Three Recent Releases from Fathers & Daughters Cellars

Fathers & Daughters Cellars only made its first wine in 2015, though the family, longtime owners of the Ferrington Vineyard in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, for many years sold primarily pinot noir grapes to such highly regarded labels as Williams-Selyam, Flowers and Arista. The winery represents a collaborative and multi-generational effort of the “fathers and daughters” in the family: Patriarch Kurt Schoeneman, his daughter Sarah, Sarah’s husband Guy Pacurar, their daughter, Ella, and Guy’s older daughter, Taylor. Winemaker is Phillip Baxter. I was mightily and sort of incrementally impressed with the trio of wines reviewed on this page today, particularly the limited production Ella’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2014, which any devotee of West Coast pinot noirs should search for diligently. These wines were samples for review.
First, a sort of jeu d’esprit of a lightly effervescent sparkling wine, the Fathers & Daughters Cellars Sarah’s Rustic Bubbles 2016, Anderson Valley. ...

Wine of the Day, No. 282

Doubtless white Burgundies of more profound depth and dimension are produced in the great appellations of Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune, but you would be hard-pressed to find one that offers a more beautiful expression of the chardonnay grape than the Domaine Marc Roy “Les Champs Perdrix” Marsannay 2015. The interesting point here is that Marsannay is the northernmost of Burgundy’s appellations, lying only 6 to 8 kilometers southwest of the city of Dijon. This is primarily red wine — that is to say, pinot noir — territory, as is true of the Côte de Nuits down past the city of Beaune. Chardonnay is a distinct minority in Marsannay — interestingly, pinot blanc is allowed — which is also the only appellation in Burgundy with its own designation for rosé. Domaine Marc Roy owns only four hectares of vines, just under 10 acres, which is minuscule ...

Sorrenberg Chardonnay 2015

Beechworth. Cork. 13.8%.

A old school butterball. . .

Familiar and comforting. Butterscotch and grilled peaches, white pepper, sunshine in a glass. Thick, ripe, lush; almost like sipping apricot nectar. Almond meal, macadamia and marzipan with a thick thread of playful acidity. Archetypal. 92-93.

Maine Lobster Recipe with Chardonnay for the Summer!

Looking for a lobster recipe for this summer? Try the recipe below for Maine lobster uses two cups of Chardonnay for cooking the lobster and one cup of Chardonnay for the sauce. The recipe is from Jordan Winery in Sonoma, California. The recipe is enough to serve six. Cooks and chefs alike will want to check out the numerous recipes on the Jordan Winery website. Cheers!
Kathy Maine Lobster with Chanterelle Mushroom Yuzu Sauce and Fingerling Potatoes Serves 6 Ingredients For the lobster 2 gallons water
2 cups Jordan Chardonnay
½ cup kosher salt
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 sprig thyme (lemon thyme if available)
2 bay leaves
6 each Maine lobsters (1½ pounds each) For the greens 1 bunch savoy cabbage
1 bunch green chard
reserved lobster poaching liquid For the potatoes

2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
18 fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise

Luke Lambert Chardonnay 2016

Yarra Valley. Diam.

Stone, pollen and pepper more than fruit. 12.5% but feels larger and warmer. Almond meal and freshly laundered woollens. . . A salty sour sting and an impression of weight and thickness on the tongue.

A worthy chardonnay - if I thought in numbers, I'd give it an 89-90, an interesting nose - a hint of smoulder and spice, the fruit (honey dew) plays second fiddle. . . Good shape and heft, but missing some tension and X factor, the back half meanders. . . 

Chilean Wine from Ventisquero & Valdivieso

I recently received review samples of four entry level Chilean wines, two each from Valdivieso and Ventisquero. Valdivieso became Chile and South America's first sparkling wine producer when in 1887, founder Don Alberto Valdivieso, released Champagne Valdivieso. Close to a century later the winery added still wines to their portfolio and today work with close to a dozen grape varieties. The current winemaker is New Zealand native Brett Jackson who has quite the resume working in New Zealand; Napa Valley; Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Narbonne, France before joining Valdivieso in 1999.
  • Valdivieso Valley Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($15) The 100% Sauvignon Blanc is from the Leyda Valley. The cooler valley provides slower and gentler ripening allowing the grapes to retain acidity.  This is an excellent wine, tropical aroma, weighty lemons, and abundant acids.
  • Valdivieso Brut Rose NV ($13) Comprised of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay all sourced from ...