CORALLO-TITUS The 2011 vintage has yielded a classic expression of mountain-grown Cabernet Franc that is both elegant and intense. Varietal aromas of cherry, blackberry and violets fill the glass alongside hints of green olive, bay leaf, anise, cedar and mocha—all of which add a Bordeaux-like complexity to the nose. On the palate, the tannins are plush and supple, underscoring the wine’s rich body and velvety mouthfeel. Focused red and black fruit favors, as well as notes of sweet oak, roast coffee beans and sage carry through to a lingering and viscous finish that highlights the sophistication of Cab Franc grown on Pritchard's Hill. I can't wait any longer...Let's join Phillip Titus and enjoy a glass of this beautiful wine.Cheers! Click here as we saved you a seat.
Friday, June 12, 2015
This is a holiday wine!Spectacular in all ways.We should discuss the fact that wines from the Sonoma Coast appellation,are taking the world by Pinot Noir force....A perfect area for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,and I think we are just seeing the beginning of a golden age of Pinot Noirs from California.Before we join Anne Moses and open this wine let's check out the tasting notes.The press this wine has been getting is worth reading ,and you get the sense that we are in the presence of a wine that is considered amongst the best in the world. 93 Points | Wine Advocate “From Dijon clones 667 and 777, the 2013 Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch spent time in 60% new French oak. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by beautiful aromas of wild mountain blue and black fruits, sweet raspberries, forest floor and spring flowers. As this meaty, rich, complex Pinot sits in the glass, notes of slow-cooked pot roast and bouquet garni also emerge. Already delicious, this beauty should continue to age nicely for 7-10 years.” - Robert Parker Jenkins Ranch 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Vintage after vintage, Jenkins delivers a rich, flowing expression of Pinot Noir with fine-grained velvety tannins and alluring fruit—and the 2013 vintage follows in this delicious tradition. While there are beautiful black raspberry, blueberry, dark plum and milk chocolate layers to this wine, there is also a decidedly savory side, with elements of roast meat, mushrooms and fine herbs adding character and complexity. The finish is broad and lingering, with a mouthcoating density that puts an exclamation point on this stellar Pinot Noir. Retail Price: $60.00it's Time!!Let's join Anne Moses and enjoy the 2013 Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir from Patz And Hall. Cheers! Click here as we just poured you a glass of the 2013 Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir from Patz and Hall.
We have yet another Pinot Noir to discover and rightfully So!IT'S Friday and that means we can enjoy a couple great wines this weekend.I'm thinking it's a Patz and Hall kind of weekend. The Gap's Crown Pinot Noir from Patz and Hall is a big,bold beautiful wine.I'm on my way now to talk with Anne Moses and share a bottle of this wine.As I turn into the new tasting salon,the sun is going down on the beautiful vineyards surrounding this special spot.Northern California at it's best!Now let's check out the tasting notes and open this great wine. Gap's Crown Vineyard 2013 Sonoma Coast The more this spectacular vineyard matures, the more dramatic its wines become. Rich, concentrated and compelling, this is an epic Pinot Noir. At the same time, Gap’s Crown’s signature hyper-red fruit notes combined with good acidity and a steely minerality add poise and precision. On the palate, rich flavors of cherry compote and mulled holiday spices are supported by hints of lavender, rosemary and resin from a small amount of whole-cluster fermentation. While there is a smooth, velvety ripeness to this wine, the lingering finish has a grip that bodes well for a long life. Retail Price: $70.00 Accolades 91+ Points | Wine Advocate “The 2013 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard (15% whole clusters used and 65% new French oak aging) exhibits a dark ruby color along with a big, sweet bouquet of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, redcurrants, pomegranates, Provençal herbs, and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied with rich, zesty acidity as well as a long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years.” - Robert Parker let's join Anne Moses and enjoy this beautiful Pinot Noir from Patz and Hall.Cheers! Click here and we will discover this wine together.