We were able to taste several new producers from the valley as well as all three wines from Spring Valley Vineyard, the producer of that magical Syrah called Nina Lee (the owners grandmother was a Vaudeville performer-turned farmer and her photo graces the label), the wine has a wonderful berry pie flavor with sweet tannins, really tasty! Standouts were the Lagniappe Syrah from Gramercy Cellars (BIG standout, this wine has the magical 3% Viognier added and has amazing complexity and has simply perfect balance) and the Merlot from Otis Kenyon (incredibly rich cocoa notes in the finish and a fabulous story that I'm sure we'll tell often when we get this into the store!)
Anyways, one final note and then I'm off to pack boxes of truffles for Valentine's Day... the video attached is from our drive home yesterday as we herded hundreds of giant tumbleweeds east along Interstate 84. If I understood a bit more about all this techno stuff, I would have attached the music, but the best I can must is a bit from the the lyrics from Tumblin' Tumbleweeds..
Cares of the past are behind ** Nowhere to go but I'll find
Just where the trail will wind ** Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds