Wine Weirdos try a $9 Grocery Outlet buy, a 2006 NZ Pinot Noir
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Wine country began again as we approached the Central Coast region around Paso Robles on Monday afternoon.
We planned to visit a number of tasting rooms in the area on Tuesday, but we decided to go ahead and visit the tasting room since it is closed on Tuesdays.
We tasted five Rhone reds at Edward Sellers, and as a group they were very good, especially for a new winery offering only their second vintage.
Our favorite was the 2005 Edward Sellers Le Thief, a Rhone blend of 59% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault.
We were also very impressed with the 2005 Edward Sellers Syrah Selectionne.
The 2005 Edward Sellers Cuvee des Cinq, a traditional Rhone blend may ultimately be their best wine, but it needs more time to mature.
Right now, it comes up a little short of the first two for us.
The other two wines we tasted were the 2004 Edward Sellers Grenache and the 2005 Edward Sellers Vertigo, a 70% Grenache blend.
Edward Sellers looks like an up and coming winery with a bright future.
Right now, their distribution is on the East Coast as well as direct through their tasting room, wine club, and online store.
After leaving Paso Robles, it was on to San Luis Obispo and the ostentatious Madonna Inn, an over-the-top inn that we last stayed in over twenty years visit web page />Every room is different with its own theme and dÃ©cor.
This trip we stayed in the Matterhorn Room with a balcony overlooking the mountains.
Once again, the Aussie was the clear winner for us, although both were good wines.
Tuesday morning we drove miles and miles west of Highway 101 in the Paso Robles area through hills and down winding roads before we saw any vineyards.
We saw quite a few trees, lots of working cattle ranches, walnut orchards, and olive trees.
Rather, we found a vineyard here and a vineyard there interspersed among the trees.
Our first stop waswhere we tasted five wines.
The tasting room was nice, albeit remote.
Unfortunately, the host was not very knowledgeable and yet quite cocky.
The other four were the 2005 Justin Sauvignon Blanc, the 2007 Justin Chardonnay, the 2006 Justin Orphan blackjack ranch harmonie 2005 blend, and the 2004 Justin Obtuse, a port-style dessert wine.
Justin sells primarily through its wine club and claims production of 80,000 cases per year.
Our next stop was.
Not too far from Tablas Creek was our next stop at.
The tasting room had a nice hostess, and they had a couple of decent wines.
Our two favorites at Adelaida were the 2005 Adelaida Syrah and the 2005 Adelaida Reserve Zinfandel.
Adelaida has about 15,000 cases annual production, mostly sold through their wine club and online.
Next we went toa relatively new winery with wines we thought were too pricey for the most part.
After stopping for a picnic platter lunch, we visiteda winery whose Zinfandels were already fairly familiar to us.
We were blessed with a very knowledgeable host and tasted blackjack ranch harmonie 2005 of the best wines of the day, the 2006 Four Vines NAKED no oak Chardonnay and the 2004 Four Vines Phoenix red blendalthough we could only justify purchasing the Chardonnay.
Four Vines produces about 50,000 cases per year 30,000 cases of the NAKED Chardonnay and about 12,000 cases of their Old Vines Zinfandel.
The rest of their production is small lot specialty wines like some of those we tasted at the tasting room.
Our last winery stop of the day was at.
Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with directions and suggestions, she is destined for marketing stardom in this business in our opinion.
Other Cass wines that we tasted: 2006 Cass Viognier, 2005 Cass Grenache, 2007 Cass Mourvedre, 2005 Cass Syrah, 2005 Cass Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Cass Cabernet Franc.
After our last winery visit of the day, we set out to see if we could find an old friend from our registered cattle business days in Texas, Bill Twist.
Sure enough, we found the old Twist Ranch and had a great visit with Bill Twist and Walt Nielsen, his son-in-law.
We caught him mowing his yard as we drove up.
We also found out that Bill and Walt are now growing grapes on about 30 acres of their ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Wednesday may have been our best day in wine country so far on this road trip.
The beautiful hillside vineyards along the Central Coast coupled with many good wines made for a great day.
We started off in Santa Maria with a visit to the scenic.
There blackjack ranch harmonie 2005 tasted four reds and one white wine.
Our favorites were the 2005 Cambria Syrah-Tepusquet and the 2004 Cambria Estrella Syrah.
Cambria produces about 250,000 cases a year, mostly oaky, buttery Chardonnay in which we had no interest; however, their Pinot Noir has enough production to also be available at retail stores.
