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Brian K Miller


Passionate Arboisphile




Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:05 am


Northern California

Weekend Urban Wine Stroll

by Brian K Miller » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:24 pm

Some nice urban winery tastings this weekend.

The highlight was Whistler Vineyards, which shares a tasting room and winery with Lusu Cellars in the old Camelia Street location of Steve Edmunds in Berkeley. Their vineyards are up in Annapolis on the real Sonoma Coast.

IMPRESSIVE Estate Pinot. A dark fruit emphasis, earth, forest floor. A saline minerality that was fantastic. Not "cheap", but they offer a simpler but still delicious "Migrations" bottling from purchased grapes that is an incredible bargain. (As is the minerally, sleek Migrations Chardonnay). fantastic stuff.

Around the corner: Broc Cellars new Grenache Gris Gris rose was simply delicious in a salty, fresh, perfect for summer way.

Donkey and Goat had a lovely new kitchen sink Rhone White blend (Eliza??? was the name) that had a lot of flavors going on and was delicious. The Fernaughty Syrah is pretty angular and not ready right now, but I bet it will be lovely in a few years.

Finally, Dashe Cellars offered some deliciously juicy Zinfandels and a fantastic Ancient Vine Contra Costa Carrignan made in their "Enfants" lighter style wine that was juicy and deliciously fresh.

A fun little wine stroll!
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