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Diced Tomato & Feta Bruschetta (Herbed pita bread toast and fresh basil chiffonade)
Crispy Panko & Buttermilk Shrimp (Mango and smoked chili aioli with cilantro salt)
Boulder Bank wines are crafted from grapes grown on sustainably farmed vineyards in New Zealand. These vineyards are part of a nationwide effort called Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Comprised of river rock and sandy loam typical of vineyards near the Opawa River, the locale does hold a most unusual distinction: it lies below sea level. The salinity in the soil imparts an attractive minerality to the finished wine. Gentle afternoon breezes and cool night temperatures permit slow and even ripening throughout the vineyard and modest yields are obtained by cane-pruning. Separate shoots maximize cluster exposure. Nick Goldschmidt visits Marlborough several times per year to ensure his meticulous viticultural regimen is followed. New Zealand is world-renowned for Sauvignon Blanc. This racy varietal comes in several styles ranging from a high-acid UK style that cuts through the fat of fish & chips to the more tropical fruit style preferred by American tastes. Near the town of Blenheim lie the Rapaura and Brancott sub-regions. Each produces distinctive wines. The Rapaura, with its flat lands just to the north of town, consists of river bed and sandy loam soils while the hilly area of the Brancott to the south has glacial soils which offer better water-holding capacity. The soils drive the style: wines from the Rapaura often show fresh herbs, gooseberry, mineral, and passionfruit while wines from the Brancott typically offer more creaminess and weight. The Fitzroy Vineyard lies on the boundary between the two, thus Boulder Bank showcases the wonderful characteristics of each. This is also a single-vineyard wine, an attribute not common to Marlborough wines in general. The 2017 Boulder Bank Sauvignon Blanc’s fragrant aromatics are very obvious when opening the bottle. Fresh tropical fruit notes of pineapple, guava, and apricot burst from the glass. Made without wood from Rapaura River soils, the palate is clean and zesty. It is full and lush with delicate mandarin orange and lemon peel flavors. It has nicely balanced acidity and a long and round finish.
|Goldschmidt Boulder Bank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Roasted Cauliflower & Havarti Bisque (Spiced beet frites and tarragon-walnut pesto)
The rolling hills and gentle slopes near the town of Sebastopol were once home to apple orchards filled with songbirds. By the early 1990’s though, most of the orchards were replanted with grapes. The factors that define a quality Chardonnay vineyard are numerous, but Goldschmidt Vineyards believe matching varietal and rootstock to the right vineyard site yields the most flavorful grapes. High quality grapes grow only under certain optimum soil conditions, including a balance of nutrients within certain clays. These clay minerals play a critical role, as they can retain water and act as harbors for nutrients better than other soil types. Clays that offer slow nutrient transfer to grape vine plants are preferred. The highest quality grapes grow on the fine-grained, shallow marine quartz sandstones of the Wilson Grove Formation, where Singing Tree is located. These formations tend to produce soils that are well balanced in nutrient content and water retention. The 2016 Signing Tree Russian River Chardonnay has a wonderfully bright and refreshing style with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length. Old field selection clones yield fruit with high natural acidity and citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon. The grapes experience a whole cluster press, followed by 48 hours of settling. Fermentation is in stainless steel, followed by 6 months aging in 100% new French oak. The nose shows lime, Meyer lemon, and ripe apple. It has flavors of juicy green apple, dried fig, white peach, and apricot mingle with hints of vanilla. The dash of French oak pushes the finish a little longer with hints of vanilla and caramel. The finished wine is unfiltered.
