North American Wines
Whilst wine, of one sort or another, is produced in all of the states of the United States, it is California that is the dominant force. Most of its wine is produced in the dramatically fertile Central Valley and it is from here that the major brands source their wines. However, the best wines come vineyards closer to the Pacific Ocean, where the morning fogs bring much needed moisture and lower temperatures. The Napa Valley and Sonoma County, both to the north of San Francisco are the best-known regions, but in their turn are subdivided into a host individual areas with their soils and microclimates. In Sonoma we find the Russian River and Alexander Valleys and Napa, Stag’s Leap, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. Carneros, close to San Francisco Bay, where much Chardonnay is grown, is shared by the two regions. To the east of the Bay is the Livermore Valley and the vineyards continue along the coast as far as the border with Mexico.
A smooth, refreshing and easy-drinking wine with a nose of marinated strawberries and flavours of jammy red fruits. The bright acidity keeps it fresh and mouthwatering. A great choice for an aperitif as well as spicy dishes, pasta salads and grilled chicken.
Zinfandel is rarely found outside of California where, at its best, it makes wines of monumental character. Clear Lake is one of the state’s top Zinfandel regions and this fine example has been aged in oak for added depth and complexity. Lavishly flavoured it’s a wine to enjoy with rich cuisine such as winter casseroles, spicy lamb curries and game.
Quite rightly labelled by Decanter as 'outstanding' this is a top flight cool climate Pinot Noir from one of the most prestigious locations in Sonoma. Exquisitely well balanced and complex. A shinning example of why you should never ignore Californian Pinot Noir.
Northern California's best Pinot: black cherry fruit, earthy smoothness, perfect acidity and length. Drink 2012-2018. – Decanter 2012
93/100 - Wine Spectator