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2016 Chalk Hill Viognier
Vineyard: Windsor Oaks
From Martin: "Tucked away off Highway 101, Chalk Hill is one of two officially recognized subregions of the famed Russian River Valley... Although the soil here isn't technically chalk, the appearance of the white volcanic ash gives the area its name. This unique soil gives white wines, including this rich, fruit-forward Viognier, a tense, mineral sensation on the finish."
2014 Mendocino County Grenache
Winery: Bee Hunter
From Martin: "Grenache classically shows a very ripe fruit profile of macerated strawberries, red cherries, and roasted plum. Lower in tannin and acidity than many other grapes, the soft structure makes for a wine that is very easy to drink while still featuring plenty of complexity."
2016 Cool Gray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Chris Pittenger of Gros Ventre Cellars
From Martin: "You may remember Chris from the amazing Chenin Blanc blend he shared with us as part of our July release. In a short period of time, he has gained national acclaim for the exciting Rhone-style wines that he crafts at Skinner Vineyards, as well as for the cool-climate Pinots he produces with his wife Sarah for their Gros Ventre label. Cool Gray features fruit from some of Chris’s favorite vineyards. Once it reached his cellar, his intervention was minimal, allowing for this California produce to carve its own path."