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Whether you enjoy dining at Tompkins, or our original location in Cottleville, the benefits of our wine club can be utilized. Earn points with every purchase towards a $25 gift card for every $500 spent, receive two quarterly bottles selected by Sommelier Josh French, along with other discounts and perks! Each quarter, our Sommelier will select 6 premium wines for you to select from. For only $100 each quarter, you will select 2 wines from the premium list to enjoy. Your two wines on average would cost $150 or more at the restaurant. Scroll down to view the current selection.
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Tompkins Sommelier Selection - Spring 2020
Remo Farina - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
Italy began developing its official wine classifications in the 1960s, modeled on the French appellation system. The DOC and DOCG categories were introduced in 1963. DOCG remained inactive until 1982, and the IGT category followed in the early 1990s. DOCG, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, is the highest classification for Italian wines. It denotes controlled (controllata) production methods and guaranteed (garantita) wine quality. There are strict rules governing the production of DOCG wines, most obviously the permitted grape varieties, yield limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures and barrel/bottle maturation. Every DOCG wine is subject to official tasting procedures. To prevent counterfeiting, the bottles have a numbered government seal across the neck. Next up is DOC, Denominazione di Origine Controllata, is the main tier of Italian wine classification, and covers almost every traditional Italian wine style. There are around 330 individual DOC titles. The newest level, IGT, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, was introduced in 1992, to allow a certain level of freedom to Italy’s winemakers. Prior to 1992, many wines failed to qualify for DOC or DOCG status – not because they were of low quality, but because they were made from grape varieties (or blends) not sanctioned under DOC/G laws. And not to be left out Vino da Tavola; meaning ‘table wine’ in Italian, and represents the most basic level of Italian wine.
Amarone is the pride of the Valpolicella and the secret to this superb wine lies in the selection of the grapes that are then dried on plastic trays. Meticulous control is exercised during the drying process, which lasts until January/February when the grapes are finally pressed. The wine is then aged for 2 years in Slovenian oak barrels, then aged 1 more year in bottles to attain its completeness and nobility. Luca Gardini, one of Italy’s most famous sommeliers, ranked the 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella as 29th out of his lineup of the 50 best wines in the world. The wine is composed of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara.
Ridgeview Wine Estate Bloomsbury Brut
The preeminent producer of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview Wine Estate was established in 1995 by Mike and Christine Roberts. The estate is located 40 miles south of London, at the base of the chalky South Downs, in the county of East Sussex. From concept to inception, Ridgeview were determined to produce only sparkling wines, using traditional methods and varietals, with quality being the top priority. For the past 24 years, Ridgeview has been the dominant influencer in the rise of English sparkling wine production. Ridgeview’s belief from onset that England was capable of producing world-class sparkling wines has been unwavering in their strive to achieve just that. Throughout their impressive history, Ridgeview has won multiple awards and trophies in both national and international competition. Ridgeview is the only non-Champagne ever to win the Decanter award for “Best Sparkling wine in the World”, and the only English winery in history to win the Prestigious IWSC “International Winemaker of the Year” in 2018. Today, the winery is run by second generation Tamara and Simon Roberts, Tamara as CEO, and Simon as winemaker. Following in their parent’s footsteps.
Ridgeview Bloomsbury vineyard age is between 8 and 22 years old. The brut is whole-bunch pressed to limited pressure, and to give a low yield of 62% volume to weight. A natural cold settling takes places without the use of enzymes. Fermentation at a moderate temperature in stainless steel tanks using natural yeast. Malolactic fermentation is carried out and it is then bottle fermented on the lees between 12 – 18 months.
Storybook Mountain Vineyard - Anteus Napa Red Blend 2015
Storybook Mountain Vineyards, originally known as Grimm Vineyards and Wine Vaults, was founded in 1883 by Adam Grimm. Grimm purchased 400 acres of high-elevation land four miles north of Calistoga and planted extensive vineyards on the site. In 1889, he was joined by his brother Jacob. By 1919, with Adam relocated to San Francisco, Jacob was making sacramental and medicinal wines, which were permissible during Prohibition. Post-Prohibition, the winery was abandoned and the vineyard subsequently destroyed in 1964 by the disastrous Hanley Ranch fire, however the caves survived.
In 1976, Jerry Seps, a former professor of European history, and his wife, Sigrid, fell in love with the wild, abandoned site and purchased 90 acres surrounding the original winery, planting roughly half to grapevines. The Seps renamed the vineyard Storybook Mountain to denote its fairytale beauty and to honor the brothers Grimm. The Seps replanted the vineyard to Zinfandel. Subsequently they added Cabernet Sauvignon, other red Bordeaux varieties, and Viognier. The first Storybook Mountain Zinfandel, released in 1983, earned a gold medal, and more accolades followed. In 1989, the 1984 Reserve Zinfandel became the highest-rated Zinfandel in history. In 2003, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Storybook Mountain “Artisan Winery of the Year” and included Storybook among its Top 100 Wineries in the World, an honor we have now won 14 times.
