Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2008 Highflyer Centerline Red Wine

Always special when I'm introduced to a new winemaker and portfolio of wines. Tonights selection comes from Winemaker Craig Becker and his Highflyer portfolio which can be tasted by visiting the Somerston tasting room in Yountville. Unique labels, so naturally I have to research more about this winemaker and history.

Craig Becker founding member, is the General Manager/Director of Winemaking and Viticulture for Somerston Wine Company. He has extensive knowledge in plant and soil science which enables him to understand the vineyard and create exceptional wines. Educated at The University of California Davis, Craig produces Highflyer from fruit grown at small family owned single vineyards throughout California. By piloting his plane over the vineyards, the winemaker can visit the locations at peak times throughout the growing season to monitor the grapes progress.

Tonights wine is a blend of 81% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel and 4% Tempranillo. Wonderful aroma of plum, blackberry, cherry, raspberry,  white pepper, clove and a slight hint of oak. Love the layers of fruit aroma as the wine opens in the glass. Rich ripe fruit.

Excellent flavor with some nice tannins. Fresh cherry, blackberry, blueberry, huge plum, ripe red raspberry with a nice pepper/oak/spice soft finish. The balance of fruit and spice is perfect. Tastes like a $40 wine yet easy on the pocket book ($20 on their website). I paired this wine with meatloaf and it was a great pairing with the beef, peppers and fresh herbs.

Craig love your wines. Your philosophy and knowledge of the vines/soil is showcased in the bottle.

Readers watch for my tasting notes on the Pinot Noir and Grenache Blanc coming up very soon. For more info on Somerston, Highflyer and Priest Ranch make sure you check out the link Somerston Wine Co and when in California make sure to plan a visit to both the St Helena and Yountville locations.


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