Pedroncelli Chardonnay 2016
Citrus, peach and floral notes in the bouquet of the Pedroncelli Chardonnay 2016 lead to flavors of fresh peach, green apple, a touch of lemon, and tropical fruit. The blend of the two Chardonnay lots adds both fruit forward qualities and a creamy texture. Highlighted by bright acidity, the wine finishes crisp with a fine lingering finish. Drink now—no aging required.
Belle Glos Pinot Noir 2015, Los Alturas Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA$55
Probably better known for their wildly popular Meiomi Pinot Noir, Belle Glos makes a wonderful single vineyard Pinot from the Los Alturas Vineyard in the Santa Lucia appellation. Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil. When planting this 15-acre vineyard, they matched various Pinot Noir clones to individual slopes and soil attributes of the land. Yields are deliberately kept low in order to preserve the fruit intensity these clonal choices provide. The Belle Glos Pinot Noir 2015, Los Alturas Vineyard starts off with a deep ruby red color and intriguing aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, ripe plums, with hints of black licorice. A complexity of dark berry fruits unfold on the palate; blackberries and bing cherries along with dark chocolate flavors. Vanilla and cedar oak undertones on the mid-palate further enhance the wine. The overall impression is rich with refined tannins, firm acidity and explosive layers of ripe fruit.
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.