2018 Rosé California – Lorenza

Our wine tonight is the 2018 Rosé California from Lorenza Wine in Acampo, California.

Bright Salmon in Color.

Blend of 38% Grenache, 36% Carignan, 23% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault.

Dry true rosé of old vines.

Delicate nose of strawberries, sliced watermelon, raspberries, and rose petals.

Expressive flavor notes of navel oranges, ripe strawberries, kiwi, lime, hibiscus, spice, and finishing with a lingering minerality.

11% ABV

$20 per bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society 20 point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4

Taste: 5

Aftertaste: 2

Impression: 2

Total: 16

Silver medal worthy.

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2015 Tenshen Red

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Santa Barbara County Red Wine.

Deep purple in color.

Opens nicely with 60 minutes of decanting.

Bursting of fruit on the nose, black cherry, black plum, wild blackberry, and eucalyptus.

Same fruit flavors on the tongue, plum, black cherry, blackberry, spiced rum and coke, fading to a lingering finish of prune, fig, mint, and spice.

Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre, Petite Sirah & Merlot

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy!

15.5% ABV

Priced at $25 a bottle.

Winemaker: Joey Tensley

Francis Coppola – Claret

Our wine tonight is the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2016 Black Label Claret. A California red blend dominate of Cabernet Sauvignon also featuring Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

Drinking fine now, may age moderately. Needs to breath, open up for 60 minutes.

Nose of cherry, mocha, and vanilla

Nicely balanced, medium bodied.

Complex flavor notes of oak, molasses, smoke, tobacco, and pepper opening up to hints of blackberry, raspberry, currant, and spice fading to a lingering finish of vanilla.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 2.5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 14.5 – Bronze Medal worthy!

14.5% ABV

Priced at $17 a bottle.

Ships: All 50 States

Crush – Dreaming Tree

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Crush from The Dreaming Tree. A semi-sweet red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, and Tannat.

A nose bursting of red fruit, coffee, currant, violet, rose, and vanilla. Beautiful dark ruby color with long legs, bold, rich, and complex with a full compliment of tannins. Flavor notes on the tongue of blackberry jam, black cherry, and cranberry. Mid palate smooths to leather, oak, smoke, and cedar. Lingering to a finish of tobacco, black pepper, and spice.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy

13.5% ABV

Priced at $15 bottle.

Drinking nicely now. Improves as it opens up.

Thanks to our friends Mike and Danette for gifting us this excellent bottle.

Ships to AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, HI, ID, MA, MN, MT, NC, NH, NM, NV, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI.

Wayward Son – KivelStadt Cellars

Our wine tonight is Wayward Son from KivalStadt Cellars in Sonoma, California. An “orange wine” 50/50 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne.

Co-fermented on the skins and aged sur lie in barrel for six months

Vintage: 2017

Bottle: 621

12.8% ABV

Scout’s Honor – Venge Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Scout’s Honor Napa Valley Red from Venge Vineyard, Calistoga, California.

Semi-Sweet blend

Seventy-eight percent Zinfandel

Sixteen percent Charbono

Ten percent Petit Sarah

Six percent Syrah

15.3 percent ABV

Unfiltered

$40.00 a bottle

Cruse Wine Tasting (NAPA)

Our wine tonight is a Cruse Wine Company tasting at Bond Street Wines downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. This California winery is producing small batch table wines from fine NAPA valley vineyards.

First we started with the 2017 Chardonnay. Light and crisp, orange and vanilla nose, not overly buttery, nice mineral finish. Only 24 barrels produced, $42 a bottle.

On to the 2015 Tannat, expressive nose, dark fruited, medium tannins, medium bodied. Only 10 barrels produced, $36 a bottle.

Finishing with the 2017 Valdiguié blend, peppery nose, light smooth red, with a lingering light floral finish. Only one barrel produced, $36 a bottle.

Burly Tasting – Napa

Our wine tonight is a tasting of several Burly Napa Valley. Both Cab Sauv’s are really spectacular.

We tasted the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon at $80 a bottle.

Cab Sauv – Fisher Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the 2011 Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Fisher Vineyard in Sonoma. Violets, white pepper, blackberries on the tongue. This wine is beautifully balanced and very expressive on the nose.

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