Michael from D&M in San Francisco reviews the organically certiftied Luuma Sauvignon Blanc 2019 from the Yorkville Highlands.
Sauvignon Blanc is a varietal that can range from the clean and mineral driven expressions from the Loire Valley in France to the Tropical fruit and fresh grass laden style in New Zealand. This hews more to the clean and mineral laden style with a zippy acidity and a light suggestion of fruit.
Michael from D&M Reviews the Jolie Laide Syrah North Coast 2018. Sourced from two vineyard sites in Mendocino County. This is a very pretty Syrah as much about spice and minerals as it is about fruit. Cool climate-- cool wine
In many simple ways the best things are worth waiting for. The families that came together to form the modern Forest-Marie can trace their lineage back nine generations to a deed from 1746 when the Forest family joined the landowning class. Over the intervening generations, little by little, the family kept buying land. For this generation, when Thierry Forest married Gracianne Marie, they combined their land holdings into 86 plots across the villages of Trigny (formerly his) and Ecueil (formerly hers.) Their vines are planted to roughly a third of each of the most common Champagne varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Boring to say, but Gracianne and Thierry are dedicated mulchers. They have spread mulch over their vineyards to promote biodiversity and lower the rate of tilling for over 35 years. They have a total annual production of 6,700 cases. The bottle we have featured, the Forest-Marie Vintage 2008 is made up of a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The level of specificity that we can say about this wine gives us a chance to geek out-- this comes entirely from two south facing parcels Chaillots & Mont des Chrétiens planted on calcareous soils that have an average vine age of 67-80 years. The grapes were hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel for 20-30 days with spontaneous and cultured yeasts; malolactic was allowed to happen. After fermentation was finished, the wine was aged for 8 months with 29 mg/L of sulfur before being bottled under crown cap on March 23, 2009. The bottle highlighted here was disgorged in January 2020 and finished with a dosage of around 6 grams per liter and a total alcohol of 12.15% ABV.
It is quite rare that we get a chance to try wines that have waited a century for release, but we are happy to bring you a snapshot of the 1920 Blandy's Baul Madeira. There is no cheating age, and this is well worth the wait with all the complexity that one could hope for built up over nine plus decades. This here is a wine much more rare than Pappy Van Winkle that comes with a tasting experience with the current winemaker-- what is not to love?
In this iteration of the D&M Cocktail series, we have a meeting of California Pear Liqueur and Scottish Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch.
2 ounces Monkey Shoulder Blended Whisky
1 ounce St. George Pear Liqueur
5 dashes Aromatic Bitters
1 Orange Zest
Michael from D&M gives a look and a taste to Field Recordings Neverland Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, which comes from Santa Barbara County. Winemaker Andrew Jones did a great job crafting this moderate weight Cabernet, all for a very attractive price.
The 2017 vintage was a challenging one here in California, so we turn our eyes to the north and see what Washington State and specifically Columbia Valley has to offer. To that point we here at D&M take a look at the Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon has to offer for the typical Napa Valley Cabernet lover.
A first in what we hope to be a series of Cocktails at Home, we use Barrel Aged Gin to create a riff on The Pledge. We call it the Promise, and bad pun intended, we promise it is tasty. Barrel Aged Gin, Lemon Juice, Scotch and Spice Bitters, and Amaro, this wakes up the palate in a fun way.
Here Michael at D&M reviews the 2020 iteration of our Traverse City Cask Strength Bourbon. To get nerdy with it, it is barrel we #21-P276, and is a four year old from MGP distilled January 4, 2016. Its mash bill (recipe) is of 75% Corn, 21% Rye, and 4% Malted Barley. It was a full 53 gallon barrel, coopered at Kelvin with a #4 char and a medium toast. It was aged by Traverse City on Level 3 with a rack location of C6. It was dumped out of the barrel on February 6, 2020.
This wine begins with a bicycle ride that iconic French winemaker Alain Graillot went on in Morocco. The vines are not new, this is a wine that was made in parternership between Graillot and Chateau Thalvin. The winery has been in the Zenata region since the 1920s. Organically farmed, this is Syrah with its North African origins on good exhuberant display.
We taste a new gin from Iceland, or rather cut with Icelandic water. It began its life as a wheat distillate in Champagne before going through the Gin process in Iceland.
Michael Reviews the Hirsch Pinot Noir San Andreas from the 2017 vintage. From the far Sonoma Coast, this is from the challenging 2017 vintage (fires, heat waves, all of the things.)