Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2016 Justin Sauvignon Blanc

Sauv Blanc is a bit tough for me, frequently tasting green or otherwise off, so I went to the higher end of the moderate price spectrum, and I really like this Justin SB. It seems that my maxim that good wine makers make good wine holds in this case, as Justin's Isosceles is considered something of a canonical mid-price bottle around SB.

Monday, May 15, 2017

2016 Sunstone Soleil Blanc

I've driven by Sunstone a twenty times and never had their wine, but SBSC kindly rewarded me for some volunteering I did with a bottle of this Soleil Blanc, and it's the most memorable white I've had in a while, so I wanted to make a note of it.

Friday, February 5, 2016

2012 Foxen Chardonnay

This was a gift and we loved it! Tinaquaic Vineyard in Santa Maria.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

2012 Refugio Ranch SGPS

SGPS being Syrah-Grenache-Petit Sirah. We just uncorked this and we're having it with deviled eggs, and it's blowing my mind.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2011 Curtis Syrah

A few years ago, maybe 3ish, the Curtis Syrah was my definite favorite mid-price Syrah. I think it was sneaking just under $20 then. I remember introducing it to one of my wine mentors. I he remarked that it had what the French call "foot". I guess I'd call it soil. I get a really definite sense of place from this wine. So here's the 2011 version, a few years later, and it's clear that the winemakers have tried to stay true to this foot or soil sense. In fact, their label says, among other things, that this wine has "structure and a true sense of place". It's clocking in at $21 at Lazy Acres at this point, but I think this may prove, once again, to be my favorite middle of the price-road Syrah. It's a relief that something's stayed the same -- the last three years have been a real turmoil in every other sense!