Thursday 5/25
Eight Miles High Tasting
6-8 PM $15 no reservations needed

Los Angeles natural wine, organic biodynamic no sulfites
Tonight, we’re tasting three red wines grown at high altitudes, ranging from 1,000 feet to well over 2,300 feet. In an otherwise warm region, altitude can allow vines to catch off-shore winds, cooling the grapes and permitting freshness from locations that are noted mostly for flabby, overripe, prune-y wines. Cooler night temperatures allow the vines to rest and retain their precious bodily fluids. Where the valley floor can remain warm well into the evening, the diurnal shift can be more extreme at higher altitudes. When I visited Mt Etna a few years ago I was surprised at how quickly cool the evenings became after a warm summer day—you schvitz at 3 PM, but by 10 PM you want to put on a sweater. We’re starting with a historic cabernet, grown on vineyards at 2,000 feet of elevation, and planted with some of the oldest selections of cabernet in the state (the original cuttings were brought over in the late 19th century). Back the 40s, viticulture pioneer Martin Ray knew the potential of high altitude Santa Cruz mountain vineyards where breezes from the Pacific reach.

Mt Eden Cabernet Santa Cruz Mountain 2012 ($70)
Raul Perez Castro
Candaz “A Boca do Demo” 2013 Ribeira Sacra 2013 ($45)
Girolamo Russo “San Lorenzo” Etna Rosso 2012 ($53)

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