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2017 Columbia Valley Gruner Veltliner
Vineyard: Vin du Lac Winery
From Martin: "The sloping vineyards of Vin du Lac Winery necessitate hand harvesting, a costly and time-consuming process, but one that ensures maximum ripeness. Although Gruner Veltliner is grown only in small quantities within the state, this example shows all of the fresh, zesty, slightly herbal character that one would expect from this underrated grape variety."
2015 Lodi Carignan
Winery: Jessie's Grove Winery
From Martin: "The Jessie’s Grove vineyard was first planted in 1888 by a German immigrant who had come to California looking for gold but instead found success as a farmer. Many of these old vines exist to this day, including the nearly 120-year-old vines that produced this wine. These gnarled vines produce a full-bodied style of Carignan, with juicy raspberry notes and a subtle smokiness. It is the perfect accompaniment to grilled burgers here at the end of summer."
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."