Two very different varietals visited last night with one common denominator: quality.
Garnet Vineyards 2012 pinot noir is not your traditional, modest varietal. It’s a fiery jewel in a bottle.
These Monterey County Santa Lucia Highlands estate grown grapes thrive in this cool, foggy, albeit it, ideal climate that is a mirror of the steep terroir. They plunge in and out of the fog line during the ripening season. But, they get enough heat to express full, forward fruit character. The wine was aged in oak for 11 months.
The result is a wine that is complex, structured and an excellent value ($14.99).
“This is a pinot with elegance and extract, but also with a lush body and silky texture,” said winemaker Alison Crowe. “Aromas include ripe blackberries, cherry preserves, vanilla and tasted French oak. I love the velvety richness of the attack. The flavors of dark red fruits and exotic spices just make this a juicy, delicious mouthful of wine.”
Pour this winner with wild salmon, lamb chops or after dinner with bitter chocolate or Gruyere cheese.
Harvested from Lake County appellation, 2012 Seventy Five Wine Company’s New World sauvignon blanc (($14) creates both a nose and pallet that are mouthwatering.
This selection is perfect accompaniment for an autumn lunch on a sun dappled deck. Aromas of juicy grapefruit and lemon zest entire the senses. The wine is well balanced with Honey Crisp apple flavor, green banana with a hint of sweetness and light acidity.
Pour this chilled with sesame chicken or soft goat cheese.