- Wente 2012 Estate Grown Morning Fog Chardonnay, Livermore Valley CA
- Garnet Vineyards 2011 Monterey Pinot Noir
- Renwood 2010 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel, Amador County CA
I found myself at the shore note knowing the neighbors but unfortunately nobody was home so I called Paul's cousin Theresa who lives about a mile away. I needed to share these wines with someone. So Theresa, Darren and Michael came over and I got to introduce them to the three wines and a twitter tasting.
We began with the Wente 2012 Morning Fog Chardonnay. This is becoming one of my favorites. I believe it's a combo of steel and oak. It had a nice nose of lemon zest, apple and light toast and butter. The palate had nice acidity with flavors of pear, pineapple and a soft oaky finish. This is a great summer sipper for $15!
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The Garnet 2011 Monterey county Pinot Noir was next. This was aged in 100% French oak with 60% of it new for 11 months. I found this wine to be very fruit forward. Fresh strawberries and blackberries with hints of vanilla, earth and spice. This was Theresa's favorite. It retails for $14.99.
Then a summertime favorite...Ribs and Zin. The only thing I wish I did was decant this 2010 Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel, Amador County. It was a great pairing. It ran a little hot but the decanting would have taken care of that. Aromas of black raspberry, plum cardamon and a slight hint of lavender. The palate was full of dark fruit and spice.
I want to thank @WineTwits for allowing me to participate in this tasting.
Disclaimer: Wines were a PR Sample