An Afternoon with The Caller

Way back, before my Bride had retired, in fact, way back, the last time we were with The Caller and his charming wife, we made arrangements to have dinner with them.  The hardest thing to get from them, is a free date, as they are always going hither and yon.  They are making the most of their retirements, as their weekends are always booked, but we worked out a day in the middle of the week, since by the next available date, we would both be retired as well. 

I mean you almost have to pack a lunch to get to their home, as they live out in the country on a private lake, because all the homes around this lake belong to one association, so you have to live there, to bring a boat unto the lake.  Our GPS on our phones got us about a half mile from their home and then it stopped functioning; like we had come to the end of civilization.  We made it and we started off in the dining area off of the kitchen with a cheese and munchies and all the good stuff.  They catered and we brought the libations.  We were going to treat them with a day of Korbin Kameron wines, that we just enjoy.  We started with a bottle of Korbin Kameron Sauvignon Blanc Estate Grown Moon Mountain District 2017. Korbin Kameron wines is the brand for Moonridge Vineyards located on Mount Veeder, a curious location which separates Napa County from Sonoma County and there nineteen acres can be found on both sides of the slope.  Mitchell Ming is the proprietor along with his wife, and the winery is named after his twin children and his other daughter has a vineyard named for her.  Moon Mountain District is a subregion of Sonoma County.  This wine had initial fermentation in Stainless Steel and then was aged for four months in oak, of which twenty percent was new, and three-hundred cases were made.  This wine had the classic nose of lemongrass and a touch of lime, while on the palate the classic taste of grapefruit and perhaps a touch of honeydew melon, with a nice dry finish; a different taste from either the Continent or Down Under.

Afterwards, we moved out to an enclosed terraced room to start with the second bottle of wine and some more munchies, but after opening the wine, we went out and down a small knoll to a wharf and boarded a pontoon boat for a leisurely trip around the lake for about an hour.  We were enjoying a bottle of Korbin Kameron Semillon Estate Grown Moon Mountain District 2018.  Semillon is probably one of the least known, major varietals in the wine industry.  It makes some of the greatest sweet wines and it also makes some of the greatest dry wines.  Its home is Bordeaux, though it is done extremely well in parts of Australia and among a few wineries in California.  A wine that starts in Stainless Steel and finishes in oak.  There was only one barrel made of this wine or twenty-five cases or three-hundred bottles, so I am glad that we got some, and I consider it a rare coup for us. This organically made wine used native yeasts and had a nose that I would call plush floral and citrus, and it brought notes of citrus and ripe pear with a nice lingering long count finish.  Needless to say, it was a great way to relax, while The Caller manned the helm with no fear of encountering an iceberg.

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