About The Family Set: Prairie Handcrafted Organic Gin & Stags Leap The Investor 2012
Prairie Handcrafted Organic Gin
Situated along the banks of the Minnesota River in the city of Benson (population: 3,240), three family farms — Sather Organic Farms, Little Big Man Organic Farms and Olson Organics — grow the single vintage organic corn used to make Prairie Handcrafted Vodka.
Three years prior to sowing their farmland with organic corn seed, each of the farmers — John Sather, Marvin Boike and Jon Olson — began preparing their fields for the crop. After cleansing the soil and regenerating its nutrient base, the farmers planted a 25-foot buffer crop in order to ensure that chemicals and pesticides from neighboring farms did not contaminate their own crop. "It just doesn't happen overnight." says Olson. "It's a process — even to produce your first organic crop, it takes three years from when you decide to do it."
Rather than using herbicides or other synthetic products to increase their yield, the farmers use more traditional methods — they control weeds by creating old-fashioned prairie fires and rely on native birds and bats to consume insects in their fields. As a result, their farms are lush, complete ecosystems that flourish with all types of wildlife.
Prairie Organic Gin is made by merging together a blend of juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon and cassia together with a grain-based spirit. As a result, the gin has an aroma of mint and sage, that is followed by hints of juniper, eucalyptus and citrus on the palate. The gin was called "absolutely fantastic"at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2013.
Stags Leap The Investor 2012
Established in 1893 by Horace Chase, a California investor dealing in gold mining, Stags Leap Estate and Winery was one of the very earliest vineyards to put its roots down in Napa Valley. Throughout the early- and mid-twentieth century, it became a fashionable country resort, complete with lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, golf and more, and developed a popular appeal in Hollywood circles for its, “legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies.”
Home to three different families of owners throughout its history, Stags Leap underwent a major revitalization in the 1970s and today, under the leadership of Christophe Paubert, make a magnificent array of wines through a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques.
Stags Leap The Investor 2012, one of the winery’s most recent releases, is a blend of 38% Petite Sirah, 38% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.The Petite Sirah is aged in American oak barrels, 25 percent of which are new, for 12-14 months while the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are aged in French oak barrels, 35 percent of which are new, for 16 months.
Stags Leap The Investor 2012 has an aroma of freshly pureed fruit, particularly blackberry and plum, which leads to a spicy palate marked by vanilla bean and subtle floral touches. The finish is velvety and complex, transitioning from fruity and floral into deeper flavors of sandalwood, leather and tobacco.
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