February 15, 2016 |
Spring Release News & Notes!
Welcome back all you Whetstoners!
How's the weather you ask?
Rain, rain, rain then lots of glorious sunshine! We are enjoying the precipitation that has been crucially lacking over the past 4 winters. It really hit home as Michelle and I drove to the top of Donner Pass and down towards Tahoe City... SNOW!! Needless to say, it’s a wonderful sight and will truly come to bare over the '16 growing season.
What a PLEASANT vintage 2014 was in both quality and quantity!
These wines will be long lived and cellar well with plenty of fruit, silky tannins, and finesse. We're excited to be announcing the addition of the Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir this release! Owned by Charles and Diana Karren, she's now overseeing the vineyard after retiring from the world of finance. Historically, I have put this fruit into the Jon Boat Pinot, but beginning with the 2014 vintage and going forward it is all SVD (Single Vineyard Designate)! It sits just south of the Petaluma airport and Petaluma Gap, and is a wonderfully sloped, southern-facing vineyard that will only get better as time goes on.
D R U M R O L L P L E A S E . . .
This Pinot sure isPLEASANT! Aged 16 months in 35% new French oak barrels, sur lees. Cherry red in color. High toned floral notes of citrus tea, rose petal, cola & Bing cherry. Secondary notes of vanilla, sassafras tea, & mint. Silky, rich flavors of Bing cherry pie, tea, soy & baker’s chocolate. Finishes long and velvety with fine tannins & hints of tea & spice.
Barrel fermented in neutral French oak and aged for 16 months sur lees. Golden yellow in color. Big, ripe floral nose of Meyer lemon, kiwi, jasmine, pine & apricot. Background notes of bees wax, licorice, & liquid minerals. Mouthful of apricot, Meyer lemon & key lime give way to a long, lingering finish.
Aged for 16 months in 35% new French oak barrels, sur lees. Cherry red in color. Floral notes of sassafras, rose & Rooibos tea with hints of Asian spice. Secondary notes of orange peel, forest floor & tobacco. Bright flavors of red plum, ripe cranberry & orange pekoe tea. Finishes long & refined with notes of bing cherry, tobacco & baker’s chocolate.
S H O P N E W R E L E A S E S N O W!