Winter, 2014 ~ All Wines
Ancient Peaks – 2010 Petit Verdot Retail: $36.00 Wine Club: $30.60
This Petit Verdot, Petit Verdot 94% Cabernet Franc 6%, offers deep aromas of black cherry and black currant with hints of lavender and pencil shavings. A high-toned texture unfolds with a brambly melding of red and black fruits, all carried elegantly by a core of fresh acidity. Intriguing notes of black tea, oak and mineral linger on a clean, focused finish.
Ancient Peaks – 2013 Reserve Chardonnay Retail: $28.00 Wine Club: $24.70
The 2013 Chardonnay offers prodigious aromas of peach, butterscotch and tropical fruit with a kiss of citrus. Luscious flavors of pear and pineapple are integrated into a rich, creamy mouth feel. Notes of caramel and nectarine linger on a long, ripe finish. The 2013 Chardonnay’s ripe richness makes a fine match for fresh lobster, Dungeness crab, creamy
pasta, and chicken with lemon butter sauce.
Barrel 27, Pound for Pound - 2012 Zinfandel Retail: $32.00 Wine Club: $27.20
This Zinfandel, 85% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Syrah, %5 Mourvedre is a relative newcomer to Barrel 27’s line-up. Sourced from Westside Paso vineyards it has a splash of Petite Syrah and Mourvedre to keep with our Rhone theme. Bramble, sweet leather, red licorice, candied cherry, red plum, cherry cola, rhubarb, vanilla, pecan pie, green peppercorn, applewood smoked bacon, spearmint.
Bella Luna – 2009 Tempranillo Retail: $35.00 Wine Club: $29.75
Tempranillo usually really peppery, acidic and tannic, and is really good for lying down for 5 years or more after its release. This version is not a normal Tempranillo, it will benefit by opening, decanting and letting rest for an hour, however it is very approachable now. This is an excellent example of how soft and supple a good Tempranillo can be! On the palate, roasted plum, and hints of dark blueberries are blended with a pleasant buttered toast like quality which, strangely, makes it really easy to drink. Consider pairing this with BBQ ribs, or BBQ Chicken doused with sauce. The sweet/tangy taste of the sauce will be a perfect complement to the dark fruit the Tempranillo shows.
Cremant de la Cote – 2011 100% Grenache Noir Retail: $28.00 Wine Club: $24.70
We were quite impressed to find this Sparkling with grapes from Catherine’s Vineyard in Paso Robles. Very fine bubbles denote the quality of the wine and finding a sparkling using 100% Grenache Noir is really unusual not to mention refreshingly good! Brioche, ginger, shortbread, fresh picked strawberries, lemon curd, cherry blossoms, wet stone, flint, rose petal and honeycomb all come through on the nose. A full mid-palate of cherry jam, hibiscus flower, black tea and pain grille follow through to a bright, floral, focused finish, serve directly from the refrigerator. Serve with your favorite soft cheeses such as brie.
Carmody McKnight – Duets 2010 Bordeaux Blend Retail: $32.00 Wine Club: $27.20
Duets is a succulent Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend reminiscent of origins in France. A nice front end of Paso Robles fruit is one of the only indicators of its new world birthing. Mid-palate dark cherry, raspberry and a goodly dose of soft tannins will have your lips and tongue wanting to revisit the glass often.
Robert Hall 2012 Grenache Noir Retail: $36.00 Wine Club:$30.60
This Grenache Noir has aromas of strawberry, smoked cherries and plum. It has slight mineral highlights, along with a somewhat complex spicy cherry mid-palate. This particular Grenache has a rather thick textural feel on the tongue which goes awry of the more traditional light strawberry styles often seen around California. Growing conditions and choices in reducing fruit tonnage on the vine helped deepen the color and resulting depth of character in the 2012 vintage.
San Simeon 2010 Petite Sirah Retail: $22.00 Wine Club:$18.70
A wine with a solid backbone of tannin can be enjoyed now (decanting) or lay it down for 2 – 3 years and let it improve as you allow the acids and tannins soften beautifully. A bountiful helping of blackberries from the start is surrounded by gentle black pepper notes and the influence of figs to kick in the complex nature of this lovely wine. A soft woody tone is evident from the 70% new mostly French oak. Pair with herb roasted Lamb chops, oh my!