Broc Cellars 2012 Central Coast Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a wine that, if made properly, is elegant and beautiful.  Broc Cellars nailed this style with their 2012 Central Coast Cabernet Franc.  This new release is made naturally with Cabernet Franc from the Central Coast of California and is reminiscent of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France.  If you are used to sipping big and bold Cabernet Franc, this wine will make you rethink everything you know about the grape.

Broc Cellars 2012 Central Coast Cabernet Franc
Broc Cellars 2012 Central Coast Cabernet Franc

The wine begins with an enticing perfume of red fruit and herbs.  The palate is juicy and delicious.  There are fresh tastes of cherry and cranberry mingled with violet and thyme.  Not overly complex, but both graceful and gulpable! (12% alcohol, $22)

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Mini-Review – Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010

Want a nice California Syrah for well under $20….then keep reading!  Over the last couple of days, I had a chance to try Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010 from a bottle and on tap.  I was pleased with both glasses of wine (enjoyed the wine from the bottle a little more) and really think it is a great find for the price. 

The wine has bright aromas of strawberries and herbs.  The clean palate features red fruit, black pepper, and hint of minerals.  This is definitely not a rich, jammy Syrah, but instead has more of a light-bodied, elegant character.  Simple yet simply good! (B+, $13, 13.5%)

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Celebrating the 4th of July with Syrah!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  Today, as we celebrate the independence of this wonderful country, a lot of us will be grilling and sharing a meal with family and friends.  I wanted to share with you guys the wine we will be drinking with our grilled fare!

About the Wine- From the Winery

Andrew Murray 2010 Tous les Jours is a newly released Syrah from the Central Coast of California.  It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $16.  For more information visit www.andrewmurrayvineyards.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Year after year, Tous les Jours is an outstanding Syrah.  The 2010 is no exception.  Earthy and full of dark berries, this wine is incredibly tasty.  Tous les Jours is smooth with round tannins and lingering spice.  Incredibly priced at only $16.  A favorite in our household for the 4th of July or any time of year!

My Wine Rating- A-

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pairs perfectly with burgers, steaks, or a grilled sausages (real meat or vegan).

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Sauvignon Blanc #2- Morro Bay 2009 “Sur Lie” Sauvignon Blanc

As we lead up to Sauvignon Blanc Day, the second Sauvignon Blanc of the week comes from Morro Bay.  This wine is another great value from a California producer.  Sustainably farmed and perfect for summer and seafood!

About the Wine- From the Winery

Morro Bay 2009 “Sur Lie” Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for around $11.  For more information visit www.pasternakwine.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

“Sur Lie” pours a pale yellow in the glass.  The wine has aromas of melon and lemon with a hint of grapefruit.  This smooth Sauvignon Blanc has tastes of citrus and melon.  There are also mineral notes followed with a crisp finish.  An easy sipper that definitely offers a lot of value! 

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine is perfect with oysters, a shrimp cocktail, or a roasted eggplant sandwich with goat cheese.

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A Rich and Rustic Pinot Noir- Belle Glos Meiomi 2009 Pinot Noir

I am not one for “fruit bomb” Pinot Noirs.  I love savory Pinots with a nice dose of acidity to give the finish a lift.  When I saw that Meiomi got the majority of its grapes from the central coast of California, I was betting on more of the fruity, sweet Pinot.  Thank goodness I was wrong…

About the Wine- From the Winery

Belle Glos Meiomi 2009 Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from vineyards in Monterey, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara counties.  It has 13.9% alcohol and retails for $22.  For more information see www.Meiomiwines.com

Now The Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Meiomi pours a deep ruby in the glass.  The nose is rich with notes of plum, oak, and cherry.  Tastes of dark fruit are enveloped in oak and savory herbs.  The earthy tannins are followed by a smooth finish (would have liked a little more acidity but still a great find).  An incredible Pinot Noir for right around $20!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- A great match with roasted duck, smoked salmon, or a burger with grilled mushrooms and onions.

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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Deep Sea 2008 Viognier

Yesterday, I was enjoying a beautifully made D’affinois cheese, Marcona almond, and honey sandwich (simple yet amazing) at The Cellar in San Clemente when the server suggested I try the Deep Sea 2008 Viognier.  I am always excited to try a new wine from a winery I am not familiar with, especially when it’s a small, California, family-run winery. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Deep Sea 2008 Viognier comes from the Central Coast appellation in California.  It has 15.9% alcohol content and retails for $26.  For more information see www.DeepSeaWines.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This Viognier pours a white gold color.  It has a crisp, floral nose with hints of pear and grapefruit.  It tastes of citrus and pear and ends with a long, creamy finish.  This is rich, thick Viognier but there is enough acidity to provide a balance.  Deep Sea’s 2008 Vigonier was a great choice with my meal…it really complimented the D’affinois and I think it would pair well with many cheeses.  If you have tried any of Deep Sea’s wines, I would love to know what you think…I am glad I took my server’s advice!

My Wine Rating- B+

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