Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Foursight Wines/Anderson Valley white wines/Kristy Charles
when traveling into the great Anderson valley,my first stop is always Foursight Wines.Located in the town of Boonville,and really the gateway to this beautiful grape growing region.Today we will be talking about two white wines from Foursight wines. first we will take a look at the history of this winery and then the tasting notes on these incredible wines. CHARLES VINEYARD VINEYARD LOCATION: Anderson Valley Mendocino County, California Established in 2001 by William and Nancy Charles, Charles Vineyard is located just southeast of the town of Boonville and is planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. In our location we can experience daily temperature swings of up to 55 degrees Fahrenheit (sometimes more), which adds to the rich flavors and strong acid profile of our grapes. Winters can be very wet, as the annual rainfall in Boonville averages 41.6 inches. Fortunately, our vineyard sits on an ancient river bend, which means our well-drained soils are suited to this annual moisture level. The modern-day version of this ancient river, called Anderson Creek, now borders our property on the east, separating us from the eastern foothills of the valley. All vineyard work is done by our family, with help during pruning and harvest. On any given day you can find us in the vineyard, performing one of many tasks that keep our vineyard healthy and producing the best quality fruit possible. We practice what we like to call vine-by-vine viticulture: Spending so much time in the vineyard enables us to know the vines' particular needs and tend them accordingly, from adjusting compost levels to changing pruning techniques. We live on our land, and so farm our vineyard sustainably and responsibly, to ensure that the vineyard, and our family, is healthy and happy for years to come. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc balances beautiful stonefruit in the bouquet with that crisp, refreshing quality that we love for food pairing or simply enjoying on a sunny day. We harvested estate-grown fruit in the cool of the morning, then pressed it in our traditional, wooden basket press. This wine was fermented with wild yeast and wild ML strains, and aged in a combination of stainless steel and older French oak barrels. The 2016 vintage offered a nice, even growing season and the Sauvignon Blanc thrived -- a relief after several low-yielding vintages that left us consistently sold out of this release. We will now open the crisp SB from Foursight wines.Perhaps we could pour you a glass also. I'm thinking we should also pour you a glass of one of my new favorite wines. The Semillon from Foursight wines! Semillon is rare in Anderson Valley, and unique to see bottled by its own in California. When crafted with care, it produces a delicious and medium-bodied, dry white wine. Our estate-grown Semillon is fermented with wild yeast and wild ML strains, pressed gently in a traditional, wooden basket press, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It showcases citrus, a touch of toast (from judicious use of new French oak barrels), and refreshing acidity -- a treat in the glass, and something fun and different to pour for friends. Foursight Wines was founded in 2006 by Kristy Charles, Joe Webb and Bill & Nancy Charles. The goal at Foursight wines is to produce 100% estate wines in the French monopole model, with our grapes sourced only from our own Charles Vineyard. Our wines are produced using traditional, old-world techniques, including 100% wild yeast fermentation and wild malolactic fermentation. Our Pinot Noirs employ partial whole cluster fermentation and are never fined or filtered. Every grape and bottle of wine produced in our vineyard or small winery has been shepherded through the process by a member of the family, making the final product we sell direct to our wine club or through or Web site or tasting room all that much more special. Let's join Kristy Charles and learn more about these great wines from the Anderson valley!Cheers! Click here and join us in the town of Boonville at Foursight wines .