Wrath You Will Love Being On Receiving End Of, Wrath Wines, Monterey County

Call it end of the year resolutions if you will, i am trying to make progress on backlog of travel and tasting notes before 2011 is over.

I woke up this morning decided to tackle one of these items.

Early October, i received samples from Wrath a winery located in Monterey County below Santa Lucia Highlands. It consisted of 2 Chardonnay, 1 Sauvignon Blanc, 1 Pinot Noir.


Both Chardonnay come from the same San Saba Vineyard which is blessed with cool temperatures, low rainfall levels and gravely soil that adds minerality to the wines.

The 2010 Wrath Chardonnay Ex Anima (from the soul' in Latin) is made from Clone 4 old vines, bit of neutral oak is used. Distinct tropical fruit flavors, good acidity and light finish make it a good pairing for dishes using chutneys or salsas. 350 cases produced, Retails for around $29.

Second Chardonnay, the 2009 Fermata, uses two clones, Wente (55%) and Clone 4 for the balance. It was ages in 60% new French oak barrels. I feel palate deficient for not having detected shortbread, I did get pears in this Fermata which is bolder, richer than Ex Anima. Drink it with Brie or Epoisses cheeses suggests Michael Thomas, the owner. 196 cases produced, retails around $35, my favorite.

Many California Pinot Noir don't awe me. Too much fruit maybe. Wrath 4 clones 'Ex Vite' also from San Saba Vineyard was a pleasant surprise. Not sure if it is due to the whole cluster fermentation they use. It was vibrant and finish showed staying power. Michael sees spice rubbed salmon and fattier lamb dishes as good pairings. 154 cases made, retails around $38.

Wrath is Sustainable in Practice (SIP) certified.

A Wrath you will love being on receiving end of.

Previous Post

Flavorful yet Delicate, Onion Braised Beef Neck Recipe from Whole Beast Butchery by Ryan Farr

Dec 8
In Whole Beast Butchery (Chronicle Books, Fall 2011), Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats in San Francisco spares no details and lives up to his by-line describing book as 'the complete visual guide to beef, lamb and pork'. Nothing goes to waste as recipe below proves. Onion Braised Beef Neck Serves 8 The neck is one of my favorite cuts from any animal. It’s very flavorful yet still delicate, so you have to be careful not...
Next Post

Dying for a Chocolate Education, Win Copy of Cooking with Chocolate, DVD Included

Dec 9
Being a chocolate afficionado is one thing, knowing how to turn raw ingredients into sauces, truffles, cakes and savory meals is another ball game. If you want to learn if not master all the basic techniques from sauces to ganache, tempering to compression and recipes from Cactus shaped churros and ginger-scented milk chocolate sauce to Soy milk nama choco not to to forget Roasted veal sweetbread medallions and rosemary-scented schocolate sauce, Cooking with Chocolate (Flammarion,...