|Goldschmidt Singing Tree Russian River Chardonnay 2016
Tri-Color Pepper Crusted Canadian Salmon (Thyme roasted shallot infused quinoa with charred pepper and thyme spiced Romesco with sautéed French beans)
Goldschmidt Vineyards’ Fidelity Red Blend offers great taste and value. This popular Bordeaux-style blend Is dominated by Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot to enhance body and texture. Light-handed oak aging influences the Petite Verdot to add a chocolate note in the finish. Nick Goldschmidt knows all the great spots for growing Cabernet and Merlot in the Alexander Valley. He has farmed The Crazy Creek Estate for over 25 years and just loves the quality of fruit, vintage after vintage. Few winemakers offer such quality for the price. The 2015 Fidelity Red Blend is medium-garnet in color, and is aged for 16 months in 15% new oak cooperage. It has red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry, and jam, with touches of vanilla, with black cherry and black raspberry flavors. It is a nicely balanced wine, medium weight on the palate with soft, supple tannins in the finish.
|Goldschmidt Fidelity Red Wine Alexander Valley 2015
12 Hour Wine Braised Beef Cheek Pot Roast (Garlic mashed potato, root vegetables and butter roasted broccolini)
The exceptional combination of climate, exposure and soil in the Dry Creek Appellation stamps its signature on this classic varietal. This estate vineyard is slightly cooler than those in Alexander Valley and is well-suited to growing deeply concentrated, powerful Merlot. It also has excellent drainage. River soils and sandy loam permit enough water retention to promote full grape maturity yet discourage the overly-vigorous Merlot from producing high yields. Named after Nick Goldschmidt’s eldest daughter, Chelsea Merlot highlights the juicy red fruit and spice notes from barrel-aged Merlot. Sourced from a beautiful vineyard along Route 128 just east of Geyserville, Chelsea Merlot is big and rich and pairs well with wood fired pizza, steak tacos, and grilled pork chops. One sip and it is obvious this Merlot is made with Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers in mind. Goldschmidt was challenged in 2015 by a warm winter, a cool spring, and a couple of summer heat waves. The last heat wave lingered throughout the first half of September, accelerating grape sugars and forcing them to scramble to get their crews scheduled. Fortunately, the quality of fruit was outstanding, showing magnificent color, deep flavor concentration, and perfect sugar and acid levels. These fantastic results are typical of drought vintages. The downside is that dry years often translate into lower cluster weights (crop yields), a less than favorable farming condition. Overall, this is a very fine vintage and one that will be remembered for great quality. The 2015 Chelsea Merlot is of dark garnet color and has cherry, strawberry and white pepper aromas. Its entry is broad and expansive with black cherry, wild blackberry, rhubarb and ripe plum. The wine is velvety smooth and rich on the mid-palate and finishes with spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Aged for 12 months in 25% new oak, a mixture of French, American and Hungarian, the wine is filtered before bottling.
|Goldschmidt Chelsea Alexander Valley Merlot 2015
Dark Chocolate Melting Cake (Black licorice-marsala caramel with espresso mousse and blackberries)
Each vintage, Goldschmidt Vineyards takes what they believe to be the best patch of each vineyard and craft four exceptional barrels of wine that really go above and beyond what they expect from the Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet label. PLUS means an additional year of ageing in new French oak, PLUS hand bottled straight from barrel to bottle. Goldschmidt PLUS Yoeman Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a small mountain vineyard just east of the town of Geyserville. The vineyard slopes to the southeast and is comprised of well-draining glacial loam. Soft morning sun promotes slower grape maturation and longer “hang times” in this secluded micro-climate. Rarely do vineyard conditions afford a winemaker the opportunity to make a wine such as this. The 2013 was a superb vintage. There was near-ideal bud break with steady flowering, very even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the long summer months. Smaller than usual berries developed very intense and concentrated flavors with above average yields. Late rains had no effect at harvest. The 2013 Yoeman Cabernet Sauvignon saw deeper colors and more velvety tannins than in previous vintages. It is of an inky/blue/purple color. It is broadly framed with smoke, leather, and herbal accents. This wine has a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style. Its core is tightly focused of plum, black licorice and mocha flavors. It has a nicely layered mouthfeel with great depth and lush tannins. Aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, followed by an additional 19 months in used French oak, the wine is unfined and unfiltered.
|Goldschmidt Plus Yoeman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013