Another Taste of the Wines of South Coast Winery

The team at VESTA joined today’s tasting of wines from Southern California.  Ray’s sense of time zones (or lack of sense) led to us beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, giving us the jump on the group tasting in Temecula.  Here’s a preview of two of the beauties on the docket tonight.
South Coast Winery, Temecula Valley, Sparkling Brut nv The nose of this bubbly offers a medley of South Coast Winery Brutfruits, including pears, pineapple, white peach and nectarine with an accent of butterscotch. In the mouth it is very rich and buttery with some mineral character and a lowish acid profile adding to its immediate approachability. The grapes behind this wine are 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. The dosage is 14 grams per litre. Produced and bottled in Temecula 13% $18 at the winery.
South Coast Winery tasting room
South Coast Winery, Temecula Valley, Carter Estate Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscque Clone 2009 The nose is quite vibrant, featuring a great blast of terpene character, a sort of Muscat touch, with melon and tropical fruits. It displays a great ripeness of fruit and reminds one of the smell of Gewurz and Muscat rolled into one wine. In the mouth it is thick and fruity while balanced with a thread of acidity – nice and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Produced and bottled in Temecula 12.2% $14 at the winery for the upcoming vintage.

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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