I never thought I would write much about San Diego County wine. Every bottle I have had from south of Santa Barbara has been pretty bad (at best). Lately, I started hearing some buzz about a small producer in SD called Vesper Vineyards and even noticed that Jon Bonné included them in his “Winemakers to Watch 2014” (article here). So, before we packed up and moved an hour north to LA, Brandon and I headed down to Vesper’s tasting room in Escondido.
It was a pleasantly surprising experience tasting through their lineup. We brought home a couple of bottles and uncorked the Carignan last week. It is a fresh wine that is super light and easy to sip.
This 100% Carignan opens with lovely herbal aromas along with hints of citrus. The palate is light bodied and balanced with lots of bright, red fruit. Straightforward and very easy to enjoy…I think this wine could evolve into something even tastier in the next couple vintages! ($23, 12.5% alcohol)