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Thanks for making 2013 another great year for Mission Wines! In appreciation for all of your loyal support we are excited to announce the return of Tax-Free Tuesday discounts.
Take advantage of no sales tax on all of your in-store purchases on Tuesdays.
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Last Friday of the Month Wine Tasting
4 PM to 8 PM
5 Wines for $25 per person
2012 California Pinot Noir
2012 Melville Pinot Noir “Terraces,” St. Rita Hills, California
“The three undulating slopes of Terraces cascading down from Block M have always intrigued us and it has been such a privilege to collectively bottle them on their own for the past eleven years. 4.9 acres in total, Terraces is planted on clay - rich loam and calcareous shale soils. The Terraces sections wrap 120 degrees around Block M, lying completely exposed to the elements and facing severe wind pressure, several different sun exposures, and challenging drainage issues. It is planted to five different clones of Pinot Noir: Swan, Mount Eden, 115, 667 and 777, making for a unique combination of older California field selections and newer Dijonnaise clonal material. 20% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 80% remaining as whole clusters. 591 cases produced. Yields were 3.0 pounds per vine (2.6 tons per acre). Tasting Notes: Cabochon ruby in color, sinister elements of black cherries, cola and gunpowder emanate from the glass. As the wine opens, warm notes of baked red apple, Chinese five-spice and fig paste weave alongside dusty components of dried lavender, black truffle and orange zest. The palate impression is elegant and elusive with fine tannins that coat the mouth through the lengthy, generous finish.” --From the Winery
2012 Peay Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
The pursuit of aromatic, elegant, red-fruited Pinot noir led us to the chilly edge of the West Sonoma Coast just 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Due to our cool, moderate weather we experience quite a long growing season that allows us to pick fruit that is ripe without the encumbrance of too much sugar (and resulting alcohol), yet retains the refreshing acidity and top noted aromatics that make Pinot noir so engaging. The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot noir comes mainly from our estate vineyard with a few barrels from Campbell vineyard. The Sonoma Coast expresses all of the characteristics of our estate cuvées featuring the red berry, earthy, pine needle aromas you find in Scallop Shelf, Pomarium and Ama. In the superb 2012 vintage this wine has a level of depth, age-ability and complexity that is quite surprising. Black tea and dried leaf aromas frame a tart strawberry rhubarb nose. The palate shows more youthful characteristics adding primary aromas of black cherry and brown spices. The palate has medium weight and breadth with moderate alcohol and quite good acidity. The fine, silky tannins provide structure for a very long finish. It can be enjoyed now though waiting until 2015 will allow the flavors to temper their exuberance and coalesce. It should drink well for at least a decade (or more) after release.
2012 August West Pinot Noir “Rosella’s Vineyard,” Santa Lucia Highlands, California
“The 2012 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir is the eleventh vintage we've made of this wine, and it's the first time since 2006 when we've seen a normal crop level. Everything that could have gone right with the 2012 growing season did go right, no complaints at all! We have been working with three sections of Rosella's Vineyard the past 6 years, all on the western half of the vineyard. This pinot is made up of two different clones: Dijon clone 113 and 667. We ferment the 113 in the traditional, whole cluster fashion. This adds structure and an herbed spiciness to the wine. Dijon clone 667 gives the August West Rosella's its bright and berry fruitiness, and could be a standalone clone, if there were enough of it. The largest component of our Rosella's is the Pisoni selection. The Pisoni gives the wine its earthy and savory flavors, as well as some tannin and plenty of acidity. August West's 2012 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir will be a long aging wine, similar to the 2007, but it is drinking so well early, like the 2004. The intriguing nose of Santa Lucia Highlands spices, root beer, and tar is followed by a berry-filled palate with ample acidity. We predict it should age well through 2024.” --From the Winery
2012 Eric Kent Small Town Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
