2012 Shared Notes “les Lecons des Maitres” (Sonoma County)


2012 Shared Notes “les Lecons des Maitres” (Sonoma County)

$45 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Every time I prepare tasting notes for Wine Club, it’s a chance to go to school.  Writing every description is a learning experience, especially when it comes to people and wineries with which I “think” I am already familiar.  This Shared Notes wine is an excellent example.

I didn’t know. . .

1.  That this is yet another wine made by Jeff Pisoni, a young man I may be seeing tomorrow (May 10), when we take a group of 40 people to Pisoni-Land near Salinas for a day of tasting with the clan—Gary, Jeff and Mark.


2.  That Jeff Pisoni was married.  For the longest time, I perceived him to be the most eligible bachelor in wine country. . .handsome, smart and one of the most talented winemakers in California.  Now, I know that he married in 2011 to Bibiana González Rave (also beautiful, smart and a talented winemaker), a native of Columbia who has 20 harvests under her belt and operates her own consultancy as well as makes her own wine (Cattleya).  She has partnered with Jeff in producing Shared Notes.

I checked out Bibiana’s web site, and she has garnered so much press during her career it makes me wonder if she has a full-time publicist.  It’s all glowing and leads me to believe that Bibiana and Jeff are destined to be a power couple in west coast winemaking.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “The wine is very light in color with straw golden/green reflections. Initially reserved with white floral notes, the wine reveals hints of Meyer lemon zest with fresh essence of elderflower, watermelon rind, passion fruit and cantaloupe. Orange peel aromas emit from the glass creating a symphony of changing smells throughout the experience with the wine.
Delicate and subtle at first, the Semillon component gives a velvety texture that envelops the palate with an encompassing mouth feel that continues with gracious length. Finally, hints of passion fruit and white flowers rise at the finish—evoking the smell of a fresh morning’s ocean breeze. Drink now through 2025.”



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