Wine and fresh flowers and the rolling hills of California.
Today I bring you a blog post unlike any other, and it goes perfectly with spring.
The other day I found Stargazer Barn on Facebook and when I contacted them to get samples for my blog, I was blown away! I not only got not one, but two bottles of white wine, but they also sent me fresh gorgeous tulips to go with the review. If you order from this company they will send you fresh flowers along with their wine. What could be better than putting these gorgeous tulips on your dining room table while you host a dinner party and enjoy amazing wine? Well today that’s exactly what I am bringing you.
There estate vineyard is in the Willow Creek American Viticulture Area and is one of the smallest and most northern in all of California. The Gardner Ranch, as it is known by the locals, was planted sometime in the 1960’s, making it one of oldest vineyards in Humboldt County. Tucked away on uplifted river beds from the nearby Trinity River, the roots of these vines are likely entangled with gold that settled out of the river long ago.
Their wines are hand-crafted, un-manipulated estate wines, that are distillations of a specific place. Grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted by the winemaker and crew, then lovingly looked after during élevage and maturation. Created in the European tradition, their wines pair wonderfully with food. Their wine is rare in its steep and mountainous terroir, and their passion for creating a truly memorable bottle of wine is unmatched.
These are the flowers we keep on our table, the flowers we share
with our families and friends.
Now you all know I am a sucker for a good white wine. Well their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing and smooth with a subtle floral bouquet that is followed by citrus and mint flavors with a lingering minerality that is reminiscent of sea spray. This white wine is ready now, but has 2-5 years of staying power, not typical in fat, over- whites. With flavors of fresh spring flowers and walnut, this wine pleases the palate with light
and playful fruity flavors of candied green apples. Good sipping wine as it
finishes crisp and hangs out in the mouth for the long run.
I love it with raw or grilled oysters and clam linguini.
Next on the list is my favorite their 2013 Chardonnay. This wine comes from
a steep hillside vineyard established in the Willow Creek American Viticultural
Area – one of the most northern AVA’s in California.
A full perfumed, floral nose is followed by pineapple and tropical fruit flavors. This is
a crisp, non-oaked Chardonnay more reminiscent of Burgundy then Napa. It is ripe,
but balanced by a cooler climate acidity that is typical for the more northern
and mountainous Humboldt County. With flavors such as sweetness that reminds
you of mom’s fruit salad on a hot summer day. Watermelon, peach, grapefruit
and lemon skittles collide for a flavor you will keep coming back to.
Their 2013 Chardonnay is a great choice for seafood. Pair it with Dungeness crab cakes, but also bring out the seared scallops in a citrus cilantro glaze.