Thursday, May 20, 2010Posted by Bobat 12:20 pmin blog0 comments
We’re pleased as punch to announce that Wait Cellars’ limited-production Pinot Noir is now available by the bottle at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (FPWM), in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building. Those who have watched the Ferry Building’s transformation over this past decade know that it is now ground zero for locavore’s looking for beautiful, locally produced fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese, and yes, wine! If you haven’t been, the FPWM is a lovely shop with a huge, eclectic selection of wines, as well as a popular and comfortable wine bar where you can sample ever-changing wines. The FPWM is currently carrying our 2007 Russian River Pinot Noir. Do stop by and let them know you’re happy they’re supporting local very limited-production winemaking; and if you buy a bottle, I suggest pairing it with some braising greens and sweet pork sausage from the farmer’s market — delicious!
Wait Cellars was pleased to pour this past weekend at the Soiree Des Arts et Des Vins just down the block in Hayes Valley, helping raise funds for a local school raising “global citizens.” Attendees also showed their exquisite taste in wine :). Out of more than 100 wines available, the Wait Cellars 2007 Russian River Pinot Noir was the best-selling wine! Many thanks to Kelly Zeissner for her stewardship at our table, and to Foggy Bridge for being such a kind table-mate.
Here’s a (crappy phone) shot of our half-table at this past weekend’s SF Vintner’s Market at Fort Mason. Good times! Ton of people moving through the place on Saturday and Sunday, met a lot of nice folks. People loved the Pinots, at least while I was within earshot…. Here’s a shot of my view on Saturday. An intimate airplane hangar…. Here’s a shot of Raquel at the table, who helped out Saturday afternoon to much applause! The 2007 was dark and delicious, though next time I think I’ll decant — it was missing some of its more delicate notes. The 2008 was showing very well for a “pre-release” — many folks found it more approachable than the 2007 (which I find brooding, more complex). The 08 struck nice lean, bright dark-cherry and toasty cola notes with agreeable weight mid-palate. We sold a number of bottles. Both 07 and 08 are young; they’ll continue to get better in the bottle for the next 3 to 5 years; the 07 likely longer, which I think will be a very special wine if I can just stop drinking it now… Thanks to Rob Barnett and the SFWA for helping process our orders. And […]
Thursday, April 08, 2010Posted by Bobat 10:02 pmin blog0 comments
The SF Vintner’s Market looks to be quite a blow-out: http://www.sfvintnersmarket.com We’ll be there, pouring our 2007 Russian River Pinot Noir, as well as pre-release tastes of our 2008! Come join us! Get $10 off the ticket price by using the promo code “10bucksoff” when you register here: http://sfvintnersmarket.eventbrite.com/
Tuesday, April 06, 2010Posted by Bobat 3:21 pmin blog0 comments
Sat down again last week with Chris and Tom Leaf to taste the 2009 Amber and Devoto in barrel. Was going in thinking about taking the Amber off of wood early (50% is on new Radoux (French Oak)) as it’s shaping up with such great flavor. Am also considering a big blend decision with the Devoto fruit: blend in Amber fruit, losing Devoto’s Green Valley appellation (in lieu of the larger Russian River designation), but ideally creating a wholly richer and more complex wine. Ended up deciding to decide nothing. Everything is evolving nicely, two very distinctive and interesting wines, am going to just step back and get out of their way for now. We noticed a little reduction on the Devoto wine (sulfuric compounds, likely a byproduct of fermentation) that some might “clean up” with a drop of copper; but again decided to leave the thing alone, the aromas seemed to blow off quickly and I expect these compounds to combine and resolve themselves in the coming months. Tom Leaf particularly liked the “Oregonian” aromas and taste of the Devoto, a dead-ringer, he claims, for an Oregonian wine whose name I’ve forgotten. We’re all excited to see how it […]