Last week we attended the Arcadian Wine tasting for Avant Art, and were able to taste through a nice selection of Arcadian’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. These are very impressive wines overall from the Santa Barbra wine region. I was particularly impressed with the Sierra Madre Chardonnay and the Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir. Arcadian is producing high quality California wines, made with great care resulting in a pleasurable drinking experience.
Arcadian winemaker Joe Davis says this about the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard – Every year Sleepy Hollow Vineyard faces the most difficult set of challenges from Mother Nature. Our piece at the top of the hill in set A does not get much sunlight and lives much of the time in the fog and wind. To take advantage of the reduced sunlight we separate the foliage from the fruiting zone to get more direct light onto the berries and to thicken the skins. These set of vines are susceptible to botrytis and mildew and more recently mealy bug infestation. Mother Nature’s constant attack on these vines is a supreme challenge to the concept of winegrowing and often is the most satisfying work that I do.
In the glass the Sleepy Hollow Pinot is a nice translucent ruby. The nose of the wine is dark cherry, light spices, and fresh earth. The wine is really nice and smooth in the mouth with flavors of dark fruit forward on the palate, well balanced and easy to drink. This is top notch California Pinot Noir, feels very old world influenced, very enjoyable wine.
Chatt Wine Rating (1-10) – 8
Region – Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbera CA
Varietal – Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Producer – Arcadian Wine/Joe Davis
Purchased From – Riverside Wine, Chattanooga TN
Join us at Gallery 1401 for a special Arcadian Wine tasting!
Avant-Art, the Hunter Museum’s young-minded contemporary group, invites you to attend a special wine-tasting event on September 11 beginning at 6 PM at Gallery 1401. Meet owner and winemaker of Arcadian Winery (http://www.arcadianwinery.com/), Joe Davis, who will pour 6 of his own wines for you to sample, paired with exceptional antipasto provided by Alleia. All Avant-Art members will be given the opportunity to enter their name in a drawing for a piece of art hand-selected by Sue Marley, owner of Gallery 1401. Avant-Art memberships will be available for purchase for those who are not already members.
Thursday, September 11 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
1478 Market St
Chattanooga, TN 37408
*new location at the corner of Main and Market
TICKETS & RSVP
– RSVP to Riverside Beverage by Wednesday, September 10 by calling 423-267-4305 or stop by the store at 600 Manufacturers Road