To continue the theme of tasting and appreciating West Sonoma Coast wines like the offerings I tried during last weekend’s West of the West Sonoma Coast Wine Festival, what’s in my glass this week is an incredible West Sonoma Coast offering. Below are the hints – first one of you to guess the wine will win a few bottles to enjoy on your own! I’ve also added some photos from last week’s tasting of wines that I enjoyed. (If it helps to tell you, “What’s in my glass” is not one of the wines in the photos below.)
Do not think about missing WOW 2014 next August. Held at The Barlow, the newly developed part of Sebastopol that was once the Barlow Apple Cannery, is an awesome place to check out even without WOW Wine Festival being held there. It’s one of the best wine tastings to attend. The wine offerings alone make it worth attending but it’s also well organized and you won’t be knocking into people to try some of the best Pinot and Chards that California has to offer today. – Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Hint 1 – This was one of my favorite Whites I tasted at the West of West Sonoma Coast Tasting.
Hint 2 – While they have an estate vineyard, in this 2011 vintage, they sourced from a few other Sonoma Coast wineries because of the tiny yields off their own property.
Hint 3 – Mineral notes and very subtle tropical fruit fills the palate.
Hint 4 – Where they call home is less than five miles from the Pacific Ocean. For this reason, their offerings have a good solid backbone in their offerings of natural acidity. Their biggest concern in some years is actually hoping the grapes will fully ripen before the rains come.
Hint 5 – Their winemaker is no stranger to making phenomenal wine. Long before working with this winery, their winemaker worked to make incredible offerings at a few other Sonoma wineries as well as in France.
Photo above: Lioco Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir '11, Lioco Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir '11, Lioco Hanzell Vineyard Chardonnay '11
Photo above: Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay '11, Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir '11
Photo above: Littorai Thieriot Chardonnay '11, Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir '11, Littorai The Pivot Vineyard Pinot Noir '11, Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir '11
Photo above: Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir '11, Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay '11
Photo above: Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir '11, Freeman Sonoma Coast Rose '12
Photo above: Cobb Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir '08, Cobb Joy Road Vineyard Pinot Noir '09, Cobb Diane Cobb: Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir '10
Above: LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir '10 and '11
Photo above: One of my favorite California cheeses and a perfect pairing with the wines that were being offered. - Point Reyes Toma, the only non-blue cheese they produce.
Photo above: my favorite Mousse I tasted from Trois Petits Cochons.
Photo above: my friend Dan Ricciato of BOND Estate talking with his new wine friend in town from Seattle for the WOW tasting.
Photo above: View from Woodfour Brewing Company's deck. After the tasting, we headed over to grab a cold beer with some friends that had just finished pouring their wines at the tasting. Newly opened, this is a great spot for a good craft beer.
Photo above: View looking out to Zazu Kitchen & Farm Restaurant's new location at The Barlow.
Photo above: The beer wall at Woodfour Brewing Company showcasing the 100+ different styles of beer today.
Photo above: One of the small bites available at Woodfour Brewing Company that they serve between lunch and dinner hours. Deviled eggs with a kick of horseradish. very good.