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31 Oct 2018

Withers Winery

Withers Winery

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Withers Winery

 

When I first Alex Tow, owner of Withers Winery, I knew nothing about his winery.  I only tried his wines because he had the shortest line at his table in a trade show.  I hate lines.  Fortunately, I was blown away by what I tasted.  The wines showed personality, were lively and expressive while also being elegant and balanced.  Unique wines in so many ways.  My first encounter was a year ago and I retasted the wines again recently and was equally impressed as my first time.  The prices are extremely fair for the quality of wine.  Withers specializes in cool climate wines from high elevations that are well crafted and food friendly.  

 

Vintage Wine Cellar is proud to have these wines in our store.   The Rosé is a new release and is lovely.  It is picked and vinified to be a rosé not just bleed off.  The Chardonnay has a lot of characteristics like Chablis.  The two Pinot Noir, English Hill and Charles Vineyard, are stellar examples of what California can produce.  They have the best of both the New World and the Old World - fruit and ripeness combined with depth, nuance and elegance.  Bel Canto may be one of the finest Grenache wines from California that I’ve tasted.  Ruben, a predominately Mourvedre based wine, is also a great example of a well done Rhone varietal wine.  These are not to be missed.

 

 

2017 Rose $21.99

Mourvèdre and Grenache fruit were harvested from El Dorado County sites including our Estate vineyard (Tablas Creek A Grenache Clone), David Girard Vineyard (Alban Grenache clone and Tablas Creek A Mourvèdre clone). David Girard Vineyard, near Coloma, features sandy, decomposed granite covered by Auberry sandy loam soils. Our Estate Vineyard, near Swansboro, features brown loam soils atop decomposed slate on a hilly site. Elevations for both vineyards range from 1,800-2,200 feet.

 

2016 Peters Vineyard Chardonnay $40.00

Peters Vineyard, planted between 1991 and 1996 on land previously home to an apple orchard, is located just southwest of Sebastopol, not far from the Pacific. Morning fog and ocean breezes through the Petaluma Gap contribute significantly to the character of the fruit. Clone harvested was Dijon 4.


2015 English Hill Pinot Noir $49.00

English Hill, planted in 2005, is an 8.5 acre vineyard located 9.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Occidental, overlooking Tomales and the Marin Coast Range. It sits at an elevation of 652 feet and is comprised of Goldridge, Sandy Loam and Steinbeck Fine Sandy Loam soils. Clones harvested include Vosne Romanee, 115, and 667. The site is turbulent and exposed, featuring cool afternoon breezes and lengthy ripening seasons.

The clone for English Hill comes from cuttings from the La Tache vineyard in Burgundy.

 

2014 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir $43.00

Anderson Valley
13.7% Alcohol
This harmonious wine offers up fragrance of lavender and saline, with dark cherry notes. It is perfectly balanced, with a medium body, strong acid backbone and liqueur-like intensity, enabling it to drink beautifully now or age gracefully for a decade or more

 

2014 Bel Canto $36.00

El Dorado
278 cases made
73% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah
13.7% alcohol
This lovely Grenache blend features classic cherry and spice notes on the nose, and excellent minerality in the medium bodied frame buttressed by soft and sweet tannins. This classically styled wine will drink well upon release and for 7-12 years if cellared.

 

2015 Ruben $38.00

All varietals were harvested from El Dorado County vineyard sites managed by Ron Mansfield or Chris Pittenger, including Fenaughty, Futernick, Wylie, Von Huen, and Skinner. These sites range from 1,700-2,400 foot elevations, and feature granitic, volcanic loam soils, and ancient calderas. Berries tend to be small from these sites, with concentrated, yet elegant flavors.

 

 

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