Strange how wines change over the years. I’m not talking about a specific wine in a bottle but the evolution of an actual winery and their entire production. A number of years ago I was asked to try the wines from Taft Street Cellars. I tried them and then tried to forget them. To me they were just one more Californian wine trying to get rated. I didn’t like them then and didn’t buy them – ever. Yesterday I met the man behind the ‘Garage Door’ Mike Tierney and we set up table at 9:30am and went through pretty much every current vintage of his entire portfolio. Along the way I learnt that John Tierney and his friend Mike Martini set up shop in his garage and started making home brew in the 70’s. Being the 70’s in California I can only imagine what they put into it – brings a whole new dimension to dunking your cookie in a wine jar. High on the fun of making home brew (no implication intended) they started making real wine in 1982 in the Russian River Valley.
Fast forward to now and I will be the first to admit that drinking Taft Street at 9:30 was not something high on my list of todos. But it’s my job so I gritted my teeth and did it. And was very glad I did! Their present day wine-maker is Evelyn White. She’s ex Lyeth Winery and Clos du Bois and she really is making some very good juice at Taft. Rather than bore you with a detailed recant of all the wines I’ll highlight one here and one tomorrow.
Today’s wine: Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely pale primrose color, gray/yellow/white liek the earlyt morning color on a fall day. Lovely aroma – flowers, yellow more pronounced like daffodils, more primrose, touch of orange blossom. On the palate very delicate. No nasty wood, no hint of oak. Subtle hint of gooseberry and fresh grass, nothing astringent nothing out of place. That was the key – here is a Californian Sauvignon with absoute perfect balance – let’s call her the Olga Korbut of Cali Sauvignon. This was a perfect 10 on all forms of apparatus – God I hope you remeber Olga Korbut and the ’72 Olympics – Munich. This Sauvignon was really good – has a lemony, slatey taste more like marble and very thirst quenching. I was impressed.
- Producer: Taft Street Cellars
- Vintage: 2011
- Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
- Country: USA
- Region: California/Russian River
- Production: 1420 cases
- Availability: Yes. $18.00pb $15.30pb on 12
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