Archive for the Central Coast Category

Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2010 Monterey, USA

Bewildering. One scent and sip of the Birichino Malvasia Bianca and you are transported into an impressionist painted oenological wonderland. The wine is that different, that real, and honestly great that it deserves mention. I tasted this at a wine show put on by the California Wine Institute. Suffice to say my mouth was quite tuned to Chardonnay galore in the key of California, and this Malvasia Bianca was a fork in the road.   I believe I overheard John Locke, the winemaker, mention Read more [...]

Treana White Central Coast, United States

I am very encouraged anytime I see a made-in-the-USA Pacific coast wine that doesn't put the varietal first.  The 2008 Treana White is a blend of two Rhône derived grapes done the Central Coast way. Visually it has some copper tones and it smells similar to my memory of Vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine from Santorini, Greece – but don't worry it isn't a sweetheart.  The tart fruit tastes of baked pears and melons, with minerality to spare.  Folks who crave big acidity probably won't get their Read more [...]

Liberty School Chardonnay, Paso Robles, Central Coast, USA

Liberty School is part of the Hope Family wines, arguably the biggest name in the Paso Robles wine region of California. Their 2008 Chardonnay is a refreshingly humble California Chard. Perhaps a little pale looking in the glass, the wine smells of clean topsoil, not that dusty dry smell extra-dry chards tickle your nose with. The taste and texture are where you appreciate the humble qualities of this wine. You get fruit flavours with the intensity of a perhaps a pinot or sauvignon blanc, expressed Read more [...]

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir 2008, Central Coast, USA

I have recently music matched The Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay with a CCR tune, the Pinot Noir from the same collection comes across with that country feeling. The Pinot Noir however, moves to a punchier rhythm. Not as sharp as many 'cult' Pinot Noirs it covers all the fundamentals some berry, some cherry and some spices blended in with moderate oak. The blend of fruit is appealing, as each flavour reveals itself one fruit at a time. My match for this wine is hypnotic “Bobcaygeon” Read more [...]

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay 2008, Central Coast, USA

Robert Mondavi's Private Selection 2008 Chardonnay manages to be both unmistakeably Californian and respect traditional French Chardonnay traditions.  Priced right for any wine buyer's budget, this is another high volume wine that has earned market share based on consistency and quality, not on buzz or sizzling promotion.  Fresh with subtle notes of all the fruits that are hallmarks of California Chards, and modest oak. This wine is the John Fogerty of American Chards, true to it's character Read more [...]

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Central Coast, USA

The 70's were a decade of importance for two icons of California culture: The beefing up of Cabernet Sauvignon wines and the birth of L.A. Metal. Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is great way to get into that mood, without having to grow your hair! Wine makers and rockers had enough of their Peaceful, Easy Feelings and decided stomp on the distortion pedal. For wine makers, that meant cranking the toasting of their barrels up to 11 which resulted in wines that swaggered, Read more [...]
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