...well-made, serious, bistro/trattoria-styled wine with loads of berry fruit and some hints of fresh tobacco interwoven with licorice, pepper, and roasted herbs. The wine has excellent texture, medium to full body, and no hard edges.
Powerfully scented aroma of ripe dark berries underscored by smoky mocha and clove. Creamy cassis and cherry flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and sweetened by a seductive cocoa powder quality that extends through the finish.
Central Coast AVA is a huge wine producing area that extends from Santa Barbara County in the south to San Francisco in the north. With more than 100,000 vineyard acres, it includes parts of six counties near the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 20 smaller AVAs lie within the Central Coast AVA. Central Coast earned appellation status in 1985. Included in the appellation are parts of the counties of Contra Costa, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Nearly every grape varietal grown in California is grown somewhere in the Central Coast AVA, though Chardonnay accounts for nearly 50% of the entire wine grape crop.