Hello friends! We’re back with a second update this month to share some amazing news with you. I am very excited to announce that our 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are both proudly featured on the wine list at The French Laundry in Napa (yes, that French Laundry of one of the world’s 50 best restaurants).
Chris, Max and I just opened a bottle of our 2012 Pinot Noir recently and we were so blown away that I had to tell you about it! It’s changed a lot and has notes of cherry cola, white pepper and strong acid that’s still showing brightly two years after the vintage.
I remember asking my mother once what that pink drink was that all the adults were sipping at some wine country event. It was almost neon and my twelve-year-old brain instantly associated it with soda. Naturally I wanted some. She replied with “Oh that’s rosé, the Koolaid of wine,” which did nothing to lessen my desire for it. But I was bustled away before I could be corrupted by syrupy-sweet white zinfandel.
The 2014 harvest is over and it’s about time for winemakers everywhere to finally sit back, pop open a bottle of wine, relax and of course give their thoughts on the vintage. 2014, like 2013 and 2012, was an excellent year. Harvest started and ended early, crop yields were high and the weather cooperated in most places. Things are looking good for California winemakers and consumers can look forward to a wide variety of high quality wines to choose from on shelves for the third vintage in a row. We are very excited by our 2014’s, especially our first ever dry rosé!
The 2014 vintage is winding down: wines are in barrel and vineyards are nearly dormant. This time of the year seems naturally suited for reflection and thankfulness as we prepare for the winter, maybe that’s why Thanksgiving falls when it does. I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving because it’s one of the few days out of the year where it’s socially acceptable to explore the limits of your stomach.
Myles here and firstly, thanks for coming by to check out my favorite alternative to a standard Thanksgiving meal. Watch out, though, this turkey based chili is anything but easy: the habanero peppers give it quite the kick so be warned! Enjoy with your favorite craft beer (yes, we don’t always drink wine) or some nicely chilled white wine.