September 27, 2019 – Friday Tasting!

Tastings and News / Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Stop by this Friday, we will pouring 4 wines, organic and vegan
A Grenache blanc white from California
A Verdejo and Macabeo white grapes, organic, vegan from Spain
And two blend red from Argentina and Germany!

Also we like to announce that next month we will start with our Local Spirit Tasting Series, every Saturday from Oct 5th to Dec 14th!!!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00

See below full wine information:

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Grenache Blanc Clay Station Vineyard Borden Ranch (2017)

Grape: Grenache Blanc
Geography: California, United States
Appellation: Borden Ranch
Features: Organic
For 30 years, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard was located at one of the oldest continuously operated vineyards in California, originally established in 1863 as the Jarvis Brothers Vineyard. Ken Burnap started the winery in 1975, setting out to make the finest Pinot Noir possible in California. Ken had done years of research into what conditions were necessary to produce good Pinot Noir, and the Santa Cruz Mountains region ended up being his final choice as the area with the greatest potential for excellent wines. The first release under the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard label was the highly regarded 1975 vintage.In 1979 Ken hired Jeff Emery for part-time cellar work and vineyard tending while Jeff was working on a degree at UCSC. By the time he graduated (in geology) he was hopelessly seduced by the joys of growing grapes and making wine and couldnt possibly look for a real job. A wonderful apprenticeship and collaboration was established between Ken and Jeff. By the time Ken retired in 2002 Jeff had fully taken over the day-to-day business operations and the winemaking. In the summer of 2004, Ken sold the vineyard property on Jarvis Road, and the winemaking operations for Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard moved with Jeff to a new location near Boulder Creek, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Vineyard: Clay Station Vineyard
Appellation: Borden Ranch – Lodi
Wine: 100% Grenache Blanc — Alcohol: 12.5 %
Production: 153 cases CCOF Organically grown grapes

Grenache Blanc originated in Spain as a mutation of Grenache (a red grape). Though it is often blended with other white varieties, it also makes a very interesting wine on its own.
While it is now the fourth or fifth most planted white variety in France it is still relatively unknown in California. The California climate of hot days and cool nights seems to be perfect for the varietal and encourages its two prime qualities: richness with crisp acids. Ours is un-oaked, dry, crisp, and aromatic.
The wine has a lovely floral perfume with hints of pear and vanilla. It is rounded and supple with lovely tropical tinged fruit and has a nice underlying crispness. One can find flavors of peach, mandarin orange, and tropical fruits, wrapped around a bright acidity that wakes up the taste buds. Enjoy with a wide range of food or alone as an aperitif.


Mariluna, Valencia Verdejo & Macabeo (2018)

Grapes: Verdejo and Macabeo
Geography: Valencia, Spain
Appellation: Valencia
Features: Organic, Vegan

Bodega Sierra Norte was established in 1914 in Camporrobles, Utiel Requena, Valencia. They farm 322 hectares of vineyards and mainly focus on their native Mediterranean varieties, Bobal and Monastrell. They also produce Tempranillo, and Macabeo. The estate practices and is certified for organic viticulture. Together with the Universidad de Valencia, Bodega Sierra Norte continues several research and development projects aimed on the study of organic and sustainable viticulture and clonal selection of the Bobal grape as well as the study of the use of indigenous yeast.

Pre-fermentation maceration before pressing in order to extract more aromas a full mouth. Gentle pressing for the extraction of the free-run juice. After that the most goes through fermentation at a low temperature of 13-14°C, followed by the ageing of the wine in the tank with its fine lees for 2 months with weekly stirring-up of the lees to add complexity.

A bright, clean, straw-yellow color. Very aromatic on the nose, fresh and with notes of white flowers, citrus and apricot. In the mouth, it is pleasant, with good acidity, complex and with a creamy touch. It is rich and with a long aftertaste.

Food Pairing
It goes well with appetizers or very light starters, white fish, seafood, fresh cheeses and salads. Best served at a temperature of 8-10ºC.

Verdejo 85%/Macabeo 15%
Location: Campo La Estrecha y Pozo Viejo
Altitude: 900 m.
Climate: Mediterranean with Continental influence
Soils: Limestone-rich with permeable textures.
Age of the vines: 40 years vines, trellissed in Guyot
Growing system: Trellised in Guyot.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards grown in a balanced, caring and sustainable way. The vineyards’ soils carry great importance, being very active with good biological conditions which favour a fast assimilation of reincorporated organic matter. This enables full terroir expression.
· Gold Medal. PROAVA Contest 2019
· Gold Medal. Challenge Millesime Bio 2019
· Gold Award. Gilbert Gaillard International Challenge 2019


Weinreich, Basisrot (2017)

Grapes: Dornfelder, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Geography: Rheinhessen, Germany
Appellation: Rheinhessen
Features: Organic
Marc and Nina Weinreich took over this family estate in 2009, and immediately began elevating the viticultural practices, focusing on organic methods. In fact, the Estate just completed the process of organic certification, so starting in 2016, they will be officially certified. Weingut Weinreich is located in Bechtheim, in the Wonnegau district of the Rheinhessesn wine region. (Interestingly, Wonnegau translates to “district of delight,” while Weinreich translates to “rich with wine,” so winemaking seems a pre-determined fate for this family). The estate covers 15 hectares and produces about 8,000 cases. Soils are dominated by limestone, loess, and clay, and a little chalk. The range of wines produced is exciting and diverse, including Riesling, Pinot Gris, Silvaner and Pinot Meunier, as well as an orange Pinot Gris and a Petillant Naturel.
Blend: Dornfelder (60%), Merlot (20%), and Cabernet (20%)
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Let yourself be carried away on an unforgettable journey of intensive fruit  flavors and berry scents with this blend of Dornfelder, Merlot, and Cabernent.  A deep cherry red, with rich berry notes and a  pleasing tannic structure.
“Blossomy floral and bramble notes accent ripe black currant and raspberry flavors in this zesty blend of Dornfelder, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s plush and velvety in mouthfeel and maintains intensity through a moderately long finish


Chakana Winery, Estate Selection Red Blend Mendoza (2017)

Grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation: Mendoza
          Features: Organic, Vegan
Chakana was started by Argentinean banker Juan Pelizzote. Chakana means Southern Cross in the Mapuche language of the Andes. Juan owns 150 hectares, 120 hectares planted to vineyards located in Agrelo. Lujan de Cujo. The estate practices sustainable viticulture, drip irrigates, and enjoys year long sunny days and very cool nights. Gabriel Boise is the current winemaker under the direction of consultant Alberto Antonini.

Chakana Estate Red Mendoza is made from 75% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

Vineyard: Gualtallary in Valle de Uco.

2 days maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 days fermentation with selected yeasts allowed to rise to a maximum of 28°C.
The 60% Malbec part of the blend is placed in 3,000 & 5,000-liter foudres and concrete vats, then this same wine is aged in old French oak barrels for 9 months ; While the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon part of the blend is all aged in new wood. A delicate and full-bodied wine expressing harmony and purity. Herbaceous notes combined with dark fruits. Deep red color with violet hints. Dark fruits and exotic spices with tobacco and mocha hints. Rich and fresh finish.