Tasting Notes - April, 2021

2017 Tempranillo...(Ramona Rioja!)
Flavors & Aromas: A medium bodied Tempranillo with aromas of plum, currants, cedar, leather and clove. Is highly concentrated with dark cherry, plum, slightly jammy flavors and elegant tannins lingers nicely to the long balanced finish, lush and beautifully textured.
Region: San Martin Vineyard Estate, Ramona Valley AVA, Ramona, CA
Oak: Aged in French oak.
Alcohol: 13.9%, Cases: 3

2017 SMV Blend...(Bella)
Flavors & Aromas: This impressive blend is made specifically with our valued Members in mind. Prominent vanilla, hazelnut, Amaretto, and sundried tomatoes on the nose lead effortlessly into a palate of ripe black cherries, currants, and plum. The long finish boasts pure fruit and warm spices with a pleasantly thick acidity and sticky tannins.
Region: San Martin Vineyard Estate, Ramona Valley AVA, Ramona, CA
Oak: Aged in French, European and American oak.
Alcohol: 13.8%, Cases: 61

2017 Sangiovese, Brunello Clone...(Liggero Ma Ricco)
Flavors & Aromas: Medium plus bodied aromas of baked black cherries, caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon potpourri. Noted for having thicker-skinned berries than Sangiovese grapes, because of this, this Brunello produces wines with exceptionally bold fruit flavors of blackberry and black raspberry. Highly complex and intense.
Region: San Martin Vineyard Estate, Ramona Valley AVA, Ramona, CA
Oak: Aged in French, European and American oak.
Alcohol: 13.4%, Cases: 47

2017 Sangiovese...(Maggiore)
Flavors & Aromas: Medium plus to full bodied Sangiovese with nuances of plum, dried cherries, and hints of nutmeg and fig. Oak aging gives this wine a composed balance of medium to high tannins and medium to high acidity creating a beautifully integrated wine.
Region: San Martin Vineyard Estate, Ramona Valley AVA, Ramona, CA
Oak: Aged in French, European and American oak
Alcohol: 13.9%, Cases: 50

2018 Grenache
Flavors & Aromas: Grown on the west end of Ramona, benefiting from the inland morning fog. Aged in a neutral barrel using 50% Hungarian medium roast oaks staves. Light, fruitier wine with hints of coriander and white pepper. Pairs well with foods with a Spanish or Indian flair.
Region: Highland Hills Vineyard, Ramona Valley AVA, Ramona, CA
Oak: Neutral with 50% Hungarian medium roast oak staves.
Alcohol: 13.8%, Cases: 47

2018 Tempranillo/Sangiovese Blend
Flavors & Aromas: An unusual blend of cultures using Spanish Tempranillo and Italian Sangiovese. Estate grown, these grapes love the warm temperatures in the Ramona Valley. High tannin with citrus flavors and hint of dried cherry and early basil. Pairs well with Spanish tapas. 65% Tempranillo/35% Sangiovese.
Region: Rancho San Martin Vineyard Estate, Ramona Valley AVA,
Ramona, CA
Oak: French Oak
Alcohol: 13.9%, Cases: 15

2018 Special Red Blend (SRB)
Flavors & Aromas: Elegant wine, perfect for date night, or a romantic glass by the fire. Fruity with flavors of dried apricot, strawberry, and ripe cherries with a warm caramel or brown sugar finish. Makes this wine perfect on it's own, or paired with a variety of lighter foods. 60% Sangiovese/32% Tempranillo/8% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Region: Rancho San Martin Vineyard Estate,Ramona Valley AVA, Ramona, CA
Oak: French Oak
Alcohol: 13.9%, Cases: 14
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Flavors & Aromas: Grown at 4000 ft. elevation, busting the myth that a good cab can only come from Napa Valley. Dark fruit, aged in French oak for 30 months to increase the complexity and balance of this intense wine. Earthly black fruit flavors with hints of clove, expresso and current.
Region: Emerald Creek Vineyard, Warner Springs, Southcoast AVA, CA
Oak: French Oak
Alcohol: 13.8%, Cases: 38

Tasting notes by Don Mouradian CS CSW

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