We’re very pleased to be pouring at CUESA’s Summer Celebration at San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building on July 15th. For those interested in local, seasonal cuisine produced by the city’s finest chefs, this is a can’t miss event. We’ll be pouring, pre-release, our 2010 Green Valley Pinot Noir and our 2011 Russian River Chardonnay. Hope to see you there!
Come on down July 18, 6pm-8pm, to our summer release party and be among the first to taste our delicious new small-lot releases: – Our 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir – Our 2010 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard – Our 2011 Russian River Chardonnay Plus much more! Check out our release party event page for details, and we’ll hope to see you there!
Pinot Days is a fantastic week-long festival in San Francisco celebrating all things Pinot Noir, culminating in a Grand Festival at Fort Mason on Saturday, June 16th. We’ll be pouring our 2010s at the Grand Festival and will hope to see you! Use our discount code and receive 10% off tickets: WACSF12 ! Tickets are available for purchase online here.
Please join us on Sunday June 10th at Venticello’s Farewell to Foie Gras dinner, a loving tribute to foie gras at this venerable, intimate restaurant on San Francisco’s Nob Hill. We are honored to be pairing our 2009 Green Valley Pinot Noir (Devoto Garden Vineyard) with their glorious foie gras ravioli!
Was in winery last week to pull samples and taste through all the 2011 pinot barrels, the goals roughly being: – Assess quality – Assess 2011 barrel decisions – Consider Russian River blend – Keep wine off shirt Each barrel was resting nicely, no off characters; at this stage these 11’s are reminiscent of the 09’s with slightly more mid-palate weight, likely due to the maturing vines at Devoto Gardens. The new oak (2/9, or 22%; one French, one Hungarian — both used as press barrels, with free run in neutral) was there, but mostly hiding, which is fine; still evaluating the Hungarian. My once-filled Taransaud barrel also lent some tannic presence. The Pommard fruit from Flanagan Vineyards along Starr Road has particularly come around and will be the backbone to the Russian River blend. An austere Devoto barrel sitting at 12.7% alcohol in a neutral Radoux barrel is my leading candidate to blend with the Flanagan fruit; the two together were very satisfying, comfortable.