We’re pleased to announce that our 2011 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard, received a gold medal at this years San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2012 vintage of that same wine, which has not yet been formally released, received a silver medal. One of the largest competitions in the world, over 4500 wines from 1400 wineries were evaluated. Last year, the 2011 Green Valley received silver as a young wine, just shortly before it was released — we entered it again this year, and the gold medal received this year reflects it’s maturation in bottle. We expect a similar trajectory for our 2012! Our 2011 Russian River Pinot Noir received double-gold in last years competition, and we did not re-enter it this year.
Please join us this weekend for two of summer’s most delightful events: Pinot Days San Francisco, Saturday June 21st, from 12-5pm at the Metreon, is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world! There is no better way to survey your favorite grape, and as a friend of Wait Cellars you may receive 33% off the current ticket price: just use the discount code WCLSF14 when buying tickets here. Stop by our table and say hello! On Sunday June 22nd, 6pm-9pm, come to CUESA’s annual summer harvest/solstice celebration and be prepared to sample some of the tastiest bites you’ll have all summer! At both of these events we’ll be pouring our 2012 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard, due to be released in July. Club members have already had the opportunity to taste this vintage, now you can too prior to our July release sale. Wine Enthusiast has rated this wine a 93 (in the forthcoming September issue), and see what the Prince of Pinot has to say.
Put this massive tasting for the public and trade in your calendar, it is a unique opportunity to taste through hundreds of brilliant California wines, all under one roof. Tickets just went on sale here. Note the new location this year — the San Mateo Event Center.
Come celebrate summer’s pending arrival while mingling amongst eclectic artwork and collectibles and sipping our latest Chardonnay in Mill Valley on June 5th! This will be a great opportunity to taste the 2013 Russian River Chardonnay before it’s formally released and shipped to our Summer Whites club later in the summer — as well as to experience one of the most compelling open studio’s of the year! The 2013 Russian River Chardonnay We picked this Chardonnay early (21.5-22 brix) to retain acids and temper alcohol, in pursuit of a natural expression of the block. It was destemmed and cold-macerated for 24 hours, cool-fermented with wild, resident yeast in neutral oak, then conditioned sur lie for six months prior to bottling without fining or filtration. The result we think is a graceful Russian River Chardonnay, brimming with crisp, table-friendly acids, stone fruit aromas, and comforting apple, citrus and butterscotch flavors.