Monday, January 16, 2017
Glasshaus Wines is the exact reason why I am a devoted angel on Cellar Angels. Martin and his staff find these small production wineries who like Cellar Angels have a philosophy to give back. I like other angels get the opportunity to purchase these wines and support charity.
Owner/winemaker Rodney Gagnon gave birth to Glasshaus Wines upon his move to Petaluma in 2011. He had one simple goal "to make great wine for the greater good." He built his winemaking knowledge in Bordeaux France, Boston University Wine Appreciation and Business studies and UC Davis.
The grapes for Glasshaus Pinot were harvested from vineyards located in the Petaluma Gap. The vineyards heat during the day and the cool coastal air flows from the ocean inward to the San Pablo Bay. For the 2013 vintage, the grapes used were clone 115 from the Frederick Vineyard and the Pommard clone from the Roberts Road Vineyard. Fermentation in open top stainless steel tanks and the wine was then barreled in french oak both new and used for 14 months. Case production 203.
The nose screams pinot noir with a wonderful earthy tone, ripe cherry with hints of raspberry, wild violets and vanilla cream. The mouth luscious and majestic with dark cherry, tart cranberry that explodes on the palate with dusty earth on the long juicy finish. Rodney this Pinot is amazing!
Supporting Glasshaus wines allows them and you to give back to the community. Plus you enjoy some outstanding wine. Cellar Angels is free to become an angel and gives you a sense of purpose. Sip Save Give what a wonderful concept.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Born from Ponzi's Live Certified Sustainable Vineyards, a selection of grapes from all vines become the Tavola 2014 Pinot Noir. The price point of the wine is a fooler coming in around $20-$25.
The 2014 Tavola Pinot Noir is an aromatic burst of lush dark cherry with hints of dark fruit, cola and vanilla. The mouth is juicy and rich with dark cherry, cinnamon spice, cola, a hint of earthiness and a creamy vanilla caramel on the finish. The quality of this wine at this price point is a steal.
Swing in for a visit on your next venture to Oregon wine country and enjoy the beautiful scenery and tasty wine!
Saturday, January 14, 2017
A dip into the cellar and I pulled these two gems from a couple previous Ceja Vineyards wine club shipments.One of my first wineries I had the opportunity to visit on my initial trip to wine country several years ago. Tonight's lineup includes the 2013 Carneros Chardonnay and the 2013 Metzli- The Aztec Goddess Of the Moon a rich round red blend.
The 2013 Carneros Chardonnay is showing beautifully with mouth watering fruit and acidity. Aromas of apple and pear with hints of wild floral notes, lemon citrus and honey. The palate is bright and succulent loaded with ripe fruit, honey and hints of vanilla. There is a beautiful richness and texture to this wine. Excellent when paired with food or just sipping with friends.
The 2013 Metzli was a wine club exclusive. A wonderful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The nose exhibits layers of cherry, raspberry and plum with intermingled notes of black current and rich vanilla.The mouth shows luscious character with the red and dark fruit giving way to anise and mocha. Soft finish for a wine with such character. Beautiful blend Ceja's.
For their available wine visit the Buy Wine Page on the Ceja Vineyards website by clicking the link.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I was asked by the publisher if I would be interested in reading a revised version of Vertical by author Rex Pickett. This is the official edited version. I definitely enjoyed reading the book naturally with a Pinot Noir in hand. How else does one read about Miles Raymond?
I'm a big fan of Miles and Jack and their childish yet most of the time crazy behavior. Miles with his crazy idea of kidnapping his crooked finger chardonnay drinking mom from the assisted living center, taking her with him as he headed to Oregon Pinot Country. Taking his mothers nurse who mom says is always off smoking her "mary jane" and is "no good" along with yep his side kick Jack who is now divorced and broke. Mom was on her way to Wisconsin to live with her sister.
Naturally as the journey started with a stop on the old "shameless wine tour" the book which put Miles on the map yielded additional autographs, women tossing phone numbers and business cards and a couple of women who would head to Paso Robles with the adventurers. Mom rocketing down the hill toward the vineyard full speed ahead with a wine bottle and glass never spilling a drop. A bad tooth pulled by a vet because Mrs Raymond refused to go to the hospital because you die there, Jack with his organ problem and finally Snapper losing a leg because he ran off and got whacked by a car. Even Miles in Oregon being dunked in a vat of Merlot but not before a fowl language laced protest with his agent.
The money and fame though never really made Miles happy and he was as lost before the fame as he was with it. Eventually moms nurse could no longer deal with her and Jack after having to help clean up Mrs Raymond up one night bolted as well. What Miles found was someone really needed him and he needed her...his mom. Finally arriving in Wisconsin she suffers another stroke and Miles helps her "go home to be with Dad". How fitting that he and Snapper are sitting in the chair on the beach that she used for the remaining 5 years of her life feeling as if they were with her. "Come on Snapper let's go home."
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tucked in beautiful Sonoma County on 6 acres in the Russian River Valley Appellation, we find Jon Phillips owner/winemaker of Inspiration Vineyards. I tasted a few of Jon's wines several years ago and have been a fan ever since. Very excited when this 2013 was offered on Cellar Angels a few months back giving me the opportunity to sip and give back.
The 2013 Inspiracio is a blend of 55% Marsanne, 18% Viognier and 27% Roussanne. Harvest started Sept 19. 2013 and completed Oct 15, 2013. The wine was fermented in stainless steel in 3 lots with Viognier being blended to achieve balance.Only 111 cases produced.
On the nose tart green apple with hints of apricot, tropical fruit and a burst of floral notes. Love the aromatics and freshness of the wine. The mouth is full of apple and apricot with a hint of the tropics. Refreshing citrus notes on the finish. My palate screamed more on each empty glass. I paired this wine with chicken stir fry as well as some Havarti cheese. What a pairing. Well done Jon. Fans of Rhone wines I highly recommend this gem.
Swing by the tasting room on your next visit to Santa Rosa located at 3360 Coffey Lane Suite E Santa Rosa open Friday-Sunday 11am to 4:30pm. Meet the winemaker who has a passion for pleasing your palate with his wines.