Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of wine is how it evolves over time – from months or years in the barrel to the bottle resting in the cellar and finally the evolution over hours once decanted or even long minutes in your glass.
As winemakers we build a wine to age with an eye to the varietal’s acidity and tannins (both preserve fruit characters over time) then matching the resulting wine with cooperage of a certain size, type of oak, and toast level. Oak, an anti-oxidant also protects fruit and allows for longer aged wine. Even variations in oak density have an impact.
Join us live from our cellar on Friday, February 19th at 5pm PST (8pm EST) for a deep dive into how these factors all come into play with our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Poseidon Vineyard. Two varietals, five different harvest dates, three different sizes of barrels and casks and many choices on how many months or years to age in barrels and casks. Our host Douglas will be joined by Co-Founder (and resident barrel expert) Peter Molnar.
If you’d like to taste some aged wines with us, we have a 2008 Kazmer & Blaise Primo’s Hill Pinot Noir (only 12 bottles available; first come, first served), 2010 Molnar Family Pinot Noir, and a 2016 Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay available for shipping in time for the February 19th event. Please order by Tuesday, February 9th.
We’ll aim to give you the tools to understand how wines age and how to appreciate their characteristics over different years and seasons.