The October Set:  Fall Feelings: cool nights, spicy reds

Syrah, Barndiva Sonoma Coast 2015 $30

We couldn’t be more pleased with the timing of the release of our next private label wine. Fall weather is perfect for Syrah, and we can’t wait to pop a bottle with a burger in the bistro, or a leg of duck confit in the restaurant this month! Eric Sussman, owner and winemaker for County Line Cellars has sourced Syrah from several cool-climate vineyard sites in the western Sebastopol Hills to make this private bottling for Barndiva. This is a very approachable Syrah, full of plummy fruits and chewy tannins, with hints of white pepper, blueberry and forest floor. The wine was aged in neutral French oak for 11 months and in bottle for an additional year before release. We will be pouring this wine all winter and hope you enjoy the fruits of our collaboration!

Zinfandel, Nalle Estate Old Vine Dry Creek Valle 2014 $35

Dry Creek Valley is rich with the history of grape growers farming the land for over one hundred years, and we love the long traditions of winemaking and farming of old vines that are cherished by thesefamilies for generations. Doug and Lee Nalle have lived on their estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley for over forty years, caring for the vineyard Lee’s family planted in 1927. Andrew Nalle, second generation, now runs the winery and makes the wine for his parents. Nalle Winery has become known locally for its elegant and balanced style of Zinfandel which we absolutely adore for its food-friendliness. Their production is tiny, and we are happy to have their old vine Zinfandel, which comes from seventy-five year old dry-farmed vines to offer you this month.

Tasting notes: Dusty bramble, lush raspberry, piercing minerality and black pepper. Smooth and rich, fresh and dried red fruits are accented with Chinese five spice and vanilla.

Nebbiolo, Nervi Gattinara 2013 $34

Nervi is the oldest officially-recognized winery in the Gattinara DOCG which is located in Piedmont in northern Italy. The vineyards can be traced back to being planted in 1242! Nestled in the foothills of Monterosa- Europe’s second highest mountain- the estate has been growing grapes for over one hundred years, and producing an elegant, aromatic style of Nebbiolo from this mountain vineyard. The soil is volcanic gravel with a high clay content, which creates a unique site unlike surrounding Piedmontese vineyards.

Tasting notes: Aroma of violets, roses, rosemary and cedar. Flavors of black currant, alpine strawberry and dried cherry. The wine has firm tannins, with a silky texture and long finish.