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Weekly Pairing 2 / 27 / 2012

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Zotovich Family Vineyards Estate Syrah Santa Rita Hills 2008 $45

True cool climate wines are hard to come by. Many claim to be, yet few have the correct geographic locations to be such. Zotovich Vineyard runs just to the west side of route 246, the eastern side of the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. As the wind whips around the bend from the Pacific Ocean from Lompoc, it leaves its coastal influence on the vineyards providing long cool days and allowing grapes to ripen slowly, over a longer period. If picked when the grapes are void of green tannins, they give a very balanced wine.

Syrah is very rarely made in this manner or even in this appellation, which is usually reserved for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Syrah is usually grown more east in the Santa Ynez valley, where the degree day heat is higher.

Ryan Zotovich crafts a wine that is rich yet balanced with blue and black fruits marked with hints of white pepper and plenty of minerals provided by the diatomaceous earth that his vineyard sits on. Though the wine is higher in alcohol than is typical for the vineyard, it is balanced by the acidity that the region is famous for.

It is also a young vineyard, and as the vines age the alcohol levels will reduce giving less richness of fruit and more depth in the palate. Ryan is definelty a winemaker to watch, follow, and imbibe his works.

This Syrah will age gracefully over the next decade or so. Try it with Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip or other grilled beef dishes.

Tomme de Savoie Cow au lait cru Savoie, France $30/lb

This small grassy tomme (meaning small round) is one of the most representative cheeses of all of France. The style in which it is made has been constantly imitated not only in France but throughout the world. It is made of raw milk. There is no filter from ground, to milk, to cheese. If you love Gruyere, you'll love this cheese.

Something sweet...

Try Pastilla Nash Sugar Plum and Walnut Log (9.2oz) for $30. Sweet, simple, with a touch of savory. It is made of dried sugar plums, walnuts, sugar, lemon juice, and honey. That's it!

Some of the items below require overnight shipping (marked with *)

  1 bottle Zotovich Family Vineyards Estate Syrah $45.00 (currently out of stock)

  1 lb Tomme de Savoie $30.00*


  1/2 lb Tomme de Savoie $15.00*


  Pastilla Nash Sugar Plum and Walnut Log (9.2oz) $30.00




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