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2019 Acquiesce Winery Belle Blanc – Homage to White Chateauneuf du Pape

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The Winery

When Sue Tipton founded Acquiesce Winery, she was on a mission unique to Lodi AVA and in fact, most vinicultural areas. She sought out to offer only “white Rhone wines”!! She was chastised and admonished why she should not focus on “solely white wines”. Yes based on her passion and life experiences in France, she proceeded without wavering. She sourced and planted the best vines from the Chateau de Beaucastel of Chateauneuf du Pape on her quest. Today she has and continues making artisan and award winning boutique wines. Her awards are too numerous to list, but include International Women’s Wine Competition Gold Medal, California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition Double Gold, SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal and many, many more.

2019 Belle Blanc

Belle Blanc not only is her homage to white Chateauneuf du Pape, but it’s floral nose with aromas of pear and honeysuckle are spectacular. In fact so fragrant she won a Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier which produces a strong floral aroma of honeysuckle, pear and apricot. The blend also provides a creamy thick viscosity wine in the glass and a golden touch of mystic. The finish is silky smooth with a medium pointed acidity to produce a multi-structured finish. The grapes for this wine are all hand-picked and pressed as whole clusters to capture the essence of grape flavors. The juice is cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the highest quality of the fruit. At $34/bottle, this is an excellent mouth filling wine.

The Food and Wine Pairing

Last evening a simple meal of two different smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, purple onion slices and peppers were provided to eat alone or on a bagel. The salmon, cream cheese and capers along with wine captured the moment perfectly. The purple onion and peppers were a bit bunch for this elegant and delightful wine.

While I have enjoyed the three wines that went into making this excellent blend, this was my first experience tasting it as a blend. It will not be my last!!

Sláinte and Merry Christmas,


Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://www.acquiescevineyards.com/

How U Doin’ Wine from 3 Steves Winery

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The Winery

First those who may not know 3 Steve’s Winery, they are located in Livermore, California. 3 Steves continues to impress the wine community both in Livermore and around California. How 3 Steves Winery started was three friends (Steve Burman, Steve Melander and Steve Zigant), all in the wine business, wanted to own their own winery. They insisted on meticulously working their own vineyard as well as bringing fruit back to their winery. Thus their tagline “3 Friends Striving to Make the Perfect Wine”. They opened the property in 2013 after a few years producing wine at a custom crush operation. 

For being opened such a short time, you would not think this list of accomplishments was possible. This is just a partial listing of their awards:

  • 2011 Cienega Valley Ancient Vine Zinfandel – 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Best Red Wine of Show (Red Wine Sweepstake Winner)
  • 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – 2013 Tri Valley Conservancy Uncorked Wine Competition, Best White Wine of Show
  • 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 2015 Tri Valley Conservancy Uncorked Competition Best Sauvignon Blanc of Show
  • 2011 Cabernet Franc – Affairs of the Vine 2013 Cabernet Shootout Second Place, Best Wine of Show
  • 2012 Livermore Valley Merlot -2015 San Francisco Chronicle Best of Class
  • 2013 Cabernet Franc  – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Double Gold
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Gold
  • 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – 2013 Tri Valley Conservancy Uncorked Wine Competition Gold Medal
  • 2019 California Wines and Wineries Cabernet Franc Celebration – Professional Judges award a Gold Medal and People’s Choice Judges award Best of Show and Double Gold

The Background Story – Todd Smith

This story is about Todd Smith, who has been a longtime friend even before 3 Steve’s Winery came into existence. It is 3 Steve’s Winery policy to provide all their tasting room personnel business cards. Todd has the unique title listed as “VP of Happiness”. Todd’s mission in life is to do right and make sure all customers are ensured of being happy while visiting 3 Steves. Todd’s entire family is from New York and Todd stays in typical New York character with his NY Yankee hat to his accent.

