by Fred McMillin
for June 17, 1997
Fetzer Is OAK with Me
Prologue: Founder Barney Fetzer was originally a lumberman. So, it seems most appropriate that today Fetzer is the only American winery to make its own barrels.
The Rest of the Story: Those Fetzer barrels are doing just fine, thank you. If you'd like to find out, taste the vanilla and spice in their Barrel Select Sonoma Pinot Noir. It spent 11 flavor-enhancing months in Fetzer oak. My tasters were happy with the result, and even happier with the $13 price.
1994 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Postscript: I took a bottle of the Pinot to Bull's Texas Cafe in San Francisco, to enjoy with the ribs. To make sure I understood the Lone Star lingo, General Manager Zack Porter gave me their printed pronounciation guide.
Here's a sampling:
So, after a fine meal, we left, singing, "The ahs of Texas are upon you."
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