3 Gold’s at the California State Fair Wine Competition
Best of Class, Gold & 94 Points
The 2009 Mendocino County Barbera ($35) comes from Bill Pauli’s Vineyard in the hills just north of Ukiah in Mendocino County. There the warm days and cool nights provide ideal growing conditions for this classic Italian variety. Aged 18 months in only the finest tight-grain French oak. This Barbera has rich aromas and flavors of plum, dried cherry, and pomegranate surrounded by a bouquet of toasty French oak and spice. Served best with grilled meat or Italian dishes.
Gold & 94 Points
This 2010 Sangiacomo Chardonnay ($35) is made exclusively from grapes grown at the Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Carneros Region of the southern Sonoma Valley. It is 100% barrel fermented and aged in all new Burgundian French oak barrels. This wine is rich and concentrated with aromas of tropical fruit, pear, apricot, and lemon meringue surrounded by a bouquet of toasty oak, vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut. Luscious mouthfeel and bright flavors of honey, pear, apple, and citrus make this a perfect wine with food, especially seafood or poultry.
Gold & 94 Points
The 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir ($40) is produced from the finest vineyards in this appellation. It is a complex lush wine with aromas of black cherry, raspberry and strawberry intermingled with a bouquet of vanilla, caramel and spice. It is rich and smooth on the palate with a lasting finish. The Pinot Noir was aged for 19 months in the finest French Burgundy barrels. The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir will pair well with a wide range of dishes such as lamb, duck or grilled salmon.