One tends to associate the term wine county with wide-open spaces and rural surroundings. But it seems, that notion may need to be changed because The Winery SF is helping to turn San Francisco’s Treasure Island into a wine hot-spot. Sourcing fruit from California’s Northern Coast, they are producing some top-notch stuff, making it well worth a visit to what might be considered “SF wine country.”

Winery SF 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Sonoma Coast, Ca

Price:

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of cherries, bramble berries, toasted clove, and pine greets the senses. Flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, and plum come together among notes of earth, toasty brown spice, and herbs on the palate. Offering a nice acidity and supple tannins, this will pair up well with a wild mushroom risotto. Only 100 cases were made.

Rating: 90

Winery SF 2014 Zinfanel

Grape(s): Zinfanel

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cherries, blackberries, and plums play among nuances of licorice, clove, and toasty oak on the nose. Lots of black cherry, plum, and blackberry flavors come forth on the palate, moving into suggestions of clove, toasty oak, and vanilla. With plush tannins and fine balance, it’s a Zin to open when serving BBQ chicken.

Rating: 89

Winery SF “People’s Blend VII

Grape(s): Zinfanel, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, & Malbec

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A mix of strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranates combine with hints of spice and cedar on the nose. With a sip, flavors of plum, boysenberry, and raspberry interweave among elements of smoky oak, spice, and herbs. The wine is framed by a nice acidity and polished tannins, making it ideal to serve with spicy chicken or pork tacos.

Rating: 90

 

Winery SF 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

Waves of cherries, cassis, and cedar rise up from a glass. On the palate, flavors of currant, blackberry, and black cherry emerge, alongside expressions of cedar, licorice, minerals. A good balance of tannins and flavors make this a bottle to match with a lamb shank.

Rating: 90

Winery SF 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Napa Valley, Ca

Price: 45-50

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of blackberries, cassis, and cherry meld with allusions of spring flowers and anise on the nose. Blackberry, currant, and dark cherry flavors come up front, unfolding into notes of dark chocolate, rose petal, and licorice on the palate.  Nicely structured and layered, it’s a classic Napa Cab. Enjoy with a rib-eye steak.

Rating: 91