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2016 El Dorado County White Wine
Winemaker: Helen Keplinger of Keplinger Wines
From Martin: "The notoriously difficult-to-grow Roussanne grape creates a backbone of bright acidity and fresh green apple flavor. Viognier, another grape that can be a hassle to farm, adds lush peach andhoneysuckle notes. Grenache Blanc has been added to help create a smooth texture on the palate. This is a great wine to enjoy with grilled pork chops and peaches as we head into summer."
2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Winemaker: Richard Mansfield of Mansfield Winery
From Martin: "This bottling is a perfect example of the classic style, full-bodied, fruit forward, with a smooth finish. Although the grape is known as Primitivo in Southern Italy and as Crljenak Kastelanski in Croatia, its nearly one-hundred- fifty-year-history of success in California has proven that this is home. Dry Creek Valley’s dozens of Zinfandel producers are a testament to how well-suited the region is for growing its flagship grape."
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."