How U Doin’ Red Wine

Todd asked several years back if they would consider making a “Big Wine” in NY fashion like a guy walking down the street and asking How U Doin’? Thus the wine was conceived. The 2019 How U Doin’ is 70% Ancient Vine Zinfandel from Cienega Valley and 30% Syrah from Livermore Valley. This wine is set to debut at 3 Steve’s Wine Club in May 2022. It is targeted for their Wine Club members and available while quantities last by special request. The wine was dark on the eyes and in the palate a spicy concoction of deliciousness enveloped the palate. The finish was long lasting and complex with the Old Vine Zinfandel and Syrah.

The Food Pairing (sort of)

We tried to order a pizza (a NY style would have been even better), but due to logistics the local pizza pallor couldn’t get one out to us for 3 hours! So we simple had some appetizers. Still the wine held up to Blue Cheese, sharp cheddar and an assortment of tidbits.  I could imagine having spaghetti, ravioli, and various other items with the wine for a wonderful food pairing. An especially great wine for your typical New Yorker or any wine lover!

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://3steveswinery.com/

Acquiesce Winery Presents The12 Days of Christmas

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An extremely nice surprise today from Acquiesce Winery in Lodi, California — Their Twelve Days of Christmas package arrived of their award winning wines. Don’t know if I will open this wonderful wine 12 days in a row but will definitely be pairing it with some delicious meals (seafood, shrimp, scallops, chicken, etc.) soon.

See below stories on Acquiesce Winery, Susan Tipton and some of her unique wines in the 12 Days of Christmas.

Picpoul Blanc

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/06/22/2018-acquiesce-picpoul-blanc/

Roussanne

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/03/16/do-scallops-pair-better-with-tenbrink-chardonnay-or-acquiesce-roussanne/

Ingénue

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/08/18/2018-acquiesce-ingenue-the-sum-is-greater-than-the-parts/

Clairette Blanche

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/05/10/2019-acquiesce-clairette-blanche-unique-and-rare-united-states-wine/

Bourboulenc

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/07/07/2019-acquiesce-bourboulenc-may-be-hard-to-pronounce-but-very-easy-to-drink/

Overview of Acquiesce Winery

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2018/09/09/acquiesce-winery-vineyards-an-unique-offering/

Sláinte and Merry Christmas,


Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://www.acquiescevineyards.com/

The 2015 Alyris Chardonnay “The Audition”

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The Alyris Vineyards

To get a perspective on this boutique and artisan winery located in Napa Valley, see a previously published story at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2017/04/18/alyris-vineyards-2/ . Here you can read up on Ewan and Cyndi Downie, the owners of the winery and Rudy Zuidema, their winemaker. In the article you can read why their estate vineyards, located on the back side of Mt George provide a great environment, especially for their award winning deep and mouth quenching Cabernet Sauvignon. Click on: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2018/11/08/alyris-vineyards-presents-their-piece-de-resistance-carnal-wine-company/

The 2015 Alyris “The Audition” Chardonnay

Pulled this wine out of the cellar last evening and was pleasantly delighted beyond my memory with this wine. California Chardonnay does best in specific areas as Sonoma (coast & Russian River), Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast, Livermore Valley & Napa Valley (Carneros Region) make some of the best Chardonnay wines from these vineyard locations. This is due to the cooler temperatures of the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River, San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay drawing the fog into the regions. No exception is the 2015 Alyris “The Audition” Chardonnay with its proximity of San Francisco Bay with the cooling fog.  Always one of my personal favorite Chardonnays, regardless of price. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels for 22 months. On the eyes a dark golden seductive color with medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, honeysuckle and traces of pineapple are the two main aromas that waft into your senses along with floral notes. On the palate, these two flavors explode into ripeness with spices of pear, nutmeg and allspice in the background. Always a great soft finish with just a touch of minerality and fullness in the mouth. Alyris 2014 “The Audition” won a Double Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2015 is equal or even better!! The 2015 Chardonnay changed in the bottle to bring out flavors of butterscotch and toffee this evening. Today the 2015 is available but limited quantities at $45. Small production lots (2015 was 170 cases), so if interested contact them on their website.

