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Russian River Valley’s Picket Fence Wines

New to the Co-op! This week, we’re featuring two wines from Picket Fence, a winery and vineyard located in California’s Russian River Valley, which is part of Sonoma County. These two wines are amazing values: clearly over-achieving for their price! The Russian River Valley is California’s premier Pinot Nior/Chardonnay-growing region. During the evening, the valley is covered by thick fog sometimes dropping the temperature 40 degrees. The fog steadily retreats to the coast by mid-morning and the afternoons are warm and sunny allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The long hang time creates full, rich flavors. Picket Fence is an anonymous second label from a very famous California winery. The winery wanted Picket Fence to earn its own laurels and accolades (all of which it deserves), rather than resting on the foundation of the established winery.

Each of Picket Fence’s wines includes the following quote by journalist John Ed Pearce on its label, which we think is apt for summer nights of sharing stories, good food, and really great wine:

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”

With that in mind, allow us to introduce you to Picket Fence’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These lovely bottles of wine are available now, $14.99 each.

“The 2013 Picket Fence Chardonnay is classic Russian River. Citrus blossom, hints of ripe stone fruit, crème brûlée, and a bright balanced acidity. Lightly toasted french oak enhances the structure and spice, coalescing into a round juicy wine with an attractive lingering finish.” -Alison Crowe, Winemaker

Pinot Noir 
“This Pinot Noir has rich aromas of raspberry jam and brandy-macerated cherries. Its luxurious density and beautiful structure are hallmarks of the 2013 vintage. Round flavors and balanced tannins finish with nuances of vanilla and star anise. Classic pairings like pan-seared duck breast with a cherry reduction work very well, along with many meaty or smoky dishes. Even baked fish topped with herbs and Provencal-inspired tomato and garlic sauce.” -Alison Crowe, Winemaker

For more information about Picket Fence, please visit their website.


By: Co-op Staff

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