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
San Saba Vineyard Wines
Founded by Mack and Barbara Lemmon in 1975, San Saba Vineyard wines were produced in small amounts from 1981 to 2007. Barbara Lemmon and her son, Michael Thomas, bought out Dr. Mark Lemmon's share of San Saba in 2007. The 70-acre vineyard, which lies up against the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, has undergone extensive renovation, the vineyard supplies grapes for Wrath Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines still carry the San Saba Vineyard designation. The one tasting experience I had with San Saba Pinot Noir was very favorable.
See Wrath Wines.
A tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from 11:00 to 5:00 at 35801 Foothill Road, Soledad.
Articles About San Saba Vineyard Wines
2006 San Saba Monterey Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 600 cases, $28.95. Founded by Mack and Barbara Lemmen in 1975, this winery has been making wines in small amounts since 1981 - who knew? They farm a 70-acre vineyard which lies up against the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. Wines from the best blocks of the vineyard are bottled under the San Saba “Lions” label, and the remainder of the estate-grown grapes go into a second label, Bocage, made in an easy-drinking style. This wine is the second release of San Saba Pinot Noir. The vintage was extremely prolonged, with harvest extending into mid-November. Clones are 115, 667, 777 and Pommard 4. Aging was carried out in 50% new and 50% neutral oak barrels. The winemaker is Sabrine Rodems. · The nose is intriguing with scents of cherries, violets and a hint of oak and iodine. Demure red fruits are presented in a lighter style with plenty of finesse. Nice soft texture, lively acidity and on point balance. Reviewed December 16, 2007 ARTICLE »
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