Sláinte,


Michael
https://californiawinesandwineries.com
http://alyrisvineyards.com/

2017 MadoroM Cabernet Sauvignon – A Great Wine for Meat & Potatoes. Big, Bold & Beautiful

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The Winery

MadoroM Vineyards and Winery is a family affair creating handcrafted and artisan wines from Napa Valley grapes. They produce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a Proprietary Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc. Their new tasting room is located on the Silverado Trail. MadoroM wines is a collaboration of Andy and Marissa Amador and the talented winemaker Mike Blom. At age 27, Andy purchased a 188 acre ranch in the eastern Napa Valley and he planted 50 acres on the property. He later planted a vineyard at the base of Mt. Veeder. The name MadoroM is an incorporation of all their names!

They have two distinct labels: Camouflage and Black Label. The Camouflage label comprises their Proprietary Red Blend (see previous story at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/07/2018-madorom-camouflage-proprietary-red-wine/), their Rosé and their Sauvignon Blanc (see previous story athttps://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/11/29/madorom-2020-sauvignon-blanc-a-refreshing-and-appealing-wine/ ) and their 2016 & 2017 Napa Valley Merlot (see previous story at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/31/madorom-vineyards-and-winery-2016-merlot-the-paul-bunyan-of-merlots/). As an aside they also do custom labeling with a three case minimum order.

The Wine – 2017 MadoroM Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine on the eyes was a dark, luscious purple color with a medium heavy viscosity. In the glass it had aromas of blackberries, cherries and spices. Once on the palate, a decidedly oaky presence along with blackberry and forest floor aromas and tastes. On the finish, the spiciness of clove, nutmeg, cedar with chocolate rounding out this delicious wine with structure and edgy tannins. The 2017 tannins are more prominent than the 2016 as is its structure and will age nicely over the next 10 years in the cellar. The wine was aged for 3 years using 26-28% new barrels and the balance being used or neutral oak. The split overall of barrel use is 70% French and 30% American oak. The wine lists for $85 on their website.

The Food and Wine Pairing

As the weather is starting to cool down, we most likely had our last BBQ until spring time. Seared a tri-tip steak and then BBQ’ed it to a beautiful medium rare. Served with baked sea salt rubbed Russet potatoes and a fresh garden salad. The stronger tannins met their match with the meat.  A harmonious dining experience as we both enjoy heartier tannins!

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://madorom.com/

Why The Love Affair With Cabernet Franc

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While Cabernet Franc has always been a wine of importance in Bordeaux blends it was not really a known standalone wine in the USA until the 1990’s. While blended with the likes of Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon back in the 1970’s, I began to seek out why and what this grape was all about. I can’t seriously remember the first 100% Cabernet Franc I tasted, but it has since attracted me to try and taste many production vintages by wineries, terroirs and regions of the world trying to understand its nuances of flavors.

One of my earlier recollection of a 100% Cabernet Franc was tasting Crocker & Starr’s Cabernet Franc. The first release was their 1997. Shortly thereafter, we became members and have always enjoy her care and detail in producing this exquisite wine.  Pam graduated from UC Davis in Fermentation Science and quickly started her career. With stints at Edna Valley as an intern, Carmenet Winery as assistant winemaker, winemaker at Spottswoode Vineyard and Winery provided an excellent background and experience. Charlie Crocker rejuvenated the Dowdell & Sons Winery and replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and renamed it Crocker Estate. Later, Pam Starr and Charlie Crocker formed Crocker & Starr. Today I have many vintages of her Cabernet Franc in cellar and credit her with fostering my “love affair” with Cabernet Franc.  While producers like Steven Kent Winery, Wood Family Vineyards, Keenan Winery, Trespass, Oakville East, Detert Family, Barnett Vineyards, Vineyard 29, YoungInglewood and many others have been such a joy to savor their wine on this journey of 100% Cabernet Franc odyssey.