During the 42 years since the Seps family purchased the estate, Storybook Mountain has earned distinction after distinction. In 1994, The United States Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, poured Storybook Mountain Zinfandel to honor that year’s Nobel laureates. The wines have been served in the White House by three Presidents. In 2005, famed critic Robert Parker characterized Storybook as “representing the pinnacle of wine quality in California” and one of the six best Zinfandels in the world.
Antaeus, the son of Water and Earth in Greek mythology, is the symbol of strength derived from the soil. So too this wine, deriving strength from the matching of site and grape on every part of our land. The 2015 Antaeus is composed of 65% Zinfandel, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. The intensity derived from red clay soils is here in full, while the coolness of our site provides the acid balance so essential to a wine’s grace and longevity.
DuMOL Wester Reach Chardonnay 2017
Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a vineyard focused producer of cool-climate Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from exceptional vineyards. Winemaker, viticulturist and partner, Andy Smith, has been at the helm of DuMOL’s continuous evolution since 1999. He and his close-knit team of three employ winemaking that is classical and intuitive, responsive to the needs of each wine, with the least “technique” necessary. Andy explains, “Each bottling is built in the vineyard. Soil types, microclimates, plant material, maturity levels, how the vines react to the growing conditions, how we react to the vines – there are so many detailed variables. The nuance, the depth and complexity of the fruit that results from those variables, that’s what we aim to achieve and translate to bottle: purity, vibrancy, freshness – intensity without heaviness.”
The 2017 Wester Reach Chardonnay combines three singular traits: coastal freshness and vibrancy; Russian River Valley natural richness, density and texture; and subtle elements of Burgundian savory/saline reduction.
Vineyard composition came from 32% Dutton Ranch Hansen Hill Vineyard, 24% Dumol O’Connell Estate Vineyard, 20% Dutton Ranch Jentoft Vineyard, 12% Charles Heintz Vineyard, and 12% Lorenzo Vineyard. Harvest took place between the beginning of September through the 20th. The clones from these vineyards are Old Wente Selection, Hyde Wente Selection, and Clone 4. The average age of the vines were 43 years old. This chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged for one year in 30% light to medium toasted new French oak followed buy three months settling in steal tanks.
From the lowest-yielding vintage in twenty years, there’s inherent concentration in this bottle, a depth of flavor coming from the vines. There’s also a firmness and seriousness that offsets this mid-palate weight and extends its citrus-oil-infused finish.
The wine is focused, driven, mineral-laden and pithy, with a level of cool-climate fruit intensity that is very rare. The wine maker has placed a date of drink between starting last year through 2027.
Meyer Family Cellars Spitfire Oakville Cabernet 2016
Meyer Family Cellars is a small, family-owned winery situated in the picturesque Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County. At once a leading artisanal winery in one of California’s emerging viticultural areas, Meyer Family Cellars blends establishing this new Appellation with the legacy of Silver Oak Cellars.
One of the state’s iconic wine brands, Meyer Family Cellars occupies a unique place in the story of California wine. It was established in 1987 by Silver Oak founders and former owners Justin and Bonny Meyer, who dreamt of a family wine brand that drew upon their extensive experience in the Napa and Alexander Valleys.
Today Meyer Family Cellars is in the capable hands of co-winemakers Matt and Karen Meyer. Their approach to winemaking mirror the unique position of their product. While their wine incorporates “old world” balanced acidity and minerality with “new world” ripeness and forward fruit, similarly, Matt and Karen apply the wisdom gleaned from family history while welcoming new ideas into the process.
The fruit was hand-picked into macro bins, de-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks, then cold-soaked for 24 hours, inoculated, and pumped over one to three times per day (depending on temperature and yeast activity). The Cabernet was pressed before finishing primary fermentation. Once dry, the wine was racked to barrel and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. It was racked again at the finish of secondary fermentation and twice more during its two years in barrel before bottling. This wine personifies good old American Cabernet. Enticing aromas of cherries and vanilla give way to ripe figs and plums. Two years in American oak have softened the palate, making this a very drinkable Oakville Cabernet.
Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier 2018
Pride Mountain Vineyards is situated on the Summit Ranch, one of Napa Valley’s oldest grape producers atop Spring Mountain. With over 120 years of viticulture documented there, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased Summit Ranch and their first vintage premiered in 1991. Today, Pride Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and limited bottlings of Syrah and Sangiovese.
This delightful wine possesses a classic Viognier character, with heady aromas of nectarine, peach, citrus, gardenia and orange blossoms. On the palate, the wine is lush, round and oily, with a bright acidity that brings balance and lingering richness to the wine.
This viognier is grown in three separate blocks, each contributing something special to the blend. The Mountain Top block sits at the summit of the estate, basking in sunlight and developing exuberant flavors and an unctuous character. The Lower Mountain Top block is on a south-facing hillside and consequently develops a range of flavors, slightly riper and richer at the top of the hill and brighter and leaner at the bottom. The Terraces block is cut into the western edge of the estate and contributes bright acidity and floral notes. All the viognier grapes are hand-harvested at night then gently pressed and racked to neutral French oak barrels for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is entirely inhibited.