2018 Pinot Grigio
Winery: Fifth Hill Estates
Appellation: Napa Valley
From Martin: "In this, our thirtieth month of operations, we are proud to release our first Pinot Grigio. Well, it’s sort of our first Pinot Grigio. The French call this grey-skinned grape Pinot Gris. The Germans call it Grauburgunder. So, since our earlier partner wineries from both Oregon and the Sonoma Coast referred to it as Pinot Gris, we labeled it as such. This time, however, we are working with Ned Hill’s family, experienced winemakers in Sonoma, an area that has been heavily influenced by Italian settlers. It makes sense that this version uses the Italian term as it shares many of the characteristics one might find in a Pinot Grigio from northeast Italy. Notes of crisp green apple, white peach, and crushed rock carry the crisp finish."
2017 Red Wine
Blend: 32% Grenache, 28% Mourvèdre, 19% Syrah, 14% Counoise, 7% Viognier
Winery: Ramos Torres
From Martin: "In this Rhône-style blend, Grenache offers ripe red-fruit character, Mourvèdre adds meatiness and structure, Syrah imparts spicy tones, Counoise provides additional fruit, and the white Viognier grape heightens aromas and the shiny appearance in the glass. This wine is complex and complete."