This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:
To Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is observed on April 22nd - this Wednesday! So we'd like to celebrate with a tasting of some of the great organic wines from...
Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Mendocino County is heaven on earth for grapes. Hot, dry summers, rich soils, and a diversity of plants and wildlife also make it an ideal place to grow organically.
Bonterra is not the only one who thinks so. 25% of grapes grown in Mendocino County are farmed organically, compared to roughly 3% in California wine growing overall! They've been growing organically since 1987, and now farm 915 acres within a 30-mile radius of their home base, the McNab Ranch.
McNab's 378 acres are nestled into a box canyon, with steep hills and rolling valleys in between. It's a place where grapes love to grow, and there's so much diversity within the canyon that each block, each row, each section of vines has its own sense of terroir. And its own sense of what, specifically, it needs to thrive.
Hundreds of beneficial insects, birds and other animals hang out in the habitat, sheep "mow" down weeds and chickens help out by pecking away at insects and scratching at the dirt.
Cover crops are planted between the rows of grapevines to naturally add nitrogen, control the vigor and keep the soil loose and moist, which reduces runoff and the need for irrigation. You'll also find olive trees, a huge variety of poppies, and strands of lavender wafting in the breeze throughout the vineyards!
At Bonterra, they're always working in tune with nature, to create healthier vines, more flavorful fruit and in turn, deeply expressive wines. We'd like to offer you a taste of these organic wines, so please stop in this Saturday afternoon!
2010 Riesling - 10.99: This Mendocino County Riesling has aromas of white flowers, apple, pear, peach, honey and clove with an underlying minerality and classic Riesling spice. Mouthfeel: In the mouth the wine is a balance of crisp acidity and subtle sweetness with a long rich finish.
2012 Chardonnay - 10.99: Aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and crème brulee. The wine is refreshing on the palate, with a minerality that is both bright and clean, drawing you into a vibrant tartness and lemon zest that is absolutely wonderful.
2010 Zinfandel - 15.99: This elegant Zinfandel has aromas of blueberry, black stone fruit and black pepper. Polished tannins and flavors of berries, vanilla, black pepper and toasty oak lead to an elegant, balanced, and a rich, long finish.
2012 Merlot - 15.99: Mendocino Merlot with added touches of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Carignane - the heritage of Bordeaux can be experienced in this blend! It has aromas of black plums, dark cherries and a touch of oak, that carry over to the palate where they are joined by dark berries and vanilla spice. It offers an elegant and restrained style with nice structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - 15.99: This organic Cab offers aromas of bright cherry, currant, and raspberry with notes of toasted oak and vanilla. In the glass, you will find flavors of cherry and currant and a lingering and thoughtful finish. Good structure, a moderate weight, polished tannins and a balanced acidity allows this wine to pair well with a great variety of foods.