VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Winemaker Faith Armstrong-Foster's own label sourcing grapes for small lot vineyard-designated Pinot Noir. The label displays a stout little boa which represents the primary mode of transport for her growing up on a small island in rural British Columbia.
Faith began her wine industry career as the Tasting Room Manager at Ironstone Vineyards. She then pursued a winemaking education at University of California at Davis, graduating with Highest Honors in 2006 with a Viticulture and Enology degree. She then worked for Frank Family Vineyards as a lab technician, moving up quickly to enologist and then assistant winemaker. When grapes became available from Cerise Vineyard in 2009, she founded her own label. Her husband, Sean Foster, is the Senior Winemaker at Merryvale Vineyards.
Two Pinot Noirs and a Rosé are available on the website and through a mailing list. The Pinot Noir sources are Hawkeye Ranch in the Redwood Valley AVA of Mendocino County owned by a fourth generation growing family who planted old Martini clone in the 1970s and have tended the vines ever since, and the well-known Cerise Vineyard in Anderson Valley.
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