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What is Edna Valley Vineyard's muse?

Try this trio tonight
Try this trio tonight
Julia Hollister

Edna Valley winemaker Joe Ibrahim admits he takes his inspiration from an unexpected source.

“To make a great wine, I tend to drawn my inspiration from my surroundings,” he said. “I can’t think of a better muse than the Central Coast, where the Pacific Ocean sits just a few miles from our winery.”

The latest releases mirror the bounty of fresh produce that surrounds the property.

The three –2013 sauvignon blanc, 2012 cabernet sauvignon and 2012 pinot noir –were each crafted from carefully selected grapes from Monterey County to Santa Barbara County.

The sauvignon blanc selection ($15) is crisp and bright as a summer morning. It is well balanced with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. An avalanche of concentrated orange zest and grapefruit engage the senses and add length and minerality to the finish.

Crafted in the classic style, the cabernet sauvignon ($15) has ripe, dark fruit flavors complemented by hints of vanilla, leather and cocoa.

It has balanced acidity and finishes with fine, firm tannins. The winemaker said he blended about 6 percent petite sirah to add structure and enhance the dark fruit flavors.

“Our Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast pinot noir ($20) is made to express the characteristics true to the varietal,” Ibeahim said. “This exceptional wine is lush and complex and displays nuances of rose petal, cola, earth and black cherry that culminates in a long finish.”

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