The Sparrow flies again! After two years of absence due to weather, we could not be happier with the resulting wine. Sweet peas, peach and orange blossoms leap out of the glass and persist in the mouth. The plump plush mouthfeel has a brine and wet rock note that lifts the palate with medium plus acidity. Do not make the mistake of drinking this wine too cold. 58 degrees is the optimum temperature. This wine will last through 2022 at least.
The 2014 Fred is a brighter and more high toned than its predecessors. It is obvious from the moment it leaves the bottle with its bright red complexion. It still showcases the usual lavender oil and bright nose of the Tablas Creek clone, but it is expressing more red fruit notes. Bouncy and bright in the mouth while round and plush tannins maintain through to the end. Will drink well though 2020.
Jasmine leaps out of the glass and fills the nose. This golden yellow elixir is filled with papaya, honeydew melon and soft citrus like Meyer lemon. It is carried by the medium acidity for a white wine. With the same depth of structure as the Sparrow, but the Marsanne is the star. Will drink well through 2022, we will keep you posted if it maintains longer due to the Marsanne.
Nose…….Slight reduction, wet rock and peony flower.
Mouth…..The floral quality pursists in the mouth held up by soft round tannins, medium acidity. We continued to use a spontenous fermentation which in the tanks smells like roast acorn squash is a sprinkle of brown sugar. Although that primary note subsides in the wine, there is an earthy sweet character. We build our wines with bottle age in mind, so please decant. Optimum drinking window is 2020 – 2026.
The 2016 Viognier was all about picking time. With the hot spring and early summer, we visited the vineyard three times a week. We picked early to maintain freshness, which was accomplished in the resulting juice. Notes of white peach in the nose as well as lemon and stone fruit. More lean than 2015 with peach persisting in the mouth. Long and broad finish. Will drink well through 2022.