This grape of Gascony, France origin is sporadically planted in Northern California. These vines are REALLY spread out (see note below) in Mendocino’s Redwood Valley. The Trinafour French Colombard is very high natural acidity (very tangy…some would say tart) is softened by neutral barrel fermentation and weekly lees-stirring before bottling. Smell and taste tart green apples, lemon/lime, grapefruit, fresh herbs, fresh pears. The leesy character comes out on the finish, giving the slightest fresh bread crust pleasure. Have this with raw oysters, ceviche, steamed shrimp with a citrus vinaigrette and young goat or sheep cheeses.
I have to say this is one of my favorite California wines because of its originality points (and it’s so darn good too). 230 old vine French Colombard vines are interplanted in a field planting of mostly red grape vines in Redwood Valley, Mendocino’s “Casa Verde Vineyard.” Trinafour owner/winemaker Alex MacGregor carefully harvests just the Colombard vines to make a whopping 50 cases of this wine. I’ve told Alex, “if I owned a French Bistro restaurant, I’d buy the whole lot and pour it by the glass!”
Check out all the Trinafour wines I’ve reviewed here.