November’s Offerings

2015 Justice Grace Vineyards Semillon ($25)

Randall Hills Vineyards, Yorkville Highland, Mendocino, California
Semillon (98%), Roussanne (2%)

Eric Cohen made Semillon in 2013, skipped a year and brought it back in 2015. It is the only white wine he makes and it has as much heart and personality as his reds. He wears his socially conscious heart on his winemaking sleeve and, admittedly, this makes me biased. That said, I’ve always liked his wines in blind tastings, so his dedication to social and economic justice is more of a bonus in my view than the main attraction.

Vineyard: Thin rocky soil with gravel at 1,000 – 1,200 elevation. Two blocks planted in 1982 and 1989.

Farming: Certified organic.

Vinification: Fifteen-month ferment in neutral oak and stainless steel. Unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Effusively aromatic with lemon, bergamot and fresh oregano, screeching acidity and a long, mouth watering finish.

Food Pairing: Roasted vegetables, turkey breast, creamy mashed potatoes.

Drinkability: The youthful citrus character is immensely charming, but given its acidity and Semillon’s tendency to pick up layers as it ages, I bet his wine will age for a good five years, maybe more.

Alcohol: 11.8%

SO2: 37 ppm