Expand your palate with Paul Dolan Vineyards! The Weekly Wine Journal explores the Mendocino County appellation and recommends three new releases from Paul Dolan Vineyards.
2013 Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Rated 96 Points
"The area has a rich wine history and if you’re looking to expand your palate, this is the first place I would recommend you start." Through San Francisco Wine School’s CWAS program
Wine Lines Online rated the 2013 Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 90 points, and, at $18 bottle, a Wine Lines Value Vino. The acclaimed wine blog says, ""Floral and fruit forward, this wine presents good acidity in the mouth with a touch of rosewater viscosity....A real gem from the little known Potter Valley area of Mendocino County."
90 Points -The 2013 Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Founded in 2006 by Mendocino Wine Company with a vision for creating wines with a distinct sense of place, Paul Dolan Vineyards is located in the heart of Mendocino County, Northern California. Grapes are sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards, and holistic winemaking practices support each bottling's expression of terroir for wines of unforgettable character.
Peter Dills, wine reviewer of the Pasadena Star News, rated the 2012 Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir 90 points and says the wine, "... has unbelievable tannins, and you will be greeted with hints of strawberry and a bit of chocolaty cocoa taste."
"Top notch" 90 Points, Peter Dills
Dill also gave "two thumbs up" to Tim Thornhill, Chief Operating Officer of Mendocino Wine Company, the producers of Parducci Wine Cellars and Paul Dolan Vineyards, for his innovative water reclamation project.
Q: Can you describe a typical day during harvest?
A: For me, it is seeing that what is scheduled to be harvested is harvested in a timely manner and delivered to the winery: making sure that what is ready has its place on the schedule. I monitor the remaining fields to let the winemakers know of any changes in condition that may affect their decision on what to bring in and when.
Q: What properties are you looking for in a grape that is almost or all ready to go?
A: You look at them for their color, taste them and measure the sugar, acid and ph. You can look at the seeds to see if they are all brown or still green also. No one factor is the critical one. It is how they all look as a whole that decides in the end. There is usually an ideal range for each of the factors, which defines the ideal grape. However, over the 40 years of doing this, that ideal grape usually changes; which is to say, there is no actual ideal grape.
Q: In one word how would you describe this vintage?
A: Unknown or excellent, take your pick. The first is fact; the second is expectation.
Dear Club Members,
Hurrah, hurrah! Harvest season has arrived and underneath Mendocino County's still warm, perfect grape-ripening weather, there's a sense of the cool autumn and winter holidays to come. Al White, our director of viticulture, takes us through a typical day during this season and forecasts an excellent vintage (below).
Our selections this shipment—like a favorite cardigan or scarf—are all great transitional 'pieces.' In the 2010 Filigreen Pinot Noir delicate herb garden scents give nuance and depth to flavors of sun-warmed wild berries. Our 2010 Zinfandel cozily pairs with sumptuous meats and full-bodied stews. Stock Up & Savor for the bounteous transition time we call Fall!