By Steve Heimoff
Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening journey of 1 of California's such a lot diversified and comprehensive wine components as he travels alongside the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet state of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir manufacturers of the Sonoma coast. this primary accomplished examine the average heritage and winemaking practices of the zone via certainly one of America's Most worthy wine critics brings the Russian into the exalted corporation of the good wine rivers of the world--the Loire, the Rh?ne, the Rhine, the Mosel, and the Douro. half wine guidebook, half historical past and geology, and half travelogue of the author's adventures in wine nation, A Wine trip alongside the Russian River is vital examining for wine lovers--both these lucky adequate to be conversant in the sector and those that have by no means been there. Heimoff courses readers alongside the size of the scenic river, from its hot, northern border with Mendocino out to foggy Jenner. He discusses the historical past and development of Alexander Valley Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley and Sonoma coast Pinot Noir, Sonoma County's Rh?ne-oriented wines, old-style box blends, and different attention-grabbing wines. within the technique, he introduces readers to some of the growers and vintners who've made Sonoma County well-known: Dick Arrowood, the Rochiolis, the Seghesios, Tom Jordon, Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem, Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson, Merry Edwards, and so on. Describing how the river's formation and evolution, either items of the planet's fiery tectonic previous, in addition to the region's complicated weather, have created the potential of unheard of viticultural enclaves, and recounting how numerous humans learned that strength, Heimoff presents a desirable clarification of why the Russian River's recognition as a top class winegrowing sector maintains to develop.
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One was jet black, hard, mirror smooth, and shiny, with sharp, bladelike edges, like an Indian arrowhead: obsidian. The other was white, weathered with yellow stains, grainy and rough to the touch, and when I scraped it with my ﬁngernail, hard particles of white dust ﬂaked 23 ~ O U T O F T H E PA N G A E A N M I S T S ~ oª: tuª, or ash that had been compressed into stone. Both rocks had their origins deep inside volcanoes. I looked up; across from the Endeavor vineyard, seemingly near enough to touch on such a clear day, were the Mayacamas Mountains.
As the land over which they ﬂow is distorted and distended, their courses slowly, but violently and ineluctably, shift. This is one possible explanation of why the Russian River twists westward below Healdsburg. Whether it is in conﬂict with ElliottFisk’s explanation or complements it, however, remains to be seen. THE SONOMA VOLCANICS About 10 million years ago, when the Mendocino Triple Junction had drifted west of Sonoma, another milestone in that county’s geologic history occurred. 4 million years ago.
Pete, who was sitting in the SUV, doubled over in laughter, leaning his forehead on the steering wheel. Even Pastori grinned. As we drove back, Pete was still chuckling. “That’s the thing about Frank,” he said. “He just regards Asti/Chianti as the King of Zinfandel, and I think he’s right. ” A few minutes later, we reached the Seghesios’ property. The oldest Zinfandel blocks are in the Home Vineyard, just across the street from Chianti Station, in the east-central part of the Alexander Valley, on ﬂatlands hard by the Russian River.