2012 Stomping Girl Lauterbach Hill Russian River Pinot Noir Wine 750 mL
Manufacturer: Stomping Girl
Brand: Stomping Girl
Lauterbach Hill Vineyard is owned by boutique grower and producer Stew Lauterbach. Stew's Pinot and Syrah hillside vineyard, just off River and Olivet Road behind Marintelli Winery, is meticulously farmed by Lee Martinelli Jr. Sustainable growing practices are a priority as evident by the birds of prey calling boxes and owl boxes scattered throughout the vineyard. Stomping Girl's dedicated rows are comprised of Pommard and Dijon clones.
2015 Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County Pack, 3 x 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Paul Dolan Vineyards
Brand: Paul Dolan Vineyards
North of Ukiah, a rare white deer herd wanders through the hills near the southwest facing foothill vineyard that grew this Cabernet Sauvignon. This full-flavored wine shows the intensity of its red soil roots. It is ripe and plummy, with intriguing notes of anise and brown spice, and the structure to age five years or more from the vintage. This wine is the unique expression of a carefully nurtured piece of land, made manifest in each bottle. We do without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, lifegiving system. Our winegrowing practices create special wines, while sustaining our environment, the place where we live, and the people who live here.
For the new collection, we sought a New World winemaking partner skilled in blending time-honored winemaking practices with new world innovation. Our search led us to a multigenerational, family-owned winery in Lodi, California (one of the state’s most historic winegrowing regions). Here, Winemaker Karen Birmingham sources exceptional fruit from sustainably-farmed, estate-grown vineyards, and brings classic techniques plus state of the art winemaking to the table. The resulting wines are fruit forward, varietally expressive and imminently quaffable.
2012 was another excellent and more normal vintage in Washington State, a welcome change after the cooler and wetter 2010 and 2011 vintages. The La Nina current brought warmer and more even spring and summer temperatures and an extended warm, dry autumn with perfect 80 to 85 Fahrenheit afternoon highs and 40 to 50 Fahrenheit lows without rain. The result was great set that yielded ripe, disease free fruit with good natural acidity. The resulting wines reflect the excellent qualities of the fruit and are a pleasure to drink. Probably one of the top 5 vintages Ive been associated with in Washington State.