By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 1:45 pm in Uncategorized.
My story on Thanksgiving wines comes out on Nov. 26 in Food & Wine. If you haven’t yet purchased your wine for the big meal and are looking to taste before you buy, stop by Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants from 5 to 8 p.m. The $7 tasting fee will be waived if you buy a bottle of the recommended wines.
Victoria and the gang will be tasting a variety of white wines, Pinot Noir (Zepaltas, Patz& Hall, Miner Family) and Port. Plus they have their usual deep discounts on two great turkey wines from Sonoma County’s Alcina Cellars. At only $20 (almost 50 percent off the winery price) a bottle, here’s a taste from the wine merchant:
Alcina Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
“Grown on the southernmost edge of Russian River Valley AVA, the fruit displays its RRV family tree, although on the dark red berry side, darker than their Sonoma Coast bottlings. Nose of dark cherry, strawberry, sassafras and black tea shows its RRV parentage. Palate follows with red cherry, cola and black tea. The wine displays very good balance with nice acidity and plush tannins. 729 cases produced. (last year the 2005 vintage got 90 pts Wine Spectator!)
Alcina Cellars 2006 Syrah, Bennett Valley, Connell Vineyard
Grown on Southwest edge of Bennett Valley AVA border, the vineyard is in the path of the Petaluma Gap winds and thus cooler and later ripening than most local vineyards. Syrah Noir and 877 clones. The wine shows its cold climate pedigree with restrained aromatics of garrigue and dark fruits that gain and expand with air contact. The palate shows a lot of complexity and plenty of dark fruits that are balanced by silky mid palate and long finish