Six Sigma

Got several recommendations to try this winery while in Lake County from good people and you know there was good reason. Six Sigma, as you may be able to tell from the name, is a small hand-crafted winery with a relentless pursuit of lusciously delicious wines. But wine is just the end. They start with farm to table dinners using grass fed beef, lamb, and pastured pork from their bountiful ranch.

This place does not have a mediocre wine. They were all well-crafted and beautiful representations of each varietal. But, in case you don’t believe me, here are a few tasting notes:

Sauvignon Blanc – 90% stainless steel and 10% new French oak gives it nice crisp acidity with a blanket of soft vanilla and no harsh grapefruit but a long supple blanket of citrus. Then, the Bootleg Sauvignon Blanc, available for wine club members only, sat on the skins longer (like a red wine) craves food with its big body and unique creamy texture. Good things come from creative techniques that respect the old world practices!

Pinot Noir – it is rare that you find a nutty Pinot Noir but so refreshing. Red cherry and plum blend with mocha and a little bit of earth for this really full Pinot that sips great on its own but pears with just about anything.

Cabernet Sauvignon – bright acidity of cherry berry and chocolate with a hint of floral fragrance makes it smooth and elegant. This is a full yet well rounded wine.

Tempranillo – not my usual favorite varietal but had to write about this one for its wonderful blue fruit of plum and blueberry with a beautifully round body of smoke and tiny sniff of cigar box. This is your go-to wine for smoky salty cheese or slow roasted rich red meats.

Surprisingly, they are all pretty mellow in alcohol. They taste like they have lots of alcohol but they are a bit lower than most others in California, although not low in alcohol by international practices.

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