Acme Fine Wines, in St. Helena, recently held a tasting of the wines by Mark Porembski, our winemaker. If you're not familiar with Acme, they are a local shop that specializes in new, hard-to-find or hard-to-get wine brands. They have both on-site sales as well as clubs that allow those who don't live here access to wines they wouldn't normally find where they live.
Every Friday evening Acme holds a complementary tasting, usually for a specific winery or winemaker. In this case, Mark was there pouring the three wines for which he is winemaker or co-winemaker (more on that in a moment). They were all Cabernet Sauvignons, and the wineries were:
- Charnu Winery
- Anomaly Vineyards
- Zeitgeist Cellars
Zeitgeist Cellars is the brand of Mark and his wife Jennifer Williams, who is winemaker at Spottswoode Winery, another very highly-regarded local winery.
Also present was their daughter Kiran, who can add the tasting to a growing resume that includes being present at vineyard evaluations, harvest, bottling and blending sessions.
Did you attend the Acme tasting? If so, let us know what you thought.
The Charnu 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is resting comfortably in its tanks, safe from the rain that has plagued the Valley recently. The Lewelling block has already fermented to dryness, and the Stanton block is well on its way.