We had the pleasure of pouring for two days in San Francisco last week. Sonoma in the City is a great event where you get to taste a bunch of wines all from Sonoma County. Why is that so cool? - because you get to see how various producers in one AVA or across the various regions in the county approach their wine making. For example, you could taste our Pinot Noir from Floodgate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and then walk around the table to compare it to Gary Farrell's Alysian Pinot Noir also from Floodgate Vineyard.
What I truly loved about these two tastings were the great comments we received. People who did not want to sample our Gewürztraminer "because it's sweet" tasted our 2010 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer and loved that it has the classic floral, honeysuckle nose but is lean and dry on the palate (not sweet at all). The 2009 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir got rave reviews for having the fruit flavors in balance with the subtle earth and loamy characters that make Pinot such a wonderful wine. The two comments I heard repeated several times were "it has so many layers," as well as, "really, 2009? I thought it was an 07." I think the four clones (667, 777, 828, Pommard) used give this wine a great deal of complexity that should deepen as it ages. We're very eager to watch this wine evolve.
For more info on Sonoma County Vintners and other upcoming events, go to: http://www.sonomawine.com/. We will be pouring at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in August. Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch and other events over the Labor Day weekend. For Taste of Sonoma Tickets, click here.
Hope we see you in Healdsburg at the tasting room or at MacMurray Ranch.