Saturday Tasting: Sonoma Mtn. Winery
Saturday, May 26th, 1-4pm
$10 (waived with $100 purchase)
One of the many things I’ve learned from visiting winemakers in France and Spain is that true vignerons drink their own wine. Having been involved in every point of the undertaking from farming to bottling, drinking their own juice is just a natural final step in the process. Why are there are so few natural vignerons in California? Reasons are legion, of course; but their paucity sets in relief someone like Nic Coturri.
A third-generation winemaker from Glen Ellen, Sonoma, Nic Coturri is a true vigneron. When we see him, he usually has a cooler full of his own wines in tow, which he shares and drinks liberally. He comes from a winemaking family, and has been making wine since before he could legally drink it. He has learned from his father but also is part of the new guard of natural wine.
His wines are made from a balanced mindset: steeped in the history of Sonoma (he has an encyclopedic knowledge of winemaking in the area), as well as having a more delicate, Burgundian touch. He picks the grapes when fully ripe to give the wines a texture true to California. These are hearty wines, but true to the fruit. His wines are, for us, the most exciting, and most authentic, wines being made in California. _KF
On Sunday, Nic will pour five new wines. They are electric.
Sonoma Mountain Winery Chardonnay 2017 $33
Côte des Cailloux Blanc 2016 $35
Sonoma Mountain Winery Char Mer 2017 $30
Sonoma Mountain Winery Pinot 2017 $35
Sonoma Mountain Winery Merlot 2017 $25