This is my 10th year publishing the Best Wines Tasted in the year. This year a little over 1,700 wines were tasted at various events, wineries, judging wine competitions, meals with friends and pulling wine out of the cellar. Just under 10% made this list. The criteria is first broken down by two categories, one being up to $50 and the other being $51 and up. The wines selected range from $10 to well over $200, something for everyone’s budget. The wines chosen are from my log book keeping track of each wine tasted or consumed over the year with my personal rating. The major considerations are color, aromatics, flavor and finish. Also playing a role in the “up to $51” is a value component. Many new wineries appeared this year and I also added a foreign wine listing. Many of the wines listed have stories written about them at https://californiawinesandwineries.com and on a laptop or desktop computer, you will find search engine area on the website on the right hand side, type in the winery/wine and hit enter.
Rating 94 Points
Fresh black raspberry, hibiscus and sumac carry the nose of this expressive bottling, which gains complexity from an accent of fennel pollen. The snappy berry and plum-skin flavors meet with rose petals and cinnamon on the palate.
Tasting Notes The 2018 was a slow and cool ripening vintage. Grenache generally offers a medium color red with a concentrated nose of black and red cherry fruit jam, black pepper and minty spice. On the palate presents sweet black cherry balanced with dark plum skin, dark berries and delicate but rich tannins of sweet tobacco notes with a touch of pepper on the finish. Concentrated tannins and full midpalate bestow this youthful Grenache blend to be a long cellaring potential and age worthiness for over a decade.
Pairing suggestion: Rib eye and sirloin steak served rare to medium-rare. Barbecue lamb and venison cooked in a red wine sauce. Cheese such an aged cheddar or blue cheese. To end dinner on a classy note, try some fine creamy chocolate.
Hello everyone, I want to introduce to you our 2018 Albariño.
Albariño is a white wine grape grown in the Northwest part of Spain called Galicia. Albariño is the Indo-European word for the grape, whereas In Portugal it is called Alvarinho or Cainho Branco. This grape was often blended with Godello, Caiño, Loureiro, Arinto, or Treixadura up until 1985. Albariño began to be commonly made into a varietal wine in 1986 after the Rias Baixas DO was established. The AVAs in California that grow Albariño are: Santa Ynez Valley, Clarksburg, Napa, Edna Valley and Los Carneros.
We harvest our Albariño from Jespersen Ranch and Morro View Vineyards:
Jespersen Ranch – This vineyard is located 30 miles south of Paso Robles in the Edna Valley AVA. The first plantings of the vines were in 2006 and 2007, and an additional 31 acres were planted in 2012. This vineyard is part of the Niner Wine Estates. Since this vineyard is located 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it is heavily laid with fog a majority of the time.
Morro View Vineyards – This vineyard is also in the Edna Valley AVA, so its climate is similar to the one of Jespersen Ranch. This vineyard has steep slopes, promoting air drainage which is important for protecting against spring frosts.
Tasting notes of our 2018 Albariño:
It has a medium straw gold color, with distinctive aromas of lemon, apple and banana. You may also discover some hints of rose petal in the nose. It has an elegant texture with almost briny minerality, with fresh flavors on the palate comprising of Asian pear, green apple, and citrus.
Please come enjoy our 2018 Albariño at our tasting room!
Our VSP (Vertical Shoot Position) trellis system for our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sofia checking the progress of the vineyard.