2 bottles each of Petaluma Gap, Marin County 2016 Pinot Noir, 2017 Syrah, 2018 Viognier, 2017 Chardonnay and 2018 Rose, and 2 bottles of Shenandoah Valley 2015 Sangiovese
Stewart Johnson and his family make Pinot Noir and Viognier from their vineyard in Marin, and Sangiovese from my his mom's vineyard the Shenandoah Valley.
Notes from Stewart:
Pinot Noir - Marin wines mostly tend toward the lighter bodied, brighter acidity end of the California spectrum, and that's generally true of my pinot also. I'm more interested in letting secondary earth and spice notes show through than I am in presenting a wall of primary fruit in my wine.
Syrah - This comes from a small portion of my vineyard grafted to syrah in 2016.
Viognier - This is a small patch of my pinot vineyard that I grafted over to viognier in 2011. The resulting wine is pretty varietally correct, with viognier's flashy floral aromatics, but on the leaner, crisper end of the spectrum.
Chardonnay - This comes from a small patch of my vineyard that I grafted to the Wente clone of chardonnay in 2016.
Rose of Pinot Noir - This is the first stab at Rosť that I've liked well enough to bottle. I've learned the hard way that you can't turn your back on Rosť for a minute, or else it will go south on you. Extra diligence paid off this time in a nice, fresh Summer quaffer.
Sangiovese - This sangio comes from my Mom's vineyard, Reward Ranch, in the Shenandoah Valley of the Sierra Foothills. This was the first vineyard I planted, on breaks from school, in the early '90s. I had to move crazy amounts of granite just to get the vines in the ground, and I hope this wine expresses that rocky aspect of the vineyard.
Donated By Stewart Johnson