Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Re-tasting our New Releases

This past weekend my Bill, Nancy, Joe and myself sat down with some friends to re-taste our 2007 Anderson Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir in the comfort of the Foursight guest house (which we recently decided to start renting out, actually - contact us if you're interested).

Because they're our debut releases, it's fascinating to note the changes in the wines as they mature - a learning experience for all of us.

The 2006 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir displayed aromas of fresh raspberries, strawberries, and hint of toasty oak, which carried into the mouth and was enhanced by rhubarb and more acidic, red fruit flavors. The mouthfeel was full and the finish lengthy. We were impressed all over again by this wine, which I think is really maturing and coming into its own now.

I can envision this with some savory pork with a cherry sauce, or perhaps duck or venison (which we just happen to have in our freezer). The Pinot currently retails for $46 and is available on our Web site

The 2007 Anderson Valley Sauvignon Blanc (from Ferrrington Vineyard) had been suffering from a bit of bottle shock a few tastings ago, but is now fully recovered. Aromas of tropical pineapple, lychee, and passion fruit mingle with bright acidity in the mouth and finish. It's refreshing, and especially great with one of Joe and I's favorite meal when we lived in Santa Rosa - "Oliver's dinner." We'd go down the street to the local gourmet grocer, pick out fresh bread, smoked salmon, brie and other spreadable French cheeses, olives, asparagus, and every other item that caught our fancy. We'd take it home, place everything on a large cutting board, and dig in.

The Sauvignon Blanc retails for $20 and is available on our Web site

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