Banshee Rose 2019
The McDowell Valley Vineyards are located to the southeast of Hopland in Mendocino County. These vineyards are nestled in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains and are perched on sloped bench land at elevations as high as 1,000 feet.The Rhône varietals grown here produce Rosé that is fresh and vibrant with quintessential coastal climate traits.
The 2019 Banshee Rosé is a lovely shade of pale salmon with aromas of rose water, salinity and fresh picked strawberries. Bright flavors of juicy cantaloupe and honeydew melon are highlighted by a touch of Meyer lemon. Racy acidity and elegance are balanced perfectly in this dry, crisp Rosé.
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BARRA Chardonnay 2020, Mendocino County$25.00
All of the grapes for this Barra Chardonnay 2020 are from the estate. The fruit for this barrel fermented wine were hand picked from the organically farmed home ranch located on the bench lands at the headwaters of the Russian River in Redwood Valley, CA. This Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 25% new French oak with the remainder fermenting in more neutral barrels. After primary fermentation, the wine was left on the lees and stirred weekly using the bâttonage method. The malolactic fermentation took place over 25 days.
White peach, honeysuckle, and a kiss of tropical guava mingle effortlessly with oak elements of subtle vanilla, caramel and fresh toasted bread. On the palate, a firm acid structure and distinct minerality is followed by a balanced, silky roundness. The finish is powerful yet elegant, and delivers a quenching, satisfying experience.
92 Points + Editor’s Choice – Wine Spectator
97 Points + Double Gold – Press Democrat Wine Competition
Ottimino Zinfinity 2018, Sonoma County. CA USA$20.00
Ottimino means “Little Eight,” so called because he was the last of eight children and the smallest, but had big ambitions. When he came to America in 1913, he made his home on a beautiful ridge above Green Valley (western Sonoma County) and forged a life on new soil. Ottimino became a favorite in the area, and always spoke proudly of his vines. along the way one of the friends he made was Brad Alper, who had a dream similar to Ottimino's. Brad's first grapes grew as Ottimino's time was coming to an end, and the legacy was passed on. His inquiries led him to veteran winemaker Bill Knuttel, who instantly knew that Brad's (and Ottimino's) dream would soon become Brad and Bill's passion. Long time California wine-maker William Knuttel has concentrated on ultra-premium winemaking for the majority of his career. Knuttel’s winemaking journey began at Saintsbury. While there he founded and was owner/winemaker of Tria, producing fine Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel. Bill has also served as Vice President and Winemaker at Chalk Hill Winery and Dry Creek Vineyard, as well as producing his own label. The foundation of the 2018 Ottimino Zinfinity is the 50 year old vines in Biglieri Vineyard, Dry Creek, blended with some Bradford Mountain selection Zin from Ottimino Vineyard, their home ranch. To these finely nuanced Zins, they added a touch of fruit from Chalk Hill. Finally, they added Petite Sirah from Doug Rafanelli’s steep hillside vines to enhance the density and structure of the blend. Deep and defined, optimally ripened blackberry fruit is joined in the developing aromas of this complex Zin by a distinctive note of dusty soil spice, and the ensuing flavors reflect the same. A trim bit of tannin lends structural spine and neatly placed acids keep things agile, and all the while persistent fruit is the force that drives this one through to a very long finish.
Cosa Obra Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Hummingbird Hill, Sonoma Coast, USA$28.00
Sourced from a small artisan grower located in the eastern slope of the Sonoma Valley known as Fallenleaf Vineyard. The grapes grown at this site possesses a unique tropical varietal characteristic. This enticing Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of white peach, cantaloupe, and orange blossom complemented by bright citrus, lemon curd and zest. Tropical flavors of kiwi, pineapple, lemon, mango and papaya introduce a rich palate and a persistent mineral finish. A great aperitif, this pairs nicely with just about any seafood dish, and is a great companion with cheese.