Over the years, I have found many other noteworthy and reputable wine aficionados have had a similar “love affair” with Cabernet Franc. Jancis Robinson the well know British wine critic, journalist and wine writer quote of Cabernet Franc sums up her feelings “I’m not a huge enthusiast of the sexual stereotyping of wines but even I can see that Cabernet Franc might be described as the feminine side of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is subtly fragrant and gently flirtatious rather than massively muscular and tough in youth. Because Cabernet Sauvignon has so much more of everything – body, tannin, alcohol, color – it is often supposed to be necessarily superior, but I have a very soft spot indeed for its more charming and more aromatic relative, Cabernet Franc.

Steven Kent Mirassou, 6th generation winemaker extraordinaire of Lineage Collection, L’Autre Côte Wines and Steven Kent Winery and recent author also has a straight forward “love affair” with Cabernet Franc with this quote “Cabernet Franc, in its purest form, is all about sex. From the silkiness of its texture, to the exoticism of its aromas; from the raciness of its acidity to its emotion-prodding “it-ness,” Cabernet Franc is terrifyingly and wonderfully naughty”

I have for years called Cabernet Franc “the seductress of wines”.

Robert Parker is quoted as they (Cabernet Franc from Crocker & Starr) “are glorious representations of this underrated variety, and are the very definition of tension, precision of flavors, great structure and a texture that begs for a wide host of foods. This could be because there’s a note of cardamom in these Cabernet Francs, which may be their hallmark. Cardamom is a mysterious spice, often recalling bark, stones, flowers and fruit all at once. So it’s no wonder these wines are welcome at most any table.”

So last evening, on International Cabernet Franc Day, it was only fitting to open up a Cabernet Franc from Crocker & Starr. Opened a more recent 2014 Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc which possessed a bright purple hue on the eyes. On the nose, a fascinating combination of plum, vanilla and clove were the first impressions. On the mouth, a classic “green vegetable/bell pepper” characteristics which gave way to dark & red fruits, tea and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish was long and mellow with residual sweet pipe tobacco.

If you want to truly appreciate an intriguing and opulent wine, pick up a bottle of Cabernet Franc and possibly start your own love affair.

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://www.crockerstarr.com/

Happy International Cabernet Franc Day!

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Wishing you some of the best tasting Cabernet Franc today!  Two quotes and a great short story will give you some background on this varietal, called by me “the seductress of wines”.

I’m not a huge enthusiast of the sexual stereotyping of wines but even I can see that Cabernet Franc might be described as the feminine side of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is subtly fragrant and gently flirtatious rather than massively muscular and tough in youth. Because Cabernet Sauvignon has so much more of everything – body, tannin, alcohol, color – it is often supposed to be necessarily superior, but I have a very soft spot indeed for its more charming and more aromatic relative, Cabernet Franc.” — Jancis Robinson

“Cabernet Franc, in its purest form, is all about sex. From the silkiness of its texture, to the exoticism of its aromas; from the raciness of its acidity to its emotion-prodding “it-ness,” Cabernet Franc is terrifyingly and wonderfully naughty” — Steven Kent Mirassou

Lori Budd, co-founder of International Cab Franc Day (Dec 4th), wrote a compelling and romantic story of Cabernet Franc. You can read about the love affair between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and their offspring Cabernet Sauvignon at: https://dracaenawines.com/happy-cabfrancday-2019/

Last evening we pre-kicked off International Cabernet Franc Day with a dinner at Vine18 in Copperopolis. We started out with a couple of excellent bottles of Cabernet Franc from San Benito County, Paso Robles both in California and Mendoza, Argentina.

An assortment of foods were enjoyed by the eleven attending the dinner. Here a picture of fresh scallops with a roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic, capers, lemon zest, olive oil, basil and salt & pepper. The parsnip purée was phenomenal with roasted parsnip, fennel, celery seed, salt, heavy cream and butter.  

