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Oenophiles (i.e. wine lovers), rejoice: your day has come!
Today is #NationalWineDay … come out and taste some classics from California! Isabelle will be on the Tasting Bar sharing those grapes and wines from California that represent the classic regions, grapes, and old school wineries from 5-7p tonight.
- Mt Eden Edna Valley Chardonnay 2015: Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original “boutique” California winery properties, focusing on small lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Mount Eden’s lineage of estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is the longest in California. Jean-Pierre Wolff farms 55 acres of Chardonnay vines in the bucolic Edna Valley, outside the town of San Luis Obispo. Originally planted in 1976 by Edna Valley wine pioneer Andy Macgregor (Wolff purchased the property from Macgregor in 1999), the vineyard is the oldest in the Edna Valley. Mount Eden has made Chardonnay from this vineyard since 1985. Barrel-fermented and aged on the lees for ten months, they devote the same attention and care to these barrels as they do to their Estate wines. Full, lush tropical fruit dominates this wine’s aromas and flavors. Complex and heady on the palate, it is a premier example of Central Coast Chardonnay.
- Cosentino The Franc 2015: Lodi has been growing winegrapes since the mid-1800s and today is the largest appellation in California with over 110,000 acres in production. Known for hearty Zinfandels, Lodi is also home to all of California’s leading varieties, and has long been the leading producer for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Today, Lodi produces over 100 different varieties and offers a vast portfolio of diverse wines. This is 100% Cabernet Franc from Lodi that is deep crimson in color with sweet and spicy notes of fresh herbs and cloves on the nose. On the palate, it has intense flavors of fruit with hints of black pepper and has good structure with a long finish. Enjoy this with grilled or roasted meats, especially roasted duck.
- The Lost Colony Sonoma County Red Blend 2014: Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the myths, people, places, and history that have shaped American winemaking. In the heart of California wine country, they make American wine the way it’s always been made: by taking the best the land has to give us and nurturing the quality and character of our fruit from vineyard to bottle. The Lost Colony is inspired by one of the great mysteries in American history, a disappearance that set the stage for the origin story of American wine. In 1587, Governor John White and 118 English colonists landed on Roanoke Island (now part of North Carolina), and set about establishing a permanent colony. A month later, White’s daughter gave birth to a baby girl. She was christened Virginia Dare, the first child of English parentage born in the New World. But times were hard for her struggling colony. Governor White made a trip back to England, vowing to return promptly with aid, but he was delayed for three years by England’s war with Spain. When he finally returned, there was nobody there—the colony was lost without a trace. This is a blend of 45% Syrah, 37% Malbec, 7% Petite Sirah, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot that has bright and full notes of red and black stone-fruits that are backed up by notes of wood spice and touches of sandalwood or cedar. This is a fruit-forward choice with easy tannins that is both versatile and elegant. Come and experience a taste of the Lost Colony!
- Cass Mourvèdre 2015: The Cass Estate Vineyard, located southeast of the town of Paso Robles, exemplifies the quality of the Paso Robles region with its warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils. In 2000, they planted wine grape clones certified by ENTAV, the agency that is responsible for certification of wine grape clones in France. Cass Vineyard was among the first vineyards in California to be planted entirely to ENTAV certified clones. They have 11 varietals on 145 acres, including seven Rhône varietals as well as five red Bordeaux varietals. This wine was hand-picked in early October, the fruit was destemmed and fermented in small tanks, with regular pumpovers to aid extraction. In order to let the varietal fruit shine through, the wine was aged in neutral oak barrels with 100% being French oak. Following this mantra further, the wine was left unblended in order to let the Mourvèdre speak as a pure, 100% varietal wine. Plenty of big fruit with notes of plum and cherry popping out of the glass first and the palate is full of both an intensity and a freshness that helps it to be both big and nimble. Enjoy this with grilled meats on the patio this summer!
Come check out our selection of canned wines, rose, and unique wines from around the world for #NationalWineDay! Or, if you can’t make it to the tasting, don’t forget that we delivery through the Drizly app, download it now!