Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at about half each, this Reserve, which spent 18 months on the lees, is sophisticated, with great depth and complexity, and rich, dense swirls of golden honey and apple.
Though nonvintage, 100% of the half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir grapes in this sparkling blend hail from 2009, a nice vintage for Mendocino. With a yeasty nose this Brut is all green apple tartness with high notes of acidity, and very dry. As it opens it gets more fragrant, pleasantly tasting of honeysuckle, nectarine and sweet fig.
Pungently perfumed, all lemon, mandarin orange and spice, this Gewürztraminer is moderately textured and aromatically pretty, an interesting companion to spicy food but also the myriad of flavors found around a holiday meal.
Nicely done in an Alsatian style, this Pinot Gris has subtle aromatics that blossom in due time into lemon, pear and tart apple, the whole richly layered and ideal for pairing with rich wintertime foods.