A boutique winemaker in California’s famed Sonoma County winegrowing region, CalStar Cellars releases extremely limited bottlings of stellar expressions of the region’s American Viticultural Regions (AVAs), all caringly crafted with artistic attention by winemaker Rick Davis. CalStar’s Rose of Pinot Meunier, grown in the Russian River Valley AVA – a lesser-known French varietal known mostly for its widespread use as one of the three primary grapes used in Champagne – features mouthwatering notes of honeyed stone fruit and strawberry soda, with a round, lush mouthfeel supported by firm, refreshing acidity. An absolutely gorgeous bottle to open in the waning hours of the evening, as summer begins to beckon the onset of fall.
CalStar Cellars | 2019 Rose of Pinot Meunier | Russian River Valley | www.calstarcellars.com
Nestled against the undulating landscape of its namesake, Sonoma Hills Farm has become known for top-notch organic, living-soil, sun-grown Cannabis cultivated in the heart of a region best known for its stellar winemakers and traditional agriculture. Bringing years of experience growing farm-fresh produce for famed chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller and his legendary California restaurant, The French Laundry, Sonoma Hills Farm boasts many pairing-friendly offerings among its 31 Cannabis strains – which stretch their stems alongside organically grown vegetables and flowers, Highland cattle, and Mangalitsa pigs. Their Orange Acai strain displays rich, dark green with pops of orange hairs and twinkling trichomes. Ripe with terpinolene, beta-caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene, this flower bursts with an electric zest, offering complex candied fruit notes. It’s a smooth, easy, mouth-watering experience.
30.53% Total Cannabinoids
Primary terpenes: terpinolene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-myrcene, limonene, humulene
Every once in a while, a pairing experience hits so many harmonious notes that it can’t help but conjure a content sigh and a smiling exhalation at the end of a long day. The ripe, juicy strawberry notes of the Russian River Valley-grown Rose of Pinot Meunier seem to absolutely love the lively limonene and caryophyllene punch of the Orange Acai. The snappy, zippy fruit characteristics of each complement the other almost too perfectly, with the tantalizingly tart and acidic undertones of the Rose punctuating the pairing’s perfection on the lingering finish. These two stunners make a beautiful pairing for any occasion that calls for light refreshment – recommended at sunset, preferably with rolling hills or a coastline in the distance.
This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of all Leaf Magazines.
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