The Winery San Francisco: New Releases

The Winery SF 1 - Erik WaitThese wines are produced at The Winery SF, a 20,000 square foot winemaking facility located on a former Naval Base on Treasure Island, a man-made island situated between Oakland and San Francisco.

They are crafted by the talented winemaker, Bryan Kane, who is best known for the premium wines released under the VIE and Sol Rouge labels. Bryan also makes the wines for Howell Mountain Vineyards.  See the reviews on our blog.

The SF Winery wines are mainly sourced from vineyards in the North Coast, a very large AVA that encompasses Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Solano counties. The wines are flavorful and easy-drinking and are offered at moderate prices. The wines are poured at the Winery SF tasting room. Tel 415-735-8423

The Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc North Coast ($16) 87+ This Sauvignon Blanc has a perfumed nose evoking orchard fruit and a note of lemon. Soft on the attack, it offers ripe fruit flavors on the palate with good acidity, freshness, and a lasting finish.

The Winery 2012 Chardonnay North Coast ($25) 88 The Chardonnay offers aromas of orchard fruit with a light nutty character. Fermented in stainless steel, it offers sweet fruit on the attack with moderate acidity. Finishes long with good integration of sweet oak and fruit.

The Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay Adobe Creek Vineyard Lake County ($32) 90 The vineyard-designated Reserve Chardonnay is a big step up in quality. It is flavorful with ripe orchard fruit, melon, butterscotch and toasted grain. It has a lovely rich mouth feel with good flavor concentration and a long persistent finish.

The Winery 2012 Pinot Noir North Coast ($30) 89 The Pinot Noir is light-bodied but has god intensity of flavor on the palate offering ripe red cherry and pomegranate fruit. It has good overall freshness and is easy drinking.

The Winery 2012 Zinfandel North Coast ($24) 88 The Zinfandel is fruit forward with pleasant red berry aromas and flavors. Light-bodied but has good purity and flavor intensity, a silky texture and a long rich-tasting finish.

The Winery 2010 Merlot North Coast ($24) 89+ The Merlot is loaded with ripe red plumy fruit and is nicely focused with good acidity and freshness on the palate. It also has good intensity of flavor with soft round tannins and a fruit-rich finish.

The Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast ($25)89 This is a very approachable Cabernet Sauvignon offering flavorful dark berry and cassis fruit flavors. While not complex, it is fruit-forward and delicious with excellent balance, soft round tannins and a long finish.

The Winery 2010 People’s Blend North Coast ($16) 87+ The People’s blend combines Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre and small amounts of other varieties. It offers dark plum aromas with a hint of cooking spices on the nose. It offers good flavor on the palate with firm tannins and some astringency at this stage of development

Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler                                                                                                   October 2014

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