TUCK BECKSTOFFER SEMPER PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST, CA| $100
“Semper, to me, is everything emotional and pure about a Pinot Noir. There’s a steadfastness
that appeals to the farmer in me, and there’s an Old World hand-formed echo that brings up everything I have ever enjoyed in wine at its finest ever and forever. That’s the idea.”
-A Tuck Beckstoffer
This wine is from the Gold Ridge Vineyard, located in the Russian River Appellation,
outside the small town of Graton on the way to Sebastopol and from there to Pacific. Planted in deep, serpentine soils, a combination of shale and sandstone that over the centuries has slid down the ridges of the Sonoma Coast and settled in the river valley, the vineyard is situated on a series of rolling swells, with multi-directional exposures at 500 feet of elevation. The Russian River Valley serves as a conduit for the morning fogs from the Pacific tempering the inland heat, often not retreating until early afternoon. Gold Ridge’s inland locale lends itself to creating more mature fruit flavors with more tannic lilt.
DOMAINE HUET LE MONT DEMI-SEC
CHENIN BLANC VOUVRAY, FR | $44
Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s Domaine Huet has been the standard-bearer for great, age-worthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day, year after year, the estate produces some of the world’s most compelling white wines—including this one with a concentrated and textured palate. It’s a tight nose of nuts, herbs and minerals. Smooth with some honeyed notes. Off-dry with high acidity; a perfect companion for your holiday feast.