William Chris Vineyards’ Joshua Fritsche

Tasting Friday – 5p-8p July 10


Mary Ruth 2014 – 17.57 – 42% Orange Muscat, 32% Blanc du Bois, 23% Muscat Blanc. 1160 cases produced. Wonderfully expressive and delicate nose with white peach, coconut, acacia, honeysuckle and lightly ripened pineapple. The palate rushes in with a cocktail of fresh tropical fruits layered like ambrosia salad with clean lemon and key lime sweeping through at the finish. Bright and refreshing, perfect to pair with young, creamy cheeses.

Cinsault Rosé 2014 – 20.57 – A soft salmon hue shows subtle white floral aromas of acacia and honeysuckle that lead into a bright burst of clementine, candied white peach and tropical fruits on the palate. A spritz of lime juice and zest keep the palate bright as it eases to a finish of preserved citrus and dried apricot. Drink 2015 to 2016.

Skeleton Key 2013 – 26.57 – Proprietor’s Red Blend. Aglianico, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah (from 3 vineyards), Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Cabernet, and Tannat. A rich garnet tint delivers aromas of baked plum, black cherry and pomegranate, lifted at the palate’s edges by lighter floral notes. Lush and nearly opulent with ripeness, its texture is expressive with moderately high tannins exhibiting flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate melting into a mocha-like finish.

Artist Blend 2013 – 34.97 – 73% Mourvèdre (Lost Draw Vineyard & La Pradera Vineyard). 22% Syrah (Kiepersol Vineyard & High Cross Vineyard). 5% Grenache (Salt Lick Vineyard). 660 cases produced. Aging – 16 months in French Oak & Eastern European Oak. 60% new oak, 40% used oak. Deep ruby and plum appearance with rich scents of fresh citrus, dark berries, herbs and mulling spices followed by a soft hint of eucalyptus. Excellent concentration of ripe forest berries with a lively lift lead to darker notes of anise and black tea tannins. Very intriguing in its depth of expression, it could benefit from decanting and should develop well through 2021.

Free Tasting with New Vintage – Friday July 3 – 5pm-8pm



Mullineux White 2013 – 33.57 – Swartland, South Africa. The Chenin Blanc is from old vines up to 80 years old, grown in Shale and Schist based soils, the Clairette Blanc is grown in decomposed granite soils and the Viognier is grown in iron-rich soils. The mineral, stony character of the granite and schist soils is prominent on the palate. It has a rich, full mouth-feel with notes of lime and white flowers. The finish is distinctive with hints of mild spice such as cloves. This wine would be great with rich, creamy dishes and would even work nicely with pork.

Esprit Sarrail Rosé 2014 – 12.97 – Vivid pink. High-pitched mineral- and spice-tinged red berry and orange zest aromas show good clarity and a subtle floral touch. Dry and racy on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and blood orange flavors that deepen with air. Closes taut and spicy, with good cut and a refreshingly bitter edge. – Vinous, April, 2015. Like the higher seeming acid in this vintage, mineral.

Domaine Houchart ‘Cotes de Provence’ Rosé 2014 – 15.97 – A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft pink robe. The nose is fresh, with strawberry and red berry notes, followed by delicate aromas of yellow peach and grapefruit. Fresh and delicious, with a fine attack, it is well balanced and long in the mouth. Easy to drink, it pairs well with tartes flambées, salads, and Asian dishes. Also a fine accompaniment to goat cheese with Provencal herbs and bacon.

Mullineux Syrah 2012 – 37.97 Swartland, South Africa. Consummate blend of 9 vineyards and the characteristics of schist, granite and iron-based soils. 2012 appealing garrigue scrub, graphite/gun oil and white pepper tones woven into concentrated fruit and tannin structure. The most balanced in youth of the Syrahs; eminently age-worthy. Platter Wine Guide, wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014.

Tasting with Pioneer Wines – June 19th – 5–8pm –

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Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2014 – Vinified from Cabernet Sauvignon, this rose is vibrant & ripe with layered aromas of strawberry, red cherry, & raspberry with a hint of rose petal. The palate is similarly fruit-forward with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate, & passion fruit. Enjoy with Thai food, crab cakes, fruit-glazed pork chops, & fresh fruit.

Mouton Noir Love Drunk Rosé 2014 – Provocative aromas of strawberry & raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, & a hint of kiwi. Founded in 2004, Mouton Noir Wines are unique & distinctive garage wines produced by Andre H. Mack, former sommelier at Thomas Keller’s restaurants The French Laundry & Per Se.

Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros 2012 – 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – “Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, potpourri & Asian spices. Silky, penetrating red fruit & rose pastille flavors pick up a mineral nuance with air. Clings with excellent tenacity on the vibrant finish, which features fine-grained tannins & a touch of blood orange. “

Bernabeleva Navaherreros Garnacha 2010 – 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – “(100% garnacha that was aged in used oak): Bright red. Sexy aromas of candied red fruits & potpourri, with a spicy topnote. Dense & supple, with very good energy to its sweet cherry, raspberry & spicecake flavors. At once silky & powerful, with a dry, mineral-driven finish that shows impressive energy & harmonious tannins.”