Friday, August 31, 2007

Pacific Star Winery: Why Didn't I think of this?

The westernmost winery in the US.. well, we think so. It is the only one right on the Pacific Ocean and is worth the stop. Winemaker Sally Ottoson has been in the industry since 1972 and her craftsmanship ( or craftwomanship) shows. The wines here are worth the stop even if it wasn't so picturesque. With view right out over the Pacific and grapes sourced from some of the best growers in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino what's not to like. She has my dream job, a huge place on the ocean and some of the best grapes showing up right at her ocean front winery so she can craft some fabulous wines.

I can tell you the Pacific Star Chardonnay 2003 is something I still think about. Amazing mouth feel, just the right amount of creaminess and not a typically oaky chardonnay. If you think you don't like chardonnay.. think again. I also loved the concept of how the crashing waves gently rock the barrels and thus most likely encouraging further lees settling in the barrels. Must make the first racking look pretty finished. The winemaker also noticed that the barrels need to be topped off more often then when she was in Napa. She feels this accelerated evaporation caused by the sea air, contributes to the concentrating of flavors in her wines. We can't argue with that after tasting the reds.
My husband gravitated right towards the Dad's Daily Red. And for $12 a bottle , I agree A easy drinking red that is more complex than it needs to be for that price. This winery also features Charbono, that's right.. Charbono... All in in all, we ended up with a case full of Chard, Charbono, Petit Sirah, Carignane, Barbera and a Mendocino Coro. We 're looking forward to trying the Mendo Coro in the future and I'm still kicking myself for not picking up more of the 03 Chardonnay

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