58 Degrees & Holding presents...
Saracina 2008 Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc
The grapes were sourced from three highly individualistic, 100% organically farmed Mendocino County vineyards representing the best of the appellation: the cool climate Kathleen's Vineyard, which was planted 45 years ago at the home ranch by owner John Fetzer, produces grapes with high natural acidity and intense minerality; a nearby vineyard in the benchlands yields grapes with stone fruit overtones and a Potter Valley vineyard provides a small amount of Sauvignon Musque, which lends a subtle honey and melon component to the nose. The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits aromas of pink grapefruit, musk melon, white peach and lime. The palate is a pure expression of freshness and flinty minerality with vibrant acidity and great length and concentration - the net result of a thin crop, superb growing season and informed winemaking.
Berger 2009 Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich
Charm and value typify the wines at the Berger wine estate. This is a father/son estate of fourteen hectares. The Veltliners are clean and zingy with lots of primary fruit that expands outward and onward. Fresh, long in middle and finish, polished, with a finely doughy aftertaste; clean, pure through and through, vital, frisky and crisp. This is almost always the class among the sea of liter bottles available on the mass market, and 2009 continues the trend. There's simply more substance here from the remarkable '09 - likely the best vintage ever and definitely the best since '06. "Fresh and espressive, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger in the mouth. It practically invites you to have a second glass."--Eric Asimov, The New York Times
Alcina Cellars 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir "Sangiacomo Vineyard"
Alcina Cellars is a garagiste operation run by wine enthusiast and owner/winemaker Greg Pietigorski. Greg is the primary winemaker in charge of decisions and periodically enlists the consultancy of winemaker Richard Davis (Halleck, Londer, Calstar and La Czar). Located in the path of Petaluma Gap fog and wind, Sangiacomo Vineyard produces Pinot with lots of complexity. Low yields are the norm in the vineyard usually ranging between a ton and a ton and a half per acre (which by today's conventional standards is seriously low). Notes of tart cherry, cranberry, cinnamon and citrus peel give away the vineyard's cold climate heritage. Palate follows with very plush, almost velvety and silky impression, with notes of cherry, cranberry, red currant, grapefruit peel, Christmas spice box and cloves. Good acidity and silky tannins make for a very elegant and a very well balanced wine with laser beam like delivery of flavors and finish.
Justin 2008 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby-red core to a cherry-red rim, this young Cabernet displays generous fruit in the nose. Some sweet black and red fruits, like blackberry, raspberry and fig, mingle with caramel and vanilla from the American oak. The entry is soft, mouth coating and filled with delicious red berry and sweet black plum. The wine itself is dry and palate filling, with a soft but well-structured, velvet finish. Tannins are modest but present in this youthful but approachable Cabernet Sauvignon. This Paso Robles based winery is probably often more recognized for their series of proprietary blends the Focus, Isosceles and Justification. That said, the 2008 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon presents not only a good value but provides a glimpse into their previously mentioned prestige cuvées.
We will be pouring tomorrow evening from 5-8PM.
Tasting fee, $10 per person.