"God made Cabernet, whereas the Devil made Pinot Noir" - Andre Tchelistcheff
New to Wine & Cheese is our Pinot Noir tasting flight. Here for a limited time you may sample a flight from three of the world's best places for Pinot Noir.
The 2009 Black Diamond Pinot Noir is from the Russian River Valley and is 100% Pinot. Whereas many CA Pinots throw in Syrah or Malbec to up the alcohol and turn it into a jammy cab like substance, the Black Diamond is unashamedly Burgundian in style but showcasing the soft ripeness that CA can bring to the picture. The fruit is vibrant and clean, letting this wine sing with any of our soft cheeses. Try it at home with a barely done pork loin to see how food friendly this guy is.
And speaking of Burgundy, (and not Almaden Mountain Burgundy) we have a 2008 Premier Cru Mercurey from the Les Saumonts vineyard. Warmer than average summers have softened many of this region's wines and this one is no exception. Very drinkable today with rich fruit and impressive body, we are excited to be pouring this by the glass or flight for a limited time.
And last but not least is a Pinot from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The 2010 Evesham Wood Pinot from their Illahe Vineyard is classic Oregon Pinot showing mushroom and soft forest floor aromas behind its impressive fruit balance.
This flight is a bit of a change for us as these wines are similar in weight and style, making the differences more subtle but still obvious when tasting side by side. Pinot Noir is a challenging grape to grow with its thin skins but when done right becomes probably the best food wine on the planet with its acidity and soft flavors. Come on out and try some with us!
This is definitely "to-go" season at Wine & Cheese! Our platters are making it to far more Christmas parties than any of us. We make them up on very nice re-usable catering trays so you just unwrap them and they are good to go. A couple bottles of bubbly from the Wine Cellar next door and no one will notice that tacky sweater from Aunt Beatrice.
Wine & Cheese and the Wine Cellar will be open on Christmas Eve till 2pm. We will be closed Christmas Day and OPEN on New Year's Day. Regular hours will be observed on New Year's Eve. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season!
We finally got our order of Sweet Sunset Chocolate Infused Merlot in today! As usual we bought every bottle that came into the state and are unpacking it right now. These 20 cases might last through Christmas but who knows?
First phone call of the day was a phone order for 3 bottles and a half pound of Walnut Gourmandise!
We loved the Kings of Italy Flight and I guess everyone else did too because they are all gone! We do have a couple bottles left in the Wine Cellar for retail sale but its now time for another premium flight - The "Holiday in Napa" flight.
We're showcasing some beautiful Napa reds starting with The Volunteer, crafted by volunteer firefighter Tony Leonardini. Tony squeaked his harvest in before the monster October rain of '09 and has crafted a powerful Cabernet (touch of Merlot and Cab Franc) that shows rich cherry, hints of cranberry wrapped up in toasted vanilla notes from French oak.
The second red is the 2006 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain District in Napa. The Romans knew about the benefits of planting on hillsides and the Smiths agree with these vines growing on slopes up to 35% at almost 2000 ft elevation. Somewhat subtler than the others in the flight, this 85% Cab, 6% Merlot and 9% Cab Franc blend is elegant with warm flavors of dark cherry, cassis and cedar. Twenty-two months in American oak adds some tannic depth and character as well.