VOLUME 9, ISSUE 33
November 9, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Winemaker Ken Brown: Veteran Still On His Game Littorai: Balance & Harmony is Theme Dijon Clone 943: Early Reports Hahn Estates: Consistently Top Notch Mueller: Over 20 Years of Excellence in the Russian River Valley Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir A Life Worth Living: Russian River Valley Original Charles Bacigalupi 1924-2013 Pinot Briefs Why You Like The Wines You Like
Keith and Stacy Emerson named their label Sonría after their daughter Aubrey's smile. Sonría is derived from the Spanish verb Sonreir which means, "To smile."
Keith is a graduate of University of California at Davis, the Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29 and its custom crush clientele, and Stacy is a 10-year veteran of the wine industry with a focus on marketing. The inaugural release is the 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir which was very impressive.
The wine is available through the winery's website.
Articles About Sonría Wines
2010 Sonría Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., $60. · Moderately light reddish-color in the glass. Very pleasant perfume of redfruited tart with a hint of mocha. Smooth, gentle and seamless, with restrained flavors of red fruits, rhubarb and herbs, somewhat buried in tannins at this stage. I like this wine for its lacy restraint and elegance. Should pick up fruit expression over time as the tannins become better integrated. Very Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Sonría Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 180 cases, $60, released January 29, 2011. Keith and Stacy Emerson named their label Sonría after their daughter Aubrey’s smile. Sonría is derived from the Spanish verb Sonreír which means, “To smile.” Keith is a graduate of U.C. Davis, the Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29 and its custom crush clientele, and Stacey is a 10-year veteran of the wine industry with a focus on marketing. This wine is made from Pommard and Wädenswil clones, processed at Vineyard 29 in St. Helena. Aged 11 months in 50% new and 50% once-used French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromatics are nicely fruited with appealing complimentary scents of spice, dried roses and a hint of spearmint. A hearty layered core of blackberry, black raspberry and cherry fruit impresses the mid palate and lingers aromatically on the finish that has a slight confected note. The oak is well integrated, an attractive spiciness prevails, and the mouth feel is dreamy. Still sporting ripe, firm tannins that will benefit from a year or two in the cellar. This wine will fortify the already admirable reputation of Shea Vineyard. Very Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »
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