The November set:
Anderson Valley Wines perfect for Thanksgiving
Lichen Estate Blanc de Gris, Anderson Valley 2012 $48
Lichen Estate is a 100% organic estate just north of Boonville. Winemaker Doug Stewart focuses on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and this sparkling wine inspired by Champagne but with an Anderson Valley twist. Blanc de Gris is a bubbly made from 100% Pinot Gris, a grape that gives a nod to the Alsatian and Germanic roots of the valley. Vibrant yellow apple and peach flavors with mouthwatering freshness and purity made this a satisfying aperitif.
Balo Suitcase Clone 828 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2015
Balo Vineyards also produces 100% estate wines from their 14 acre property in the Anderson Valley. Founded in 1998, the Mullins family focuses on Pinot Noir and have planted four different clones on their property. The Suitcase Clone 828 is a single clone bottling made from a clone of Pinot Noir that was supposedly brought in from Burgundy by a well-known Oregon winery owner. This clone has a very unique flavor profile somewhere between Pinot Noir and Gamay and is an exciting departure from typical California Pinot Noir. This luscious wine combines rich raspberry, velvety cherry and plum with anise, lavender and rose with a long finish.
Leo Steen Peaberry Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Mendocino Ridge 2016 $25
Healdsburg local, Leo Hansen of Leo Steen Wines has long been part of the Barndiva family. Early in his career we featured his Chenin Blanc on our opening wine list, and have loved to taste each new vintage. Leo has made his name by focusing on the Chenin Blanc varietal, now making three different Chenins. Leo’s 2016 Peaberry Chenin Blanc can be considered a natural wine, made without the use of sulfur and bottled without filtration. The fruit comes from an old vine vineyard in the hills of Ukiah, with vines planted in the 1970's. This is a natural wine that is a low-alcohol expression of the Chenin Blanc grape which will pair beautifully with food.