The Press Democrat’s “Best of Sonoma County” 2017 awards celebration has been postponed due to the fire disaster.
The event, planned to honor all the winners of an annual reader poll, was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Santa Rosa’s Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Pavilion.
“Given the tragedy of today’s fires and the need to help those who have lost their homes and businesses, we are postponing the annual Press Democrat Best of Sonoma Celebration,” said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, parent company of the Press Democrat. “We hope to announce a new date in the foreseeable future.”
THIS WEEK’S BLIND TASTING
Rock star wines
Trefethen, 2016 Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Dry Riesling, 12.5% alcohol, $26. ★★★★
What makes this riesling outstanding is its texture. It’s nice and dry with a silky texture. It’s citrusy, with notes of lime zest and lemon peel, but it also shows some lovely stone fruit, peach and apricot. This riesling has crisp acid and great minerality. It’s striking.
The Paysage, 2013 Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County Bordeaux Red Blend, 14.8%, $61. ★★★★½: The Bordeaux red blend has great complexity and generous fruit. Notes of blackberry, plum, toast and black pepper spice. Lingering finish. Top rate.
Limerick Lane, 2015 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.8%, $42. ★★★★: This is a unique zinfandel. Its power lies in its sassy fruit — tangy cherry — coupled with its white pepper spice. The note of cherry persists from aroma to finish. Gorgeous.
Saint Gregory, 2015 Mendocino County Pinotrois, 14.5%, $17. ★★★★: What’s most impressive about this wine is its pretty red fruit — a collaboration of crisp raspberry and ripe cherry. There’s great acidity buoying this wine. Finishes crisp.
Picket Fence, 2015 Alexander Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5%, $18. ★★★½: This cab is a steal for the budget-minded. It has notes of black currant, strawberry and cedar. The cab has just the right amount of black pepper. Well crafted.