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Banshee has changed up the varieties this vintage but the wine continues to delivery. A delightful, dry, fresh and very quaffable rose from 38% Grenache, 26% Barbera, 25% Syrah and 12% Pinot Noir.The wine is a pale rose and peach combination in color and lip smacking as it goes down. It also possesses the depth to pair with everything from the lightest amuse bouche to the main course.
This wine leads with a bouquet of red fruits and cherry blossom aromas. The silky palate is layered with notes of cherry, hibiscus, mandarin peel and a faint coppery counterpoint to the fruit. In addition, one might find a hint of dark plum. The finish is fine-boned and harmonious.
Banshee Wines was founded by three friends Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler, and Steve Graf from the Midwest and East Coast who shared a passion for wine and a lifelong dream of owning their own winery. In 2009, they pooled their money together to make the 1st vintage of Banshee Wines Pinot Noir, and they've been doing it ever since.
Fort Ross Winery has attracted some of California's top winemakers such as Ed Kurtzman (Roar, August West, Freeman), Helen Keplinger (Paradigm) and most recently Jeff Pisoni (Lucia, Luli).
Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, their "True Sonoma Coast" vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. The vineyard’s high elevation above the coastal fog and its proximity to the ocean provide a gentle, sunny and temperate climate that has proved to be extremely favorable for the slow and even ripening of ultra-premium Pinot Noir grapes.
The Sea Slopes Pinot Noir actually gets its name from overlooking the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,700 feet. The wine spent nine months in 10% new French oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is blended for earlier release and is ready to enjoy sooner than other Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noirs. This expressive ruby-hued Pinot Noir has bright black cherry, wild berry, and violet aromas that are gracefully balanced by touches of dried orange peel. Generous raspberry and mulberry integrated with spice evolve on the palate finishing with silky tannins that express the coastal terroir.
The vision for Paramount goes against the grain of convention set in recent decades of what a wine from Napa should be. The Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, along with Merlot and Petit Verdot, harmonize with New-World creativity to allow the changing composition of percentages from vintage to vintage. Finesse, subtlety and strength. This is a wine greater than the sum of its parts. We strive to showcase the best of each vintage – the outstanding achievements of our vineyards and winemaker in a given year. The final blend is drawn from fruit grown on exceptional vineyard sites stretching the length and breadth of the Napa Valley, each with its own unique and expressive terroir.
In the cellar of winemaker Jim Close, the four varieties that define Paramount are all harvested and aged separately. After gently destemming and cold soaking, each variety is fermented, pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. A 20-month aging process follows, and ultimately, the separate lots become one, as Paramount is blended and bottled. In a region dominated by single variety wines, Paramount rises above.
This wine can be paired with veal, Iberian pork charcuterie and some types of casseroles (stew).
Rickshaw Pinot leaps out of the glass with bright notes of dried cherry and pine. It is followed by a truly silky palate of wild strawberry, red plum and pomegranate. The wine is bolstered with its usual energetic spine and a slightly salty finish.
The 2016 Tobias “Formation” is a blend of 30% Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Rockpile Malbec, 15% Rockpile Petit Verdot, 5% Rockpile Cabernet Franc, 23% Mendocino Merlot.
When poured in the glass, rich aromas of black cherries and blackberries, are mixed with vanilla notes from the new French oak and complex savory herbs and spice. In the mouth the richness of fruit coats the tongue but is framed by youthful tannins and balanced acidity. While delicious now, the wine will continue to improve and mellow for the next few years, and maybe beyond.
The 2016 Tobias “Formation” is a wonderful accompaniment to meats such as grilled chops - veal, pork or lamb- especially with herbs such as thyme, rosemary and oregano, steak in a red wine sauce, roast rack or leg of lamb, or roasted duck. It pairs beautifully with caramelized roasted vegetables, especially those with a touch of sweetness, such as roast squash, red peppers and beets.