West Of West

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Last Tuesday I attended the West of West wine festival held at City Winery. It was the first West of West wine festival to be held in New York City and was sponsored by the West Sonoma Coast Vitners. They featured wines from the far west of Sonoma which is west of the more familiar Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. These subdistricts of Sonoma included Annaplolis, Freestone, Occidental, Sebastopol Hills, Fort Ross-Seaview and Green Valley. I attended the trade event in the afternoon and they had a consumer event later that evening as well with the usual cheese, bread, and salami.

Most of the reds poured were Pinot Noir with a few Syrah thrown in and a some whites, mostly Chardonnay and one Rose.

I started with some whites, I enjoyed the 2010 Ramey Wine Cellars Chardonnay, light gold with honey and mango on the nose, nicely balanced with honey and pineapple on the finsih. From Sonoma Coast Vineyards an unusual but tasty wine was their 2010 “Laguna Vista Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc.  Aged sur lees it was light gold with a big nose of papaya and mango, very creamy with some grassiness on the finish. From Freeman Vineyard & Winery their 2011 Rose of Pinot Noir was medium red and easy drinking.

Some of the reds I enjoyed: from 32 Winds Wine Co., their 2010 “Maestro” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast was medium to dark red with a classic Burgundy nose  of barnyard with delicious fruit with approciable acids on the long finish.

From Zepaltas Wines, the 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was medium red with a big nose of forest floor and black cherry, chewy fruit and balanced tannin and acid on the finish.

From Cobb Wines the 2008 “Rice-Spivak Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast was light to medium red with a big nose of dark leather with medium fruit and some toastiness on the finish.

A couple of wines from Sojourn Cellars that I enjoyed, the 2011 “Silver Eagle Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast had a nose of warm black fruit with a velvet long balanced finish. Their 2010 “Rodgers Creek” Pinot Noir was velvety with great balance on the long finish.

From Macphail Family Wines, their 2010 “Dutton Ranch” Pinot Noir Green Valley had some nice silky and dark fruit with a sea-air tang on the balanced finish.

From Flowers Vineyard & Winery the 2010 “Sea View Ridge” Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was dark red with a nose of cola and forest floor, chewy for a Pinot and nicely balanced.

From Freeman Vineyard & Winery the 2011 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was medium red with a nose of dried herbs with luscious fruit and a balanced, toasty finish.

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