Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines 01/19/16

The finest in Pinot Noir and Mourvedre by two talented SLO County winemakers!

I’m sure every one of my readers knows, Pinot Noir is my favorite red, especially vineyard designates. But that doesn’t limit my choices, I love every wine that stands out, and today one of those wines was this fine Mourvedre.

Coby Parker-Garcia 2015El Lugar 2013 Pinot Noir Hawk’s Roost Ranch Russian River Valley

This Pinot Noir is beyond good, it’s exceptional I wrote in my first line, and it held up in that estimation through each sip. It has such depth and yet it’s surprisingly low in alcohol at only 13.9%. One hundred percent Pinot Noir, it was aged in 30% new French oak and 70% neutral French oak. There were only 169 cases produced so this fine wine won’t last long. It’s incredibly balanced and impressively layered in aromas and flavors. I loved the ripe notes of dusky plums, tangy blackberries, and sweet black cherries, highlighted so beautifully with expressive notes of spice and minerals.


This wine lives up to their credo: “Small lot, vineyard designate Pinot Noir, defined by their place of origin.” Not only does this represent the classic characters of the Russian River Valley, it’s a testament to the talent of winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia. Learn more about this fine new Central Coast star, and you might want to consider joining the wine club soon, or be left on a long waiting list. It happens all the time with these exceptional, highly limited production brands. I love it with prime cut grilled steak most of all, but this versatile red will go with everything from ahi and salmon to poultry and lamb. You can get this fine wine for only $46 retail, check it out at www.ElLugarWines.com.

Jeremy Weintraub

Adelaida 2013 Mourvedre Reserve Paso Robles Anna’s Vineyard Adelaida District
Beautifully crafted and impressive from the first sip to the last, winemaker Jeremy Weintraub offers one of the best Mourvedre’s I’ve had from Paso Robles. It’s a big boy at 15.1% alcohol, yet you wouldn’t realize that without looking at the label (I always do). It’s perfectly balanced with tasty ripe aromas and flavors of ripe currants and briary blackberries, nicely offset by zingy red raspberry notes, nuances of smoky ham, and spice box notes.


Not only is this fine wine charming, both on it’s own and at the table, it’s irresistible. Aged in 100% French oak, 35% new barrels. Buy extra bottles if you can for the cellar, it’s sure to reward those with the patience to wait it out for five to ten years. Pair this with rich ribeye or New York steaks, grilled lamb chops, and gamy dishes such as buffalo or venison. Another great buy considering it’s peers, it’s only $50 retail at www.Adelaida.com.

Like I’ve been saying for the past 20-years, the Central Coast produces more fine fines that offer some of the best values in the world considering their impressive high qualities and the talented minds behind them!

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