Pike Road Pinot Gris 2018
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
2018 was a vintage for rich, bold flavors in Willamette Valley wines. Starting hot and dry through the spring and summer, by September rain was a welcome relief. Cooler temperatures during harvest slowed ripening and increased hang-time. With multiple vineyards ripening simultaneously in October, our crew put in long hours at the end of crush. Their hard work has paid off with bold fruit-forward red wines and fresh, stone-fruited white wines that veer into the tropical. 2018 was a warm vintage that ended cool giving us wines with a captivating combination of flavors.
Bursting with freshly cut pear fruit and skin, both scents and flavors, this fruit-driven wine is a delight. It’s not the most complex Pinot Gris on the market, but for pure fruit goodness it’s tough to beat.
Cantine Povero Barbera d'Asti 2018Light, bright, clean, and fresh. A varietally perfect example of Barbera.
Cardedu Cannonau di Sardegna Caladu 2016'Caladu' is the Sardinian word for sunset - one of the many times when you can enjoy this wine. It's spicy and smoky, with fleshy fruit and dusty tannins. It matches especially well with grilled meats - flank steak, sausages, pork ribs, lamb lollipops - or in Sardinia, with the local roasted suckling pig called porceddu.
Cardedu Praja Monica di Sardegna 2019Decomposed granite soils give a zingy light bodied wine, with spicy-underbrush notes, and just a touch of fruit. The toasted Fregola with small clams; canned sardines; meaty olives.
Delinquente Wine Company Screaming Betty Vermentino 2017From a small batch, natural-leaning producer, this wine is a bright and fruit drop that's easy to like. Stone fruits, red apple skins and florals carry to a palate that slithers smoothly like water over river rock. There're no hard edges and no funk here. Just deliciousness in a glass.
Gönc Cuvee Anna Rosé 2019Aromas of wild berries, strawberries, melon, and peach. On the palate, very fruity with a lively, refreshing finish. A bright Provence style Rose that will make you wonder how it is not from Provence!
Höpler Pannonica Red 2014Hoepler wines have a clear signature. They tend to be delicate, elegant and high in minerality. They are excellent to drink on their own but versatile when it comes to food and wine pairing.
Las Jaras Glou Glou Red 2019This vintage can make your homebound meal sing. Glou Glou is the kind of light red that tastes like sparkles and bright, summer fruit. It has enough acid to stand up to your favorite pasta and tomato sauce, with intense berry notes that can perfectly complement a smoky, tangy BLT. Serve slightly chilled-this is the most refreshing red wine ever, and the perfect antidote to long evenings at home. Most of the grapes underwent carbonic maceration, the classic fermentation method of the Beaujolais, which means that fermentation happened inside of berries themselves, causing them to explode in happy, boozy ecstasy. That's how you'll feel when you drink this wine-it dances in your mouth. It is great, you will love it!
McPherson MWC Pinot Noir 2017The aroma is enticing with intense plum, cherry and strawberry fruit with a hint of spicy oak. The fresh fruit momentum continues on the palate with vibrant plum and dark stone fruits finishing with some firm acid, beautiful tannins and integrated oak. A great match with roast duck, rabbit and other game meats or medium intensity dishes like porcini mushroom risotto or fine cheese.
Martha Stoumen Wines Post Flirtation White 2019This mineral driven wine gives off aromas of fresh ocean air, white pepper and kiwi. A beautifully light bodied wine that would complement a variety of foods from Dim Sum to oysters. Take me anywhere! Winemaker Notes This is always a fun wine to make, as it is the first fruit to come into the winery in late August. First Generation Farmers is located outside of Oakley, Contra Costa County (affectionately CoCo). The weather and soils of CoCo are reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with a hot land mass, super duper sandy soils, and a near constant cooling wind coming off of the very cold salty waters of the Carquinez Strait. The resulting wines are full of summer flavors, slightly salty, and extremely drinkable. In 2018 we blended in some earlier season Colombard to illuminate the brightness of this wine. This old vine Colombard is versatile, as it maintains basically the same sugar level and acidity on the vine from August to November. When picked in late August it reminds me of a featherweight Basque Txakoli (while our late season Colombard going into our Honeymoon has a more Chenin-like characteristics). As fun as it is to make, this wine is even more fun to drink. - Martha Stoumen
McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Riesling 2018Intensely aromatic, this wine shows typical ripe Riesling characteristics, including honey, apricot, and white flowers. Tangerine, jasmine, and coriander seed appear in the nose, as the palate turns to tropical flavors evocative of guava and pineapple. Mild sweetness is balanced by a bright core of tangy citrus for a mouth-watering, sweet and sour finish.
Nicole Chanrion Côte de Brouilly 2018This wine shows the dark fruit and firm structure typical of the Côte de Brouilly with its silky tannins and sensuous texture.
Roca Altxerri Getariako Txakolina 2017The gentle fizz (as is traditional for Txakoli) is just one of the many charming elements to Roca Altxerri. Bone dry with angular but balanced acidity with a plethora of fruit notes including grapefruit and melon with fresh grass and spring flower notes on the nose. Break out the porrón!
Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 2019This delicious wine packs an amazing amount of flavor in a light to medium- bodied frame! Notes of crisp pears and apples with a lovely, lingering, refreshing finish. Best Gavi for the money, HANDS DOWN!
Zin Collective Zinfandel 2018Ruby red in color. Expressive, rich nose full of rhubarb, blackberry pie and brambly red fruits. Secondary notes of vanilla and spice box. Medium-bodied mouthful of blackberry, ripe, red currant and black cherry. Supple tannins and perfect acidity buoy and brighten a lengthy finish framed with a trace of tobacco and baker's chocolate.