Kings television color analyst Jim Fox hasn’t only established a passion for red wine– he has actually likewise developed a vintage Pinot Noir, Patiné Cellars, through the collaboration of his partner, Susie, his partner, Dean Nucich, and winemaker Mike Smith.
Their efforts were recognized when Patiné was launched on December 3.
A single vineyard designate, all grapes used in the creation of Patiné originated from the Gap’s Crown Vineyard on California’s Sonoma Coast, which Fox thinks offers a premier growing environment for Pinot Noirs.
“It’s a California wine, so it’s going to be powerful,” he said. “Even for a Pinot Noir, which is a grape that is known to be a little bit more classy– and it is elegant. Our philosophy is to take what the terroir offers you. Take what the region offers you, and we chose the Sonoma Coast for a specific reason, and we desire to develop a white wine that will reflect that rather than manipulating the wine and make it taste like something else.”
Making use of the resources offered– it practically seems like training, and that wouldn’t be the only wine-sports crossover.
Patiné is a French word that means “to have skated,” and his “power, balance and grace” description of Patiné is fitting considering Fox’s legacy with the Kings both on the ice and in the broadcasting booth.
“In sports, whatever is defined by wins and losses. The last rating– that’s it,” he said. “Even though red wine is rated and scored, I truly grew to enjoy the creative nature of it, and the intrigue that it brings from vintage to vintage. It’s not as black and white as a last rating, and I truly like that about that. I believe it provided me something that is still extremely rewarding and competitive– believe me, it is competitive– but it definitely affects my life differently.”
From the tasting notes on PatineCellars.com: “Violet-Crimson in color, fragrances of ripe bing cherries, white pepper, lavender and subtle baking spices emanate from the glass. These elements combine with an incredible mid taste buds that remains pliant with level of acidity framing a stubborn belly of pure ripe California Pinot Noir fruit. Firm however great tannins flow into a seamless and long finish which asks for food such as red meat and grilled vegetables. This white wine is created on power and grace and aging it for 8-10 years will expose its numerous layers and intricacies.”
Those intricacies were highlighted by strange weather condition 2 years back as a rainy spring ultimately paved the way to a summer season that saw temperatures increase above 90 degrees well into September.
< img class="alignright size-full wp-image-40832"alt="Gap's Crown Grapes "src=" http://lakingsinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Gaps-Crown-Grapes.jpg ">“In California, it’s a bit more temperate than, say, the Old World in Europe, where there’s perhaps big variations in not only temperature, but in rainfall and things of that sort. California is a bit more moderate,” Fox said.
“But, 2011, which was our very first vintage … the berries were a little bit smaller sized, which makes a more focused wine, due to the fact that the ratio between skin contact and juice is a bit less, so you get more concentration.
The grapes ripened in September and were harvested shortly before a heavy storm rolled through the area.
“Given that we have a percentage to choose, our wine maker was able to get sufficient people to select before it drizzled. The projection was for rain, and he picked before the rain, which is extremely important, since if you don’t, then you get a less concentrated wine. You get a diluted red wine when it rains that near picking. We feel it’s a world class red wine.”
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