Nicholson Vineyards 2019 Brooks Block Pinot Noir is a savory, dark delight
Nicholson Vineyards, established in 2004, produces superb wines.
Their 2019 Brooks Block Estate Pinot Noir ($ 55) is a dark, flavorful beauty that will thrill you right off the bat. Intense aromas of wild raspberry and blackberry lead to a supple palate of cremini mushrooms and ripe tannins.
“It is a wine that represents the uniqueness of the terroir and the climate of sun, soil and morning ocean mist that creates exceptional fruit,” say owners Marguerite and Brian Nicholson. And with the holidays approaching, you can’t go wrong with this pinot; it’s well done, it’s local and it’s delicious.
Years ago, when the Nicholsons first started commissioning their property, they saw wild peacocks roaming the park and stumbled upon a collection of feathers. Admiring their beauty, they opted for a colorful peacock feather on every label, including this 2019 Pinot Noir.
Nicholson Vineyards also produces a rich Il Boschetto olive oil from the trees on his estate. It comes with wonderful flavors of green leaf, lemongrass and black pepper spice and is available in their charming tasting room.
Nicholson Vineyards, 2800 Pleasant Valley Road, Aptos, 831-724-7071. Nicholsonvineyards.com
Stockwell Cellars Fall Case Sale
For $ 150, create your own mixing box from various goodies: Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Pinot Gris 2018, Rosé de Pinot Noir 2018, Pinot Noir 2016, Merlot 2016. Cost: $ 150 per case. Wednesday, November 24 is Thanksgiving Retail Day. You will be able to choose your favorite wines for all your festive dinners. (No wine tasting that day.)
Stockwell Cellars, 1100 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. 831-818-9075. stockwellcellars.com.
Wrights Station Winery Black FridayBlack Friday is White Weekend at Wrights Station. All white wines will be 50% off from November 26 to 28. Join them on Sunday December 12 for their Holiday Open House. The local Mattia Pizza Truck will be on hand to sell their mouthwatering pies. Everyone is welcome, but Wine Club members get additional benefits and discounts.
Wrights Station Winery, 24250 Loma Prieta Ave., Los Gatos, 408-560-9343. wrightsstation.com.