In 2006 we created our first two barrels of Pinot Noir - about 50 cases of wine. The fruit came from the Bohemian Vineyard in Freestone just a few miles from Nevina’s Vineyard, the estate vineyard on Willow Creek Road that we purchased in 2011. Having discovered our love of wine together in the 90s, particularly for Pinot Noir, our mission back then was to begin conducting a long term study of how Pinot Noir expresses itself regionally throughout California, particularly in areas influenced by coastal climates. All these years later, it is still our mission. Though we’ve grown gradually over the years, we are still a relatively small operation - we now produce about 2,000 cases annually from as far south as Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County all the way up to Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino county, and many places in between. In 2015 we purchased Graton Ridge Cellars and established another estate vineyard, Graton Ridge Vineyard. This began a new chapter for us by establishing a tasting room and moving all of our operations to our new home just north of Sebastopol at the corner of Gravenstein Highway and Vine Hill Road.
People often ask us where the name Furthermore came from. We like to say that the name alludes to the never ending dialog that we engage in as we explore the ethereal beauty and diversity of Pinot Noir, and how its expression in the glass is easily affected by the place where it is grown and the special circumstances of each vintage.
We’d love to continue the dialog with you - please come and visit us at the tasting room. We can share a glass and maybe even play a game of bocce together.
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Those types of dessert wines are rarely anywhere near 18% ABV. Dessert wines such as Port, Madeira and today’s offering are fortified wines, not late harvest. The grape brandy adds both sweetness and alcohol.
@kaolis Thanks for that. It reminded me that we tasted this, very briefly, on the last RPM Tour. Wish I remembered more than what I posted. But at least that means 2018 me thought it was good at $11/bottle.
I received a rat bottle of this wine - still waiting on the email, haha. Thankfully UPS alerted me that a package was on the way and I was able to redirect it and make the trek to their “local” hub to pick it up yesterday after work.
Had plans with friends last night that precluded me from being able to sample and post notes. Will do so this evening.
While I drink mostly dry wines, I enjoy a plethora of wine styles and types, including dessert wines. When I do drink dessert wine, I tend to gravitate more towards fortified wines these days so this could very well be in my wheelhouse.
LOOK: Dark and inky in the glass - not unexpected for a PS. An almost opaque magenta-purple color. When swirled the wine coats the glass, showing some viscosity, before slowly melting away to reveal it’s medium-sized, medium-spaced, slow-running legs.
SMELL: Blueberry pie and candied cherries on the nose with a little heat and just a hint of spice. Very pleasant aroma which invites multiple sniffs.
TASTE: Blueberry upfront but with a surprisingly strong red fruit component as well. Sweet, jammy strawberry with tart cranberry, pomegranate and/or rhubarb notes remind me of the strawberry-rhubarb pies my grandmother used to make.
From start to finish; mostly sweet heat on the entry, followed by expressive fruit flavors on the mid-palate and lingering fruit with a spicy kick and a little oak on the medium+ lip-smacking finish.
Tried it with some nonpareils and was surprised that they accentuated the spicy notes of the wine. It was an interesting and enjoyable pairing.
FEEL: Slightly viscous, medium+ body as the swirling portended. Somewhat chewy texture when swished vigorously. When sipped, smooth mouth-coating warmth which makes it a great fireside accompaniment.
SUMMARY: If you like fortified dessert wines, this will not disappoint. It’s definitely not Port-like as there are no notes of nuts, figs, raisins or toffee. It is less complex than Ports or Sherries but still quite enjoyable especially if you prefer more of a fruit forward flavor profile in your dessert wines. At the Casemates price it is an incredibly good value.