By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, November 19th, 2007 at 10:53 am in Uncategorized.
I tasted some lovely wines this weekend. Two Mile Wines, the newest member of the East Bay Vintners, had their commercial release party at T. Rex in Berkeley on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The winery is two Adams, two Justins, Tom, Bill, Matt and Joseph — eight buddies who are passionate about the craft of artisan winemaking. I love their vision: “We’re not a legacy, but a point in time.”
They don’t make more than 200 cases of any one wine and you can taste that. My roommate Gav and I sampled four of their five releases, and we each discovered some favorites.
Since I’m huge on Viognier right now, I darted to their 2006 ($23). They get the fruit from Bloomfield Vineyards, and I liked their expression better than Bloomfield’s wines: Two Miles’ had a tropical nose, lots of stone fruits and decent acidity. I don’t normally do Viognier with food, but I’d have this one with scallops for sure.
Gav and I both loved the Sangiovese ($42), and I wonder why more Pinot Noir snobs don’t go Sangio. Theirs, from a steep hillside on the Polesky-Lentz Vineyard above the Dry Creek Valley floor, had all that earth, spice and dark cherry flavor. The location promised and delivered the depth.
I also have to give a shout out to Two Mile Wines’ Syrah, which comes from Unti Vineyards, also in Dry Creek. They call it “Bio-dyno-mite!” Indeed, it is. A third of the fruit comes from Unti’s biodynamically farmed Upper Ranch. The combination of meat flavors and structure is going to make Rhone lovers very happy in a few years. At $44, it’s their priciest bottle, but I think it’s made to lay down.
Family and friends buy up most of the wine, so if you’re interested, give the boys a call soon at 510-868-8713. Tell them I said hi.