If you read the SF Weekend Chronicle you probably noticed the write up about Lodi and some of the great grapes and wines coming from there. Locals ever on top of the trends, where’s, what’s and why’s of wine country has several Lodi wines to offer for your consideration.
Both the Eric Ross Tempranillo and the Struttin Red have Lodi grapes and believe me they are tasting great right now. Eric Ross also has an Albarino that is fabulous and the grapes come from Lodi. Try pairing this great white wine with Burrata cheese on toast points with Arugula in olive oil with salt and pepper.
For those meat eaters amongst you try adding some prosciutto. Just a reminder for those of you not on top of the Facebook updates check out the September sale on Gunfighter Zin. Normally a $28.00 bottle of wine it is going for $16.80. That is a whopping 40% off! This offer is only while stock lasts as the 2009 Gunfighter Zin is almost gone and the new release is waiting in the wings so hurry and stop by or call and we can process an order over the phone. Cheers
Watch as the grapes used to make the Eric Ross Tempranillo Wine are harvested from the Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, CA. Notice the special attention that is being paid to removing any leaves and extra materials that could get in the way of making this great wine.
Here is how the Eric Ross Winery website describes this excellent wine.
Utilizing “Lodi Sustainable” farming pratices this rich exotic Tempranillo flows from the glass with layers of Spanish traditions of food and winemaking. Blackberry, espresso & dark chocolate, followed by hints of dry cured black moroccan olives. Barrel aged in a combination of American and French Oak providing hints of oak integrated to respect the varietal character.
Eric Ross Vineyards is at the forefront of California’s move into producing intriguing wines using Spanish grape varietals.
The 2009 Struttin’ Red ($28) is 91% Tempranillo and 9% Garnacha (Grenache). This easy-going, fruity, red wine is made from younger vines located in Lodi, California’s favored Central Valley location for fine wine grapes. With ripe strawberries on a smoky nose, this wine is sweet on the palate. Moderate 14.4% alcohol makes it very friendly for sipping or pairing to a meal, Mexican food would be one great idea. If you love the Eric Ross Saralee Pinot Noir, one notch up of red robustness could be your next delight!
Eric Ross Winery Harvest
The 2009 Tempranillo ($34 – 100% Tempranillo from the Bokisch Vineyard) comes from somewhat older vines, and from a different part of the Lodi appellation, where the famed cooling Delta Breeze is stronger. Here the fruit takes a bit longer to ripen, developing deeper character. Sustainably farmed, the wine is darker and richer than the Struttin’ Red. French oak barrels bring olive tar to the nose and palate, while American oak provides a sweet counterpoint. Still, this wine is more fruity and playful than its Spanish counterpart. Also 14.4% alcohol.
These low-production artisan wines won’t last long, so get your bottles today!