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2017 Yolo County Rosé of Primitivo
Vineyard: Berryessa Gap Vineyards
From Martin: "First brought to California at the beginning of the Gold Rush, California’s Zinfandel is known as Primitivo in Southern Italy. Wildly popular with miners in the second half of the 19 the century, Zinfandel remains California’s second most planted red grape today, overcoming the stigma of the White Zinfandel craze of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. No matter what you call it, the natural fruitiness of the varietal makes in a great candidate for Rosé production. Head Winemaker Nicole Salengo has crafted the perfect summertime sipper, brimming with watermelon and white pepper notes."
2017 California Barbera
Winery: Mastro Scheidt Cellars
From Martin: "The grapes for this wine were grown in the San Joaquin Valley. Although the area is known for the quantity of the wine it produces, rather than the quality, David convinced a longtime family friend to farm the vineyard to his exact specifications, employing techniques that produce Barbera of tremendous flavor and character. We were honored to go up to Cloverdale nearly to taste with David in his cellar this past May. Tasting through numerous barrels, we were captivated by the soft, juicy red fruits of this Barbera."
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."