Several folks enjoyed the short ribs, exquisite salads, hand rubbed tri-tip steak with a BBQ sauce, curry shrimp and a few other dishes. Our Executive Chef, Albert continues to provide a step up in presentation and quality of dishes.

We also enjoy other wines besides the fabulous Cabernet Franc’s.

We will be holding the 3rd Annual Cabernet Franc Celebration on April, 6th & 7th 2022 for Cabernet Franc wines from around the world in Copper Valley, Copperopolis, California. Besides the wine competition, the public is invited for wine tasting with past winners and a winemakers dinner. Tickets will be available after January 1st.  More information can be found at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/07/21/3rd-annual-cabernet-franc-wine-celebration/

In the interim, enjoy your glass or bottle of Cabernet Franc!

Slainte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://dracaenawines.com

https://www.coppervalleygolf.com/

Madorom 2020 Sauvignon Blanc – A Refreshing and Appealing Wine

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The Winery

MadoroM Vineyards and Winery is a family affair creating handcrafted and artisan wines from Napa Valley grapes. They produce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a Proprietary Red Blend (see a previous article at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/07/2018-madorom-camouflage-proprietary-red-wine/ ) and Sauvignon Blanc. Their new tasting room is located on the Silverado Trail. MadoroM wines is a collaboration of Andy and Marissa Amador and the talented winemaker Mike Blom. At age 27, Andy purchased a 188 acre ranch in the eastern Napa Valley and he planted 50 acres on the property. He later planted a vineyard at the base of Mt. Veeder. The name MadoroM is an incorporation of all their names!

They have two distinct labels: Camouflage and Black Label. The Camouflage label comprises their Proprietary Red Blend (see previous story at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/07/2018-madorom-camouflage-proprietary-red-wine/), their Rosé and their Sauvignon Blanc. The Black Label features their 2016 & 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (see previous story at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/23/madorom-vineyards-and-winery-2016-cabernet-sauvignon-and-prime-rib/) and their 2016 & 2017 Napa Valley Merlot (see previous story at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/31/madorom-vineyards-and-winery-2016-merlot-the-paul-bunyan-of-merlots/). As an aside they also do custom labeling with a three case minimum order.

The 2020 Madorom Camouflage Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is one of my go to wines for an enjoyable sipping experience. That said, many of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s have enough pucker power (strong citrus highlights) to construct a kissing booth (showing my age)! They do have their time and place with the right foods. Having never tasted this wine before this evening, I was expecting a citrus profile, but was I surprised! On the eyes a light golden color with medium viscosity. On the nose an array of floral highlights including Honeysuckle and Jasmine. Once on the palate, at first an almost full body dry Chardonnay with rounder and softer edges burst into the mouth with textual edges. Absent was the sharp citrus notes and replaced with honeydew melon and guava, hints of vanilla and a tad citrus note of grapefruit high in the balcony seats! Truly a refreshing and remarkable Sauvignon Blanc that was not “heavy handed” or “in your face” just a beautifully constructed wine. At $28/bottle, this now is a versatile wine to be kept in the cellar!

The Food and Wine Pairing

Paired this evening with a lemon chicken piccata meal. While we had lemon slices and wedges usually to squeeze on the chicken to match with a typical Sauvignon Blanc wine, this evening we did not. The wine with this meal which was lightly breaded, with capers and seasoned with a miniscule of lemon zest and needed no additional citrus flavoring to match perfectly with the wine. Accompanied the meal was a fresh garden salad and Yukon Gold potato.

If you have been turned off by Sauvignon Blanc wines due to “mouth puckering citrus”, this is a great Sauvignon Blanc with a symphony of flavors.

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://madorom.com/

2018 Acre Merlot – A Heavy Weight Contender and Now Round Two!

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Wrote about this wine back in April and pulled a bottle tonight from the cellar and it is even better!