“Once in the winery, we had a strong feeling from early on that we were going to be extremely excited when it came time to craft the final wine. Now that all the components have been blended and bottled, we are thrilled to report that it’s even better than we hoped! Our signature Small Town aromas are exuberant and robust, exhibiting Bing cherry and seemingly endless waves of creamy raspberry wrapped in savory herbs and spices. The palate follows through with deep, persistent flavors, lively Sonoma Coast acidity and a clarity of fruit that is downright inspiring. We’re especially taken by the 2012’s overall seamlessness and harmony at such an early stage in its evolution. No awkward knees or elbows here, and once again our most savory Pinot Noir that truly honors its wonderful cool-climate roots. Although it’s one of the richer renditions of our Small Town bottling, the wine remains precise and poised, with a structure that will offer many years of happy returns down the road. Providing immense pleasure early, we believe (as usual) that proper cellaring and some patience will be rewarded with even further refinement and a silky texture that can only come with a few years in bottle.” -- From the Winery
2012 Roar Vineyards “Sierra Mar,” Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Our roots in the Santa Lucia Highlands are quite deep. Both Gary and Rosella grew up in California's agricultural heartland where Gary’s family has farmed for over 100 years. Recognizing the region's potential for premium wine grapes, we planted Rosella's Vineyard in 1996. We also co-own and manage the Gary's Vineyard with Gary Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyard. Both vineyards have developed a reputation among high-end wineries for low yields of intensely flavored grapes. In 2007 and 2008, we planted two new vineyards; our own "high altitude" Sierra Mar Vineyard, which is located six miles south of Garys' Vineyard at 1000 ft elevation; and the Soberanes Vineyard, just south of Garys' Vineyard, developed in partnership with the Pisoni Family. After working with several wineries to develop the pedigree of the vineyards and the region, we decided in 2001 to make our wine. As third generation growers, our goal with ROAR Wines is to make small lots of wine that are a pure reflection of the Santa Lucia Highlands and in particular the signature flavors of our vines. The name ROAR comes from the sound of the Monterey Bay winds that roar through our vineyards as well as the thrilling sound of a roaring crowd. The 2012 Sierra Mar Pinot Noir is amazingly big and elegant at the same time. It shows herbal sagebrush and violet notes with deep undertones of molasses and lifted hints of graphite. On the palate, violets and black fruit are supported by a toasty-peppery structure. As the palate opens, brighter red fruit and black licorice emerge, leading into the rich structured finish.
2010 Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County
Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 (Antonio Galloni)
Grapes sourced from Melville, Turner, Kessler-Haak, and Rita’s Crown Vineyards “The 2010 Pinot Noir emerges from the glass with gorgeous radiant red fruit, flowers and sweet spices in an engaging, supple style that is impossible to resist. It possesses gorgeous mid-palate fleshiness and a clean, understated finish. Floral notes waft from the glass on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Chad Melville manages the vineyards for his family’s Melville estate and makes the Samsara wines in a small rented facility in Lompoc. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged in French oak (0-25% new) and bottled with no fining or filtration. The wines see fairly high percentage of whole clusters ranging from 50-100%. These are gorgeous, pure wines from an inspired, young producer whose career will be fascinating to follow.”
Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life. The world we live in now. One of passion, oneness and harmony. This idea is key to the philosophy of Chad and Mary Melville’s Samsara wines. Chad and Mary produce limited releases of Pinot Noir and Syrah from micro-sites within carefully selected vineyards.
They truly believe that they are winegrowers, not winemakers - that is, that all of the important work is done in the vineyard and there is little handling or manipulation once the fruit reaches the winery. That includes the use of whole clusters in their fermentations, which lends a spiciness to the wines that Chad and Mary particularly like. "Stems help to absorb the overt fruitiness of wines. To us, too many California wines are simply about fruit and lack the complexity that we hope to impart to our wines.” From the Winery
Sunday thru Friday, during normal business hours
• $15/ Flight of 3 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
• $15/5 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Craftsman Brewing Co. beer available on tap for $5
We have elegant gift-box presentations to complement any of our wines and are always eager to hand-select, wrap, and ship wine gifts to your friends and clients within your parameters and budget.
Cepage Laguiole Gift Box $54.99
Chateau Laguiole $109.99
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