Italian Varietals Tasting Menu

February 3, 2018 Tasting Menu

PINOT GRIGIO 2013 (Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County)

This is our first foray with this ever-popular white, Italian varietal and we are very happy with the results.  Look for this wine to be a staple in our quiver of unique, food friendly wines.  “Beautiful, light straw color with aromas of passion fruit, crisp apple, lime and pineapple.  Flavors of lime pie, pineapple, and kiwi, with a balanced, lingering finish.

* SILVER MEDAL, 2015 SF CHRONICLE TASTING  

NEBBIOLO 2014 (Alisos Canyon Vineyard, Santa Barbara County)

Thought to derive its name from the Italian word nebbia which means "fog". During harvest,  generally late in October, a deep, intense fog sets into the regions where many Nebbiolo vineyards are typically located. Alternative explanations refers to the fog-like milky veil that forms over the berries as they reach maturity, or that perhaps the name is derived instead from the Italian word nobile, meaning noble.  Typically lightly-colored red wines which can be highly tannic in youth with scents of tar and roses. As they age, the wines take on a characteristic brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass and mature to reveal other aromas and flavors such as violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco and prunes.  

BARBERA 2015 (Alisos Canyon Vineyard, Santa Barbara County)

Our 2015 Barbera was sorted then fermented in open top bins. 2015 was an extremely low yielding vintage further intensifying the flavor profile and aromatics. After pressing, this wine was aged in 50% new French oak for 15 months. Aromatically, our Barbera is driven with toasty aromas wrapped up with black and red fruit. The flavor profile is dominated by black fruit, carmel, with a luscious mouthfeel and is lightly structured. Pair our 2015 with hearty Italian dishes or BBQ pork dishes.

SANGIOVESE 2015 (White Hawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara County)

Our 2015 Sangiovese was harvested on September 12, 2015 from the hilltop at White Hawk Vineyard. This sandy, exposed site, yields dense and concentrated fruit. It was sorted and transferred to a 3T open top tank for a three day cold soak followed by a long and cool fermentation. Post fermentation the wine was gently racked to 50% new French and American oak for 15 months. The wine was never racked while in barrel and was gently transferred to tank via nitrogen gas prior to bottling on March 31, 2017. Aromatically, our 2015 Sangiovese is driven with bright red and blue fruit structured with coffee, toffee, and other lovely oak notes. On the palate, flavors of ripe raspberry, bay, and carmel dance and beckon this wine to be paired with Italian cuisine or a fire out back.


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