Tasting Notes

Wine Notes

Artisans of the Wine County 2016 “Vinho Tinto” Red Blend

Review by: Jason Barlow

Grape(s): 35% Tempranillo, 25% Alicante Bouschet, 20%Tinta Amarella, 15% Tinta Caio, & 5% Souzao
Region: California
Price: $30

Tasting Notes: Aromas of dark cherries, blueberries, and blackberries mingle among nuances of spice, toasty oak, and chocolate on the nose. Flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and raspberry unfold into undertones of smoky oak, spice, and dark chocolate. Supple tannins and welcoming fruit make this a lovely, approachable wine.

Rating: 91

Artisans of the Wine County 2012 Tempranillo

Review by: Jason Barlow

Grape(s): Tempranillo
Region: California
Price: $30

Tasting Notes: Notes of raspberries, cherries, and plums play among hints of spices and earth. The palate reveals flavors of raspberry, bing cherry, and red plum, accented by nuances of floral earth, black tea, and spice. With plush tannins and a dry finish, it's a wine to open your favorite Spanish tapas.

Rating: 91

2016 San Simeon Chardonnay, Monterey

From Fbworld.com

Tasting Notes:  The nose exudes aromas of apple and pear backed up by notes of toasty brown spice and butterscotch. Flavors of peach, apples, and pears interweave among elements of toasty oak, clove, and vanilla. Medium-bodied with rich flavors lifted by a lovely acidity, this is a well-made, wonderfully balanced Chardonnay.

Rating: 90

From Wine Enthusiast:

Tasting Notes:  Aromas of Pink Lady and Gala apples meet with seared pear on the nose of this bottling. There's a hint of sweetness to the palate, where pan-seared apples, butter, sea salt and warm peach tones make for a fairly rich experience.

Rating: 89

2015 Opaque Darkness

From Wine Enthusiast:

Tasting Notes:  This kitchen-sink blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah shows squashed black plum, caramelized blueberries, mocha and a sweet cedar touch on the nose. Toasty oak flavors carry the palate, with vanilla, brown sugar, beef char, baked blueberries and a touch of Vietnamese coffee.

Rating: 90