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the creek boutique Print
Written by Nikitas Magel   

DF: (con'd) We're so small and not so widely distributed across the United States, which is important to point out when folks come in and don't care to try the wines.  They'll say "Oh, we've been tasting wine all day."  And I'll say, "But you won't find us, so you really should at least try something."  And I'll pick one of the wines that I know they're going to like.  So, that's nice too, to be able to do that with people.

[Of course, none of that cajoling was necessary for me, as I was all too happy to taste wines beyond those with which I was already familiar from prior tasting events.  As they had been poured around the table during our lunchtime conversation, I took the opportunity to try a few of the current releases.]

  • 2007 En Casa Pinot Grigio: 90% Pinot Gris (Contra Costa), 10% White Riesling (Sonoma County) [lush with white flower aromas and white peach flavors, all the more seductive with the addition of the highly aromatic Riesling; $17]
  • 2006 Las Patolitas: Chardonnay, 56% Sonoma Valley, 44% Russian River Valley [beautifully balanced in its expression of bright yellow fruit and round creaminess; $25]
  • 2004 Muy Bonito: Blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache [delightful with its soft and vibrant red fruit and a mildly spicy finish; $22]
  • 2004 Las Pasiones: Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley) [alluring in its soft texture, rich dark berry fruit, and bright acidity, $39]
  • 2004 La Vista: Cabernet Sauvignon (Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa) [sublime in its power, concentration, depth, complexity, and length — on par with many higher-priced single-vineyard Napa Cabernets; $55]
  • 2004 La Sonrisa del Tecolote: Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) [sensational in its quintessential Napa-qualities of rich black currant, bramble, and dusty earth; $30] Meaning "The Smile of the Owl," Bill says of their flagship product: "Owl was my grandmother's nickname.  Whenever she would come into a room or be at the dinner table and smile, she would just light up the place.  So this is a tribute to her.  She died in 1976 but her memory definitely lives on."

That which also lives on in one's memory is the quality of Charles Creek wines as a whole, as well as their testament to the Brintons' dedication towards making that quality accessible and approachable.  To learn more about these wines and how to get them, visit Charles Creek Vineyard online. v

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