of small French and eastern European oak as well as traditional 600-gallon
Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley
A Rhône for Pinot lovers. Out of the gate, the nose reveals a forest floor component that gives way to a deep core of red fruits. The freshness and natural acidity of the 2011 is clearly evident from the start and carries through to the mid-palate.
Fresh and dried strawberries are prevalent along with red cherries and a touch of baking spices. Customarily, Mourvedre is blended in for structure and Syrah for mid-palate richness. But here, the wine was so well-balanced, there was no need for a supporting cast. The Grenache does show a bit of grippy tannins, but those elements will quickly mellow over the next few months and the wine will be at its best during the next 2 to 3 years. Always versatile, this 2011 offering would be wonderful paired with
grilled lamb or Veal Provencal.
GOAT - Throughout the years, goats have played an important role in managing Biodynamic vineyards. In the spring and summer months, vineyard workers would lead the goats to the surrounding riparian areas to feast on the plants that housed insects that could threaten the vines.
Organic and efficient, goats will happily mow down weeds with robust
appetite. However, once the leaves start unfolding on the vines the
vineyard managers would have to keep a sharp eye on these voracious
helpers, who would be more than happy to stray back into the vineyards
to sample the soft early leaves of spring.