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For my next episode ofThe Varietal Show with SawyerSomm, we packed in the Pinot Meunier wine power with my amazing Sommelier friend Traci Dutton at the scenic outdoor tasting facility of Bouchaine Vineyards. After you watch B sure to explore their variety of virtual tasting options for yourself!
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Join me Tuesday, July 21st at 4pm (PST) on Instagram LIVE with Cornerstone Cellars winemaker Kari Auringer for an online wine tasting . We will engage in a lively discussion about Cornerstone’s 30-year history of producing delicious Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Attendees can follow along with theVirtual Tasting 3-Pack to learn more about Cornerstone Cellars and what makes each wine unique, which is offered at a discounted rate of just $200 (ground shipping included). The 3-Pack includes the following CABS:
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Another socially distanced sit down with Eric Sussman to discuss Eye Cyder which is now offered at Gravenstein Grill on my latest episode of The Varietal Show. Watch our intriguing discussion then swing over to try a taste!
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I recently had the fortune to try this collection of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from Petrified Forest Vineyards, located in the verdant Knights Valley of Sonoma County. Peruse my reviews and find out where to find them on local wine lists.
As a delicious, ageworthy offering from the highly-touted 2013
vintage, this deep, rich and complex cellar selection is made with world-class
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown at the high-elevation Totem Ridge Vineyard in
Knights Valley. On the nose, alluring aromas of
ripe berries, black currant and high-tone dark fruits merge with lively notes
of fresh earth, Mexican baking chocolate, leather, and spicy cedar. The complexity continues to the palate, where dense
flavors of briary blackberry, huckleberry, dark cherry and ripe plum are
layered with hints of cassis, dried cranberry, wild sage, black pepper, and
smoky undertones. While the smooth texture
and supple tannins illustrate how elegant this wine has become over time, the
impeccable balance of fine-grained tannins, vibrant acidity and taut structure
prove it has plenty of backbone to age for another decade.
Food Pairings: Blue cheese, lamb meatballs, pan-seared duck breast with blackberry reduction sauce, grilled steaks, slow-roasted stews, and dark chocolate desserts. Sawyer Somm Score: 92 points
From the high-elevation Totem Ridge Vineyard overlooking Knights
Valley in east Sonoma County. The mountain fruit character of this wine opens
with dazzling aromas of wild berries and blue fruits intermixed with accents of
forest floor, espresso, raw tobacco, black pepper, cardamom, and roasted nuts.
On the palate, the full-bodied flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, ripe plum
and fresh currants are accented with nuances of wild sage, dark chocolate
truffle, and a kiss of fine French oak on the long, dry finish. To add more
dimension, these deep, rich and saturated flavors are masterfully balanced with
a satin texture, chewy tannins, and firm backbone that makes each sip count.
For best results, decant before serving or cellar for 7-12 years.
Food Pairings: Gourmet mac & cheese, pan-seared Ahi tuna with espresso rub, pasta with fresh shaved black truffle, juicy buffalo burgers, grilled steaks, rack of lamb, and slow-roasted stews. Sawyer Somm Score: 95 points
Despite the limited yields caused by the lack of rain in 2015, the
unique character of this hillside vineyard makes up for it with layers of
natural richness and intensive fruit flavors that continue to open up in the
glass. To set the tone, the nose is charmed with deep scents of black and blue
fruits dusted with hints of cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, green
peppercorns, and toasted walnuts. While the deep, dark and bold notes of black
cherry, blueberry, cassis and firm structure are dominant at first, the wine
becomes rounder and more opulent as the level of complexity rises. To aid this
magical transition, the balanced attack of velvety texture, bright acidity and
fine-grained tannins lay the foundation for the earthy, mountain-driven characteristics
of wild mushroom, fresh herbs, mineral and black pepper that add more dimension
to the lingering finish. In the end, this is a Cab-lovers wine that gets better
with more air or more time spent in the cellar.
