Chardonnay with secrets; Straight-up Shiraz
One of these wines has a twist, and the other is a straight-shooter. Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
Formation, Chardonnay, Monterey County, CA 2012 — What’s the secret as to why this is so good? Well, they use a little bit of Pinot Blanc, for a rounder texture, and Grenache Blanc for a floral character.
That amps up the tropical fruit flavor classic to a Monterey County Chardonnay. You’d expect it to be hot here, and it can be, but the cool water coming off the bay gives it a unique climate. You’ll get apple, melon, and pear.
Evens & Tate Big Squeeze, Shiraz, Australia 2014 — The Big Squeeze is a Big Wine. Well-rounded, with rich, ripe fruit, and some bold American oak.
Sources from several Australian regions, this is straightforwardly Shiraz (“Get yer SHEE-raz, here!”) Dark cherry and plum, with black pepper and spice on the finish.
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