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Reata
Sonoma Coast
2017 Chardonnay

Reata comes from the Spanish word for lariat and lasso. The lasson honors the winery’s ranchinig tradition and winemaking phiosphy. Just as lassos are woven together, Reata wines are sourced from eceptional vineyards and woeven togher by the winemaker. This food-friendly Chardonnay shows juicy, fresh fruit aromatics and flavors of apple blossom, honeydew melon, guava and grapefruit zest. The creamy texture and rich flavors of toasted oak are framed by a bright acidity that lifts the fruit and leaves a lingering finish that will keep you wanting more.

Every year, their winemaker hand-selects desirable vineyards sites from micorclimates in the Sonoma Coast. This 2017 vintage includes grapes from revered American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) including Russian River Valley and Los Carneros

This wine is the perfect complement to light salads, pastas and pizzas, as well as shellfish, grilled fish and grilled chicken

Landmark Vineyars just released the latest vintages of their Overlook wines. They both showcase Landmark’s ability to create exceptional cuvees tht reflect the best of every vintage.

 

 

Landmark Vineyards
2017 Overlook Pinot Noir

The 2017 Overlook Pinot Noir represent another splendid blend from some of California’s best cool climate growing regions in Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Greg Stach’s expertise in selecting the finest parcels for this blend coupled with our growers’ meticulous viticultural practices yielded truly exceptional fruit for the warmer that average vintage. A prolonged 10-day heat event required careful farming practices to irrigate judiciously for vine longevity while not impacting fruit integrity or quality. Such dedication by our grower partners warranted hand harvesting at night with early morning deliveries to provide the purest expression of what this somewhat challenging vintage had to offer.

Harvest for the 2017 Overlook Pinot Noir started on August 24 with their own Hop Kiln Ranch in the Russian River. A lighter than average crop hastened ripening and our harvest was compressed into four weeks. All blocks are hand harvested, destemmed and allowed to macerate for five days before fermentation to gently extract color and skin tannin. At dryness, the wine is put into French Oak (25 %) and allowed to age for 10 months before bottling.

Medium purple ruby color, with a medley of black and red cherry, ripe pomegranate, attractive baking spice with a crushed pink peppercorn accent. The palate is medium to full-bodied, fresh and lively with muddled strawberry, cherry and cola on entry with wild berried, rhubarb and a hint of sassafras toward the mid palate. The finish shows sustained dark fruit and spice wrapped in silky tannins with a barely perceivable suggestion of lemon zest.

Pair this wine with a pork loin and cherry reduction, the 2017 Overlook Noir is also complimented by rich, triple cream cheeses such as Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam.

 

Landmark Vineyards
2017 Chardonnay

The 2017 Overlook Chardonnay was crafted from 35 separate blocks of grapes sourced from 14 uniquely distinct premium Sonoma County vineyards. Working closely with their grower partners throughout the growing season in such prestigious appellations such as the Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Carneros and The Russian River Valley gives winemaker Greg Stach the high-quality fruit this bottling deserves.

Harvest for the 2017 Overlook Chardonnay started August 29 with the Flocchini Vineyard Chardonnay in the Lakeville Highway region of the Petaluma Gap. A warm growing season compressed the harvest to exactly four weeks. Each Vineyard block is handpicked at perfect maturity and gently whole cluster pressed. The following day the juice is placed in French Oak barrels (about 25% new) and allowed to ferment naturally with yeast that was present on the grapes in the vineyard, giving each wine its own complex identity. In barrel, the Chardonnay goes through malolactic fermentation and is stirred every two weeks which results in a wine that is creamy, rich and refreshing.

Pale yellow in the glass, showing aromas of Meyer lemon, baked apple and honeysuckle. The full-bodied palate shows ripe lemon, yellow apple skin on entry with creamy, peach, subtle butterscotch notes and chamomile flower with a hint of salted caramel on the mid palate. The finish has an attractive mineral texture and fresh acidity with lightly toasted brioche and tropical fruit notes.

Pair this wine simply with yellow tail sashimi garnished with a fresh lemon wedge. Pairs beautifully with browned scallops in an herbed butter roux. Also try a firm cheese such as a gouda or dry jack.

 

Bread & Butter Wines is one of the fastest growing brands in the super premium wine segment in the U.S. Bread and Butter Rose is a lively wine that continues to grow in popularity.

Bread & Butter
Napa, California
2018 Rose

The refined elegance of Bread & Butter wines showcase the celebrated and diverse terroirs of the prized California vineyards. From the morning mists of the Pacific, to the fog that rolls in over the hills, and the sun drenched vines over rocky soils, the vineyards benefit from the ideal and natural cool climate of these classic varietals.

This elegant Rose showcases fresh strawberry and melon aromas with hints of hibiscus and rose petal The fresh, fruity profile is complemented with balanced acidity leading to a refreshing and supple finish.

A versatile wine for pairing, great with roasted chicken, salads with apples and walnuts, Thai food (especially Pad Thai) butternut squash soup, crab or salmon.

Visit breadandbutterwines.com to discover other wines from this winery.

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