Sunday, February 2, 2014

Second Day of October Winecation-Stop #3 #jannforth #familywines

Forth Vineyards is part of the Family Wineries of Dry Creek Valley located in the Timbercrest Farms complex on Dry Creek Road just a mile north of the Dry Creek General Store. This is the first and only cooperative tasting room in the Dry Creek Valley with six locally and family-owned wineries. These six wineries include more than 40 different wines from Sonoma County and are available for tasting daily. There are picnic grounds and a bocce court.

Forth specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and a very nice crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

I met Jann and Gerry Forth through Don, who has known them for years. I had the opportunity to visit them at their vineyards in 2010, dine with them in Healdsburg, have them over to our VRBO home for dinner in 2012, and visit them at the Family Wineries in 2013. These wine proprietors are such lovely people to know and visit with. We didn't get to see Jann in October on our winecation because she was out of town promoting their wines. Such fun! We missed her! But Gerry took really great care of us and shared his wines with our entire group!

Natalie, Gerry, and Don enjoying the wines
Here are the wines Gerry poured for us!

We began with their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). We enjoyed the crisp and citrus qualities of this wine. I have a bottle in my wine fridge now. Can't wait to open it!

The next four wines Gerry poured are pictured above:

2010 Syrah ($25)-"blackberry and plum notes, smoky mocha, leather with a dash of black pepper, silky mouth feel and a long lingering finish. Very nice!

2010 All Boys Cabernet Sauvignon, which I don't see on their website, but it is delicious. Don's favorite grape! The All Boy is a reference to their two sons and four grandsons.

2011 Sangiovese, also not on the website, so Gerry must have brought out some special wines for us to taste. It was very good!

2011 Histoire Cabernet Sauvignon Chapter 4 ($24) from the Alexander Valley Vineyards. This is "an approachable Cabernet at an approachable price."

Then Gerry surprised us with a Dry Rose' Wine ($16). The vintage isn't on the bottle, but the website says 2012. I have a bottle in the wine fridge, saving for a day that's warm, so I can sit out under the palm trees (somewhere) and imagine I'm in the south of France sipping the Forth's Rose'! Hey, we need to lease their VRBO home in France! (Honey, I have an idea for a romantic vacation this summer!)

Abigail and Daniel enjoying their first Sonoma trip!

Thank you Jann and Gerry Forth for all your hard work and dedication so that thousands of wine lovers can enjoy your wines!

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