February 2012 marks the release of two single-vineyard designated wines from Carica Wines, one red and one white. Both are available for tasting at the winery’s Tasting Room, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Alameda, California. The Tasting Room, with astonishing views of San Francisco Bay, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon until 6:00 p.m.
The 2009 Petite Sirah, made from Sonoma County grapes harvested from Kick Ranch Vineyard, is deeply colored and intensely fruit flavored. Winemaker Charlie Dollbaum notes, “This vintage is well-structured and bears all the varietal characteristics familiar to fans of Petite Sirah. At the same time, the wine is approachable by wine drinkers who may be less familiar with this grape. I think Carica’s 2009 Petite will age very well for years to come.” $36/bottle.
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, combines Sauvignon Blanc grapes (52%) and Sauvignon Musque grapes (48%). The Musque clone of Sauvignon Blanc contributes an intriguing tropical aroma to this white wine. After a cooler than usual growing season, the grapes were harvested from Sonoma County’s Kick Ranch at the end of September. The grapes were pressed as whole clusters and cold settled for 36 hours prior to racking and start of fermentation. Ten percent of the wine was fermented in neutral French oak, which contributes a roundness and complexity to the wine’s flavor profile.
Classically dry and crisp, the Carica 2010 Sauvignon Blanc offers flavors of pear and guava, with a bright, citrus finish. Winemaker Charlie Dollbaum notes, “Based on my experience with grapes from this vineyard, I found that this wine’s complexity is enhanced by a bit more bottle aging than is typical of most California white wines.” $21/bottle.
These Carica wines can be purchased directly from the winery.