Wine Berserker Day #13
We are back for our third participation in Berserker day. This year, we decided to offer different ways to study what we are doing with single-vineyard selections of different red varieties and a Pinot Noir site survey within the same vintage. Special Berserker Day pricing of 20% off on these select 3 and 6-packs.
Pinot Noir is the main varietal we produce. Here is a study in vineyard sites we call the 2016/2017 Sonoma Pinot Noir Grand Slam: Bottlings from 2 vintages and three great but different corners of Sonoma County AVA’s: Platt from the Southern Sonoma Coast, Gunsalus from the Green Valley of Russian River Valley and ‘High Slopes’ representing the southernmost tip of the Russian River Valley.
And for a deeper dive into Russian River Pinot Noir, here is a perfect opportunity to see how vintage affects the fit and finish across 6 vintages. All choices flow from a desire to showcase the AVA in the context of vintage personality.
Syrah has been another focus of ours for many years-before it was in favor and after it grew out of favor in the general marketplace. Two bottlings to sample here: Calypso and Sasha.Calypso is a fine site to see over different vintages. It is a tiny vineyard dedicated to exploring and adapting the plantings as we have been discovering which clone/ rootstock/ trellis-systems are best suited there. Between 2013 and 2017, there are very different kinds of growing seasons. Sasha is the name we give for the prettier side of this variety: redder fruits, somewhat lighter body and more upward trajectory on the finish. This is not an extreme contrast to the other Syrahs we make. It is a different facet to a lovely gem that may shine brighter for some of our palates.
Grenache and Huntsman 2015- 2017 mini-vertical 6 pack. Having been a Northern and especially Southern Rhône fan since the mid 1980’s, I had a sense of what Syrah, Grenache and complimentary varieties had to offer each other in the context of vintage variation. In short: They heal each others’ wounds if they have any and support each others’ victories when they have them. [I cannot imagine a Greek bromance written that eclipses this varietal relationship.] Huntsman is a blend of the two where neither is dominant. Grenache, however, can be a great solo artist as well as a supportive partner in a duet. Here is the opportunity to experience that through one house’s eyes.
Zinfandel was where I started and had to include our ‘Old & Mature’ Vines bottling made from the Old Vines my grandfather planted in 1912 and ‘mature’ vines I helped my Father and Grandfather plant in the 1970s. A few days ago, I finished pruning the old 3.4 acre block for the second time in a row solo (much more lonesome than in the winter of 2019/2020 with my dad on his last time doing so – I think about his investment in those vines for his entire life and the choices made to keep them alive). This is a site that I think really expresses its best facets with an elegant perspective during vinification. I selected a short vertical of the three newest vintages we have in a meaningful quantity in case someone is compelled to come back to the well.
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