First Up: 2012 City Lights, Casa Tiene Vista, Pinot Noir
Location: Fallbrook, West of Temecula. De Luz Valley.
Cooler climate ocean air influenced vineyard site & modern but restrained wine making techniques, lead to a Pinot Noir that is light in body but bursting with ripe summer fruits. Plum, cherry and blackberry, the perfect wine for grilling or just chilling. Enjoy this bottle now or lay down for a couple of years to let the body catch up to the fruit.
Secondi: 2010 Cedar View Winery, Alicante Bouschet
Location: Sanger California, Sierra Foothills below the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park.
Alicante Bouschet. From France to Spain to Portugal to Bootleggers. A grape with a relatively recent but sordid history. At one time there was upwards of 40,000 acres of it planted in California. Today only about 1500 acres remain. Technically a teinturier a grape with red pulp, Alicante at it’s best is produced in the Alentejo region of Portugal.
Jim & Debbie Van Haun of Cedar View do a pretty great job with it too. Made from 35-40 year old Alicante that benefits from the large temperature swings of the Sierra Foothills the wine retains acidity has great fruit, and the has the prized spice & earthy aromatics that Alicante is known for.
Medium bodied & fun to drink this thing is screaming for some BBQ.