Posts Tagged ‘Santa Barbara County’

2011 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Opaque purple/black in hue, with aromas of leather, game, a hint of smoke, blackberry, a touch of blueberry and clove spice. As the wine opens up, it becomes more perfumed. A fairly smooth entry gives way to medium-grained tannins in the back end,… Read more


2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

Translucent crimson/coral color. The forward nose shows aromas of prickly raspberry and strawberry fruit, with a light cola note. On the palate, the flavors flatten out while picking up some earthy notes towards the finish. This is a red to enjoy… Read more


2011 Nadia Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

By Laetitia. Translucent dark ruby color. In the nose, high-toned mint/menthol and bell pepper are joined by a sleek minerality and ample red fruits. This is very smooth for a young Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are fine-grained and unobtrusive…. Read more


2010 Pomar Junction ‘Brooster’ Red Wine, Paso Robles

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel, this wine is nearly translucent dark ruby in hue. It sports a pleasing nose of dark flowers and spicy red berries and cherries. Medium-full in body with great balance, this is the perfect red to… Read more


2011 Pomar Junction Syrah Rosé, Paso Robles

Neon salmon color. This is the first vintage under winemaker Jim Shumate, and it shows. Aromas and flavors of sweet dried apricot, raspberry, honey and rhubarb pie. The wine is fully dry, yet manages a natural sweet impression. MSRP: $18 (August… Read more


2010 Pomar Junction Viognier, Paso Robles

Medium straw color. From estate grown grapes. A musty odor gives way to light peach and white flowers. Nice acid balance. A lighter style of Viognier, suited to serving with light fish or fowl dishes. MSRP: $25 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


2009 Pomar Junction ‘Espiritu’ Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

Medium straw color. Light butter and toast notes are followed by moderate vanilla, sweet apple and peach. This isn’t a “butter bomb,” but it has some roundness to it. MSRP: $25 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


2009 Pomar Junction ‘Picnic’ Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

Light straw color. This “unoaked” wine shows light apple and pear fruit. Good acidity provides a juicy mouthfeel. A food wine fit for light summer fare — as its name suggests. MSRP: $15 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


2010 Nadia Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

Grown at an elevation of 3,200 feet in the easternmost reaches of Santa Barbara County. Inky black/purple color. Compelling aromas of watermelon, black currant, sweet pomegranate, olive and high-toned spices (approaching mint). Well structured, with… Read more


2011 Nadia Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County

Medium straw color. Bright aromas of banana, pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit, joined by some spice notes. Nicely rounded in the mouth. Enjoy with sautéed white fish in a cream sauce. MSRP: $18 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:… Read more