Patz & Hall
In the early 1980s Donald Patz and James Hall struck up a close friendship based on their enthusiasm for a rich and compelling style of wine made by applying traditional winemaking techniques to fruit from elite, small vineyards. In 1988 Patz & Hall was born using a hands – on approach along with a commitment to developing close personal relationships with a handful of California’s finest growers.
On the nose, aromas of dried orange peel, roasted almond, lemon sugar cookie and green apple are nicely supported by spicy French oak shadings. The mouthfeel is crisp and juicy with cascading, mouthwatering flavors of spicy pear, lime zest, yeast and toffee. The finish is long and focused by crisp acidity leading to lingering flavors that keep pumping.
Orin Swift Cellars
Orin Swift was started by winemaker David Phinney and named for his parents. Phinney began his career working at some of the best Napa Wineries including Robert Mondavi Winery and Whitehall. When he began Orin Swift he started with one wine “The Prisoner” and did a mere 385 cases. Now Orin Swift is known for their clever, catchy, and creative labels Orin Swift specializes in big, bold blends packed with fruit.
2016 Abstract Red Blend
This blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah immediately aromatics of juicy red and dark fruits, raspberries, cranberries, dark plums, and pluots with a hint of deep earthiness. On the palate, the wine is big and massive yet incredibly smooth with similar fruits and a touch of sweet cream. With a luscious and velvety mouthfeel, the wine finishes with lingering ripe black plum and fades softly and slowly
Once thought too cool for vineyards, Monterey is now considered one of the premiere growing regions in California. Their sustainably farmed vineyards stretch across windswept benchlands, where the maritime climate and well-drained, alluvial gravel soils produce highly expressive wines. The first vintage of Carmel Road wines was released in 1999. Carmel Road’s vineyards can be found nestled on the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. No mountains hinder the flow of air from the Monterey Bay, allowing fog and chilly, moisture-laden winds to sweep over their vineyards daily, making this one of the coldest wine regions in California.
2016 Pinot Noir
Bright cherry aromas that are layered with notes of wild strawberries and black tea. On the mouth, you get juicy black cherry flavors and notes of cola with hints of vanilla, toasted oak and well balanced tannins. A silky texture leads to a long finish.