The Winery

“One Acre, One Guy, One Wine” slogan is the quintessential meaning behind their wines and success. It started in 2002 with Dave Becker, who founded the One Acre label with just one acre of Cabernet Sauvignon planted at his family home in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley. The success of One Acre led to the launch of Acre Wines, a portfolio of classic wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned estate vineyards in Napa Valley.

Industry veterans, Mike and Talley Henry purchased the winery in 2017. Together, with well-known consulting winemaker Richard Bruno, they continue to carry on the One Acre and Acre Wines legacy that Dave created nearly two decades ago. Today, the One Acre portfolio includes an Oak Knoll Cabernet sourced from Dave’s original one acre vineyard, and a Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon, planted on one acre with identical clones, varietal, spacing and row orientation as the Oak Knoll Cabernet to be able to understand and appreciate the differences of “terroir”. The highly acclaimed Acre portfolio includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc sourced from family-owned vineyards within the stellar AVA’s of Oakville, Yountville, Calistoga, and Stags Leap.

The Wine

The 2018 Acre Merlot, Napa Valley, is one fierce wine and not a weak or wimpy Merlot. The color in the glass is your first clue this is a different Merlot. The color is dark purple and intriguing with a medium heavy viscosity on the eyes. On the nose, chocolate covered berries, strawberries and vanilla waft into the senses. On the palate, this is not your warm and cuddling drink that is relaxing and comforting to sip. You are awoken with the first sip to an explosive mouthful of Bing cherries, plums, rough and tough tannins with subtle earthy tones of bramble and minerality. No soft and warm Merlot. This is a Merlot for Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers! The finish has a textual feel and a complex layered structure continues to enhance the consumer. The words chewy and masculine come to mind in describing this beautiful wine. While having so much brawny characteristics, it still presents on the finish as elegant and charming. This is a Merlot to absolutely enjoy today or even lay down for a few years! 510 cases were produced and aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 16 months. The wine uses 100% Merlot grapes and comes from Stags Leap AVA.  Current price is $38.

If you want a big bear hug of a Merlot this is your wine!!!

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://acrewines.com

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner With Friends and 2019 Acquiesce Roussanne

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A small portion of our pre-Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Acquiesce Roussanne a beautiful white wine with spinach tomato feta stuffed chicken breast recipe. Ingredients included paprika, kosher salt, garlic powder, chopped baby spinach, sundried tomatoes, shallots, garlic clove, fresh basil, oregano, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Accompanying dishes were long grain wild rice, oven roasted cauliflower and fresh garden salad (thanks Mary Heaton). Dessert was a beautiful chocolate Kailua cake (thanks Maria Goulart). Susan Kelly made a wonderful “warm up meal” and now on to the big Thanksgiving dinner today. And almost forgot we enjoyed some other very nice wines with our conversations.

The 2019 Roussanne and earlier vintages have made my Best Wines of the Year list.  The 2019 Roussanne on the eye is a light golden straw and medium viscosity. On the eye and palate, it possessed an elegant finesse with floral aromatics, hints of pear, apricots and with a rich and silky smooth mouthful texture almost creamy. The finish had a soft nutty texture of almond and a hint of honey with a distinct minerality with a medium long finish. Roussanne brings more acidity, elegance and floral aromatic complexities to the wine which makes it perfect for chicken, turkey or fish. The current release is the 2020 and winery price is $34/bottle. Click on previous article on Acquiesce Winery:  

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2020/10/31/acquiesce-winery-vineyards-finding-a-niche-with-unique-white-wines/

I have always believed Susan Tipton is unique in her vision for the AVA and has produced wines to showcase her ability as a top rated winemaker and trailblazer. While I have always kept her Roussanne in the cellar, this last year Picpoul Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ingénue and Clairette Blanche are also always stocked.

Sláinte,


Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://www.acquiescevineyards.com/