2018 Poco a Poco Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

$22

This wine offers aromas of sumac, hibiscus, currant and earth. The palate has a light tart balance with flavors of cherry Jolly Rancher with a hint of mint. Organic/Biodynamic farming practices.

Pair with BBQ chicken, salmon or a hearty veggie dish.

 

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Pinot Noir

This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner.

Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is “King.”  The valley itself in Northern California is not very big, but it is home to some of the most expensive and prestigious vineyards in California. Napa is separated from Sonoma and Central Coast by two sets mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Mountains to the east. Being in a valley, this region can heat up pretty quickly. However, there are cooling influences like fog and ocean breezes from the San Pablo Bay that help to moderate the temperature within the valley. With more heat comes more concentrated, fuller-bodied wines, making this the perfect place for Cabernet Sauvignon. Other primary red grapes of focus are Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. The principal white varieties to look for here are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You may also find Pinot Noir in the more southerly area of Los Carneros AVA where it can get cool enough to produce high-quality Pinot Noir. Featured AVA’s include Howell Mountain, Calistoga, St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Los Carneros, Stags Leap District, Oakville, and Rutherford. 

Nine miles from the ocean, in a saddle between two ridge tops sits Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery. In 1980, the Bass family renovated a dilapidated old vineyard outside of Guerneville and employed biodynamic farming practices as began to revive the soil.

“In Biodynamic farming we concern ourselves not only with the crops that we sell but with the whole health of the ecosystem. Done correctly our farming makes the land ever more vibrant and vital. This represents a complete departure from the paradigm of conventional farming. Conventional farming is driven by economic principles. If high levels of inputs (fertilizer, herbicide, petroleum fuel, etc…) are necessary to achieve the desired production the primary concern is that the practice is profitable. On the other hand a Biodynamic farm strives to be a self-sustaining entity creating healthy outputs with minimal or no inputs other than labor. To minimize our inputs we need to keep our farm entity strong. Balance is needed among the three farm components: the plant (etheric), the animal (astral) and the human (ego). In nature there is a balance between plants and animals. Many farms tend to upset this balance by emphasizing one plant or one animal and in time this imbalance can lead to sick animals or weak plants. By using Biodynamic practices a true expression of place is found in the wine. The vineyard is Demeter certified Biodynamic.”

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