Sommelier at The Restaurant at Meadowood / Own Brick & Mortar Wines in Healdsburg CA
This wine is a co fermented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made as a white wine. The grapes are all from the Block House Vineyard in Napa Valley. Aromas of ripe cantaloupe, guava, and white pepper with notes of nectarine, lemongrass and coriander on the palate. Salty mineralogy and very fresh acidity. 11% alcohol! — a year ago
1977 Chateau Montelena Sonoma Cabernet was the most interesting bottle sold tonight. The winery was purchased by Jim Barret and Lee Paschich in 1969 and the first few vintages including this bottle were made from purchased fruit. In 1969 the estate was planted to Carignan, Alicante and other popular varieties. They replanted the vineyard to Cabernet and the still unpopular Chardonnay. Their first estate bottling of a Napa Cabernet was 1978.
The wine was very fresh, dense, some garnet color and no brown. Balsamic and soy, fig and dried leather. Very good shape for the age and was a surprise — a year ago
Love the lush dark fruits and spice and the slight Notes of smoke and pepper. This wine was 50% whole@cluster fermented. grapes are from the cool Petaluma Gap — a year ago