South Coast Winery, Temecula Valley, Pinot Grigio, Sparkling Wine nv The nose is quite aromatic, assertive in its fruity and floral characters. I was reminded of the vibrant aromas that I associate with top-notch Prosecco from the Veneto. It is quite a fine coincidence to hear winemaker Jon McPherson making the metaphor to Prosecco in his opening remarks during our simultaneous tasting across the globe.
In the mouth the profile is fruity and the sweetness is in the range of an extra dry Champagne, at 22 grams per litre. Produced and bottled in Temecula 12.8% $18 at the winery.
South Coast Winery, South Coast, Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyards, Il Temporale 2007 The nose sports a strong sense of freshly split oak and the sweetness of a vanilla-scented pastry. In the mouth the wine is all suppleness with vibrant acidity and the taste of fresh cherries, ready to drink without delay.
The grapes behind this Super Tuscan-style blend are 58% Sangiovese, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot. Produced and bottled in Temecula 14.1% $36 at the winery.
Both wines are media samples and available directly from the winery South Coast Winery