Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wines of the World Wednesday

Get Your Goat!

I’m a sucker for Pinots… so Flying Goat Cellars has been on my radar for a while. They focus mainly Pinot Noir, a little Pinot Gris and even a sparkling, bubbly Rosé de Noir!

Flying Goat Cellars is small but increasing production slightly each year, keeping close attention on every barrel. Winemaker Norman Yost has over 20 years winemaking experience, including Pinot production in the Russian River Valley in Northern California and the Wilamette Valley of Oregon, before settling in Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County.

(Not to mention, their label is so damn cute!)

A sampling of their latest “kids” includes:

2004 Dierberg Pinot Noir
Ruby, with glints of garnet around the edges. Cherry aromas – red, Bing and black – plums, black cherry, cola, red plum and rhubarb. Long finish of red fruit, followed by hints of cocoa.
Only 267 cases produced. $38 per bottle.

Rio Vista Vineyard, clone 2A, Santa Rita Hills, 2004
Crimson with magenta highlights, aromas of berries, notes of violets, spice and rhubarb, a hint of earthiness and a lingering, lasting reminiscent note of hard raspberry candy.
Only 194 cases produced. $38 per bottle.

Rio Vista Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, 2004
Glints of garnet, notes of leather, pepper and dark blackberries, smoky, mouth coating tastes of cola and dried blueberry. Medium body and firm structure, joined by lingering layers dark fruit, earth and dusty bakers chocolate tannins.
550 cases produced. $42 per bottle.

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