McManis Chardonnay 2016, River Junction Vineyard
From the River Junction Vineyard, the McManis Chardonnay 2016 is light golden straw in color. Bright fruit aromas of Pear, Melon and Peach are accompanied by a bouquet of Vanilla, Hazelnut, and a hint of buttered popcorn. The wine is rich, creamy and full of sweet Pear, Banana and toasty oak flavors. Great with Irish Fishermen’s Pie
Jelly Jar Rose 2016$20
Jelly Jar was founded in 2005. The wines are hand crafted by Andy Pestoni, a fourth generation Napa Valley native with roots dating back to the late 1890s. Making wine has always been part of his family’s heritage and Andy continues the winemaking tradition with Jelly Jar, a wine reminiscent of those early days when times were a bit simpler. The 2016 Rosé is made from the family vineyard in Lake County. Planted over 10 years ago from old Zinfandel clones on St. George rootstock. A gently sloping vineyard at 2,129 feet elevation with a blend of crushed basalt rock and well drained red dirt. The Jelly Jar Rose 2016 is a dry Rosé of Zinfandel made from the juice of freshly squeezed grapes and fermented in stainless steel at a cold temperature for an extended period. Enjoy the refreshing tastes of watermelon and peach with hints of cherry blossom. 250 cases made.
Zaca Mesa Z-Cuvee 2014$25
Zaca Mesa wines are made from sustainably farmed grapes that are estate grown, produced and bottled. With over 40 years of grape growing experience in the Santa Ynez Valley, the winemaking and vineyard teams meticulously farm our vineyard to focus on terroir-driven wines. They began growing Rhône varieties in 1978 and they were the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County. Zaca Mesa has been producing this unique blend called the Z-Cuvee since 1993. It is inspired by the wines of Côtes du Rhône found in the southern Rhône Valley of France, where they have been blending these varieties together for centuries to create wines that are greater than the sum of their parts. The 2014 Zaca Mesa Z-Cuvee is an extremely balanced and complex Rhône blend. Grenache adds rich raspberry aromas and flavors; Mourvèdre brings notes of blueberry, meat and spice; Syrah, adds flavors of blackberry and ripe tannins; Cinsault brings a touch of dusty berry. With a nice sense of berryish fruit leading the way and hardwood kiss of richness helping out, this wine is attractive in aroma and also in supple-textured flavors. It firms up at the back without giving up anything to dryness, and while it can age a little, it does not demand cellar time.