VOL 11, ISSUE 50
Aug 27, 2019

Say When Wine

Owner(s) Michel DeAscentiis, Rachel Silkowski
Web site www.saywhenwine.com
 
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Rachel Silkowski, a Tustin, California native, plotted her career as a winemaker as early as her senior year of high school. She studied agricultural business management at Oregon State University and during summer, interned at Loring Wine Company in Lompoc. Eventually, she became assistant winemaker at Loring Wine Company and together with co-founder Michel DeAscentiis, launched her own label, Say When, with the 2013 vintage.

Reviewed Wines

2017 Say When SŌNĀ VINO Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., 50 cases, $35, screw cap. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of buttered toast, crème brûlée, pineapple and a hint of matchstick. More appealing on the palate, with flavors of lemon, pineapple, apple and pear. Rich and robust, with fully-ripened flavors, and a viscous mouthfeel. Caliesque in style. Score: 90. Reviewed February 3, 2019 ARTICLE »

2017 Say When Wine When Spanish Springs Vineyard Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 200 cases, $40, screw cap. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Shy aromas of crushed red cherries and toasty oak. Light in weight, even shallow, with demure flavors of red cherry and red raspberry. Delicate tannins and redeeming balance with a modest finish. Unchanged when tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Score: 88. Reviewed February 3, 2019 ARTICLE »

2017 Say When Wine RASI Rancho La Viña Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 200 cases, $45, screw cap. Aged 10 months in 1 to 4-year-old French oak barrels. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, sandalwood and burnt tobacco lead to a mid weight styled wine with flavors of red cherry and red berry. Elegant in demeanor with flavors of grape, black cherry and tobacco framed by gracious tannins. A hint of nutty oak plies the background. The wine displayed a little more fruit intensity when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed February 3, 2019 ARTICLE »



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