All the other wines are available through their online store.
Our next stop was.
There we tasted five wines, our favorite being the 2005 Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah.
The others we tasted were the 2005 Foxen Chenin Blanc, the 2006 Foxen Chardonnay, the 2005 Foxen Sangiovese Volpino, and the 2005 Foxen Pokertracker 13 crack />Foxen produces about 10,000 cases annually, mostly Pinot Noir, with the other offerings in small lots sold at the tasting room or online.
Next we visited the tasting room in Los Olivos.
Andrew Murray specializes in Rhone reds and does an excellent job if the wines we tasted are any indication.
Our favorite visit web page the 2005 Andrew Murray Syrah Santa Ynez Valley.
A close second in our estimation was the 2005 Andrew Murray Syrah South Slope.
Andrew Murray produces about 9,000 cases per year, the vast majority of which are Syrahs and Syrah blends.
They sell primarily through their wine club and online.
I would suggest that any serious red wine lover consider their wine club.
Down the street from Andrew Murray was.
They were probably the weakest lineup we tasted.
The other wines we tasted were the 2006 Consilience Viognier, the 2006 Consilience Grenache Blanc, the 2006 Consilience Pinot Noir, and the 2005 Consilience Grenache.
Further down Grand Avenue in Los Olivos was the tasting room.
We tasted seven mostly undistinguished wines.
Their best offering was a Daniel Gehrs 10yr Tawny Port.
The others we tasted were the 2005 Daniel Gehrs Fireside Ruby Port, the 2005 Daniel Gehrs Syrah, the 2005 Daniel Gehrs Zinfandel, the 2006 Daniel Gehrs Vixen Vivant Dry Syrah Rose, the 2006 Daniel Gehrs Riesling, and the 2005 Daniel Gehrs Unoaked Chardonnay.
While we were in downtown Los Olivos, we stumbled upon the filming of a made-for-TV movie, Generation Gap, taking place at the Country Market where we were buying lunch.
We were told it is a Casino blackjack review movie.
Moving on to the Solvang area, we visited which gained notoriety in the Sideways movie.
We tasted seven wines at Blackjack with our undisputed favorite being the 2004 Blackjack Maximus Syrah.
The others we tasted were the 2003 Blackjack Billy Goat Hill Merlot, the 2004 Blackjack Harmonie Bordeaux blendthe 2005 Blackjack Double-Down Syrah, the 2005 Blackjack Allusion Cabernet Franc, the 2004 Blackjack Pinot Noir Alix de Vergy, the 2005 Blackjack Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard, and the 2005 Blackjack Chardonnay Blackjack Ranch Vineyard Reserve.
Blackjack produces 6,000 cases per year, mostly sold through their tasting room and also available online.
Our final stop of the day was one of the best.
Our favorite of their wines was the 2005 Lincourt Syrah Santa Barbara County.
Wednesday evening we had another learn more here meal in our room and had a private tasting between the 2004 Ravenswood Southeastern Australia Shiraz that we bought in Sonoma and one of our all-time favorites, the 2002 Peter Lehmann Shiraz.
While the Ravenswood was pretty decent, especially for the price, the Peter Lehmann was still our pick of the evening.
Wednesday concluded our California wine tour.
While we always enjoy visiting Sonoma and Napa, our Central Coast tour was a special treat because it was our first visit to the area to taste wine, it is so beautiful in its vineyard settings and quaint small towns not yet overrun by tourists, and the high overall quality of its wines, especially the Syrahs and Syrah blends.
In order to keep these notes manageable as we tasted 80 different wines, I have broken down the list into Quality rating categories.
Under each Quality heading, the wine name will be listed along with price and QPR rating.
Wines in bold type received a QPR rating of 5 bangs for your buck out of 5.
So, we pick 7 or 8 and rotate them around.
Thanks for your notes on the Central Coast; I enjoyed reading the recap.
FYI, staff at other tasting rooms in the area seem to have more discretion regarding tasting fees for the non-party bus crowd.
We just returned from our vacation to the Central Coast and stopped at the 3 tasting rooms you recommended.
We also enjoyed the Syrahs at Blackjack Ranch and Andrew Murray, and had cases from each shipped home, in addition to cases from Epiphany, Qupe, and Kenneth Volk.
Thanks for the great info!
You are very welcome.
Glad our recommendations worked out for you.
I have done something similar plenty of times… I could recommend it to anyone!
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