Wines of the Month for October 2021
2017 Wonderment Wines Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Hyde Vineyard, Los Carneros AVA, Napa Valley, California
Right in step with Wonderment’s first-rate 2016 effort from the same site, this year’s version is a very well-crafted, explicitly varietal effort that brings together elements of citrus, ripe melons, peaches, fresh herbs and a deft bit of creamy oak in a deep and seamlessly married mix. It is moderately full-bodied and slightly fleshy in feel with neatly placed acidity affording it plenty of life, and, as was the case with its predecessor, it is a beautifully balanced wine that, while delicious right now, has all of the right pieces in place to guarantee a good half-decade or more of positive growth. The wine was de-stemmed and sat on skins for 6 hours before being pressed and then racked into 50% Stainless Steel Barrel and 50% Neutral Burgundian Oak fermenting in barrel. The wine was again racked after fermentation and returned to the same percentage of Stainless and Neutral Oak where it rested for 5 months before being bottled on February, 20th, 2018.
14.1% ABV | 3.41 pH
2018 Labarge Winery Cinquin Syrah
Sta. Rita Hills AVA, California
Herby and peppery aromas meet with tart berry scents on the nose of this bottling—a new, more affordable brand for Pierre LaBarge. Bay leaf and under-ripe elderberries show on the sip, which also offers purple flowers and more pepper.
14.6% ABV. Organic.