Girasole Vineyards releases 2010 wines in a bright new package. Organically produced, here is great value for under $20.
The chardonnay displayed surprising balance, good acidity and subtle fruit. Unexpectedly full-bodied for a chard, it was a charmer.
Light straw in color with alluring aromas of lemon-lime, kiwi and Granny Smith apples. A creamy entry fills the mouth with vanilla custard and shortbread cookies, which are framed beautifully by just a slight kiss of toasty French oak. This clean, fruit driven wine is sure to please even the most discriminating palates. Serve slightly chilled with seafood, creamy pastas and poultry dishes. SRP: $13.
Vineyard DesignationEstate grown/CCOF certified organic
FermentationStainless w/ minimal oak influence
Production Notes100% Chardonnay
Food Pairing NotesThis lightly oaked wine is perfect with egg dishes, also with seafood, creamy pastas and poultry. Pair it with your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, and be sure to try it with a spinach dish.
2010 Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir
2010 Pinot Noir
Their newest release in redesigned packaging! This 2010 Pinot Noir offers wonderful aromas of strawberry, cherry and clove give way to sweet red cherries on the palate.
This 2010 Girasole Pinot Noir exhibits hues of red roses and ruby jewel tones. Wonderful aromas of strawberry, cherry and clove give way to sweet red cherries on the palate. A touch of new French oak lends texture and helps frame the wonderful sweet red fruit that radiates from this wine, and that classic Mendocino mineral backbone carries it to a long and lingering finish. This wine will pair wonderfully with braised duck breast with a cranberry reduction, or plank grilled salmon with garlic mash potatoes. Of course, pulling a cork and having a glass or two on the porch would work too! SRP: $16.
Made with organically grown grapes & Vegan friendly.
Vineyard DesignationEstate grown/CCOF certified organic
Food Pairing NotesThis fruit-forward wine pairs well with lean beef, lamb and pork dishes, especially grilled or roasted, and is a natural with ahi tuna. Try it with grilled mushrooms, too.
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Charlie Barra planted the home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards, in 1955, and has farmed approximately 200 acres of organic varietal wine grapes ever since. Sitting on the benchlands above the headwaters of the Russian River in Mendocino County, the vineyards share the land with five ponds, open space for wildlife and pasture for smaller animals. All water used for irrigation and frost protection is from winter run-off from the pristine watersheds that surround the vineyards.
In the early stages of developing the ranch, Charlie was instrumental in changing the method of picking grapes, going from wooden lugs carried by pickers to large metal gondolas which were taken into the field on trailers and then loaded by forklift on trucks to go to the winery. He was one of the first grape farmers in the North Coast of California to use water for over-head frost protection, a system developed in Israel and Germany in the early 1960’s. And today, we’re still picking grapes the way Charlie’s grandfather did over 100 years ago…by hand!
Charlie also fought for many state regulations that changed the way growers were paid for their grapes, worked for creation of the first appellation in the United States, and served for forty years on the board of directors of the California North Coast Grape Growers Association with the goal of enhancing the economic climate for the entire California wine industry.
MADE FROM ORGANICALLY GROWN GRAPES
Mendocino County wine producer, Girasole Vineyards, unveils two new vintages made from organically grown grapes that are aimed at the growing "value wines under $20" market. The 2010 Pinot Noir and 2010 Chardonnay, in a new package, are hitting retail wine shelves this month.
Girasole Vineyards (pronounced jeer-uh-sō-lay) wines feature distinctive, bright yellow sunflowers embossed on the label, and carry the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) guarantee on the back label. Both wines are made from Estate-grown grapes farmed by the Barra family, growers of Mendocino County grapes since 1955.
"My family has been farming without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides since the 1950s," says Shelley Maly, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Barra Family Wines, and daughter of founders Charlie and Martha Barra. "With more consumers searching out quality wines with a certain provenance, cachet, and fair price, Girasole Vineyards wines can be enjoyed on many levels."
"In addition to being produced from organically grown grapes, all Girasole Vineyards wines are vegan-friendly. No animal products are used in making the wine," says Winemaker Jason Welch. "The 2010 Chardonnay ($13) features minimal oak influence and is perfect for pairing with many cuisines. It’s clean and crisp, with a gorgeous lemon-lime tropical fruit aroma and zesty Granny Smith apple flavors. It also comes in an easy-to-open screw cap closure."
"Our 2010 Pinot Noir ($16) exhibits wonderful aromas of strawberry and clove, giving way to bright red cherry compote on the palate," says Welch. "Both of these wines are an excellent addition to a dinner party or for sipping when hanging with friends."
For more information, go to www.girasolevineyards.com.
ABOUT BARRA FAMILY WINES
Barra Family Wines is an independently-owned, privately-operated wine company that includes the BARRA of Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards brands. The family owns and farms more than 200 acres of CCOF certified organically grown grapes in Mendocino County. The BARRA of Mendocino winery is open daily for tastings and is located at 7051 North State Street just off Highway 101 in Redwood Valley, CA. For more information, call (707) 485-0322 or go to www.barraofmendocino.com.