Skylark Orsi Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Blanc 2018

Included in: White Club – September 2020

Regularly $23. Club member re-order: $20

Skylark Wine Company is a collaboration between San Francisco’s Boulevard Restaurant Wine Directors John Lancaster and Robert Perkings. They’ve run the wine program there for the past 15 years and during their tenure they have built a close friendship, an inventory of wines from around the globe, and two impeccable palates. 

The partnership created long-term relationships with the entire scope of the wine industry and the next logical step was to create their own label and make their own wine with some of the best vineyards in Northern California. While their plan was to only create a single barrel, they decided to jump in head first and create 14 barrels of Syrah. Thus Skylark Wine Company was born. 

“We strive to produce wines that crystalize our passion within each bottle. Because of our relationships with meticulous and respected grape growers, we have been able to produce wines of distinction and character that represent the best of what Northern California vineyards have to offer. We are proud of Skylark and hope to continue to share these wines with our family and friends, old and new.” 

This beautiful Orsi Vineyard 2018 Pinot Blanc comes from one of John Fetzer’s vineyards, originally planted back in the 1970s. This fruit is coveted, and Skylark has purchased nearly the entire vineyard to create and maintain this straw yellow wine.

You’ll find fragrant aromatics of lime peel, roasted lemon, Granny Smith apple and a complicating note of pebbled soil. Intense and penetrating on the palate, the flavors follow through with the roasted lemon and green apple enlivened by natural acidity.

This wine definitely falls on the lighter side, so I recommend a beautiful light Arugula and Pear Salad, with goat cheese and an Orange Citrus Vinaigrette (add chicken or salmon if you’d like a little extra protein, it won’t affect the pairing.) This combination is extremely refreshing, and will give you all those summer feels that are now slowly slipping into fall. Who says summer can’t be year ‘round?!

Michelle Michelbook – September 2020

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