One of our commerce customers, Michael Giarraputo, launched his wine brand think tank wines this evening for the Crushpad team. Think Tank is play on his last name which in Italian literally means something close to "jar of thoughts." The focus of the brand is high end organic vineyard sites with environmentally conscious packaging. Light bottles, tree-less bamboo labels and low impact winemaking. Michael was overly generous, giving everyone tshirts (organic american apparel of course), and wine.
His 2007 "La Encantada Vineyard" Pinot is pretty rockin. La Encantada is owned by Richard Sanford, one of the pioneers of both Pinot and organic viticulture in California. It's a beautiful place that I visited in September 2007. The wine is very young, packed with deep darkish flavors and some good verve on the finish. Also a rich nose with a delicate touch of spice and earthy notes. I sensed a slight bit of reduction but it was the type of thing likely to fade after a little more time in bottle. Certainly not a negative thing.