- Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon 2010 Product #27025 (In Stock)
As Kathy Joseph likes to say, it’s easy to make aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Just ferment it cool in all tank and toss in a few enzymes and, poof, you’ve got explosive scents of grass, grapefruit, and more. Getting great texture and length in Sauvignon Blanc requires a LOT more work in both vineyard and winery.
Here, perfectly ripe grapes from Happy Canyon in the warm Santa Ynez Valley come to the winery cool and then ferment in one-third each stainless steel (for freshness), used oak (for texture) and new oak (for smoky accents and body). The result is a delicious wine with California Sauvignon Blanc body and fruit but a Pouilly Fume-like note of smoke and mineral. Delicious all by itself but fascinating with food, where it shows bright and crisp with rich dishes and rich and round with brighter, lighter, foods. As fine a bottle of California Sauvignon Blanc as I know.
"Sexy aromas of lemon curd, poached pear and vanilla, with hints of oak spice and honey adding complexity. Fleshy and smooth in texture but surprisingly dry, with powerful orchard fruit and melon flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Behaves like a blend of white Bordeaux and Pouilly-Fume, finishing with lipsmacking acidity and very good length. This wine could pair up with rich or light foods, or can be enjoyed on its own."International Wine Cellar 91 points
- Ampelos Cellars Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills 2009 Product #26766 (In Stock)
These guys are best known as a vineyard source for other top Sta. Rita Hills winemakers (e.g. Greg Brewer), but they make a tiny amount of wine on their own as well. This is a terrific example with more structure and focus than you often find in such ripe, Sta. Rita Hills Pinot. Just 600 cases made, though, so don't wait to get yours!
"Bright ruby-red. Fresh red berries and flowers on the highly fragrant nose. Spicy and focused, with good depth and energy to its redcurrant and cherry-cola flavors. A smoky note comes up with air and carries through a long, supple, appealingly sweet finish. This pinot is delicious right now."International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2010 Product #25961 (In Stock)
A long-time benchmark for the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the 2010 Pinot marks another great vintage for Greg Brewer and the Melville estate. Made from select blocks of Melville’s estate vineyards. Greg uses about 30% whole clusters and neutral wood barrels for Melville’s Pinots, allowing the ripe red raspberry fruit and distinctive smoky/earthy notes from these vineyards to shine through. The tannins are silky smooth and the flavors linger nicely on the long finish where sweet, floral, notes linger nicely.
"Longtime winemaker Greg Brewer has done a great job with these new releases. Although there are a number of highlights here, it is the Pinots that truly shine in 2010. Melville-s 2010 Pinot Noir Estate presents an intriguing fabric of sweet candied cherries, rose petals, mint and sweet herbs. This is an especially juicy, yet medium-bodied Pinot built on finesse and elegance. The 2010 is simply gorgeous. Greg Brewer used approximately 33% whole clusters here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."Wine Advocate 91 points