2009 Pinot Noir - Clone 115, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills Flower-powered, sleek and decidedly feminine, almost feline in character... Julie Newmar in her "Cat Woman" outfit, long, lean and elegant. Brilliant bright spicy floral red fruit, fresh, and a beauty of a wine to drink. Full-flavored chicken dishes sound good here, or some really fine cheeses, or a roast prime rib of pork. Our featured recipe is Chicken "a la Bordelaise". 2009 Pinot Noir - Clone 667, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills Darkly brooding, ruggedly graceful, mysterious in a friendly way, open yet reserved at the same time, utterly charming. In a word, "Clooney-esque". Earthy and forest-y, suggestive of black fruits and berries and dark spice. A swarthy wine to accompany a really good Stilton, almost any grilled or roasted meat or game, or pasta in a gorgonzola sauce. 2009 Pinot Noir - Mt. Eden Clone, El Jabalí Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills Here is the Mt. Eden selection of Pinot Noir, planted at Rancho El Jabalí around 1984. (The cuttings came from Sanford & Benedict.) These are the heritage vines you drive through when you come to Alma Rosa Winery tasting room and "headquarters" just off of Santa Rosa Road. Clove-scented, violet rose-petalled, minty herbal dusty cocoa-truffled vanilla-swirl iced raspberry pooled with a cherry dropdead prettiness, a slow-to-reveal dark side and a surprising killer grip (arm wrestling with Linda Furst in the 4th grade) - (damn!) So, with food, you can go subtle, almost delicate to emphasize the wine (filet of sole or trout in a brown butter sauce with fresh herbs); or you can go brash and bold to challenge the wine (hoisin lamb stir fry tacos)... Our featured recipe pairing is Chicken with Herbes de Provence Grilled Under a Brick.
This year, you may NOT pick up your auction winnings at the event. All wine must be shipped and will be sent to you directly from the winery of the winning bids. Please note the costs for shipping below. Also note that your winning bids will be charged sales tax if the shipping address is in California. For California, shipping rates are as follows: 1-3 750ml Bottles: $13. 4-6 750ml bottles: $18. 7-12 750ml bottles: $27. Each additional 6 750ml bottles: $ 9. 1 Magnum: $15. 2-3 Magnums: $25. Each additional Magnum: $10. For outside California, shipping rates are as follows: 1-3 750ml Bottles: $15. 4-6 750ml bottles: $30. Each additional 3 750ml bottles: $15. 1 Magnum: $25. 2-3 Magnums: $40. Each additional Magnum: $15. Please be aware that if you request to ship your wines immediately, the weather may damage your wines. It is getting hot across the country and we would regret your wines being needlessly damaged. We are more than happy to store your wines until the weather cools in the Fall.