From a far off vineyard deep in the Anderson Valley surrounded by old Redwoods with wild Pacific Ocean influence, this wine is one of the limited, classic wines from the Smith Story library. We love how delicate, even shy, this wine appears at first. Then it quickly romances you the way some dried fruit can taste so concentrated and pure. Like dried blueberries, freeze-dried strawberries. Their ‘dryness’ is deceiving and sends your mouth and tastebuds into peak alertness. Then the wine seems to sit and listen, and respond with a memorable goodbye. Only 200 cases of this wine are made.
Pinot Noirs can be temperamental to pair with, as sometimes it seems they could be the go-with-everything wine, but with such a complex umami character, it’s really best to search for foods that have a quiet richness to them. Perfect with salmon, both buttery and savory. Sweeter, fattier meats and preparations like duck and pâté are gorgeous. We recently tried this with a slow-cooked Barbacoa shredded beef and it was perfect.
Christine met Ali in the wine business in Austin, TX in the early 2000s. At the time, Ali had started one of the first female-founded wine brokerage companies in the business. She specialized in wines from all over the world: France, Argentina, California, and sake from Japan (which started Christine’s obsession with sake, but that’s a different story). Ali met her now husband, Eric, then the buyer for K & L Wines, and a Bay-area authority in wine retail. In 2014 they launched a Kickstarter for their winery and were fully funded in 30 days. Later that year, along with their dear Goldendoodle, Lord Sandwich, Ali founded a non-profit Socks For Sandwich, which donates new socks to those in need. Smith Story Wines are made with respect for the land, kindness for the grower and, love from the winemaker. Each vineyard they work with is family-owned. Their wines are classic, showcasing what these grapes can taste like if well-crafted. Also, Ali and Eric do everything, literally everything, themselves from winemaking to running the tasting room, wine club, and sales. True triple threats and really good people.