#WBC14 Live Blogging for Red Wines
2011 Syrah Conscilience & Tre Anelli
They are located in Los Olivos. They have two other brands that produce Italian and Spanish wines. This style is peppery with strong tannins. Aged in neutral French Oak 84%, American oak 13%, and the balance is Hungarian oak. Receive all fruit from Santa Ynez Valley growers but purchased their own vineyard and will have first vintage in 2015. Just brought in investors to expand the brand and get wines into other states.
I like this wine. I have a bottle at home that I picked up last year. It’s in my aging cellar because I think it needs a bit more time for the tannins to cool out. Made 2700 cases.
2012 Pinot Noir Garnet Monterey County
They own all of the own vineyards, which allows them to have complete control over when to pick, how to handle canopy, etc.
Winemaker is Alision Crowe. She grew up in Santa Barbara County; always had interest in vineyard. Her parents were big wine fans so hey were her early influencers. She became interested in food science, which led to her getting a degree from the acclaimed UC Davis.
I asked Alision what growing issues she encounters. She replied, “Due to the sandy soil and the warm weather, she must pick at proper time.”
I really enjoyed this wine.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain
I asked, “”What are you strengths growing vines in the Diamond Mountain AVA?” The answer was they have only about 500 acres, located in a mountain terroir with volcanic ash. The vineyards are terraced at 700 ft, receiving west facing, afternoon sun. The name “511” is the owners, Edward and Irene Ojdana house address. The wine retails at a lofty $125.
However, the viticulture methods are a huge reason. They have low-yielding harvest in order to produce concentrated flavors, requiring them to drop fruit, which is costly. This yield about 2-3 tons/acre. Also, mountain fruit is smaller and the vines must reach a bit deeper into the soil. Have their own well but are being caution with use due to our severe drought. It’s been aged 30 months French oak.
2011 Carmenere Reserva Rios de Chile
This is 100% Carmenere with 14% ABV. Cachapoal Valley has old vines dating back to 1938. Why does Carmenere do so well here? The valley has very hot days, then cool nights, along with stony soils, and deposits from Andes Mountains. This is a late ripening grape. Pairs well with spicy foods.
2006 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
This is a Bordeaux blend with 2-years aging in bottle with French oak. Well drain soils with right calcuim magnesium with ratio so you can pick at 24-25 brix and end with 13.5% ABV. They harvested from 60 vineyard blocks across 12 growers, then selected only the most primo grapes. The 2010 retails for $53 while the 2006, which you can still purchase runs $59.
2010 Adelaida Cellars Tourriga Nacional Paso Robles
Grown on 2 acres so availability is limited, which is too bad. I saved this pour to enjoy at the end of the tasting. It was that good. You can get it in the tasting room fro $28. This wine is very unique. One it is a variety that isn’t grown much anywhere in California. Second, coming in at only 12.9% ABV for wine grown in hot Paso, it is an eye opener. As was pointed out during the presentation by a few vintners, 2010 was a cool year.
Stainless steel fermentation for 20 months in 50% French oak on skins for 2 weeks. The vines required a lot of canopy management, reaching heights of 6 feet.
2011 Danza del Sol Cabernet Franc Temecula Valley
Grown on 35 acres in Temecula, a lesser-known wine region located two hours east of Los Angeles. Winemaker used 50/50 neutral American & Hungarian oak, transferred to 85% new oak.
It’s very elegance and given the valley easily reaches 110 degrees during the growing season, I see the winemaker had some restraint with an ABV of only 13,8%. There is also the influence of the Rainbow Gap, whihc cools the valley come nightfall, trapping in the fog with help from the nearby mountains.
Danza produces more than 25 wines including dry and sweet wines. They have th bragging rights to having Sauvignon Blanc vines that are 42 yrs old.
2012 Siena Ferrari- Carano Sonoma County
This is a blend of Sangiovese, Malbec, Petite, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The estate-grown.grapes were picked early so as to preserve the rich fruit flavor profile and control alcohol levels. Even at an ABV of 14.5% there is no heat on the finish which was a nice surprise.
2111 Cabernet Franc Carr Winery Santa Ynez Valley
Located near downtown Santa Barbara in a WWII hut that looks like a military barracks, Carr produces around 4,500 cases of wine from grapes it buys from growers throughout Santa Barbara County.
This offering was aged for 12 months in French oak. The winemaker Ryan Carr is finally able to pursue his dream of owning his own winery after several projects with other vintners.
He owns a second tasting room in the Old Town section Santa Ynez.
There are only nine tastings today. The tenth representation did a demonstration of an app which I will review in another post.