After checking the fruit in the Doña Margarita vineyard at Marimar Torres Bill sat down with Marimar Torres herself to chat about the Sonoma Coast appellation and how soil and climate play a big factor in the final grapes we get from her vineyard. Bill talks about how his wine from the same vineyard compares to the wine Marimar makes from that vineyard. It’s worth watching to the end for the out take!
Bill usually takes a trip out to see how all the vineyards are progressing in late August. August 24th he visited Saltonstall, West of Petaluma in the Sonoma Coast appellation. Sam Saltonstall and Bill chatted about how the grapes were quite a bit behind where they usually are at that time. Veraison had begun but many of the grapes still have to change color.
After leaving Saltonstall Bill took the long and curvy road up to Cazadero very close to the Sonoma Coastline. High on the ridge line is Gard and Lori Hellenthal’s vineyard which was surprisingly further ahead than the one he’d just left. Veraison was nearly finished. Their neighboring grape growers include Hirsch and Marcassin. Gard’s daughter Elisa is helping out this vintage and it was great to see another family business hard at work.
Our first Wine Club Extravaganza, hosted by Bill and Joan at their beautiful home on top of Howell Mountain. A great time was had by all and we look forward to enjoying many more events with our club members in the future. One of the highlights of the evening was a 1995 Hellenthal Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and it was fun to taste our Anniversary La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 against our newest W.H. Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2008-they were both sublime with the Braised Short Ribs.