The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. The area forms a slightly crooked rectangle, approximately 100 miles long and more than 50 miles wide. A winemaking mecca since the mid 19th century, today the area features about 800 wineries, nearly half of the total wineries in the state. American Viticultural Areas are to appellations of origin as grapes are to fruit. AVAs are delimited grapegrowing areas distinguishable by geographic, climatic and historic features, and the boundaries have been delineated in a petition filed and accepted by the federal government.
Ramsay North Coast Pinot Noir 2016
This is now our 29th year of producing Ramsay Pinot Noir! And it is better than ever! I love Pinot Noir. It was my passion for Pinot that started me on the road of wine making in 1979, and to this day, it is still the wine that makes me jump up-and-down. Pinot Noir is a wonderful grape and a wonderful wine. It is by far the most complex and nuanced of all varieties, yet it is far from a knock-your-socks-off bomb. A fine Pinot Noir can be quite light, both in color and body…yet unbelievable subtle and nuanced in flavor and aroma. Young Pinot Noir can be stunning, yet old Pinot Noir is often the best wine in the world. As I said, it is an amazing gift of nature for all of us wine-drinkers!
Trim Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2016
Trim Wines was founded in 2011 by veteran winemaker and vineyard owner Ray Signorello Jr.. Ray was born into the wine business. His father, Ray Sr., founded the highly regarded Signorello Estate in the mid 1970’s and Ray is an ambassador for Signorello Estate and its two sister wineries, Edge and Fuse. The Trim winemaking team works with some of the best vineyards from the North Coast of California to produce a high-quality, fruit-forward, well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon.
The nose of the wine is dominated by ripe cherry, black cherry, and currant fruit along with subtle notions of dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted herbs. The palate is lush and soft, with a nice balance between ripe fruit, soft tannin and moderate acidity………..in “plainspeak”, it is soft, richly fruited and packed with flavor. Notes of creamy blackberry, cherry, oak spice and cedar make this a great summer Cab for enjoying with a grilled burger, steak or barbecued chicken.