PMDL & Company, A Wine Agency founded in 1993, was formed with its focus on those wineries whose business attitude, combined with friendliness, made them the ideal suppliers for our market. We represent these select wineries so we can dedicate 100% of our time serving our unique clientele that is our suppliers logical market.
Boutique, exclusive and available to you! Hand selected for this year’s event by PMDL Wine Agency are:
Alias Wines, Bread & Butter | Napa, CA
Bread & Butter is a reference to the craft of winemaking. Bread = Oak. Butter = Malolactic Fermentation. The type of oak, origin, producer, level of toast, time on oak, and racking all play a vital role in developing bread-like flavors and texture of wine. Butter characters come from malolactic fermentation. The conversion of malic acid to lactic acid produces rich, buttery flavors and changes the texture of the wine to be more creamy and soft. These factors work together to best compliment the complexity of fruit and expression of terroir produced in the vineyard.
Bread & Butter Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are aged in a combination of French, American and East European oak, utilizing multiple cooperages, typically at a medium toast level, for 10 months before bottling.
Bread & Butter | Chardonnay (91pt.)
With only 5,000 cases produced, Bread and Butter Chardonnay’s Executive Winemaker, Gregory Ahn describes his Chardonnay “The aromas of fresh butter, vanilla oak and citrus fruit combine in a way that reminds me of orange Creamsicle, with a floral jasmine hint,’ And carry on to the mouth to mingle with tones of lemon peel, papaya, honeydew melon, honeysuckle, banana and lychee.”
Bread & Butter | Pinot Noir
Elegant and balanced. Aromas of cherry cola, vanilla tapioca, jasmine tea, with hints of roses, anise and eucalyptus. That balance of integration continues in the mouth, black cherry, orange peel, and rhubarb, floral tea with hints of caramel, mint, and white pepper on a background of toast. 5,000 cases produced.
Mason Cellars | Napa, CA
Mason Cellars was founded in Oakville, California in 1993 by Randy and Megan Mason. Family-owned and operated to this day, it is their vision to produce the highest quality wine possible, that is consumer friendly, and available to their customers at a fair market price. Their goal is to create wines that can be readily enjoyed and shared by family and friends. With over 40 years of winemaking in the Napa Valley, Randy is the master behind the wine.
After their Mason Sauvignon Blanc inaugural release in 1996 (91 pt. Wine Spectator), they built upon the success over the ensuing years with collections of Sauvignon Blancs; Mason Reserve and Pomelo, and the latest offering Three Pears Pinot Grigio.
Harvested at lower brix, the natural acid levels compliment the crisp apple and pears flavors of Three Pears. The lengthy fermentation produces wines with great balance, clean mid-palates, rounded out by a slight sweetness. Aromatics of crisp pear, pippin apple and citrus. Nectarous pears, peaches and apples combine in a rich mouth feel, complemented by a savory acidity.
Varner Wines | Paso Robles, CA
“This is one of the most impressive wineries situated in the cool high elevations of the Santa Cruz Mountains” said Robert Parker about Varner Winery. About their wines, twin brothers Bob and Jim Varner say “The idea is to be as simple as possible.” This Edna Valley appellation, closest to the Pacific Ocean with mild winters, cool foggy summer and clay loam soils is known for producing complex flavors described as textbook Central Coast.
Foxglove – Cabernet Sauvignon (90pt.)
Dark, lush red and black fruits intermingle with earth and spice. Currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla. Juicy forward texture is balanced by ripe tannins and great acidity. 8,595 cases produced.
You are invited to experience these great March 6-9, 2014 at La Quinta Arts Festival, priced from $7 to $10 per glass. They will be available from all service points; Restaurant Row, The Island Bar, The Zen Oasis Lounge, Amphitheater Bar and Meadow Gazebo.