Calendar Reminder: The usual mid-week pickup will not be offered on Wednesday April 14th. It is scheduled for Thursday, April 14th.
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Chef’s Glass April 2021 – “Napa is a Four Letter Word” 3-pack – $155/ 3-pack
This set of wines is a celebration of wine through the lens of Oenological Newtonianism.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
The Napa Valley and its wine industry as an entity have built up their reputation internationally, first through merit, then through marketing volume and amplitude. A theme park for drinkers; If you can fantasize an experience where drinking wine can be included, someone is in Napa is already doing it. Everything from a grand chateau recreated from a gone-by-era to a sprawling Tuscan villa, from a Persian temple to space-age glass-structure resembling the command deck of the Death Star. “The schtick” has become the norm, but the schtick has nothing to do with winemaking or honestly representing the land from which that wine comes.
The push-back against showmanship in wine is focus on and master of the essentials; Good farming and good winemaking. At its best, wine shows the heart of its maker and the character of its place.
Here are three Napa Valley wines. Each from a small producer. No costumes. Each with an honest voice, and a true sense of place, projecting assertively through the rest of the noise.
This is Napa Valley to be excited about. F*** Yeah!
There’s more to this story, but here’s where it starts:
Massican, “Annia – Napa Valley White Wine,” Napa Valley 2019 – Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano and a little Chardonnay to make a generous but quenching white
Arnot-Roberts, “Watson Ranch Chardonnay” Napa Valley 2018 – Elegant and captivating
Matthiasson, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 – Napa cab like the kind that made everyone fall in love with Napa Cab in the first place
Includes tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and a recipe to compliment the set
Must have proof of age at time of pick up, 21 years or older
Introducing “Redolent Wines” 2-pack $65/ 2-pack
As naturally as a rock-and-roll band is formed in a garage filled with string lights, mismatched furniture, and an old fridge converted into a kegerator, Redolent Wines began in Jon Larson’s basement when he and his new neighbor, Boyd, began talking about wine.
I recall being there in that basement-garage, many years ago, when all they did was talk wine and fermentation, and the business of running a winery. Some years later, Boyd told me he and Jon had started a wine label together.
That was 2015.
They’ve just completed their fifth vintage in business together, and earlier this week I had the pleasure of tasting their most recently released wines. They’ve outgrown playing gigs in basements and backyards for friends and family who just showed up in support. Their hearts were always in it, they continue to do the work, and they are now making wines that really sing!
I am so thrilled to offer up these two wines for you to enjoy, as i’m sure you really will. They are honest, joyful, and delicious. -Ksandek
Included in this introduction to Redolent Wines:
Pinot Noir “This Must Be The Place,” Pelos-Sandberg Vineyrard – Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon 2018 – Generous Pinot Noir filled with red-black fruit, subtle spice, and violet aromatics
Chardonnay, Dion Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon 2019 – Freshness and richness! This is a Chardonnay done right.