A Barbera for all & Mount Eden Santa Cruz Tasting

A Barbera for all & Mount Eden Santa Cruz Tasting
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Wine of the Week


Fontanafredda 2017 Barbera "Briccotondo"

Piedmont, Italy

$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members or by the case.

I'm guessing that a lot of you summer lovin' happy campers have already sparked up the BBQ and that has me pretty excited to offer up this perfect wine for handling all things grilled, smoked, and sauced.  This 100% Barbera is a ruby-red wine with purple highlights. The nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overstones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon. Sweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that merges with the fruit, while a crisp freshness provides a long, tasty finish.

Since 1878, the Fontanafredda Estate & Winery, located in the heart of Piedmont’s Langhe region, has been a benchmark producer of Barolo and Barbera, crafting wines that deftly balance deep aromas and concentration of fruit with elegance.
The history of Fontanafredda is a noble one. It began in 1858 after the unification of Italy, when the country’s first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, purchased this beautiful estate in Piedmont’s Langhe region. Here he started producing wine from native varietals, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, which later developed into a commercial business under the direction of the King’s son, Count Mirafiori. Fontanafredda released their first Nebbiolo labeled as Barolo with the 1878 vintage.
The 250-acre Fontanafredda Barolo cru property in Serralunga d’Alba is the single largest contiguous wine estate in the Langhe. Additional properties in the communes of Barolo and Diano d’Alba bring the total acreage of estate-owned land to 305. The ability to source fruit from some of the Barolo region’s most prized vineyard sites provides Fontanafredda with grapes of the highest quality.

Mount Eden Vineyards Tasting

Santa Cruz Mountains

With Co-owner-Ellie Patterson

Saturday, May 25th. 2-4 pm. No fee Tasting.

Who is going to say out loud that they have a favorite child? No one with their wits about them and that is precisely why I could never name a favorite winery but...some just make it sooo easy. If I were to name names, Mt. Eden would right there, probably a photo finish-type placement.

Say you're an out-of-towner able to hit just one tasting at our shop this year. Check the oil, make a mixtape and pack a lunch cause this is a mighty fine reason for a road trip.

We are thrilled to have Co-owner Ellie Patterson in house telling the story and sharing the wines.

James Laube from The Wine Spectator considers Mount Eden-
"California's greatest Vineyard." 

Robert Parker says "This iconic winery continues to offer wines with personalities and styles that set them apart from just about anything else readers will taste from California."

Ray family pruning 1950

In 1942 the charismatic maverick, Martin Ray planted the Mount Eden vineyard on top of a high peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  After learning his craft from Burgundian winemaker Paul Mason, Martin was the first winery in California to bottle single varietals.  Since 1981 Jeffrey Patterson has guided this special parcel of land.  Jeffrey produces three wines from the mother estate-Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery has been in our sites for a very long time.  Ted has personally sold Jeffrey's wine for over 20 vintages.  We believe once you try these wines you to will become a believer.  If these wines had the Napa Valley zip code, the would easily sell for over $100 mark.  But once again we find a zone outside the major area's to bring you wines that over deliver.  For those of you who enjoy cellering your wines, Mount Eden can hang with the best.  We just opened a 1994 Estate Chardonnay that was truly spectacular and very much alive. 



Willamette Valley

Barnaby Tuttle and his wife Olga are producing some of the most exciting and interesting wines out of Oregon. Their motto is summed up with this: High and Dry (high altitude & dry farmed vineyards), Old and Cold ( old vines in very cool climate) and Wood & Wild (No use of any stainless steel, only neutral wood while doing all natural yeast ferments).  The result are lightly colored wines that are fascinating. Beautiful aromatics, mix of a fruit and non fruit notes all presented in a lovely lower alcohol.  

2018 Rosé "Laurel Vineyard" Chehalem Mountains

$21.99, $19.79 for Wine Club Members

One of our favorite rose of last year is back!
Only 7 cases come to Washington, so get it while you can.  The 2018 is a fabulous follow up to the 2017. If you want a break from super high toned wines, the restrained acidity and mild vividness in this rosé is nicely proportionate with light strawberry notes and a gorgeous hue. Only 11.31% alcohol.

2018 Seafoam Rosé
Columbia Gorge, Oregon 

$26.99, $24.29 for Wine Club Members

Perhaps you remember how well the 2017 showed for our Wine Club last Spring. The 2018 is every bit as delightful.  This vintage of Seafoam is a bit darker, looking more like a vin gris. It's a dry, crisp wine that suits oysters and other seafood dishes beautifully. This vintage is made from grapes grown at Pear Blossom Vineyard located in the Columbia Gorge.  100% Pinot Noir. 

2018 Pigs and Swords White
Willamette Valley, Oregon

$22.99, $20.69 for Wine Club Members or by the case.

A perenial favorite of ours is back.  This really interesting white wine is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 35% Muller Thurgau and 5% Chasselas. It's ever-so-slightly pink in color with beautiful aromatics from the Muller and Chassealas- candied fruit, lemon/lime zest and bright citrus notes. Then, coming from the Pinot Noir, you get earthy-funky, cheese flavors blending beautifully with the other side. Basically this wine gives you the best of both worlds. 12.5% alcohol.


S & J Wine Club
As a Wine Club member, you will receive 2 bottles each month hand selected by Ted and Diane and accompanied by informative tasting notes for each. 

Membership includes the exclusive 10% discount in the shop (excluding Cellar Select wines) and the opportunity to receive Club Member Only special offers.

   You choose-1 red, 1 white or both. We have three clubs for you:
- World Tour, $29/mo
- Northwest Corner, $49/mo
- Grand Cru, $99/mo
There is no fee to join and you may cancel your membership at any time.





Upcoming Tastings

All tastings have no fees!

New Arrivals Tasting
"Wine of the Week"
EVERY Friday

3-6 pm.

Mount Eden Vineyards
Santa Cruz Mountains
Meet the Co-owner
Ellie Patterson

Saturday, May 25th. 2-4 pm

Annual Rosé Tasting
Saturday, June 1st.  2-4 pm.

Casa Ventura Spanish Imports
Meet the importer 
Basilio Rodríguez Grueso
Saturday, June 8th.  2-4 pm.

Jean Luc Colombo Tasting
Rhone Valley Specialist

Saturday, June 15th.  2-4 pm.

Eric Solomon Portfolio Tasting
Spanish and French
Saturday, June 22nd.  2-4 pm.

Ted Seifert (ted@sjwinemerchants.com)

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