Friday, February 12, 2016

An Evening With Kessler-Haak on Winestudio

*Samples Received*

A fun evening talking Santa Barbara Wine on WineStudio with Dan Kessler of Kessler-Haak Winery in the Sta Rita Hills Region along with several folks across the country. The opportunity to learn from the experts on climate, soil, grape types, wine making philosophy and overall landscape is so interesting. The bonus was tasting the 2014 Estate Chardonnay and the 2012 Ohana Pinot Noir both from Sta. Rita Hills. Love these varietals.

I started with the 2014 Estate Chardonnay as we kicked off the evening discussion. The nose was crisp and refreshing with aromas of sliced apple, ripe pear with hints of lemon, tangerine and toasted baking spice. The mouth was lively, young and nice acidity. The lemon zest, apple and juicy pear combined with baking spice give this wine a wonderful crispness. I could feel the ocean breeze as I sipped this beauty.

Second wine was the Ohana Pinot Noir 2012. Dark cherry, cranberry, dried herbs with earthy tones and cloves plus hints of cinnamon on the nose. The aroma on this pinot was extremely inviting. The mouth I completely enjoyed with strawberry, cherry, tart cranberry with cloves and herbal earthy notes. Nice long finish.

See the many opportunities you can taste for yourself the wines of Kessler-Haak by clicking the Events Link. Thanks to Winestudio and Dan Kessler for introducing me to Santa Barbara and these beautiful wines.Stay tuned for next week as we continue this education series.


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