||And some stuff from the Bloody Pulpit:
Los Olivos Wine & Spirits Emporium Blanc de Noir: Larry Archibald tried
this at Bob Senn's and found it to be a very interesting/exotic wine. I
concur. I presume the wine to be made from saignee Pinot juice. Most of
these types of wine have a bit of color to them, the Vin Gris or Eye of
the Partridge sort of thing. This was a golden/Chard-like color with a
very slight/near imperceptible gray cast to hit; very unusual. I struggled
to find any Pinot in the nose, but couldn't. But it did have a very spicy/exotic
character to it that I really liked. An experience worth trying.
Novy Chard: First Chard I've had from Adam & Diana. I'm not much of
a fan of Chard but this is one I really liked. The standard Siduri/Novy
lament...didn't buy enough.
RoesslerCellars: This is an operation of Roger Roessler, owner/founder
of the Season's group of Italian restaurants in Albq and elsewhere. Wine
is made by Wells Guthrie, from purchased grapes. It'll be interesting to
see what he comes up with when his own Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast come
Monterey Pinot: It's no secret that MontereyCnty is producing some pretty
terrific Pinots these days. Guess I've sort of followed them from the very
start. In the beginning, Chalone was all there was. They were big, but
a bit on the earthy/clunky side and not a lot of fruit. But good for their
time. Then in the early '70's, there were a lot of planting in the Salinas/valley/floor.
The early Monterey Vineyard ones of Dick Peterson were borderline vegetal,
lots of green chile character, and loaded w/ very charred/burnt oak in
attempt to emmulate (not very successfully) a Burgundy style. Now many
from the SantaLucia Highlands are comming on-line and are quite impressive.
Many seem to have a slight herbal/spicy undertone that makes them identifiable
Monterey, but plenty of plummy/black cherry fruit so that herbal character
doesn't dominate. Both the Siduri and the Caernarvon were good examples
of that character.
CaernarvonCellars: These are wines made by long-time PasoRobles fixture,
Larry Roberts. After making ho-made wines for a number of yrs, Larry transitioned
to a professional winemaker a few yrs ago, though think he kept his day
job. Grapes come primarily from the Rio San Lucas Vineyard, just south
of King City on the southern border of MontereyCnty.
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