I don’t like blasting a winery, but every so often something catches my eye and I find it egregious enough to bring up. In this case, what the hell is in that bottle? Why won’t you tell me? The sad part is, I’d rather talk all the fun stuff that’s happening in the Sierra Foothills.
Hi All Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures.
I’ll hold this up so you can get a little better look at it Szoba Vineyards and they call it a vsv 2014 and so first short complaint back and it says it is a Rhone based blend and give you some kind of issues and concerns about their farming practices and kind of what they’re doing and what they consider good and bad and all that kind of stuff but the one thing they don’t tell you is what’s actually in the bottle.
Why the hell not?
So even if we say that this is a Rhone based blend which in my mind means it’s a GSM some combination of Grenache Syrah and Mourvedre and after tasting this I think it’s fairly obvious it’s mostly Syrah why not just put the specifics on the bottle?
So that’s one thing that’s probably more of a complaint but then there’s a second part of this so that is that over time seeing the Sierra Foothills which is this kind of region just east of Sacramento which puts them two or so hours outside of San Francisco seeing the wine market kind of move in their direction.
That movement is happening for two reasons. So first over the past 25 to 30 years they have been in large part taken out of the main section of the wine market because we went for a cooler climate varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Still none of those three really work all that well in the Foothills however what does work really well there is Zinfandel which is largely native plus the Rhone varietals.
The wider wine market has had issues with getting fit more cheaply priced Cabernet and Pinot you’ve seen both wine consumers and winemakers move into Rhone varietals in greater numbers and so as consumers get more comfortable with Rhone varietals being a choice like something that they would actually look for instead of buy on accident places like the Foothills that grow them and grow them pretty darn well are going to do even better than they already are.
I think the Foothills also has a second kind of other inherit advantage when you have a region that’s not kind of depending on one grape you can kind of try some other things one of the things that we are saying already in the foothills there are wineries pulling out the Zinfandel it’s been there for quite a long time and adding a lot of acres of Barbera.
Before you shake your head, remember that it was crazy to think that Sonoma Pinot would be thought of as second to burgundy perhaps in the world but here we are so you never once again Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures, hope everybody’s having a good week
Adding Barbera is kind of interesting in that it’s great that hasn’t really ever been brought to the United States in mass that’s at least as far without knowing what it’s called because they labeled it differently so it’ll be interesting to see both a how it goes in the Sierra Foothills as more people are accustomed to Rhone varietals and as time goes by what does Barbera look like from the Foothills and can they make this their defining pretty much like Sonoma has with Pinot Noir in Napa has with Cabernet.