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Tasting Notes

Our wine is rare in its steep and mountainous terroir, and our passion for creating a truly memorable bottle of wine is unmatched. They are hand-crafted, un-manipulated estate wines that are distillations of a specific place. Grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted by the winemaker and crew, then attentively looked after during élevage and maturation. Created in a more European style, our wines pair wonderfully with food.

Wil Franklin Winemaker
Small Batch Wine

Kingfisher — Sauvignon Blanc

2017 - This is a crisp, non-oaked Sauvignon Blanc more reminiscent of Graves, France than the grassy wine of Marlborough, New Zealand. Picked and co-fermented with 10% Semillion our 2017 Kingfisher Sauvignon Blanc is uplifting and bright with hints of citrus and sea spray. Full of minerality, it begs for oysters, seafood and a table full of friends. 

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Osprey — Chardonnay

2017 - The 2017 Osprey Chardonnay is a crisp, bright unoaked wine. Tropical fruit and banana aromas are followed by green apple, citrus and crushed slate flavors. It is more reminiscent of a young white burgundy than a big buttery Napa Chardonnay. The Osprey's steely tension makes it a great food wine. It will pair well with seafood, pork and Asian cuisine. 

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Coho Red — Merlot

2014 - This is a right-bank style Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Due to the warmer than normal growing season, this vintage is riper and rounder than 2013. It is dominated by dark red to black fruit notes, like a red raspberry-blackberry mix. It is layered with subtle notes of blackberry bramble, sweet fennel and forest floor. The 2014 Coho Red is downright quaffable when paired with pizza or pasta. Cheers!

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Black Bear Cuvée 

2014 - This is a bold, bright blend, not an over-ripe bomb like those of Napa or Sonoma. The flavors and aromas are red to black fruit, like coastal blackberry as opposed to the darker Himalaya berry. There is a touch of pepper and cedar box in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich balanced by cool-climate acidity, more typical for the northern and mountainous Humboldt County. It is excellent with grass-fed beef raised in the verdant river valleys of coastal Humboldt County. Try it with a tangy sweet barbeque to shoulder some of the tannins or slow roasted with wild mushrooms to bring out some of the earthier tones. 

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Merganser — Rosé

2017 - The 2017 Merganser is a racy and crisp dry Rosé. It is produced from Sangiovese and Syrah grapes sourced from the mountainous vineyards in eastern Humboldt County. The wine is light and fresh with hints of strawberry, raspberry, and spearmint. It is perfect for a spring picnic or summer barbeque (candy-canes and Christmas ham).

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Pinot Noir

2014 - This vintage shows the warmer side of Pinot Noir. The flavors and aromas are dark and brooding, but still light, crisp and smooth compared to Bordeaux wines. There is a touch of spice and baked fruit flavors, but the mouthfeel is smooth and elegant, like one would expect from a classic Pinot Noir. The 2014 Pinot Noir is excellent with barbequed chicken and pork. The tangy sweetness of the barbeque helps balance the 2014 richness. Or try it with wild mushrooms to bring out some of the earthier tones of a classic Pinot. 

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Syrah

2014 - This is a cool-climate Syrah, more similar to Cornas or Saint Joseph of France, than to anything in California. The flavors and aromas are dark and brooding as one would expect from Syrah, but brighter and leaner than most California Syrah. There is a touch of black pepper and baking spices in the finish and the long, lingering mouthfeel is smooth, but pronounced. The 2014 Syrah is an excellent choice for hearty, protein rich meals that act to balance the tannic structure. Yet, the sweet fruit and spicy flavors pair well with aged cheeses, wild mushrooms or anything off the grill. Cheers!

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