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Mission Wines Last Friday of the Month Tasting
Paso Robles Rising Star: Brian Benson Cellars
Friday March 27th
, 4pm-8pm
5 Wines for $25 per person

Winemaking prodigy Brian Benson made his first wine in 1997 at the age of 12. He started to learn winemaking in elementary school while spending time at his grandparents' vineyard. His father later purchased 10 acres of vineyard in Westside Paso Robles in 1995 where Brian worked part-time on the weekends, and the rest is history. Benson's style is classic Paso: big, rich, and ripe--the way wine should be in those parts--and his production is tiny, allowing him to focus on crafting the highest quality wines possible. Each wine expresses a distinct personality reflective its provenance. These defining characteristics are the inspiration behind the art on each unique label.

Wine of the Week: March 24th, 2015
2012 Domaine de la Cote Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Regular Retail Price: $44.99

This Week: $39.99* 

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Domaine de la Côte is a small collection of vineyards in western Santa Rita Hills owned and managed by legendary sommelier Raj Parr and noted winemaker Sashi Moorman. The Santa Rita Hills appellation is among California's preeminent growing regions for world-class Pinot Noir, so it makes sense that Parr and Moorman set their sights on this particular corner of the Central Coast for their project. Moorman discovered the site in 2007 with viticulturalist Chris King of Evening Lands. Together they replanted the vineyards entirely to California heritage selections, experimenting with high-density plantings. Parr and Moorman purchased the vineyards in 2013. Although Domaine de la Cote's holding is only 40 acres, the differing factors of geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate of each vineyard contribute to very different expressions of terroir and vintage in each lot.


In addition, Domaine de la Cote farms its vineyards organically and makes wines with a hands-off approach, in keeping with the philosophy of “add nothing; take nothing away.” The resulting wines are beautiful, authentic expressions of Santa Rita Hills terroir crafted with Burgundian elegance.

91 points Josh Raynolds: "Light, bright red. Mineral-accented aromas of cherry, redcurrant and fresh rose show very good clarity and building spiciness. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant red fruit and rose pastille flavors and deeper notes of cola and anise. Finishes on a sexy floral pastille note, with gentle tannins, strong persistence and lingering minerality." (12/2014)

*Special pricing valid through 3/30/2015 while supplies last.

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Mission Wines is a classic, hands-on, service-oriented wine shop. We are committed to exposing our customers to new and interesting wines that are outstanding examples of grape variety, place and style. Our boutique wine shop specializes in small production, hand crafted, artisan wines from around the world.

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