This past weekend I attended the Three Sticks Wines Spring Event, where the winery shared tastes of their new Spring releases at their historic Adobe tasting room in downtown Sonoma, California.
Three Sticks epitomizes a boutique winery: limited production wines crafted with care by a team that lets the wine speak for its terroir, with minimal processing and the utmost care. The Director of Winemaking is Bob Cabral, who was the legendary winemaker of Williams Selyem for sixteen years. Need I say more?
Yes, yes I do.
Three Sticks is the making of a cult wine obsession that Three Sticks owner Bill Price had with Durell Vineyard, a 135-acre parcel of vineyards in south Sonoma Valley. Pinot Noir geeks know that Durell Vineyard is one of the best places for Pinot Noir in Sonoma County, let alone the state, or well, heck – the country.
Price bought Durell Vineyard, after being a long-time cult collector of wines made with Durell juice. Price was also involved with Kosta Browne and has ownership interests in Kistler Vineyards, Gary Farrell…you get the picture. Good stuff.
Three Sticks produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir primarily using Durell grapes, with occasional forays into other California AVAs, such as Sonoma Mountain, Russian River and Sta. Rita Hills.
However, we’re here to talk about one thing: Three Sticks’ Durell Vineyard 2014 Sonoma Valley Pinot Blanc.
Only 50 cases of this wine were produced. It’s special. It’s their first estate production Pinot Blanc.
Pinot Blanc is a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir – it’s commonly used for Alsatian whites and occasionally as blending grape in Champagne or Burgundian wines, but it is rarely produced in the American wine world as a stand-alone varietal.
This Spring release wine is a glamorous patio pounder.
The $45 price point makes it unlikely to be your every day wine but it must become a stand-out choice for your 2016 Spring and Summer parties.
Stainless steel and neutral French oak are used to bring out the goodness of this wine which can casually be described as a stainless Chardonnay meets an old world Sauvignon Blanc.
So if you like that concept, you’ll love this wine.
The nose brings out a subtle hint of Meyer lemon and the delicate scent of the Honeysuckle bush blossoming in my backyard (for the record, I have not drank this wine in my backyard, yet).
The mouthfeel is delicate yet lush, a perfect balance of acid and minerality, even a bit silky (again Chardonnay meets French Sauv Blanc). It goes down smooth with tastes of a bit of fresh lemon and lime, Spring earthiness (think: fresh rain, new growth) and a coolness representative to the wind that embraces the Durell Vineyard in the evening (the “anaba” wind).
Three Sticks’ Durell Vineyard 2014 Sonoma Valley Pinot Blanc will pair perfectly with a light flaky fish (i.e. cod, catfish) or a tasty risotto with fresh Spring veggies.
Get your hands on this wine while you can. There isn’t much left. I reached out to Hayden Schmidter, Direct to Consumer Sales Manager at Three Sticks, who confirmed with me that they only have “about a dozen cases of the Pinot Blanc remaining of the 50 produced.”
There is a six bottle limit, and you, my faithful reader, can score this gem by calling (707) 996-3328 or tasting it by appointment only at the Three Sticks Adobe tasting room in downtown Sonoma, California at 143 W. Spain St. threestickswines.com