Tasting This Weekend…
AUGUST 3-5, 2023
For the rest of August, we will be celebrating the players and teams of the
Women’s World Cup.
Phew! The Stars & Stripes narrowly advanced to the knockout round, but we made it!
This weekend we will feature some wines from the good ol’ USA and do our best to give the women a boost as we continue our celebration of the Women’s World Cup.
Go Go USA!
HYLAND ESTATES GEWüRZTRAMINER
From the Willamette Valley in Oregon, this wine is bone-dry and intensely fragrant. With Hyland Estate’s Gewürztraminer, the timing of the harvest is determined by continually tasting the grape until the perfect day to bring in the fruit is determined. The winemakers err on the early side to protect the acidity of this normally low acidity grape. After 60 days of fermentation in stainless steel tanks, this wine is ready to go.
A beautiful nose of clover, fresh-shaved ginger and cantaloupe set up perfectly for a complex mouthful of vibrancy with notes of apricot, candied ginger and honeysuckle.
Find your favorite take-out sushi place . This is a perfect match for some sushi, sashimi and miso soup.
GRAYMORE EDNA VALLEY CHARDONNAY
A cycle of cool morning fog, sunny days, and gentle afternoon breezes in the Edna Valley, CA allowed the grapes to ripen gradually and evenly, imparting beautiful aromas, flavor, and structure while maintaining vibrant acidity. 62% of the wine was fermented in barrel, while the remaining wine was fermented in stainless steel. The wine then aged in neutral French and Austrian oak barrels.
The wine is medium-bodied and generous in acidity.
Notes of pear, green apples, lime blossom and lemon meringue are on the nose. On the palate, the wine has bright notes of lemongrass, lime zest and juicy peach.
Enjoy on its own or pair grilled halibut with lemon or Pecorino Romano cheese.
FOUR GRACES PINOT NOIR
Made from fruit sourced throughout the Willamette Valley, this wine is 100% Pinot Noir. Willamette Valley Pinots are generally made in the Burgundian style, and this wine is no exception. Aged for 9 months in 10% new French oak, Four Graces gives a subtle hint of spice on the nose.
Also on the nose are pleasant aromas of black cherry, red raspberry, and rich dark chocolate. The palate is rich and focused with red fruit, fine tannins, and perfectly balanced acidity.
NINER BOOTJACK RED BLEND
32% Cab Sauv, 23% Malbec, 20% Cab Franc, 8% Grenache, 7% Carmenere, 6% Merlot, 2% Zinfandel, 1% Barbera, and 1% Syrah – They couldn’t squeeze in any more?!?!
All the grapes in this blend are grown at two of Niner’s estate vineyards in Paso Robles. The grapes were hand-harvested and then fermented in stainless steel. The wines were blended after fermentation and aged for 26 months in French oak barrels, 40% new.
The wine has aromas of blueberry with hints of lavender, and wet sand, and a thick palate of berry jam, French toast spice, and caramel candies.
Hope to see you soon – Keli and Johnny!