Food Pairings: Tangy blue cheese, pan-seared duck breast with wild berry reduction sauce, lamb sugo, Porterhouse steaks with all the fixings, slow-roasted stews, and dark chocolate desserts. Sawyer Somm Score: 92 points
From the pastoral winegrowing region of Knights Valley in eastern
Sonoma County, this deep, rich and thought-provoking wine is made with Cabernet
Sauvignon grapes grown on the volcanic soils at the 800-foot plateau of the
Totem Ridge, a small vineyard developed by the Piters family in 1990. To
enliven the senses, the dense dark fruit aromas are layered with subtle hints of
chocolate-dipped espresso beans, caramel, vanilla, savory herbs, and cedar. As the
fruit-driven fabric of dark cherry, plum and black raspberry provide the core
flavors on the palate, the complexity builds with additional hints of fresh
sage, allspice, and roasted walnuts. To complement this tasting experience, the
deep, rich and robust flavors are balanced with smooth tannins and a note of
dark chocolate truffle that lingers on the long rewarding finish. To showcase
the pure hillside character of this wine, decant before serving or age for
a dazzling example from the 2017 vintage, this wine is packed with deep, rich
and intensive mountain fruit flavors that truly express the character of this
special hillside vineyard as it develops in the glass. Framed with a dark red
hue, the personality of the site stimulates the senses with high-tone aromatic notes of black and blue fruits, forest
floor, mountain herbs and cedar, which are weaved with equally charming scents
of black tea, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, licorice, peppercorn, and
fresh-baked toffee. On the palate, the deep, rich, concentrated fruit notes of
dark cherry, blackberry, cherry cola and roasted fig are underscored with nuances
of bittersweet chocolate, black olive, rustic spice, and toasted oak. Past the silky
tannins and youthful hints of wild lavender, green peppercorn and cardamom highlighted
on the long, dry finish, the firm structure provides the backbone that will
allow this wine to develop more personality in the cellar. Rare, distinctive
and a true gem from this world-renown winegrowing region in Sonoma County.
Food Pairings: Charcuterie, young blue cheese, risotto with wild mushrooms, gamey meats, grilled steaks, slow-roasted stews, decadent chocolate desserts. Sawyer Somm Score: 95 points
Elegant, sexy and remarkably complex,
this high-class wine is made exclusively with ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc fruit
grow on the rocky volcanic soils at the Totem Ridge Vineyard in Knights Valley.
On the nose, the fragrant scents of spring flowers, jasmine and gooseberry merge
with citrus-driven aromas of lemon merengue, grapefruit, mandarin orange, and
light hints of lanolin and roasted cashews. As the wine opens up, the fresh flavors
of green apple, ripe pear and citrus are enhanced with tropical notes of mango,
papaya, and fresh melon. To heighten the experience, the profile is balanced
with silky texture, zippy acidity, and a long, crisp finish with lingering
notes of white pepper, wild tarragon and mineral that reflect the personality
of this unique hillside site in each sip. The end result is a statement wine
with true class and style.
Food Pairings: Fresh goat cheese, split pea soup, fresh veggie with creamy aioli, fish tacos, cracked crab, chicken skewers with fresh fruit salsa, and fine Vietnamese cuisine. Sawyer Somm Score: 95 points
Crafted with pristine hillside fruit
grown in the rocky, volcanic soils at the base of Mount St. Helena in eastern
Sonoma County. The charming characteristics of this classy, complex and
delicious Sauvignon Blanc come to life with alluring scents of ripe tree
fruits, melon, kiwi tart, lemon verbena, and sandalwood. To add more complexity
to the palate, the flavor of crisp green apple, poached pear, green fig, grapefruit
and lemon curd are lifted with lovely notes of papaya, green tea, wild sage,
and key lime pie. With a dazzling pale golden hue, smooth texture, perky acidity,
and long, elegant finish: This wine is a true delight to the senses that only
gets better as it opens up in the glass.
Food Pairings: Steamed mussels, Waldorf salad, rich and creamy sunchoke soup topped with truffle oil and crispy herbs, pan-seared scallops, Alaskan Halibut with almond crust, roasted pork with fruit chutney, and savory tarts.Sawyer Somm Score: 93 points