I wanted to talk about a new brewery that is gaining respect here on the Central Coast among novice beer drinkers as well as skilled home brewers: Figueroa Mountain.
Fig Mt., as it is referred to around these parts, was established in 2010. With the help of their young brewer, A.J. Stoll, they have already won six medals, four of which were gold. This is quite an achievement for a young outfit – now onto some brew.
Danish Red Lager: The Danish Red has seven different malts that produce a rich layer of caramel maltiness with a medium to full body. The fermentation takes place with euro lager yeast and is cold conditioned for a clean profile.
Davy Brown Ale: This light mocha colored ale combines caramel and chocolate malts with Cascade and Northern Brewer hops for flavors of coffee and chocolate playing against citrus and stone fruit. This is a great beer to take camping and to the beach.
Paradise Pilsner: This lovely pils we only offer on draft, so you will need to stop by and try a glass! With its Euro lager malt and German noble hops, this beer is gaining quite a reputation for a clean and beautiful flavor profile of light hops and honeysuckle.
Medlock Ames Chardonnay 2009
Recently featured in the January Food and Wine magazine, Medlock Ames is a new winery in the Russian River. They focus on single vineyard terroir to produce outstanding quality wines that reflect where they came from and pair well with food. The vineyard is certified organic, and their devotion to the environment is apparent throughout their sustainable practices. The Chardonnay is rich and creamy with a minerality and crispness that create balance. We also carry their Merlot, and it is truly one of the best I have tasted!
La Yunta Torrontes 2011
Torrontes is the main white grape of Argentina. I generally describe it as having the aeromatics of a Gewurtztraminer with lychee nut, rose petals and the crisp citrus fruit of a Sauvignon Blanc. It is a very intriguing and fun wine to drink on a hot day or to pair with tropical cuisine or seafood.
Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits 2008
Four separate premier cru vineyards are combined to make this incredible value white Burgundy. 2008 was also one of the best declared vintages for white Burgundy. It is unmistakably Chardonnay, but with a complexity to it that dries the tongue and makes the mouth water for more. Flavors include lemon, apricot and other stone fruits and warm vanilla.
Michaud Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir, unlike any other varietal, has the diversity of more clonal research and selection but has really only begun to gain popularity in California since the early 80’s. Thanks to the devotion and research of the pinot pioneers, we are now producing world class Pinot Noir. Michaud is one of those pioneers, located in the original Chalone appellation with a vineyard that sits at 1500 feet elevation. It overlooks the eastern skyline that is dominated by the intriguing and mysterious Pinnacles, which are remnants of an old volcano born 28 million years ago. These wines are beautifully and delicately crafted.
Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2009
The boom varietal! These Argentinian wines are featured in the SLO Film Festival’s wine flick. Malbec is big, lush and jammy and has similar seductive characteristics of Zinfandel. It is unmistakable by its color and density – it could even be used to die Easter eggs.
90 points WS & WA
Durigutti Bonarda 2008
Bonarda is an old Argentinian varietal rarely found outside of Argentina. It has sweet spices, lots of red fruit and a silky texture. The grape is known as the sweet black grape with its origination in Italy. It is known as Charbono in California.
Ca de Calle Reserva Red Blend 2010
Yum! This wine drinks like a $50 bottle! 70% Malbec/16% Tempranillo/12% Syrah/2% Petit Verdot. “Ca’ de Calle, (Calle’s Place), is named in honor of the lady that shared our vision and helped turn it into reality. In 2001, we sought to recondition a historic winery in the heart of Mendoza’s acclaimed wine district, Luján de Cuyo. This is a small-lot, gravity flow, red wine production studio where we strive to achieve perfection with every successive year. This is just our fourth effort at a Reserva wine and is a delicious blend of the best wines under our roof. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
Peralillo Arenal Carmenere 2010
A good Carmenere is rich and chalky, like a chile relleno smothered with chocolate mole sauce. Intensely dark and violet in color with bold, sweet, floral aromas of blackberry and earthy plum combined with peppery spiciness. It is ripe, structured, and surprisingly complex, with a terrific softness on the palate. This Carmenere comes from the Colchagua Valley and is aged in French oak for six months.