High Valley, California
After working with California wineries including Simi, Dominus Estate, Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill, winemaker David Ramey and his wife set out on their own 20 years ago, and together with their daughter, Claire, they founded Sidebar Cellars two years ago. Grapes for this wine come from Brassfield Estate Vineyard, elevated 1,800 feet above sea level in the small High Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). Grapes enjoy prolonged time on the 10- to 15-year-old vines in the area's cool microclimate, developing high acidity in the fruit, and the 2014 vintage benefits from an excellent growing season. In the cellar, whole clusters were pressed, native yeast fermented and the fruit vinified in a mixture of 40 percent stainless steel tanks and 60 percent neutral oak barrels. The wine aged on its lees for four months and was bottled without malolactic fermentation. The wine exhibits textured, bright fruit. On the palate, taste zesty citrus, green apple, lime, alluring minerality and lively acidity. Drink it as an aperitif or with soups, salads, sushi, Asian dishes, seafood and roasted vegetables. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar. Drink it at: Mr. B's.