Annual End of Frost Party – Emeritus April 2014

Emeritus’ Annual End of Frost Party last weekend was fabulous, although Lost Dog Found provided amazing music and Pizza Politana delectable pizzas the star of the show was, of course, the wines. Rebecca and Keith greeted you with a 2013 Ruby Ruby (Ruby will you be Wine?) Pinot Noir Saignee from the Russian River Valley. This wine from the Hallberg Vineyard was crisp and fruity. It was placed into the fermentation tanks with the skins for a few days and then just the juice was removed to ferment. It spent 3-4 months in natural oak and is the perfect wine for the warm weather that has moved into Sonoma County this week.

Taylor was assisting Mari with a barrel tasting of the 2013 Hallberg Pinot Noir – oh my, I can’t wait until this is in the bottle! Raspberries, a silky mouth feel, and incredible balance in such a young wine – so promising. Available now are the 2011 Pinots from Hallberg and William Wesley Vineyards. Both of these are excellent wines, although I am partial to the dry farming methods used to produce the Hallberg designate wine. Both displayed beautiful berry notes and lively tannins that should reward a little patience in the cellar. I would recommend putting these down for a little while yet, especially the William Wesley – I am sure they will reward you.  #SonomaCounty #Wine #Emeritus #Winery #Sustainable