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.