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RADIO-COTEAU Savoy – Chardonnay 2010

This straw colored Chardonnay emits nuanced tropical and stone fruit aromas from the glass, notably apricot and white peach. Bright fruit balances a 15 month elevage of 30% new french oak. Upon entry kumquat and meyer lemon integrate with mineral and river stone. Delicate wood spice frames the fruit while an unctuous mouthfeel is smooth, but not heavy. Length and texture are tempered by acidity, depicting the cool Anderson Valley growing site. A becoming integration of vibrant fruit, fresh acidity and luxurious texture. Generous now and will cellar well for 5-6 years.
GROWER:
Richard Savoy, Paul Ardzrooni
APPELLATION:
Anderson Valley, Mendocino
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Northwest of Philo
VARIETAL:
Chardonnay
SELECTION:
Wente and Prosser
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 1991
SOIL TYPE:
Recent terrace deposits with river gravel
HARVEST DATE:
October 3rd and 13th
PRODUCTION:
362 Cases
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

Estero Gold

Karen Bianchi-Moreda and her son are making fewer than 100 wheels, weighing 8 to 10 pounds, every week, with raw milk from the family farm.The Estero Gold wheels…have a uniformly golden interior, with a thin natural rind. The gold color extended right up to the rind, with no darkening…The paste is firm and brittle, a bit waxy and not as dry as Parmigiano Reggiano but with some of the crunchy protein crystals that develop in aged Parmesan.

Read more about Estero Gold on SFGate

big table farm laughing pig rosé

Guess who’s here for dinner!! Big table farm! I feel special just looking at them! Thanks Oregon!
“2011 Laughing Pig Rosé – We are excited to share this first wine from the 2011 vintage with you! We are optimistic that the rest of our 11’s are also promising. The vintage was as cool as 2010, so the chemistry numbers were very similar, but dry September created riper skins and seeds than 2010 resulting in what I expect will be fantastic wines. We experienced few vineyard issues due to the diligence and hard work of our growers. The significant difference from 10 to 11 was the size of the clusters. 2011 clusters were huge, and I knew that Saigné was needed in order to make our red wines as good as possible. This meant that the Laughing Pig Rose would smile back into our lives. I only had one lot that I did not bleed. The juice from the other lots was placed on top of an equal amount of fruit and allowed to soak and slowly start to ferment for several days. This was then pressed and transferred to neutral barrels where the wine still lives. As with our other wines the 2011 LPR has been fermented to dryness and malolatic complete. It will be bottled with out fining or filtration in the beginning of April, Clare says this might be the bet LPR yet. Aromatics of strawberry, toast and a little spice lead you into a rich mouth feel. The fruit lingers on the finish while your mouth waters slightly from a pleasing core of acidity.”

Everything from big table farm is amazing, take a look.

Documentary: The Cheese Cave


Take a look at this documentary that was filmed for a class project. “This is a documentary on the beautiful store in Claremont, CA: The Cheese Cave. This was filmed for a class project with some of my other classmates. It won a crowd favorite award at the 909 Film Festival. Film was made in 2010, and the Cheese Cave is still up and running.”

Harbison: the newest member of the Jasper Hill Family

“Vermont’s Jasper Hill Farms has birthed so many sought-after cheeses that it hardly seems possible that the staff would have the creative energy to dream up another. A beer enthusiast, Jasper Hill’s cheese maker recommends Harbison with Saison-style ale. Saison Dupont from Belgium is a classic in that style.”

Watch the video of Harbison being made by clicking here.

Read more about Harbison in Janet Fletcher’s article on SFGate.