Aug - Pinot Noir Club
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WINE EDUCATION SERIESSaturday, Sept. 12th
HOPLAND 2ND SATURDAY & PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Sept. 12th, Oct. 10th, Nov. 14th Dec. 12th
THIRSTY THURSDAY 6-8pm | SIP Mendocino
Aug. 20th - Beer tasting Sept. 17th - Cider tasting
Oct. 22nd - Cabernet Sauvignon tasting
Nov. 12th - Pinot Noir tasting Dec. 10th - Sparkling wine
SIP raises a glass the lazy days of summer with two of our favorite wines from the Anderson Valley Pinot Festival Grand Tasting.
Held by the Anderson Valley winegrowers Association, this years grand tasting celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first Anderson Valley designate Pinot Noir. They celebrated in style with over 50 producers pouring Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and a dozen local restaurants sharing delicious bites.
We had our work cut out for us to find the finest bottles to bring back to the shop. We hope you enjoy these two gems from Anderson Valley.
Wine Club Member Raffle When wine club members stop by SIP this month and pick up their favorite bottle, they will have a chance win a ticket to our next Wine Education Seminar.
SIP! Mendocino | SIP! PINOT PLEASE WINE CLUB | AUG 2015 pg.2
MacPhail 2012 Pinot Noir Toulouse Vineyard, Anderson Valley
About MacPhail Family Wines With most offerings of just a few hundred cases, James MacPhail crafts small lots with traditional techniques, minimal intervention and a hands-on collaboration between winegrower and winemaker that results in wines that taste of place.
Toulouse Vineyard Vern and Maxine Boltz own this 17-acre vineyard planted with 4 clones of Pinot Noir (Dijon Clones 115, 667, 777, & Wadensville 2A) in 1998. Northwest of Philo, the vineyard has gravelly soil and gentle slopes with southeastern exposure. Yield is 3 tons per acre. Harvested on October 4th 2012 at 24.5 brix.
Tasting Notes This Pinots captivating perfume is followed by beautifully intertwined earthy and red fruit flavors. This sexy Pinot Noir is seamless in texture, with notes of bright cherry, roasted herb and toasty spice. She hints at butterscotch and caramel, with a balanced depth, nice acidity and a lingering finish.
Alcohol: 14.5% Aged: 11 months sur lie in 100% French oak (41% new, 25% 1 year old, 34% 2 year old) pH: 3.9 Total Acidity: 0.57 Cases: 308
90 Points - Wine Spectator 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
SIP! Mendocino | SIP! PINOT PLEASE WINE CLUB | AUG 2015 pg.3
Witching Stick 2012 Pinot Noir Dowsers Cuvee, Anderson Valley
About Witching Stick Founded by winemaker Van Williamson, Witching Stick specializes in small-lot, boutique wines from unique sites. Like a stick to water, Vans intuition has guided him to the best vines, atop hillsides and along ridges, to produce wines that are consistently surprising.
The Vineyards The Dowsers Cuvee is a blend of Pinot Noir sourced from Anderson Valley & Mendocino Ridge. With most of the fruit coming from the colder end of the valley, this wine boasts the brightness of fruit from that region and the fruit from the warmer end adds a fun spiciness.
44% Akin Vineyard 33% Wiley Vineyard 11% Cerise Vineyard 12% Gianoli Vineyard
Tasting Notes This Cuvee achieves a profound complexity and depth of character. The core aroma is sweet pomegranate, but a range of scents from ripe apples, citrus, cherries and nectarines, to white pepper, bacon, smoke, vanillin, oceanic saltiness, and toasty oak emerge.
Alcohol: 14% Aged: 19 months in 27% in New French Oak pH: 3.74 Total Acidity: 0.58 Cases: 426 Winemaker Van Williamson Winemaker James MacPhail