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2016 Anderson Valley Riesling
Winemaker: Katy Wilson of Banshee
From Martin: "This Riesling bottling is totally dry. Coming from the cool-climate Greenwood Ridge Vineyard located just six miles from the Pacific in Mendocino, the grapes enjoyed a long growing season, allowing them to develop maximum flavor and resulting in a wine possessing fuller body with powerful acidity. Since launching in San Francisco in 2009, Banshee has become one of California’s leading producers of world-class wines offered at fair prices. This one is just that, showing plenty of satisfying notes of key lime, yellow nectarine, and white flowers."
2016 Mendocino Malbec
Winery: Bells Echo Vineyard
From Martin: "Many folks are familiar with Malbec wines from the famed Mendoza growing district of Argentina... In the first half of the 20th century, Malbec was widely planted in the fine wine region of Bordeaux... Bells Echo Vineyard is located three miles from Hopland, California. Owned by Ron and Lisa Sutton, the family is dedicated to sustainable farming practices, including organic farming. Although they grow many Bordeaux grape varieties, this Malbec has the character to stand out on its own."
2016 Cool Gray Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Chris Pittinger 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."