Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a night of incredible wines with perfect aging.
Instructor: Jason Kallsen
Class size: Small (limited to 12)
Location: North Loop Wine and Spirits
Start time: 7pm
This is going to be a great one. No doubt about that.
The Fisher family has been quietly making consistently incredible wines for decades, eschewing the trends of the moment and sticking to their stylistic guns year in and year out. This is highly admirable, but also economically risky. Like Ridge Vineyards, Frog’s Leap, and others, the move to make wines of balance in the 1990’s instead of wines of power cost them in the ratings race. Scores in the high 80’s and low 90’s were common, and demand dropped off. (The 1995 Fisher Coach Insignia clocks in at 13% alcohol, while many of their neighbors at the time were making 15%+ alcohol monsters … that have ironically not aged well!)
But like Ridge and Frog’s Leap, the balanced style has aged beautifully and at this class we get to reap the rewards of patience.
The Fisher family began with a small parcel purchased in 1973 on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas mountain range. A few years later, Fred Fisher purchased his prime vineyard just south of Calistoga in Napa Valley, at the foothills of the Vaca Range (the eastern flank of Napa Valley). It is here, on this prized Napa Valley property, that the Bordeaux varieties were planted to make the assemblage named Fisher Coach Insignia.
Having experienced these wines since the mid 1990’s I can tell you they tend to run on the balanced, powerful-but-elegant, and Bordeaux-styled side of things. As a point of interest, we will also pop the 1981 Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from the original home Sonoma property.
We will discuss the history of the Fisher family, the geography of northern Napa Valley, the role age plays in the development of wine, and the details of the vintages we are covering.
Class is limited to 12 people to best enjoy these gems to the fullest.