Chamisal Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay
- CHAMISAL VINEYARD 2010 CHARDONNAY:
This wine tribute to Chamisal Vineyard’s history as Edna Valley pioneers was very well made by winemaker Fintan “Fin” Du Fresne. It was created to be enjoyed during the 40th anniversary of when the vineyard was planted in 1973 (not the year its first grapes were harvested to make wine). Fin made it entirely from the Chamisal chardonnay clone, the only clone they planted in the ’70s. It wasn’t aged as long as usual for Chamisal—just six months in 20-percent new French oak to preserve its youthful fruit flavors. I enjoyed its exuberant white peach, subtle lemon, and hints of buttery oak, which made it easy drinking and well suited for such foods as roasted poultry, Dungeness crab, or pork chops cooked with tangy apples. It’s available at the tasting room on Orcutt Road or online at ChamisalVineyards.com at $40 retail.
Verdad 2012 Tempranillo Rose
- VERDAD 2012 TEMPRANILLO ROSE :
One of my favorite pinks for many years, the 2012 continues the tradition. This pretty, delicious pink offers bright aromas and flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries highlighted with subtle notes of spice and freshly squeezed lime juice. A fabulous aperitif, it’s also a good choice at the table paired with bouillabaisse, shrimp Louis, chicken and avocado quesadillas, or with cheese and crusty bread. I consider it a good buy at $18 retail at the Los Olivos Qupe/Verdad wine tasting room.