Our server was a friendly and welcoming young girl who had a friend in doing a tasting while we were there. She was knowledgeable about the wines on offer and made us feel welcome.
THe first wine was a creamy 2011 Chardonnay with the grapes being grown in a series of vineyards in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was a lovely, extremely pale straw colour and had a floral and very sweet flavour. The 2010 retails for $24.00.
2010 Sauvignon blanc
Made from grapes grown at Monterey County, this wine retails for $18. We were both really taken aback by this wine because the overwhelming flavour is green pepper! That makes this a really crisp white, and I would imagine your guests would find it quite surprising. Lots of fun and something really different to anything I have tried before.
2009 Pinot Noir
Made with a blend of 8 different Pinot grapes, this wine is really light on the nose with hints of vanilla. It is a medium bodied flavour with a touch of strawberry fruit and extremely light acidity. There is also a element of black pepper in the flavour, but not particularly strong. This is quite a typical pinot of the Santa Cruz mountain region.
By far the most disappointing wine I have tasted recently, this grenache was light bodied to the point of being almost watery in flavour. THere was a hint of black pepper and possibly even raspberry fruit, but overall the flavour was disappointing and unremarkable. There was no real punch or direction. One to avoid – although I should say that The Boy liked it more than I did so I guess it depends on your palette.
2010 Merlot San Ysidro
Grown south of Santa Cruz in an area we actually drove through a couple of days ago, where the artichoke fields spread out as far as the eye can see (12 for $1 – bargain). It has a fruity nose and the flavour is quite bright, soft fruit. There is a little taste of red apple in the finish which is very pleasant. The tasting notes described it has having a hint of granite. I have no idea what that means and the server was a bit confused by it as well #wankywinedescriptionalert.
This $22 wine is pretty easy drinking. We don’t get a lot of red Zinfandel at home, so this is not particularly a flavour I am used to, although it’s definitely something I enjoy.Grown on the central coast, this wine has the typical jammy flavour of a Zin and is very full on the nose. It’s a really full, sweet flavour, luscious to the point of almost being sticky with plum and a smidge of apple flavour. In fact I felt it was sweet to the point of tasting almost like fruit sweets – gummy bears anyone?
2008 Petite Sirah
This is quite a full bodied rich and slightly savoury flavoured wine, with a ripe blackberry flavour that is rich and quite full on the tannins but still smooth with a low acidity for easy drinking. It has several months of oak barrel aging which shows in the flavour. A great example of the sorts of sunshiney, fresh wines you can get from the Santa Cruz mountains.
So a fair tasting overall. The wines were enjoyable (except the grenache) but none of them really blew me away. This winery is in a very different district to the large cluster of tasting rooms on the West side and this shows. Their $7 tasting fee is too much, especially when you will pretty much have to make a special journey out just to taste at Storrs. Personally, I’d be inclined not to bother and just head to Ingalls Street. A pleasant but ultimately disappointing 6 out of 10 Extreme Points for Storrs.
We went to Sones Cellars for a tasting today so look out for the review of that coming soon!