Wine: California, Organic
Heller Estate has been quietly making first-rate wines from their organic vineyards since 1970. This one has dried berry and chocolate aromas with notes of cassis, mint, cranberry and pomegranate seeds on the long finish. A richly flavorful wine that California fans will truly enjoy, and a great value to boot! Winemaking Details: Temperature controlled, stainless steel fermentation. Aged for 2 years in oak, 40% new. Unfined.
Heller Estate has been quietly making first-rate wines from their organic vineyards since 1970. Smooth mouth fell with nice citrus flavors and a bit of minerality. Look for notes of vanilla and clean crisp acidity on the finish. Easy to sip alone but will pair nicely with scallops and any other rich seafood. This is a great choice for lovers of straight-up California Chardonnay. Winemaking Details: Temperature controlled, stainless steel fermentation. Aged for 2 years in oak, 40% new. Vegan.
Each year Calera purchases Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from growers throughout the Central Coast region of California with a constant eye toward the best possible quality. This is a full bodied and creamy Chardonnay with a touch of oak.
Michael and Anne, the husband and wife team whimsically portrayed on their label, founded Dashe Cellars in the same year they were married. Their carefully crafted wines show their passion and the wealth of knowledge in fine winemaking. This one is a classic example of a Dry Creek Zin, elegant and balanced with velvety mouthfeel. Complex aromas of black cherry, cassis and spices with flavors of ripe blackberry, dark cherry, clove, chocolate with lingering finish. Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined
Bucklin is an estate run by 4 siblings from fruit produced on their family ranch, one of the oldest vineyard sites in Sonoma. Old Hill Ranch is a a mosaic of over 2 dozen grape varietals, making their wines field blends. The grapes for "Bambino" come from young vines planted in 1998. Made mostly of Zinfandel, the grapes are picked early to keep alcohols modest and acidity bright. It is then aged for 12 months in old French oak barrels. Almost black in the glass with dark aromatics of spicy blackberry fruit, this wine stays lively and fresh on the palate without the jamminess you sometimes find in Cali Zins. This wine is elegant and focused, making for a great food wine. Winemaking Details: low added SO2, unfiltered
Since it was mentioned in a cult Japanese wine comic, Calera has been sought after everywhere for good reason.
Natural wine from California! This is made by husband and wife team, Tracey and Jared Brandt, who trained under Eric Texier in Rhone Valley. All their wines are fermented in wood vats and they add nothing at all except a small amount of sulfur at bottling. This white (orange) wine will surprise as it spent 16 days on the skins before it was pressed off to complete fermentation in neutral oak barrels. Honeysuckle, jasmine and nectarines mingle with cinnamon and apricot aromas to entice.