2010 California Syrah

Flight: 2010 California Syrah

2010 California Syrah

Top Pick:
2010 Left Bend Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah, $28
note: brilliant red in color. cherry, blackberry, floral, spice, wood, clove, cocoa, oak, on the nose. medium acid, tannins, on this smooth finish.

Competition:
2010 Beckmen “Estate” Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, $20
2010 Qupe Central Coast Syrah, $16
2010 Cameron Hughes “Lot 354” Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhone, $16
2010 Ojai Santa Barbara County Syrah, $25
2010 Neyers “Old Lakeville Road” Sonoma Coast Syrah, $22

Pre Wines
2011 Lange Twins Winery Viognier
2010 Ojai Vineyard Viognier

Name that Varietal

One of the group’s favorite tasting session, “Name that White Varietal” & “Name that Red Varietal”. Tonight the White Varietals are: Viognier, Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes. The Red Varietals are: Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel.

Flight: Name that White Varietal

Name that White Varietal - 2013

Top Pick:
2012 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc, $10
note: clear, faint yellow, in color. citrus, floral, mineral, on the nose. melon, citrus, floral, cantaloupe, on the palate. medium acid on the finish.

Competition:
2011 Tilia Torrontes, $8
2011 Ridge Mikulaco Chardonnay, $22
2011 Gritsch “Kalmuck” Grüner Veltliner Wachau, $15
2010 Cederberg Chenin Blanc Cederberg, $15
2011 K Vintners Columbia Valley Viognier, $20

Flight: Name that Red Varietal

Top Pick:
2010 Pine Ridge, Howell Mountain, Napa, Cabernet Sauvignon, $0 (Gift)
note: dark red, in color. blackberry, plum, earth, soil, spice, pepper, saline, chocolate, mocha, espresso, on the nose. medium acid, medium tannins, on the finish.

Competition:
2010 Leal Vineyards, San Benito, Malbec, $20
2010 Amelia Park Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia, $20
2010 Ridge Vineyards “Dusi Ranch” Paso Robles Zinfandel, $25
2010 Steven Kent, Livermore Valley, Merlot, $30
2012 Samsara Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, $28

Pre Wine
2003 Chateau Langoa Barton