Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out. For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2010 Stage Left Cellars Go Getter
Stage Left Cellars is an urban winery located in Oakland, California not too far from Jack London Square. By urban winery I mean their winemaking facilities are located in an urban setting, rather than in a rural setting near the vineyard.
The winery is owned and operated by Melinda Doty and her husband, Rich Williams who is the winemaker. Melinda and Rich both had corporate gigs before they decided to exit “Stage Left” and pursue their dream of opening a winery. Like so many winemakers, they were making wine in their garage before taking the plunge into commercial winemaking. Their first commercial effort was the 2004 “Day Job” a blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Mourvèdre.
Stage Left is focused primarily on Rhone varietals and Rhone blends. They source their grapes from throughout California and Oregon. Case production is about 1,200/year
Stage Left is open the first Saturday of each month, and by appointment. The tasting fee is $5. Stage Left was voted the “Best San Fransisco” area winery for 2011 on the ABC 7 “A” List. I highly recommend visiting. You’ll enjoy the wine and they’re great hosts!
My tasting notes follow:
Aromatic honeysuckle, tropical, pineapple citrus aromas. On the palate, it’s full-bodied with a great mouthfeel, and crisp acidity accompanied by white peach, honey, and citrus flavors. Long finish.
This wine was great at the table thanks to its crisp acidity. We enjoyed it with a variety of tapas from Rumbo al Sur, including Shrimp and Scallop Enchiladas, Mussels Moqueca, and even Chile Rellenos, for Mothers Day.
The Wine Geek Stuff:
- Alcohol: 14.1% alcohol.
- Closure: Cork.
- AVA: > California
- Varietal(s): 57% Viognier, 29% Grenache Blanc, 14% Roussanne
- Retail: $34 (It was on sale the day I purchased for $26)
- Cases produced: 290
- Ageability: Drink now, or hold for 3-5 years
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(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail
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