From Monterey to Santa Barbara. We explore the different regions in the ever growing Central Coast of California. The most western regions excel in balanced more Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while the more inland parts of the region sill lots of hot days bringing ripe juicy red wines.
Enjoy the flight of four for only $5
2017 Harken Chardonnay; $12.99
One of our best selling Chardonnays in the store. A very old school style of California Chardonnay. Barrel fermented with rich and oaky notes. Produced from fruit coming out of the Arroyo Seco AVA in the northern part of the Central Coast. Aged 7 months in a mixture of French and American small oak barrels. The coastal air and sunshine drive wonderful tropical fruit notes to go with the richness of the body.
“...tropical fruit and Bosch pear alongside warm oak aromatics. The luscious palate suggest crème brulee and buttered toast, and finished with fresh acidity.” - 1.00 Sample
2015 Nelson by Byron Pinot Noir; $14.99
Santa Barbara, California
Nelson winery is named in tribute to Uriel Nelson the pioneer to plant the first commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County. They work with Byron Winery who specializes in single vineyard Pinot Noir from throughout the Central Coast (for much more money…) They focus on bringing a more traditional Burgundian style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to California. Light and traditional with aromatic floral notes, great minerality, and loads of soft red fruit. A Pinot Noir with character. - $1.25 Sample
2014 Donati Claret; $14.99
I had the privilege of visiting the tasting room for Donati the last time I was in California and just absolutely loved it. The winery is in a very small appellation north of Paso Robles in basically the middle of nowhere, and the tasting room for them is in Templeton just southwest of downtown Paso Robles. The wines were bold, dry and extremely complex. This is a traditional Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. All of it was barrel aged 20 months but only about 25% of it was new. They even add a bit of complexity with the use of some Russian oak barrels.
“aromas of blackberry jam, caramel, roasted cocoa, peppercorn and dark soil. There's great cohesion to the palate, where black cherry, hints of root beer and purple flowers ride buoyant acidity and chalky tannins.” - $1.25 Sample
2016 Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon; $19.99
Paso Robles, California
The Joseph Carr wines are all excellent, but I think these days he has become more well known for producing the Josh Cellars label. This Paso Robles Cabernet shows why the region is gaining global notoriety for the wines coming out of the west side. The calcium rich soil and the cool marine air that blows through the Templeton Gap brings great balance and acidity to the juicy fruit forward reds. This Cab is lush with ripe black cherry up front and velvety tannins. A long finish filled with lasting sweet barrel notes of chocolate and vanilla. - $1.50 Sample